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Rex Reed Names 'To The Wonder,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'Her' & 'Spring Breakers' Among Worst Films Of 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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Spring Breakers
Move over Paper Magazine critic Dennis Dermody, there's another New York critic even more cranky and contrarian, and he's been doing it for years. That's right, Melissa McCarthy's biggest fan, Rex Reed of the New York Observer, has weighed in on his worst films of 2013, and usual, he's running hard against the tide.

'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Got NC-17 Stamp Before Cuts Were Made To Secure An R Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2013 2:41 PM
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As we know by now with the MPAA: violence good, sex bad. And so today brings with it another tale of a movie that has made the ratings body just a bit too hot under the collar, but it also happens to be one of the biggest films of the year: "The Wolf Of Wall Street."

Review: Adolescent, Overwrought & Incoherent 'Charlie Countryman' Starring Shia LaBeouf & Evan Rachel Wood

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 14, 2013 6:03 PM
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"Charlie Countryman" opens up with an arresting image, the titular character (played by Shia LaBeouf) dangling upside down in woozy slow-motion, his face brutally beaten and bloody. As the narrator (John Hurt) explains, Charlie Countryman is languishing in the wind about to be shot by a red-headed girl, and that the young man had to die. And he did it all for love.

10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 13, 2013 3:06 PM
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10 Music Video Directors Turned Feature Filmmakers
Many years ago, The Playlist started off as a blog dedicated to soundtracks, scores, music movies and the rest of the middle part of the Venn diagram where the worlds of music and film collided. Though we’ve evolved since then, that overlap is still something close to our hearts. One way those worlds are inextricably interlinked is in the number of directors who come from a music video background to work in features, and with most of us being that precise age that we can still remember the first heyday of the music video, it never ceases to surprise us how many of the promos we remember best were shot by filmmakers we now associate primarily with features. Arguably the form is experiencing something of a renaissance in relevance these days, not just via YouTube, but also with high-profile bands like Arcade Fire embracing and expanding their music videos’ artistic potential, even while the Robin Thickes of the world grab some extra headlines with risque or provocative content.

Watch: Violent, Bloody, NSFW Red Band Trailer For 'Charlie Countryman' Plus Lots Of New Photos

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2013 3:49 PM
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Some people go to Europe for culture, others study, some on business and more just to get away. Charlie Countryman probably had some other plans on his list but then he meets Gabi, who has a violent ex-boyfriend. And to be with her he's going to have to get rid of him. So begins "Charlie Countryman," the directorial debut of commercials helmer Fredrik Bond that's making its way to theaters in just a few short weeks. And today comes a pretty electric red band trailer to wake up your eyeballs.

Watch: Shia LaBeouf Will Die For Love In Trailer For 'Charlie Countryman' Co-Starring Evan Rachel Wood & Mads Mikkelsen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 6:03 PM
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Longing for a beautiful musician, tangling with the Romanian underworld and doing everything he can to stay alive—Charlie Countryman's European vacation probably isn't what he expected. But then again, love has that strange chemical way of altering your horizons, and that is put on full display in the first trailer for the latest starring Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood and Mads Mikkelsen.

Watch: Shia LaBeouf Awaits A Kiss In 'Charlie Countryman' Clip Plus Director Fredrik Bond's Johnnie Walker Commercial

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 2:42 PM
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What would you do for love? Everyone has their limits, but sometimes there is that one special person who takes us further than we ever thought possible, and Evan Rachel Wood may well be that person for Shia LaBeouf in "Charlie Countryman."

3 Posters For 'Charlie Countryman' Starring Shia LaBeouf Plus First Poster For Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2013 4:55 PM
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It seems the long title for "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman" is no longer necessary. Now lopped down to simply "Charlie Countryman," the debut from music video director Fredrik Bond is coming to cinemas in a couple short months, following its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, so it's time to start promotin'.

Watch: Evan Rachel Wood Promises Shia LaBeouf A Kiss In Clip From 'The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2013 4:27 PM
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Not everything that played the Sundance Film Festival nabbed a deal, and one of the higher profile movies still looking for a home is the extravagantly titled "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman." An electro-charged Euro thriller, the music-driven movie didn't find much love on the chilly slopes of Park City, but it's hoping for a better result overseas.

Sundance Review: 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman' Plays Like An Overwrought & Dated Music Video

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 22, 2013 8:00 AM
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"The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" opens up with an arresting image, the titular character (played by Shia LaBeouf) dangling upside down in woozy slow-motion, his face brutally beaten and bloody. As the narrator (John Hurt) explains, Charlie Countryman is languishing in the wind about to be shot by a red-headed girl, and that the young man had to die. And he did it all for love.

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