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Watch: Spike Lee-Directed Video For Eminem's 'Headlights' Plus Director Talks Billy Wilder's 'Ace In The Hole'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 12, 2014 1:07 PM
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Headlights
Yesterday was Mother's Day, and while most of us sent flowers or took our Moms to brunch, Eminem used the special day to issue a very public apology, directed by none other than Spike Lee.

Howard Hawks' 'Red River' & Abbas Kiarostami's 'Like Someone In Love' Hit Criterion In May, 'Life Aquatic' Goes Blu

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 18, 2014 6:01 PM
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Red River Like Someone In Love
Another month, another reason to break open the piggy bank as The Criterion Collection unleashes another slate of films. And this May, they are unveiling their usual mix of classic titles, foreign fare and contemporary faves.

Watch: 'The Writer Speaks,' A 1 Hour Talk With The Legendary Billy Wilder

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • December 12, 2013 3:45 PM
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It may be hard to believe that Billy Wilder passed away over eleven years ago considering the huge impact he’s made on filmmaking during his fifty-year career. He was a writer, director, and producer whose films include classics such as “Double Indemnity,” “Sunset Boulevard,” “Some Like It Hot,” and “The Apartment.” Wilder could do it all and, for the longest time, he held the record for most screenwriting nominations at the Academy Awards (since broken by Woody Allen). Luckily for us, The Writers Guild Foundation has uncovered an hour-long conversation, "The Writer Speaks," that finds Wilder sharing in-depth about his writing process. Given the amount of success Wilder had as a writer, the interview should be a treat for aspiring writers, or those who happen to be fans of the man’s work. The video was made back in 1995, and yes, that’s Jack Lemmon narrating the video at the very beginning.

You're On The Clock, Mister: 20 Great Workplace Comedies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 6, 2013 3:10 PM
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This weekend's broad new studio comedy "The Internship" (our review) concerns a couple of schlubs (former wedding crashers Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) who, finding themselves out of work and hopelessly outdated when it comes to modern technology, apply to become interns at Google. While there, the movie becomes something of a workplace comedy – one in which all of their coworkers are way younger, cuter, and more brilliant.

8 Things Learned About 'Sunset Boulevard' Now Out On Blu-Ray/DVD

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 16, 2012 11:04 AM
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Man, you gotta love the wit and bite of Billy Wilder. It's hard to pick a best film from the great Austrian-born American filmmaker who made an indelible mark on Hollywood in the '40s, '50s and '60s, making major contributions to American cinema with "Some Like It Hot," "Stalag 13," “The Apartment,” the rediscovered acidic gem "Ace In The Hole," “Double Indemnity” and “The Lost Weekend,” to name just a few (you can dive into our full-blown retrospective to get our take on all his work). But if you had to choose one picture to represent the greatness of Wilder you might be forced to acknowledge the sheer brilliance of perhaps his best known film, "Sunset Boulevard,” his last collaboration with his screenwriting partner Charles Brackett.

Wes Anderson Says 'Grand Budapest Hotel' Takes Place 85 Years Ago, Inspired By The Films Of Ernst Lubitsch & Billy Wilder

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2012 3:18 PM
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Wes Anderson's next picture, "Grand Budapest Hotel," is already gearing up...though he'd prefer not to talk about it. But over the course of the last few weeks and months, we've learned that's a Euro-flavored pic (more on that in a sec) that will feature Bill Murray, Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes and Jason Schwartzman with some/all of Edward Norton, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Owen Wilson among those all likely to take part. And that's it. Well, a few more details about the movie have been squeezed out of the secretive helmer.

Take A Look At USPS Stamps For Frank Capra, Billy Wilder, John Ford & John Huston

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2012 3:35 PM
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Considering the art of letter-writing and the ritual of walking to the mailbox are becoming lost to the digital age (single tear), it's kinda cute that the United States Postal Service keeps making special new stamps, but honestly, we'd buy these and frame 'em.

The Films Of Billy Wilder: A Retrospective

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 27, 2012 4:44 PM
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"I want to thank three persons,” said Michel Hazanavicius, accepting the 2012 Best Picture Oscar for “The Artist.” “I want to thank Billy Wilder, I want to thank Billy Wilder and I want to thank Billy Wilder.” He wasn’t the first director to namecheck Wilder in an acceptance speech. A few years prior, Fernando Trueba, accepting the Foreign Language Film Oscar for "Belle Epoque" quipped atheistically "I would like to believe in God in order to thank him. But I just believe in Billy Wilder... so, thank you Mr. Wilder." Wilder reportedly called the next day "Fernando? It's God."

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