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Marc Webb, Scott Cooper, Joe Carnahan, Sarah Polley, Agnieszka Holland & More Line Up New Projects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2014 3:14 PM
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We're not sure what's in the water right now, but in the last 48 hours or so, it seems every director around the world is lining up new gigs. Maybe they're looking for a summer project to keep them busy? We have no idea, but we'll run them down, so let's get to it:

'American Hustle' Tops New York Film Critics Circle Awards, David O. Russell & Jennifer Lawrence Win Big

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2013 3:08 PM
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First! Once again, the New York Film Critics Circle made filmmakers and studios sweat to get their films screened in time as they position themselves to be the first (official) word on the awards race and augur of things to come ... at least until the National Board Of Review weighs in tomorrow. But for now, it looks like David O. Russell's "American Hustle" is the one to beat over the next couple of months.

10 Strong Directorial Debuts From Actors-Turned-Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 13, 2013 5:05 PM
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Debuts From Actors-Turned-Directors
This week, after a limited but promising initial release, Lake Bell’s directorial debut “In A World” is due to expand and distributors Roadside Attractions have good reason to hope that it will mirror the success of other Sundance breakouts like “Fruitvale Station” and “The Way, Way Back.” Regardless of how it performs financially it’s already firmly a critical favorite, with our own [A-] review suggesting that “while the film is hysterical, its real strength lies in the way it is able to deal with an issue like sexism in the [Hollywood voiceover] industry and work it out in a funny, honest and very real way.” And 34-year-old triple threat writer/director/star Bell can count it as a more or less unmitigated triumph on all three fronts, most impressive considering that after just a couple of short films this is her very first directorial feature.

Exclusive: Sarah Polley's Father Is Inspired By The "Remarkable Story" In Clip From 'Stories We Tell'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2013 10:03 AM
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"Stories We Tell," Sarah Polley
One of our 15 Most Anticipated Indie Films Of The Summer, we guarantee there are few movies coming in the next few months -- or even the rest of year -- that will offer as many genuine twists and turns as Sarah Polley's excellent documentary "Stories We Tell." They say truth is stranger than fiction, and while the story that unspools here isn't quite strange, it's certainly something that no writer could have dreamed up.

Interview: Sarah Polley Talks The Ethics Of 'Stories We Tell,' Adapting 'Alias Grace' & Revisiting 'Take This Waltz'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 6, 2013 12:16 PM
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Halfway into Sarah Polley's genre-swapping documentary, “Stories We Tell,” the actor/director takes a break from shooting “Mr. Nobody” with Jared Leto to take a phone call. Still dressed in Neanderthal costume and make-up from the scene, she walks outside, sits on a bench, and reads an email on her Blackberry. Its contents are the makings of a news story -- one that Polley had just intimately lived herself and one that comprises the focus of her stunning, humanistic look at family and memory.

Watch: Trailer For Sarah Polley's Amazing Family Documentary 'Stories We Tell'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 5, 2013 5:41 PM
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"Stories We Tell," Sarah Polley
“I’m interested in the way we tell stories about our lives, about the fact that the truth about the past is often ephemeral and difficult to pin down,” actor/director/writer Sarah Polley says at the beginning of the new trailer for her upcoming documentary, "Stories We Tell," and that ain't the half of it. It's a documentary you don't want to know too much about, but suffice to say it's a Polley-led examination of her family's complicated past told by everyone involved which leads to a kind of amazing "Rashomon" effect.

For Your Consideration: 5 Directors Who Deserve Oscar Nominations This Year

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 21, 2012 5:40 PM
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Unlike Best Picture, the Best Director category at the Academy Awards is still only made up of five slots, and it's tough to crack in there, especially as nominees are usually aligned with the Best Picture nominees. More than almost any other category, the merits of a film's direction can sometimes be overlooked in favor of the helmer of the best-liked film, rather than the one who did the most surprising, boldest and impressive work of the year.

Venice Review: Sarah Polley Examines Her Own Family In Lovely, Fascinating 'Stories We Tell'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 29, 2012 2:25 PM
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Sarah Polley has a secret. It’s a secret that, remarkably, she kept under wraps to all but friends and family until the film screened at the Venice Film Festival this morning. It’s a secret that’s seemingly informed her two directorial efforts to date, “Away From Her” and “Take This Waltz,” and is the subject matter of her third film, and first documentary, “Stories We Tell.” And it’s a secret that’s led to her finest work as a director so far.

Watch: First Clip From Sarah Polley's New Documentary 'Stories We Tell'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 13, 2012 10:17 AM
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To most mainstream cinema-goers Sarah Polley will probably still be best known for her role in Zack Snyder’s remake of “Dawn of the Dead,” but with the arrival of her sophomore directorial effort “Take This Waltz” in a number of international markets this week, the focus is firmly back on her work behind the camera. After taking five years between her incredibly well-received debut “Away From Her” and the Michelle Williams/Seth Rogen starring follow-up, it looks like there won’t be anywhere near as big a gap between her second and third films.

Sarah Polley Talks The Complicated Characters Of 'Take This Waltz,' Magical Creatures & Memories Of "Video Killed The Radio Star"

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 9, 2012 11:56 AM
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Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley’s sophomore directorial effort, “Take This Waltz” has captivated the Playlist staff-- whether we love it or find it frustrating, it's a unique film that stirs many reactions and it's that quality, in addition to some stunning cinematography and great performances that landed it on our Best Films of 2012... So Far list. It's a complicated piece that explores the consequences that come from the choices a person makes in life, and it’s a film that sticks with you in its humanistic realism and beauty. Polley has become a formidable filmmaker since breaking out as an actress, and her debut feature “Away From Her” garnered universal acclaim for its portrayal of losing love in the twilight of life. “Take This Waltz” transplants similar issues to the heady, hotheaded world of 20-somethings, and features bravura performances from the always great Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman.

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