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Brian De Palma Was Never Going To Direct A Video For Daft Punk After All

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 12, 2013 10:02 AM
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When Daft Punk, nee Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo, were making the press rounds for their brilliant new album Random Access Memories, they spoke frequently about the huge influence of Brian De Palma's "Phantom of the Paradise," both on their masked aesthetic and their music. This was particularly noteworthy because they used 'Phantom' composer and costar Paul Williams for two tracks, including one where his vocals eerily recall his work on the movie. The French robots made a passing reference to meeting with De Palma in a Pitchfork interview, which was then debunked. We spoke to De Palma this week, whose gonzo "Passion" hits theaters next month, and asked him to sort this whole thing out.

Brian De Palma Won't Be Working With Daft Punk After All

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 2, 2013 10:43 AM
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When French robots Daft Punk, nee Thomas Bangalter and Guy Manuel Christo de Homem, were making the press rounds for their latest masterpiece, the luxuriously expansive Random Access Memories, they frequently cited Brian De Palma's "Phantom of the Paradise" as a chief influence: not only was 'Phantom' star/composer Paul Williams featured in the album's centerpiece, "Touch," but he provided lyrics for another song and served as a major for the band's mysteriously helmeted look. So when a Pitchfork profile let casually slip that the band was talking to De Palma about doing something, it was cause for excitement. Sadly, it looks like it's not happening after all.

Yes Please: Daft Punk Have Met With Brian De Palma For Some Mystery Project

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 14, 2013 1:44 PM
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Next week sees the release of "Random Access Memories," the jaw-dropping new album by French electro robots Daft Punk. The album is a sprawling, visionary, singularly weird affair, elegantly toggling between at least a half dozen genres and styles, with live instrumentation that simultaneously suggests music's distant past while boldly pushing it forward. It's one of those timeless, album-with-a-capital-a albums, and in the lead-up to the release, the reclusive Frenchmen, who appear in public as glittery androids, have been granting some rare interviews. In one of these interviews, the pair suggest that they might be collaborating with one of their biggest heroes – director Brian De Palma.

Chris Cunningham Directing A Video For The Upcoming Kanye West & Daft Punk Collaboration

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 15, 2013 2:01 PM
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Kanye West, Daft Punk and Chris Cunningham. A collaboration between those three would be mightily cool indeed and it looks like it might just happen. Daft Punk are currently busy promoting their upcoming album Random Access Memories ahead of its release next month and they've been discussing working with Kanye again after the rapper previously sampled them on his track "Stronger."

Porn Star James Deen & Lindsay Lohan To Star In Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 12, 2012 9:21 AM
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Nice move, Bret Easton Ellis and Paul Schrader, you've definitely got people's attention now. "American Psycho" scribe Ellis has revealed on Twitter that their upcoming L.A. erotic thriller, "The Canyons," will now star Lindsay Lohan alongside porn star James Deen, who was an early pick by Ellis.

'Goodbye First Love' Helmer Mia Hansen-Løve's Next Film Is A Two-Part Drama Set In The French House Music Scene

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 30, 2012 10:44 AM
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Only three films into her career, Mia Hansen-Løve has established herself as one of the more exciting names in world cinema. Her debut, "Tout est pardonné," was named the Best First Film at the César awards when she was only 27, and her next, the excellent "The Father Of My Children," put her on the world stage, something firmed up by her most recent picture, the touching, beautiful "Goodbye, First Love." And with husband Olivier Assayas, she makes up one half of a helluva talented filmmaker marriage.

Daft Punk, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bieber & More Nominated For Film Soundtrack & Score Related Grammys

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 1, 2011 1:41 PM
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Hey, the Oscars aren't the only awards show in town for movie lovers. Granted, it's the biggest and glitziest, but if you're a movie fan looking to keep track of which films are winning what, the Grammys are on the way, and they've announced their nominations for the 54th awards ceremony. Soundtrack/score hounds will be pleased.

Watch: Emile Hirsch-Directed Video For Daft Punk's 'Alive' (Sorry, No Lightcycles Here)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2011 11:09 AM
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Emile Hirsch has been keeping a low profile of late. He hasn't been seen on screen since 2009's "Taking Woodstock," but he'll be making his way back to screens later this year with the alien invasion flick "The Darkest Hour." He's also got the William Friedkin dark comedy "Killer Joe" likely to do festival rounds at the very least sometime this year. So what is he doing until then? Directing Daft Punk videos, it seems.

Daft Punk's 'Tron: Legacy' Soundtrack Gets Remixed By M83, The Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2011 4:22 AM
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While the film itself turned out to be a bit of dud, French electro rockers Daft Punk walked away from "Tron: Legacy" with their reputations intact thanks to an ace score that was one of the best of the year. Well, that score is about to get tweaked in a big way.

Exclusive: Joseph Kosinski Hopes Daft Punk Will Be Down For More Adventures In The 'Tron' Universe

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 15, 2010 1:10 AM
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Filmmaker Says He Would Absolutely Direct A "Tron: Legacy" Sequel If He's "Lucky Enough To Get The Opportunity"Yesterday we spoke with "Tron Legacy" mastermind Joseph Kosinksi about a lot of things regarding his wild, $300 million video art installation that masquerades, quite handily, as a holiday season blockbuster.

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