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Albert Brooks Says He Knows His 'Drive' Character's Entire Backstory

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 16, 2011 7:54 AM
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Filmmaker/Actor Says His Next Directorial Effort Will Be "Odd And Different"You should already know about Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive." We haven't been the only ones pumping the picture, and for good reason -- it's one of the slickest, coolest pictures of the year; a tight genre picture with substance and style. Following an unnamed Hollywood stunt actor simply referred to in the credits as 'The Driver' (Ryan Gosling), the story is a minimalistic fairy-tale/noir mash-up involving Jewish gangsters and a family in danger. The attractive cast also includes Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks, and Christina Hendricks.

In Theaters: 'Drive' Looks To Zoom Past 'Straw Dogs' & 'I Don't Know How She Does It'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • September 16, 2011 7:36 AM
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Hello friends. Your mission, should you choose to accept it (WHICH YOU WILL CAUSE I SAID SO) is to go see "Drive" this weekend. There is no other movie playing in theaters. Nope, not one. There, this column is over. Done! "Drive" is all there is to see. Worth seeing anyway. And I would be remiss if I didn't champion truly original and excellent filmmaking in this column. Do not go see "Lion King 3D." We are not children (if you are a child, why are you reading this? Stop now). Don't you remember that talk we had back when "Green Whatever" came out? We don't watch movies for kids. Especially not ones we already saw 10 years ago. Ok, rant over. Let's get down and dirty.

Juno Temple On Nudity, Looking For Prince Charming In 'Killer Joe' & The Influence Of 'Badlands'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 16, 2011 7:14 AM
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If "Killer Joe" and his previous collaboration with playwright Tracy Letts, "Bug," are anything to go by, William Friedkin should consider never working with anyone else again; together, the films are easily the best things he's made since his 1970s heyday, and worlds away from the anonymous thrillers that he made in the 2000s.

Review: 'Happy Happy' Stirs Melancholic Cocktail, Not Shaken Enough

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 16, 2011 6:54 AM
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Agnes Kittleson, an actress of slightly more angular, Nordic features similar to Michelle Monaghan, has a smile that fills the screen. It’s truly one of the prettiest, purest smiles this writer has seen in a film in decades. It’s unfortunate that, of the world’s auteurs, most of them work on the darker side of the spectrum -- Lars Von Trier, for one, would probably eliminate that smile for all of eternity. But this girl could be a star, or at least the everlasting face of an international gum company, with a face like hers. It’s also a consistent reminder that “Happy Happy,” despite its dark edges, is a pleasant, if low-aspiring comedic drama, about how the frayed ropes that connect us can still keep us from madness. Agnes and Joachim Rafaelsen play Kaja and Eirik, a married couple who live on the outskirts of town with various intimacy issues of varying degrees. She wants sex but he’s emotionally withdrawn. Her affections are more maternal, while Eirik clearly shares a passive-aggressive bond with his somewhat anti-social son. Enter Sigve and Elisabeth, a troubled husband and wife who, for some reason, are interested in renting the house next door, the only house in what seems to be miles of land. Their very presence is condescending, the two of them priding themselves in their ability to be forward thinking, and when they visit Kaja and Eirik, it almost seems like they’re doing them a favor.
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'Baywatch' Writer Says Movie Has New Roles For David Hasselhoff & Pamela Anderson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2011 6:21 AM
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We sort of totally forgot about this, but a "Baywatch" movie has been brewing for a few years now. Way back in 2009 Jeremy Garelick -- who did an uncredited rewrite on Todd Phillips' "The Hangover" and also has a story credit on "The Break-Up" -- was hired to write and direct a big screen adaptation of the hit '90s TV show. About a year later, Garelick left and Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka — the 2009 Black List writers behind the upcoming David Gordon Green/Jonah Hill adventure comedy "The Sitter" -- were brought on pen the script. And then we sort of stopped paying attention, but at some point Peter Tolan ("Rescue Me," "Analyze That") was hired and lo and behold he's even turned in a script.

The Amazing Race: Which Awards Contenders Came Out Of The Venice/Telluride/Toronto Derby On Top?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 16, 2011 5:44 AM
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After two bonkers weeks, the September festival season is just about dragging to a close (at least in terms of major awards-season debuts; Fantastic Fest is pretty much imminent, but it's not an awards player and the NYFF follows hot on its heels, but most of those films have screened already). And as ever, the films that we're likely to see strutting their stuff at the Kodak Theater -- and the ones that we won't -- have started to come into focus.

Spike Lee's Mysterious 'Red Hook Summer' Will Hit Theaters In Summer 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2011 5:19 AM
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Announced earlier this summer, and already rolling in front of cameras as any cursory visit to Spike Lee's Twitter feed will tell you, details have been absolutely under lock and key for "Red Hook Summer." The only thing we do know is that the story will center on an adult from Atlanta who spends a summer in the titular hood, and the Lee will be reprising his role of Mookie from "Do The Right Thing." But whether this is a sequel, spinoff or something else entirely remains to be seen.

Nicolas Winding Refn Says He Didn't Know About 'Die Hard 5' Shortlist, But Likely Would Have Said No

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 16, 2011 4:48 AM
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'Drive' Filmmaker Talks 'Wonder Woman,' 'Logan's Run' And Turning Down BlockbustersYes, it's practically "Drive" week at The Playlist this week, sue us. The film opens in wide release this weekend (2,886 screens) and we sat down with most of the cast including star Ryan Gosling (he wants to direct), comedian-turned-villain Albert Brooks (he wants to be in "Logan's Run") and the director, Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (he might make a horror film with Carey Mulligan) -- what are we supposed to do, bury our content? Sorry, guys.

Watch: 3 Clips From 'Ides Of March' Highlight Political Intrigue

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2011 4:30 AM
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Of all the movies making a play for the awards season this fall, George Clooney's "Ides Of March" is getting into the mix early. Already running the Venice/Telluride/TIFF gauntlet and hitting theaters next month, it will be first out of the gate and it will be interesting to see if audiences respond to a political drama even with the dynamite pairing of Clooney/Gosling. Reviews have been respectable though not ecstatic thus far, with our man Venice noting, "it’s not as accomplished and impassioned as 'Good Night and Good Luck,' but unlike 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind' [but] it’s tonally assured, and...very watchable...we had a blast. Whether wider audiences enjoy it as much remains to be seen (although we’re fairly sure that it’s early anointment as an Oscar front-runner will disappear quickly), but it at least happily confirms that Clooney the director is here to stay."

Watch: Clip From Sigur Ros' Concert Film 'Inni' Plus A Batch Of Pics From The Documentary

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2011 3:47 AM
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It has been three years since Sigur Ros' last album, Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust, and with the band still on an indefinite hiatus -- and with frontman Jonsi busying himself with a solo career and scoring Cameron Crowe's upcoming "We Bought A Zoo" -- it doesn't look like we'll be seeing any new material from them anytime soon. But not to worry, Sigur Ros fans, they haven't completely closed the tap as they've got a brand new concert movie coming out, just in time for your holiday shopping.

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