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Watch: Trailer For Co-Directed Werner Herzog Documentary 'Happy People: A Year In The Taiga'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2013 2:27 PM
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While a big portion of North America is currently in the grip of winter, and the snow, darkness and cold that comes with it, there are many of you that won't see one snowflake this season. But if you're looking to get (more than a) taste of what that's like, a new documentary is here to share its chilling beauty.

Christopher McQuarrie Says He Was In "Director Jail For 12 Years"; Talks Casting Tom Cruise & Werner Herzog In 'Jack Reacher'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 19, 2012 3:00 PM
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Screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie has an Academy Award for writing "The Usual Suspects" and he’s kind of become Tom Cruise’s go-to scribe having penned “Valkyrie,” this week’s upcoming “Jack Reacher” and even tweaking several scripts that Cruise considered starring in (but not before McQuarrie tailored them for his needs). Recently he’s written “The Wolverine,” “Jack The Giant Slayer,” “All You Need Is Kill” and may even pen “Mission: Impossible 5” for Cruise ("Top Gun 2" seems dead now that Tony Scott passed away earlier this year).

Get To Know 'Jack Reacher' With New Clips & Dossier Of Fresh Images; 'Top Gun' 3D Coming In February

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2012 3:39 PM
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This December while Hollywood's other A-list stars put on their tuxedos to try and hustle the awards season circuit, Tom Cruise is forging his own path, going the blockbuster route. Last year around the same time he had a mega smash hit with "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" and Paramount is hoping the magic can happen again with "Jack Reacher."

Beg For Your Life: Werner Herzog Wears Contacts, Goes Evil In TV Spots For 'Jack Reacher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2012 5:21 PM
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We really don't recall Lee Child's Jack Reacher books being quasi-comedies, but in its transition to the big screen, the character has become shorter, more fashionable and armed with an arsenal of one liners. If people were complaining before, it won't stop here.

Werner Herzog To Direct Dark School Shooting Comedy 'Vernon God Little'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2012 8:55 AM
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If anyone knows how to toe the line between the dark and funny, it's Werner Herzog. In both his documentaries and features, the director often sheds a light on the absurdities of even the most harrowing of situations involving his characters, and he's signed up to helm a new project that will once again find him in uniquely tricky territory.

Watch: Werner Herzog-Directed Mini-Documentary On The Killers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2012 2:20 PM
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Having tackled such topics as people on death row, the oldest known images created by early man, grizzly bear activists and the landscape of the Antarctic, Werner Herzog is next flexing his directorial muscle and inquistive brain power on... a mini-documentary about The Killers? Uh, sure why not...

Werner Herzog To Direct The Killers Concert Webcast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 4:51 PM
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With lineups that has included so far Terry Gilliam and Arcade Fire, Todd Haynes and My Morning Jacket, David Lynch and Duran Duran, Anton Corbijn and Coldplay and many more, the American Express’ Unstaged concert series hasn't been lacking in inspired pairings. And this may be the best and oddest one yet.

Werner Herzog Directs Cheery New Documentary Series 'Hate In America'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 29, 2012 11:15 AM
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In the last few years, filmmaker Werner Herzog's documentary output has garnered more critical acclaim and commercial attention than his narrative efforts. Just last year, "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," Herzog's nearly catatonic 3D movie about ancient cave paintings, was a critics' darling and became the highest-grossing documentary of 2011, earning nearly $4 million at the domestic box office despite offering almost no entertainment or information value whatsoever. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Herzog will be returning to the documentary field with two new limited series – "On Death Row," a three-part follow-up to his "Death Row" series of interviews with convicted felons awaiting execution, and "Hate in America," an all-new four-part look at hate crime in America. You might want to make sure your prescriptions for antidepressants are filled before watching either.

Robert Pattinson Joins Werner Herzog's 'Queen Of The Desert' With Naomi Watts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2012 4:08 PM
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Now, this is how you not only get over a breakup, but continue to build a helluva resume. Say what you will about Robert Pattinson, but he is using his "Twilight" fame to take on challenging, interesting projects. Over the past few months, he's attached himself to "Mission: Blacklist" about the hunt for Saddam Hussein, a mystery movie about The Band, and "Animal Kingdom" director David Michod's "The Rover." But wow, we could not have seen this next move coming.

Who Got Snubbed? 10 Directors Who Surprisingly Aren't On The Sight & Sound Top 50 Greatest Films List

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 2, 2012 2:02 PM
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So many auteurs, so little time... It's less than 24 hours since the unveiling of Sight & Sound's once-a-decade extensive poll of film critics to find the quote-unquote greatest film of all time, which for the first time ever, saw Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" fall off the top spot and replaced by Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo." And as ever, the list has already inspired extensive and fervent debate.

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