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David Cronenberg Says 'A Dangerous Method' Is An "Intellectual Ménage à Trois"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2011 5:07 AM
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Still Hoping To Make 'Eastern Promises 2' With Viggo MortensenIt has been a very busy fall so far for David Cronenberg. His latest film "A Dangerous Method" has been traveling the globe, premiering at the end of August at the Venice Film Festival, going to Telluride and then TIFF last month for its North American debut and now, hitting the New York Film Festival. For a director whose filmography generally displays a tendency towards the freakier end of the spectrum, his new movie is bit straighter than we're used to from Cronenberg. Starring Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley, the film centers on the relationship between Carl Jung (Fassbender) and Russian-Jewish patient Sabina Spielrein (Knightley), which turns sexual, ultimately causing a rift between Jung and his mentor Sigmund Freud (Mortensen), but also catalyzing strong findings in regards to Jungian psychoanalysis.

George Clooney’s Smoke House Partner Grant Heslov Says 'Our Brand Is Crisis' Is Likely Next

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • October 3, 2011 4:22 AM
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Director For The Film Being SoughtWith “Ides of March” hitting theaters this Friday, writer/producer Grant Heslov is nearing the home stretch of a lengthy press tour that began in late August with its Venice Film Festival premiere. Directed by George Clooney, the political thriller is based on the play “Farragut North” by Beau Willimon, and follows the exploits of a twenty-something presidential campaign spinmeister/wunderkind named Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) and the dirty pool he plays to get his candidate (Clooney) the nomination against a rival senator. Paul Giamatti , Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood round out the solid supporting cast of the starry project, and Heslov's next producing effort is not wanting in star power either.

Jeff Nichols Talks About His Trust In Sony Pictures Classics & 'Take Shelter''s Memorable Ending

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 29, 2011 5:04 AM
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And More From The Cast & Filmmaker Of The Apocalyptic DramaLady luck is currently showing Arkansas filmmaker Jeff Nichols her pearly whites. Though his strong debut feature "Shotgun Stories" took years to complete and be unleashed into the world, his sophomore effort "Take Shelter" was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics before they even saw a cut. In addition to that, its two principal players, Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, are having a banner year and are quickly rising to household name-status. To top it all off, the filmmaker is already lensing his next feature, "Mud," in addition to writing yet another movie. Needless to say, Nichols is very busy and in demand.

Shawn Levy Says He's Still Trying To Crack The Script On 'Hardy Boys'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • September 29, 2011 2:45 AM
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Says 'Frankenstein' Will Chronicle Victor & Igor In Their '20s Shawn Levy's name might not pop into your head when you think of the most successful directors of recent years, but his track record speaks for itself. While even Levy admits earlier projects like “Pink Panther” and “Cheaper by the Dozen” had their faults, his back catalogue of box offices successes is almost unmatched in the current crop of directors. He's currently riding off three smash hits in a row, with the "Night At The Museum" films and last year's "Date Night." His ability to turn out engaging, popcorn entertainment that is a cut above the usual standard is the reason why Levy seems to be linked to just about every project under the sun. And while he can't direct everything, he continues to develop projects that interest him under his production banner 21 Laps Entertainment. After discussing "Fantastic Voyage" and the "Real Steel" sequel last week, The Playlist caught up with Levy again this week to discuss a few more projects he has in the pipeline.

Evan Rachel Wood Would Love To Do Action/Super Hero Roles, But Says They Are "Few And Far Between"

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • September 28, 2011 9:57 AM
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Actress Talks Switching Things Up By Taking On Comedy 'It Is What It Is'Known for her proclivity towards dark movies and roles ("Down in the Valley," "True Blood" "Thirteen," and her truly caustic character in the recent "Mildred Pierce"), her choice in boyfriends (Marilyn Manson) and her stark candidness (see recent comments on her open bisexuality) actress Evan Rachel Wood is hoping to shed some of the preconceived notions the media and the public have about her.

Rick Baker Says He's Still Stinging About 'The Wolfman,' Despite Oscar Win, CGI Won Over Makeup

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 26, 2011 11:59 AM
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Makeup and Special Effects Icon Laments Lazy Use Of CGI In FilmOn Saturday, makeup and special effects icon Rick Baker trekked down to Austin, TX, for a retrospective screening of “American Werewolf in London,” where he conducted a Q&A with fans and presented a special limited-edition poster created by artist Olly Moss. Prior to the screening, he sat down with The Playlist for a conversation about his career then and now, where he didn’t hold back about his mixed feelings for the advent of CGI.

'Kill List' Director Ben Wheatley Working On "Cops Versus Monsters" Sci-Fi 'Freak Shift' For 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 22, 2011 2:21 AM
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Five Things We Learned From The Fast-Rising British HelmerAfter claiming awards at Fantastic Fest, Raindance, and IFF Boston for his debut feature, “Down Terrace,” U.K. director Ben Wheatley premiered his follow-up at this year’s SXFantastic to similar adulation, and rave reviews. (Read ours here.) Called “Kill List,” the film takes cues from the “kitchen sink crime drama” framework of “Down Terrace,” but ups the ante considerably, particularly in its deeply deranged third act. The Warp Films production was duly acquired by genre label IFC Midnight for a North American release in early 2012.

John Singleton Says He Showed 'North By Northwest' To The Young Cast Of 'Abduction'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 21, 2011 4:06 AM
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The Director Talks About His Evolution From 'Boyz N Tha Hood' To Contemporary Action ThrillersIf you’re ever in danger of running out of superlatives when describing John Singleton, thankfully the director can provide plenty of his own; maybe he was just feeling confident on the morning after the Los Angeles premiere for “Abduction,” where “Twilight” fans transferred their “Team Jacob” fantasies onto Taylor Lautner’s new action thriller. Singleton certainly didn’t spare any modesty when describing his work on the film when we sat down to talk with him. “If you look at that film, or the action pictures that I make, they’re totally different from what anybody else would do with them."

Albert Brooks Says He Knows His 'Drive' Character's Entire Backstory

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 16, 2011 7:54 AM
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Filmmaker/Actor Says His Next Directorial Effort Will Be "Odd And Different"You should already know about Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive." We haven't been the only ones pumping the picture, and for good reason -- it's one of the slickest, coolest pictures of the year; a tight genre picture with substance and style. Following an unnamed Hollywood stunt actor simply referred to in the credits as 'The Driver' (Ryan Gosling), the story is a minimalistic fairy-tale/noir mash-up involving Jewish gangsters and a family in danger. The attractive cast also includes Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks, and Christina Hendricks.

Whit Stillman Wants To Team Up Old Favorite Chris Eigeman & 'Damsels' Star Adam Brody For New Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 15, 2011 6:49 AM
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Says Adaptation Of 'Red Azalea' Is Dead, But He May Yet Make A China-Set FilmConsidering how long he's been away -- thirteen years since his most recent film, "The Last Days of Disco" -- there was understandably some concern about the return of Whit Stillman with "Damsels in Distress." Had the dryly funny, literate indie legend behind "Barcelona" and "Metropolitan" gotten rusty in his time away? Would the casting of teen idol Adam Brody, and mumblecore queen Greta Gerwig in a college-set comedy see him water down his work to appeal to the kids?

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