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It’s been less than 6 months since legendary singer Aretha Franklin passed away. However, later this year, a long-awaited project featuring Franklin will finally see its release, after 46 years of being held up, and just in time for an Oscar campaign. …

Running film festivals is a scary business so perhaps it’s fitting that Film Independent announced the end of the Los Angeles Film Festival (also known as LA Film Festival) on Halloween.   In a release, Film Independent, the organization that has…

Unfortunately for the Cannes Film Festival, the stories surrounding the prestigious French event this year weren’t so much about the actual films presented at the festival. Instead, the focus has been on what wasn’t at Cannes, particularly …

Terrence Malick’s “Radegund” is still without a release date, but that doesn’t appear to be stopping the acclaimed director from taking on some new, unique projects. Just a couple weeks ago, it was revealed that the filmmaker helmed a short comme…

Zhang Yimou isn’t the first acclaimed international filmmaker to have come a cropper by working within the Hollywood studio system, but, even still, “The Great Wall” hurt more than most. Yimou is the winner of top prizes at all three major European int…

lIt’s easy to feel by the middle of September that awards season is locked up – the vast majority of contenders revealed, and the winner a good bet (it’s a decade since a movie that skipped the fall festival circuit won Best Picture). Clint Eastw…

Style over substance—the eternal struggle waging within genre films. This is a particular challenge for filmmakers who employ genre molds torn out of context (or fallen out of fashion): ‘70s New Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino and more recently, Nicholas …

Even though nothing has been decided or changed, as of yet, it appears that Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” already one of the most critically-acclaimed films of the year, could be the driving force behind a truce between the Cannes Film Festival and Netflix….

It’s well-known by the film community that director Jafar Panahi has been punished by the Iranian state due to the themes of his work. The 2010 sentence banned Panahi from making films for 20 years, in addition to six years under house arrest as well a…

We don’t usually review movies twice at The Playlist. But then again, a director doesn’t usually cut a substantial chunk of his film after reactions from a festival premiere suggested it was too long, and debut the new version barely six weeks after th…