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Greta Gerwig Talks Making 'Frances Ha,' Comparisons To 'Girls,' The Brewing Animated Movie With Noah Baumbach & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2013 11:04 AM
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In case you hadn't noticed by now, we really, really like Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha." The movie has stuck with us since we first caught it at Telluride last year, and with the picture officially landing in theaters this summer, it has placed on our list of 2013 Best Films Of The Year...So Far. And if that weren't enough, we drafted up 5 Reasons You Should Go See Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig's "Frances Ha," so needless to say, we're big big fans. But why has this film resonated so much with us?

'Man of Steel' Producer Charles Roven Talks Altering The Mythology, Oscar Chances Of 'American Hustle' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 11, 2013 2:25 PM
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Christopher Nolan’s name sits central to “The Dark Knight” trilogy, with three distinct entries, a towering worldwide box office take, and a new vision of how superhero films could be created. But alongside him and writer/producer David Goyer, producer Charles Roven was and continues to be a key collaborator to that duo’s creative process.

Joel Edgerton Talks 'Wish You Were Here,' Replacing Ben Affleck On 'Gatsby,' 'Jane Got A Gun' Rumors & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2013 11:04 AM
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Dave Flannery seems to have it all, with a beautiful wife, two young kids, a home with a great view and a business that has managed to ride out the economic crisis. But Dave is also a man desperately trying to keep those very things from slipping away. Recently hitting Cambodia for some R&R with his wife, his wife's sister and her boyfriend, the four of them went, but only three came back. For now, the authorities are being kept in the dark as Dave and everyone else hopes the missing man will return, but it isn't long before dark secrets surface, altering everything they thought they knew about that wild night in Cambodia...

Teresa Palmer Talks Aussie Thriller 'Wish You Were Here' & The Upcoming 'The Ever After' With Mark Webber

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 10:59 AM
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On the sun-kissed coast of Cambodia, four young Australians party, explore and kick back and relax, soaking up the sun during the day, and sweating it out at night. But this idyllic backdrop holds something far more sinister in store and when only three of the four return home, so begins a mystery crossing national borders, and poised to fundamentally change the lives of everyone involved. So begins "Wish You Were Here," a lean thriller from director Kieran-Darcy Smith, from a script he co-wrote with one of the film's stars (and his wife), Felicity Price, in a picture that features two of Australia's hottest exports at the moment, Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer.

Director Zal Batmanglij Talks Making 'The East,' Harnessing The Power Of Young Filmmakers & Creating An Anarchist Collective

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 30, 2013 11:22 AM
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The East, Ellen Page, Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Zal Batmanglij
With "The East," director Zal Batmanglij crafts a combination of spy thriller and intimate romance against the backdrop of eco-terrorism, pitting the titular anarchist collective against the faceless corporations polluting the environment. It's a group facing an established system -- exactly how Batmanglij felt when he, alongside "Another Earth" director Mike Cahill and lead Brit Marling, moved to Hollywood in 2008 to try their luck at filmmaking.

Interview: James Marsh & Andrea Riseborough Talk About The Collaborative Spirit In Making 'Shadow Dancer'

  • By John Lichman
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  • May 29, 2013 6:56 PM
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It's impossible to see “Shadow Dancer,” James Marsh's adaptation of the thriller by Tim Bradby without being immediately drawn to Andrea Riseborough and her infamous red raincoat. As Colette McVeigh, she's engrossed within her family's own dealings with the IRA during the peace process and becomes an unwitting mole for the MI-5 in order to be with her son. It’s a crackling slow burn thriller (our review here) that not only finds the director once again in new territory, but also showcases the rising actress as the real deal.

Interview: Justin Lin Talks Why Eva Mendes Didn't Come Back, And How Robert Altman Inspired 'Fast & Furious 6'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 22, 2013 11:59 AM
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This weekend the sixth "Fast and Furious" installment, "Fast and Furious 6" (or 'Furious 6,' if you want to be really cool), races into theaters nationwide. This new film sees much of the cast from the original movies returning, with some notable additions (like Gina Carano from "Haywire") and an even bigger scale – one action sequence involves a tank, the other a runaway plane. And a little while back, we got to chat with director Justin Lin, who has shepherded the franchise since the third movie, "Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," transitioning it from a silly "Point Break" rip-off to one of the most consistently entertaining action franchises around. Lin told us how he has been mapping out the franchise since the beginning, what thoughts he has for James Wan (who will direct the next installment) and how Robert Altman was a big inspiration on this movie (yes really).

Interview: Rick Springfield Talks David Fincher, Stanley Kubrick, And His New Epix Documentary 'An Affair of the Heart'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 15, 2013 4:15 PM
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Tonight on the Epix satellite channel, a new rock documentary called "An Affair of the Heart" airs. It charts both the professional life of "Jessie's Girl" singer Rick Springfield, as well as the fans whose lives he has legitimately touched. It's an impeccably crafted and well-told documentary, which combines riveting drama from both on and off the stage, and will give you a greater appreciation of the guy whose song you sing along to every time it comes on your car radio. We spoke to Springfield about his early collaborations with David Fincher, why he's such a fan of Stanley Kubrick, and his response to the outpouring of appreciation leveled at him this year (he also appears in Dave Grohl's great "Sound City" doc).

Interview: Filmmaker Susan Ray Talks About The Life Of Nicholas Ray

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • May 14, 2013 6:59 PM
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At the recently concluded 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival we got to sit down with filmmaker Susan Ray and discuss the subject of her 2011 documentary “Don’t Expect Much” (here’s our review from NYFF ’11) and late husband, director Nicholas Ray. Nicholas Ray began as an apprentice to famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright and then decided to move out to Hollywood, and the rest is cinematic history -- as early as 1953, Jean-Luc Godard wrote, “cinema is Nicholas Ray.”

Ben Mankiewicz Talks TCM Classic Film Festival, Why 'Transformers' Is "Unwatchable" & The Movie He's Seen 40 Times

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • May 14, 2013 2:59 PM
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Ben Mankiewicz is a man of many talents – weekend host on TCM (Turner Classic Movies), regular co-host of liberal YouTube show “The Young Turks” and its spin-offs “What The Flick?! Show” and “TYT Sports,” and he played a sportscaster on “Party Down.” And while it may seem like Mankiewicz plays to a particularly older audience, as a TCM host, Mankiewicz has an expanding flock of classic film fans and they’re not all blue-hairs -- just check out the twitter hashtag #TCMParty.

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