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Producer Graham King On 3D, Casting & How Martin Scorsese Made 'Hugo' For His Daughter

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 22, 2011 4:02 PM
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David Cronenberg Says 'A Dangerous Method' Was Originally Intended For Julia Roberts

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 22, 2011 3:17 PM
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Retrospective: The Films Of David Cronenberg

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 22, 2011 11:50 AM
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It’s been a long journey to “respectability” for David Cronenberg. In the early days of his career, the helmer was a favorite of the Fangoria crowd, crafting genre entertainment that relied heavily on nightmarish prosthetics to sugar (or rather, gore) -coat the elemental, sometimes philosophical ideas he was preoccupied with. Many of these ideas are captured succinctly in early-year masterpiece “Videodrome”: we are but slaves to our outer sheaths, mutation is the only real evolution and matters of the heart are merely an illusion, while the mind's fragility and propensity to conflate reality with dreams or hallucinations will always make it ultimately subservient to the desires of the flesh. Pit logic against the darker recesses of human nature, he suggests, and logic, control and intellectualism will always fail.

Jason Segel Hopes 'The Muppets' Will Lead To The Return Of 'The Muppet Show,' Says Rough Cut Was Three Hours Long

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • November 21, 2011 3:02 PM
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The Essentials: The 5 Best Marilyn Monroe Performances

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 21, 2011 1:22 PM
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Weekend Box Office: 'Breaking Dawn' Does $140 Million, Still Sucks Uncontrollably

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 20, 2011 12:41 PM
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Summit was either being coy or having a bit more faith in humanity than everyone else by projecting "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One" to open lower than "New Moon." No such luck, humankind -- the lethal siren song that is Stephenie Meyer's ignorance scored again, with "Breaking Dawn" grabbing $72 million on Friday, beginning an opening weekend that, after final estimates, could even surpass the series' best.

The Amazing Race: Which Editors & Cinematographers Stand A Chance At Oscar This Year

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 18, 2011 3:19 PM
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So far in this column, we've focused principally on the acting and writing categories, in part because they're the bigger tickets; when the mainstream press cover the Academy Awards, it's the actors, directors and (to a lesser extent), the writers who get the real coverage. However, what makes cinema well, cinema, and what makes it different from any other art form, are the cinematography and editing. The former is linked to photography, but goes so far beyond that to become an entirely different craft; when the layman says a film was "well-directed," he's normally talking about how well shot it is. Of course, that's partially the responsibility of the director, but it's the cinematographer who has to work out how to achieve the shots, and oftentimes is more responsible for the look of the film than his director.

Director Michel Hazanavicius Inspired By Life Of Silent Actor John Gilbert In Writing 'The Artist'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 18, 2011 1:31 PM
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The Essentials: The Five Best George Clooney Performances

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2011 1:44 PM
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When you're as offhandedly handsome as George Clooney, you could breeze through your career, doing easy, big-budget stuff that probably takes as much concentration and actorly skill as one of those Japanese soda commercials that movie stars used to sneak off and do over a long weekend. Instead, this star, who broke out two decades ago in the TV hospital drama smash "E.R," seems to constantly challenge himself, as both an actor and a director, repeatedly engaging with the kind of risky material that other actors (much less movie stars with his kind of planetary clout) might shy away from. Clooney frequently goes out on a limb, most often partnering with creative powerhouses like Steven Soderbergh, The Coens and Wes Anderson on projects that might not get the green light without his involvement. So, yes, he’s already a megastar, and we suspect he always will be, but while that level of stardom can and has led to increasing conservatism in the career choices of some other big names we could mention, Clooney's going in the opposite direction. As he recently told Rolling Stone, about his latest and excellent directorial effort “The Ides of March,” “It’s not designed for everybody to see, but I don’t give a shit. I don’t need to be more famous and we shot it for $12 million, so anything we do is nice.”

'The Descendants' Star Shailene Woodley Discusses Working With George Clooney & "Riding The Wave" Of Show Business

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 17, 2011 12:23 PM
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