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Blessed Are The Forgetful: Remembering ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’ On Its 10th Anniversary

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 18, 2014 3:33 PM
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Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
It’s 2008. April-ish. Manchester. My girlfriend of 18 months and I have just broken up. The first really serious, vaguely grown-up relationship, the one that makes you understand why people put themselves through all of that stuff. It's been on its way for a while, but the plug was finally pulled in a phone call, one that we both cry our way through. Eventually, we hang up. I could get on with this new life, or I could drink myself into warm, nauseous oblivion until I don’t feel the absence anymore. Behind me, on the wall (tatty, faded, and with the top-left corner hanging off, because I haven’t yet taken that step into the crucial and significant part of adulthood where you stop using Blu-Tack and start framing your shit), is a poster for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

20 Films About Doubles And Doppelgangers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 13, 2014 3:10 PM
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Double and Doppelgangers feature
In a culture of cellphone-snapped selfies it’s hard to imagine a time when people might have been afraid of their own image. But Facebook walls and Instagram feeds to the contrary, for the vastly longer portion of human history, to see a perfect replica of yourself was an uncanny event, impossible even, exemplified by the belief shared by some native tribes in the early days of photography, that it could take away your soul. Or perhaps they were just being super cautious about ownership of their brand image.

Spike Jonze Talks About Working With Scarlett Johansson On 'Her,' Arcade Fire & Intellect Vs. Intuition

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 19, 2013 4:52 PM
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Her, Spike Jonze, Joaquin Phoenix
While you’ve probably heard it described in simple ways, Spike Jonze’s “Her” is much, much more than the iPhone movie about falling love with Siri. And it’s hardly a film about technology and our future – though that obviously is an element. In many ways, "Her" is a traditional love story and relationship movie, but finds an ambitious concept to explore notions of connection, isolation, loneliness and loss.

Robert Zemeckis Courted For Charlie Kaufman-Penned YA Adaptation 'Chaos Walking'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 6:00 PM
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Last year Robert Zemeckis made his long overdue return to live-action filmmaking with "Flight," a drama that had something of a bumpy ride creatively, but wound up making a whole lot of money on a very small budget (especially for the director of elaborate, effects-driven rollercoasters like "Back to the Future" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"). Now, Zemeckis looks like he's being pulled back into the world of mega-budget fantasy, as Lionsgate is lining up the director for "Chaos Walking," a new YA adaptation being penned by "Being John Malkovich" scribe Charlie Kaufman.

Guillermo Del Toro Wants Benedict Cumberbatch For 'Frankenstein', Charlie Kaufman Writing 'Slaughterhouse-Five'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2013 3:34 PM
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Okay, so before we dive into this, let's just recap where the forever busy Guillermo del Toro is at right now. He's got his robots vs. monsters thing "Pacific Rim" hitting theaters this Friday, after which he'll work on the TV adaptation of his novel series "The Strain" for FX through until the end of the year. And then he'll kick off 2014 with his next feature film, the gothic horror "Crimson Peak." But as always, del Toro has about a half dozen irons in the fire, and he's already looking to reteam with his "Crimson Peak" star Benedict Cumberbatch on another project.

12 Great & Not-So-Great Debuts From Screenwriters-Turned-Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 6, 2013 4:03 PM
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Screenwriters Turned Directors, Best/Worst
“...but what I really want to do is direct,” goes the hoary old Hollywood refrain. Actors, key grips, wardrobe assistants, the odd ambitious caterer -- sometimes it feels like everyone who’s ever stepped on to a movie set dreams, idly or with calculation, of one day calling the shots. Even the clapper loaders, who technically are the ones who call shots. But of all those jealously eyeing the director’s megaphone (metaphorical sadly, they seem to have gone the way of the plus-four as part of the director’s standard kit) perhaps those with the most reason to be covetous are the screenwriters, the hardy souls who turn in 120-page draft after draft, only to have their baby wrested from their grasp and dressed up, maybe brilliantly but often not, in clothes they might not have chosen themselves.

Charlie Kaufman To Co-Direct Animated 'Anomalisa,' Jennifer Jason Leigh & David Thewlis Among Voice Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2013 9:01 AM
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It's funny how the complaints subside if a Kickstarter project is taken on by someone you like. For example: last summer screenwriter/director Charlie Kaufman and former "Community" writer/producer Dan Harmon (two pretty successful guys in their own right) hit the crowdfunding site looking for backers to help get the stop-motion animated "Anomalisa" off the ground. And they certainly didn't face Zach Braff-ian levels of discontent and went on to quietly double their $200,000 goal. And with some cash already in hand, they're headed to Cannes hoping that the movie industry will now front the rest.

FX Developing Charlie Kaufman-Penned Series 'How & Why,' Greenlit Coen Brothers-Produced 'Fargo' Series

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 28, 2013 10:58 AM
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While the name HBO has become synonymous with quality television, the last few years have seen rival network FX catch up in a big way. The network might only be on basic cable, and it might air the terrible Charlie Sheen vehicle "Anger Management," but in "Justified," "Archer" and "The Americans," it has three of the best TV shows airing anywhere right now, and has also been home to near-classics like "The Shield," 'Terriers," and the still-ongoing trio of "Louie," "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," and "Wilfred."

Charlie Kaufman Pens Stop-Motion Animated Film 'Anomalisa,' 'Community' Creator Dan Harmon Exec-Producing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 11, 2012 4:32 PM
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Charlie Kaufman might be having some issues getting his next directorial effort, "Frank Or Francis," up and running, but he's not exactly lacking for work. The writer of "Adaptation" and "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind" is adapting young-adult novel "The Knife Of Letting Go" for Lionsgate, and he's developing an HBO series starring Catherine Keener. And now, he's moving into new territory with some very, very interesting collaborators.

Charlie Kaufman's Ambitious Meta-Musical 'Frank Or Francis' Is Not Dead, But It Has Been Postponed

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 26, 2012 3:47 PM
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The film blogosphere loves screenwriter/director Charlie Kaufman, and with good reason. His mindbending screenplays and films ("Synecdoche, New York," "Adaptation," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") are surreal, challenging, hilariously bizarre, profound and moving, so he is beloved by many cinephiles who value something other than the cookie-cutter norm. Consequently, when quotes from actress Elizabeth Banks started spreading today about the viability and potential death of Kaufman's next project "Frank Or Francis" -- an ambitious satire of Hollywood set to music, where a film director feuds with a blogger -- people understandably got worried.

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