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‘Easy’ Season 2 Trailer: Same City, New Positions

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One of today’s foremost purveyors of “mumblecore” cinema – a derisive pigeonholing label for low budget indies which often involve the Duplass Brothers and sonorous dialogue – Joe Swanberg has managed to carve out a special niche for himself with his low-key hangout films, usually made in collaboration with “New Girl” actor Jake Johnson, such as the charming “Drinking Buddies” and “Digging for Fire.” Swanberg and Johnson scored their biggest mainstream success to date with this year’s Netflix original feature “Win It All” starring Johnson as a raffish gambling addict, and Swanberg is carrying on the momentum of his newfound recognition with a second season of his Netflix anthology series “Easy.”

Set in Swanberg’s beloved native Chicago, the first season of “Easy” adhered to a loose template following the sex lives of a disparate collection of couples and singles, with the episodes usually depicting a self-contained misadventure, such as »

- Alex MacKay

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Does ‘Justice League’ Live Up To Its Mighty Gallery Of Heroes? [Podcast]

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Welcome to another edition of The Playlist Podcast, a discussion about film news and other film and television related items.

On this episode, I’m joined as usual by Playlist Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez to discuss the big movie this weekend, and one of the most anticipated films of the fall movie season: “Justice League.”

Given that this podcast is usually dedicated to “state of the industry” talks, we have spoken ad nauseam about “Justice League” — and the Dceu as a whole — all year.

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- Ryan Oliver

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Luca Guadagnino Wants To Make Five ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Movies

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Oliver and Elio might be the two characters you fall for hardest at the cinema this year. Played by Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet, they lead Luca Guadagnino‘s wonderfully warm romance “Call Me By Your Name.” The film has been riding a steady wave of buzz since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and it’s well in the mix for Oscar consideration, but the filmmaker is far from done with these characters.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Clearing ‘The Fog’ & Getting Lost in ‘The Mist’ [Over/Under Movies Podcast]

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Welcome to another edition of Over/Under Movies, the podcast in which we choose one overrated film and one underrated film — similar in tone, genre, style, or however we may see fit — and we discuss them.

Every year during Autumn, each of us go through a round of horror-themed or horror-inspired picks. We usually do them throughout the month of October, but as usual, life gets in the way.

Continue reading Clearing ‘The Fog’ & Getting Lost in ‘The Mist’ [Over/Under Movies Podcast] at The Playlist. »

- Ryan Oliver

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Rumor: DC Considering Pivot To Wonder Woman Universe Of Movies

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DC Films diehards don’t want to hear it, but the franchise is not in good shape. Since the Rotten Tomatoes score for “Justice League” was revealed yesterday, the Tomatometer tally has fallen from 43% to 37%. The box office will undoubtedly be big for the film this weekend, and maybe the international numbers will be strong as well, but the brand is damaged. DC is a far way not just from the consistent critical and commercial success of Marvel, but the goodwill that brand has amassed.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Sony Wins Quentin Tarantino’s New Film, Compared To ‘Pulp Fiction’ & ‘Inglourious Basterds’

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What does it take to woo Quentin Tarantino and his new Charles Manson-era movie? Pretty much every studio in town rolled out the red carpet for the filmmaker, with the major studios going the distance. Warner Bros. filled out their parking lot with cars from the late 1960s, and placed their logo circa 1969 was on the marquee outside the studio. Sony took a different tack, presenting a more business oriented approach, touting their international box office strength.

Continue reading Sony Wins Quentin Tarantino’s New Film, Compared To ‘Pulp Fiction’ & ‘Inglourious Basterds’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ben Mendelsohn On Fire Talking ‘Darkest Hour’ And Hollywood’s ‘Line In The Sand’ Moment [Podcast]

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If you’ve been a struggling actor, director, writer or creative in Hollywood it’s easy to give up. It’s easy to say, “Well, I tried for a couple of years, but it’s time to try something else even though I really don’t want to.” Take a deep breathe because as he discussed in the latest episode of the 4 Quadrant podcast, Ben Mendelsohn‘s career should be a major inspiration for you.

Read More: ‘Darkest Hour’: Gary Oldman Is Simply A Force Of Nature As Winston Churchill [Review]

The 48-year-old Aussie actor began coming to the U.S.

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- Gregory Ellwood

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Rumor: Jake Gyllenhaal Is Matt Reeves’ Choice For Batman

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Well, that didn’t take long. The rumors had just surfaced that Matt Reeves wasn’t eyeballing Ben Affleck for his “The Batman” (or its possible trilogy), and that he had somebody else in mind. Well, now that name has surfaced.

According to John Campea, who is the source of all this stuff, Jake Gyllenhall is the actor that Reeves wants wearing the cape and cowl. »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Unfractured’: An Underwhelming Portrait Of Protest & Sandra Steingraber [Doc NYC Review]

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Advocacy documentaries are a huge risk — such blatantly opinionated content risks alienating viewers, playing to an already established audience, and, in the end, failing to educate anyone. Still, some manage to make a big splash, for better or worse (“An Inconvenient Truth,” “Super Size Me”), but others can truly be sickeningly partisan garbage (anything by Dinesh D’Souza and his manipulative ilk). It’s quite a wide spectrum, but how could it not be?

Continue reading ‘Unfractured’: An Underwhelming Portrait Of Protest & Sandra Steingraber [Doc NYC Review] at The Playlist. »

- Gary Garrison

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‘Rampage’ Trailer: Dwayne Johnson Has A Primate Problem

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Very much distinct from the insanity that is Uwe Boll‘s 2009 horror show “Rampage,” Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson‘s newest starring vehicle, “Rampage,” has just dropped its first trailer. From director Brad Peyton (“San Andreas“), “Rampage” is based on an arcade game from the ’80s that I imagine is fairly obscure, given that I had never before heard of  any such arcade game.

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- Eli Fine

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Sean Durkin Directed Video For Sharon Van Etten’s “I Wish I Knew” & “Keep” [Exclusive]

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It has been an incredible year for singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten, particularly when it comes to Peak TV. In addition to scoring the film “Strange Weather,” she performed “Tarifa” on “Twin Peaks: The Return,” delivered her cover of Skeeter Davis‘ “The End of the World” for “The Man In The High Castle,” and made her acting debut in Netflix’s surprise hit “The Oa.” Now Van Etten is going back to where it all began with the deluxe reissue of her debut album, (it was) because i was in love.

Continue reading Sean Durkin Directed Video For Sharon Van Etten’s “I Wish I Knew” & “Keep” [Exclusive] at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘The Chi’ Trailer: Showtime Takes You To Chicago’s South Side

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In Netflix‘s “Easy,” Joe Swanberg presented his comedic look at Chicago, but Showtime goes for something more authentic with “The Chi.” The show comes from Lena Waithe, who y0u likely know from her role as Denise on “Master of None” (and for co-writing the episode “Thanksgiving,” which earned her an Emmy award).

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Strangers: Prey At Night’ Trailer: Masked Horror Returns

21 hours ago

It’s been nearly a decade since Bryan Bertino broke out with “The Strangers,” and genre fans found a new cult favorite. It has been just as long that a sequel has been brewing, but it’s finally arriving next year, and it looks like, instead of a direct continuation, it’s leaning a bit more toward a reboot.

Christina HendricksBailee MadisonLewis PullmanMartin HendersonEmma BellomyLea Enslin, and Damian Maffei star in “Strangers: Prey At Night,” which sees terror descend upon a family who stumbles upon a deserted trailer park.

Continue reading ‘Strangers: Prey At Night’ Trailer: Masked Horror Returns at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Dunkirk’ Returns To Cinemas In IMAX & 70mm In December

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That distant rumbling you hear in the sky is the awards season campaign for Christopher Nolan‘s “Dunkirk.” The director’s WWII film has been touted as an Oscar frontrunner since it was released this summer, and Warner Bros. is eager to remind audiences (and more crucially, Oscar voters) about the epic experience of the film.

To that end, “Dunkirk” is roaring back into cinemas on December 1st, hitting  50 Imax cinemas and on 70mm screens in 34 markets — so choose which flavor you want to see it in.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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Timothée Chalamet Is Living The Dream Thanks To ‘Call Me By Your Name’ [Interview]

22 hours ago

Breaking News everyone, Timothée Chalamet is going to be a star. Yes, it’s a not-so shocking revelation considering the hype his breakthrough film“Call Me By Your Name” has received since it debuted at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival almost 10 months ago, but it’s more than that.  Chalamet is likely to win some critics awards over the next month or so.  He has a strong shot at earning a Best Actor nomination in January.

Continue reading Timothée Chalamet Is Living The Dream Thanks To ‘Call Me By Your Name’ [Interview] at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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‘The Party’ Trailer: Make A Date With Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy, And More

22 hours ago

While it’s unlikely that any of us will get Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall over for dinner, “The Party” is the next best thing. The new film by Sally Potter (“Orlando,” “Ginger & Rosa”) is coming, and you’ll want to make sure you RSVP.

Winner of the Guild Film Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, “The Party” has a simple premise — friends gather for dinner, but food isn’t exactly the main thing on the menu.

Continue reading ‘The Party’ Trailer: Make A Date With Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy, And More at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Rumor: Sorry Ben Affleck, Matt Reeves Wants Another Actor For Batman

22 hours ago

“You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it,” Ben Affleck recently said about his future as Batman. The fate of his incarnation as Bruce Wayne doesn’t get solved in “Justice League,” though the film’s poor critical response probably isn’t endearing the actor to stick around any longer than he has to. However, as far as Matt Reeves is concerned, Affleck’s participation isn’t what he’s looking for when it comes to his solo Batman venture.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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James Franco Leaps Into X-Men Universe With ‘Multiple Man’

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For the many hats James Franco wears — Oscar nominated actor, filmmaker, writer, producer, television star — blockbusters haven’t been part of his usual matrix of projects. Of course, he was in Sam Raimi‘s “Spider-Man” series, and popped up briefly in this summer’s “Alien: Covenant,” but now he’s getting right back into the superhero game. This time, with a character to call his own.

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- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘This Is Congo’ Is A Gripping Look At Congo’s Troubled History [Doc NYC Review]

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There’s a pliability to the title of Daniel McCabe’s documentary “This Is Congo”: It’s both a contract between the author and his audience and an apathetic shrug of the shoulders. McCabe immediately announces his purpose in making the film, a primer on the status of the Democratic Republic of Congo, while also capturing the surrender his subjects give to that status. Dr Congo is a land in flux and has been for centuries thanks to incursions from foreign interlopers as well as corrupt Congolese rulers.

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- Andrew Crump

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Disney’s Live Action ‘Prince Charming’ Is Still Happening

16 November 2017 8:59 AM, PST

Weep for your childhood all of you want, but Disney‘s live action reboots and reimaginings of their classic characters have been box office gold. “The Jungle Book,” “Cinderella,” and “Beauty And The Beast” have all been massive hits, and it’s not a big surprise there are plenty more on the way. Among the movies that are in active production or development, the list includes “Dumbo,” “Aladdin,” “Christopher Robin,” “The Lion King,” “Cruella,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mulan,” “Tink,” and, “Prince Charming.”

Read More: ‘Wonder’ Is A Lightly Affecting Weeper For All Ages [Review]

Disney has tapped Stephen Chbosky (“The Perks Of Being A Wallflower,” “Wonder“) to write “Prince Charming,” with an option to direct as well.

Continue reading Disney’s Live Action ‘Prince Charming’ Is Still Happening at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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