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The Essentials: Luis Bunuel

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  • March 19, 2013 3:51 PM
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Anti-establishment to the core and arguably one of the original enfante terrible filmmakers, Luis Bunuel had three preoccupations, no, obsessions that he charted for his entire career: religion, class and sexual desire. Labeled a surrealist early on his career due to "Un Chien Andalou," his famous collaboration with Salvador Dali (responsible for one of cinema's most famous images, of a razor blade slicing an eyeball, and made when the filmmaker was just 29) it would be extremely pat to reduce Bunuel's long and eclectic career to that idiosyncratic work. A blasphemous heretic to the church, several of Bunuel's films were flagrant censures of religion and the Catholic church, which saw him fleeing Spain more than once during his career.

On The Rise: 10 Actresses To Watch In 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 18, 2013 1:48 PM
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Last week, we picked out ten actors who are On The Rise, a group of guys who all impressed us in recent roles, and likely have put themselves on the radar of Hollywood, with names like Corey Stoll, Alex Karpovsky, Jack Reynor and Omar Sy coming to our attention.

We Read It: Casting David Fincher's Potential Next Movie 'Gone Girl'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 15, 2013 2:44 PM
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It's been in the works for a while now, but according to Deadline last night, geek favorite David Fincher is inching closer to signing on to an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel "Gone Girl." The novel, by the former EW staffer who already had some success with thrillers "Sharp Objects" and "Dark Places" (that are also both being developed for movies), was snapped up by Reese Witherspoon not long after publication, and rave reviews and word-of-mouth have seen it become a literary phenomenon over the last year or so. Even if you haven't read it yourself, you probably know plenty of people who have, or at least have seen a subway car full of people carrying it.

Michael Caine: The 10 Best Performances

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  • March 14, 2013 3:54 PM
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When asked what he thought about "Jaws: The Revenge," Michael Caine (born Maurice Micklewhite in London on March 14, 1933) famously said, “I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific.” That would seem to give the impression that Michael Caine's career choices have often been driven by paychecks, but that would be a false one. While he's done his fair share of bill-paying, the prolific British actor has, across a fifty-year career, remained one of the best-loved and most enduring stars we have, as well as a wonderful -- and all too often underrated -- actor.

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 14, 2013 1:05 PM
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Late last year, Disney released CGI animation "Wreck-It Ralph," and thanks to its wide selection of cameos from videogame legends, barely a review passed without comparison to another Disney film from the past -- 1988's "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," which included dozens of brief appearances from classic cartoon characters. Sadly, for all of the charms of "Wreck-It Ralph," the comparison didn't do it many favors. On Blu-Ray this week, ahead of its 25th anniversary later in the year, Robert Zemeckis' 'Roger Rabbit' is a loving, beautifully crafted and inventive picture that's barely aged a day since its release.

Predicting The 2013 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: Who Will Join 'The Great Gatsby' On The Croisette?

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  • March 14, 2013 12:03 PM
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On Tuesday, it was announced that Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" would open this year's Cannes Film Festival, still the most prestigious, and arguably most important event on the cinematic calendar. And today, March 14th, marks the last day on which films can be seen by the selection panel for the festival, which kicks off May 15th.

Discuss: Is The Success Of The 'Veronica Mars' Movie Kickstarter Campaign A Blessing Or A Curse?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 14, 2013 10:59 AM
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Yesterday, fans of "Veronice Mars" woke up to a surprise announcement that they likely never thought would have been possible. Writer/producer Rob Thomas and actress Kristen Bell unveiled a project on Kickstarter to raise funding for a film version of their cult UPN/CW high-school-set detective series that ran from 2004 to 2007. The show was a critical hit, but never much of a ratings smash, and the ax fell after the third season. But ever since, there's been some talk of a movie spin-off or continuation, but it never seemed quite realistic, particular given that sales figures for DVD sets of the show weren't very good.

Danny Boyle Not Interested In ‘Bond’ Or Big Budget Tentpoles; Once Contemplated Directing ‘Alien 4’ Though

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 13, 2013 6:13 PM
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Danny Boyle
Last night in New York, the 92YTribeca presented a Conversation with Danny Boyle; an hour long conversation with the Academy Award-winning filmmaker (“Trainspotting,” “Slumdog Millionaire” about his career, his oeuvre, his iconic use of music in film and his upcoming mind bending art heist movie, “Trance.” Hosted by Rolling Stone’s Logan Hill, the conversation hewed closely towards Boyle’s use of music in film. From the big-beat eclecticism of “Trainspotting” (Underworld, Iggy Pop, New Order), the pacific lilt of "The Beach" (Moby, Underworld, UNKLE), the crescendoing guitars of “28 Days Later” (John Murphy as influenced by John Cage and Godspeed! You Black Emperor), the worldbeat flavor of “Slumdog Millionaire” (M.I.A. and A.R. Rahman) and more, Boyle’s always had a distinctively dynamic style of using music in his films, many of them giving them the kinetic energy that has made them so popular.

The Essentials: Krzysztof Kieslowski

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 13, 2013 5:34 PM
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It’s perhaps comical to describe a filmmaker revered in some circles as underrated when they’ve been nominated for some of the biggest prizes in cinema -- the Palme d'Or, Venice’s Golden Lion, the Academy Awards, Berlin’s Golden Bear. But perhaps because Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski never really took many of these major prizes home, and never gained global status until later in his career, we find that the filmmaker is not as revered as we’d like (though he tied for a Golden Lion in 1993). Perhaps this observation is very relative. Perhaps it’s because he didn’t enter the Criterion canon until 2006, perhaps because his career ended too abruptly just as it was truly ascending, or perhaps simply because he’s one of our most adored filmmakers: we routinely never give up an opportunity to celebrate Kieslowski’s work when we can.

15 Classic Teen Rebellion Movies

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  • March 12, 2013 2:37 PM
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This week sees two very different, and very worthwhile, films hit theaters, each dealing with youthful rebellion as their central characters. The first, Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa," follows two young teen girls (Elle Fanning and Alice Englert) in 1960s England as they play hooky from school, discover politics, and have their first sexual experiences. The second is a little less wistful: Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," starring Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez and Rachel Korine as four co-eds who head to Florida on spring break, fall in with a drug dealer (James Franco) and leave their old lives behind.

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