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The Lost Projects And Unproduced Screenplays Of Terrence Malick

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 12, 2011 5:29 AM
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Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Perhaps legendary filmmaker Terrence Malick knew this when he worried aloud and said in his last interview in the 1970s, "From this point on. I'm being watched. That could trip me up.” Malick wasn’t referring to detectives -- though cinephiles possibly could have used some in the ‘80s and ‘90s. This was in reference to critics, audiences and studios coming to the realization that after “Badlands” and “Days of Heaven,” Malick was possibly the most important American filmmaker alive.

Ridley Scott Says It Would Be A Shame If Film Geeks Ruined 'Prometheus' With Spoilers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 5:03 AM
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It’s no surprise to anyone who reads daily film sites that bloggers have the tendency to spoil entire scenes, plots, or even whole movies prior to their release. One of the most memorable leaks was for the ending of director McG’s vapid “Terminator: Salvation,” in which the film’s entire ending was leaked by film bloggers a year before it was set to be released. Warner Bros. and McG insisted that bloggers were way off, but he eventually admitted that everyone had been spot on all along.

First Look: Jared Harris As Moriarty In 'Sherlock Holmes 2'; Pic Based On Story "The Final Problem"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 4:30 AM
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Though Guy Ritchie Was Hesitant To Make A Sequel, He Couldn't "Help Myself"If you want to be technical about it, we already got our first look at Moriarty in ”Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” albeit as an afterthought in the background of the giant head posters for the film that arrived over the weekend. Well, Jared Harris finally gets his due as USA Today has unveiled the first look at the villain in the film and also a few details on the story that until now have been kept on the down low.

Exclusive: Errol Morris Adds Adaption Of Richard Preston's 'The Demon In The Freezer' To His Queue

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • July 12, 2011 3:56 AM
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Updates On 'The End Of Everything' & 'We Froze The First Man' Known for both his chilling investigative documentaries ("The Thin Blue Line," "Standard Operating Procedure") and his jovial examinations of the weird and eccentric ("Gates of Heaven," "Fast, Cheap & Out Of Control"), Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris has consistently been able to uncover various truths in his non-fiction expeditions. But these movies also suggest a creative asset outside the usual documentary wheelhouse; a responsive soul that shouldn't be bound to a single type of filmmaking. Morris's flicks, absurdly fascinating tales related with the breezy charm of an assured storyteller and punctuated with expertly employed reenactments, are singularly paced to leave you on the edge of your seat. Most importantly, in addition to his knack for choosing captivating subjects, Morris' respectful treatment of these individuals results in rounded, three-dimensional, human portrayals.

Exclusive: Director Julian Schnabel Talks The Controversy & Criticism Of ‘Miral’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 3:34 AM
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Controversy is nothing new for artist/director Julian Schnabel. When he stormed onto the art scene in the early ‘80s with his plate paintings, he drew criticism for his self-proclaimed importance and the infamous quote, “I’m the closest thing to Picasso you’ll see in this *#@ life.” When he later built his Palazzo Chupi in the West Village, styled after a Northern Italian palazzo and painted bright pink, the Greenwich Village for Historic Preservation called the structure, "woefully out of context and a monument to this guy's ego." So it should come as little surprise that Schnabel recently stirred controversy in the film and political landscape with the release of “Miral,” based on the book by Schnabel’s girlfriend Rula Jebreal about a Palestinian girl growing up in the midst of the endlessly bloody Arab-Israeli Conflict. Criticized as anti-semitic and pro-Palestinian, it drew protests from the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee.

Gotham Is Crumbling In 'The Dark Knight Rises' Teaser Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 3:25 AM
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While Christopher Nolan won't be swooping into Comic-Con with anything goodies from "The Dark Knight Rises" fans should be plenty satisfied already. An early peek at Tom Hardy as the villain Bane arrived a while ago and this week will be bringing more than anyone could ask for with the film in the midst of shooting and not to set to open for a year.

Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' Gets A Heart-Shaped Key & 'The Thing' Isn't Human (Yet) On New Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 3:12 AM
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Well, it's officially official. Due to some pretty boneheaded decision made up in a studio executive's office, Martin Scorsese's "Hugo Cabret" has indeed dropped half of the title to become simply "Hugo." Likely terrified that audiences might not know how to pronounce that six-letter word and fearing that it would lead to audiences abandoning the film altogether, it's yet another example of big Hollywood treating their customers like morons. Anyway, it appears that posters are now popping up in multiplexes across the nation as ComingSoon snapped a picture of one in Los Angeles. It features Isabelle's heart-shaped key that proves to be a major component of the story as told in Brian Selznick's award-winning book, on which the film is based. Led by Asa Butterfield and Chloë Moretz, with a cast including Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Jude Law, Michael Stuhlbarg, Emily Mortimer and Ray Winstone the 1931-set film follows the story of the eponymous orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. It opens on November 23rd, and yes, it's in 3D

Watch: Trailer For Vera Farmiga's Directorial Debut 'Higher Ground'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 2:47 AM
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With an Academy Award nomination under her belt for "Up In The Air," Vera Farmiga followed her awards season recognition by taking on a mix of roles in films as diverse as the unfortunately awful "Henry's Crime," the sci-fi time looper "Source Code," the studio action film "Safe House" and the indie drama "Goats." But perhaps the biggest move the actress has made is deciding to get behind the camera with her debut feature "Higher Ground," a film that earned strong notices out of Sundance in January and will hit theaters later this year.

Review: 'Daylight' An Uneven But Compelling Psychological Drama

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • July 12, 2011 2:36 AM
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Few people will disparage an expectant mother. People are people, good and bad, but there's something majestic, alluring, and graceful about a pregnant female. It's some inexplicable aura that surrounds them, a soft soothing light that alters the mood of anyone they come in contact with. A meaningful moment with one is akin to a divine experience. It's this logic that permeates David Barker's "Daylight."

Down With Aladeen! New Protest Set Pics From 'The Dictator'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 2:15 AM
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Yes, Sacha Baron Cohen is back and after "Borat" and "Bruno" the comedian is bring a double dose of new characters to the big screen with "The Dictator." Co-starring Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas, Anna Faris and J.B. Smoove with cameos from Megan Fox and John C. Reilly, the film is described as a cross between “Coming to America” and “Trading Places,” with Cohen playing both a goat herder and a deposed foreign dictator who gets lost in the United States. We've already had a few looks at Cohen as the titular ruler but some new set pics have hit the official blog giving us a peek at his other character.

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