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Cate Blanchett Serves Up 'The Dinner' For Her Directorial Debut, Oren Moverman Writing The Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 3:54 PM
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To those who have been paying attention, Cate Blanchett has had her eye on the director's chair. She was originally slated to direct a short in the Australian omnibus "The Turning," before she just decided to take a role in the film instead. However, instead of testing the waters with a small segment first, Blanchett is diving right in, and has lined up a feature to kick off her career behind the camera.

Brian De Palma To Direct Meta-Adaptation Of 'Therese Raquin' Starring Emily Mortimer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 12:00 PM
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No matter what you thought about Brian De Palma's "Passion," it can't be denied that it found the filmmaker firmly back in his wheelhouse of erotically charged melodrama. And it looks like he isn't going to veer too far away from that subject matter just yet, only this time, it will happen on a movie set.

Watch: Full Trailer For Aussie Omnibus 'The Turning' Directed By Justin Kurzel, Mia Wasikowska & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 28, 2013 9:39 AM
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Over the past few years it seems that we’ve seen more and more omnibus films, from arty travelogues (“Paris, je t’aime”) to horror (“The ABCs of Death”). What sets “The Turning” apart, however, is that it’s an adaptation of the Tim Winton novel of the same name. While we’ve already seen a teaser for the film, and now a full length trailer has arrived for the effort.

Watch: First Trailer For George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Goes On A Mission

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2013 9:42 AM
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So, what is "Monuments Men"? A WWII version of "Ocean's Eleven"? A lighter take on "The Good German" era? Well, whatever the film turns out to be, it's a consciously lighter turn from writer/actor/director George Clooney. "[Producer] Grant [Heslov] and I were looking to do a film that was less cynical than a lot of the films we do," Clooney told USA Today, and with the first trailer for this upcoming movie arriving today, it'll prove that point.

10 Of Woody Allen's Best Female Characters

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 26, 2013 3:00 PM
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10 Of Woody Allen's Best Female Characters
There are a few stock criticisms often leveled at a new Woody Allen film: his characters are all neurotic messes; his films are relentlessly white and upper-middle class; when he tries for profundity, he flounders; when he leaves Manhattan, he never achieves anything like the heights of his New York-set stories; his eye for his own approximate generation's foibles and concerns has always been sharper than that for the much younger... the list goes on. But however much you may have your knives out, you just can't accuse Allen of not writing decent roles for women.

Stream This: 'Mud,' Hugh Jackman In 'The Fountain,' Woody Allen's 'The Purple Rose Of Cairo' & More on VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 26, 2013 12:56 PM
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Stream This
Hello streamers, and welcome back to our weekly search for the best of what's available to watch on the World Wide Web. The home entertainment system reigns supreme for another day, as two late summer flicks appear on VOD before their big screen release and a well-received picture, fresh off its theatrical run, hits the streaming services in advance of its DVD debut. Of course, there's plenty going on at the cinema too—this is blockbuster season, after all. Observing the premier of "The Wolverine," we have a much better alternative: an early-ish Hugh Jackman film, you know, before all the singing and all the muscles. And with the newest Woody Allen movie in theaters, starring the inimitable Cate Blanchett, we have celebrations of both artists. It could be that two-for-one which put us over, but with so many good VOD choices, we decided to forgo a Criterion selection for this week. Hulu Plus remains, however, and that section will be back next time, we promise. Now, let's get to the picks.

Watch: New Clip From 'Blue Jasmine,' Louis C.K. Talks Potential Movie With Woody Allen

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 24, 2013 10:56 AM
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Woody Allen is a man of many movies (49, to be exact) and of many muses – Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, Scarlett Johansson – but although Cate Blanchett is his latest leading lady, in "Blue Jasmine," which arrives Friday, it seems that for once in his life Woody has gotten himself inspired by a man; specifically, the very funny man that is Louis CK.

The Essentials: 5 Great Cate Blanchett Performances

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 23, 2013 2:01 PM
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Cate Blanchett, essentials
There are very few actors, in these days of soundbites and tabloids and gossip blogs and 15-page colour spreads in which we are “invited into their beautiful home,” that we can truly say we don’t get enough of. And there are fewer still, who even in that glare of publicity that surrounds a new film’s release, do not end up somehow diminished by the process, dissected and dissassembled and repackaged and repurposed for use as a tiny cog in a big marketing machine. But Cate Blanchett is one of the rare few who manages that trick, again and again, retaining a cool, inviolate and perhaps slightly detached image, even as the performances she gives can be frightening in their engagement and commitment. And it’s another such that Blanchett reportedly gives in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” which opens this Friday, and for which she’s already garnering early awards buzz. We called it “ an outstanding firecracker turn … that has Oscar-worthy written all over it in flames” in our review.

Charlie Hunnam In, Shia LaBeouf Out For John Hillcoat's 'Triple Nine'; Cate Blanchett & Christoph Waltz Lining Up Roles

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2013 9:17 PM
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The bad news? Well, when we last spoke to John Hillcoat, he said he was aiming to shoot his cop flick "Triple Nine" this spring. That didn't happen. The good news? It looks like it's coming together and putting together a pretty sweet cast to go along with it.

Sigur Ros Frontman Jonsi Working On Music For 'How To Train Your Dragon 2,' Cate Blanchett Joins Voice Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2013 4:22 PM
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Given the suddenly prodigious production rate the Icelandic atmospheric rockers Sigur Ros are working at these days, it's hard to believe that frontman Jonsi has time for anything else. With the band dropping two albums in the past two years -- 2012's Valtari and 2013's Kveikur -- while touring, commissioning music videos and more, it seems that the otherwordly singer is dipping his toes back in the movie biz. In 2011, he scored Cameron Crowe's "We Bought A Zoo" and while we wait for them to reteam on the director's next effort, Jonsi is returning to the animated world.

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