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Wim Wenders Discusses Painful 'Hammett' Collaboration With Coppola, Friendship With Nicholas Ray

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 22, 2011 11:16 AM
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Filmmaker Talks 5-Hour Version Of 'End Of The World,' Sam Shepard, Unfinished Version Of 'Hammet' & More At NYFF Q&AWim Wenders' route to filmmaking was a circuitous one. At the age of 21, he landed in Paris determined to become a painter, but cinema had been in his DNA from an early age. He made super 8 movies as a child and became a local neighborhood projectionist at the age of 6 when he inherited his father’s antique film equipment; so cinema seemed like a natural path. But for years, he turned his back on movies, and it wasn't until he saw an Anthony Mann retrospective -- sidetracked from his painting aspirations in a Paris cinematheque -- that he began to fully understand that cinema had its own authors and "had a language of its own.” He then began a 40-year affair with the medium that continues to this day.

LFF '11 Review: Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna' Is Picturesque, But Entirely Lacking In Passion

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 22, 2011 7:28 AM
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Over his career, Michael Winterbottom has hopped frequently from genre to genre, from subject matter to subject matter, rarely covering the same territory twice. But one of the few things he has returned to is the work of Thomas Hardy. The late 19th century British author has so far inspired two of the director's films: 1995's "Jude," an adaptation of "Jude the Obscure" with Kate Winslet, and "The Claim," a version of "The Mayor of Casterbridge" moved to a Californian mountain Western setting.

Austin Film Festival ‘11 Review: 'The Rum Diary' Starts Out Charming, Until The Buzz Wears Off

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 22, 2011 4:36 AM
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-- by William Goss

Watch: Trailer For Angelina Jolie's Directorial Debut 'In The Land Of Blood And Honey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 12:33 PM
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Well, it looks like the Oscar race just got a major shakeup. Though it was slated for a release date in December way back in the spring, Angelina Jolie's upcoming directorial debut "In The Land Of Blood And Honey" has been a completely unknown element. With no festival appearances, and a lack of stills and promotional material, it was left up to speculation if the film was a misguided vanity project, a true awards season contender or something else entirely. Well, a very meaty trailer has now landed online and Jolie looks to have delivered something that could change up the game this fall.

With David Yates Out, Warner Eyes Ben Affleck For Stephen King's 'The Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 11:22 AM
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There is no doubt that Warner Bros. loves Ben Affleck. The actor/director has brought the studio critical acclaim with "The Town," and he's already behind the camera on his next effort for the studio "Argo." But before that film got underway, WB had already passed movies like "Man Of Steel" and "Gangster Squad" his way as potential projects, and while he turned those down, it looks like they've nabbed him for what will be his first bonafide tentpole picture.

'Game of Thrones' & 'Killing' Stars Kit Harington & Joel Kinnaman Lead Race For 'Arthur & Lancelot'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 10:51 AM
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For the moment, David Dobkin's "Arthur & Lancelot" is mostly known as being the fantasy pic that killed both Bryan Singer and Guy Ritchie's competing "Excalibur" remakes at Warner Bros. With a project that was further along, WB threw their weight behind "Wedding Crashers" director David Dobkin's pic and with shooting scheduled to begin next year, they are beginning to start casting it up and as usual, a plethora of names have come out of the woodwork.

‘Fast and the Furious 6 & 7' May Deliver One Big Linked Story

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2011 10:01 AM
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Release Date Might Be Pushed Back To Accommodate Filming & EditingThis shit just went from mission:impossible to mission: in freaking sanity!

NYFF: With Kids On The Set Of 'The Descendants' George Clooney Couldn't Resist His Prankster Ways

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • October 21, 2011 9:34 AM
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Clooney Farts With His iPhone, Plants A Kiss & Matthew Lillard Nearly Didn't Make It To The AuditionDespite a fact-filled press conference earlier this week the filmmakers and cast behind the now-Gotham-nominated “The Descendants” still had more info to share when they hit the red carpet for the premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sunday. In case you missed it, here's what George Clooney had to say about some of the movies on his horizon. For the rest of the chat, and some stories from the rest of the cast, read on. Warning, there are some spoilers.

Lynne Ramsay's Next Film Is A Science-Fiction Take On 'Moby Dick'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 21, 2011 9:09 AM
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As we've documented more than once here, it has been far, far too long since we had a film from Scottish director Lynne Ramsay. She made her debut with the excellent "Ratcatcher" in 1999, and followed it with the even better "Morvern Callar" in 2002. But since then, not much -- the actress worked on her version of "The Lovely Bones" for several years to no avail, and this year marks the ninth since her last film was released. Fortunately, it also marks the release of her third film, the strong adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel "We Need To Talk About Kevin," starring Tilda Swinton.

In Theaters: 'Paranormal Activity 3' Hopes To Scare Off 'The Three Musketeers' This Weekend

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • October 21, 2011 7:50 AM
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It’s almost Halloween, which means it’s time for terrible horror movies to rule at the box office. I’m surprised there aren’t more this year, but we do have the "Paranormal Activity" franchise taking the Halloween crown from “Saw,” which I think we’ve seen the last of for a good while, at least. Seven installments seems to be more than enough. Also this weekend, a festival of crazy wigs in “The Three Musketeers,” and we finally get to see that Other Olsen moppet at the local theater with “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

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