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The Most Memorable Movie Moments Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 24, 2013 12:40 PM
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The Most Memorable Movie Moments 2013
Can you feel it? The end of 2013 is hurtling toward us like a stampeding rhino. And as our year-end wind down is winding down, we're letting ourselves off the leash a little and assembling this unwieldy monster—an unashamedly scrappy and random list of The Most Memorable Movie Moments of the Year aka Every Damn Thing That We Couldn't Find Anywhere Else to Talk About. Those of you who like a little more formal rigor in your year-in-review programming may wish to check out Best Shots, or Best Music Moments, or Best Documentaries, or Best Soundtracks, or Best Scores or Action Sequences, Child Performances, TV Episodes, Worst Films… or really any of our other 2013 wrap-up features (just hit our "Best of 2013" tag) all of which were put together with about 83% more discipline than this one.

Quentin Tarantino’s Top 10 Films of 2013 (So Far) Includes 'The Lone Ranger,' 'Kick-Ass 2,' 'Gravity' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2013 10:03 AM
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For the past couple of years—except 2013 when he was working on his own "Django Unchained"—Quentin Tarantino wasn't shy about sharing the films he liked, and sometimes, the ones he didn't. For the most part, the filmmaker loves indie movies, animated films and big, popcorn blockbusters. In 2010, he was really into kids' flicks with "Toy Story 3,""Tangled" and "How To Train Your Dragon" sitting alongside "The Social Network," "True Grit" and "Animal Kingdom." In 2011, fare like "Attack The Block," "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes," "Moneyball" and uh, "The Three Musketeers" were name-dropped while he controversially gave Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" a "nice try" dig. So what does he like so far in 2013?

Contest: Win A DVD/BluRay Combo Pack Of Seth Rogen's Apocalyptic Comedy 'This Is The End'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2013 4:07 PM
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The world ended, cinematically speaking, a couple times this summer with Edgar Wright laying waste to it with pod people in "The World's End," and the rapture arriving in Seth Rogen's "This Is The End." Both provided ample opportunity for comic actors to riff on the demise of themselves and the planet, but only one was operating on meta, self-referential level that added a twist to the proceedings. We're talking about the latter picture, and it's now on home video, and if you haven't snatched up a copy yet, you might want to hold for just a moment in snapping on up....

Podcast: Cancelling The Apocalypse! The Playlist Assesses The 2013 Summer Movie Season, So Far

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • July 16, 2013 5:25 PM
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..and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez and Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth for an in depth assessment of the summer movie season so far this year. After you give it a listen, don't forget to chime in with your thoughts in the comments section, we'd love to know what's worked and what hasn't for you this year, trends you're noticing, etc. How has your summer been at the movies?

Evan Goldberg's Ideas For 'This Is The End' Sequel Including Bringing Back Michael Cera, Rihanna & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 26, 2013 9:42 AM
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This Is The End, Hill, Rihanna
With a domestic box-office haul of nearly $60 million in two weeks, on a budget of $31 million, it should come no surprise that the idea of a “This is the End” sequel is being entertained. But with the comedy already dealing with the apocalypse and loaded with tons of celebrity cameos, is there much creative room for a sequel? Evan Goldberg seems to thinks so.

Box Office: 'Man Of Steel' Flies Above The Rest With $113 Million; 'This Is The End' Made Ends Meet With $32.8 Million

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 16, 2013 1:52 PM
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Man of Steel
It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a massive hit for Warner Bros. this Father's Day weekend. The Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot "Man of Steel" is set to rake in a bit over $113 million ($125 million if you include the Walmart screenings on Thursday night), making it the largest June opening of all time (not adjusting for inflation, it beats out former record-holder 'Toy Story 3' that made $110.3 million), the 18th opening in general of all time, and 4th for non-sequel openings. As it stands, the film has made more than the next 4 films on this list combined.

Is This The End? Get To Know Your 2013 Apocalypse Movies

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 13, 2013 11:59 AM
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Get To Know Your 2013 Apocalypse Movies
Hollywood likes to second-guess itself and look over its shoulder. “Oh, you’re producing a film about a math wizard who falls in love and takes a trip around the world in a balloon?” [Turns head, whispers in teeth to assistant] “Where’s our version of this? Get a draft on my desk by next Thursday.” This year we’ll see two White House movies (“White House Down” and “Olympus Has Fallen”) going toe-to-toe and a number of superhero film face-offs. But with apocalypse movies, it’s almost something else entirely. It seems to have captured the creative zeitgeist, and/or everyone is just creatively bankrupt. In Hollywood, it’s always hard to tell.

'This Is The End' Soundtrack Features Snoop Dogg, KRS-One, Cypress Hill, James Franco's Band & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2013 10:41 AM
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This Is The End, Rogen, Baruchel, Hill, McBride, Craig Robinson
So yes, you read that headline correctly. As if the apocalypse comedy "This Is The End" couldn't get more meta -- it's Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBridge and Craig Robinson playing Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBridge and Craig Robinson -- Franco is also on the soundtrack. Because, obviously. He's part of a band called Daddy, who get a track on here, but there's much more.

10 Meta Movies That Break The Fourth Wall And Blur Reality & Fiction

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 11, 2013 3:21 PM
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Meta Movies feature
“...the last man that said that to me was Archie Leach just a week before he cut his throat,” says Cary Grant in “His Girl Friday.” At which a certain portion of the audience (if they caught the gag at all, so rapid fire is Howard Hawks’ movie) presumably smiled sagely to themselves. Archibald Leach, of course, was the unglamorous moniker that Grant was born with, and while by no means integral to an understanding of the plot, that knowing reference does give the remark an extra layer. A meta-textual layer, if you will, known in these po-mo times as “meta” for short, because we’re pretty much on first-name terms with the concept by now. But including the odd meta-textual quip is one thing (there is another example in the self same movie where Grant refers to the character played by Ralph Bellamy as looking “like that actor, Ralph Bellamy”) -- stretching that impulse across a whole film is something else entirely. But that is the level it’s taken to with this week’s “This Is The End,” in which a host of young Hollywood stars including Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill et al play, well, a host of young Hollywood stars including Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill et al. It's merely another step in the ever evolving sub-category of the meta movie, and it inspires today's feature.

Rihanna, Emma Watson & Michael Cera In New 'This Is The End' Photos; Plus New Clip

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 8, 2013 2:24 PM
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This Is The End, Hill, Rihanna
The end is nigh. To think it all started in 2007 as "Jay And Seth Versus The Apocalypse" a short YouTube clip starring Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel as themselves if they were degenerate roommates living in squalor during the apocalypse. This of course evolved into what's now known as "This Is The End," an ensemble apocalypse comedy that's expanded to also include friends-playing-themselves like James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson.

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