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Paul Schrader

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    15 Must-See Modern Noirs (CLIPS)

    The noir since 1960 is like pornography: it's hard to describe, but you know it when you see it. With "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" in theaters, it may be time to tackle the question more directly. To paraphrase Paul Schrader, what is a (modern) film noir?

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    Why One of Lauren Bacall's Most Important Roles Was Getting Punched on 'The Sopranos'

    Lauren Bacall's willingness to take risks, like letting Christopher Moltisanti punch her right in her legendary face, was what kept her worth watching until the very end.

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    Paul Schrader Says Lars von Trier/Martin Scorsese 'Taxi Driver' Project Won't Happen, Is A "Terrible Idea"

    Around the same time he announced to the world his intention to make “Nymphomaniac” — following Nazi-comment-gate — rumors began to spread that Lars Von Trier had also challenged Martin Scorsese to remake “Taxi Driver” in the style of Von Trier’s 2003 doc, “The Five Obstructions.” While the project ...

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    After 'The Canyons,' Strange Tale of 'The Jesuit'

    My strange tale. Five years ago I wrote an original script titled "The Jesuit" which I was set to direct starring Oscar Isaac when the financing entity, Maya, collapsed. It was meant to be a return to my action exploitation roots, i.e., "Rolling Thunder." I also wanted to make a Latin film.

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    Why Paul Schrader May Not Open His Oscar Ballot This Year

    Paul Schrader: "I find this escalating media chatter regarding film society awards, Oscar handicapping and promotional gimmicks increasingly tiresome. This year I declined to submit a selection to Film Comment's year's best list. I stopped voting for DGA and WGA awards last year and for the first ti...

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    Robert De Niro Still Interested In 'Taxi Driver' Sequel Despite The Fact Scorsese & Schrader Have Moved On

    Have you ever been in a meeting with someone and you vehemently affirm why something is a terrible idea, state your case with myriad examples and while you’re talking, glowering across the table, you notice the subject in question nodding their head in agreement, but you have that horrible nagging s...

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    Watch: 'Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded' Short Films By Claire Denis, James Franco, Paul Schrader & Many More

    Not all of us have the luxury of being able to drop everything and head off to world’s most prestigious film festivals, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the Venice International Film Festival commissioned “Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded...

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    Exclusive: Watch Andrew Wonder & Paul Schrader's 'Future of Movies' Short For the 70th Venice Film Festival

    Instant gratification, video on demand, a la carte consumption, post-theatrical cinema. What’s on the horizon for the future of movies? Well, according to director/writer Paul Schrader (“The Canyons”) and filmmaker/cinematographer Andrew Wonder (@andrewwonder) cinema is in turmoil. “Only today, it’s...

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    Celebrity Campaigns Ignite Kickstarter Crowdfunding

    It looks like all of Spike Lee's noisy tub-thumping for his recent successful Kickstarter campaign was not only good for him and his new movie but for the site itself. 47% of his backers had never visited the site before, reports the site's Perry Chen, Yancey Strickler and Charles Adler in a blog p...

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