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‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘The Big Sick,’ ‘Beatriz At Dinner’ Lead 2017 Sundance London Line-Up

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The Sundance Film Festival isn’t just the biggest celebration of independent film in the U.S. these days, it’s now a global operation. About five years ago, for the first time, the Park City festival upped sticks across the Atlantic for Sundance London, and the festival’s still going strong in 2017, revealing a killer line-up this morning.

There are no brand new premieres at the festival, but a number of highlights from the January Park City line-up are getting their international premieres, including opener “Beatriz At Dinner” from Miguel Arteta and starring Salma Hayek, and hotly-tipped comedy “The Big Sick,” while Michael Almereyda’s sci-fi “Marjorie Prime,” Cannes-bound Dave Bautista-starring politically-topical one-take actioner “Bushwick” and, most excitingly, David Lowery’s much-raved about “A Ghost Story” with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara (which will close the festival) are receiving their UK premieres.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Is A Worthy, Surprisingly Emotional Follow-Up To A Superhero Classic [Review]

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How many times have you read that it’s really hard to duplicate the success of the first film in a sequel? Probably more than you can remember. Well, here’s a newsflash: “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” pulls that feat off with only a little strain and a belly of genuine emotion.

Marvel Studios’ space faring superhero-team-that-isn’t-really-a-superhero-team came together in 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” James Gunn, along with a screenplay assist from Nicole Sperling, wonderfully demonstrated how a band of characters that were barely known beyond hardcore comic book fans could transform into a band of charismatic and colorful characters that felt strikingly original.

Continue reading ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Is A Worthy, Surprisingly Emotional Follow-Up To A Superhero Classic [Review] at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Eggsy Returns In The First Trailer For ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’

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No one could’ve guessed that a little spy movie led by rising actor Taron Egerton would’ve grossed over $400 million, and one could argue that even before “Deadpool” became a monster success, it was “Kingsman: The Secret Service” that was breaking the R-rated mold. Now a sequel is on the way, with Colin Firth returning from the dead, Julianne Moore of all people joining in on the mayhem, and screenwriter Jane Goldman promising to buck expectations.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Kinks Biopic Musical ‘Sunny Afternoon’ In The Works From ‘Eddie The Eagle’ Director Dexter Fletcher

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With “La La Land” and “Beauty & The Beast” kicking ass at the box office — the former is closing on $500 million worldwide, a huge victory for a film that cost a tenth of that, the latter has crossed the billion-dollar mark and is among the top 10 domestic movies of all time — the movie musical is back in a big way. There are films down the line that hope to take advantage of that — Hugh Jackman’s “The Greatest Showman On Earth,” various Disney movies including a new “Little Mermaid” take from Lin-Manuel Miranda, new versions of “Oliver!

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Free Fire’ Director Ben Wheatley Talks Movie Gunfights, Martin Scorsese & The Kinetic Action Of ‘Freakshift’ [Interview]

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Ben Wheatley, no doubt, has a twisted sense of humor. Just watch “High-Rise,” or, even, “Kill List” for further proof of his subtle dark comedy in the most twisted of situations. His latest film, “Free Fire,” is an ultra-violent action-comedy that features a barrage of bullets, zingy one-liners and, yes, even a little bit of slapstick added to the mix.

Continue reading ‘Free Fire’ Director Ben Wheatley Talks Movie Gunfights, Martin Scorsese & The Kinetic Action Of ‘Freakshift’ [Interview] at The Playlist. »

- Jordan Ruimy

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Watch Hans Zimmer Rock Coachella With A Live Performance Of The Score To ‘The Dark Knight’

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The second weekend of Coachella just wrapped up, and the slightly less cool hipsters and hangers-on of California are nursing their hangovers and drinking their weight in coconut water on the way home. We’re not a music blog, so we don’t tend to cover much Coachella stuff, but this year’s line-up was slightly different, and a little more Hollywood than usual.

For one, Bradley Cooper was shooting his directorial debut, “A Star Is Born,” at the festival, thanks to the headline slot from his star Lady Gaga.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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The Stirring ‘I Am Heath Ledger’ Frames The World Through The Lens Of An Artist [Tribeca Review]

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When was the last time you thought to yourself, “gee, I can’t wait for a Spike TV documentary?” It’s not that Spike isn’t good at… erm, what they do for their audience—cable channel programming for male adults—but let’s face it, their reality TV and sports programming (shows by Adam Carolla, Dave Navarro’s tattoo show and “Lip Sync Battle”), doesn’t actually scream captivating documentaries that make their debut at reasonably prestigious festivals like the Tribeca Film Festival.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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‘Hell Or High Water’ Director David Mackenzie Reteams With Chris Pine & Ben Foster For Netflix Period Epic ‘Outlaw King’

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Few saw the success of last year’s “Hell Or High Water” coming. Similar films — like “Out Of The Furnace,” which was arguably much starrier — had underperformed at the box office, Chris Pine has rarely proven a draw outside the “Star Trek” franchise, and director David Mackenzie was mostly unknown. Even at Cannes it was slightly overlooked, though politely received.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Christian Bale Says He Doesn’t Watch Superhero Films, Or Ever Want To Do Another One

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He’s done very fine work before and after his time in the cowl, but it’s likely that Christian Bale will always be first and foremost remembered as the star of Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” movies. The Oscar-winning actor had some high-profile leading roles before 2005 — “Empire Of The Sun,” “Reign Of Fire,” “Newsies” — but it was “Batman Begins” that vaulted him onto the A-list, and though he’s worked with A-list directors ever since, it’s probably what gets him recognized on the street most often now.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch Steven Spielberg’s Long-Lost First Ever Feature-Length Directing Job ‘L.A. 2017’

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He turned 70 last year, but Steven Spielberg is showing no signs of slowing down. Indeed, the most successful director of his, or any, generation is only becoming more prolific: this weekend’s announcement that his Washington Post/Pentagon Papers movie with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep will open in December means that he’s set to make at least five movies in five years (“Bridge Of Spies” in 2015, “The Bfg” in 2016,” the already-wrapped “Ready Player One” in 2018 and the fifth Indiana Jones in 2019, potentially with “The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara,” which was delayed for the Hanks/Streep picture, coming too).

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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The Next ‘Silicon Valley?’ Watch The First Trailer For AMC’s New Comedy-Drama ‘Loaded’

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The success of “Mad Men,” and then “Breaking Bad,” helped make AMC a major destination for TV drama in a way that the basic cable network had never been before, and then they unexpectedly became the home of the biggest show on TV thanks to “The Walking Dead.” But their success outside those shows, or spin-offs like “Better Call Saul” and “Fear The Walking Dead,” has been mixed so far.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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It’s Batman’s Turn In New International Trailer For Zack Snyder’s ‘Justice League’

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We like to think that we were well brought up, and as such, we were told by our folks that if you can’t say anything nice, you shouldn’t say anything at all.

Read More: Zack Snyder Brushes Off Rumors That ‘Justice League’ Is 3 Hours Long

With that in mind, here’s a new international trailer for “Justice League.” It’s directed by Zack Snyder, and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Ciaran Hinds, J.K.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Legendary ‘The Warriors’ Director Walter Hill Sits Down With Marc Maron For The Wtf Podcast [Listen]

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These days, everyone and their dog has a podcast, but sitting pretty much near the top of the audio tree is Marc Maron. The comedian was a well-regarded but not especially famous comic when he began interviewing fellow comedians in 2009, and since then, he’s gone from strength to strength, with guests on the show ranging from A-list stars (Anne Hathaway was on recently) and comedy legends to, well, the goddamn President Of The United States, with Barack Obama making an appearance two years ago.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Michael Mann Returns To TV With Vietnam War Miniseries ‘Huê 1968’

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Today, Michael Mann is predominately associated with the big screen — indeed, few filmmakers make movies quite as big and cinematic as things like “The Last Of The Mohicans,” “Heat,” “Public Enemies” and yes, our beloved “Blackhat” (you’ll learn to like it one day, fools). But the director made his name in TV, initially writing on “Starsky & Hutch” before creating the acclaimed “Police Story,” and helping to shepherd the iconic “Miami Vice” and the less well known, but highly influential “Crime Story.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Kevin Feige Says The Title For ‘Avengers 4’ Is A Spoiler For ‘Infinity War’

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The unstoppable machinery of the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues on as ever: “Captain Marvel” landed its directors last week, and only this morning, reviews landed for “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2,” which opens imminently, before “Spider-Man: Homecoming” arrives in July and “Thor: Ragnarok” in the fall, then “Black Panther” February, 2018. And as these Phase Three movies arrive, the feeling increases that we’re about to hit the culmination of nearly ten years of work, as our heroes get ready to square off with Thanos (Josh Brolin) for a two-movie battle.

Continue reading Kevin Feige Says The Title For ‘Avengers 4’ Is A Spoiler For ‘Infinity War’ at The Playlist. »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Jai Courtney Is A Nazi In First Trailer For A24’s ‘The Exception’ With Lily James & Christopher Plummer

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If the career of Sam Worthington — bland and boring in leading man roles, much more interesting when he gets to play character parts in indies like “Somersault” or “The Keeping Room” — was anything to go by, people maybe shouldn’t have been so quick to dismiss his fellow Australian Jai Courtney. Yes, Courtney was a bit of a charisma vacuum in films like “Terminator: Genisys,” but he was a lot more fun when he got to ugly-up in “Suicide Squad” — indeed, he was probably the best thing in the movie.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Christopher Nolan Discusses IMAX Shooting & Newcomer Fionn Whitehead For ‘Dunkirk’

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One of the more anticipated movies of this summer, Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk“, is only a few months away and slowly we are learning more and more about Nolan’s new film, including how the film was photographed and it’s newcomer star Fionn Whitehead.

Nolan has previously discussed both the triptych structure and PG-13 rating for the film. Now, for Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Preview, he explains how the film will use Nolan’s favorite film format: IMAX.

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- Christian Gallichio

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Ang Lee To Direct Long-Gestating Sci-Fi Action Thriller ‘The Gemini Man’

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There’s no question that Ang Lee is one of our most successful filmmakers. He’s had critical hits in a wide range of genres and subject matters, he’s one of only a handful of directors to win the Best Director Oscar twice, and he’s made unlikely blockbuster successes of Mandarin-languages period adventures, gay rural romances and an adventure about a boy on a boat with a tiger

But last year saw him have a rare disaster with his war drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” an ambitious film that hoped, with its high-frame rate technology, to suggest the future of cinema, but which instead was greeted with tepid reviews and brutal box office (it made less than $2 million domestically against a $40 million budget, though performed marginally better internationally).

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Reviews Round-Up: Did Critics Enjoy ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ As Much As The Original?

24 April 2017 7:16 AM, PDT

It might not feel like it — about eight of the damn things are shooting at the minute, not to mention all the TV things — but it’s been six whole months since the last entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe hit theaters, with “Doctor Strange” way back in November. Don’t expect a gap of that size again (three are scheduled for release this year and next), but anyway, the wait is about to be over, as the international release of “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Hirokazu Koreeda Goes Genre With First Teaser Trailer For Thriller ‘The Third Murder’ [Watch]

24 April 2017 6:50 AM, PDT

As anyone who’s ever observed our Slack channel and spotted the custom-made emoji of the director we created, we’re big fans here at the Playlist of the Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda. For two decades now, the filmmaker has won fans around the world for his gentle, deeply human dramas like “Nobody Knows,” “Hana,” “Still Walking” and “Air Doll,” and more recently with festival favorites like “I Wish,” Cannes Jury award winner “Like Father, Like Son” and last year’s “After The Storm.”

To many, he’s become the natural successor to the great director Yasujiro Ozu, his films taking set-ups that could be melodramatic and making them with compassion, humor and skill.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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