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Interview: 'Viva Riva' Filmmaker Djo Tunda Wa Munga Hopes To Usher In A New Wave Of Congolese Cinema

  • By Leah Zak
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  • June 10, 2011 7:30 AM
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Director Talks His Roots and What Brought Him Back Home For His Feature DebutWe won’t give you a history lesson here (there are other corners of the Internet for that) but as anyone privy to a newscast for at least the last decade knows, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has had a tumultuous and violent political life following their independence from Belgium in 1960. For filmmaker Djo Tunda Wa Munga however, his home country, rife with such violence and change, presents an interesting perspective to bring to the cinematic scene.

Interview: 'Bobby Fischer Against the World' Director Liz Garbus Talks Taking On A Grandmaster

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 7, 2011 3:11 AM
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Tonight HBO premieres “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” an absolutely phenomenal film that kicks off their summer-long documentary programming -- every Monday night -- you can read our review, from earlier today, here. It premiered at Sundance in January, where it won rave reviews and earned its director, the Academy Award-nominated Liz Garbus, further acclaim.
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Interview: Director Radu Muntean Talks 'Tuesday, After Christmas' & Prison-Set Documentary

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 31, 2011 5:14 AM
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If you’re looking for a quiet, meditative, occasionally sexy adult drama (that doesn’t involve the creation of life as we know it or dinosaurs), then you should really seek out “Tuesday, After Christmas,” which is the first truly must-see Romanian New Wave movie since “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days.” It’s a love triangle that, instead of played out in vignettes meant to shock or titillate, is captured in long, unbroken shots that linger uncomfortably as you literally watch a marriage decompose before your very eyes. It’s absolutely riveting stuff, and the kind of small scale movie that too easily slips through the cracks amidst the pirates and kung-fu pandas bombarding cinemas nationwide. We spoke to the film’s director, Radu Muntean, on the Wednesday, Before Memorial Day, about the film’s intentions, its unflinching sense of reality, his place on the Romanian New Wave, and what’s coming next.

Interview: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Wants To Work With Chiara Mastroianni & Joan Allen

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 17, 2011 6:44 AM
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Also Downplays Tilda Swinton Collaboration, Loves David Fincher But Not 'Social Network'With the latest season of Cannes coming close to an end, what better time than look back at last year's Golden Palm winner?

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Says His 'Hesher' Character Was Loosely Modeled After Metallica's Cliff Burton

  • By Leah Zak
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  • May 12, 2011 9:50 AM
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Plus Director Spencer Susser & Star On Their Unique Central CharacterAs far as family dramas go, “Hesher” is somewhat of a different breed. The story of a father and young son suffering the recent loss of their wife and mother, things seem to take a turn for the worse, when TJ (the son) accidentally brings an anarchist metal head into his grandmother's home and his family's life. While we weren't taken by “Hesher” as a whole, this writer found the film’s namesake, and chaotic center, to be one of the more fascinating characters introduced on screen in a while – and certainly another card to add to the stack of notable performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt. We recently sat down with the actor, as well as "Hesher" writer/director Spencer Susser to hear more about the philosophy and creation of this unconventional addition to your typical family drama.

Will Ferrell & Dan Rush Talk Expanding A 4-Page Short Story For The Indie Drama 'Everything Must Go'

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 12, 2011 9:15 AM
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Filmmakers Didn't Want The Relationship With Rebecca Hall Go Hollywood & 12 Other Things We LearnedFirst-time feature-length director Dan Rush (known for his commercial work) must have naked pictures of some studio execs' off-hours, off-marriage tryst. Either that or his screenplay for "Everything Must Go," an adaptation of a four-page Raymond Carver story must have ruled. Considering the subtle, mannered, funny, yet not-broad dramedy that stars the very excellent cast of Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Laura Dern, Michael Peña, Stephen Root and newcomer Christopher Jordan Wallace, we're thinking the latter.

'Bridesmaids' Director Paul Feig: "I Want To Show Hollywood There's A Market For Female Comedies"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 11, 2011 9:15 AM
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While much of the conversation surrounding Friday's genuinely brilliant "Bridesmaids" focuses around its superstar producer, Judd Apatow. And while Apatow had a guiding hand, with the film initially sprung from a development deal the producer struck with co-writer/star Kristen Wiig after her scene-stealing turn in the Apatow-directed "Knocked Up," the man behind the camera is none other than Paul Feig. Feig created "Freaks and Geeks" and has been responsible for a number of memorable television episodes in recent years, helming installments of everything from "Arrested Development" and "Bored to Death" to "30 Rock" and "Mad Men." (He's also directed more than a dozen episodes of the stateside "The Office," including the recent departure of Steve Carell.)

Dan Rush Talks 'Everything Must Go' & The Influence Of 'Chungking Express,' 'Being There' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2011 8:14 AM
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While he's made his living playing characters in comedies who have names like Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby, Brennan Huff, Jackie Moon, Chazz Michael Michaels and more recently on the small screen, Deangelo Vickers, Will Ferrell, like many comics before him, has dipped his toes into the dramatic world as well. He's turned in fine performances in films like "Winter Passing" and "Stranger Than Fiction," but perhaps nothing has challenged his non-comedic chops more to date than the upcoming indie "Everything Must Go."

Interview: Spencer Susser Talks The Birth of 'Hesher,' Accidentally Getting Into Sundance

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 11, 2011 5:23 AM
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Also Reveals 'Star Wars'-Assisted Birth Of Australia's Blue Tongue Films Collective While watching the bizarrely confrontational "Hesher," opening this Friday in limited release and starring an electric Joseph Gordon-Levitt (alongside Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson), you might think to yourself -- who the hell made this thing?

Cliff Martinez Talks Scoring 'Lincoln Lawyer' & Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 30, 2011 4:16 AM
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Says He Loved Alexandre Desplat's 'The King's Speech' Score & Was Hoping It Would Take The OscarFor years Cliff Martinez has been producing brilliant, but often times below-the-radar, scores, doing a lot of work for Steven Soderbergh. His first score was Soderbergh’s first film -- “sex, lies, and videotape” -- and from there the two have collaborated on a number of projects, including “Solaris,” "Kafka," "The Limey" and “Traffic.” That relationship is still going strong as they will be reteaming once again, on this fall’s virus thriller “Contagion.” On the occasion that Martinez does work for another filmmaker, the results are usually just as compelling (particularly his score for Joe Carnahan’s “Narc”). We recently spoke to Martinez about his work on the legal drama and sleeper box office hit “The Lincoln Lawyer,” his process, and about what he has in store for us with his work on Nicolas Winding Refn’s Cannes-bound “Drive.”

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