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Fall Movie Preview: 15 Films We've Already Seen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 28, 2012 11:55 AM
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There are certain advantages to working for a film website. Aside from all the fortune (translation: payment in expired Amazon vouchers), fame (translation: getting death threats on Twitter from "Wrath of the Titans" fans) and sex (translation: desperately awkward attempts at flirting during roundtable interviews), the main one is that sometimes you get to see films a little bit early.

Fall Movie Preview: Our 15 Most Anticipated Films For The Rest Of 2012

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 27, 2012 1:19 PM
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The summer movie seasons is pretty much wrapped up, with the Venice Film Festival kicking off this week, and Telluride and Toronto just around the corner. And as ever, the fall festival season sees us move away from superheroes and the like for a few blessed months, in favor of some fare that's a little more adult, and geared with an eye towards awards.

The Playlist's 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 27, 2012 11:55 AM
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Superhero movies be damned, festival season is underway. Indeed, by the time you read this, this writer will be winging his way to (hopefully) sunny Italy to spend ten days or so resolutely avoiding getting anything like a tan at the 69th Venice Film Festival. The first under the new leadership of Alberto Barbera, it's lived up to his promise of being a less glitzy, more sober take, with no major studio fare to be found, and a line up that emphasizes international auteurs over the American and British filmmakers who dominated line-ups in previous years.

Can Daniel Day-Lewis Break The Spielberg Acting Awards Oscar Losing Streak For 'Lincoln?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 24, 2012 12:22 PM
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With festival season getting underway in only a few short days, we're about to see which actors will gain traction for the awards season ahead of us. But there's at least one major performance that we won't know about for a few months yet (or until we see a trailer), and it's one that's probably been the presumptive front-runner ever since the film was announced: Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln," the director's biopic of Civil War-winning President Abraham Lincoln, focusing on the last few months of his life before his assassination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth.

Fall TV Preview: 15 Shows To Look Out For In The Coming Season

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 24, 2012 11:56 AM
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With the summer pretty much winding down in every way except the temperature, our thoughts are starting to turn towards the fall line-up. Over the next week or two, as the festival season gears up, we're going to be casting our eye on what to expect not just from Venice, Telluride and TIFF, but also the rest of the movie season in general.

Which Directors Picked 'Step Brothers,' 'Rocky III' & 'Babe' Among Their All-Time Favorites On The Sight & Sound Poll?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 23, 2012 10:00 AM
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Undoubtedly our favorite part of the once-a-decade Sight & Sound poll is poring over the Directors' Top 10 lists. We've already seen a small selection from the likes of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Michael Mann, but the BFI have just put every director's ballot online to essentially stop you from getting any work done for the rest of the week.

Summer 2012 Wrap-Up: Which Actors, Directors & Studios Came Out On Top?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 22, 2012 1:00 PM
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With "The Bourne Legacy" and "The Expendables 2" landing over the last couple of weekends, we're pretty much at the tail end of the tentpole-laden summer movie season. The rest of the month finds classic late-August programmers like "Premium Rush," "The Apparition" and "The Possession" hitting theaters before attention will be turned to the fall festival season with Venice, Telluride, TIFF, and NYFF all on the way.

The Essentials: The 5 Best Tony Scott Films

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 20, 2012 11:59 AM
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Something we've come to appreciate since the terrible news of the passing of director Tony Scott came in this morning, is that there's an argument to be made that almost any one of his films saw him at the top of his game. From debut feature "The Hunger," one of the first movies of the MTV generation, and the era-defining "Top Gun," all the way to the bold formal experimentation of his last four films (some of which, especially the highly divisive "Domino," were derided by many, but have their fervent auteurist supporters as well), his films were always technically impeccable, thrilling and instantly recognizable as a Tony Scott picture. He was the action director as auteur.

Sight And Sound Top 250 By The Numbers: And The Auteur With The Most Films Is...

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  • August 17, 2012 12:56 PM
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Who’s the greatest auteur in cinema? Is it Alfred Hitchock who stands tall with “Vertigo” as #1 in the Sight And Sound’s 2012 Greatest Films Of All Time List and has five films on the entire list (which is now 250 films long)? It is Orson Welles who has been the reigning champion with “Citizen Kane” at the number #1 slot for five decades now? Or is it Ozu Yasujirō, who was listed as the top auteur by all the directors polled in this list?

5 "Unfilmable" Novels That Became Movies & 5 More That Are On The Way

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 17, 2012 11:59 AM
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Like a red rag to a bull, the term "unfilmable novel" elicits about the same reaction for filmmakers as it does for Chief Wiggum in "The Simpsons" when he tells Ralph not to go into "the forbidden closet of mystery." Some of the greatest works of literature have been deemed, correctly or not, as unfilmable, and yet writers, directors, producers and stars keep trying, either developing such projects for years with no success, or very occasionally getting the films financed, usually with mixed success.

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