The Playlist

Contest: Win 'Homefront' Poster Signed By The Cast Plus Watch 2 New Clips From The Movie With James Franco & Jason Statham

This weekend at the movies, you'll have no shortage of choices including award season contenders, shiny blockbusters and fare for the whole family. But sometimes during the holidays, you need a break from the grind and some entertaining, escapist entertainment in the shape of "Homefront" could bit the bill. Opening today, our review notes that the movie "this is [Jason] Statham’s show, and as always he doesn’t disappoint." And so, with the holidays upon us, some treats for fans of the action star. Read More »

Listen: Best Original Song Oscar Contender From 'Anchorman: The Legend Continues' Plus Full Soundtrack Details

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • November 27, 2013 11:35 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
Anchorman: The Legend Continues
As the marketing for "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" carries on, it can be easy to forget that there is actual movie in between the mobile games, Ron Burgundy guest appearances, branded clothes, and more. But as we get closer to the release date, the fog of commercials is beginning to clear and the comedy is beckoning on the horizon. And wouldn't you know it? The movie could be an Oscar contender.

Watch: Philosopher Slavoj Žižek Discusses Use Of Beethoven’s Ninth In Stanley Kubrick’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
  • |
  • November 27, 2013 10:41 AM
  • |
  • 4 Comments
Documentary filmmaker Sophie Fiennes crafted a rare beast in 2006’s “The Pervert’s Guide To Cinema," in that it took a man explaining philosophical concepts straight to camera over its duration and not only succeeded but actually spawned a sequel of sorts. Though when the man in question is the prominent pop philosopher Slavoj Žižek, you start to understand why: whether you agree with him or not, his arguments about films and their real-life impact generate a unique discussion, and now for his new effort, “The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology," he’s cast his eye in part on Stanley Kubrick.

Watch: 2 Clips From ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ Focus On Dinner Tunes & The Rules Of Suicide Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
  • |
  • November 27, 2013 10:22 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Garnering massive notices from nearly every festival that it’s played, it was with a bit of puzzlement then that “Inside Llewyn Davis” only received two Independent Spirit Award nominations. We’re thinking the Golden Globes and Oscars are more the Coen Brothers’ ballpark anyway, but in the absence of any recent directing or screenplay nominations for their work, we’ve got two new clips from the film to showcase the consistent quality of both elements.

Listen: 43 Minutes From Howard Shore's 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Score Plus 4 TV Spots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • November 27, 2013 10:00 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Bloated, filling and it doesn't always leave you feeling good after... Nope, we're not talking about Thanksgiving dinner but rather, Peter Jackson's journeys into Middle Earth. While "The Lords Of The Rings" trilogy are some truly epic, involving blockbusters on a massive scale, they are not without their issues, which are usually exacerbated by the Extended Edition versions of the films. But it's nothing compared, at least thus far, to 'The Hobbit' trio of movies, with the first chapter dull and meandering, at least for the first half, before things pick up once the hobbits get moving. Why J.R.R. Tolkien's slim volume needs three movies we'll leave it to Peter Jackson to explain, but we will say this: at least 'The Desolation Of Smaug' has a dragon.

Judd Apatow's Next Directorial Effort Is Amy Schumer's 'Train Wreck'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • November 27, 2013 9:37 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
At the end of the summer, news surfaced that Universal had snapped up a script by comedian Amy Schumer that she was writing as a star vehicle for herself, with Judd Apatow producing. And it was interesting, but not exactly monumental news, as Apatow often puts his weight behind rising comic talent (he's a producer on Lena Dunham's "Girls," for example). But it looks like that producing gig has turned into his next directorial project.

Watch: Jeremy Renner Gets Shot In Clip From 'The Immigrant' Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • November 27, 2013 9:21 AM
  • |
  • 4 Comments
Magic, prostitution, immigration and the American Dream—not exactly the most obvious ingredients to mix together, but James Gray has done just that with "The Immigrant." His look at the experience and hardship of traveling through Ellis Island in the early 1900s forms the basis of his new movie, one that is opening overseas after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this year. For those of us eager to see the movie for ourselves, this new clip will have to suffice for now.

Quentin Tarantino Says He's Doing A Western Next, But It's Not A 'Django Unchained' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • November 27, 2013 9:02 AM
  • |
  • 7 Comments
Even though he doesn't have a movie to promote, Quentin Tarantino has been out and about this fall. He hit a number of film festivals including Busan, Lumiere and A.F.I., pontificated on a number of movies (naming Israeli thriller "Big Bad Wolf" as one of year's best, criticizing "The Lone Ranger" and dropping his own (early) top ten of 2013) and last night, he went into Thanksgiving with a stop on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" where he was promoting the recently published "Django Unchained" graphic novel. And the ever chatty helmer had some news to share.

Baz Luhrmann Eyed To Direct Steven Spielberg-Produced & Former Stanley Kubrick Dream Project 'Napoleon' For HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • November 26, 2013 6:23 PM
  • |
  • 31 Comments
From Shakespeare to F. Scott Fitzgerald, from the outback of "Australia" to the dizzying heights of "Moulin Rouge," whatever you can say about director Baz Luhrmann, lacking vision isn't one of them. And perhaps in a strange way, his operatic scale and readiness to work on a huge canvas makes total sense for this next gig.

‘August: Osage County’ Didn’t Change Its Ending; Watch 1-Hour-Plus Q&A With Cast & Producer George Clooney Plus New Photos

  • By Rodrigo Perez
  • |
  • November 26, 2013 5:09 PM
  • |
  • 12 Comments
August: Osage County
Expectations can be a bitch or a nice surprise when you’re out of synch with the conventional wisdom. Reviews out of the Toronto International Film Festival (including ours) might have led some to believe (myself included) that “August: Osage County” is shrill, pitched up to one volume and disjointed. While it’s unclear if it’s been through an editing process in the three months since the September festival circuit, the “August: Osage County” I saw last night was unexpectedly funny. This is pure Tracy Letts (the playwright who won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for ‘August’ onstage in 2008). A corrosive and toxic look at family, “August: Osage County” is unrelentingly dark, but it’s also a black comedy with the most delicious of evil barbs. Family is a four letter word? Hell, yes.

Email Updates

Recent Comments