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Essential: The 6 Best Performances In The Films Of Wes Anderson

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 6, 2014 3:49 PM
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Wes Anderson, 6 Best Performances
“Max Fischer’s not fighting change, he’s determinedly fighting against being pigeonholed. He’s fighting for the renaissance view of the world, and for a sense of himself as an adult. I think that he and Steve Zissou and Gustave are all, in some way, at war with the philistines. They are all kind of righteous,” a wise and insightful Ed Norton said this week about the characters that inhabit Wes Anderson’s unique worlds. “I’ve come to think that Wes’s films are all about the way that your real family disappoints you and so you create the family that you need.” Wes himself could probably not articulate it any better.

Jerry Schatzberg Wants To Make A 'Scarecrow' Sequel Even Though WB Isn't Interested & Gene Hackman Has Retired

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 5:15 PM
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It has been over a decade since Jerry Schatzberg directed his last feature film (that would be 2000's "The Day The Ponies Came Back" starring Guillaume Canet) and even longer since he actually helmed a feature of note. And yet, one could argue that it speaks to the power of a trio of his early films that his name still sparks interest in cinephiles. His debut feature "Puzzle Of A Downfall Child" got restored and reassessed at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, while the director's followup, the Al Pacino starring grimy drama "The Panic In Needle Park" is a still potent look at drug addiction. But it's "Scarecrow," re-teaming Schatzberg and Pacino, with Gene Hackman co-starring, that remains a cult favorite and underappreciated gem. And Schatzberg wants another bite at the apple.

Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street' Script Calls For Gene Hackman Voice-Over, Dwarf Tossing & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 24, 2012 11:19 AM
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With a star-studded cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, and Jonah Hill along with source material delving into Wall Street greed and betrayal, Martin Scorsese's latest film, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” seems to be his return to recognizable territory of horrible deeds done by extravagant individuals. However, as glimpsed from a recent peek at the script written by Terence Winter (“Boardwalk Empire”), those familiar elements do feature some intriguing twists to the formula that Scorsese has made classic, in addition to news of another veteran actor who may be lending solely his voice talents to the project. Minor spoilers below.

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Conversation'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2012 10:09 AM
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Two milestones hit for Francis Ford Coppola this weekend. The legendary filmmaker celebrated his 73rd birthday on Saturday, April 7th (happy belated, Francis) and, on the same day, observed the 38th anniversary of the opening of one of his most artistic efforts, 1974’s “The Conversation.”

Alexander Payne Trying To Lure Gene Hackman Out Of Retirement For 'Nebraska'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 12, 2011 1:30 AM
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Robert Forster, Jack Nicholson, Robert Duvall All Rumored Candidates; Film Will Be Shot In 'Black & White'Earlier this year, we revealed that Alexander Payne would be following up "The Descendants," which was only in post-production at the time, with his gestating father-son road-trip story "Nebraska," with Casey Affleck and Robert Forster loosely being eyed for the leading roles (wishlist stage essentially). Little had been heard about the project since then, but now that the George Clooney-led 'Descendants' gears up to hit theaters after impressing audiences and critics during recent festival appearances, it appears that Payne is getting "Nebraska" into motion.

Jerry Schatzberg's 'Scarecrow' First Had Bill Cosby & Jack Lemmon Attached And 4 Other Things...

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 27, 2011 3:03 AM
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Imagine an alternate universe where Jerry Schatzberg's underrated 1973 Palme d'Or-winning "Scarecrow" was a goofy comedy with Bill Cosby and Jack Lemmon (for further fun, imagine "Panic in Needle Park" in the same way). It sounds silly, but it could've happened had the stars lined up differently.

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