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10 Directors Who Remade Their Own Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 21, 2013 4:25 PM
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10 Directors Who Remade Their Own Movies
This week, the Vince Vaughn vehicle “Delivery Man” hits theaters (our review here). While on the surface it may seem of a type with recent paternity comedies like “The Change-Up” and “The Switch,” it does feature one rogue element (aside from not starring Jason Bateman): it’s a remake of a French-language Canadian comedy called “Starbuck” that's also directed by the original’s director, Ken Scott. It’s easy to see how the festival success of "Starbuck," strong national box office and gentle high concept (a commitment-shy frequent sperm donor discovers he’s fathered over 500 children, a large segment of whom now want to meet him), might have put it on the remake list immediately. Indeed there are currently two other versions in the works—a Bollywood one and a French picture—but the choice to offer the directorial chair to Scott for the U.S. version is a little more unusual.

The Playlist's 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 15, 2013 1:33 PM
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Running from April 17-28, the 12th incarnation of the Tribeca Film Festival starts this week. It's a festival which has only grown in stature and confidence over the years; those awkward toddler years in which the line up was rather unwieldy and the standard a little haphazard are now just a distant memory. And if you consider the festival's timing -- sandwiched between the titans of Sundance and Cannes -- the fact that it has managed to carve out a well-respected identity for itself, and not simply be seen as a potted version of one or an extended trailer for the other, is all the more impressive.

Watch: Oscar Acceptance Speeches From Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Haneke & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2013 9:16 AM
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Despite what whoever was pressing the "Jaws" theme button last night believes, the highlights of the annual Academy Awards tend not to be the montages and dance numbers, but the speeches. It's the moment where an actor or artist is rewarded by their peers, and thanks the Academy with wit, graciousness, charm, enormous egotism, or perhaps a bit of all the above.

The Early Gems: Notable Films From 2013's Best Director Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 15, 2013 1:08 PM
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To send you into the long weekend, we're gonna take a break from the on-screen talent momentarily, and focus on the early work of the 2013 nominated directors. The five nominees (particularly controversial, thanks to the exclusion of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow) are a mixed batch; from one of the most beloved (and most nominated) directors in history, to a 70-year-old European veteran with his first nod, to a debut filmmaker less than half their age. But all have something in common -- they showed promise at the beginning of their careers with films that we've highlighted below. Let us know your own thoughts, and who you think will win out in one of the toughest Oscar categories this year.

New Photos Of Old People About To Die In Michael Haneke's 'Amour'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 21, 2012 5:05 PM
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If you're a fan of the severe minister of fear, Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke -- who seems to get repulsed by nearly anything -- then thus far you've been treated to just two of the same images of his latest movie "Amour" since its debut at Cannes in May of this year. And that's perhaps partly because the film isn't the most appealing concept of all time: "Amour" centers on a retired octeganarian couple living out the winter years of their lives in peaceful quietude, but things suddently change when the matriarch has a stroke and her health suddenly takes a horrible turn for the worse.

Snubbed? Who's Missing In The 2011 Cannes Line-Up?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 14, 2011 3:04 AM
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As one of the most highly anticipated film festivals on the planet -- the Olympics of cinema as it were -- each spring the looming arrival of the Cannes Film Festival line-up brings with it a near feeding frenzy of anticipation (except for those actually awaiting the summer tentpole season).

Walter Salles' 'On The Road' Unlikely To Debut At Cannes; Michael Haneke's 'Love' May Be Ready

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 28, 2011 1:19 AM
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Beat Generation Tale Not In Black & White As First Envisioned?Put simply, Waltes Salles' adaptation of Jack Kerouac's "On The Road" is a film we're anticipating this year with as much excitement as any other. Unfortunately it looks like that wait will have to be a tad longer as any surprise appearance at the Croisette this May is unlikely, with one of the film's supporting cast members, Alice Braga, telling Pilula Pop the production is working towards a 2012 release after recently wrapping principal photography.

18 Foreign Films We're Looking Forward To In 2011

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • January 10, 2011 5:49 AM
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Alright, we've already done three Most Anticipated pieces, two Escapist and Popcorn fare pieces and here's more. Yes, it doesn't end, here's more for perhaps what you might call the more discerning reader.

Michael Haneke's 'These Two' Changes Title To 'Love'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 27, 2010 4:16 AM
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Is the usually grim and ruthless Michael Haneke becoming an old softie? The director, who is gearing up to shoot his next film early in the new year, has quietly changed the title from "These Two" to "Love." Awww.

Michael Haneke Considered 'Blood Meridian,' Has Epic Sci-Fi Gambling Movie He Wants To Make

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 22, 2010 4:14 AM
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Who would expect anything other than frustrating dissent and people spouting derogatory terms when navigating IMDB message boards? The answer is practically no one, but that doesn't mean we don't frequent them from time to time -- nerd lingo would call it "lurking" -- because sometimes, news falls through the cracks. And yes, we just alluded to IMDB forums being below a cracked surface. Moving on…

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