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'Magic Magic' Star Juno Temple Talks Losing Her Mind, The Polanski Influence, 'Sin City 2,' 'Maleficent' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 7, 2013 5:00 PM
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Earlier this year at Sundance, Chilean director Sebastian Silva ("The Maid") made a splash with two very different movies. The first, "The Crystal Fairy," was a trippy road comedy that starred Michael Cera and Gabby Hoffman and saw a limited theatrical release this summer from IFC Films (read our review here). The other Silva joint was an equally trippy but far darker film that also co-starred Michael Cera called "Magic Magic," which will be released on DVD this week from Sony. It stars Juno Temple as a young girl who descends into madness while visiting her sister abroad (it involves many sleepless nights, hypnotism, a memorable use of a Knife song and finally some kind of witchcraft). We got to talk to Temple about what it was like working with Silva, what her reference points were for the character, and asked about what she's got coming next—Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For," Alexandre Aja's "Horns," and Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" retelling "Maleficent" (where she plays a tiny fairy).

Stream This: Michael Cera’s ‘Crystal Fairy,’ David Lynch Criterion Shorts, Adam Sandler, Guillermo del Toro Movies & More

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 12, 2013 2:57 PM
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Welcome back streamers. We trust you had a good July 4th weekend and the hangover has finally subsided. We also assume you’ve gotten over the overlong, tonal headache that was “The Lone Ranger,” and now you’re debating if you should do the same with “Pacific Rim” or “Grown Ups 2.” Both reviews suggest that you should just stay home, which is good for us because we have lots of suggestions for you streaming this weekend. We’ve got an alternate Guillermo del Toro movie you could watch and instead of witnessing Adam Sandler fart on Salma Hayek, you could revisit arguably his best movie, thanks to Paul Thomas Anderson. We’ve also got a Michael Cera indie for you that’s hitting both theaters and VOD this weekend (but hey, maybe you can just watch it out of the comfort of your own home if it’s not playing in your town) and some classic gems, including some jewels from the Criterion archive not yet released on DVD. OK, let’s get to it.

Review: 'Crystal Fairy' Starring Michael Cera & Gaby Hoffmann

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 9, 2013 7:03 PM
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Michael Cera, Crystal Fairy
"Guess if Michael Cera's dead, it's not a total loss right?" Danny McBride says in probably the funniest moment in the teaser for “This Is The End,” a new apocalyptic comedy starring Cera and McBride along with an all-star roster of mostly Apatow-bred comedians all playing distorted versions of themselves. Though nobody actually wants to see Cera dead, McBride’s sentiment nevertheless registers with a large section of the public who decided a few years ago that they’d had enough of Cera. Despite appearing in just five films from 2008-2010, audiences seemed burned out on his persona – despite changing it up in underseen films like “Youth In Revolt” – and so the damage was done. After a meteoric rise, he seemed to take the hint that he wasn’t necessarily being appreciated in these roles and so he’s been largely absent from screens for the past three years. But between the return of his epochal series “Arrested Development” this spring on Netflix and roles in two films by “The Maid” filmmaker Sebastian Silva, 2013 is the year we must welcome Cera back into our hearts.

Watch: Michael Cera Goes To Chile To Get High In Trailer For 'Crystal Fairy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2013 1:43 PM
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Michael Cera, Crystal Fairy
It seems there's no stopping Michael Cera at the moment. Dude is on a tear with "Arrested Development" now back with a new season (in which he not only acted, but also co-wrote), a hit comedy in theaters ("This Is The End," in which he features in a great cameo) and various web efforts courtesy of JASH including shorts "Gregory Go Boom" and "Failure." And that's not mention his arthouse movies, including the upcoming "Magic Magic" (trailer here) and now "Crystal Fairy" (renamed for some reason to "Crystal Fairy & The Magical Cactus," as if that will make it more enticing to Joe Average movie dude).

New Posters Arrive For SXSW Hit ‘Short Term 12’ & Michael Cera-Starring ‘Crystal Fairy’

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 13, 2013 3:35 PM
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Short Term 12, Brie Larson
We’ve got a couple of new posters to share with you, from a drama about a twenty-something foster care staff member, and a film featuring George Michael Bluth on a road trip through Chile. Both are making their way from the film festival circuit to a theater near you, hopefully.

BAMcinemaFEST 2013 Lineup Includes 'Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,' 'Short Term 12,' 'The Spectacular Now' & Much More

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • May 9, 2013 10:24 AM
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The BAMcinemaFEST film festival, run by BAMcinématek out of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and now in its fifth year, has announced the complete lineup for 2013. Previous years included films from the likes of Lena Dunham, Nicolas Winding Refn and Lynn Shelton, and this year brings a fittingly eclectic collection of narrative and documentary movies as well, with 22 New York premieres and one world premiere in a schedule packed with upcoming indie talent and a few better-known faces.

The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Indie Films Of The Summer

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 7, 2013 11:58 AM
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The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Indies Of The Summer
So perhaps the blockbusting sturm und drang of “Iron Man 3” has you slavering for more KA-BLAMMO, in which case our Most Anticipated Summer Blockbusters is the article for you. If, however, you're already getting a slight tension headache at the prospect of weeks upon interminable weeks of tentpole releases and the din of clashing opinions that attends the redistribution of billions of dollars of wealth, never fear. The gods of counterprogramming have been especially kind this year, and there's a wide selection of upcoming, smaller-budgeted, lesser-distributed gems in which the only things that collide are intersecting lives, the only ticking time bombs are repressed emotions, the only things that break are hearts, and the only things that blow up are grandiose expectations, right in some sad sack's face. You are also much more likely to get some full-on nudity.

Wong Kar-Wai's 'The Grandmaster,' Eli Roth Horror 'Aftershock,' Michael Cera Indie 'Crystal Fairy' Set Summer Release Dates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2013 1:27 PM
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Oh, so you think you have your summer movie watching schedule all mapped out? Well, prepare to make some adjustments as the arthouse near you is changing up the game.

IFC Films Picks Up Michael Cera's 'Crystal Fairy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 3:58 PM
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While many deals at the Sundance Film Festival are written on napkins and closed by downing Sambuca shots in Park City, some movies require a little more negotiating to get contracts signed. And even though Michael Cera arrived in Utah with two movies -- the thriller "Magic Magic" and the comedy "Crystal Fairy," both directed by Sebastian Silva -- they are only now starting to find a home.

'Fruitvale' Takes Grand Jury & Audience Award Prizes At Sundance Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2013 11:22 PM
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...and just like that, the Sundance Film Festival has closed for another year, and tonight at Park City, the awards were handed out with one hotly buzzed film taking two major titles.

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