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Terrence Malick's Countersuit Claims 'Voyage Of Time' Being "Held Hostage" By Financiers

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 24, 2013 9:05 AM
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The intimacy and effortless aesthetic in the films of Terrence Malick can easily persuade the viewer into an alternate reality where just the director, DP, and actors ferry off to some field and capture magic; in actuality, their productions are just like most others — complicated, crowded entities, full of people both understanding and more opposed to Malick's process. The filmmaker's long-gestating documentary, “Voyage of Time,” inspired the latter camp to flare up this past summer, when investment group Seven Seas Partnership sued the filmmaker over breach of contract, but now Malick's side has fired back, with a lengthy rebuttal reversing the blame.

25 Films About Lovers On The Lam

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 21, 2013 3:03 PM
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“We can make it. We can make it if we run,” whispers Ruth (Rooney Mara) in David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which, after a limited release on Friday, begins its expansion this week. It’s a film we loved at Sundance, and one that in its gentle subversion of the “Lovers on the Run” subgenre—as the prequel comic makes clear, the events of ‘Saints’ mostly take place after the bank robbin’, outlawin’ part of the story is done—reminded us of all the other great (and not so great) films that have pitted a pair of lovers against the law.

Stream This: 'Lovelace,' 'Prince Avalanche,' 'Breaking Bad' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 9, 2013 4:05 PM
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Stream This: Prince Avalanche, To The Wonder, Magic Magic,
Hey there fellow streamers. The 2013 summer blockbuster season is (mercifully) winding down, and the Oscar rollouts haven't yet begun, leaving us in the typically unpredictable middle ground of autumn. But with video on demand continuing to gain ground as a distribution platform, the streaming services don't seem to have noticed, and keep on delivering cinematic nuggets for us to consume. It's a fairly modern slate this weekend, with two simultaneous theatrical-VOD releases on the American indie side, and a Chilean movie skipping the cinema altogether. Then, we have two relatively recent picks: one from a divisive yet enduring filmmaker and another that focuses on a divisive and enduring issue in US politics. And as another seminal television program moves into its last season, we urge you to (re)watch the follow up episodes to gear up for what is sure to be a spectacular final push. So let's get right to it: the best of streaming for the week.

Douglas Trumbull Clarifies Involvement In Terrence Malick's 'Voyage Of Time,' Was Unable To Work On The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2013 10:24 AM
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At the start of the week, news surfaced that Terrence Malick was facing a lawsuit from the investors of his long-developing trio of films, "The Voyage Of Time," over alleged, persistent delays in completing the years in the making project. As with most Malick projects, the exact makeup of the creative team tends to kept under wraps but one of the juicier parts of the reports that circulated noted that "an Academy Award-winning special effects artist" had walked off the film. Legendary FX talent Douglas Trumbull—who won an Academy Scientific and Engineering Award in 1993, worked with Malick on "The Tree Of Life" and was reported previously to be helping on 'Voyage'—has been speculated in some quarters to be that person. But as he revealed to us, he was never really involved in the first place.

'Voyage Of Time' On Voyage Of Trouble As Investors Sue Terrence Malick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2013 5:51 PM
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Is Terrence Malick's "The Voyage Of Time" the cinematic emperor with no clothes? The film has been at least six years in the making, if not longer, with more rumors than fact surrounding its eventual shape (one IMAX documentary or two?) and even when it might actually be released (earlier this year, Malick's longtime editor Billy Weber told us it would be coming in 2014). But it seems the money behind the movie, coming from investment group Seven Seas Partnership, are getting fed up of waiting. THR reports they are suing the filmmaker and his Sycamore Pictures for breach of contract, and they want their $3.3 million back, any intellectual property and lost profits. Their complaint? Malick simply hasn't delivered and "dedicated his energies to four other films in the last five years." And it's easy to see why they're upset.

Watch: First Trailer, Poster & Pics For Terrence Malick Produced 'Red Wing' Starring Luke Perry & Bill Paxton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 9:52 AM
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Fans of Terrence Malick know that his career has seen him put on his producer's hat every now and again, putting him name to David Gordon Green's "Undertow," Michael Apted's "Amazing Grace," Zhang Yimou's "Happy Time" and a handful more. And they've mostly all resulted in respectable, even acclaimed films, but it appears that the Malick touch doesn't always work.

Teresa Palmer Talks "Torpedo"-ing Christian Bale On Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 12:48 PM
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As you know, there are approximately five thousand actors who have walked onto the set and in front of a camera for Terrence Malick's next effort "Knight Of Cups," a drama set against the backdrop of the movie industry, one of two features he's prepping along with a still untitled flick that takes place amongst the Austin music scene. And one of the talents that got to spend some time with Malick on 'Cups' was rising Australian actress Teresa Palmer, who was last seen onscreen in the zombie rom-com "Warm Bodies" and features in the upcoming thriller "Wish You Were Here." And like many who have collaborated with the press shy filmmaker, she wholeheartedly enjoyed the experience.

First Official Still Of Christian Bale & Natalie Portman In Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2013 7:11 AM
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We were a bit depressed about the reception to "To The Wonder." When Terrence Malick's latest premiered in Venice last year, we found it beguiling and beautiful, and arguably superior to his previous picture "The Tree Of Life." But the critical consensus didn't agree with us, and the film picked up some harsh notices, and in the month since it was released, has made only $500,000 at the U.S. box office.

Terrence Malick’s Editor Billy Weber Says 'Knight of Cups' Won’t Be As Dialogue-Free & Experimental As 'To The Wonder'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • May 9, 2013 3:36 PM
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While at this year’s TCM Classic Film Festival, we had the chance to sit down with Billy Weber, Terrence Malick’s longtime editor. Beginning his editing career on the cult horror flick “Messiah of Evil,” Weber went on to work with directors ranging from Malick to Martin Scorsese (“Taxi Driver”) to Tony Scott (“Top Gun”). Meeting Malick as an editing assistant on “Badlands,” the two have become decades-long friends and worked together on four more films spanning over forty years -- “Days of Heaven,” “The Thin Red Line” and “The Tree of Life.” Being close to the enigmatic director, Weber gave us some insight on Malick’s upcoming projects, although Weber won’t be involved in either, and laid some rumors to rest. As we shared last week, Weber revealed that Malick is working on a director’s cut for "The Tree of Life.” Here are a few more things we gleaned from that conversation.

Style Or Substance? 20 Visually Stunning Movies That Go For Broke

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 8, 2013 1:51 PM
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20 Visually Dazzling Movies
No matter what you think of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," opening this week in ultra-luxurious 3D, one thing's for sure – it looks pretty spectacular. Filled with lovingly crafted costumes, opulent sets, and computer generated imagery that makes ragtime New York seem like a quasi-futuristic metropolis, it is drunk on its own excess. It feels like the movie Luhrmann has been angling towards for a while and has finally achieved (thanks in part to the added dimensionality of 3D), for better or worse. It's a giant, gilded, vulgar monstrosity that overwhelms more often than it entertains. And it got us thinking about other movies whose similarly excessive styles have either been an asset or a detriment. So put on your 3D glasses, your best pink pinstripe suit, and grab a glass of bootleg liquor, for our list of 20 visually dazzling movies.

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