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Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method,' Solondz's 'Dark Horse' & Gilliam's 'Wholly Family' Get Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2011 2:24 AM
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It's hard to believe but summer is nearly over and not only that, the fall festival season kicks off in earnest in just a couple short weeks when the movie world will descend upon Venice. Every picture will be jostling for attention and in the lead up to the festivities posters for two festival players have arrived, along with a one sheet for a short film that has already started on the circuit.

Watch: Full 30-Minute Spike Jonze/Arcade Fire Collaboration 'Scenes From The Suburbs'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 27, 2011 2:19 AM
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A nice bit of good news to start your week: as long promised, MUBI has premiered the latest short film from Spike Jonze, the director of "Being John Malkovich," "Adaptation" and "Where The Wild Things Are," his long-awaited collaboration with one of the biggest bands in the world, Arcade Fire. The film, entitled "Scenes From The Suburbs," is inspired by the band's most recent album, the Grammy-winning "The Suburbs," and is co-written by frontman Win Butler, and his brother Will, following a group of kids in a world where suburbs are continually at war with one another.

Spike Jonze/Arcade Fire Short 'Scenes From The Suburbs' Gets World Online Premiere On June 27th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2011 3:57 AM
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It feels like we've been writing about the Spike Jonze-directed Arcade Fire short film "Scenes From The Suburbs" forever now, but it looks like we'll finally get to see it for ourselves right in the comfort of our home.

First Poster & Clip Arrive For Latest Pixar Short 'La Luna'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 10, 2011 3:30 AM
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We're be decidedly un-enamored of Pixar's recent approach to their features: this year's "Cars 2" looks, if anything, worse than its predecessor, and being jammed between last year's "Toy Story 3" and 2013's "Monsters University," the studio, one of the true bastions of creativity in the industry, seems to be heading towards the sequel-happy approach of every other big company, with next year's "Brave" being the only confirmed original project on their slate (although we've got no doubt that there are plenty of other films in the works), and big name directors like Andrew Stanton and Brad Bird being wooed away to the live-action world for films like "John Carter" and "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol."

Watch: The Fellini-Esque Trailer For Terry Gilliam's Short Film 'The Wholly Family'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2011 3:14 AM
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While Terry Gilliam has struggled to get a new feature film mounted since 2009's "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," that's hardly stopped the ever busy director. Last year he directed a webcast for Arcade Fire, and this year he launched his excellent stage show of "The Damnation Of Faust" and sandwiched in between, he shot the short film "The Wholly Family."

Watch: Full, Brilliant 25-Minute Short 'Successful Alcoholics,' With Lizzy Caplan and T.J. Miller

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 13, 2011 12:37 PM
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So, the weekend is finally here, and you're hopefully getting ready to unwind a bit. We'll be bringing you more from Cannes over the weekend, but to tide you over, the one thing you must watch this weekend (aside from "Bridesmaids," which again, we urge you to see, for your own good, because it's absolutely terrific) is the below short: "Successful Alcoholics."

Terrific Lizzy Caplan/T.J. Miller Short 'Successful Alcoholics' Now Available On DVD From Wholphin

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 25, 2011 2:12 AM
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Considering the volume of short films that are being made, and their necessity as calling cards for anyone who wants to work in the industry, it's frustrating that there's no real market for the form. You would think that the bitesize nature of the format would be perfect in the internet age, but outside of the few that make it on to iTunes, normally thanks to festival success or awards nominations, most filmmakers are reduced to lumping their baby on Vimeo and hoping it reaches the right pair of eyes to help them up the ladder.

Watch: The Full Beastie Boys Short Film 'Fight For Your Right Revisited'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2011 2:52 AM
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Okay, so we got our broadcast time zones mixed up, but the Beastie Boys star-studded short film debuted late last night on Comedy Central and as expected, it has leaked to the web.

Deluxe Edition Of Arcade Fire's 'The Suburbs' Lands In June, With DVD Copy Of Spike Jonze Short

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 20, 2011 1:03 AM
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It feels like years since rumors started flying that Spike Jonze would be collaborating with Montreal's favorite sons Arcade Fire on a short film inspired by their latest album -- and indeed, the project was first revealed over a year ago. We've had a glimpse of the final product (entitled "Scenes From The Suburbs"), in the form of the video for the title track from the album, and the film premiered at SXSW last month, but with the group now anointed as one of the biggest bands in the world, following their surprise success at the Grammys, it feels like about time you and me got to see the full thing, right?

Star Studded Beastie Boys Short ‘Fight For Your Right Revisited’ Premieres Tonight At Midnight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2011 9:14 AM
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While this writer appears to be in the minority who didn't think the trailer for the Beastie Boys short "Fight For Your Right Revisited" was all that and a bag of chips, the rest of you will happy to know that it's now coming to a small screen near you.

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