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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.

Will Forte Will Go On A 'Neighborhood Watch' With Ben Stiller & Vince Vaughn

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2011 2:57 AM
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Transitioning out of "Saturday Night Live" and establishing yourself as a stand-alone star isn't easy and for every Will Ferrell or Adam Sandler there is a Chris Kattan or Tim Meadows. For Will Forte, the journey certainly hasn't been a straight line. His attempt to turn "MacGruber" into a feature film found audiences lukewarm to the idea, and his previous attempt big-screen comedy stardom "The Brothers Solomon" was roundly ignored and critically savaged. However, Forte hasn't given up and is wisely going the supporting route to re-build his profile. With roles in "I Hate You Dad," "Rock Of Ages" and "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie" on the horizon he's adding one more big-league comedy into the mix.

David Tennant and Rupert Grint To Voice 3D CGI Film Version Of U.K. Kids' TV Favorite 'Postman Pat'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 16, 2011 2:43 AM
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Stephen Mangan and Jim Broadbent Also InvolvedYou might not be familiar with "Postman Pat." The kind of peculiarly eccentric, low-key animation series that could only have come out of Great Britain, it involves the adventures of the titular postal worker, and his black-and-white cat Jess, in the fictional village of Greendale. He delivers letters, he helps out the villagers, and that's about it. But the show has run on-and-off for thirty years, has aired all over the world, and we can assure you it was a key part of this writer's childhood.

Another Great 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2011 2:21 AM
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Lynne Ramsay is back. Nearly a decade since her last film, "Morvern Callar," the Scottish director has delivered what is easily her best work to date, "We Need To Talk About Kevin." It absolutely blew people away on the Croisette when it premiered in Cannes this spring and the momentum for the movie continues to build after hitting both Telluride and TIFF in recent weeks to equally strong acclaim.

Director Justin Kurzel Talks About The World Of 'Snowtown' & His Dark Comedy Followup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2011 2:12 AM
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Despite taking a short film called “Blue Tongue” to Cannes Critic’s Week in 2005, Australian director Justin Kurzel isn’t a member of the Aussie collective Blue Tongue Films, which includes “Animal Kingdom” writer/director David Michôd and star Joel Edgerton (also of acclaimed MMA drama “Warrior”). Comparisons will be inevitable, however, in that like “Animal Kingdom,” Kurzel’s debut feature is an uncommonly accomplished crime drama about a naive teen corrupted by the poisonous, sociopathic tutelage of a deranged father figure. The two films also share cinematographer Adam Arkapaw who spent time behind the camera for both productions. If there’s a key difference, though, between Kurzel’s film, “Snowtown,” and Michôd’s "Animal Kingdom," it’s that the former is based on a horrific true story. Specifically, “Snowtown” dramatizes the events of Australia’s notorious Snowtown murders (also called the “Bodies in Barrels murders”), perpetrated by John Justin Bunting and three accomplices, one of whom was teenager James Vlassakis. "Snowtown" is a grim, hard-to-watch chronicle of how Vlassakis was lured into Bunting's world, eventually participating in his brutal, vicious murders.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling & Alexander Skarsgård Reportedly Wishlisted For 'Man From UNCLE'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 16, 2011 1:50 AM
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Plus Our Five Suggestions For Potential Replacements For George Clooney In The FilmWith his virus thriller "Contagion" riding on top of the box office (and causing an epidemic of O.C.D. hand-washing from anyone who's seen it), Steven Soderbergh's about to shoot his next film, the male-stripper drama "Magic Mike." But talk has already turned to his next, next film, "The Man From U.N.C.L.E," the second of three he plans to shoot before taking a sabbatical. That film, slated to go in front of cameras in February, hit something of a roadblock a few weeks back when Soderbergh's regular collaborator George Clooney was forced to drop out of the lead role.

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