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Watch: Early Experimental Short Films 'Look At Life' & '1:42.08' Directed By George Lucas

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 5:09 PM
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For the past little while -- both before and after the "Star Wars" relaunch news -- George Lucas has been talking about getting back to his roots and making experimental movies. Longtime producer Rick McCallum may or may not be involved, but for those who wonder if Lucas ever had an experimental bone in his body, these early shorts are ample evidence that there was a moment, a long time ago, when the filmmaker had more on his mind than Wookies.

New Pics Of Matthew McConaughey & Reese Witherspoon In 'Mud' Plus French Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 4:29 PM
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So, where are we in the Matthew McConaughey renaissance? Well, we've seen the man turn the tide of public perception and expectation so far in Richard Linklater's "Bernie," William Friedkin's "Killer Joe," Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" and Steven Soderbergh's "Magic Mike." Up next is the AIDS drama "The Dallas Buyer's Club," and if all goes well, Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar." But before both of those, McConaughey has yet another unique indie on the way.

'Upstream Color' Director Shane Carruth Reveals Details On Next Project 'The Modern Ocean,' His Work On 'Looper' & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 1, 2013 4:02 PM
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Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
Psychotropic, romantic and beautiful like a scary dream, Shane Carruth’s long-awaited follow-up to "Primer," the self-distributed "Upstream Color" comes to theaters this Friday. Though it will undoubtedly divide, it has already, in its way, conquered many who've seen it: our reviewer in Sundance was little short of enraptured by the film, and this writer wholeheartedly agrees after seeing it at the Berlin International Film Festival. There are very few films that have the power to stay with you, buzzing and humming below the surface of your consciousness, for days after you see them, but the strains of "Upstream Color" remain with us still.

Derek Cianfrance Talks About His Epic Drama 'The Place Beyond The Pines' & Almost Making Two Movies Out Of 'Blue Valentine'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 1, 2013 3:20 PM
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Place Beyond The Pines, Derek Cianfrance, Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper
Filmmaker Derek Cianfrance took twelve years to make his sophomore effort, "Blue Valentine." A searing relationship drama about husbands and wives starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, it quickly put the almost-forgotten director – who made his feature debut with 1998's still unreleased "Brother Tied" and had turned to documentaries in that time – firmly back on the cinematic map. His follow-up, "The Place Beyond The Pines" arrived a relatively quick two years later, but was six years in the making and Cianfrance actually had Gosling on board before 'Valentine' had even begun shooting.

Watch: Discover Jeff Buckley In Trailer For 'Greetings From Tim Buckley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 3:01 PM
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So, how hard is it to make a Jeff Buckley movie if you don't have official access to his songs or life story? Apparently, not that hard. While "Mystery White Boy" continues to marinate, "Greetings From Tim Buckley" has cast, shot, played a major festival and is now getting ready for release. And you know what, it's not as much like Jackie Jormp-Jomp as you might think. Good luck to whoever gets cast as Jeff Buckley in the next movie, because Penn Badgley -- uneven as the movie turns out -- is actually pretty good.

Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez & Laurence Fishburne Are 'Rudderless' For William H. Macy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 2:38 PM
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Having worked with folks like Steven Spielberg, the Coen Brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson, David Mamet, Gus Van Sant and more, William H. Macy has no shortage of experience to draw on as he makes his feature directorial debut. But first, he'll need to get a cast together and he's done just that.

Watch: Orson Welles Teaches You Baccarat, Craps, Blackjack, Roulette & Keno In Vintage Video For Caesars Palace

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 2:02 PM
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There are few filmmakers in the history of cinema that are as much of a tragic paradox as Orson Welles. An undeniable filmmaking genius, one could argue Welles peaked too early with pretty much every movie after "Citizen Kane" getting compromised in some way and that trajectory continuing downward until he was left doing stuff like... well, this...

New Images From Sundance Hit 'The Way, Way Back' & Sequel 'The Raid 2: Berandal'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 1:37 PM
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Today is April 1st. Some folks are coming down from Easter chocolate hangovers and a good chunk of the internet are trading April Fools' Day gags while Hollywood seems to be taking it a bit easy. So forgive the random mash-up of images, but that's just the way things are going today...

Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'Pineapple Express 2' (aka 'This Is The End')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 1:00 PM
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Today is April Fool's Day, a holiday marked by lots of unfunny and terrible jokes floating around the internet trying to gotcha people. This isn't one of them. Instead, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride and their pals have used April 1st to drop the trailer for the highly anticipated "Pineapple Express" sequel... okay, not really...

Watch: Bloody, Eye-Popping Clip From Eli Roth's Netflix Series 'Hemlock Grove'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 12:42 PM
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With "Game Of Thrones" kicking off last night and "Mad Men" just around the corner, there is plenty of great TV to watch at the moment, but there is a drawback of having to wait week-by-week for each new episode. If you're looking for something to binge on, help is on the way.

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