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David Gordon Green & Steven Soderbergh Bring ‘Red Oaks’ To Amazon Studios, Green Downplays Chris Pine Thriller

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 6, 2014 9:36 AM
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Steven Soderbergh has always been one of director David Gordon Green’s models for an ideal career path, and it’s a perplexing thought that the two filmmakers previously haven’t secured a reason to collaborate. They came close—Green’s adaptation of “A Confederacy of Dunces" promised Soderbergh as producer, before the film collapsed under studio politics—but now a prime opportunity has finally arrived, thanks to the heads over at Amazon Studios.

Watch: New Trailer For David Gordon Green's 'Joe' Starring Nicolas Cage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2014 1:40 PM
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Sometimes you're a little reluctant to work with a big named actor if you're an indie filmmaker. “When you get involved in a professional relationship with a movie star you never know what’s going to show up—whether or not he’s going to lock himself in his trailer,” David Gordon Green said. “With Nicolas Cage I was relieved to find a guy who knew everybody on the crew’s name and learned about their jobs from them and was involved in the process. He went the extra mile. He wasn’t just the actor sitting in front of a mirror memorizing lines.”

Watch: Super Bowl Spots Directed By David Gordon Green & Nicolas Winding Refn, Plus 'Seinfeld' Reunion & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2014 9:04 AM
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Last night, a game was played, and a team won and a team lost, and Seattle seemed to be super happy for some reason. But for our purposes, the Super Bowl means lot of new trailers (including "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and the first teaser for "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" among others) and of course, lots of celeb talent getting paid big bucks to sell things. So, clear away the bones from last night's chicken wings and check out the below.

David Gordon Green Goes To 'The Line' With Chris Pine; 'Blue Caprice' Director Goes Down The Remake Road & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 29, 2014 10:45 AM
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After his self-assured feature film debut—2000’s “George Washington”—few could have predicted the twists and turns that David Gordon Green’s filmography has taken. Working at a furiously fast pace, just when you think you've got him pegged, he confounds once more. Don’t let him make a remake of the horror “Suspiria”? Fine, he’ll go shoot “Prince Avalanche” in secret with some friends and announce it after it’s done. Expect him to make more studio comedies a la “The Sitter”? He’ll bang out two indie dramas in a row practically back to back—“Joe” starring Nicolas Cage which Roadside Attractions will release on April 11th of this year (trailer here) and “Manglehorn” starring Al Pacino which should hit the festival circuit later this fall.

Watch: First Trailer For David Gordon Green's Gritty 'Joe' Starring Nicolas Cage & Tye Sheridan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2014 10:06 AM
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One of 21 Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen, things have been pretty quiet around "Joe" even after a good festival run last year. But that's about to change; the film is rolling out overseas and the first trailer is here, and it's unlike anything we've seen from either director David Gordon Green or star Nicolas Cage in a long, long time.

'Hot Wheels' Gets A Director, David Gordon Green Producing New Movie From 'Cold Weather' Helmer Aaron Katz & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 18, 2013 11:19 AM
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Martha Stephens ("Pilgrim Song") and Aaron Katz ("Cold Weather"), both graduates from the North Carolina School of Arts, have each cultivated promising film careers for themselves over the past few years (ie. the aforementioned films). Now, they will be co-directing a film they wrote together, a buddy comedy called “Land Ho!” with David Gordon Green (another NCSA alum) hopping on board as an executive producer. The film will star Paul Eenhoorn and Earl Lynn Nelson as ex-brothers-in-law who go on a road trip in Iceland in order to reclaim their youth.

Watch: Partially Animated TV Commercials From David Gordon Green And Roman Coppola

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 16, 2013 11:40 AM
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The world of independent cinema isn't an incredibly lucrative one, and it's fairly common for bigger name independent filmmakers to spend time between movies making commercials or music videos to pay the rent and/or their costly drug habit. When we spoke to Mark Romanek, the music video auteur who had continually come up against roadblocks while trying to get big studio projects like "The Wolf Man" and "Cinderella" off the ground, said that the commercial world was a comfortable space for him as an artist. Now we have some news spots from David Gordon Green and Roman Coppola, both of which are partially animated, that show that you can have a whole lot of fun in a short amount of time.

Interview: 'A Single Shot' Star Sam Rockwell Talks His Favorite Genre Films, Marvel Movies, Duncan Jones' 'Mute' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 19, 2013 5:20 PM
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Sam Rockwell is one of those actors whose mere presence in a movie can elicit excitement for a project that could have otherwise easily been written off. No matter what he's in – if it's big budget nonsense like "Charlie's Angels" or something like Duncan Jones' moody, micro-budget "Moon" – Rockwell is sure to turn in a performance that's downright electric (or electrified, maybe). His newest film is "A Single Shot," which opens this weekend (read our review). A twisty, turny film noir about a down-on-his-luck hunter who makes a fatally wrong shot, killing a young woman in the woods, Rockwell is as intense as he usually is goofy, his manic energy turned inward, for a kind of bottled fury. It's quite a performance, especially considering the fine actors he's surrounded by (William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright and Jason Isaacs are among his costars).

Podcast: The Playlist Discusses The Festival Films Of Venice, Telluride & Toronto 2013

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • September 17, 2013 2:07 PM
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Podcast: Post Fall Film Festival
...and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and breaking his podcast duck, our British correspondent and writer Oliver Lyttelton, to talk festivals, specifically the Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride and Venice. We covered a large swath of films at both fests this year but on the show we focus specifically on "12 Years a Slave," (review here, interview here), "Under the Skin" (review here, interview here), "Gravity" (review here), "Joe" (review here), Denis Villeneuve's double dose of "Prisoners" and "Enemy," "Night Moves" "Rush" and "Dallas Buyers Club." Let us know in the comments what titles you're excited for and if you attended, what films you dug.

Director Harmony Korine, Holly Hunter & Chris Messina Join Al Pacino in David Gordon Green's ‘Manglehorn’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 6, 2013 5:35 PM
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"Manglehorn" is probably some kind of variation on the nickname some critics may have given to filmmaker David Gordon Green's career. Green started out an adored indie darling in the vein of Terrence Malick (who would produce Green's third feature "Undertow" based on Malick's story), but three absurdist studio comedies in a row ("Pineapple Express," "Your Highness," and "Sitter") made him harder to pin down and it confused many pundits expecting a linear, not chaotic progression.

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