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The Mix: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Gets Fully Expected PG-13 Rating; Katy Perry Was Eyeing A Role In 'The Help' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2012 3:29 PM
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Better batten down the hatches! "The Dark Knight Rises" has now landed an official rating and it's not that shocking, fully expected PG-13. The MPAA warns viewers the movie contains "intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language." In other news, the sky is blue and grass in green.

In Theaters: 'We Have A Pope,' 'Damsels In Distress' And A 'Hunter' All Have An 'American Reunion' At The 'ATM' To Buy Tickets For 'Titanic'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • April 6, 2012 3:11 PM
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So “The Hunger Games” is still doing quite well, “Wrath of the Titans” is performing tolerably, but looking to ripple the waters this weekend is the behemoth of behemoth blockbuster movies, “Titanic (in 3D),” which (re)opened on Wednesday. It will again make James Cameron a boatload of money (HA) so he can buy another submarine or whatever he uses his money for. Not a bad life Cameron, not bad at all. Oh, and some other movies opened as well, in the event that you’re in the mood for something other than a large-budget epic with sick CGI. Thrillers, indie comedies, and dramedies set in Vatican City abound this week: sit back, relax, and “never let go, Jack.” (I'm so sorry for that. I just couldn’t resist.)

The Films Of Whit Stillman: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 6, 2012 12:04 PM
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Famously dubbed the “the WASP Woody Allen” and the “Dickens of people with too much inner life” by reviewers and critics when his comedy-of-manners indie pictures arrived in the early 1990s, Whit Stillman’s ironic, clever and urbane examinations of upward and downward social mobility and the shallow concerns and preoccupations of the young, privileged and affluent won him a legion of adoring fans as soon as his first film premiered at Cannes. Evincing a polished sensibility through a send-up and celebration of the often ridiculous customs and etiquettes of upper-class social orders, Stillman is also a champion of the overlooked merits of conservative status quo conventions.

Review: The (Mostly) Delightful 'Damsels In Distress' A Welcome Return By Whit Stillman

  • By James Rocchi
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  • April 4, 2012 11:05 AM
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From the moment the Sony Pictures Classics logo pops up not in the usual blue -- but in cupcake frosting pink -- you know that Whit Stillman's first film in 13 years (!) is going to be something special. While word from Venice -- where the film closed the festival before heading to TIFF -- was good, the question to be answered was whether or not Stillman's style and cinematic persona would stand up in a filmmaking landscape that has changed immensely since "Last Days of Disco." Well, let there be no doubt: Stillman is just as enjoyable as when we last met him those many years ago and "Damsels In Distress" finds the director with lots (and lots and lots) left to say.

Greta Gerwig Talks Working With Whit Stillman On 'Damsels In Distress' & Who's Left On Her Director Wishlist

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • April 2, 2012 4:01 PM
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Greta Gerwig keeps getting to mark names off of her director checklist. And it’s a pretty good list. There’s the Duplass Brothers, Noah Baumbach and, most recently, Whit Stillman and Woody Allen. To the surprise of some fans, Gerwig also recently branched out into larger budget studio fare with “No Strings Attached” and “Arthur.” But not to worry. The actress says she’s learned the bigger movies are a way to keep the smaller movies coming, at least as soon as studios figure out a way to best position her unique acting attributes.

Whit Stillman Talks Making 'Damsels In Distress,' His Connection To The Current Generation & More

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • April 2, 2012 11:03 AM
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Yes, it’s been a while since Whit Stillman released a film. But that story has already been done to death. The important fact is that Stillman is back, rejuvenated, and from the sound of our recent interview, looking to get back in the saddle again soon.

Listen To "The Sambola! International Dance Craze" From Whit Stillman's 'Damsels In Distress'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2012 2:45 PM
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You gotta hand it to Whit Stillman. After being away from screens for over a decade, he could've taken an easier path with a more accessible film, but you're not likely to see any movie this year as quirky, unique or distinct as "Damsels In Distress." The already high wire comedy centers on a quartet of girls who run a suicide prevention center on their college campus, with a variety of methods that include good hygiene, perfume and....dancing.

Whit Stillman Plans To Team Greta Gerwig, Chloe Sevigny, Chris Eigeman & Adam Brody For Future Project, Says Jamaica-Set 'Dancing Mood' Won't Be Next Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 21, 2012 4:38 PM
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Given how charming, winning and funny "Damsels In Distress" is (read our TIFF review here), we sincerely hope that we won't have to wait years and years for another Whit Stillman picture. After all, nearly twelve years will have elapsed between his third film, "The Last Days Of Disco," and the release of 'Damsels' in a few weeks, and we're not sure we can take that length of break again. But the good news is, when we spoke to Stillman earlier today on the press rounds for his new film, he's got several projects on the go.

Greta Gerwig Says Noah Baumbach's 'The Corrections' Is 'After Hours' Meets 'Hannah And Her Sisters'; Talks Working With Woody Allen On 'To Rome With Love'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 21, 2012 2:37 PM
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After flirting with the mainstream last year in "No Strings Attached" and "Arthur," indie darling Greta Gerwig is firmly back in her usual territory for the next couple of years: the actress will next star in Tribeca Film Festival entry "Lola Versus," has Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love" following in the summer, and just wrapped a reunion with "Greenberg" director Noah Baumbach on the pilot for the HBO adaptation of Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections."

New Pics Of Greta Gerwig, Analeigh Tipton, Adam Brody & The Cast In Whit Stillman's 'Damsels In Distress'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2012 5:41 PM
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For the girls at Seven Oaks, most life's problems can be solved by dancing, good hygiene and even proper perfume. Sound odd? Well, welcome to the arch, hilarious world of Whit Stillman and his latest, "Damels In Distress."

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