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World’s End/Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright has in past years posted his favorite movies of the year online. Wright, being a real film geek, always has some great cinematic recommendations. This year Digital Spy cornered Wright at a late November junket to get his top 10 list on video. Of course, recording the list early means Edgar had yet to see many of the December Awards-bait films. But after the jump you can watch Edgar read off his early list of favorite 2013 movies. It will be interesting to see which films get added and get pushed off the list when Wright updates his list on his blog in January.

Updated: Wright has offered a revision to the list, factoring in that he’s now been able to see some of the stuff that wasn’t yet available when he was pressured to make a list in November.

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If you’re both 1) desperate for some distraction from the holiday hubbub and 2) eager to get a leg up on the rest of your office for the annual Oscar pool, here’s a way to kill two birds with one stone.

Over thirty screenplays for some of 2013′s top films have just been made available, legally and for free, through the studios. Highlights include John Ridley‘s 12 Years a Slave, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy‘s Before Midnight, Terence Winter‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, and many more.

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The gorgeously shot, effervescently soundtracked trailers for Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring have done an excellent job of appealing to lots of different groups: arthouse aficionados, Harry Potter fans, even mainstream audiences who just love a good ripped-from-the-headlines drama. But there’s at least one person who was completely turned off by the latest version.

In a series of tweets, real-life Bling Ring member Alexis Neiers blasted the upcoming film as “trashy and inaccurate,” declaring that she has “no intention of seeing this film.” It’s a pretty dramatic change of heart from an earlier statement she wrote about the movie, in which she expressed her optimism that Coppola would “shed light to the truth.” So what is it about the new trailer that’s got her so riled up? Read her words after the jump.

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Even for fans of Sofia Coppola, the biggest interest in her new film, The Bling Ring, might be for the man behind the cinematography. The late Harris Savides shot the film, and though he was not able to see the project through to release, his touch is all over it. As anyone familiar with Savides’ work would expect, the film indeed looks gorgeous, with a restrained but perfectly composed color palette.

Granted, it doesn’t hurt that Savides and Coppola were able to train their lens on Emma Watson as the ringleader of a group of teen girls that robbed the homes of Los Angeles celebrities before the so-called “bling ring” was nabbed by cops. This first full trailer gives us a good look at the full span of the movie, from the kids’ initial flush of interest in the scheme, the rush of excitement in the robberies, and their total douchebaggery when caught.

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We’re well past the point of being gobsmacked by every new material revealed for The Wolverine and Star Trek Into Darkness; by now we’ve got a pretty good idea of what each film looks like. Still, for those who want to keep tabs on every new piece of marketing, here are new posters for each film, as well as sheets for The Hangover Part III, the doc Salinger, Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, Neil LaBute’s Some Velvet Morning, and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. Read More »

‘The Bling Ring’ Teaser: Emma Watson Gets Wild

With the release of Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers just around the corner, we now have the first teaser for A24′s other sweet-starlets-gone-bad movie, Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring. Based on true events, the film features Emma Watson playing against type as one of a group of teens who rob the homes of celebs like Paris Hilton. Watch the first teaser after the jump.

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Who’s ready to think about next year’s Oscar race? Paramount has just announced a November 15 release for Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, putting the crime drama right in the thick of prestige pic season. It already has some stiff competition lined up for that day, including Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, Grudge Match, and The Best Man Holiday. Don’t be surprised to see that lineup shift again before we get there.

The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life stockbroker Jordan Belfort, chronicling his dramatic rise and fall on Wall Street in the ’90s. Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, and Jean Dujardin also star.

After the jump, find out release dates for The Bling Ring and The Spectacular Now.

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You might not know the name Harris Savides, but you know his work as a cinematographer. An award-winning stretch of music videos, including R.E.M.’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ and Nine Inch Nails’ ‘Closer,’ led to an impressive his feature film debut, David Fincher‘s The Game, in 1997.

What followed was a long stretch of films with Gus Van Sant (Finding Forrester, Gerry, Elephant, Last Days, Milk) and feature work with directors such as Ridley Scott, Sofia Coppola, and Noah Baumbach, during which Savides mastered a distinctive style that defined a wonderful mid-point between realism and pure cinema. His twin recreations of ’70s San Francisco (in Zodiac and Milk) could be the new standard for integrating practical and digital effects to create a compelling recreation of a period location. Savides did some of the best digital work in the early days of the format, and was one of the cinematographers whose style could flow from film to digital with apparent ease.

Now we’ve learned that Savides died today at the age of 55. The cause of death is not widely reported, but there are hints of a serious illness faced by the cinematographer in the last few years. His last film work will be seen in Sofia Coppola’s next film, The Bling RingRead More »

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