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'Bond 24,' 'Karate Kid 2' & 'Like Father, Like Son' Remake Get New Writers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2014 9:03 AM
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With "Bond 24" slated to hit theaters in eighteen months, it looks like the script to the movie is getting one last polish. John Logan has been working on it for a while now, but some veterans of the series are once again coming back to "punch up" the screenplay and add more jokes. Hmm....

Review: Kore-Eda Hirokazu's Warm And Lovely 'Like Father, Like Son'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2014 5:10 PM
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Hirokazu Kore-eda, Like Father, Like Son
How is being a parent defined? Do you have to earn it or does the simple virtue of being related by blood automatically give you that title? These questions and more lie at the core of "Like Father, Like Son," a tender and involving portrait by Kore-Eda Hirokazu that centers on two set of parents—and one father in particular—who find their relationships with their sons severely tested, forcing them to reassess everything they thought that new about them, and about themselves as well.

Interview: Kore-eda Hirokazu Talks Steven Spielberg's Remake Of 'Like Father Like Son,' Directing Children & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 15, 2014 5:39 PM
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In person, Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu is gentle and thoughtful, with a frequent warm, shy smile—of the directors we've met, he perhaps comes closest to being the true embodiment of his films. But his humility is all the more remarkable for the body of work it covers: since establishing himself instantly as a filmmaker of rare sensitivity with 1995's "Maborosi" and breaking through internationally with his vision of a bureaucratic yet sympathetic Purgatory in "After Life," he has brought films to Cannes four times, and earlier this year won the Jury Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize for the extraordinarily affecting "Like Father Like Son."

10 Films To See In January

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • January 2, 2014 12:06 PM
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10 Films To See In January
January is perceived to be a flat-out, no-good month to release a movie. Usually considered the dumping ground for films which would be killed opening up any other time—no disrespect—but if your movie’s being released this month, it will be approached with a greater sense of wariness. However, it's not all bad, as the post Christmas/New Year’s malaise not only sees Oscar and awards season contenders expand from limited to wide release, savvy distributors find pockets to release adult, intelligent fare into a marketplace that desperately needs it. So in case you thought January was a lost cause, here are ten movies to see this month, including two that opened in limited release in December but are getting a second tribute in honor of their wide releases.

The 10 Best Child Performances Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 16, 2013 2:48 PM
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The 10 Best "Child" Performances Of 2013
The legendary W.C. Fields once said "never work with animals or children," but that advice thankfully has been broken time and time again, and especially in 2013, when younger thespians were able to truly show their chops (not to mention the cat performances from "Inside Llewyn Davis”). We wanted to highlight their contributions in a stand-alone feature, since so many of our favorite movies this year were enhanced and made real by younger performers.

Marrakech Interview: Kore-eda Hirokazu On Technique, Spielberg's Remake Of 'Like Father Like Son' & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 2, 2013 5:01 PM
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In person, Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu is gentle and thoughtful, with a frequent warm, shy smile--of the directors we've met, he perhaps comes closest to being the true embodiment of his films. But his humility, which was even touched on during his introduction at the Marrakech International Film Festival tribute that followed our interview, is all the more remarkable for the body of work it covers: since establishing himself instantly as a filmmaker of rare sensitivity with 1995's "Maborosi," and breaking through internationally with his vision of a bureaucratic yet sympathetic Purgatory in "After Life," he has brought films to Cannes four times, and earlier this year won the Jury Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize for the extraordinarily affecting "Like Father Like Son."

'The Immigrant,' 'The Zero Theorem,' 'Like Father Like Son' & More Headed To Marrakech International Film Festival

The Immigrant
With a jury headed by Martin Scorsese and including Faith Akin, Patricia Clarkson, Marion Cotillard, Amat Escalante, Golshifteh Farahani, Anurag Kashyap, Narjiss Nejjar, Park Chan-wook and Paolo Sorrentino and with masterclasses conducted by Bruno Dumont, James Gray, Abbas Kiarostami, Nicolas Winding Refn and Régis Debray, the Marrakech Flim Festival certainly isn't slouching when it comes to attracting big name talent. And effort extends to the official lineup of the festival. Read More »

Watch: U.K. Trailer For Hirokazu Kore-eda's Cannes Prize-Winning 'Like Father, Like Son' Plus Lots Of New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 8:34 AM
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While the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" and the epic romance "Blue Is The Warmest Color" have dominated the post-Cannes conversation, one film that deserves just as much love is Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Like Father, Like Son." The film landed to wins on the Croisette, taking home the Jury Prize along with a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury, and jury president Steven Spielberg clearly was taken with the film, with his longtime home DreamWorks snapping up the remake rights. But before we see what the American take on this story is, a brand new U.K. trailer is here to remind you that the original is the real deal.

DreamWorks To Remake Hirokazu Kore-eda's Cannes Prize Winning 'Like Father, Like Son'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 29, 2013 8:22 PM
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Hirokazu Kore-eda, Like Father, Like Son
One of our favorites coming out of Cannes this year was Hirokazu Kore-eda's "Like Father, Like Son," with our very own Kevin Jagernauth giving it an "A" and describing as "a warm and lovely film that suggests the easiest thing about raising a child is embracing how complicated it can be." Looks like weren't alone as the film won the Jury Prize along with a Special Mention from the Ecumenical Jury Prize, and will be making its North American premiere at this year's TIFF. Well, it also turns out that the film piqued the particular interest and possible investment of one of Cannes' jurors — the president, Steven Spielberg to be exact.

TIFF 2013: '12 Years A Slave,' 'Prisoners,' 'Gravity,' 'Under The Skin,' 'Labor Day' & Much, Much More Coming To Toronto

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2013 10:33 AM
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Tuxedos are being rented, red carpets shampooed and cleaned and the city of Toronto bracing itself as this year's Toronto International Film Festival is now just over a month away. And this morning, organizers have dropped the first wave of titles coming to Canada, and it looks like cinephiles will be in for a big treat this year.

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