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NYFF: Simon Curtis Discusses Recreating Marilyn Monroe For 'My Week With Marilyn'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 10, 2011 9:27 AM
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“My Week With Marilyn” tells the story of Colin Clark, a third assistant director on the set of “The Prince And The Showgirl” who served as mediator between star Marilyn Monroe and the frustrated cast and crew. However, if you heard it from Clark’s memoirs, published long after Monroe’s passing, there was more than just a working relationship between the two of them.

Director Sean Durkin Talks Food, Violence And Open Endings In 'Martha Marcy May Marlene'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 10, 2011 2:00 AM
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All The Lowdown From The NYFF Screening Of One Of The Year's Best FilmsIt may feel like you've been hearing about "Martha Marcy May Marlene" all year; the film, the debut of director Sean Durkin (who was the producer of Antonio Campos' underseen "Afterschool"), bowed at Sundance, and has spent the last nine months picking up new fans at every subsequent festival, from Cannes to Toronto, and launching its young star, Elizabeth Olsen, into stardom. And take it from someone who finally saw the film last week; the praise is much deserved.

NYFF: "It Was A Very Slow Process" -- Michelle Williams Talks Challenge Of Portraying Marilyn Monroe

  • By Cory Everett
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  • October 9, 2011 9:00 AM
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And 5 Other Things Learned From The "My Week With Marilyn" Press Conference At NYFFWe've now reached the midpoint of the New York Film Festival, which means that tonight will see the World Premiere of the festival's Centerpiece, "My Week With Marilyn." While most of NYFF's films have stopped elsewhere on the festival carousel, this is one of the few films to make its world premiere at the fest. (It's certainly the one with the highest profile, that is, until Monday's secret screening anyway.) Based on two memoirs by Colin Clark, "The Prince, The Showgirl And Me: 6 Months On The Set With Marilyn & Olivier" and "My Week With Marilyn," the film is the author's account of working on "The Prince And The Showgirl," a Laurence Olivier-directed film that the acting great costarred in with Marilyn Monroe, who at the time was at the peak of her career. The film stars relative newcomer Eddie Redmayne as 23 year old Clark, Kenneth Branagh as Olivier and Michelle Williams as the iconic Monroe along with Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Dougray Scott and Emma Watson who round out the supporting cast.

Cliff Martinez Got His Big Break In Film Scoring From 'Pee Wee's Playhouse'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • October 9, 2011 5:00 AM
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'Contagion' & 'Drive' Composer Talks Working With Soderbergh, Nicolas Winding Refn & Possibly Working On 'Only God Forgives'When we last sat down with composer Cliff Martinez, the Matthew McConaughey-starring "Lincoln Lawyer" was his last work, and the film, and score, were both warmly received. Mr. Martinez, familiar to fans of Steven Soderbergh for scoring several outstanding films in the director's filmography, including his standout score for "Solaris", was generous enough to sit down with us again - with two very well received films now in theaters (Soderbergh's "Contagion" and Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive"), we talked about his first foray into composing, meeting Soderbergh, and just what is going with Refn's project "Only God Forgives."1. His first composing gig was doing music for "Pee Wee's Playhouse", the TV show.Already fascinated with music technology in the early 80s, former Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Martinez's brush with what would become a cornerstone of his composing career was seemingly fated. "I was recording the first Chili Peppers album and the producer, Andy Gill, walked into the room with a Lynn drum machine and he said 'Cliff, why don’t you check this out, maybe you’d like to program a few beats,'" says Martinez. "And I felt like I was holding in my hands the device that was going to replace me and all drummers, and from that moment I was turning into a dinosaur and I had to evolve or die."

Juno Temple Talks 'Dirty Girl,' First-Time Directors And Her Upcoming Indie Projects

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 9, 2011 3:30 AM
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She's already becoming an increasingly familiar face, but the next twelve months or so should see Juno Temple become pretty much inescapable. She's got roles from indies "Small Apartments" and "The Brass Teapot" to blockbusters "The Three Musketeers" and, of course, "The Dark Knight Rises." But first up for the 22-year-old British-born actress is "Dirty Girl," which opened on Friday, and stars the actress, along with Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy and Dwight Yoakam, in a 80s-set comedy about a promiscuous teen who runs away with her gay classmate to find her birth father.

NYFF: Michael Fassbender Hopes For A 'De Niro/Scorsese' Relationship With Director Steve McQueen

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 8, 2011 9:11 AM
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And Nine More Things We Learned About 'Shame' From New York Film Festival ScreeningIt's no surprise considering how spectacularly good his feature debut "Hunger" was, but Steve McQueen's "Shame" has marched through Venice, Telluride and Toronto, winning more and more fans along the way. And while there's a few months yet to come, we're almost certain that it'll appear high up on a number of year-end lists of Playlist staffers come the end of 2011. Reteaming the British director with his "Hunger" star Michael Fassbender, along with "An Education" Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan, it's an immaculately made, firmly controlled, no-holds-barred look at the life of a lonely thirtysomething who seeks solace in a string of anonymous sexual encounters.

Alexander Skarsgård Says His Dad Encouraged Him To Work With Lars Von Trier

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 5, 2011 7:18 AM
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While Lars von Trier might get himself into trouble with everybody else and may have ruffled the feathers of Björk, who swore off acting after starring in "Dancer In the Dark," the Danish auteur has a small stable of actors who continue to return to his films. The promise of working on a set that is unlike anything else they will ever experience is a lure and coupled with the director's ambitious and at times outrageous concepts, it's just too good to resist. But for rising star Alexander Skarsgård, he received firsthand knowledge from someone very close to him who is one of von Trier's most frequent collaborators.

Joel Schumacher Says He Wanted Nicolas Cage To Play Scarecrow In The Aborted 'Batman Triumphant'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 5, 2011 2:16 AM
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The career of Joel Schumacher is a colorful one, filled with unpredictable twists and turns, hits and misses, star vehicles and no-name indies. He’s been everywhere and done everything, and his latest, “Trespass,” which hits theaters next Friday, is his second collaboration with Nicolas Cage after “8MM.” However, it was almost his third.

Robert Forster Talks Auditioning For 'Reservoir Dogs' & How 'Jackie Brown' Boosted His Career

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 4, 2011 10:31 AM
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Thanks to Quentin Tarantino, it’s hard to imagine that there was a time when Robert Forster wasn’t a respected, steadily-working actor. But Forster himself admits that his career was “underwater” prior to being cast as Max Cherry in “Jackie Brown,” Tarantino’s adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel "Rum Punch." In fact, he credits the filmmaker’s penchant for making unconventional casting choices for the career he’s enjoyed since the release of the 1997 film, which has included collaborations with Gus Van Sant, David Lynch, Walter Hill, Michel Gondry and Alexander Payne amongst other acclaimed filmmakers.

Tom Six Says 'Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence)' Will Head To America & Directly Follow 'Part 2'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 3, 2011 5:46 AM
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After seeing the encyclopedic acts of horror on display in “The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence),” it’s hard to imagine that there’s too much more to do with the concept, short of capturing an actual rape or murder on camera. But writer-director Tom Six, who premiered his sequel at Austin’s Fantastic Fest last week, said he has plenty more ideas where those for the first two films came from. “When I was writing the first script, I had so many ideas that I couldn’t put them in one film,” Six explained in a recent interview with The Playlist.

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