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'The Sopranos' Creator David Chase Puts On 'Little Black Dress' For His Directorial Feature

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 2:46 PM
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As the writer and creator of the groundbreaking, bar-setting, measuring-stick-by-which-all-others-are-judged "The Sopranos," David Chase's legacy is set. Everything else from here on out is gravy, and if it even approaches the ballpark of quality of his HBO series, that will be an accomplishment alone. And while Chase could easily run with another TV series, he's taking the leap to features to see if he can work his magic there. While his first at bat with last year's music drama "Not Fade Away" didn't quite hit the mark, he's getting ready to give it another shot.

Watch: Sharlto Copley Has A Nasty Wake Up Call In Trailer For Horror 'Open Grave'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • October 31, 2013 2:22 PM
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Open Grave Sharlto Copley
Sharlto Copley, antagonist of the recent “Elysium” and South Africa's finest sayer of the word “fuck,” is a man who most likely first came to your attention soaked in a variety of mysterious bodily gunk and viscera, playing the transmogrifying Wikus in Neill Blomkamp's clever sci-fi flick “District 9.” Well, here he is again, covered in blood and unsure of who he is: but at least this time the blood is human (we think?).

Exclusive: First Look At Anton Yelchin & Berenice Marlohe In The Romance '5 To 7'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 2:02 PM
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5 To 7 Anton Yelchin Berenice Marlohe
For most audiences around the world, Berenice Marlohe came to their attention thanks to her starmaking turn in "Skyfall" as the smokey seductress Severine. She hasn't been seen on the big screen since, mostly because she's been too busy working. She booked a part in Terrence Malick's forthcoming Austin music scene-set drama, but as those movies goes, who knows if she'll remain in the film. But more crucially, the actress is ready to show a softer side, starring opposite Anton Yelchin in the romance "5 To 7."

Review: Director's Cut Of Bong Joon-Ho's 'Snowpiercer' Is Visionary & Thrilling

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2013 1:43 PM
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"Snowpiercer"
Few films without a firm release date (in most of the world, at least) have inspired as much chatter of late than Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer." The English-language debut of the South Korean mastermind behind "Memories of Murder," "The Host" and "Mother," it features an all-star cast and a hefty budget, and was snapped up early on by The Weinstein Company. But after opening in South Korea in August, it's barely been seen in the rest of the world, with Harvey Weinstein holding the release in the territories he controls until he can cut a reported 20 minutes out to make it more palatable to western crowds. But one location in which Harvey Scissorhands doesn't hold the rights is France, and the director's cut opened there this week—appropriate, given that it's based on a French graphic novel called "Le Transperceneige." Eager to see what the fuss is about, we hopped on the Eurostar to Paris to check it out yesterday. And Harvey? We wouldn't touch a frame, because this might be the best pure science-fiction film since "Children of Men."

Disney Says No To Kathleen Kennedy's Request To Push 'Star Wars 7' To 2016

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 1:29 PM
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Star Wars: Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan
With the "Star Wars" YouTube channel suddenly posting vintage trailers for the original series of films in the last month or so, and with the one-year anniversary of Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm arriving this week, many fans thought perhaps there would be some kind of official announcement this week about "Star Wars: Episode 7." Perhaps J.J. Abrams secretly shot some kind of teaser? Maybe we'd get the title already? But instead, it looks like there are some issues to sort out behind the scenes.

Watch: New Trailer 'The Lego Movie' Gets Out Of The Box, Onto The Screen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 1:04 PM
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lego the movie
Here's a question: can a toy movie actually be genuinely ... good? It's a nut that Hollywood has had a hard time cracking, particularly of late. "Transformers" may be a successful franchise, but to call them "good" would be contort and reconfigure the word like so many robots in disguise. The less said about "Battleship" the better, while Relativity has straight up thrown in the towel on "Stretch Armstrong" being a thing. But Legos? That's a whole a different ballgame.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For Hammer Horror 'The Quiet Ones' Starring Jared Harris & Sam Claflin

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 12:52 PM
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With over $125 million in the bank for "The Woman In Black" and a sequel on the way, it's safe to say that vintage, and newly rebooted, horror studio Hammer is off to a very healthy start. They managed the rare combo with their Daniel Radcliffe-starring debut: creating a genuinely creepy flick that not only shivered the spines of audiences, but critics too. Can they do it again with "The Quiet Ones"? Well, the first teaser trailer is here and...

The Playlist Team Picks Their 13 Scariest Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 31, 2013 12:19 PM
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Favorite horror movies
On the off chance you haven't literally tripped over a pumpkin in the last five minutes, we're here to remind you that tonight we celebrate the single greatest excuse ever invented to get trashed and wear skimpy clothing: Halloween. But of course, in addition to its status for some as a nationwide night of consequence-free hedonistic abandon, for others, Halloween has a deeper, more rarefied spiritual function: as a time to discover the limits of rationality; to test the boundaries of your relationship with the unknown and unknowable; in short, to scare yourself shitless.

Watch: 2 New Trailers For Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' Starring Josh Brolin & Kate Winslet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 12:00 PM
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Labor Day
A criminal on the run, a young boy coming of age and a woman in need of companionship... all of these elements come together in "Labor Day," the latest from Jason Reitman, which is gearing up to hit theaters in a couple months after making a very modest splash at Telluride and Toronto. It's certainly a different animal from the writer/director's previous pictures, and one that brings a couple of our favorite actors together in the lead roles.

'Addams Family' Getting Rebooted Again, This Time As An Animated Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2013 11:44 AM
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As studios continue to mine old televisions shows for the big screen to mixed results, it's likely they're looking at "The Addams Family" as the barometer of success. First based on comics by Charles Addams, the spooktacular franchise became a hit show on TV in the '60s and '70s, spawned three movies in the '90s (two of them hits, one of the a direct-to-video effort you probably didn't know existed) and spun off both a short-lived animated series and live-action series. And now, MGM wants to make some of that paper.

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