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On The Rise: 11 Actors To Watch In 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 11, 2013 12:16 PM
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It's a pretty exciting time to watch the current crop of leading men emerge. Names like Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy are some of the most interesting actors to follow these days, each them choose to work with great talent and take on fascinating roles. Their stars are still in ascendance, but they've certainly proved a breath of fresh air to the movies in the last few years.

Check Out These New Character Posters For Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2013 11:41 AM
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While recent efforts like the documentary "The Thorn In The Heart," the superhero blockbuster "The Green Hornet," and indie "The We And The I" have all allowed Michel Gondry to take some detours, it's been a while since we've seen a movie that's, well, Gondry-esque. But it looks like the filmmaker is firmly back in his wheelhouse with "Mood Indigo," which debuted a gorgeous trailer about a month ago. And with its spring release overseas gearing up, some fresh promo material has arrived.

'Intouchables' Star Omar Sy Joins 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'; Halle Berry Says She'll Return To The Series

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 2, 2013 6:04 PM
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It's probably pretty well accepted that we're skeptical of "X-Men: Days Of Future Past." Will it be the "Terminator: Salvation" of the series? Yes, we're happy that Bryan Singer is back (sorry about the box-office on "Jack The Giant Slayer," dude), but not only is time travel a thorny bitch, it gets even more complicated (and admittedly ambitious) to mix characters from different eras of a franchise. 'Days Of Future Past' will mix members of the original "X-Men" cast – Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, etc. with members of the "X-Men: First Class" cast – James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, etc. Essentially, that's the younger versions of Professor X and Magneto meeting up with the older versions in some wacky time travel scenario that feels like a recipe for disaster (continuity will be a bitch).

Derek Cianfrance Won't Direct 'Chef' With Bradley Cooper & Omar Sy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 7, 2013 1:33 PM
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A few months ago, word surfaced that freshly minted Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper was hoping to reteam with his director on the upcoming "The Place Beyond The Pines" (our favorite film of last year's TIFF), Derek Cianfrance, on a project known as "Chef." In development for years, the script by "Eastern Promises" writer Steven Knight, follows a drug-addled chef who moves his restaurant from Paris to London in order to capture a three-star Michelin rating and once upon a time, it was set to team the unlikely combination of director David Fincher and Keanu Reeves.

'Intouchables' Star Omar Sy May Cook Up 'Chef' With Bradley Cooper & Derek Cianfrance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2013 3:16 PM
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As we learned from the whole Lance Armstrong/J.J. Abrams/Bradley Cooper affair, even direct quotes can be dodgy these days, but this one comes from Cooper himself -- spoken in French no less while doing promo in France -- so we presume no wires have been crossed. And it looks like the actor's teaming up with Derek Cianfrance could get some international flavor.

Watch: Gorgeous First Trailer For Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' With Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou & Omar Sy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 25, 2013 5:38 AM
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While he was responsible for one of the best films of the '00s with "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," it's been a while since we really fell for something by Michel Gondry. Follow-up "The Science Of Sleep" had its charms, as did documentary "The Thorn In The Heart," but his major films like "Be Kind Rewind," "The Green Hornet" and "The We & the I" have swung between being cripplingly uneven and borderline unwatchable.

Watch: Guy Ritchie-Directed Commercial For 'Call Of Duty: Black Ops II' Starring Robert Downey Jr & Omar Sy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 29, 2012 2:22 PM
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For all the endless op-eds about the superiority of film vs. TV, there's one front on which cinema has already conceded the war to another medium; financially, to video games. The interactive entertainment industry has, for several years now, consistently outgrossed the movies, with big games regularly outperforming their cinematic equivalents in money terms. As such, it's no surprise that games-makers have the funds to attract Hollywood talent to them more and more, even if it's just to lend their names or faces to a commercial for a bit of prestige.

FilmDistrict To Distribute Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' With Josh Brolin & Elizabeth Olsen

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2012 11:25 AM
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Spike Lee's on the comeback trail these days -- the ever-controversial auteur roared back with his intimate, personal "Red Hook Summer" at Sundance this year, with the film hitting theaters last month, and followed it up swiftly with his affectionate, fascinating Michael Jackson documentary "Bad 25," which premiered at Venice a week ago, and will air (in slightly edited form) on ABC on Thanksgiving weekend.

First Official & Wonderfully Strange Images From Michel Gondry's 'Mood Indigo' Starring Audrey Tautou & Romain Duris

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2012 8:58 AM
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It has been a while since Michel Gondry fans got a film from the director that was, well, Michel Gondry-esque. His last three features have been a documentary ("The Thorn In The Heart"), a mainstream superhero flick ("Green Hornet") and a lo-fi indie ("The We And The I"), the latter two of which found his whimsical flourishes mostly pushed to the sidelines. But as the plethora of set pics from his latest endeavor "Mood Indigo" have revealed, this will be full on Gondry with strange props galore, and now the first official images from the movie give an even closer look at the oddball world he's creating.

Review: 'The Intouchables' Is A Crowd-Pleaser For Simpletons

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 24, 2012 11:59 AM
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“The Intouchables” is a study in contrasts. In one corner, there is Phillipe (Francois Cluzet), a wealthy, white renaissance man paralyzed from the waist down. He is mobile, exiting his home for fine dining, purchasing artwork, and attending the opera. He cannot continue to live the finer life without assistance, however, and as the film begins, he is in search for a new aide.

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