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Tribeca Review: Keanu Reeves Doc 'Side By Side' A Treat For Cinephiles On All Sides Of The Digital Debate

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 24, 2012 11:39 AM
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Doing an impressive job of tracing the evolution of filmmaking technology (not just the cameras but the editing, post-production, distribution, exhibition, even the archiving aspects of it) from 1895 to the present day, “Side by Side” is an old school talking-head documentary on the subject of digital filmmaking vs. photochemical filmmaking. It sounds pretty dull as a logline, but stacked with gossipy, informal anecdotes and opinions from many of the most respected directors, cinematographers, editors, execs, VFX artists and digital wizards in the industry, it proves instead to be highly entertaining and informative, and by its close has presented a thoroughly diverting overview of the debate. Then again, we are massive geeks about this sort of thing.

Juliette Binoche & Clive Owen In Talks To Star In Fred Schepisi's School-Set Drama 'Words And Pictures'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 24, 2012 11:19 AM
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In the 1980s and 1990s, Australian director Fred Schepisi was something of a big deal. The 73-year-old filmmaker got his start back in Oz with 1976's "The Devil's Playground," made his U.S. debut with the underrated Western "Barbarosa," and went on to make acclaimed, successful pictures like "Roxanne," "A Cry In The Dark," "The Russia House" and "Six Degrees Of Separation," as well as a few that didn't quite connect in the same way, like "I.Q." and "A Fish Called Wanda" semi-sequel "Fierce Creatures." The filmmaker's been relatively quiet in the last ten years, with 2003's Michael/Kirk/Cameron Douglas disaster "It Runs In The Family" and 2005's acclaimed HBO drama "Empire Falls," which featured Paul Newman's final live-action performance, as his only output.

Review: Twisty, Action-Packed NYC Noir 'Safe' Is The Finest Jason Statham Actioner Yet

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 24, 2012 10:59 AM
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The de-evolution of the modern b-action movie is disheartening. The genre has been bisected by traditionalists and new-school practitioners. The old-school, red meat types like Sylvester Stallone and their ilk believe that real men doing real stunts and delivering brutal blows is the way to go, big tough guys in big tough situations, without any youngbloods or fancy gizmos. The more contemporary action filmmaker, however, spikes the punch, utilizing heavy-duty CGI to turn Tobey Maguire into Dolph Lundgren, Cameron Diaz into Jackie Chan. Neither side seems to understand that you don't need to be Dostoyevsky to infuse the same old tropes with just a little respect for characters, stories, suspense, and high stakes. It's the story, stupid. Believe in it.

Tribeca Review: 'Persepolis' Follow-Up 'Chicken With Plums' Is Amiable & Pretty, But Twee & Thin

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 24, 2012 10:40 AM
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It can be difficult to shift from animation to live-action direction; the processes are very different, and even an accomplished animation helmer can sometimes be undone once they're faced with cameras, actors and the breakneck schedule of a feature film shoot, as opposed to the multi-year process that produces a feature cartoon. Some have managed it, Tim Burton being the most obvious example (at first, anyway...) and Pixar dons Brad Bird and Andrew Stanton are both hoping to make the leap in the next few months. But it's got to be even harder to go from working in graphic novels, to animation, to live-action, but that's been the path for Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud in the last few years.

Jackie Robinson Biopic '42,' Phil Lord & Chris Miller's 'Lego' Movie & 'Celeste & Jesse Forever' Get Release Dates

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 24, 2012 10:19 AM
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Want to know when you might be able to see some of the movies that you might be interested in seeing? Yes? That’s good, because we’ve got somewhat of a release date round-up for you.

Jason Segel Talks Making 'The Five-Year Engagement, Improvisation & Why He's Not In A Hurry To Direct

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • April 24, 2012 9:58 AM
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Jason Segel and Nick Stoller first met up on the Judd Apatow college comedy TV series “Undeclared” just over a decade ago. The show was far from the first attempt to tackle the freshman college experience, but it was one of the more fresh and realistic, a warts and all portrayal of the often difficult transition from childhood to the real word.

Hugh Grant Really Enjoyed Playing A Futuristic Korean Slave Owner In 'Cloud Atlas'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2012 9:38 AM
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One of the biggest cinematic question marks of the year is The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas." The project, which boasts a starry lineup with each actor playing multiple characters, and a sprawling storyline set across a backdrop that spans hundreds of years, is currently in post-production with only a couple of stills to even give the barest indication of what we can expect. But one of the more intriguing things the film will offer is the chance to see the usually affable and charming Hugh Grant being bad. Being very, very bad. He's already said he does "a lot of killing and raping" in the film, and now he's dropped a few more morsels about his roles in "Cloud Atlas."

Cool: Paul Feig Wrote One Of The High School Scenes For 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2012 9:20 AM
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One of this writer's annual traditions is to take some time out to watch the first, and sadly only, season of "Freaks & Geeks." As fans of the short-lived program know, it was an early stomping ground for the talents of Judd Apatow and Paul Feig, a place where their innate talent to zero in on the truth of the high school experience -- in all its hilarious awkwardness -- and relationships between men and women, first came into full bloom. Of course both have since gone on to bigger things, but it looks like Feig has returned to the hallowed halls once more to punch up one of the biggest comic movies of the year.

Tribeca Review: The Deeply Insufferable 'Giant Mechanical Man' Is Quintessential Indie Film Hell

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 24, 2012 9:01 AM
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There’s a special sort of Hell where films like “The Giant Mechanical Man” play, with the same ideas and tropes repeated around the clock, with the mistaken assumption that they’re endearing or, even worse, adorable. It’s the sort of picture that gives independent films a bad name, the type of film that invites jackholes coming out of “Transformers 7” to say, “I ain’t seeing that faggy indie shit!” In reality, there’s a very good chance “Transformers 7” could very well be less obnoxious than “The Giant Mechnical Man.”

Watch: New Trailers For 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Look Like The First One, But With More Bald People

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 24, 2012 8:40 AM
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Three years back, Paramount hoped that "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra" would follow in the footsteps of their other toy-based franchise, "Transformers," and become a giant blockbuster. The film did ok -- $300 million worldwide is nothing to sniff at. But given that the film cost a little more than $200 million, excluding marketing, it wasn't the kind of profit machine that they'd hoped for. Unbowed, the studio have ripped it up and (almost) started again, bringing a new director, "Step Up 3D" helmer Jon M. Chu, and essentially restarted the cast, with Dwayne Johnson now heading up the film (after he helped make "Fast Five" by far the biggest in the series), and Bruce Willis added to the mix as well.

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