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Review: Romain Gavras' Vital & Bold 'Our Day Will Come' Starring Vincent Cassel

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 30, 2013 6:16 PM
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Remember a few years ago when M.I.A. was trying to drum up attention for her ultimately underwhelming third album? There was the New York Times profile, the outrageous fashion decisions, and, most notably, the "controversial" video for "Born Free," directed by Romain Gavras (son of director Costa-Gavras). In the clip, redheaded kids were being rounded up and forced to march through landmine-strewn patches of earth, which at the time was seen as some kind of reaction to the stringent anti-immigration laws in Arizona or American xenophobia or… something. But it turns out that the music video is actually part of a larger work Romain Gavras is constructing, which includes his striking, often brilliant debut feature "Our Day Will Come."

35 Years In The Making: James Toback May Finally Shoot His ‘Victoria Woodhull’ Movie; Is Cool With ‘The Gambler’ Remake Now

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 30, 2013 5:49 PM
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Filmmaker James Toback is the éminence grise of shooting the shit and telling a good yarn. The raconteur of raconteurs, you can ask him about the sincerity in his upcoming HBO documen—err, film, “Seduced & Abandoned,” and he’ll somehow end up on a hilarious (and off-color) tangent about Robert Downey Jr. in “Two Girls and a Guy” (the 1997 Toback film, famous for its RDJ-eating-Heather-Graham’s butt scene). James Toback, the director of “Fingers” (1978), “Black and White” (1999) and the documentary “Tyson” (2008), loves to talk.

Review: EPIX Documentary 'Nightmare Factory' Details The Hard Work Behind Horror's Scariest Monsters

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 30, 2013 4:44 PM
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Every Halloween people indulge in horror movie marathons, where fountains of gore crescendo skyward, madmen make mincemeat of unsuspecting victims, and otherworldly monsters prowl menacingly with gore-dipped fangs. While watching these movies, it's easy to take these terrifying creatures of the night for granted. But how do those ghouls, goblins, and gross-out zombies actually make it to the screen? That is the question effects guru Greg Nicotero is faced with everyday and one that the new EPIX documentary "Nightmare Factory" (airing this week) fully engages with. Zombies, werewolves, and vampires all have to start somewhere, and that somewhere is often Nicotero's KNB Effects factory floor.

Interview: Kevin Feige On 'Thor: The Dark World,' Firing Carter Burwell & Reclaiming 'X-Men' & 'Spider-Man'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 30, 2013 4:11 PM
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Kevin Feige has made a pretty good case for being the most successful Hollywood producer of recent years. The 40-year-old President of Production at Marvel Studios started barely a decade ago, graduating from being Lauren Shuler Donner's assistant to associate producer on the first "X-Men" movie — the film that launched the 21st century wave of comic book film — and since then, has had some kind of role or credit on every Marvel-derived project.

'Kick-Ass' Star Aaron Taylor-Johnson Confirmed To Play Quicksilver In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 30, 2013 3:35 PM
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Well, that was fast. Despite Marvel Chief Kevin Feige cautioning that "The Avengers 2" was some ways away, Joss Whedon had just started screenplay, and therefore the new characters of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch could potentially not land in the final version of the script, casting is underway. And a frontrunner for the role of the speedster Quicksilver has already been found. The Wrap reports that "Kick-Ass" and "Savages" star Aaron Taylor-Johnson is the main actor Marvel is eyeing for the role. No decision has been made yet and no other actors in the running have been revealed.

Jake Gyllenhaal Auditioned To Play Frodo In 'Lord Of The Rings' And It Was The Worst

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 3:25 PM
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Frodo Jake Gyllenhaal
The road not taken is sometimes as fascinating as the one folks went down, and in the case of "The Lord of The Rings" movies, one could probably talk all day about the versions that never came to pass. As Peter Jackson's trilogy was gearing up back in the day, Elijah Wood was officially revealed as the first cast member, landing the crucial role of Frodo Baggins. And he was perfect in the part. But as tentpole projects go, there was probably no shortage of actors trying out for the role, and among them was someone who was an unlikely candidate at best.

Oscars: Is The Best Director Competition More Than A Two-Horse Race?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 30, 2013 2:53 PM
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If this year's Best Picture race is tough (and it is, even with films like "Foxcatcher" and "Monuments Men" pushed into 2014), it's nothing compared to the fight that's brewing in Best Director. The category has evolved somewhat since the Best Picture field expanded to ten films. Before that change, the line-up tended to mirror the five Best Picture nominees, with the occasional exception, usually for an arthouse Euro-auteur like Mike Leigh (for "Vera Drake" in 2005) or Julian Schnabel (for "Diving Bell & The Butterfly" in 2008). And it's still true that the directing nominees are mostly drawn from the Best Picture nominees, but with more opportunity for a film to get recognized in the bigger category, it does seem to have enabled the directors' branch to be more idiosyncratic in their choices.

Michael Fassbender Uncertain He'll Make The Cut In Terrence Malick's Austin Movie, William Friedkin Disses 'To The Wonder'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 2:26 PM
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While fans have been excited about this sudden flurry of activity, 2013 has been a bit of a bumpy year for the always under-the-radar Terrence Malick. His latest "To The Wonder" found him getting the rockiest reviews of his career, while he's in the midst of a lawsuit with producers over his brewing documentary "Voyage Of Time." But, that being said, he's got two more movies cooking, "Knight Of Cups" and the still untitled Austin music scene set picture. And now, a minor update has arrived, but the short answer? He's still working on it, of course.

Savannah Film Festival: Bruce Dern Talks 'Nebraska,' Says Alexander Payne Ranks With Hitchcock & Kazan And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 2:01 PM
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Nebraska
Though he's thousands of miles and months away from when he won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival this spring for his role in "Nebraska," there was no one else at the Savannah Film Festival that we spoke to with as much light, energy and enthusiasm as the 77 year-old Bruce Dern. In town last weekend to help open the festival with "Nebraska," and present director Alexander Payne with the Outstanding Achievement in Cinema award, Dern was some of a force in Savannah. The generous time he spent with students of Savannah College of Art & Design in a masterclass already caused a small amount of chatter, and when we sat down with him not long after, Dern was eager and happy to keep sharing his stories and experiences. But what came through most was how proud and genuinely grateful he was the opportunity to perform in "Nebraska."

If You Want To See 5 Minutes Of 'Captain America: The Winter Solider,' You"ll Have To See 'Thor 2' In 3D

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 1:35 PM
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
So, with the industry fretting this year about waning audience interest in 3D, with few of those pricier tickets being purchased on that all important opening weekend, leave it to Marvel to find a way to get nerds to dip a bit further into their comic book fund.

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