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Review: 'Tower Heist' Is A Slickly Made, Socially Conscious Romp

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 1, 2011 1:03 AM
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With major protests occupying cities all over the globe and unease about the financial stability of the establishments who swear to protect our hard-earned money reaching an all-time high, it's sort of interesting that "Tower Heist," a ludicrously expensive big budget commodity, can offer some kind of catharsis to ease our worried souls. But, this comedic thriller, which stars a bunch of movie stars that make more in one movie than most Americans make for their entire lives, does just that: it lets us laugh off our neuroses (and, for 104 minutes, that might be enough). The fact that it's a reasonably entertaining, slickly produced trifle is the icing on the cake.

Bill Paxton To Direct Big-Screen Version Of 'Kung Fu' TV Show, Grasshopper

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 1, 2011 1:02 AM
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Bill Paxton - a favorite of James Cameron, a tornado chaser, an Apollo astronaut, a Mormon wife-collector, and a friend of Joe Young. And also, it's sometimes forgotten, occasional director. The veteran character actor made his feature film directing debut a decade ago with the decent thriller "Frailty," and followed it up a few years later with the well-received Disney golf drama "The Greatest Game Ever Played," a sort of "Legend of Bagger Vance" without the questionable racial elements. With Paxton starring over the past few years in hit HBO drama "Big Love," his directorial ambitions have been on ice, but with the show wrapping up earlier this year, it looks like he's set to step behind the camera again.

David Tennant & 'Gavin & Stacy' Star Joanna Page To Star In 'Nativity 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2011 2:43 PM
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Amanda Peet & Michael Sheen Are Also In Terrence Malick's Next Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 1:22 PM
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It's Halloween and it seems that today's treats are bits and bobs about Terrence Malick's next, untitled film (aka "The Burial"). First word cropped up that little known American Indian classical composer Jerod Tate would be providing the score. But in addition to the cast, which currently includes Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem, Barry Pepper, Charles Baker and in a small role, Jessica Chastain, it looks two more stars popped up on the set that we didn't previously known about.

James Gandolfini To Join Steve Carell & Jim Carrey In 'Burt Wonderstone'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2011 12:57 PM
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Search For Female Lead Narrowed To Olivia Wilde & Sarah SilvermanSince "The Sopranos" ended back in 2007, James Gandolfini's been doing pretty well for himself, all told. He might not have taken any roles with as major an impact on the cultural zeitgeist as angsty mob boss Tony Soprano, but he's managed to tackle a diverse range of stuff, from a foul-mouthed general in "In The Loop" to a mood-swing-prone monster in "Where The Wild Things Are," and he's got some high-profile supporting turns on the way, in Stephen Daldry's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" and Andrew Dominik's "Cogan's Trade."

Anthony LaPaglia Joins ‘Django Unchained,’ He & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Will Play Australian Brothers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 12:40 PM
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Looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt is gonna throw some shrimp on the barbie.

John Goodman Reteams With The Coens Again For ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 12:35 PM
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Gale Snoats, Charlie Meadows, Walter Sobchak and Big Dan Teague -- these are memorable characters played by John Goodman in “Raising Arizona,” “Barton Fink,” “The Big Lebowski” and “O Brother Where Art Thou?” (he also made a brief cameo in "The Hudsucker Proxy") and he's set to make his first movie with the duo in over a decade.

Michael Caine Joins Louis Leterrier's 'Now You See Me'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 12:17 PM
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It seems with each passing day, Louis Leterrier again raises the stakes on his high concept heist flick "Now You See Me." With a cast that already includes Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Morgan Freeman, Isla Fisher, Melanie Laurent, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco, it's now getting a dose of English class.

More New Images From ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ With Goth “It Girl” Rooney Mara

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 11:10 AM
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So, Brett Ratner Wants To Make 'Hunting Eichmann' Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2011 10:54 AM
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For a guy who is pals with Roman Polanski, is housemates with James Toback, has produced documentaries on John Cazale and Woody Allen and is a great lover of cinema, Brett Ratner's oeuvre has been ridiculously milquetoast. But then again, making movies that are About Things and have even a whiff of artistry, don't allow you to hang with Paris Hilton and publish books of tasteful nude photography. But since he's producing the Oscars this year, we suppose he's feeling it's about time to direct a movie that has a possibility of getting nominated for one.

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