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Interview: Kimberly Peirce Talks 'Carrie' Sequels, Comedy 'Butch Academy' & Says 'Silent Star' May Come Back

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2014 12:09 PM
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Kimberly Peirce, Chloë Grace Moretz, Carrie
Filmmaker Kimberley Peirce has never been afraid of a challenge. From her directorial debut "Boys Don't Cry," telling the tragic story of Brandon Teena, to the Iraq war drama "Stop-Loss," Peirce has tackled difficult subject matter head on. But last year's remake of "Carrie" provided the director a different set challenges, foremost of which was re-telling a story that had already been made famous thanks to Brian De Palma's iconic horror film. But bringing her own perspective and insight as a woman, Peirce spun her own version, one she likened to a "superhero origin story."

Podcast: The Playlist Talks '12 Years A Slave', Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' & More

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 22, 2013 3:08 PM
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Noah, Aronofsky
On this latest episode, host and editor Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and contributor Cory Everett for an overarching theme looking at some modern day auteurs. There's Wes Anderson and the trailer for his latest, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"; the controversy surrounding Darren Aronofsky's "Noah"; whether or not Steve McQueen has made another endurance test with his "12 Years a Slave"; and Kimberly Peirce's remake of "Carrie."

They’re All Going To Laugh At You: 5 Reasons Why The ‘Carrie’ Remake Didn't Work

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 21, 2013 12:48 PM
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Carrie, Chloe Moretz
Kimberly Peirce’s much-hyped “Carrie,” which we first got a fairly pleasurable preview of during last year’s New York Comic Con, finally opened this weekend in a prime pre-Halloween slot usually reserved for the yearly “Paranormal Activity” iteration and… nobody showed up. The movie, starring Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role, failed to connect with audiences, who rejected it in favor of yet another go around in Alfonso Cuaron’s IMAX 3D version of Space Mountain, and critics (like our own) were mostly unkind. But why this new “Carrie”—which, like the 1976 Brian De Palma original and the 2002 TV movie, is based on Stephen King’s first novel—defaulted so spectacularly is still worth investigating. We decided to look at the five most criminally awful aspects of this remake in an attempt to decode who killed “Carrie.”

Box Office: 'Gravity' & 'Captain Phillips' Reign Over 'Carrie'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • October 20, 2013 1:01 PM
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Gravity, Cuaron
In spite of being in its third weekend and with Halloween right around the corner, "Gravity" took the number one spot, with "Captain Phillips" following right behind, beating out a gang of newcomers: horror remake "Carrie," Schwarzenegger and Stallone actioner "Escape Plan," and the Julian Assange story starring Sherlock, "The Fifth Estate."

Review: 'Carrie' Starring Chloe Grace Moretz & Julianne Moore

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2013 3:08 PM
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Carrie, Chloe Moretz
It's easy to see why director Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry") was intrigued by the prospect tackling Stephen King's "Carrie." The material takes two key rites of passage for young women -- their first period, and their high school prom -- and blends it with oppressive religious fundamentalism and the supernatural, into one unforgettable tale, with rich subtext and themes to play with. But in terms of a remake, the question has always been whether or not anyone could top or put their own mark on "Carrie" after Brian De Palma did it with such style and panache. And to Peirce's credit, she did have an approach that was unique, at least theoretically.

5 Movies About F*cked Up Mother/Daughter Relationships

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • October 16, 2013 4:02 PM
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5 Movies About F*cked Up Mother/Daughter Relationships
Being ordered by your mother to "Go to your closet and pray” is hopefully not a parenting technique of which too many of us have had first-hand experience. But then, hopefully also, few enough of us are supernaturally-inclined telekinetic teenaged victims of social exclusion and bullying either. This week “Carrie” is released, the remake of the Brian de Palma stone-cold classic, or the reworking of Stephen King’s wildly popular bestseller, however you choose to look at it. And indeed, however you initially came to it, it’s a story that’s probably familiar to you and its pigs-blood-at-the-prom-scene provides some of the most iconic horror imagery in popular culture.

Julianne Moore Keeps Hitting Herself In New 'Carrie' Clip, Plus New Photos Reveal Infamous Shower Scene

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 16, 2013 11:52 AM
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Carrie, 2013
For a movie that opens on Friday, there isn't a whole lot we know about "Carrie," the highly anticipated remake of the beloved Brian De Palma film (based, once again, on Stephen King's debut novel). "Boys Don't Cry" filmmaker Kimberly Peirce directed the remake from a script by certifiable genius Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, although studio Sony has been cagey about screening the movie and only a handful of people have actually seen it (including those who attended the "Carrie" panel at New York Comic Con last weekend). Instead, we'll all have to make due with the clips that have been popping up online—like the one we have right here (via Comic Book Movie).

Watch: 'Carrie' Warns Her Mother In Clip From The Horror Remake Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2013 2:51 PM
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There are mothers and daughters, and then there is Carrie and Margaret White. With a heady mix of fundamentalist fueled love, the aches of being an outsider in high school and living with telekinetic powers that underscore that freak status, it's almost all a young teen can take and we'll see in "Carrie" that this emotional perfect storm can eventually erupt in devastating ways.

Watch: New Clips From 'Carrie' & 'Kill Your Darlings'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2013 1:24 PM
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Carrie, Chloe Moretz
Young people going wild in horrific and inspiring ways will feature in a couple of October movies that couldn't be more different. That said, there is that tenuous common theme that links them, and so we've rounded them up together for convenience's sake.

10 Films To See In October

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • October 2, 2013 12:25 PM
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10 Films To See In October
You could be inclined to believe October is just like any other month, especially since there’s only one major horror movie set for wide release to scare your pants off on Halloween. Sadly this must-see slate of ten won’t sate your bloodlust, but it does feature awards-contenders, smart indies and survival thrillers that will have you grabbing the person closes to you. And moreover, these are ten good movies that we think are worthy of your time and money over the next thirty days. So let's dive right in....

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