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'Bellflower' Director Evan Glodell Owes Adam Yauch A Flamethrower & Got $1,000 Bucks From P. Diddy

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • August 3, 2011 10:33 AM
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And More From Our Chat With The Creator Behind The Flame-Spewing Sundance SensationThe Playlist crew has definitely taken a shine to director Evan Glodell's thunderous debut, "Bellflower", calling it "a film that interacts with the audience at every step of the way," "a roadmap to a mushroom cloud," and in this writer's review, "a turbo charged indictment of male adolescent fantasy and a biting critique of misplaced machismo."

David Dobkin Says 'The Change-Up' Isn't Exactly 'Face/Off' Or 'Freaky Friday'

  • By Leah Zak
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  • August 2, 2011 2:36 AM
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CGI Babies, The Freedom Of The R-Rating & More We Learned From Jason Bateman & Ryan Reynolds About the Body-Switching ComedyThis weekend sees the release of another candidate for the R-rated comedy of the summer: bro-rific body-switcheroo film “The Change-Up.” Starring Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds, the story centers on two friends living polar opposite lives; Bateman as Dave, a family man and lawyer on the rise, and Reynolds as Mitch, his best friend, who makes a meager living as an actor, but mostly uses his charisma and physique to bang anything with two legs. After a night of drinking the two friends -- ahem -- relieve themselves, in what they will soon learn is a magical fountain, and the next morning wake up to find that they've switched bodies, and consequently, lives.

Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh Says He Studied Fincher's 'Fight Club' For 'Haywire' Fight Sequences

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  • August 1, 2011 3:03 AM
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Director Talks Action Geography, Playing With Narrative & How The Spy-Thriller Has Tested Well With Female AudiencesAside from films lead by Angelina Jolie, action pictures starring women are increasingly rare. What's also few and far between is male stars, known for their action lead roles, who are willing to have their asses handed to them on screen by a member of the opposite sex. When Steven Soderbergh started casting up his latest, the spy action thriller, "Haywire," these are part of the problems he encountered. Well known action stars -- we won't name names -- who didn't want their asses kicked by a woman shied away from the project.

Interview: 'Life In A Day' Director Kevin Macdonald Talks The Influence Of 'Listen To Britain' Docs

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 29, 2011 3:21 AM
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Working With Matthew Hebert, Ridley Scott & More From The Filmmaker"Life In A Day," the jaw-dropping new documentary, edits 4,500 hours of YouTube footage, submitted from people just like you, into a cohesive whole about our globalized lives and intimate love affair with everyday technology. The man tasked with corralling that footage was Kevin Macdonald, a talented filmmaker who oscillates gamely between documentaries (like the Oscar-winning "Munich" precursor "One Day in September") and narrative features ("Last King of Scotland," the outrageously underrated "State of Play").

Interview: 'The Guard' Star Brendan Gleeson Says The McDonagh Brothers Have a Friendly Rivalry

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • July 28, 2011 3:26 AM
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Fueled by an Ennio Morricone-style score by Calexico, "The Guard" is essentially a classic Western set in Connemara, Ireland. If "The Guard" is "High Noon," then that makes star Brendan Gleeson the (much fouler) equivalent of Gary Cooper. Gleefully provoking with comments like, "Why don't you fuck off to America with your Barack O'Fucking Bama?" Gleeson's Gerry Boyle may say--and do--villainous things, but he's the good-hearted soul of this black comedy from director John Michael McDonagh, brother of Martin McDonagh of "In Bruges" fame. Surrounded by corruption, Sergeant Boyle is forced to pair up with a visiting FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to investigate murder and drug trafficking in his small Galway Country town.

Interview: Aziz Ansari Talks About Getting Some Action In '30 Minutes Or Less'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 27, 2011 10:26 AM
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28-year-old Aziz Ansari has had quite the meteoric rise over the past two years since audiences first got a taste of his unique sense of humor in scene-stealing moments from “I Love You Man,” “Observe and Report” and, most notably, Judd Apatow’s “Funny People.” The Columbia, South Carolina native landed on the NBC series “Parks and Recreation” in 2010 and has, over the course of 46 episodes, created quite the memorable character in dapper, lady chasing Tom Haverford.

Will Gluck Says The Lack Of Skin In 'Friends With Benefits' Was A Conscious Choice

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 27, 2011 9:59 AM
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Nudity, Scientology & More We Learned From The Writer/Director About His Latest Rom-ComThis past weekend, "Friends with Benefits," starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, opened to perhaps a smaller tally than the studio would have wanted, in part because of its striking similarity to January's infinitely dopier "No Strings Attached." Though bearing a similarity in their premise, writer/director Will Gluck's "Friends with Benefits" is the fizzier, funnier and more enjoyable film and it’s a shame that just because it's opening later means people are leaving it behind. We spoke to Will Gluck over the weekend about the comparisons to "No Strings Attached," his approach to the raunchy comedy in which no naughty bits are shown and one risque joke that may have offended a member of the cast.

"I Don't Think It's Too Horrific" & More Learned From 'Attack The Block' Director Joe Cornish

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2011 6:00 AM
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The following is a reprint of our interview with director Joe Cornish at SXSW.

Exclusive: Interview with 'Haywire' & 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Poster Designer Neil Kellerhouse

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 27, 2011 4:06 AM
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You may not know the name Neil Kellerhouse, but you definitely know his work. He's the graphic designer behind the posters for "The Social Network," "I'm Still Here," "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," and more recently "Haywire" (which you can read more about here) among many others. He's also done work for The Criterion Collection, Pixar, and gets regular calls to work with directors like Steven Soderbergh and David Fincher. Kellerhouse appeals to these big names because his pieces are striking and often, for lack of a better term, "out of the box" of what is required to market most films. Unlike 99% of film posters, which are designed by production houses, Kellerhouse's work is the result of a one man operation. You will never see him do a "floating heads" poster.
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Miranda July Cut An "Accidentally Porny" Sex Scene From 'The Future'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • July 26, 2011 2:47 AM
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Dead Cats, Dirty Limericks, Getting Locked In A Closet & More We Learned About Miranda July's LatestWhen our own James Rocchi saw Miranda July's latest film, "The Future" at Sundance back in January, he noted the film succeeded "as a single story about the terrifying possibilities of life, the uncertainty of love and the certainty of the passage of time." A month later, we caught up with July at SXSW, she mirrored his thoughts on the film calling "The Future" a "a horror movie about facing the void, the empty moment where you don’t know what to do with yourself." And it's in that pre-mid-life crisis of sorts that "The Future" finds its compelling pulse.

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