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Lynne Ramsay Has A Psychological Sci-Fi Movie In The Works, Plus A Picture At Warp Films

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  • September 11, 2011 6:30 AM
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Director Talks About Almost Working With Aphex Twin & Plaid, Was Asked To Do 'Jane Eyre,' But Turned It DownExclusive: If you haven't already surmised, the consensus seems to overwhelmingly suggest that "We Need To Talk About Kevin" -- the long-awaited return of Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay -- is a big winner. Starring Tilda Swinton, in a performance that's already turned towards Oscar talk, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller (Antonio Campos' "Afterschool") and boasting a score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, " our review from Cannes earlier this year described the movie as a "haunting and unflinching drama... Swinton is superb, and if there were any doubt she’s one of our greatest living actresses, that has now been removed with one swift stroke." A recent tweet from our Toronto International Film Fest correspondent said the picture was, "beautiful, brooding, devastating -- I need a stiff drink. Maybe two."

'Shame,' 'The Artist,' 'The Descendants,' 'Albert Nobbs' & More Journey To Telluride This Weekend

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 1, 2011 6:34 AM
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'Tinker Tailor Solider Spy' Remains MIA On North American Festival ShoresWhile Venice has kicked off the fall festival season in grand style, the awards season really starts with Telluride. Reactions from the hippie resort film festival have proven to be a crystal ball at both box office and awards season performance and for many studios, cause to tweak and adjust their fall plans accordingly based on what happens in Colorado. Moreover, with TIFF right around the corner, a strong showing at Telluride can often put a previously under the radar the film into a strong spotlight in Toronto. "Up In The Air," "Juno," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Brokeback Mountain" are just some of the films that have benefited in the past, and with today's announced lineup, we could see the game change for a few more films.

Watch: Bone-Chilling U.K. Trailer For 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2011 1:20 AM
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"Just because you're used to something doesn't mean you like it. You're used to me." That statement pretty much says it all about the relationship between Kevin (Ezra Miller) and his mother (Tilda Swinton) as they come sharply into focus in the new, chilling trailer for Lynne Ramsay's highly anticipated "We Need To Talk About Kevin."

New Posters For 'The Adventures Of Tintin' & 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 4:20 AM
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Yeah, we know, in terms of pairing two movies together for one story you can't get much more polar opposite than these two films, but they both share long titles so we'll use that as the connecting link. Or whatever.

Watch: International Trailer Provides First Look At Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 8, 2011 1:04 AM
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You know how we know that 2011 is a good year for cinema, despite the shocking dearth of decent movies in its first seven months? Because we got Lynne Ramsay back. The British director made a storming debut with "Ratcatcher" in 1999, and went on to make one of the best films of the aughts with "Morvern Callar," but almost a decade has passed since, with Ramsay spending much of the time developing her take on "The Lovely Bones," only to be chucked off when Peter Jackson decided he wanted to make it -- and we all know how that turned out.

Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' Starring Tilda Swinton Will Hit Theaters December 2nd

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2011 8:29 AM
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So, hot on the heels of Lynne Ramsay's "We Need To Talk About Kevin" being announced in the first wave of TIFF films, Oscilloscope Laboratories has unsurprisingly dropped a fresh release date for the film, one that will allow it to build on its momentum from Cannes and what will surely be fresh buzz out of Toronto.

Oscilloscope Picks Up Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin,' Set For Awards Season Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 23, 2011 5:05 AM
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With a far too-long nine year absence, Lynne Ramsay returned with a blaze of glory at the Cannes Film Festival with "We Need To Talk About Kevin" a harrowing, gripping drama that bowled over audiences and critics and earned Tilda Swinton yet again more praise for her powerful turn in the film. And now, it's officially headed to our shores.

'Kevin' Director Lynne Ramsay Working On 2 New Projects, Trashes Peter Jackson's 'The Lovely Bones'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 16, 2011 2:44 AM
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Filmmaker Says The Period Working On 'The Lovely Bones' Was A "Horrible Time," Calls The 2009 Version "Absolutely Awful"Contrary to popular belief, Playlist writers are not always on the same page, but one recently (re-)acclaimed filmmaker does bind most of us. Coming off her triumphant return with Cannes-approved hit, the psychological motherhood horror, "We Need to Talk About Kevin" -- which looks like one of the two or three current Palme d'Or frontrunners and could likely earn Tilda Swinton the Best Actress prize -- Ramsay is finally back in the saddle (read our Cannes review here).

Cannes Review: Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin' Is Bleak, But Haunting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 12, 2011 12:05 PM
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Guilt, Shame and So Much Blood Pervade Ramsay's Unflinching Drama

Another New Clip & Images From Lynne Ramsay's 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2011 3:04 AM
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It seems the team behind Lynne Ramsay's "We Need To Talk About Kevin" has been pushing their film harder than anyone else on the Croisette in terms of advance footage, but it's clear to see why. The premise isn't an easily sellable one, telling the story of a mother (Tilda Swinton) of a teenage boy who went on a high-school killing spree as she tries to deal with her grief—and feelings of responsibility for her child’s actions. Heavy stuff indeed. But as the clips from earlier in the week and the new one today reveal -- this film is looking like both an acting decathlon and wiry drama of the highest order.

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