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NYFF Interview: Olivier Assayas Talks Music, The Occupy Movement & The Movies That Inspired 'Something In The Air'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 11, 2012 3:04 PM
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Sex, drugs, riots, and rock 'n' roll are just a few of the cultural elements within Olivier Assayas’ latest film, “Something in the Air.” Following high-school revolutionary Gilles (Clément Métayer) and his various friends, the filmmaker tracks burgeoning French political awakening and a coming-of-age story with a keen eye, basing much of the plot on his own life in the 1970s. Gilles wavers between radical commitment and more personal, artistic aspirations while also grappling with love and loss. We caught the movie at the Venice Film Festival and dug it, complementing the movie on its substance and sharp look.

Abbas Kiarostami Wants To Reteam With Juliette Binoche, Talks 'Like Someone In Love' & Weighs In On The 'Innocence Of Muslims'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 10, 2012 4:59 PM
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Perennial Iranian director/legend Abbas Kiarostami’s second filmmaking-holiday (the first being the wonderful “Certified Copy”) finds him in Japan, observing two days in the life of an unlikely trio: a student moonlighting as a call girl, her aged, patriarchal client, and the woman’s hot-head boyfriend. “Like Someone In Love” contains many of the auteur’s persistent fascinations -- long car rides, lengthy conversation, numerous off camera actions and characters, leisurely pacing -- but has the unfortunate position of coming directly after a very unique, wonderful piece of cinema. Reactions have been quite mixed since its first festival appearance early this year (our man at Cannes was not as impressed while this writer thought it was lovely) but most can agree that it’s a visually stunning film with plenty of substance to ruminate on.

Derek Cianfrance Talks The Pain Of Editing, The Influence Of 'Napoleon' & 'Psycho' & More In 'Place Beyond The Pines'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 14, 2012 2:57 PM
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“I'm interested in telling stories about families,” Derek Cianfrance, the director of “The Place Beyond The Pines,” said this week during the Toronto International Film Festival, where his hotly anticipated drama finally premiered to much acclaim. Cianfrance stormed Sundance in 1998 with “Brother Tied,” a picture that was critically acclaimed at the festival, but then vanished afterwards. It wasn’t until twelve years later that he returned with his sophomore feature effort, “Blue Valentine,” a searing family drama about a marriage in irreparable decay, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, which put him squarely back on the map.

'Smashed' Star Mary Elizabeth Winstead Says Album With Dan The Automator Will Be '60s-Style French Pop

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 13, 2012 12:29 PM
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Already a geek idol thanks to her role as Ramona Flowers in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead is having a pretty good 2012, thanks to her starring role in "Smashed," a drama about a young alcoholic married couple (completed by "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul), which won rave reviews at Sundance this year -- read our own here -- and continued when the film played the Toronto International Film Festival this week.

Joe Wright Says He Wanted To Work With Keira Knightley Again & "Challenge" The Conventions Of Naturalism In The Stylized 'Anna Karenina'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2012 4:35 PM
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Near the eleventh hour of pre-production, while director Joe Wright (“Atonement,” “Hanna”) was preparing to shoot his adaptation of “Anna Karenina,” it became clear that the budget was going to be an issue -- plans to shoot on location were causing the film’s budget to double in cost. As such, Wright and his team had to quickly rethink the picture. As it turns out, they reimagined it with ideas that had been simmering in the filmmaker’s mind for quite some time.

Interview: Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing Talk Detroit And Their Film 'Detropia'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 7, 2012 4:40 PM
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Once a bustling city and your one-stop shop for American automobile manufacturing, Detroit is now a shadow of its former, glorious self. It's broke, the former lucrative auto industry employ very few, and the neighborhoods are generally lined with empty, abandoned houses. Lifelong inhabitants retain hope and fight for the place they call home, but it seems like the area is facing a steady, unyielding decline.

The Playlist Profile: Melanie Lynskey Talks Hollywood, 'Hello I Must Be Going,' 'Heavenly Creatures' & More

  • By Maris James
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  • September 4, 2012 11:00 AM
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It’s coming on 20 years since Melanie Lynskey appeared in her first film, but she cannot get used to seeing herself on screen. “It’s awful. Awful,” she says in her kiwi accent, characteristically wide open and soft spoken, over iced teas in Manhattan’s East Village. She has a new movie coming out, “Hello I Must Be Going,” in which she’s the lead and is in every scene -- a first for the actor. Her work in this film is widely being referred to as her breakout performance, which could be a frustrating identification for anyone who saw her in “Heavenly Creatures,” almost two decades ago. Many are hoping the label sticks this time, but after so many years in movies and television, Lynskey refuses to have expectations about where her career is headed.

Rebecca Hall Talks 'The Awakening,' 'Iron Man 3' & How "You Can't Fake Adrenaline"

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 21, 2012 12:00 PM
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Since first emerging on screen in 2006 at the age of 24, with impressive roles in "The Prestige" and "Starter For Ten," Rebecca Hall has been one of the most exciting young actresses of her generation. Cropping up in everything from Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" and Ron Howard's "Frost/Nixon" to Nicole Holofcener's "Please Give" and Ben Affleck's "The Town," Hall has consistently wowed in her smaller performances, even winning a BAFTA for her turn in "Red Riding: In The Year Of Our Lord 1974."

Paul Dano Confirms He Tested For ‘Akira,’ Says Someone Like Rian Johnson Should Direct

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 20, 2012 4:24 PM
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One of the busier actors in show business has to be twenty-eight year-old Paul Dano. Having turned heads in the moody indie “L.I.E.” when he was only sixteen years old, it was only years later before he was able to stand toe-to-toe with Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood,” cementing his status as a fresh face that wasn’t going anywhere. His latest role is in “For Ellen,” where he plays a rock musician struggling to regain custody of his daughter. However, one look at what’s happened to the others films he’s been linked to in recent months casts a clearer picture of just how in demand he has been, and how opportunities can sometimes fall by the wayside for a variety of reasons.

Julie Delpy Talks Exposing Herself In '2 Days In New York' & Talks About The Film's Great Cameo

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • August 10, 2012 4:20 PM
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Julie Delpy is about to fly to Greece, so she's making her last-minute arrangements. First she needs a dress -- and she only has fifteen minutes to shop. And then there's the weather -- will New York have any more of those insane storm clouds that could delay her flight? And finally, she arranges to pick up a prescription for some anti-anxiety pills -- not so she can take them, but so she can know that they're there; their mere presence wards off "major crazy stress...so I can sleep." Life has been so hectic, "I don't even have a minute to myself," the writer/director/actress confessed to the Playlist. "I can barely go to the bathroom! Don't worry," she laughed. "I can keep it in. I can squeeze!" [editor's note: FYI, later in this story, Delpy herself reveals the identity of the wickedly funny cameo in the film. If you haven't seen it, we suggest you proceed with caution; though knowing who it is beforehand likely won't spoil your enjoyment of this terrific film]

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