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Lynne Ramsay Talks Her Version Of 'The Lovely Bones,' Tilda Swinton Says More Adventures Are Coming

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 14, 2011 8:47 AM
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Five Things We Learned From The Director & Star Of 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'Even if no other films had been released, 2011 would be a pretty good year for the movies purely by virtue of marking the return of Scottish director Lynne Ramsay, whose first and second features "Ratcatcher" and "Morvern Callar" marked the birth of a very special talent, but has spent the best part of a decade struggling to get films financed, particularly after spending some time trying to get an adaptation of Alice Sebold's "The Lovely Bones" made, before being pushed off the film when Peter Jackson showed interest.

Marc Forster Talks 'World War Z' 'Quantum of Solace' & The Risk Of Failure

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 13, 2011 11:40 AM
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We love a chameleon here at The Playlist; few things make us happier than a director who's able to leap between genres and style with aplomb. And Swiss-born director Marc Forster is, if nothing else, a chameleon. In the decade since he broke through in the U.S. with "Monster's Ball," the helmer has tackled grim drama, charming period biopics, supernatural thrillers, quirky comedy and tentpole actioners, to name but a few. Some worked, some didn't, but he's not likely to be predictable any time soon.

Michael Shannon Says His General Zod In 'Man of Steel' Will Be Very Different From Terence Stamp's

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2011 11:53 AM
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Also Says That Crime Film 'The Iceman' & James Franco's 'As I Lay Dying' Aren't Happening Any Time Soon We have to confess, when considering the possibilities as to who might end up playing villain General Zod in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot "Man of Steel," Michael Shannon was never on our list. Not that he's not a fine actor -- he's one of the finest out there right now, one who goes from strength to strength with seemingly every performance. And not that he's resisted studio fare in the past -- indeed, he'll be playing a villain in the Joseph Gordon-Levitt vehicle "Premium Rush" at the start of next year. It's more that Shannon's particular brand of bug-eyed crazy is so very different from the steely fascism embodied by Terence Stamp in the character's last big-screen appearance in "Superman II."

Tilda Swinton Says She'll Face Off With Bruce Willis In Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2011 8:52 AM
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Exclusive: One of the reasons we're more excited for "Moonrise Kingdom" than we have been for any Wes Anderson film in a decade is the cast. While a few of Anderson's usual repertory company -- most notably Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzmann, are returning -- the leads, a twelve-year-old boy and girl, are newcomers (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward), and the supporting cast are made up of some intriguing new names, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Frances McDormand.

Director Jonathan Levine Talks Title Changes, Pearl Jam & Making Cancer Dramedy '50/50'

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  • September 10, 2011 11:50 AM
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Filmmaker Describes Why They Dropped The Original Title, 'I'm With Cancer' & How They Survived Losing Their Lead Actor 2 Weeks Before ShootingThe words 'Seth Rogen comedy' and 'Oscar-buzz' are not usually found in the same sentence, but that's the situation that "50/50" has found itself in. Based on an autobiographical script by Rogen's pal Will Reiser, it stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Adam, a man in his twenties who is unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer, with Rogen (who is also producing) as his best friend, and Anna Kendrick as his psychiatrist/love interest.

Marc Forster Talks The Perils Of The "White Man Saves Africa" Story With 'Machine Gun Preacher'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 10, 2011 3:00 AM
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Judging by his filmography since his 2001 breakthrough “Monster’s Ball,” director Marc Forster seems unwilling, if not incapable, of repeating himself. That film’s soul-baring drama offered no hints at the delicate beauty of his follow-up, “Finding Neverland,” and neither film suggested he was capable of the melancholy whimsy of “Stranger Than Fiction,” or later, the visceral intensity of “Quantum of Solace.” In his latest film, “Machine Gun Preacher,” Forster tackles the life of Sam Childers (played by Gerard Butler), a former ne’er-do-well who finds God but who falls back into his violent ways after taking on the responsibility of protecting orphaned children in Sudan.

Scott Z. Burns Talks Researching 'Contagion' & Working With Matt Damon & Steven Soderbergh

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  • September 10, 2011 2:00 AM
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Six Things We Learned From The 'Bourne Ultimatum' WriterWhile perhaps best known for writing the blockbuster smash, "The Bourne Ultimatum," which grossed a healthy $442 million worldwide, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns is possibly better known within the film industry for his collaborations with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. An Oscar winner himself (as producer of "The Inconvenient Truth"), Burns has collaborated with the "Erin Brokovich" director several times, including the writer's directorial debut "PU-239" and scripts for "Ocean's 12" (uncredited work), "The Informant!" and this weekend's virus thriller, "Contagion."

'Contagion' Writer Scott Z. Burns' Next Directorial Effort Is 'The Side Effects'

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  • September 7, 2011 2:42 AM
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Confirms George Clooney Backed Out Of Soderbergh's 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Because Of A Bad BackWhile perhaps not as well known and respected as names like Steve Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Diablo Cody or Charlie Kaufman, if his recent momentum continues, writer Scott Z. Burns will soon find himself among Hollywood's upper echelon of top-shelf and well-paid screenwriters (if he isn't there already). In theaters this weekend is Steven Soderbergh's pandemic thriller "Contagion," starring Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and more, one of many collaborations between Burns and the Academy Award-winning director. Known for a screenplay to a little film called "The Bourne Ultimatum," Burns also did work on "Ocean's 12," wrote "The Informant," and is an Oscar winner for producing the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."

Interview: Joel Edgerton Talks Playing A Nice Tough Guy In 'Warrior'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • September 6, 2011 7:00 AM
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Also Has No Reservations About Tackling Tom Buchanan In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'Swinging and punching its way into theaters this weekend is “Warrior,” a tale of two estranged brothers who find themselves reunited in the MMA (that is, Mixed Martial Arts) ring. As to be expected, much of the screentime of the two leads, Joel Edgerton (playing the older brother, Brendan) and Tom Hardy (as the younger, Tommy), involves skillfully busting their co-stars up as they make their way through the ranks of a championship tournament to eventually face one another for the ultimate prize: a very large check both could use. We recently had the chance to sit down with Edgerton and talk about playing a big guy with a big heart, as well as the preparation it took to go up against his co-stars, who (besides himself and Hardy) were all MMA fighters professionally.

Renny Harlin Talks The Politics Of '5 Days Of War,' Says He Wants To Make 'Long Kiss Goodnight 2'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 19, 2011 3:27 AM
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It’s been quite a journey for Finnish filmmaker Renny Harlin. Once the director of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master ” (the highest-grossing entry in the series at the time) he moved on to the back-to-back onslaught of “The Adventures Of Ford Farlaine” and “Die Hard 2: Die Harder” that cemented him as one of Hollywood’s top action directors, a designation he carried all the way to the snakebitten “Cutthroat Island,” one of the biggest bombs in box office history.

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