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The Saga Continues: 'The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Silver Chair' In The Works

  • By Ben Brock
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  • October 2, 2013 10:01 AM
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Gather round, sons of Adam and daughters of Eve... It has been some time since we last heard anything about “The Chronicles of Narnia,” the perennially third-fiddle-playing epic sort-of-children's fantasy film series (behind “Harry Potter” and the Tolkien films): but as I am sure you know, time passes differently in Narnia, and while it has been two years here on Earth, it may have only taken two days of Narnian time for C.S. Lewis' estate to dump producers Walden Media and their plan to film the prequel “The Magician's Nephew," and instead go into business with a new production company (The Mark Gordon Company) to film the series' fourth book, “The Silver Chair” (and please, let's not get into whether or not “The Silver Chair” is actually the fourth book).

J.J. Abrams Admits That Sometimes He Overdoes It With The Lens Flare

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2013 9:30 AM
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From Alfred Hitchcock's numerous cameos to Spike Lee's rapid dolly shot to Wes Anderson's unique tableaux, filmmakers have a long tradition of marking their films with distinct visual trademarks. And J.J. Abrams has been no different, with his films littered throughout with cool blue lens flare, so much so they've almost become a running joke. And while he may like the effect, the director admits that even he has taken it too far sometimes.

New Character Posters & Images From Crime Saga 'Blood Ties' With Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2013 9:02 AM
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Here's a fun fact that escaped us in amidst the flurry of fall festival activity: Guillaume Canet's sprawling crime story saga "Blood Ties" premiered at the Cannes Film Festival running two hours and twenty-four minutes, but by the time it hit Toronto International Film Festival, it had been reduced somewhat significantly to two hours and seven minutes. We're not sure what exactly got trimmed or why, but it seems our observation in our review that "there is a different and possibly shorter edit of this movie that is probably much better" wasn't unique. And it seems that shorter cut is going into wide release...

Lizzy Caplan Reunites With Seth Rogen & James Franco For 'The Interview'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 6:44 PM
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To say "Freaks & Geeks" launched a lot of careers would be an understatement, but one only has to look at the talent in front and behind camera—Judd Apatow, Paul Feig, James Franco, Martin Starr, Linda Cardellini, Busy Phillips, Jason Segel and many more—to know it was a very special place to be at the time. Indeed, all the talent has cross-pollinated in other projects since, but two familiar faces haven't been seen together on screen since then: Seth Rogen and Lizzy Caplan. Granted, Caplan popped up in a single episode of "Undeclared," but it seems destiny didn't want them paired up again ... until now ...

NYFF Review: 'My Name Is Hmm' Might Make A Good Art Installation, But Doesn't Work As A Film

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 1, 2013 6:36 PM
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'My Name Is Hmm
Treading the line between art installation and actual motion picture, “My Name Is Hmm” represents the directorial debut of fashion designer agnes b.. That is to say, it is “a film by Agnes Trouble aka agnes b.,” an intimate touch but one that suggests a difficulty regarding point-of-view. The onomatopoeia in the title should also tip you off that this is one of those pictures about exploring: the fashion mogul feels as if she’s learning bit by bit how to tell a story cinematically, how to complete transitions and flash back and forward, how to set a mood and tempo. It’s basically the rough cut of a student film which, to its credit, is also often more interesting than most student films outright.

Watch: You Are The Revolution In New Promos For 'The Fifth Estate,' Plus Posters, Soundtrack Details & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 4:46 PM
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The Fifth Estate
While earlier today we heard Benedict Cumberbatch's distinct voice frighten Bilbo in the new trailer for "The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug," in a couple weeks you'll be able not only to hear his melodious tones, but see his face too (under a platinum wig) in "The Fifth Estate," a.k.a. "The WikiLeaks Network."

Podcast: The Playlist Talks 'Breaking Bad' Finale & Where The Medium Of Television Is Heading

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 1, 2013 4:08 PM
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On this latest episode, host Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth, our British correspondent Oliver Lyttelton, and later in the show by writer Cory Everett to talk about the recent "Breaking Bad" finale. But since we've already written about the episode, we try to dig deeper and do more than just recap the finale. Throughout the chat we spin off into other, grander topics involving television as well. How is the medium changing with streaming, binge watching and recaps on every site? Even though most people agree this is a golden age of television, there's still plenty of formulaic material and tired tropes found in even the best shows, "Breaking Bad" included. Warning, SPOILERS abound in this podcast so don't listen unless you've already seen the finale or don't care.

Contest: Win A DVD/BluRay Combo Pack Of Seth Rogen's Apocalyptic Comedy 'This Is The End'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 4:07 PM
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The world ended, cinematically speaking, a couple times this summer with Edgar Wright laying waste to it with pod people in "The World's End," and the rapture arriving in Seth Rogen's "This Is The End." Both provided ample opportunity for comic actors to riff on the demise of themselves and the planet, but only one was operating on meta, self-referential level that added a twist to the proceedings. We're talking about the latter picture, and it's now on home video, and if you haven't snatched up a copy yet, you might want to hold for just a moment in snapping on up....

First Official Images Of 'The Artist' Star Jean Dujardin In George Clooney's 'Monuments Men'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 3:44 PM
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The great George Clooney Hang Out With His Pals And Maybe Get Some Awards movie "Monuments Men" is still a couple of months off, but the big question for Oscar types is whether or not it'll be a piece of popcorn entertainment, a wild WWII adventure or something in between. We'd wager the latter, if only because this cast looks like it's impervious to not having fun.

Review: Dario Argento's 'Dracula 3D'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 1, 2013 3:28 PM
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Dracula 3D
With “Dracula 3D,” we finally know which of the great '70s genre filmmakers have fallen the hardest, and the answer is Dario Argento. The Italian horror pioneer was one of the leading lights of the giallo movement, and early career masterpieces like “The Bird With The Crystal Plumage” and “Suspiria” led the way to later triumphs like “Tenebre” and “Opera.” Most knew the director had lost a step in recent years: he closed a thematic trilogy that started with “Suspiria” and “Inferno” with the dopey gorefest “Mother Of Tears” and was also behind the borderline-unreleasable “Giallo.” But the latter case could at least be blamed on a runaway production that ran out of money, while the former was a trashterpiece delight. But there’s not a single moment of “Dracula 3D” where you don’t look at the screen, forget all about those early genre touchstones, and think, "What the hell is this?" You’d like a 3D Dracula film would be something every horror filmmaker had on their bucket list, but if Argento actually made this, it has to be because he bet someone he could make a movie blindfolded.

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