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5 Directors We Want To See Tackle 'True Detective' Season 2

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2014 1:20 PM
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True Detective
Well, the most-talked about TV drama since "Breaking Bad" is done for the moment, with the eighth episode of "True Detective" airing on HBO Sunday night, providing closure on the Yellow King and the spread of the conspiracy (catch up with our recap of the final part here). For the last couple of months, the internet has been abuzz with theories, arguments and think-pieces: whatever you think of Nic Pizzolatto's show, there's no denying that it provided an awful lot to chew on.

Interview: Kimberly Peirce Talks 'Carrie' Sequels, Comedy 'Butch Academy' & Says 'Silent Star' May Come Back

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2014 12:09 PM
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Kimberly Peirce, Chloë Grace Moretz, Carrie
Filmmaker Kimberley Peirce has never been afraid of a challenge. From her directorial debut "Boys Don't Cry," telling the tragic story of Brandon Teena, to the Iraq war drama "Stop-Loss," Peirce has tackled difficult subject matter head on. But last year's remake of "Carrie" provided the director a different set challenges, foremost of which was re-telling a story that had already been made famous thanks to Brian De Palma's iconic horror film. But bringing her own perspective and insight as a woman, Peirce spun her own version, one she likened to a "superhero origin story."

William Friedkin To Direct & Bette Midler To Star In 'Mae West' Biopic For HBO Films

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • December 10, 2013 11:21 AM
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William Friedkin Mae West Bette Midler
After hearing Martin Scorsese recently talk about only having a few films left in him at the age of 71, it's heartening to see that 78-year-old William Friedkin is still going strong. The director will follow up his last film, “Killer Joe,” with a biopic on the late, great Mae West.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks '12 Years A Slave', Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel,' Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' & More

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • October 22, 2013 3:08 PM
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Noah, Aronofsky
On this latest episode, host and editor Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and contributor Cory Everett for an overarching theme looking at some modern day auteurs. There's Wes Anderson and the trailer for his latest, "The Grand Budapest Hotel"; the controversy surrounding Darren Aronofsky's "Noah"; whether or not Steve McQueen has made another endurance test with his "12 Years a Slave"; and Kimberly Peirce's remake of "Carrie."

They’re All Going To Laugh At You: 5 Reasons Why The ‘Carrie’ Remake Didn't Work

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 21, 2013 12:48 PM
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Carrie, Chloe Moretz
Kimberly Peirce’s much-hyped “Carrie,” which we first got a fairly pleasurable preview of during last year’s New York Comic Con, finally opened this weekend in a prime pre-Halloween slot usually reserved for the yearly “Paranormal Activity” iteration and… nobody showed up. The movie, starring Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role, failed to connect with audiences, who rejected it in favor of yet another go around in Alfonso Cuaron’s IMAX 3D version of Space Mountain, and critics (like our own) were mostly unkind. But why this new “Carrie”—which, like the 1976 Brian De Palma original and the 2002 TV movie, is based on Stephen King’s first novel—defaulted so spectacularly is still worth investigating. We decided to look at the five most criminally awful aspects of this remake in an attempt to decode who killed “Carrie.”

Review: 'Carrie' Starring Chloe Grace Moretz & Julianne Moore

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2013 3:08 PM
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Carrie, Chloe Moretz
It's easy to see why director Kimberly Peirce ("Boys Don't Cry") was intrigued by the prospect tackling Stephen King's "Carrie." The material takes two key rites of passage for young women -- their first period, and their high school prom -- and blends it with oppressive religious fundamentalism and the supernatural, into one unforgettable tale, with rich subtext and themes to play with. But in terms of a remake, the question has always been whether or not anyone could top or put their own mark on "Carrie" after Brian De Palma did it with such style and panache. And to Peirce's credit, she did have an approach that was unique, at least theoretically.

Julianne Moore Keeps Hitting Herself In New 'Carrie' Clip, Plus New Photos Reveal Infamous Shower Scene

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 16, 2013 11:52 AM
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Carrie, 2013
For a movie that opens on Friday, there isn't a whole lot we know about "Carrie," the highly anticipated remake of the beloved Brian De Palma film (based, once again, on Stephen King's debut novel). "Boys Don't Cry" filmmaker Kimberly Peirce directed the remake from a script by certifiable genius Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, although studio Sony has been cagey about screening the movie and only a handful of people have actually seen it (including those who attended the "Carrie" panel at New York Comic Con last weekend). Instead, we'll all have to make due with the clips that have been popping up online—like the one we have right here (via Comic Book Movie).

Kimberly Peirce Reveals Details On Long-Gestating Judd Apatow Project, The Queer Comedy 'Butch Academy'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 4, 2013 9:02 AM
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Last week, we took a moment to celebrate “Boys Don't Cry” director Kimberly Peirce's return to filmmaking with this month's “Carrie” remake, and also an unmade murder mystery project for DreamWorks entitled “Silent Star” that collapsed due to budget woes. In the same NY Times article on Peirce's career a number of other unrealized film were examined, and with a look backwards we received an update from the director on a raunchy sex comedy set up with one of the genre's leading figures.

'Carrie' Soundtrack Features Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend & More Plus Listen To Marco Beltrami's Theme Plus New Pics

  • By Ben Brock
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  • October 1, 2013 11:50 AM
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I once showed Brian de Palma's “Carrie” to a friend of mine who found it so frightening that by the end she had to leave with her arms draped over two other friends' shoulders. I felt quite bad, and also quite pleased that a movie could induce that kind of physical reaction in someone. Anyway, the point is that there's a remake of “Carrie” coming out on October 18th, starring the now well-established but still described as up-and-coming Chloe Grace Moretz. With the release less than a month away, here comes a slew of the usual marketing accoutrements...

We'd Watch This: Kimberley Peirce Reveals Abandoned Hollywood Murder Mystery With Hugh Jackman & Evan Rachel Wood

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 27, 2013 9:18 AM
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The film scene has gone too long without seeing Kimberly Peirce's name up on a screen — five years since the release of the director's second film, “Stop-Loss,” and nine years before that with her acclaimed 1999 debut, “Boys Don't Cry.” But while the latest occasion for Peirce behind the camera guides her down a new avenue into horror, helming a remake of “Carrie” starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, there were many intriguing directions explored in the years before it, as a recent profile reveals.

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