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Review: 'The We & The I' Is A Testing, Patronizing Let-Down From Michel Gondry

  • By James Rocchi
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  • March 7, 2013 6:56 PM
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Like some Gallic version of Tim Burton, Michel Gondry's initial promise has given way to a series of films whose diminishing returns demonstrate that he's a talented visualist without the capacity for, or worse, any interest in, telling an actual story. Gondry's defenders will, of course, point to the excellent "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," but the passage of years has made it abundantly clear that the credit for that film is entirely screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's; Gondry may have gotten out of the way of that script, but that's hardly a reason to celebrate his skills or capabilities, such as they are, beyond that. The messy "Be Kind, Rewind," the cutesy-creepy "The Science of Sleep," the noisome and needless "Green Hornet"...Gondry's name above a title has gone from being a reason to seek a film to being a reason to shun it.

Interview: Robin Wright On The Texas Hall Of Fame Awards, 'House of Cards,' The 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel & Her Amazing Hair

  • March 7, 2013 6:28 PM
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There are a lot of twists on the new David Fincher-produced Netflix series "House of Cards," which follows a devious, BBQ-loving congressman (Kevin Spacey) who looks to exact revenge upon the President of the United States after being instrumental in his election (and then passed over for a high profile cabinet position). But no one could have possibly imagined how wonderful Robin Wright, who plays Spacey's wife (in a role that oscillates between Martha Stewart, Hillary Clinton and Lady Macbeth), really is. She's sleek and sexy and absolutely lethal, but sympathetic and occasionally loving too. And the accomplishment hasn't gone unnoticed. The night before the South by Southwest Film Festival kicks off, Wright will be honored at the Texas Hall Of Fame Awards, which is put on by the Austin Film Society (Wright was born in Dallas). We got to talk to Wright about "House of Cards," the Texas Hall of Fame Awards, where the next "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is and, most importantly, her hair.

Watch: The New Trailer For M. Night Shyamalan's 'After Earth' Starring Will & Jaden Smith Crash Lands

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 6:14 PM
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So this summer, you'll have no shortage of Earth-as-a-barren-wasteland-and-metaphor-for-our-excess movies. Tom Cruise rides motorbikes alone next month in "Oblivion," and not too long after, M. Night Shyamalan delivers "After Earth," which presents the planet as having evolved to kill humans. It turns our there is something scarier than the wind in "The Happening"....

Andrea Riseborough Joins The Increasingly Great Cast Of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Comedy 'Birdman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 5:59 PM
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Well, hell... As if lining up Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton wasn't enough, the cast for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's comedy "Birdman" just keeps getting better and better.

Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass & Ted Danson Are 'The One I Love'

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • March 7, 2013 5:31 PM
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An unexpected mix of thespians -- Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass, and Ted Danson have signed on to star in a new indie entitled “The One I Love,” from first-time feature director Charlie McDowell and first-time feature scribe Justin Lader. Moss and Duplass will play a married couple with relationship issues, while Danson will play their therapist. Duplass will also be executive producing, once again flexing his multi-hyphenate muscles. 

'House Of Cards' Star Corey Stoll & Jane Fonda Join Shawn Levy's 'This Is Where I Leave You'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 7, 2013 5:11 PM
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If you’ve been Kate Mara-thoning “House of Cards” over this past month or so like Netflix wants you to, then you’re likely to have been pretty impressed by the work of Corey Stoll who plays Congressman Peter Russo in the political thriller. Stoll’s biggest roles on the big screen have come in the likes of “Salt,” “Midnight in Paris” (in which he played Ernest Hemingway) and “The Bourne Legacy,” but now he’s landed what sounds like a pretty sizable role in Shawn Levy’s new comedy.

Review: 'Dead Man Down' Is A Surprisingly Satisfying Revenge Movie That Combines B-Movie Aesthetics With European Artiness

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 7, 2013 4:50 PM
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"Dead Man Down," the new revenge movie that marks the domestic debut of Niels Arden Oplev, the Norwegian director behind the original Swedish version of "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," doesn't have an extended title sequence. There are a couple of names of production companies and then the title and that's it. This is sort of strange, especially considering its impressive cast, which includes Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Isabelle Huppert and Terrence Howard. But everything about "Dead Man Down" is designed to catch you off guard, and most of the time it totally works, effortlessly mixing B-movie aesthetics with deeply contemplative European artiness. The result is a movie that is genuinely, totally unexpected.

20 Iconic & Memorable Movie Death Scenes

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 7, 2013 4:17 PM
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Tomorrow sees the release of "The ABCs Of Death," a new horror anthology from some of the top new names in the genre, with a fairly similar premise: 26 directors, 26 very short films, 26 very different ways to die. From the apocalypse to Zetsumetsu, there's all kinds of inventive ways to be offed across its two-hour running time, and it's sure to keep gorehounds entertained, as our review suggested, even if horror neophytes might be left scratching their heads.

Watch: Beautifully Bonkers Video For Beach House's "Wishes" Directed By Eric Wareheim

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 3:42 PM
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It may only be March, but we already have a candidate for music video of the year. And no, it doesn't come from more experienced and well-known folks in the field like Floria Sigismondi, Jonas Åkerlund or other exotically named people. Instead it comes from Eric Wareheim of "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" fame. And it's as bonkers as you might expect...

Complete Tracklisting For M83's 'Oblivion' Soundtrack Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 3:19 PM
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Yesterday, movie and music fans got a nice surprise when M83's "StarWaves" from the upcoming soundtrack to the sci-fi "Oblivion" landed online. Now, twenty-four hours later, the full tracklisting has been revealed, and make no mistake, Anthony Gonzalez has ditched the more flowerly song titles from his albums, for names that definitely reflect Joseph Kosinski's movie. Spoilers ahead?

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