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Director Jeff Nichols Talks 'Mud,' Writing For Matthew McConaughey & The Ending Of 'Take Shelter'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 30, 2013 11:04 AM
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Last weekend, "Mud," a charming story about a couple of young kids who help an escaped murderer (played by Matthew McConaughey), opened in limited release. The movie is the third feature written and directed by Jeff Nichols, who made a splash with his gritty debut "Shotgun Stories" and then followed through on that initial promise with "Take Shelter," a wry psychological thriller that starred Michael Shannon (who also appears the director's other two features). "Mud" continues along the path that the earlier movies established – they're all hardscrabble genre films to one degree or another, set in a Deep South so tangible you can practically reach out and squeeze the hanging Spanish moss.

Interview: 'Lords Of Salem' Director Rob Zombie Talks Making The Film, Studio Expectations, 'Broad Street Bullies' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 6:14 PM
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Lords Of Salem, Rob Zombie
There are few genre filmmakers working today who are as exciting and unpredictable as Rob Zombie. The rock musician (he continues to make music – he just dropped a new album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor) has a singular love for all things horror, particularly the down-and-dirty chillers from the seventies and early eighties, augmenting these earlier films with bold stylistic experimentation and a kind of gleeful willingness to push the envelope when it comes to sex and violence. His latest film, "Lords of Salem," produced by Blumhouse Productions and distributed by Anchor Bay, was released last week. A bold stylistic departure for Zombie, it's a leisurely paced descent into madness more akin to Roman Polanski's apartment trilogy than anything involving Texas, chainsaws, or massacres.

Olga Kurylenko Talks Romance Behind ‘Oblivion,’ Sharing ‘Solaris’ With Joseph Kosinksi & Making ‘Empires Of The Deep’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 19, 2013 11:01 AM
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Hitting theaters today, "Oblivion" brings a rarity to the multiplex: an ambitious, idea drive sci-fi blockbuster that also aims to be popcorn entertainment. The film tells the story of Jack Harper -- played by Tom Cruise -- a drone repairman, working on a battle scarred Earth that has mostly been abandoned, sometime in the distant future. He's only got a couple of weeks left on the job before he too will leave the planet for the moons of Saturn, but when a spaceship crash lands, and a mysterious woman (Olga Kurylenko) appears, everything he knows gets turned upside down.

Dane DeHaan Talks Building A BMX Bike For ‘The Place Beyond The Pines,’ Impending ‘Spider-Man’ Fame & More

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • April 12, 2013 3:53 PM
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You may know him from HBO’s critically acclaimed “In Treatment” or as Cricket in “Lawless,” or as the “monster” in “Chronicle.” Or you may not be able to place him yet, but that will soon change. Actor Dane DeHaan is not one to shy from a challenge and continues to impress filmmakers with that aspiration.

Olga Kurylenko Discusses Her Real-Life Parallels In 'To The Wonder,' Her Cut Footage With Rachel Weisz & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 12, 2013 3:02 PM
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To The Wonder, Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko
From Bond girl in “Quantum of Solace” to comedic presence in “Seven Psychopaths,” actress Olga Kurylenko has run quite a range of diverse, solid supporting roles thus far, but the two films she has landing in theatres this month -- Terrence Malick's “To The Wonder” and sci-fi thriller “Oblivion” with Tom Cruise -- declare a shift toward strong central roles in her future. We recently got a chance to talk to Kurylenko about “Oblivion” and her career (more from that coming soon), but first, we chatted about her experience as Malick's leading lady in “To The Wonder” as it hits screens this weekend.

From 'Trainspotting' To 'Trance': Underworld's Rick Smith Discusses His Extensive Film Music Work With Danny Boyle

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 10, 2013 7:01 PM
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British filmmaker Danny Boyle, whose new film, a mind-melting hypnotism thriller called "Trance" is showing nationwide, is known for his intense creative collaborations between writers like Alex Garland and John Hodge and (for a while at least) actors like Ewan McGregor. But one of his most important and frequently overlooked collaborative relationships is with the British dance duo Underworld (nee Karl Hyde and Rick Smith), who have provided music for a number of Boyle projects, both film and otherwise, including last summer's Olympics Opening Ceremony. We got to chat with one half of Underworld, Rick Smith about his various collaborations with Boyle, including the dizzying score for "Trance," which he completed without his frequent partner Hyde.

Danny Boyle Talks The Unorthodox Construction Of 'Trance,' Going Back To The Dark Side & His Relationship With Writers

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 9, 2013 3:05 PM
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Trance feature
When we attended a Danny Boyle panel at the South by Southwest Film Festival last month, they played a kind of highlight reel before the it began, with clips covering his film career to date. As they flickered by, it was hard not to be impressed – this is a man who has won an Oscar for Best Director and one for Best Picture and yet, when you see images from "Trainspotting" or "Sunshine" or "127 Hours," you can't help but feel like he's still underrated. His newest movie, a twisty, turny, deliciously sexy thriller called "Trance," just opened in New York and Los Angeles, and will be expanding in the coming weeks across the country.

Steven Soderbergh & Shane Carruth Talk ‘Upstream Color,’ Its Lack Of Cats & Suspicious Marketing In China

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 9, 2013 1:18 PM
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UPSTREAM COLOR - Q&A with Shane Carruth & Steven Soderbergh - IFC Center
Now "retired" filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has Oscars, a Palme d'Or and other accolades to his name. At a whirlwind pace, he directed 26 feature-length films in 24 years (not counting shorts and TV projects) mostly free of any signature filmmaking brand, omnivorously moving from style and genre to style and genre to keep things fresh. And while Soderbergh is well-celebrated for his contributions to cinema, one thing audiences tend to forget is his mentorship and how the "Side Effects" helmer got behind several filmmakers.

Derek Cianfrance Talks Cinematic Violence, Face Tattoos, Falling In Love With Eva Mendes & More From ‘Place Beyond The Pines’

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • April 6, 2013 12:17 PM
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After “Blue Valentine” tackled the issues of marriage and gender relations, it seemed like a natural progression that filmmaker Derek Cianfrance decided to take on parenthood and legacy in his next film. Taking six years to make, "The Place Beyond The Pines” deals with the issue of legacy in America. Set in working class Schenectady, New York, it tells the story of families on both sides of the law and deals with what fathers intentionally and unintentionally leave their sons (inspiring our list of 22 Great Father & Son Movies). A hit at this year’s TIFF (read our review here), the film stars Ryan Gosling as a motorcycle stunt rider who turns to bank robbery to provide for his young son, and Bradley Cooper as a police officer caught in the crosshairs, a role the actor nearly gave up on. The stellar cast also includes Eva Mendes, Dane DeHaan, Ray Liotta, Emory Cohen, Ben Mendelsohn and Rose Byrne.

Interview: Shane Carruth Talks Trying To Make The Perfect "Album Film" With 'Upstream Color'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 3, 2013 2:35 PM
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Shane Carruth, Upstream Color
In Part One of our Shane Carruth interview, we brought you news of the "Primer" director's other projects -- the abortive "A Topiary," his work on Rian Johnson's "Looper" and the gestating "The Modern Ocean." But, of course, the real excitement is for "Upstream Color," which hits theaters this Friday, and it's a film that those Playlisters who've seen it have been profoundly impressed by. We can't wait for what will no doubt become a lively discourse because, much as we loved it, the film's willful impressionism has seen more than a few viewers, perhaps initially attracted by the genre trappings, leave the cinema (early) and frustrated. But as Carruth himself says, "People who are getting it are really getting it," and we humbly count ourselves among the latter group. During our extensive interview with the filmmaker at the Berlin International Film Festival, we got to talk in depth about his inspirations, his process and his hopes for the film's reception.

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