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Interview: 'Lords Of Salem' Director Rob Zombie Talks Making The Film, Studio Expectations, 'Broad Street Bullies' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 6:14 PM
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Lords Of Salem, Rob Zombie
There are few genre filmmakers working today who are as exciting and unpredictable as Rob Zombie. The rock musician (he continues to make music – he just dropped a new album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor) has a singular love for all things horror, particularly the down-and-dirty chillers from the seventies and early eighties, augmenting these earlier films with bold stylistic experimentation and a kind of gleeful willingness to push the envelope when it comes to sex and violence. His latest film, "Lords of Salem," produced by Blumhouse Productions and distributed by Anchor Bay, was released last week. A bold stylistic departure for Zombie, it's a leisurely paced descent into madness more akin to Roman Polanski's apartment trilogy than anything involving Texas, chainsaws, or massacres.

Tribeca: Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese & Jerry Lewis Reflect On 'The King Of Comedy,' Improv, Deleted Scenes & More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 29, 2013 2:57 PM
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The Tribeca Film Festival closed last night with a digitally-restored screening of “The King Of Comedy.” Thirty years later, the film still reverberates as an acidic take on celebrity worship that has, oddly enough, become timeless, and the re-master is gorgeous. The film was greeted with rapturous applause, but the real fireworks started after a raucous Q+A featuring a chatty Martin Scorsese, a shy Robert De Niro, and a more-than-eager Jerry Lewis.

Exclusive: Jeff Nichols Talks John Carpenter-Esque 'Midnight Special,' Wants To Make 'Tremors'-Style Film & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 23, 2013 3:00 PM
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Yesterday we sat down with Jeff Nichols, the talented indie filmmaker behind "Shotgun Stories," "Take Shelter," and this week's "Mud" which stars Matthew McConaughey in another great post-career resurgence performance (more from our interview later this week). While we had him, we couldn't help but ask about an upcoming project he's already teased – a John Carpenter-esque chase movie called "Midnight Special." Nichols talked at length about the movie, its tone and mood, and what is compelling him to make it as well. The director also discussed "Mud" and a laundry list of projects and genres he'd like to tackle. And given his output thus far, there's little reason to doubt he'll achieve them all.

Olga Kurylenko Talks Romance Behind ‘Oblivion,’ Sharing ‘Solaris’ With Joseph Kosinksi & Making ‘Empires Of The Deep’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 19, 2013 11:01 AM
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Hitting theaters today, "Oblivion" brings a rarity to the multiplex: an ambitious, idea drive sci-fi blockbuster that also aims to be popcorn entertainment. The film tells the story of Jack Harper -- played by Tom Cruise -- a drone repairman, working on a battle scarred Earth that has mostly been abandoned, sometime in the distant future. He's only got a couple of weeks left on the job before he too will leave the planet for the moons of Saturn, but when a spaceship crash lands, and a mysterious woman (Olga Kurylenko) appears, everything he knows gets turned upside down.

'Oblivion' Director Joseph Kosinski Talks In-Camera Effects, Mies Van Der Rohe & M83's Longtime Influence

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 16, 2013 7:00 PM
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It's difficult to determine the more nerve-wracking scenario for director Joseph Kosinski: Helming a much-anticipated sequel to "Tron" for Disney as his first feature, or following it up with an original, $120 million sci-fi concept with Tom Cruise in the lead. The movie, about the last man on Earth whose life is forever changed when spaceship containing a mysterious woman crash lands, launching him into an unexpected adventure, has already opened overseas to big audiences.

Dane DeHaan Talks Building A BMX Bike For ‘The Place Beyond The Pines,’ Impending ‘Spider-Man’ Fame & More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • April 12, 2013 3:53 PM
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You may know him from HBO’s critically acclaimed “In Treatment” or as Cricket in “Lawless,” or as the “monster” in “Chronicle.” Or you may not be able to place him yet, but that will soon change. Actor Dane DeHaan is not one to shy from a challenge and continues to impress filmmakers with that aspiration.

Olga Kurylenko Discusses Her Real-Life Parallels In 'To The Wonder,' Her Cut Footage With Rachel Weisz & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 12, 2013 3:02 PM
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To The Wonder, Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko
From Bond girl in “Quantum of Solace” to comedic presence in “Seven Psychopaths,” actress Olga Kurylenko has run quite a range of diverse, solid supporting roles thus far, but the two films she has landing in theatres this month -- Terrence Malick's “To The Wonder” and sci-fi thriller “Oblivion” with Tom Cruise -- declare a shift toward strong central roles in her future. We recently got a chance to talk to Kurylenko about “Oblivion” and her career (more from that coming soon), but first, we chatted about her experience as Malick's leading lady in “To The Wonder” as it hits screens this weekend.

From 'Trainspotting' To 'Trance': Underworld's Rick Smith Discusses His Extensive Film Music Work With Danny Boyle

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 10, 2013 7:01 PM
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British filmmaker Danny Boyle, whose new film, a mind-melting hypnotism thriller called "Trance" is showing nationwide, is known for his intense creative collaborations between writers like Alex Garland and John Hodge and (for a while at least) actors like Ewan McGregor. But one of his most important and frequently overlooked collaborative relationships is with the British dance duo Underworld (nee Karl Hyde and Rick Smith), who have provided music for a number of Boyle projects, both film and otherwise, including last summer's Olympics Opening Ceremony. We got to chat with one half of Underworld, Rick Smith about his various collaborations with Boyle, including the dizzying score for "Trance," which he completed without his frequent partner Hyde.

Eva Mendes Talks Convincing Her 'Place Beyond The Pines' Director That She Was The Real Deal, Her Research & Her Goal To Keep Things Weird

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • April 10, 2013 6:03 PM
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In her latest film, “The Place Beyond the Pines,” Eva Mendes shirks her sexy image and gives a down-to-earth portrayal of a small-town waitress forced to choose between the father of her child, a face-tattooed stunt motorcycle driver (Ryan Gosling), and a man who can offer her substantial security (Mahershala Ali) – kind of her own “Sophie's Choice,” as Mendes says. Though some may raise an eyebrow at her being cast in a Derek Cianfrance film, Mendes fought for the role of Romina, an important female figure in a film dominated by men and concerning legacy in America, particularly about what is passed down from parents to children. During her research, Mendes gathered up her own family and friends with children to further explore the role and added that thoughtful touch to her performance

Danny Boyle Talks The Unorthodox Construction Of 'Trance,' Going Back To The Dark Side & His Relationship With Writers

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 9, 2013 3:05 PM
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Trance feature
When we attended a Danny Boyle panel at the South by Southwest Film Festival last month, they played a kind of highlight reel before the it began, with clips covering his film career to date. As they flickered by, it was hard not to be impressed – this is a man who has won an Oscar for Best Director and one for Best Picture and yet, when you see images from "Trainspotting" or "Sunshine" or "127 Hours," you can't help but feel like he's still underrated. His newest movie, a twisty, turny, deliciously sexy thriller called "Trance," just opened in New York and Los Angeles, and will be expanding in the coming weeks across the country.

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