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Tilda Swinton Introduces You To The World Of Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Okja’ In Hilarious Viral Clip

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We can think of a few films that might challenge it (we are getting new Paul Thomas Anderson, of course), but in general, Bong Joon-Ho’s “Okja” might be the single movie that we’re most looking forward to in 2017. The Korean director is one of the most exciting and talented filmmakers in the world right now: from “Memories Of Murder” through “The Host” to “Snowpiercer,” he’s been a consistently surprising and original director whose work is utterly distinctive.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Captain America’ Director Joe Johnston To Reboot The ‘Narnia’ Franchise With ‘The Silver Chair’

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Is “Captain America: The First Avenger” the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies? The correct answer is, of course, ‘for the first half, yes.’ The introduction to Chris Evans’ WW2 super-soldier is an evocative, beautifully realized, rather charming, funny-without-being-quippy joy in its first half, and certainly the most emotionally potent of the Marvel films, before getting quite boring quite fast in its action-heavy second half.

Even so, it remains one of the better McU movies, so it’s a little puzzling that Joe Johnston, the film’s director — who was also behind films including “The Rocketeer,” “Jumanji,” “Jurassic Park III” and, uh, “The Wolfman” (though he only came on to that mess a month before shooting began, so don’t blame him too much) — didn’t get more credit for it.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch: Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed Music Video For Haim’s ‘Right Now’

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Well, this is an unexpectedly awesome way to kick the day off. Paul Thomas Anderson is currently in production on his latest film, a re-team with Daniel Day-Lewis on a drama set in the fashion world in the 1950s, so we figured we wouldn’t hear much from him anytime soon. But suddenly, this morning, a new music video dropped from the awesome band Haim — their first new music in several years — and it’s Anderson that’s directed the clip (which was shot last November).

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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David Fincher Confirmed To Reteam With Brad Pitt For ‘World War Z’ Sequel

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Although 2014’s “Gone Girl” turned out to be the biggest hit of David Fincher’s career to date, the acclaimed “Zodiac” and “The Social Network” director hasn’t had the best few years. He was all set to have not one but two HBO series, the semi-autobiographical 80s music video world comedy-drama “Videosyncrazy” and UK conspiracy thriller remake “Utopia” with Rooney Mara, but the former was shut down midway through production, and the latter had the plug pulled just before filming, in both cases reportedly because of issues over budgets.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks & Rodrigo Prieto Talk ‘Silence’ At Momi

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The Museum of the Moving Image has been celebrating and exploring filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s life, work, and his passion of cinema since December with a terrific exhibit drawing extensively from Scorsese’s own collection of key production material, objects from his childhood, behind-the-scenes images, and large-scale projections of scenes from his work and more. On the final weekend of the exhibit, Momi put on a full-blown retrospective of his work over two days featuring the lesser-seen, more personal Scorsese films, “A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies,” “My Voyage to Italy (Il mio viaggio in Italia)” and docs like “No Direction Home” and “The Last Waltz.”

However, it was the impressive panel after the screening of“Silence” that brought a special salute to the exhibit in its entirety, which included cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, screenwriter Jay Cocks, who along with co-writing “Silence,” also co-wrote “The Age of Innocence” and “Gangs of New York, »

- Lora Grillo

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New Trailer For ‘Colossal’ With Anne Hathaway Drops A Literally Massive Spoiler

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It’s relatively unusual for a movie that’s already been open for a few weeks to release a new trailer. But with Anne Hathaway-starring oddity “Colossal,” from director Nacho Vigalondo, doing pretty well in theaters and expanding further this weekend, we can see why fledgling new distributor Neon would give it a little bit more of a push.

That said, we would advise that you don’t watch the new trailer for the film, about a hard-partying young woman who discovers that she might be accidentally responsible for unleashing a kaiju on Seoul, unless you’ve seen it already.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Watch Bill Nye Explain The Science Of ‘Stranger Things’ & Multiverses

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Maybe it’s just having sat through too many bad time-travel movies, or maybe it’s because of that lovable killjoy Neil DeGrasse Tyson, but whenever we see a movie attempt something close to ‘hard science,’ we more or less assume that the science that they’re actually using is total bullshit. Particularly when it comes to something like Netflix mega-hit “Stranger Things,” which errs on the side of fantasy.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Ewan McGregor To Reconnect With Winnie The Pooh As The Star Of Disney’s ‘Christopher Robin’

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It’s a good time to be Ewan McGregor. Sure, his directorial debut “American Pastoral” didn’t get great reviews, and his return to the role that made him a star with “T2: Trainspotting” was a bit of a disappointment, but he just co-starred in one of the biggest movies ever made with “Beauty & The Beast,” he’s winning some of the best reviews of his career with his dual role in “Fargo,” and there are persistent rumors that he might be returning to the Star Wars universe for an Obi-Wan Kenobi spin-off.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Tribeca Exclusive: Clip & Poster For The ‘Safe’-Like Documentary ‘The Sensitives’

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The Tribeca Film Festival is still in full swing (it’s long!), and one film that’s worth keeping an eye on is the documentary “The Sensitives,” which screens tonight. Directed by cinematographer-turned-helmer Drew Xanthopoulos, it might remind you of a real-life version of Todd Haynes’ “Safe” in that it focuses on a group of people who have become near-allergic to the outside world, and the woman who tries to help them.

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- The Playlist

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The Insipid ‘The Clapper,’ About Fame & Halfwits, Is Hopeless [Tribeca Review]

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Given the artificiality of celebrity and Hollywood, the idea of a manufactured laugh track and canned applause is a pretty clever metaphor for the emptiness of fame. But a loose concept is not a movie if it’s not carefully drawn, pondered and conceived. And the promise of such a potentially nifty little idea isn’t so much squandered in the hapless Tribeca indie “The Clapper” as barely explored.

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- Rodrigo Perez

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Remember The Late Jonathan Demme With A Great Video Essay On His Use Of The Close-Up

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Few losses will hit us as hard as the one announced early today with the passing of the great filmmaker Jonathan Demme. We wrote earlier about his life and career, but there are few better ways to commemorate a filmmaker than through their work, and there’s a chance to do that later tonight — an episode of “Shots Fired,” the Fox drama series, that Demme directed happens to air this evening (though it’s actually not the last thing that the helmer filmed: he’d apparently shot an episode of new Netflix series “Seven Seconds” just a few months ago).

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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George Miller Says The Guitar-Playing Doof Warrior Will Return For ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Sequels

20 hours ago

It’s now nearly two years since the release of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” George Miller’s extraordinary fourth movie in his post-apocalyptic franchise, and we still get the urge to watch it about once a month. Taking the building blocks of the earlier ’70s and ’80s trilogy and turning it into a relentless yet oddly human action movie set in a beautiful world, it did deservedly well at the box office, and even proved to be an unexpected force at the Oscars.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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New ‘Alien: Covenant’ Prologue Short Shows What Happened To Michael Fassbender & Noomi Rapace After ‘Prometheus’ [Watch]

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Someone’s got to keep the Scott kids employed, so why not Ridley Scott himself (they usually direct many of his shorts, promo videos and marketing ephemera, though it’s unclear who was behind this latest clip)? Today, if you haven’t noticed so far, is Alien Day. On April 26 every year (a nod to planet Lv-426 from the “Alien” films), Alien Day essentially kicks off a marketing celebratory campaign for the next Alien movie, in this case, “Alien: Covenant.” It’s no more than a promotional tool, but at least today 20th Century Fox has released a cool video explaining what happened between the events of “Prometheus” and “Alien: Covenant,” set some 30 years apart from each other.

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- Edward Davis

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Two-Time Oscar Winner Hilary Swank To Star In Danny Boyle’s FX Series ‘Trust’

21 hours ago

We always love when two filmmakers somehow both end up racing each other to release projects about the exact same subject. We’ve had it with volcanoes, asteroids, Truman Capote and, this year, Winston Churchill, and the next battle brewing is a particularly obscure one: two rival projects about the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, the heir to the billion-dollar Getty oil fortune. It’s a fascinating story — Getty was 16 when he was kidnapped by the Mafia in Rome, at which point his grandfather refused to pay the ransom, arguing that it would make his other relatives a target, forcing his mother to battle with her estranged father-in-law for his freedom.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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‘Blame’: 22-Year-Old Filmmaker Quinn Shephard Becomes One To Watch With Her Startling Debut [Tribeca Review]

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In “Blame,” the startlingly confident debut film by precocious 22-year-old Quinn Shephard, the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival receives its true breakout of the year, while also serving as a brutal reminder as to why you couldn’t pay me to be a teenager again.

Abigail (Shephard) is returning to school after a year away following a very public breakdown. An easy target for bullies, especially mean girl Melissa (Nadia Alexander), Abigail finds reprieve after she’s cast in the leading role in the school production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” a feeling compounded when she catches the attention of her teacher, empathetic Jeremy (Chris Messina).

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- Ally Johnson

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Exclusive: Hear A Track From Adam Taylor’s Excellent Score To Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

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If you thought spring TV was nuts already, juggling Aaa shows like “Fargo,” “Billions,” “The Leftovers,” “Silicon Valley,” “The Americans” and “Veep” in the past few weeks, we’re really only just getting started. The next few weeks will bring the return of “Catastrophe,” “Sense8,” “House Of Cards,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Casual” and “Master Of None,” and the debut of “I Love Dick,” “Dear White People” and “American Gods,” to name but a few.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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M. Night Shyamalan Officially Announces His ‘Unbreakable’/‘Split’ Crossover Sequel ‘Glass’

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Boy, the career of M. Night Shyamalan has had more twists and turns than an M. Night Shyamalan movie. He went from director of a virtually unseen indie debut, to an Oscar-nominated overnight success with “The Sixth Sense,” to a golden boy unable to do wrong with “Unbreakable” and “Signs,” to a critical pinata with “Lady In The Water” and “The Happening,” to blockbuster flop helmer (and also still a critical pinata) with “After Earth” and “The Last Airbender,” to the director of well-executed, low-budget, career-reviving horror movies.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Lightning McQueen Faces Retirement In The Full Trailer For Pixar’s ‘Cars 3’

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“Brave” was actually pretty successful (and better than most people think), “The Good Dinosaur” has its defenders, but the “Cars” franchise is among adult animation fans, by some distance, the least loved of all the Pixar movies. And rightly so: the 2006 original is sort of fun in places, while the second is a dull spy parody that leans far too heavily on Larry The Cable Guy’s Mater.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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Rumor: Sylvester Stallone To Star In Adaptation Of Mark Millar Comic ‘Starlight’

23 hours ago

Amidst all the big names in “Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 2” — not just the returning quintet of Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel, but also newcomers Kurt Russell and Elizabeth Debicki — there’s one name who’s mostly been absent from the movie’s gargantuan marketing efforts, arguably a bigger star than any of the others.

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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R.I.P. Oscar-Winning ‘Silence Of The Lambs’ Director Jonathan Demme

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Some awful news has arrived this morning with the announcement that the great director Jonathan Demme has passed away at the age of 73.

Demme began his career, like many of his generation, working for exploitation producer Roger Corman, writing and producing two movies before making his directorial debut with Corman’s prison movie “Caged Heat” in 1974. He broke through to the mainstream with Cb-radio comedy “Citizens Band,” before making Roy Scheider thriller “Last Embrace” and the beautiful comedy “Melvin And Howard” in 1980, a film that wasn’t a hit back then, but has grown in reputation over time, now cited as a favorite of Paul Thomas Anderson and others (Anderson’s been a consistent booster of Demme).

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- Oliver Lyttelton

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