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James Gray Feels "Embarrassed" For Critics For Complaining 'The Immigrant' Is Too Slow

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2013 1:39 PM
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"The boos are the cost of being lucky. But they're still hard to hear," director James Gray recently told the LA Times about the reception he received in Cannes for 2008's "Two Lovers." But the filmmaker returned to the south of France last week to premiere his latest, "The Immigrant," where he's kind of like a big deal. ("James Gray is a rock star here," one of his agents told the paper). But the reception for his most recent was certainly mixed (read our positive review here), and while Gray doesn't mind criticism, he has little patience for those who can't sit still for a movie that's less than two hours.

The 5 Best Films Plus The Highs & Lows Of The Playlist's Cannes 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 29, 2013 12:57 PM
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Cannes 2013 wrap
And so it's time to wrap up our time at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and gently put it to bed. The consensus that seemed to emerge, and that we're on board with, was that this was a strong year at the festival, and if there was no single, unexpected, left-of-field standout (no "Holy Motors" leapt out of the bushes and startled everyone) that was more than compensated for by the base standard being higher than in previous years.

Rob Lowe Will Literally Play JFK In Ridley Scott-Produced 'Killing Kennedy' & More

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • May 29, 2013 12:36 PM
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Oscar winner Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) is heading back to television to co-star with Matt Dillion in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Wayward Pines.” Fox is putting together the event series based on Blake Crouch’s novel "Pines" and hopes to have it out by fall 2014. Described as a "Twin Peaks"-esque show (high hopes), the story follows Secret Service agent Ethan Burke (Dillion) as he searches for two missing federal agents in Wayward Pines, Idaho. Of course, not everything is at it seems in Wayward Pines and Burke only finds more mysteries. One of which is Nurse Pam (Leo) who tends to Burke when he winds up in the town hospital, only to become a lethal advisory with deep ties to Wayward’s secrets.

The Stories Behind 7 'Behind The Candelabra' Pop Culture References

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 29, 2013 11:58 AM
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Behind The Candelabra
Among the many dizzy pleasures of Steven Soderbergh’s excellent Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra" which premiered last week at Cannes and aired on HBO on Sunday (read our review) and which hopefully some of you have had the chance to catch up with, is the meticulous recreation of the period setting --- from Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” to the cars, the fashions, and the unenlightened attitudes towards homosexuality, it’s a film that revels in late 70s/early 80s detail. And part of that comes from the dialogue too, with characters making often rapid-fire allusions to people and events that may have been well-known at the time, but are maybe not quite so current in our minds now.

'The Silence Of The Lambs' Inspires New Wines, Gets 2 Mondo Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2013 11:44 AM
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So, making some fava beans for dinner tonight? Looking for the right wine to pair with your meal? Well, Alamo Drafthouse has got you (creepily) covered. Taking movie fandom to the next level, they've launched two signature wines inspired by "The Silence Of The Lambs," and yes they are real, and yes you can order them. And help get the word out, they've drafted Mondo to create two pretty solid new posters for the flick/wines.

Viggo Mortensen Says He Turned Down 'The Hobbit,' Gearing Up Directorial Debut With 'The Horsecatcher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2013 11:18 AM
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There are few actors around as discerning, interesting and talented as Viggo Mortensen. As he's gained success in career, he's become choosier about this roles, usually going for something that stirs his heart or brain (or both), rather than the obvious star vehicle or blockbuster franchise. But of course, as Aragon in Peter Jackson's "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy, it brought the actor to the peak of fame and worldwide recognition, but count him out of any more trips to Middle Earth. Like it or not, Jackson found a way to turn the novella "The Hobbit" into three movies, in a new saga that overlaps with 'LOTR,' with a handful of characters carrying over. But for Mortensen, he wasn't interested in reprising a role that deviated from the text.

‘The East’ Actress & Co-Writer Brit Marling Talks The Stakes Of Espionage Thrillers, Real Life Inspiration & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 29, 2013 11:02 AM
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The East, Brit Marling
Alongside her co-conspirators and director friends Mike Cahill and Zal Batmanglij, actress and writer Brit Marling has fashioned a confident path for herself in the film world, simply by creating the roles she’d always wanted to play. In “Sound Of My Voice,” she played Maggie, the enigmatic cult leader possibly from the future, and in her second collaboration with Batmanglij, “The East,” an operative for a private intelligence firm who infiltrates an anarchist collective led by Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Shiloh Fernandez, and Toby Kebbell.

Brad Pitt Faces A Zombie Apocalypse In New Pics, Banners & Poster For 'World War Z'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 29, 2013 10:37 AM
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World War Z
With less than a month to go, Paramount has unleashed a blitzkrieg of “World War Z” marketing materials upon an unsuspecting world: TV spots, magazine profiles and now even more posters and stills.

Even Bernardo Bertolucci Thinks American TV Is Better Than American Movies These Days

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 29, 2013 10:18 AM
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Legendary filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci was recently honored by the American Academy in Rome with the McKim Award. The man behind films such as “Last Tango in Paris,” “The Last Emperor,” and “The Dreamers” has been active in the film industry for over 50 years now and after receiving the prestigious award, spoke of his love for American culture from when he was very young as well as the disappointment he feels regarding the state of Hollywood today. It’s a sentiment that’s been echoed quite often by other filmmakers lately, but perhaps more amusing to learn is Bertolucci’s penchant for recent American television.

Steven Soderbergh Says His New Cut Of 'Kafka' Will Be "A Hardcore Art Movie"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 29, 2013 10:05 AM
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Since the beginning of his career, Steven Soderbergh has never walked by the traditional filmmaking path, and after his celebrated Palme d'Or winning debut “Sex, Lies and Videotape," he completely changed the game for this sophomore effort. 1991's "Kafka" is an ambitious and stylized psychological thriller/horror/noir, presented in black-and-white (except for a key color sequence during the middle of the film) that drew harsh reviews, flopped hard upon release and has never been available on DVD in the U.S. And that's too bad because as we wrote in our recent Soderbergh retrospective, "it's a very strong and idiosyncratic piece of work" but has it been consigned to the dustbin of time? Hardly.

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