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Watch: 'Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded' Short Films By Claire Denis, James Franco, Paul Schrader & Many More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 24, 2013 10:45 AM
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Not all of us have the luxury of being able to drop everything and head off to world’s most prestigious film festivals, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the Venice International Film Festival commissioned “Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded,” a series of seventy shorts from directors all over the world. Lucky for you, a sizable chunk of those shorts have landed online for your viewing pleasure.

The Playlist Profile: Todd Solondz

  • By Maris James
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  • June 8, 2012 1:00 PM
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Todd Solondz walks through the door of a Cafe on 12th Street in Manhattan, looking, apart from his trademark lemon-yellow converse all stars, like a person in disguise. He wears a floppy khaki sun hat and oversized shades. As he walks through the room, he peels off the sunglasses and replaces them with equally large eyeglasses with thick, retro frames. He yanks off the hat to reveal his hair, which is gray and thinning and bordering on mad scientist. He looks, perhaps, like an oddball character in a Todd Solondz film. The waitress recognizes him and greets him warmly, and he does the same. He's a memorable presence. Appearance aside, he sounds a bit like your Jewish grandmother, his voice comically nasal, his words unhurried and elongated by a childhood in New Jersey, an accent that 30 years in New York City has failed to undo.

"Don't Worry, I'm Not A Trekkie Or Anything Super Nerdy Like That": Exclusive Clip From Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2012 11:04 AM
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Smart and scathing, unpredictable and hilarious, you never quite know where you're going with Todd Solodnz, but the journey and experience is usually one you'll never forget. It's been a few years since "Life During Wartime," the director's quasi-sequel to "Happiness," and he's once again shifted gears, returning with another oddball treat. His latest is a broader sort of comedy than we're used to from the helmer, but one that retains his signature touch.

Exclusive: New Trailer For Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse' Starring Christopher Walken, Mia Farrow, Selma Blair & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2012 12:00 PM
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Todd Solondz returns this summer with a brand new film, and while it looks like the director behind behind such controversial fare as "Welcome To The Dollhouse," "Happiness" and "Storytelling" is going a bit more mainstream, don't be fooled. Containing his usual wry observational wit and incisive viewpoint, "Dark Horse" finds him once again exploring some fascinating characters trying to find their place in the world. And we've got the exclusive premiere of the trailer to give a taste of what's in store.

Imagine That: Todd Solondz Was Called By Drew Barrymore For 'Charlie's Angels'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 10:00 AM
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Independent filmmakers dipping their toes and/or being lured by the bigger budgets and better catering tables of studio productions is nothing new. But if there is any director out there who we could never see navigating those waters (without seriously compromising their vision) would be Todd Solodnz, but it seems the bait was dangled at one point.

Venice '11 Review: Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse' Deconstructs Man-Child Comedies, Mostly Toothlessly

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 5, 2011 3:18 AM
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If there's one theme that's been prevalent -- nay omnipresent -- in American comedy (and some dramas) in the last half-decade or so, it's that of arrested development. The male (for they are usually male) who've been so coddled by parents, by society, by expectations, that they remain locked in a state of permanent adolescence. Forty is the new thirty. Thirty is the new twenty. Twenty is the new fourteen. Thematically, It's been everywhere from "Failure to Launch" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" to "Greenberg" and "Blue Valentine," and it might even apply to you. But at this point, is there anything new to say about the phenomenon?

First Look: Christopher Walken, Selma Blair & Mia Farrow In Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 26, 2011 6:31 AM
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While it was first vaguely described as an "edgy character drama," some details have arrived on Todd Solondz's new feature, "Dark Horse," which will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Ok, those details are slim, but the TIFF website says the film is an intimate dark comedy about a manchild whose desire for a romantic relationship runs smack into reality.

What Could Have Been: Jon Lovitz & Dana Carvey Were Once Considered For 'Bad Boys'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 29, 2010 6:53 AM
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Jon Lovitz Also Talks About His Scenes From 'Happiness' That Were CutOK, so the "Bad Boys" we know and grudgingly love stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, but what if it had instead starred two pasty white dudes from "Saturday Night Live"?

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