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Alex Winter Discusses His 1993 Cult Hit 'Freaked,' Says 'Bill & Ted 3' A Long Way Off From Happening

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 22, 2012 11:59 AM
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Cult films come in all shapes and sizes. Some hit right out of the gate with a small but rabid audience while others are discovered by that audience over a longer period of time. Somehow both are these scenarios are true for Alex Winter and Tom Stern’s gloriously gonzo “Freaked.” Initially pegged as a mainstream comedy by Fox - with a planned wide release that included action figures and Gap campaign skewering posters - the film was basically dumped by Fox after head Joe Roth, who had greenlit the project, left the studio but picked up raves at TIFF and has been winning fans over ever since. But the film, featuring ugly little trolls and mutating movie stars, is so far outside the mainstream, it’s hard to imagine it having been a big hit even if it was carrying both stars of the blockbuster ‘Bill & Ted’ films. (Though technically, Keanu Reeves was unbilled and unrecognizable in full dog boy makeup.)

Steven Soderbergh: The Complete Playlist Interview

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 22, 2012 10:56 AM
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Anyone who's heard him at a Q&A, been present for one of his lectures, or even listened to a commentary knows one thing about Steven Soderbergh; he's a great conversationalist. Some filmmakers can barely talk about their own work, but a discussion with Soderbergh won't just involve him talking candidly about his own process and films, but also anything that happens to come up.

John Krasinski Talks Overnight Hiring Of Gus Van Sant For New Film With Matt Damon, Shooting Starts In April

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • January 22, 2012 10:28 AM
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The good news? John Krasinski’s as-yet-unnamed project he co-wrote and will co-star in with Matt Damon has a start date: April 2012. The bad news? We still don’t have a frickin’ clue what it’s about.

"The World & The Industry Will Move On": Steven Soderbergh On His Retirement, 'Magic Mike' & 'Side Effects'

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  • January 18, 2012 12:20 PM
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For the last couple of years, Steven Soderbergh, one of the most acclaimed filmmakers of the last few decades, started to talk about retirement. Initially dismissed as a joke, the ambiguity played up by the director, it's become increasingly clear that Soderbergh is serious about the proposition.

'I Can't Imagine Doing Another Action Movie:' Steven Soderbergh Discusses The Fights, Music & Influences Of 'Haywire'

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  • January 17, 2012 2:03 PM
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Steven Soderbergh has tried his hand in many things over the years including a relationship drama, coming-of-age tales, crime capers, retro post-war noir, Spanish-language epics, and most recently, a disaster movie. But one thing he'd never really taken on before? The action movie. There had been some slick set pieces in the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy, but nothing else that really qualifies. Until now, that is. Friday sees the release of "Haywire," the director's first full-on actioner, and the first of four films set to be released ahead of his hiatus from filmmaking.

Michael Fassbender Talks The Appeal Of Steven Soderbergh & Being Taught To Fight By Gina Carano In 'Haywire'

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  • January 17, 2012 1:05 PM
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After a hectic 2011, one that saw the actor appear in no fewer than four high-profile films (winning him our Man of the Year accolade), Michael Fassbender is calming things down a bit for 2012. Sure, he'll likely be highly visible in the coming months, thanks to a possible Oscar nomination for his work in "Shame" coming next week, but the actor actually hasn't shot a film since last July, and will only have two films hitting theaters in 2012.

Agustí Villaronga, Director Of Spanish Oscar Contender 'Black Bread,' Talks Influences & Chasing Authenticity

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 14, 2012 12:30 PM
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Many were surprised when Spain selected the then-unheard of Catalan language film "Black Bread," over Pedro Almodóvar's insane thriller "The Skin I Live In," as their entry for this year's Oscars. But the film was a big critical success in its native land, winning 9 Goya Awards and sweeping the major categories, including Best Film (the first Catalan-language film to do so), Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Director for Agustí Villaronga.

The Playlist's Man Of The Year 2011: Michael Fassbender

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 22, 2011 3:12 PM
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A couple of days ago, as part of our year-end coverage, we named Jessica Chastain as our Woman of the Year, and it was an easy decision to make; no one's been as omnipresent, or given as many different, and excellent, turns, as Chastain did. But our man of the year was slightly more difficult. Should it be Matt Damon, who cropped up in five major releases, including Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion?" Hmm... no. Damon's "Happy Feet Two" shrimp partner Brad Pitt, who fought to get both "The Tree of Life" and "Moneyball" made, to tremendous results? No. Ryan Gosling, who embraced stardom at long last with a trio of performances in "Crazy Stupid Love," "Drive" and "The Ides of March?" George Clooney, who directed the latter and starred in Alexander Payne's "The Descendants?" No.

Stellan Skarsgård On David Fincher, Lars Von Trier And Channeling Hugh Grant In A Rape Scene

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 21, 2011 3:00 PM
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You certainly can’t accuse Stellan Skarsgård of lacking a work ethic. A regular on screens big and small in his native Sweden from the time he was a teenager, since his breakout international role in 1996’s “Breaking the Waves” he has averaged anywhere from three to eight films per year, mixing Swedish-language fare with blockbusters, voiceover work and TV appearances, to amass a fairly epic filmography.

Cameron Crowe Talks His Geiger Counter For Sentimentality In ‘We Bought A Zoo’; Confirms His Adaptation Of ‘Beautiful Boy’ Book

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 21, 2011 1:00 PM
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To paraphrase “The Dark Knight,” Cameron Crowe’s movies may not always be the ones we want, but they’re almost always the ones we need. Since his earliest days as a screenwriter, Crowe has always been a tireless optimist, crafting detailed, thoughtful and uncharacteristically earnest stories about people who prevail over cynicism through a combination of idealism and perseverance.

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