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'Metro Manila' Wins Best Film British Independent Film Awards; Paul Greengrass, James McAvoy & More Honored

Another day and more trophies handed out as 2013 tumbles toward a close. Over the weekend, the British Independent Film Awards provided some dinner and statues to a wide range of movies, and given their mandate, it shines a light on a different batch of movies than the ones that are dominating critics charts stateside. Read More »

'Out Of The Furnace' Director Scott Cooper Will No Longer Direct Stephen King's 'The Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2013 6:42 PM
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Well, it was a brief affair, and one that ends like so many Hollywood relationships do, thanks to "creative differences" (just ask Joe Carnahan). Just three months after it found a new director after Ben Affleck exited the project, Warner Bros. will need to find someone else to direct "The Stand."

Watch: 50-Minute Directors Roundtable Talk With Steve McQueen, David O. Russell, Alfonso Cuarón & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 14, 2013 12:42 PM
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THR Directors Roundtable
While the awards season can waver between excitement for the great movies hitting cinemas and excess from the endless campaigning, the real pleasure is in great filmmakers emerging from their production cocoon to talk about their work. THR has been doing a great job in rounding up some of the brightest talents and biggest contenders of the season for their roundtable talks. And their latest is no different.

Oscars: Is The Best Director Competition More Than A Two-Horse Race?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 30, 2013 2:53 PM
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If this year's Best Picture race is tough (and it is, even with films like "Foxcatcher" and "Monuments Men" pushed into 2014), it's nothing compared to the fight that's brewing in Best Director. The category has evolved somewhat since the Best Picture field expanded to ten films. Before that change, the line-up tended to mirror the five Best Picture nominees, with the occasional exception, usually for an arthouse Euro-auteur like Mike Leigh (for "Vera Drake" in 2005) or Julian Schnabel (for "Diving Bell & The Butterfly" in 2008). And it's still true that the directing nominees are mostly drawn from the Best Picture nominees, but with more opportunity for a film to get recognized in the bigger category, it does seem to have enabled the directors' branch to be more idiosyncratic in their choices.

Review: Paul Greengrass' Harrowing, Absorbing Thriller 'Captain Phillips' Starring Tom Hanks

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 11, 2013 5:38 PM
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Captain Phillips
Comparing oranges and apples tends not to be conducive to any critical discourse, but to get something off my chest that I can’t shake (and hopefully provides some convincing context), in the fall sweepstakes to create the most gripping, immersive and emotionally resonant survival tale, Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” has the surprisingly thematically similar “Gravity” licked. With apologies to Alfonso Cuarón’s film, which I enjoyed, the buzzier effort may be an enveloping visual tour-de-force, but the one (wo)man-against-the-universe endurance saga in space lacks in character development and genuinely convincing emotional stakes. These are not, however, narrative areas that “Captain Phillips” is deficient in. In fact, its character and rich emotional layers are what elevates the film from a precisely-told absorbing thriller into something much more potent and powerful: a breathtakingly harrowing tale of survival and grueling desperation that redefines the term “nailbiter.”

Retrospective: The Films Of Paul Greengrass

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 9, 2013 12:28 PM
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The Films of Paul Greengrass
“I really do believe, with a great, great passion, in the possibility of really good films being made at scale and in the mainstream,” Paul Greengrass said to Empire, rather ironically on the occasion of the release of his least financially successful Hollywood film, 2010’s “Green Zone.” But it outlines what seems the guiding principle of Greengrass’ work, that there is a way to make intelligent, politically relevant, “grown-up” films that appeal to a mass market.

Paul Greengrass Explains His Exit From 'The Trial Of The Chicago 7' & Why He Wasn't The Right Director For The Movie

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • October 8, 2013 10:20 AM
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Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass
If there’s one thing that can be said about director Paul Greengrass, it’s how engaging he can be during interviews. His upcoming film, “Captain Phillips,” has been getting great buzz (read our review), and after years of only being asked Bourne-related questions, it must be refreshing for him to finally get the chance to talk about something else. In yet another engaging interview, this time with The Huffington Post, Greengrass not only talks about his latest movie, he also gives us more clarification as to why he dropped out of “The Trial of Chicago 7.”

Watch: New Trailer For Paul Greengrass' Pulse-Pounding 'Captain Phillips' Starring Tom Hanks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 9:30 AM
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Captain Phillips,
As you're now slowly releasing the grip from your chair from last night's episode of "Breaking Bad," you better ready to hang on to something else as Paul Greengrass' thriller "Captain Phillips" is on the way. And another brand new trailer is here more than adequately selling the heart-stopping ride audiences will be going on.

NYFF: Tom Hanks & Paul Greengrass Talk Dramatizing Desperate Real-Life Events In 'Captain Phillips'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 28, 2013 2:12 PM
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Captain Phillips
Paul Greengrass’ harrowing, real-time thriller, “Captain Phillps” just screened at the New York Film Festival yesterday. Just go and hit Twitter and you’re going to see plaudits, raves and yes, even lots of Oscar talk. It’s a terrific piece of filmmaking that's intense, grueling, deeply immersive and even takes pains to humanize the complex lives of its villains (you can read yours truly’s A-grade review right here).

NYFF Review: Paul Greengrass Takes You Hostage In The Desperately Harrowing ‘Captain Phillips’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 27, 2013 11:00 AM
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Captain Phillips
Comparing oranges and apples tends not to be conducive to any critical discourse, but to get something off my chest that I can’t shake (and hopefully provides some convincing context), in the fall sweepstakes to create the most gripping, immersive and emotionally resonant survival tale, Paul Greengrass’ “Captain Phillips” has the surprisingly thematically similar “Gravity” licked. With apologies to Alfonso Cuaron’s film, which I enjoyed, the buzzier effort may be an enveloping visual tour-de-force, but the one (wo)man-against-the-universe endurance saga in space lacks in character development and genuinely convincing emotional stakes. These are not, however, narrative areas that “Captain Phillips” is deficient in. In fact, its character and rich emotional layers are what elevates the film from a precisely-told absorbing thriller into something much more potent and powerful: a breathtakingly harrowing tale of survival and grueling desperation that redefines the term “nailbiter.”

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