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Bruce Willis Says There Will Be Sixth 'Die Hard,' Speaks Out Against Gun Control

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 5:38 PM
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So the fifth entry in the wheezing "Die Hard" franchise comes out in just over a week, and surprisingly, it's taken this long for the inevitable talk about a sixth entry to crop up. But with Bruce Willis on the press trail, the question has been asked, and the answer from the actor is simple: "Yes."

Wong Kar-Wai Says Cuts To 'The Grandmaster' For International Release Are Minor, Done For Clarity

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 5:16 PM
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We have to admit, we took a bit of a pause when it was revealed over the weekend that Wong Kar-Wai had snipped fifteen minutes from "The Grandmaster" as he prepped the movie for its international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival tomorrow. Was it pressure from distributors? A director who has worked on this movie for years who doesn't know when to stop? As it turns out, the real reason for the cuts is something far more banal.

Who Should Play Them? '70s Set David Bowie & Iggy Pop Biopic 'Lust For Life' In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 4:37 PM
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While the '70s were a musical stew of rock, glam, disco, punk and the early seeds of new wave and hip hop, there are few figures to emerge from the era who have endured quite like David Bowie and Iggy Pop. Together, they delivered some of the most iconic records of the era, and now someone wants to bring that story to the big screen.

Göteborg Interview: 'Something In The Air' Director Olivier Assayas On Rebellion, Memory & Godard Vs. Truffaut

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 6, 2013 4:05 PM
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With “Something in the Air,” French director Olivier Assayas (“Carlos,” “Summer Hours,” “Irma Vep,” “Cold Water”) turned in his most autobiographical work to date. A coming-of-age tale set against a backdrop of radical student politics, sex and drugs in 1970s France, we reviewed the film out of Venice  and then caught up with the director at NYFF to talk about it. All of which meant when we recently got to meet him again, at the Göteborg International Film Festival, we could afford the luxury of letting the conversation range off-topic from the revolutionary politics of the film’s era to the idea of storytelling in film as an act of rebellion, to the problems in film criticism (Assayas himself wrote for Cahiers du Cinema) and even briefly to the Beatles vs the Stones.

Colin Firth Confirmed To Star With Nicole Kidman In Thriller 'Before I Go To Sleep'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 3:42 PM
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It seems that what Nicole Kidman wants, Nicole Kidman gets. Last fall, the actress expressed a desire to reteam with Colin Firth, with whom she recently wrapped the WWII tale "The Railway Man," on the upcoming thriller "Before I Go To Sleep." And that's exactly what's going to happen.

The 5 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2013 Berlin Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 6, 2013 3:26 PM
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We're still brushing the snow off our metaphorical evening wear from the Sundance Film Festival, which feels like it ended only yesterday, and yet tomorrow sees the second stop of The Playlist's 2013 festival roadshow get underway, with the opening night of the Berlin Film Festival. The earliest in the year of the Big Three European festivals (alongside Cannes and Venice), the Berlinale, founded in the German capital in 1951, is traditionally one of the most prestigious events in the movie calendar.

SXSW 2013 Announces Midnight Slate With Films By Vincenzo Natali, Rob Zombie, V/H/S/2 & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 3:00 PM
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...and yes there is more movie sauce to pour over the BBQ that is SXSW next month. After firming up their main slate last week, the folks in Austin have revealed their Midnighter line-up and there may be more than one worth losing some sleep for.

Another Pablo Escobar Project On The Way, This Time From Netflix & 'Robocop' Helmer Jose Padilha

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 2:57 PM
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It took just over a month into 2013 for yet another project about a famed drug lord to come to the fore. We already know about "Paradise Lost," the romance that will relegate Pablo Escobar to an interesting supporting player but embodied by none other than Benicio Del Toro. And there there is the development roadway, littered with projects by guys like Oliver Stone, Antoine Fuqua, Brad Furman and Joe Carnahan, that are either in development or once were. However, when Netflix honcho Ted Sarandos tells GQ, "The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us," he's not fucking around. So we think this next attempt to bring Escobar back to life has a better chance than most.

Scott Z. Burns Says David Fincher's '20,000 Leagues' Aiming For Thematic Mix Of Technology, Commerce & Humanity

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 6, 2013 2:05 PM
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As far as big-budget extravaganzas go, there are a few that keenly attract our attention, and one of them is the proposed adaptation of Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" that Disney is potentially mounting with director David Fincher and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns. A large-scale piece of mainstream entertainment crafted by the duo behind edgier recent fare like "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "Contagion" is an intriguing idea. And when we talked to Burns about "Side Effects," his new psychosexual thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh (our review here), we had to ask him about the progress of Captain Nemo and the Nautilus.

Disney Planning Young Han Solo & Boba Fett 'Star Wars' Spinoff Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2013 1:44 PM
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Will, this is timely. Given the general slow drip of news and secrecy at the mouse house surrounding their upcoming "Star Wars" we had no idea that very literally moments after we had finished writing What The Stand-Alone 'Star Wars' Movies Mean For The Franchise & 5 Possibilities Of What They Could Be, well, we would kind of know what they will be.

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