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Wim Wenders Talks Dance Documentary 'Pina' & Says Filmmakers Still Have To Crack The Code Of Using 3D Inventively

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 18, 2012 6:00 PM
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Prior to six or seven months ago, it was arguably easy to dismiss 3D as a passing fad used by money-hungry studios to beef up box office returns without adding anything to the movie-going experience except crossed eyes and migraines. But after Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and even Werner Herzog offered superlative films in three dimensions, the industry proved that great, proven artists could create great works using the format. Even so, it still sounds odd to hear a filmmaker like German auteur Wim Wenders defend technology as he discusses his latest film, the 3D creative dance documentary “Pina.”

"The World & The Industry Will Move On": Steven Soderbergh On His Retirement, 'Magic Mike' & 'Side Effects'

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  • January 18, 2012 12:20 PM
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For the last couple of years, Steven Soderbergh, one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of the last few decades, started to talk about retirement. Initially dismissed as a joke, the ambiguity played up by the director, it's become increasingly clear that Soderbergh is serious about the proposition.

'I Can't Imagine Doing Another Action Movie:' Steven Soderbergh Discusses The Fights, Music & Influences Of 'Haywire'

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  • January 17, 2012 2:03 PM
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Steven Soderbergh has tried his hand in many things over the years including a relationship drama, coming-of-age tales, crime capers, retro post-war noir, Spanish-language epics, and most recently, a disaster movie. But one thing he'd never really taken on before? The action movie. There had been some slick set pieces in the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy, but nothing else that really qualifies. Until now, that is. Friday sees the release of "Haywire," the director's first full-on actioner, and the first of four films set to be released ahead of his hiatus from filmmaking.

Michael Fassbender Talks The Appeal Of Steven Soderbergh & Being Taught To Fight By Gina Carano In 'Haywire'

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  • January 17, 2012 1:05 PM
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After a hectic 2011, one that saw the actor appear in no fewer than four high-profile films (winning him our Man of the Year accolade), Michael Fassbender is calming things down a bit for 2012. Sure, he'll likely be highly visible in the coming months, thanks to a possible Oscar nomination for his work in "Shame" coming next week, but the actor actually hasn't shot a film since last July, and will only have two films hitting theaters in 2012.

What Kind Of Bird Are You? Deconstructing The 'Moonrise Kingdom' Trailer

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 17, 2012 12:27 PM
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With six features under his belt (and a seventh on the way), Wes Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most distinctive filmmakers working today. Though his influences are varied -- from Martin Scorsese to Satyajit Ray, French pop to the British Invasion -- the way in which he combines those elements (and more) is unmistakably Anderson-ian

My Favorite Films Of 2011 - Rodrigo Perez

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 14, 2012 10:35 AM
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Topping my list of 2011’s #1stworldproblems was making a top 10 list. Such is the difficult life of having to see movies for free and then attempt to express something insightful about them. I have the same issue every year: feeling zero motivation to write a top 10 list and then of course, almost writing about 20 films this year. #contradictoryfail. However, I can’t promise there will be any insights here. Perhaps the problem was that Gabe, Chris, Drew, Kevin and Oli all made eloquent lists that said all that really needed to be said about 2011’s film, but regardless, here I am with my belated round-up.

'Drive' Star Albert Brooks Reflects On His Career & Working With Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, James L. Brooks & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 11, 2012 5:36 PM
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Over the weekend, the Film Society of Lincoln Center put on a special event, hosted by Scott Foundas, centered around "Drive" star Albert Brooks, who is earning strong Oscar buzz for his role as menacing mob boss Bernie Rose. The night took a unique (and, it should be noted, unexpected) approach by focusing on the roles that Brooks acted in, instead of the ones where he appeared in something that he had both written and directed. The night kicked off memorably with the beginning of "The Twilight Zone: The Movie," a clip that still plays well today (you could tell that much of the audience either hadn't seen the movie or had forgotten about it completely), and from there it was a wonderful look back through the years, from his breakthrough performances to his role in "Drive." 

The Prime Minister's Speech: Why The British Government's Plan To Shake Up Film Financing Is Wrong-Headed & Doomed To Failure

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2012 1:58 PM
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Eighteen months or so ago, the British film industry, which relies heavily on states subsidy through money from the National Lottery, was thrown into turmoil when the new coalition government, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, announced that they were shutting down the UK Film Council, the organization that, among other things, was responsible for the allocation of funding for development and production. Those responsibilites were shifted to the British Film Institute, but many in the industry were fearful what changes were still to come.

Sundance Picks & More: The Playlist's Most Anticipated Indie Films Of 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 10, 2012 12:20 PM
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In a world where studio movies often get release dates before they have a script, it's relatively easy to know what films to look forward to in the coming year. The indie world is a little trickier; films can often fly under the radar until they arrive on the festival circuit, without the wall-to-wall coverage of the tentpoles (although we do our best). But we're about ten days away from the Sundance Film Festival kicking off, and the indie line-up for 2012 will start to crystallize a little more.

Sam Worthington Confesses He Gave A "Bland Performance" In 'Clash Of The Titans,' Promises An Improvement For Sequel

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 7, 2012 5:08 PM
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Sam Worthington, star of the new thriller “Man On A Ledge,” told The Playlist that the most important thing to improve upon in “Wrath Of The Titans,” the sequel to 2010’s “Clash Of The Titans,” was his own performance. “I wasn’t personally happy with my performance,” Worthington said Friday in an exclusive interview. “I didn’t think that I made a character. If you look at it, the way I play it, Perseus is a conduit for action – that’s all he was. He was a wrecking ball, he didn’t really have any personality, and it was a bland performance.”

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