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"DVD Is the New Vinyl" Podcast: Featuring Tilda Swinton, Alessandro Nivola & Lili Taylor

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • March 21, 2014 1:45 PM
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"DVD Is the New Vinyl" Podcast: Featuring Tilda Swinton, Alessandro Nivola, Lili Taylor
While recuperating from a deep-fried, ever-boozy, never-sleepy nine days at the SXSW Film Festival (a shout-out here to senior programmer Jarod Neece, whose delicious book "Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day" resolved at least two hangovers), your indefatigable DVD guru still managed to power through a month's worth of new discs. Two of this month's highlights, as noted in the "10 Worth a Spin" intro, were SXSW 2013 premieres, which goes to show that there's still life to be found for festival indies beyond traditional theatrical or VOD distribution. One question, though: how does anyone in Austin get their DVDs to play without smudging them up from greasy burrito fingers?

Exclusive: Clip & Poster For 'Cold Lands' Starring Lili Taylor Is On The Outside Looking In

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2014 10:05 AM
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Cold Lands
Death weighs heavily on those left behind, and children in particular can be sent reeling, trying to make sense of the impact and loss it can impress upon them. And in "The Cold Lands" we see how one young boy struggles to cope when a surprising new friend comes along to try and set him back on track.

Review: Horror 'The Conjuring' Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor & Ron Livingston

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 16, 2013 9:00 AM
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Who would have guessed that the man responsible for spearheading the “torture porn” label would turn out to be such a classicist filmmaker? James Wan, who famously abandoned the over-long “Saw” series after its first gruesome installment, has gone on to make a number of pictures that harken back to an earlier era, less grisly and more foreboding. It’s perhaps a testament to his craft that his latest, “The Conjuring,” seems to feature no sex, almost zero foul language, and a minimal amount of blood-letting, only to still comfortably secure an R-rating. Rarely do you find contemporary horror films dedicated to genuinely scaring you instead of making you laugh ironically, recoil in disgust, or react with politically-fueled anger.

Infestation, Oppression, Possession: Watch 6 Clips From 'The Conjuring' Plus Lots Of New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 9:05 AM
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At the halfway point now of the summer movie season, we've seen lots of big blockbuster action, raunchy comedies, sequels, animated fare, indie dramedies and more. But we haven't really had a good scare, however "The Conjuring" is hope to frighten the butter off your popcorn...but does it have the goods?

Karl Urban & Minka Kelly Join J.J. Abrams' Robot Cops TV Show 'Human'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 13, 2013 1:39 PM
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We’ll never be able to comprehend just how he finds the time, but every week it sounds like we’re reading about another J.J Abrams project, so it's very easy to lose track of them all. One of his TV projects -- which formerly went by the title of “Inhuman,” but is now going simply by “Human” – is busy casting its pilot for Fox at the moment, and it looks like Karl Urban will be joining the already-cast Michael Ealy as one of the leads.

Watch: Porn Isn't So Fun In Trailer For 'About Cherry' With James Franco, Heather Graham & Dev Patel

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 26, 2012 12:17 PM
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When making a film about a seedier career path – for instance, stripping in Steven Soderbergh’s excellent summer fling “Magic Mike” – it’s important to approach the topic with a delicate and nuanced touch. Our writer on the scene at Berlinale 2012 didn’t exactly find that to be the case with porn career flick “About Cherry,” writing it off as a film that “tries hard to provoke us into reassessing the porn industry, but is so ham-fisted that the result is not a look on the bright side, but a whitewash.”

Lili Taylor & 'The Wire' Star Domenick Lombardozzi Join 'Blood Ties'; 'Bullhead' & 'Rust & Bone' Star Matthias Schoenaerts Confirmed

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 16, 2012 10:41 AM
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Despite a fairly illustrious acting and directorial career back home, Gallic actor-writer-director Guillaume Canet is probably better known stateside simply as the partner of Marion Cotillard, even after the international success of his taut-thriller "Tell No One." That is all likely to change very soon, however, with Canet set to tackle his English-language debut, "Blood Ties."

Uma Thurman, Viola Davis, Lindsay Lohan, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Zoe Saldana & More Join Marilyn Monroe Doc 'Fragments'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 10:34 AM
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So, did you think the brief love affair with Marilyn Monroe was going to end once the awards season was over, and "My Week With Marilyn" faded from view? Guess again. The famed actress is one of the few Hollywood icons who continues to fascinate, influence and be commemorated and a star studded documentary is on the way that will once again peel back the layers and try and get to the heart of the mystery behind Marilyn Monroe.

First Look At James Franco, Heather Graham & Lily Taylor In 'Cherry'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2012 1:33 PM
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Among the many academic pursuits, art installations and meta-projects James Franco undertakes at any given moment, it might shock you to know that he also makes movies. You may have forgotten he was in last summer's smash hit "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" or that his latest directorial effort "The Broken Tower" hit VOD last month. Well, "Cherry," the latest movie starring the busy thesp, is headed to Berlin and some first images have arrived.

Lena Headey & Ethan Hawke To Star In Low-Budget Sci-Fi Thriller 'Vigilandia'; Ron Livingston & Lili Taylor Join James Wan's 'The Conjuring'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 25, 2012 12:42 PM
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2012 has only just begun, but if the box office so far proves anything, it's that low-budget, well-marketed genre fare still and will probably always sell. After the rise of the "Paranormal Activity" series a few years ago and the title of 2011's Most Profitable Movie falling to "Insidious," William Brent Bell's "The Devil Inside" exploded on the January 6th weekend with a $34.5 million opening and has now broken the $50 million mark all on a tiny $1 million production budget. Mind you, this is all despite the fact it holds a measly 7% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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