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10 Indie Directors Who Might Be The Next Generation Of Blockbuster Filmmakers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 25, 2014 1:05 PM
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10 Exciting Big Studio Director Transitions On The Horizon
Back in March, we unveiled a list of one-time indie directors who suddenly made the jump to hyperspace with blockbuster projects, and their associated blockbuster budgets. That piece noted that this was “a trend that’s become increasingly prevalent over the last decade or so” and sketched out some of the budget boosts these film-makers were getting, often having 5 or 10 times the budget of their previous film dumped in their laps by the studios, with a range of results.

Watch: First Trailer For FX Drama 'Tyrant' From 'Harry Potter' Director David Yates

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 5:40 PM
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Traditionally, TV slows down in the summer months, but that was in the days before pay-cable came to prominence. "Game Of Thrones" et al might be winding down for the season, but HBO will debut "The Leftovers" and the final season of "True Blood" in just a few weeks, while Showtime still has some "Penny Dreadful" to unspool. And while FX is still technically a basic cable station, they have as impressive a line-up as anyone: right now, with "Fargo" and 'Louie," they have two of the best shows on TV.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts To Direct Video Game Adaptation 'Metal Gear Solid'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 3, 2014 7:04 PM
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Jordan Vogt-Roberts Metal Gear Solid
The world is becoming a topsy-turvy place with no rules. You’ve got Colin Trevorrow going from the small indie “Safety Not Guaranteed” to “Jurassic World,” Gareth Edwards making the monstrous leap from the indie “Monsters” to “Godzilla” and Marc Webb quantum shifting from “(500) Days of Summer” to helming Sony’s current “The Amazing Spider-Man” series. Let’s add one more unlikely name to the pack.

Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger's Got His Own F*cking Tank In "After-School All-Stars" Clip (The Director's Cut)

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 12, 2014 3:01 PM
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Arnold After School AllStars (Director's Cut)
In case you haven't heard, Arnold Schwarzenegger is smashing shit up for charity. Specifically, he’s using M47 Patton tank and destroying things to support the After-School All-Stars charity. And why not, right? You can enter for a chance to win, hang out with Arnie, get in the tank with the action superstar and crush something too. There's a high probability that this will be the best day of your life. Cigars included.

Best Of 2013: The Breakout Directors Of The Year

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 27, 2013 5:20 PM
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Best of 2013: The Breakout Directors Of The Year
Every year, film buffs get themselves in a lather over the latest from their favorite experienced directors. The calendar is marked for the next Spielberg, I’ll be there opening day for Scorsese’s latest, I am all about Spike Lee, etc. But the real pleasure in being a film fan is stumbling upon the undiscovered, lifting a rock and uncovering a new talent, a new voice, with a brand new vocabulary for us to learn. The Scorsese films will be there for us to discover and rediscover whenever we want. In 2013, however, there was only one Shaka King picture, there was only one Lake Bell joint.

Contest: Win A DVD Copy Of The Sundance Hit 'The Kings Of Summer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2013 12:08 PM
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'The Kings Of Summer'
Summer is now, sadly, a distant memory and we'll be honest—we're hard pressed to favorably remember anything from the multiplex. But luckily for those who were a bit more adventurous and sought out movies that weren't sequels, prequels or CGI fests, there was still some small treasures to be found. One that certainly left an impression was the feature debut from Jordan Vogt-Roberts, "The Kings Of Summer." If somehow you didn't manage to catch the film, the good news is you've got a chance to now, and happily we can help you out.

Lee Daniels, Jordan Vogt-Roberts & More Line Up TV Projects

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 20, 2013 9:41 AM
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With “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” crossing the $100 million mark and awards sure to come, Lee Daniels and screenwriter Danny Strong have decided to stick together for their next project. Deadline reports the duo will take their talents to the small screen through the guidance of Brian Grazer for “a unique family drama set in the world of a hip hop empire.” The untitled project, set to be developed for Fox under “a put pilot commitment,” will see Daniels make his first foray into television as he is set to helm the Strong-scripted pilot.

Watch: New Ads Directed By Michel Gondry, Roman Coppola, Jordan Vogt-Roberts & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 10:07 AM
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The commercial world provides all kind of opportunities for filmmakers either looking to make their name before leaping to features or established directors trying to keep their skills sharp between gigs, while taking home some extra pocket money. And so today, we bring you a handful of new ads from some filmmakers of note, so let's dive in...

12 Coming-Of-Age Movies That Inspired Jordan Vogt-Roberts' 'Kings Of Summer' Including 'Goonies,' 'Badlands' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 20, 2013 11:25 AM
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One of the best movies in theaters right now, and one of our favorites of 2013 so far, is "The Kings Of Summer." Premiering at Sundance under its original title of "Toy's House," the comedy became one of the popular hits of the festival, and rightly so; it's a hilarious, smart and touching film helmed with considerable flair by debut feature director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, someone who's been on Playlist radars for a while thanks to his Sundance short "Successful Alcoholics," and his Comedy Central series "Mash Up."

Review: Idiosyncratic & Hilarious ‘Kings Of Summer’ Heralds The Arrival Of A Fresh New Comic Voice

  • By Cory Everett
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  • May 30, 2013 7:26 PM
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After the premiere screening at Sundance of his wonderful debut feature “Kings Of Summer,” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts – responsible for the short “Successful Alcoholics” and a veteran of “Funny Or Die Presents…” – told the audience his influences for his first feature included early Amblin films like “The Goonies” with “elements of [Terrence] Malick,” and most surprisingly, “Bad Boys II.” The filmmaker had to clarify that he was not, in fact, joking about Michael Bay’s destruction opus, and his Twitter bio proves it (“Really into Michael Bay”). And so, from these wonderfully disparate influences we have “Kings Of Summer,” a crockpot of comedy and coming-of-age film without a trace of irony.

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