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The Essential Jacques Demy: The Director's Candy-Colored Films Get The Criterion Treatment

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • July 30, 2014 3:23 PM
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Jacques Demy, Essentials, Criterion
“French director Jacques Demy didn’t just make movies—he created an entire cinematic world.” So say the good folks at Criterion over at the page for the recently released box set of perhaps the most undervalued member of the French New Wave. Demy stood out compared to the rest of the movement, insofar as he embraced a lot of Hollywood cliches—storybook romances, melodrama, musicals (quelle horreur!). But at his best, Demy did all that while subverting audience expectations.

Step Into A Fairy Tale With New Images From Disney's 'Into The Woods'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 3:03 PM
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Into The Woods
After a bit of back and forth by Stephen Sondheim over the changes made to his musical "Into The Woods" for Disney's big screen, star-studded version, he's ultimately behind the "first-rate" production, and now the studio can push on with promoting the film. And today they've dropped a handful of new images to take you in the alternate fairy tale world you'll experience later this year.

The Playlist Summer 2014 Movie Song Mixtape

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 30, 2014 2:32 PM
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Summer 2014, mixtape
When it comes to the delicate art of the mixtape, context is everything. And in the context of us hurtling toward the end of summer (ok fine, there’s another month left, and a few big releases still on the calendar, but we’re getting nostalgic nonetheless) we thought we’d emulate Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in this week’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” who has a cherished memento from Earth in the form of a cassette of classic songs, by putting together a mixtape of our own.

Review: 'Get On Up' Starring Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis And Octavia Spencer

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • July 30, 2014 2:18 PM
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Get On Up
“You cats ready?” Chadwick Boseman’s James Brown asks the audience, breaking through the fourth wall, early in “Get On Up.” It takes a lot of confidence for a character (and a filmmaker) to take this direct approach. The asides to the camera would feel forced if the biopic were covering almost anyone other than the Godfather of Soul, but it works well in this film.

Watch: New Trailer For Christopher Nolan's ‘Interstellar’ Delivers More Majestic Wonder & Awe

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 30, 2014 1:54 PM
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Interstellar, trailer 3
“Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.” That’s the tagline for Warner Bros.’/Paramount’s upcoming fall blockbuster, Christopher Nolan's “Interstellar." Those words could be modified for the fans-travaganza in San Diego last weekend: “Christopher Nolan was born on Earth. He was never meant to go to Comic-Con.” The notoriously secretive filmmaker had never been to the preeminent sci-fi and fantasy convention in his entire career, despite having made his 'Batman' trilogy, a series made for the Comic-Con crowd. Yet Paramount Pictures took over Hall H on Thursday, and quite unexpectedly, Nolan was in attendance with his "Interstellar" lead Matthew McConaughey (read our report here). Of course, he unveiled the latest trailer at the Con, which has now hit the Internet today.

Watch: Harry Potter Gets The Richard Linklater Treatment In 'Boyhood' Parody Trailer 'Potterhood'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 1:25 PM
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Potterhood
As you've probably heard by now, there are few films like Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." A coming-of-age story that was literally shot as the lead actor, Ellar Coltrane, came of age, the director filmed the movie for a few days, over the course of a dozen years, putting together a unique cinematic snapshot. But there is at least one other movie series that has allowed us to see the lead character grow up with its audience, and that's the Harry Potter franchise, that not only catapulted Daniel Radcliffe to worldwide fame, but also put him in the position of living out his awkward years on the big screen (as a wizard).

Watch: Trailer For 'Atari: Game Over' Tells The Incredible True Story Of The Infamous 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' Video Game

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 12:17 PM
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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Video Game
The story is the stuff of video game legend. In 1982, Atari — the kings of the video game world — rushed out the release of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" in time for Christmas, based on Steven Spielberg's hit movie released that summer. And it was nothing short of a disaster. Widely cited as one of the worst games ever made, it was developed and approved in five weeks, a process that for any other game would take months, and as you might expect, the finished product was a mess, and it became one of the biggest financial failures in the industry's history. It led to the downfall of Atari, and in 1983, it was reported that the company's unsold consoles and games — including millions of copies of 'E.T.' — were buried in the desert. The tale passed into urban legend, but now it's the basis of the documentary "Atari: Game Over" and the first trailer has arrived.

Exclusive: Listen To Nathan Halpern's "Fourth Of July" From Sundance Winning Documentary 'Rich Hill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 12:00 PM
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Rich Hill, Sundance
Filmmakers Andrew Droz Palermo and Tracy Droz Tragos didn't reinvent the wheel for their documentary "Rich Hill." They simply turned the camera on Andrew, Harley, and Appachey, three youngsters on the verge of adolescence in the titular small town, resulting in a movie that took the Best Documentary prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Check Out The Storyboards By 11 Year-Old Martin Scorsese For Roman Epic 'The Eternal City'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 11:22 AM
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Martin Scorsese
"...dealing with Howard Hughes at this point in his life, his flaw, the curse so to speak, is the curse for all of us in terms of a nation, a country that acquires wealth like empires," Martin Scorsese told Film4 circa "The Aviator." "I love studying ancient history and seeing how empires rise and fall. They sow the seeds of their own destruction and I think that's what fascinated me. Ultimately the story asks, is that the wave of the future for everyone?" And it would seem that's been an area the director has been fascinated with since childhood.

Wesley Snipes Wants To Make 'Blade 4,' Says "Experimental" 'Blade' Movies Paved The Way For 'Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2014 11:00 AM
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Blade: Trinity
Wesley Snipes is back! Sort of! The actor, who has spent the past handful of years mired in legal woes, while also starring in a string of forgettable, low budget movies, returns to the multiplex this month in "The Expendables 3" and could we be looking at a Snipes-aissance? Maybe (but probably not). But don't rain on Snipes' parade, because he's really hoping to make "Blade 4."

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