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Remember That 'Akira' Remake? Well, It's Back On With Jaume Collet-Serra Returning To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 10:35 PM
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Cue fanboy panic! While devoted anime heads likely breathed a sign of relief when Warner Bros. kiboshed plans for a live action remake of "Akira" in early 2012, the project never really disappeared. Within days of that announcement, word circulated that they were looking at a new screenwriter and it looks like whatever reservations they had last time out have disappeared, as they are bringing the gang back together for another crack at the project.

Review: Joachim LaFosse's 'Our Children' Starring Tahar Rahim

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 8:01 PM
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Some movies you don't exit, you escape. You crawl out from underneath them, they're so heavy and oppressive and immovably huge. "Our Children" is one such weighty mass. But instead of being a transformative, ultimately life-affirming experience, the way similarly bleak "Amour" and "Rust & Bone" are, "Our Children" is full of one-note grimness. Directed by Belgian film director Joachim LaFosse ("Nue Propriété," "Élève libre") there's nothing to be gained from the experience, and it is a grim drag in both content and form. By the time it reaches its semi-shocking conclusion, groans erupted from our audience and the squeaking of hastily exited chairs could be heard.

Review: James Ponsoldt's 'The Spectacular Now' Starring Shailene Woodley & Miles Teller

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 1, 2013 7:05 PM
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The Spectacular Now
Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is the charming, good time guy who lives in the moment. Self-assured, he’s the life of the party, popular, and he and his girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson) breeze through their high school experience. Sutter and Cassidy are like a teenage power couple that rule parties thanks to their appeal and all the social lubricants at hand. But, writing an admission letter to the Dean of a university, Sutter reveals his life is at a crossroads. Thinking she's caught him with another girl, Cassidy has dumped him, when the truth is that Sutter was using his good-time skills to help get his timid friend Ricky (Masam Holden) laid. But Cassidy isn’t having it and Sutter can’t see why this is the straw that broke the camel’s back with her.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Is Ready To "Push The Boundaries" With His Quicksilver Performance In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 5:17 PM
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While "Kick-Ass 2" star Aaron Taylor-Johnson has yet to be officially confirmed as Quicksilver in the forthcoming superhero sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," he's been the clear frontrunner for a couple of months now. And just days before the D23 Expo in Anaheim (Disney's version of Comic Con), where Disney is expected to make some major Marvel announcements, Taylor-Johnson spills the beans about his approach to the iconic character. As he's quick to point out to Total Film, he's not officially signed up for the role, but that doesn't stop him from talking about it. A lot.

Contest: Win 'The Place Beyond The Pines' Starring Ryan Gosling On Blu-ray

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 4:59 PM
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"If you ride like lightning, you're going to crash like thunder," Ryan Gosling is warned in "The Place Beyond The Pines." And in his reteam with "Blue Valentine" director Derek Cianfrance, that phrase is one that echoes through generations, in a epic film about legacy, loss and the sins of the father. The film, which premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival, opened in cinemas this past spring and did brisk business, but if it didn't make it to your town or somehow you didn't manage to see it, we've got a treat....

15 New Images From 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 4:27 PM
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Breaking what? While the fate of Walter White is on everyone's mind as his journey kicks off in just over a week (take the phone off the hook folks!), a whole other breed of morally conflicted man is returning to the small screen too. In September, Nucky Thompson and the rest of the gang continue bootleggin' in the fourth season of "Boardwalk Empire," and some new images are here to give you a taste.

8 Established Filmmakers Who Reinvented Themselves With Risky Low-Budget Efforts

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 1, 2013 3:57 PM
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This Friday will see the VOD release of Paul Schrader's much talked about "The Canyons," a film both inspired by and conceived for the post-theatrical era (though it will receive a limited theatrical run starting out in NYC and Toronto). The film, which revolves around a toxic producer (adult star James Deen) and his girlfriend (Lindsay Lohan), is a collaboration between "American Psycho" author/enfant terrible Bret Easton Ellis and "Taxi Driver" scribe Schrader, whose directorial career includes "American Gigolo" and "Affliction." After the duo failed to get a studio-financed shark attack movie off the ground, they decided to pursue something on a smaller scale that would required fewer gatekeepers. Schrader's email to Ellis read, "Enough of this. Let's just do something ourselves. The economics are right. You write it, I'll direct it, we'll pay for it, and we'll make cinema for the post-theatrical era." And so "The Canyons" was born.

Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Starring Matt Damon & Jodie Foster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 3:30 PM
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Elysium Matt Damon
The year is 2154, and while the future may include ships that reach supersonic speeds in fifteen seconds, and advanced weaponry and technology that now interacts directly with the human body, the divide between the haves and have nots has never been greater. Los Angeles has essentially become one large barrio, a dirty, garbage-filled, decaying city that is a bleak portrait of what could happen if the current and growing prison industrial complex expands at a prodigious rate. Crime is so high that lawbreakers and potential lawbreakers are patrolled and monitored by ruthlessly efficient robots walking the beat, while those who are charged are processed in such volume that it might as well be the DMV. And one of those put through the system is Max De Costa (Matt Damon), an ex-con on parole, trying to go straight after a checkered past. And these are the building blocks of an expansive world created by Neill Blomkamp in "Elysium," a brainy sci-fi effort that doesn't skimp on its blockbuster requirements, and delivers one of the most satisfying films of the summer.

Watch: A Pair Of Hilarious New 'Prince Avalanche' Clips

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • August 1, 2013 3:25 PM
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Prince Avalanche
If you’ve read past write-ups on director David Gordon Green’s film, “Prince Avalanche,” then you know we at The Playlist love it. It made our Best Films of the Year…So Far list, and writer Rodrigo Perez gave it an “A-” in his Sundance review.

Interview: Mark Romanek Talks Jay Z's 'Picasso Baby' Short Film, Says "It's A Tsunami Of Joy"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 3:00 PM
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Tomorrow night, at 11 pm, Jay Z (the hyphen is gone!) will premiere his brand-new video for "Picasso Baby" on HBO, a highlight from his recently released Magna Carta Holy Grail album. It's an art installation-style 10-minute short film, in part based on Marina Abramovic's "The Artist in Present," an installation (and later, feature-length documentary) at New Year's Museum of Modern Art, in which the famous artist sat at a table for hours on end while everyday people would sit across from her and stare. For the Jay Z project, the rapper rented out a downtown Manhattan art gallery and invited people to perform the song too. So it was kind of like the Abramovic thing, except much more of a party. We got a chance to talk to Mark Romanek, the director of "One Hour Photo" and some of the most memorable music videos of the past two decades, who told us where the project came from, how he put it together, and why the music video format might be dead.

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