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Essential: The 6 Best Performances In The Films Of Wes Anderson

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 6, 2014 3:49 PM
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“Max Fischer’s not fighting change, he’s determinedly fighting against being pigeonholed. He’s fighting for the renaissance view of the world, and for a sense of himself as an adult. I think that he and Steve Zissou and Gustave are all, in some way, at war with the philistines. They are all kind of righteous,” a wise and insightful Ed Norton said this week about the characters that inhabit Wes Anderson’s unique worlds. “I’ve come to think that Wes’s films are all about the way that your real family disappoints you and so you create the family that you need.” Wes himself could probably not articulate it any better.

Review: 'The Monuments Men' Starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray & Cate Blanchett

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 29, 2014 12:00 PM
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The Monuments Men
"The Monuments Men" always felt like a worthwhile (if dicey) proposition: it's the true-life tale of a band of Allied art historians and curators who are dropped into occupied territory during the frenzied final moments of World War II, and their goal was simple and seemingly insurmountable. In the words of one character, they were to "protect what's left and find what's missing." Or, secure all of the bridges, artwork, and architectural treasures, while also locating notable works of art that had been stolen by the Nazis and returning them to their rightful owners. Considering how well traveled World War II movies are, it stood to reason that a different take would be welcome and somewhat tricky. Turns out it was even trickier than originally imagined and that for all of its best efforts, "The Monuments Men" remains an unwieldy, overtly sentimental (but still emotionally distant) epic.

Watch: First Clip From George Clooney's 'The Monuments Men' Plus 2 Featurettes, TV Spot & New Images

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 17, 2014 11:33 AM
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The Monuments Men
Originally set for release last month, “The Monuments Men,” George Clooney’s latest directorial outing, was pushed back to February to make sure it was the best it could be. Now with the release mere weeks away, the men-on-a-mission film has unleashed a brand-new clip and two featurettes to lure you away from the Oscar nominees still in theaters.

Watch: Newsreel Trailer, TV Spot, Soundtrack Details & New Images From 'The Monuments Men'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 11:24 AM
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The Monuments Men
While the woulda/shoulda/coulda conversation about the awards potential for "The Monuments Men" will likely pop up again once reviews for the film start coming in, the bottom line is that it simply wasn't ready. Originally slated to arrive this month, George Clooney's WWII caper was pushed a couple of months so editing, effects and even the score could be finished in time without compromising quality. So with that caveat out of the way, and the production on schedule for a February release, a lot more is being shown off from the movie.

Coens Say There’s “A Good Chance” That ‘Hail Caesar’ With George Clooney Will Be Next

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 12, 2013 10:04 AM
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The benefit of having a career as diverse as the Coen Brothers is that no genre or idea seems outside the realm of possibility for them—if you told us they shot second unit on “Jupiter Ascending” there might be a moment of consideration before dismissing the idea. But a number of potential projects have trickled into press rounds surrounding their excellent new film “Inside Llewyn Davis," and now it seems they may landed for certain on their next venture.

Watch: New Trailer For George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Steals Stolen Art

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2013 7:14 AM
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While it won't be in the Oscar mix both because it won't be ready and for the fact that it's, as George Clooney calls it, "a commercial, non-cynical piece of entertainment," "Monuments Men" still has the kind of star power to attract a red carpet. Indeed, it will be making its international premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in just a couple of months. And with that in mind, a brand new overseas trailer has arrived.

‘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
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  • November 26, 2013 5:09 PM
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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.

Watch: New Trailer For George Clooney's 'Monuments Men' Makes A Case For Oscar Contention

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2013 7:22 PM
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Monuments Men
The conversation until now has positioned George Clooney's "Monuments Men" as an "Ocean's Eleven"-esque WWII caper, but not a serious Oscar contender. But that talk will likely change with the arrival of the newest trailer for the film, one that still has the lighter tone of the first teaser, but imbues with some serious elements.

Review: Alfonso Cuarón's Visceral, Knuckle-Chewing 'Gravity' Starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 3, 2013 7:01 PM
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Gravity
Since JFK vowed to put a man on the moon in 1961, space has represented untold possibility, hope and optimism. But once we actually got there, we realized what a terrifying place it can be. An endless void, freezing and/or burning, a place without air or life. But most terrifyingly of all, if you die in space, you die alone: thousands of miles above and away from your loved ones. And more than anything, aren’t we most afraid of dying alone? Alfonso Cuarón seems to think so, as that’s the fear that drives his new film, the extraordinary “Gravity.”

George Clooney Says He "Destroyed" The Role Of Batman, Weighs In On Ben Affleck's Casting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 11:45 AM
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The year was 1997, the movie was "Batman & Robin," and it nearly destroyed a franchise and George Clooney's career. The reviled Joel Schumacher entry was easily the worst of the post-Tim Burton Batman films, with the nipple suit only being the first of the many problems with the flick. It ground the Warner Bros. property to a halt for almost a decade until Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" came along in 2005, and along with the flop of "The Peacemaker," ended Clooney's dalliance (at the time) with being a blockbuster leading man.

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