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Watch: Behind The Scenes Preview Of Whit Stillman’s Amazon Pilot 'The Cosmopolitans'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2014 8:15 PM
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The Cosmopolitans
While he's never really been part of the studio system to begin with, it's meaningful that even Whit Stillman is headed to TV with his next project. Later this month, his pilot for "The Cosmopolitans" will be available courtesy of Amazon Studios via Amazon.com's Buy Everything Here service, along with a handful of other new shows where fans will upvote which ones will be expanded into full series. Does this one have what it takes?

Whit Stillman Writing/Directing ‘Cosmopolitan’ For Amazon Studios; Moving His Jane Austen Movie Idea Into Novel Form

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 29, 2014 5:54 PM
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Is Amazon Studios the next Netflix? Not quite, but it’s not for lack of trying and some have already called them a Hollywood threat. Lots of stuff is cooking over there: the John Goodman-starring political comedy “Alpha House,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Barbarella;” even the “Zombieland” series may potentially land there. “World War Z” director Marc Forster’s “Hand Of God,” starring Ron Perlman, is also nearing an official pilot green light.

25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 21, 2014 12:05 PM
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25 Movies That Defined The Sundance Film Festival
As you might have noticed from the wall-to-wall level of coverage over the last week or so, the Sundance Film Festival has grown considerably from its humble beginnings back in 1978, when it was inaugurated as the Utah/US Film Festival and had a remit to showcase exclusively American-made independent films, and to promote filmmaking in the region. Robert Redford's involvement as a guiding patron led to its name change in 1981, from which point on it expanded gradually, until a kind of Cambrian explosion occurred with the arrival of "sex lies & videotape " 25 years ago this, a film that, with only a touch of hyperbole, could be said to have remade the festival into the modern titan it is today.

Whit Stillman Gearing Up Next Film 'Love And Friendship,' An Adaptation Of Jane Austen's 'Lady Susan'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2013 1:47 PM
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It took a far too long fifteen years for Whit Stillman to follow up 1998's "The Last Days Of Disco" with 2012's whimsical "Damsels In Distress" (which hit the festival circuit in 2011). But thankfully, we won't be waiting another decade for the director to make his next picture. He's always been rather low profile, so it's not much of a surprise his next project is quietly starting to get pulled together, but we've got a few details on what it's all about.

The Criterion Collection Unveils 'Le Havre' & Reboots Whit Stillman & Jim Jarmusch Titles In Blu For July

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 2:37 PM
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Summer is around the corner which means that with the cold weather a distant memory, people are going to want to spending their time outside in the sun and warmth while it lasts. Which likely means less time sitting at home watching movies. So perhaps with that in mind, The Criterion Collection is keeping it easy on the new titles for July, but they do have one new offering, a box set and healthy handful of Blu-Ray reboots.

The Mix: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Gets Fully Expected PG-13 Rating; Katy Perry Was Eyeing A Role In 'The Help' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2012 3:29 PM
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Better batten down the hatches! "The Dark Knight Rises" has now landed an official rating and it's not that shocking, fully expected PG-13. The MPAA warns viewers the movie contains "intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language." In other news, the sky is blue and grass in green.

Whit Stillman & Chris Eigeman Discuss Their Indie Classic 'The Last Days Of Disco' With Lena Dunham At BAM

  • By Cory Everett
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  • April 6, 2012 2:19 PM
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As part of the ramp up to promote her terrific new HBO series “Girls” -- which we really can’t say enough good things about -- BAMcinematek in Brooklyn invited filmmaker Lena Dunham to program a series entitled “Hey, Girlfriend! Lena Dunham Presents” featuring a diverse slate of films all centered around female relationships. The series features little-seen gems like “Times Square” and “Girlfriends” as well as more established cult films like “Clueless,” “Mulholland Drive,” and Whit Stillman’s 1998 indie-classic “The Last Days of Disco,” which until today had been the filmmaker’s most recent feature

The Films Of Whit Stillman: A Retrospective

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  • April 6, 2012 12:04 PM
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Famously dubbed the “the WASP Woody Allen” and the “Dickens of people with too much inner life” by reviewers and critics when his comedy-of-manners indie pictures arrived in the early 1990s, Whit Stillman’s ironic, clever and urbane examinations of upward and downward social mobility and the shallow concerns and preoccupations of the young, privileged and affluent won him a legion of adoring fans as soon as his first film premiered at Cannes. Evincing a polished sensibility through a send-up and celebration of the often ridiculous customs and etiquettes of upper-class social orders, Stillman is also a champion of the overlooked merits of conservative status quo conventions.

Review: The (Mostly) Delightful 'Damsels In Distress' A Welcome Return By Whit Stillman

  • By James Rocchi
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  • April 4, 2012 11:05 AM
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From the moment the Sony Pictures Classics logo pops up not in the usual blue -- but in cupcake frosting pink -- you know that Whit Stillman's first film in 13 years (!) is going to be something special. While word from Venice -- where the film closed the festival before heading to TIFF -- was good, the question to be answered was whether or not Stillman's style and cinematic persona would stand up in a filmmaking landscape that has changed immensely since "Last Days of Disco." Well, let there be no doubt: Stillman is just as enjoyable as when we last met him those many years ago and "Damsels In Distress" finds the director with lots (and lots and lots) left to say.

Whit Stillman Talks Making 'Damsels In Distress,' His Connection To The Current Generation & More

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • April 2, 2012 11:03 AM
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Yes, it’s been a while since Whit Stillman released a film. But that story has already been done to death. The important fact is that Stillman is back, rejuvenated, and from the sound of our recent interview, looking to get back in the saddle again soon.

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