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    ‘Nothing Bad Can Happen,' ‘The Selfish Giant,' & 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’ Take Top Honors At AFI Fest 2013

    Another straight week of Hollywood and international films has wrapped up in Los Angeles, as AFI Fest 2013 drew to a close yesterday and announced its slate of juried and audience prizes. The selection this year had its share of Oscar-season glamour—“Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mit...

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    Has Dark & Gritty Jumped The Shark? Check Out The Grim & Grounded Super Mario Brothers Online Spin-Off

    Christopher Nolan’s gritty, dark reality is to modern times what Quentin Tarantino’s chatty gangsters were to the ‘90s. Basically, any time someone comes up with something fresh, it is uninspiringly copied ad nauseum until the culture is beating a dead horse. So at this rate you can probably expect ...

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    Is R2-D2 In 'Star Wars: Episode 7'? J.J. Abrams Hangs With The Iconic Droid In Behind-The-Scenes Pic

    While an official name hasn't been decided yet, a release date has been set, one that Disney folks promise will give J.J. Abrams and his creative team the perfect amount of time to "optimize quality." And while there is still so much more to come in terms casting, official story details, logos, post...

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    Jonathan Glazer's 'Under The Skin' Sets Spring 2014 U.K. Release Date

    How much do we love Jonathan Glazer's "Under The Skin"? Let us count the ways. It was one of our 5 Favourite Films At Venice and simply put, one of the best movies we watched all year. Our fascinating talk with Jonathan Glazer in Toronto only further solidified our passion for the film, and simply p...

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    Watch: Jean-Claude Van Damme Does The Most Epic Of Splits In New Volvo Ad

    “Is this the best commercial you’ll see on the Internet all day? We thought that Gravity/IKEA thing was funny, but this Volvo Trucks ad starring action star Jean-Claude Van Damme is amazing, hilarious, beautiful and kind of insane.

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    “Life In IKEA Is Impossible”: Watch This Amusing 'Gravity' Spoof

    Yep, it’s come to this. “Gravity” has basically gone mainstream. The Alfonso Cuarón 3D spectacle has grossed a whopping $476 million worldwide and having just opened in the U.K. with China still to come, some pundits are guestimating the film could hit $600 million globally ($500 million is just aro...

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    Watch: Jennifer Lawrence Hits You With Her Best Shot; Katniss Kills Everyone

    Considering “The Hunger Games” was one of the most overrated of the well-received tentpoles of 2012, never in my wildest dreams would I ever think the sequel, 'Catching Fire' would be favorably compared to “The Empire Strikes Back.” Or at least in Todd Gilchrist’s review of ‘Catching Fire’ he called...

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    First Look: Joe Swanberg's 'Drinking Buddies' Follow-Up 'All The Lights In The Sky'

    Director Joe Swanberg graduated from the school of mumblecore to good ol’ indie filmmaker this year thanks to the very excellent “Drinking Buddies” (a movie we called one of the best movies of the year so far this past summer). What the hell does that mean? Well, it sort of means that Swanberg was j...

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    Contest: Win Acclaimed Terrorism Drama 'The Attack' On Blu-ray

    With the year coming to a sudden end, so begins our rush to catch up on the movies we missed this year, and one that many of us at The Playlist will be catching up with is "The Attack." Our own Jessica Kiang was ahead of the curve, falling for the "surefooted and fearless" movie at the Marrakech Fil...

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    Contest: Win 'Paradise' Poster & DVD Signed By Diablo Cody, Julianne Hough & Octavia Spencer

    Screenwriters turning directors is not a new phenomenon and it's also something we covered recently in this extensive feature. The latest scribe to give it a whirl is Diablo Cody ("Juno," "Young Adult") with "Paradise" featuring Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman and other...

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