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Saoirse Ronan Talks 'How I Live Now', Working With James Gandolfini & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 11, 2013 12:21 PM
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How I Live Now, Saoirse Ronan,
Not even 20 years old, Saoirse Ronan has already made a significant cinematic impression. Most of us got our first glimpse of Ronan in Joe Wright’s operatic, Oscar-nominated literary adaptation “Atonement,” and in the years since she has anchored films for directors like Peter Jackson, Peter Weir, Andrew Niccol, and Neil Jordan. (She’s set to team with Ryan Gosling and Wes Anderson for future movies, which we quizzed her about here.) Her latest film, “How I Live Now” (our review) comes from “Last King Of Scotland” director Kevin Macdonald and is based on the acclaimed young adult novel of the same name by Meg Rosoff. Last week, we got to chat with Ronan about what drew her to the film, and asked her to reminisce about what it was like working with the late, great James Gandolfini.

10 Notable Filmmakers Who Work In Both Documentary & Fiction

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 7, 2013 1:31 PM
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10 Filmmakers Who Work In Documentary And Fiction
Truth may or may not be stranger than fiction, but both impulses certainly exert a powerful pull on the filmmaking instinct. With so many established narrative directors over the years turning their hand to documentaries, whether it’s “making of,” band documentaries, or passion projects that they use to create greater awareness of the issues that are closest to their hearts, it’s a well-trodden path. And while they’re treading that path, they get to wave at the men and women coming in the opposite direction: documentarians make the crossover into narrative just as frequently. This week’s release of “How I Live Now” (our review is here) from Kevin Macdonald is another example of how, for some directors, the dividing line between fiction and non-fiction is one they can criss-cross time and again throughout their careers—it’s a fiction film, but Macdonald’s been alternating between the formats evenly for the last decade or so.

Watch: Bat For Lashes Natasha Khan Directs Saoirse Ronan For 'How I Live Now" Soundtrack Song

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 5, 2013 10:55 AM
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Though the rest of us will see the film next month, audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival will get to see the Kevin MacDonald-helmed “How I Live Now” next week. The sci-fi film will boast an impressive soundtrack that includes a collaboration between Natasha Khan (of Bat For Lashes fame) and famed producer Jon Hopkins. Ahead of its TIFF premiere, a music video for the collaboration has arrived online (via Digital Spy).

Watch: Trailer For Kevin Macdonald's Apocalyptic 'How I Live Now' Starring Saoirse Ronan & Tom Holland

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2013 7:07 PM
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In an end-of-the-world-heavy summer, we've seen blockbusters in which the world was saved ("Man Of Steel," "World War Z"), cancelled ("Pacific Rim"), ended ("This Is The End"), and whatever happens in Edgar Wright's imminent "The World's End." So far, it's been a fairly light-hearted take on the apocalypse But as the days get shorter, the films look to get bleaker, as a trailer for a new young-skewing end-times picture demonstrates.

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").

Review: 'Life In A Day' A Thrillingly Personal YouTube Documentary

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 28, 2011 6:33 AM
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Kevin Macdonald's gloriously free-form new documentary, "Life in a Day," hinges around the uncanny conceit that you – that is, the thousands of people who contributed footage on a single day last summer – have co-authored the film. In an audacious promotional stunt/joyfully new age-y technological experiment, and partially in honor of the fifth anniversary of user-generated giant YouTube, users from around the world were implored to send in videos of their lives. They received 80,000 submissions from 140 nations, which resulted in a whopping 4,500 hours worth of footage. That footage, whittled down and sequenced and set to music (under the saintly supervision of Macdonald and editor Joe Walker), is what constitutes “Life in a Day.”

Kevin Macdonald To Direct Adaptation Of Meg Rosoff's 'How I Live Now'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 3:09 AM
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Director Kevin Macdonald has had an interesting career thus far. He came out of the documentary world with the acclaimed "One Day In September" and "Touching The Void" under his belt, and then helped Forest Whitaker win an Oscar for "The Last King Of Scotland." And while his follow up features -- "State Of Play" and "The Eagle" -- have been somewhat underwhelming, his choices continue to fascinate.

Review: 'The Eagle' Marred By Humorless Melodrama & A Silly Bromance

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 10, 2011 5:27 AM
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Helluva Chase Though...While mildly engaging initially, but soon marred by cliches, all-to-familiar and humorless swords and sandals tropes, a barrage of mixed accents (including puzzling Brooklyn ones), and the unintentional bromance comedy of two warring leads turned bffs by the end of the picture, Kevin Macdonald's "The Eagle" fails to deliver anything we haven't seen from the Roman soldiers/bros. on-the-run genre.

Exclusive: Director Kevin Macdonald Calls 'The Eagle' His Cowboy Movie In The Roman World

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 9, 2011 5:51 AM
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Scottish Director Also Talks Harvey Weinstein, The Similarities To 'Centurion,' & Why Nobody Gave A Shit About 'State Of Play'

Kevin Macdonald Takes Over 'Marley' Doc From Jonathan Demme

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2011 9:46 AM
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It's been a long, messy road for the developing, and highly anticipated Bob Marley documentary "Marley" to see the light of day. Martin Scorsese was originally working on the documentary for the Weinstein Company way back in 2008, although he swiftly bowed out, and was then replaced by Jonathan Demme. The project then came to a standstill when Demme left the project after he and producer Steve Bing didn't see eye to eye on the film during the first rounds of editing, although, Demme did tell us he was proud of the work he had done on the film.

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