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Anton Yelchin Joins Paul Schrader's 'Dying Of The Light,' Greta Gerwig Hatches 'Maggie's Plan' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2014 1:24 PM
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Seemingly loving this whole social media thing, Paul Schrader was a steady presence through 2013 on Facebook, during the highs and lows of getting his low-budget sizzler "The Canyons" out in the world. Now, he's kicking off 2014 by making a new film, "The Dying of the Light."

Nicolas Winding Refn Talks 'Only God Forgives,' Tokyo's Qualities For 'The Avenging Silence' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2013 11:05 AM
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"Make the movie you want to make, and go with God. There's nothing else you can really do," Nicolas Winding Refn told us over the phone last week, as he closes out his year with one last run at U.S. press for "Only God Forgives" as it heads to home video. There's little doubt he stuck with that rule in making his second film with Ryan Gosling, a dreamy, vicious revenge saga, heavy on mood and thin on dialogue. The picture polarized critics on the Croisette and gave us plenty to talk about. Qhile Refn's latest was heavily scrutinized, the director himself remained reflective about his second go at Cannes following his Best Director win two years ago for "Drive."

Interview: Paul Schrader Talks 'The Canyons,' How The Kickstarter Bubble Might Burst & Why "It's Not Lindsay's Porn Film"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2013 11:56 AM
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A crowd-sourced project, from an acclaimed writer/director, with a script from one of literature's enfant terribles, and a cast led by a tabloid headlining actress and an adult film star, perhaps the buzz, press and hype around "The Canyons" was to be expected. But surely no one predicted a journey that saw a devastating behind-the-scenes piece from the New York Times, highly publicized "rejections" from Sundance and SXSW and more. But standing solidly at the centre of the storm and never wavering was helmer Paul Schrader, whose career has known no shortage of controversy. Throughout the entire pre-production, filming, post-production and publicity for the film, he has remained transparent about what happened on set, and more importantly, proud of the film he put together. And why not?

Nicolas Cage To Star In Paul Schrader's Next Film 'The Dying Of The Light'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 9:20 AM
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With "The Canyons" wrapped, packaged and now ready to hit theaters and VOD this weekend (you'll see our review soon), Paul Schrader is already looking ahead to his next project. Last night at the New York premiere of the film, when asked if he would ever do a movie like "The Canyons" again (a low-budget indie), Schrader said he would, but it would have to be under the right set of circumstances. He then went on to reveal his future plans, which include a project with a bit more financial muscle behind it. "The next movie I'm doing is with Nicolas Cage and it's a much more conventional process," he shared. So what is that movie?

Nicolas Winding Refn Talks 'Barbarella' & Reveals How Alejandro Jodorowsky Convinced Him To Leave 'Logan's Run'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 24, 2013 12:02 PM
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Few filmmakers have quite the crowded dance card that Nicolas Winding Refn boasts. Speaking to The Playlist on the eve of the North American premiere for “Only God Forgives,” Refn seems deeply pleased by having attached himself to so many projects, each one sounding more exciting than the last (particularly the mooted “Valhalla Rising” continuation). However, Refn’s next project is a detour into television, with the series “Barbarella,” which he describes, in typical Refn fashion, as “the ultimate fetish.”

Exclusive: Paul Schrader To Direct 'The Dying Of The Light,' Nicolas Winding Refn May Produce

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 3:30 PM
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It's coming on five years since 2008's "Adam Resurrected," writer/director Paul Schrader's last feature film, but he's returning in a big way. Later this summer, his independently financed and Kickstarter-assisted "The Canyons," starring Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen, will see a release by IFC Films as well as make a splash overseas playing out-of-competition at the Venice Film Festival (where he'll also serve as President of the International Jury for the Orizzonti section of the fest). And lucky enough for fans of the director, we won't be waiting another five years for Schrader to mount his next feature.

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