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Writer Terence Winter Says Scorsese’s ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ Is Like ‘Goodfellas’ For The Seductive Stock Broker Set

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 21, 2013 5:05 PM
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The fourth season of HBO’s mob drama “Boardwalk Empire” ends this Sunday. It’s an engrossing conclusion that brings heartbreak, tragedy and left-turn surprises you probably wouldn’t have expected. You’ll have to tune in Sunday night for more, but trust us when we say the underrated show is doing some of its best work this season and it’s must-watch TV in general, with one of the best casts on television right now (Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Jeffrey Wright, Michael K. Williams, Kelly McDonald, Shea Whigham, Michael Stuhlbarg and many, many more).

10 Directors Who Remade Their Own Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 21, 2013 4:25 PM
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10 Directors Who Remade Their Own Movies
This week, the Vince Vaughn vehicle “Delivery Man” hits theaters (our review here). While on the surface it may seem of a type with recent paternity comedies like “The Change-Up” and “The Switch,” it does feature one rogue element (aside from not starring Jason Bateman): it’s a remake of a French-language Canadian comedy called “Starbuck” that's also directed by the original’s director, Ken Scott. It’s easy to see how the festival success of "Starbuck," strong national box office and gentle high concept (a commitment-shy frequent sperm donor discovers he’s fathered over 500 children, a large segment of whom now want to meet him), might have put it on the remake list immediately. Indeed there are currently two other versions in the works—a Bollywood one and a French picture—but the choice to offer the directorial chair to Scott for the U.S. version is a little more unusual.

Watch: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Visits The Record Label In New Clip Plus Trailer For Showtime Concert Movie With Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2013 4:14 PM
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Inside Llewyn Davis
Among the many accomplishments that the Coen Brothers can lay claim to (in addition to their countless accolades, awards and undeniable selection of impeccable films), it's that they take the most unlikely of concepts and manage to turn them into crowd-pleasing hits. A movie about a folk singer in the '60s struggling and trying to make it doesn't exactly scream a fun night at the movies on a Saturday night, on the page. But in execution, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a hilarious, music driven grand time that's also smartly observed and moving too.

Watch: Trailer For Joe Swanberg's Latest Dramedy 'All The Light In The Sky'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2013 3:48 PM
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All the Light in the Sky
You would think having worked with Michel Gondry, Todd Solondz, Jonathan Levine, Todd Field, Curtis Hanson, Robert Altman, Alan Rudolph, Paul Schrader and more, there might be a little more love out there for Jane Adams. And yet, the actress always seems severely underrated (she was pretty fantastic on the short-lived, equally underrated HBO series "Hung") and it looks like she's drawn on her Hollywood status (or lack of it) for "All The Light In The Sky," the latest effort from workaholic director Joe Swanberg.

Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Tried To Convince Joaquin Phoenix & Casey Affleck To Reveal The Joke Of ‘I’m Still Here’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 21, 2013 3:16 PM
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I'm Still Here, Affleck, Phoenix
It’s interesting to look back on “I’m Still Here,” the faux-documentary that Casey Affleck & Joaquin Phoenix co-conceived in the late aughts about the nature of fame and celebrity. Directed by Affleck, starring Phoenix, and released in 2010, the now notorious documentary was of course, a big put-on that rankled many, including David Letterman. But for almost two years, Affleck and Phoenix stuck to their guns with this cinematic prank: the actor playing the part of a disheveled and downward-spiraling actor completely out of control. The actor took character into the public sphere and the director stuck to the story that he was simply documenting Phoenix’s new career path into rapping (which climaxed with a bizarre and infamous David Letterman appearance, and then concluded with a denouement of the actor apologizing to the talk show host some 18 months later). Considering how committed they were to the faux-doc, it was an impressive media art-prank, but many didn’t see it that way and critics unfairly savaged the movie.

Watch: Trailer For Re-Release Of Abel Ferrara’s 1981 Revenge Thriller 'Ms. 45' Plus Great Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2013 2:54 PM
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Can we get a little shout out to Drafthouse Films? As the majors continue to put more money into big franchises (see everything being released in 2015), it's guys like Drafthouse (and A24, Roadside Attractions, IFC Films, etc.) that keep cinephiles excited. And in addition to taking on challenging foreign films and edgy American movies, Drafthouse has also resurrected cult fare as well. "Miami Connection," "Wake In Fright," and the forthcoming "The Visitor" are just some recent examples and there's one more to keep an eye on: Abel Ferrara's "Ms. 45."

Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Boogie Nights' Was Headed Straight To Video Until Early Reviews Saved It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2013 2:15 PM
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At this point, it's almost unfathomable to think of Paul Thomas Anderson not getting his way when it comes to his films, but one has to remember there was a time in his career when he was still an unproven, unknown director. As the director's breakout film "Boogie Nights" was gearing up for release, it seems that the man behind studio and company backing the picture, New Line Cinema, wasn't feeling so confident about what would eventually become a contemporary classic.

Watch: 50-Minute Producers Roundtable Featuring Mark Wahlberg, 'American Hustle' Exec Charles Roven & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2013 1:49 PM
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Mark Wahlberg might be the most famous face at this table, but while those surrounding him may not be on billboards, they are some of the most powerful players in the biz. David Heyman ("Gravity"), Charles Roven ("American Hustle," "Man Of Steel"), Pam Williams ("Lee Daniels' The Butler," "The Amazing Spider-Man"), Michael De Luca ("Captain Phillips") and Dede Gardner ("12 Years A Slave," "World War Z" and longtime producing partner for Brad Pitt) are some of the movers and shakers behind the year's biggest films. And when THR gets them all in one place to talk, you know it's going to be fascinating stuff.

Recap: Things Slow Down A Bit For 'American Horror Story: Coven' Episode 7, 'The Dead'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 21, 2013 1:28 PM
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Over the past few weeks, "American Horror Story: Coven" has piled on the craziness, to the point that the show occasionally felt overwhelming, like a giant toppling tower of racist, flesh-eating zombies that are also possessed and on fire. Mercifully, this week's episode, "The Dead," written by co-creator Brad Falchuk, gave us time to pause and catch our breath a little bit before the next round of blood-drenched mayhem.

Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger Fights Drug Cartels In First Trailer For David Ayer's 'Sabotage'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2013 12:58 PM
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Sabotage
After the flops "The Last Stand" and "Escape Plan," it's becoming a real question as to whether audiences want to see Arnold Schwarzenegger in anything that's not a pre-built franchise. But maybe surrounding him with a massive ensemble—Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Dawn Olivieri, Malin Akerman, Olivia Williams, Mirielle Enos and Josh Holloway—might get a few more people in the door.

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