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Fantastic Fest's 2014 Line-Up Includes Kevin Smith's 'Tusk,' 'The Babadook,' 'ABCs of Death 2' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 5, 2014 12:28 PM
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Tusk
Fall festival season is fast approaching, with the Venice Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival and the New York Film Festival each unveiling glimpses of their lineups over the last few weeks. But let's not forget their deviant little Texan cousin, Fantastic Fest. The genre-led festival in Austin, which like the more established events is essentially spring break for movie buffs but with karaoke and queso instead of sex and drugs, is heading into its tenth year and just announced the first additions to its 2014 line-up.

LAFF Exclusive: Poster Debut for Nathan Silver's Latest 'Uncertain Terms'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 15, 2014 10:12 AM
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Uncertain Terms
The 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival (the 20th anniversary of the fest) kicked off this week, with the North American premiere of "Snowpiercer" on Wednesday. Plenty of other notable premieres are continuing to roll out this weekend, including Nathan Silver's latest, "Uncertain Terms," and we've got the exclusive poster debut in advance of its premiere later today.

Cannes 2014: 'Winter Sleep' Takes Palme D'Or, 'Foxcatcher' Gets Best Director, Plus All The Winners

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 24, 2014 1:13 PM
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Cannes Film Festival Poster
Roll up the Red Carpet; hang up your tux; let down your chignon; the Cannes Film Festival drew to a typically glamorous close this evening with the glitzy award ceremony, at which Jury president Jane Campion and her unprecedentedly female-majority panel announced their award decisions. The big news? Long-time bookie’s favorite "Winter Sleep” taking the coveted Palme d'Or, much to Playlister Jessica Kiang’s dismay and Playlister Nikola Grozdanovich’s joy (check out Jess’ review and Nik’s rebuttal)

The 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 SXSW Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 6, 2014 1:01 PM
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SXSW 2014 line-up
No rest for the wicked: we've barely gotten over our Oscar-night hangovers, and yet already the next major event of the movie calendar is upon us. After a few quiet weeks on the film festival circuit, Friday sees the kick off of Austin's all-encompassing, multi-platform mega-party SXSW Film Festival, which kicks off this evening with Jon Favreau's "Chef" and runs until March 15th.

Shia LaBeouf Borrows Enigmatic Footballer Quote For 'Nymphomaniac' Press Conference & Then Walks Out

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 9, 2014 10:21 AM
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A strange afternoon in Berlin today. Lars Von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac Part 1” (the long version that hasn’t been seen until now) screened this morning at the Berlin Film Festival, and the press conference that followed had a few head-scratching moments. First off, Lars Von Trier himself showed up wearing a Cannes “Persona Non Grata” T-shirt (an overt reference to his banning from the French festival the year “Melancholia” played), but kept his vow to no longer speak to press by not appearing in the press conference.

The 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 Berlin Film Festival

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 4, 2014 1:18 PM
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Berlin 2014 preview
This Thursday, just a few scant weeks after Sundance has rolled up its red carpet, we’ll be plunging into Europe’s first major festival. The Berlin Film Festival, aka the Berlinale, has (like everything else) a lower profile than Cannes and perhaps a less glamorous aura than Venice. But, in a way, that counts toward its specific identity: with the European Film Market (which is one of the three biggest in the world) and the Talent Campus, a major program of workshops and masterclasses attended by students and professionals alike, from all disciplines, from all over the world, the Berlinale feels more businesslike and no-nonsense, less seduced by the glitz of the industry than by the actual films, and by fostering the talents that make them.

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival Awards: 'Whiplash' Starring Miles Teller Wins Top Prizes

  • By The Playlist
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  • January 26, 2014 2:32 AM
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The 2014 Sundance Film Festival awards are in. We'd provide greater context, but we're really tired, plus we hope you've been reading our reviews and learning a little bit along the way. If not, stay tuned for Monday when we do a much larger Sundance recap from everything we saw, plus an upcoming Sundance-centric podcast.

Sundance 2014 Adds: 'A Most Wanted Man,' 'The Raid 2,' 'The Trip To Italy,' 'Frank' & Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2013 4:12 PM
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Laggies
For a moment there, it seemed like 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival was going to be a bit quieter this year. The announcements thus far had featured intriguing indie movies, but nothing compared to the huge 2013 that went down in Utah. Until this afternoon.

AFI: David O. Russell Talks Immediacy Of Film, Says 'I Heart Huckabees' Is His Least Favorite Movie & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 11, 2013 1:08 PM
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American Hustle, David O. Russell
With his films “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook” elating audiences the past two years at AFI Fest in Los Angeles on their way to Oscar gold, director David O. Russell is without a doubt in stellar standing with the festival and its many attendees. That consistency to quality—especially in Russell’s recent string of crowd favorites—is why he and a swath of his contemporaries gathered in the Egyptian Theater on Friday night to celebrate the helmer’s work and unique cinematic approach. Amidst a host of technical issues—uncomfortable chairs were swapped, mics cut out—Russell also screened the first six minutes of his new film “American Hustle,” which also had to be restarted due of sound loss. You can read our impressions of the deeply funny, manic footage over here, but first we’ve compiled a few highlights from the director’s wide-ranging, insightful talk.

David O. Russell Screens First Six Intensely Funny Minutes of ‘American Hustle’ During AFI Fest Tribute

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 9, 2013 4:24 PM
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American Hustle
Last night in Los Angeles on the first full day of programming for AFI Fest this year, director David O. Russell and his eclectic body of cinematic work was celebrated at the historic Egyptian Theatre, and he also brought the first six minutes of his highly-anticipated new film, “American Hustle.” However, a host of technical issues—including screening the first two minutes almost completely without sound—led the director to grow a little ornery (“We should probably shut it off,” he said, before escaping the stage to settle the problem). But even those couldn’t dismantle the comic energy and early promise that his latest effort sampled.

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