‘Drive’ Director Nicolas Winding Refn Talks Film Violence, Ryan Gosling, & ‘Logan’s Run’

With movies like Bronson and Valhalla Rising, Nicolas Winding Refn has proven himself to be one of the leading auteurs working in film today. In his latest film Drive, the Danish-born director continues to explore themes of masculinity and the nature of violence, pushing the limits of genre filmmaking and perhaps, finally launching him into mainstream recognition.

During a press tour in support of Drive (a first for the director),  I had the opportunity to talk with Refn about his unique style, his close working relationship with actor Ryan Gosling, and his future projects, including the remake of Logan’s Run.

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Startups blend social media, movies

Streaming movies might not yet have the equivalent of a theater experience, with roaring crowds crunching on popcorn, but they are getting more social.

Hollywood studios have increasingly looked to social media and Facebook, in particular, as a distribution platform. The early inroads have been experimental, but turning social media users into audiences is a bright new hope for a Hollywood looking to counter sagging DVDsales.

On Tuesday, the social streaming startup flickme will launch a library of more than 1,000 movies for rent or purchase with Facebook and Twitter integration. It already has some notable backers: Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. are participating and noted venture capital firm Sequoia Capital has provided funding.

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Apple abandons 99-cent TV show rentals for Apple TV

Apple has removed the ability to rent TV shows from both iTunes and its Apple TV, taking away what was just last year one of the major advertised selling points of the $99 streaming-centric set-top box.

The option to rent episodes of TV shows is no longer available on either the Apple TV, or when browsing content via Apple's iTunes application. Previously, participating networks offered users the ability to rent a TV episode for 99 cents, with 30 days to begin watching and 48 hours to complete it.

As further evidence that the ability to rent TV shows has been removed completely, an Apple support document entitled "iTunes Store: How to rent TV shows," has been removed from the Web. A Google cache of the page is still available.

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‘Sin City’ sequel gets Oscar winner William Monahan to work on script

Director Robert Rodriguez has has brought on The Departed screenwriter to put the finishing touches on the script for his much anticipated comic book based follow-up.

Earlier this year Rodriguez confirmed that Sin City creator Frank Miller had completed a script for Sin City 2. The director later revealed that financing was finally place for the long anticipated sequel but that he's waiting on script touch-ups to begin work. Now it appears the production team won't have long to wait for a shooting screenplay.

William Monahan, who won an Academy Award for his screenwriting work on Martin Scorsese's The Departed, has been brought on board to finalize the Sin City 2 script in hopes to have filming geared up by late this year or early next.

Although no casting announcements have been made, in the source material major characters that make up most of the 'A Dame to Kill For' storyline would likely involve bringing back actors Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen and Jessica Alba.

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

The Top 10 Vampire Movie Scenes

With the remake of Fright Night coming out, we’ve got vampires on the brain. So we put our brains together (unusual mental image though it is) to come up with our list of The 10 Best Vampire Movie Scenes, from The Lost Boys to Shadow of the Vampire to – shudder –Twilight (although we have a damned good reason for that one). So sharpen your fangs and let’s get started…

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Al Pacino, ‘Scarface’ cast celebrate film’s legacy

Literally, he grabbed the hot barrel of a gun that had just shot 30 rounds during one of Tony Montana's violent scenes.

"My hand stuck to that sucker," the 71-year-old actor recalled. He couldn't work for two weeks.

Pacino relayed the experience during a discussion with Scarface co-stars Steven Bauer, Robert Loggia and F. Murray Abraham and producer Martin Bregman at a party in Los Angeles on Tuesday heralding the film's Blu-ray release.

Part of the charm of the film, Pacino said, is that it wasn't initially a hit.

"It's one of my favourites because of its whole evolution," he said. "It (was) sort of eviscerated after it opened by the press. ... Nobody was fond of it, except it had good audience participation."

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What’s it like to have your film flop at the box office?

When you work "above the line" on a movie (writer, director, actor, producer, etc.) watching it flop at the box office is devastating. I had such an experience during the opening weekend of Conan the Barbarian 3D.

A movie's opening day is analogous to a political election night. Although I've never worked in politics, I remember having similar feelings of disappointment and disillusionment when my candidate lost a presidential bid, so I imagine that working as a speechwriter or a fundraiser for the losing campaign would feel about the same as working on an unsuccessful film.

One joins a movie production, the same way one might join a campaign, years before the actual release/election, and in the beginning one is filled with hope, enthusiasm and belief. I joined the Conan team, having loved the character in comic books and the stories of Robert E. Howard, filled with the same kind of raw energy and drive that one needs in politics.

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Full ‘Godfather’ movie accidentally uploaded to Sony’s YouTube channel

Was it a loss leader? A case of, if you can’t beat the pirates, join ‘em? Or just a mistake? As it turned out, it was apparently the likeliest of Internet phenomena: a prank.

We’ve grown more and more accustomed to finding feature-length movies available for online streaming at little or no cost, but it was still a little surprising to find “The Godfather” on YouTube — the full movie, with no commercials (if you don’t count pop-ups), in one piece. It had been uploaded within the last 24 hours on what appeared to be the YouTube channel of Sony Pictures UK, which was otherwise home of an assortment of trailers for pictures like “Colombiana” and the “Straw Dogs” remake. But sometime in the hour after this post was first published, and after about 310 views of the video (you have to wonder how many of those viewers stayed for the full 2-hour-57-minute running time), the movie was taken down and the YouTube channel disabled.

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Actress Kelly McGillis on life after ‘Top Gun’

Few actors are lucky enough to make a single movie that stands the test of time. Former Berks County resident Kelly McGillis starred in three of them: "Witness" (1985), "Top Gun" (1986) and "The Accused" (1988).

With a 25th anniversary Blu-Ray edition of "Top Gun" hitting stores on Tuesday, the actress admits she's surprised there's still so much interest in her '80s triumphs.

"It never would have occurred to me when I was making 'Top Gun,' that I'd still be talking about it 25 years later … I don't look back. I don't have favorites of my films. I learned important lessons from all of them so they've all been big gifts to me."

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The appeal of the movie “The Help”

The big winner at the box office over the weekend was "The Help."

In its second week out, it reached the top spot, according to studio estimates, beating out big brand names such as "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," the "Spy Kids" sequel, and "Conan the Barbarian."

CBS News Correspondent John Blackstone points out that, "The Help" is one of those rare movies that didn't debut at No. 1, but rather climbed there after great word-of-mouth.

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