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Watch: Philip Seymour Hoffman Hunts A Shark In Trailer For Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2014 1:54 PM
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A Most Wanted Man
The films of Anton Corbijn — well, the two he's made thus far, "Control" and "The American" — are marked by a careful, calculating style where every frame and every shot counts in the building of a particular mood or tension. And much of that seems the same in his next, "A Most Wanted Man," with the first trailer dropping today.

First Look: Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan In Anton Corbijn's 'Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2014 12:30 PM
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Life Dane DeHaan Robert Pattinson
Here's some good news. While Anton Corbijn has generally taken his time between films—three years passed between "Control" and "The American," and it was four more until the forthcoming "A Most Wanted Man"—the filmmaker is already onto his next gig, currently in the midst of production in Canada on "Life" starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. And yes, that's the first look at the pair above.

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2’ Release Date Won’t Be Affected By Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 2, 2014 6:36 PM
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Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Philip Seymour Hoffman
With your empathies obviously in the right place, the question you might be asking yourself right now is: “Wait, Philip Seymour Hoffman was shooting 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2' as Plutarch Heavensbee recently. Will the movie be OK?”

Sundance Review: Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams & More

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 18, 2014 11:50 AM
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A Most Wanted Man
As the line between television and film gets blurrier, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish exactly what makes something qualify to be a film at all. Particularly in the age of “Homeland” and “The Americans,” some may leave a slow-burning, understated spy caper like “A Most Wanted Man” wondering if it wouldn’t have been better served as a limited series on Netflix or HBO. And it will be a perfectly valid question. Based on the novel by John le Carré (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), the film is the new anti-thriller from director Anton Corbijn and centers on the war on terror in Germany via a tapestry of several characters, chiefly Gunther (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a grizzled counter-terrorist intelligence officer stationed in Hamburg after a previous fuck up in Beirut.

Watch: International Trailer For 'A Most Wanted Man' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman & Rachel McAdams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2014 5:17 PM
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Given it's six months later, we're not sure if this is the same sizzle reel that debuted in the summer, but an international trailer for Anton Corbijn's "A Most Wanted Man" is back online. The film is set to debut at Sundance 2014 later this month, and while it wasn't in part one of our 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2014, check back on Monday and we bet you'll see it there (and for those keeping score it was there in 2013 too).

10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 13, 2013 3:06 PM
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10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers
Many years ago, The Playlist started off as a blog dedicated to soundtracks, scores, music movies and the rest of the middle part of the Venn diagram where the worlds of music and film collided. Though we’ve evolved since then, that overlap is still something close to our hearts. One way those worlds are inextricably interlinked is in the number of directors who come from a music video background to work in features, and with most of us being that precise age that we can still remember the first heyday of the music video, it never ceases to surprise us how many of the promos we remember best were shot by filmmakers we now associate primarily with features. Arguably the form is experiencing something of a renaissance in relevance these days, not just via YouTube, but also with high-profile bands like Arcade Fire embracing and expanding their music videos’ artistic potential, even while the Robin Thickes of the world grab some extra headlines with risque or provocative content.

"He Can Make Anyone Look Cool": Watch The Trailer For Documentary 'Anton Corbijn Inside Out'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 3:06 PM
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Before he was an acclaimed filmmaker, Anton Corbijn was the king of cool, but you might not have known it. He started his career as a photographer, where he captured a diverse array of artists such as Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Tom Waits, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Björk, Elvis Costello, Morrissey and more in iconic pictures. He then moved to music videos where again, his inventive eye made his name a brand, and he still dabbles in that world today, most recently helming "Reflektor" for Arcade Fire (and you can see his recently released director's cut of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" right here). But now, the camera is getting turned on Corbijn himself.

Watch: The Anton Corbijn-Directed New Video For The Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 9, 2013 4:56 PM
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Reflektor, Arcade Fire
Arcade Fire are about to have a very, very busy fall. The beloved Canadian art pop band, whose last album was 2010's somewhat Spartan The Suburbs, are back with a new album entitled Reflektor and will also be providing the score to Spike Jonze's new film "Her," which will debut at the New York Film Festival before hopping into the Oscar circuit. The official rollout for the album is in its infancy, but two distinctly different videos have debuted for the title track. One is a moody black-and-white clip from music video auteur Anton Corbijn (watch it below), and the other a crazy interactive joint by frequent collaborator Vincent Morisset that kind of has to be played with to be believed.

Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan To Star In James Dean Story 'Life' For Anton Corbijn

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 6:36 PM
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Anton Corbijn, Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan
The mystical allure of James Dean continues from beyond the grave: Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan have signed up to star in "Life," which The Hollywood Reporter says is "the true story about the friendship between James Dean and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock." DeHaan will play Dean and Pattinson will play Stock (sorry ladies). Noted photographer and director Anton Corbijn, whose last movie was the sorely underrated George Clooney thriller "The American," will direct. The film is being shopped in Toronto.

Watch: Anton Corbijn's Director's Cut Of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 11:51 AM
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September 13th will mark the 20th anniversary of the release of what would be Nirvana's final album, In Utero, and it's easy to forget just how important it was at the time. The group were arguably the biggest band on the planet, the reluctant leaders of the "alternative" music scene that completely changed the landscape. And that's not to mention the various controversies surrounding the LP, from the artwork to the recording process itself, which found the band working with famed independent engineer Steve Albini (and fans should check his recent interview with Vish Khanna about the making of the album, and what exactly went down in the studio—it's a must listen). And then, there was that music video...

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