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Director Park Chan-Wook Says Another English-Language Picture In The Works, 'Snowpiercer' Almost Finished & Talks His Dream Genres

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 28, 2013 12:32 PM
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While chatting with "Oldboy" director Park Chan-Wook about his upcoming, absolutely insane new thriller "Stoker" -- which I personally loved despite our review -- I had to ask him what was next. After becoming an established force in the South Korean film industry with his idiosyncratic, stylish genre films, lauded 'Vengeance' trilogy, and now making (incredibly weird) inroads in America, we were curious as to where his career was headed next. As it turns out, while he doesn't have his next project totally lined up, he did reveal that he has another American, English-Language feature in the works.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Actress Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2013 12:00 PM
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The recent Oscars, it should be said, were not a headline year for the Best Actress race. Of course Emmanuelle Riva, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence et al were thoroughly deserving of their nominations, but the category was generally deemed to be a bit thin by Oscar watchers, with something of a dearth of good female roles, bar the five that were nominated (plus a handful of others overlooked by the Academy, like Marion Cotillard in "Rust and Bone" and Emayatzy Corinealdi in "Middle of Nowhere").

Watch: Thom Yorke Dances Again In Garth Jennings Directed Video For "Ingenue" By Atoms For Peace

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 11:39 AM
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A couple of years ago, Thom Yorke danced into the music world's heart with the video for Radiohead's "Lotus Flower." It was a simple concept, finally committing the frontman's spastic dancing to tape, in a mesmerizingly simple spot. So with Yorke now launching his new project Atoms For Peace, he's once again tapping his feet for some attention, though offering a bit of a twist, and getting a new partner.

Tilda Swinton Looks Typically Tilda Swinton-Esque In Image NOT From 'Snowpiercer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 11:23 AM
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Update: Sorry everyone, we were misinformed about the provenance of the below pic which is actually an editorial picture Swinton did for W Magazine last year. Still, she looks cool. 

5 Great & 5 Disappointing English-Language Debuts By Foreign-Language Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 28, 2013 11:01 AM
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This Friday sees the release of the much-anticipated "Stoker." The melodrama would probably be of note just because it stars Mia Wasikowksa and Nicole Kidman, but it's even more so because it marks the English-language debut of acclaimed Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook, the man behind "Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance," "Oldboy" and "Thirst," among others. The film lands hot on the heels of "The Last Stand," from Park's countryman Kim Ji-Woon, and a few months from the English-language debut of another Korean filmmaker, Bong Joon-Ho's "Snowpiercer." The three are only the latest international filmmakers to seek wider audiences and acclaim by making a film in the English language.

Joss Whedon Calls 'Planet Hulk' Rumors "Nonsense"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2013 10:42 AM
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Update (03/05/13): To add a further nail to the coffin, Joss Whedon was asked by IGN during a junket for "Much Ado About Nothing" as to whether it was true that "World War Hulk" and "Planet Hulk" would provide inspiration for future Marvel movies. The director responded "Well, I"m not really supposed to comment, but no, that's nonsense." There are denials aimed at keeping things vague, and then there are denials because something's just untrue, and this seems to be the latter. As you were.

First Stills From 'The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby' With Jessica Chastain & James McAvoy Reveal Visual Differences

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 28, 2013 10:19 AM
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A batch of stills from each “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers” have provided the first major break in the case of the mysterious two-part project. For those of you who haven’t heard, the loftily titled pair of features is a two-part set from writer-director Ned Benson starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy as a husband and wife with a failing relationship. One film will tell the story through the eyes of the husband, a restaurateur, while the other film sees the events through the eyes of the wife, who goes back to college.

Recap: 'Parade's End' Goes To War With One Outstanding Episode, And One Middling One

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2013 9:58 AM
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When we left off with part two of "Parade's End," war had arrived, with Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the trenches, and his wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) seemingly finding religion. Part three of the show stayed mostly away from the front, picking up with Christopher waking in a military hospital, concussed by a shell, and seemingly unable to remember even his name.

The Weinstein Company Bolster This Year's Oscar Slate With Star-Studded Doc 'Salinger'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 28, 2013 9:39 AM
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It can safely be said that Harvey Weinstein no longer needs to try too hard. After nudging “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Django Unchained” toward their Oscar wins Sunday night, and even snagging FLOTUS to deliver the Best Picture award? No need. But the famed producer's key to success is persistence, and he's now moved to award another filmmaker's for his.

'Zero Dark Thirty' Star Jason Clarke Joins Chris Hemsworth In Stephen Gaghan's 'Candy Store'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 28, 2013 9:25 AM
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Those who have been waiting for the next Stephen Gaghan (“Syriana”) film have probably lost their patience by now. It has been almost eight years and his latest project, “Candy Store,” has enough potential big names rumored to be involved it can tantalize you: The project has had Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz all circling or being offered roles with Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Bradley Cooper on various wishlists. But last fall, Chris Hemsworth was the first to check in and now another name has joined him. 

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