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Will Ferrell Will Produce 'Overnight,' Kevin Bacon Joins Johnny Depp's 'Black Mass' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2014 9:40 AM
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Even though they lost, the United States soccer team is moving up to the next round at the World Cup, and Will Ferrell didn't even have to bite anyone. So now he can get back to the business of making movies, and the always-busy actor has yet another project brewing.

Willem Dafoe To Play Andy Warhol In 'Saint Laurent,' Plus More Casting For Dakota Fanning, Common & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 1:20 PM
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Willem Dafoe is now joining the diverse ranks of Bill Hader, David Bowie, Guy Pearce, Jared Harris and Crispin Glover in donning the platinum wig to play pop art icon Andy Warhol. The actor has joined French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello's "Saint Laurent," a biopic about the famed fashion designer. Not to be confused with The Weinstein Company movie also in production, this much starrier endeavor features Gaspard Ulliel in the title role, with Olga Kurylenko, Jérémie Renier, Léa Seydoux, Louis Garrel, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Amira Casar in support. Cameras are rolling on the film which is already slated for a May 14, 2014 release in France. Can you say Cannes?

Review: 'No One Lives' A Horrifyingly Dull Serial Killer Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 10:02 AM
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Well, at the very least, "No One Lives" actually delivers on its title, however, it also tells you exactly what will happen in an already rote, routine and predictable movie. It's an R-rated horror flick that -- with a few obvious, quick cuts -- could easily be PG-13, perhaps indicating no one really knew what they wanted from the start. It's a movie that takes place mostly over the course of one night, utilizing a small handful of locations, but the low budget would suggest this was a choice of financing, rather than the requirements of the script. It's a movie that casts "Hey, it's that guy!" character actor Gary Grubbs in a part even too small and innocuous for him. Really, "No One Lives" isn't so much awful, but an example of a series of bad decisions that wind up resulting in a bad movie. Sometimes it's as simple as that.

He's Going To Kill You All: Exclusive Clip From 'No One Lives' Starring Luke Evans & Adelaide Clemens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 10:06 AM
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The horror genre is filled with movies where a rogue group of bad dudes take some people captive and do some pretty nasty things to them, but what happens when one of these victims turns to be even deadlier than the villains? That's the central premise of the upcoming, gritty "No One Lives."

On The Rise: 10 Actresses To Watch In 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 18, 2013 1:48 PM
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Last week, we picked out ten actors who are On The Rise, a group of guys who all impressed us in recent roles, and likely have put themselves on the radar of Hollywood, with names like Corey Stoll, Alex Karpovsky, Jack Reynor and Omar Sy coming to our attention.

Watch: Trailer For Keanu Reeves Starring Indie Drama 'Generation Um..."

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2013 1:19 PM
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Sitting on a shelf for a long, long time (it shot about two years ago, with the first images arriving in 2011), the Keanu Reeves starring indie "Generation Um..." is finally making its way to theaters this spring. And this first trailer is here, and if you've ever wanted to see a movie where Reeves steals a video camera to like, shoot his own life woah, then this is for you.

Recap: 'Parade's End' Brings Dense Miniseries To A Quiet Close In Finale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2013 10:00 AM
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As my colleagues have written in their recaps of the first four episodes of "Parade's End," there is much to admire in the five-part miniseries. From the dense, multi-threaded and layered script from Tom Stoppard, to the sumptuous direction from Susanna White and a cluster of great performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Adelaide Clemens, Stephen Graham and Rupert Everett. And at the middle of it all, perhaps one of the most buttoned up leading men we've seen in quite some time on the small screen, Christopher Tietjens. It would almost be laughable at how much his life has taken a downward turn since we met him at the start of the first episode, if it weren't so tragic. As an era fades, so too does a particular way of English, gentlemanly life, and Tietjens will hold on to it until it nearly destroys him. But after seeing nearly every facet of his life crumble and corrupted, you yearn for Christopher -- as his wife Sylvia long has -- to finally submit to some kind of emotion. To break free and reclaim his life. And while he doesn't quite do that in the finale, his victory such as it is, is satisfying in the way the character deserves.

Recap: Benedict Cumberbatch & Rebecca Hall Shine In First 2 Parts Of Period Miniseries 'Parade's End'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 27, 2013 10:00 AM
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The specter of "Downton Abbey" has been present in the run up to the broadcast of BBC and HBO's new period drama "Parade's End." Both are lavish period tales set before, during and after World War I. But in fact, the comparisons are a little overblown. 'Downton' and "Parade's End" (an adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's cycle of novels, often labelled as among the finest literary achievements of the 20th century, written for the screen by the great Sir Tom Stoppard, and directed by Susanna White, who was also behind "Bleak House" and "Generation Kill") might share a loose genre, but on the strength of the first episode, they couldn't be more different. 'Downton' is a soap, for better or worse, while "Parade's End" is a fearsomely intelligent, deceptively funny epic that, if it can keep up this level of quality, will likely be one of the best things on television all year.

Review: ‘Silent Hill: Revelation’ A Silly, Artless & Depressing Sequel

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 26, 2012 11:46 AM
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The problem with movies based on video games (or movies that try to capture the video game experience) is that they always come across like watching someone else play a video game. These movies might have budget-pushing effects and plotlines that mimic the follow-the-clues narrative of most games, but they never succeed in bringing the viewer into a fantastical, wholly imagined world in quite the same way. “Silent Hill: Revelation,” based on a series of Japanese horror survival games about a spooky town filled with ghostly apparitions, is one step worse than most of these video game movies. It feels less like a game and more like what happens when you leave your PlayStation on and it becomes a kind of dim screensaver. If we had a controller in our hand, we would probably throw it at the screen.

Exclusive: Prince & Lady Gaga May Contribute New Songs To Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 14, 2012 3:04 PM
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Eyebrows were raised when "The Great Gatsby" was removed from its late-December release, rescheduled for next spring. The Baz Luhrmann picture was just one of many Warner Bros. films possibly angling for Oscar nominations, but with a crowded slate, and the difficulty in securing a large percentage of 3D screens, it seemed doubtful that the F. Scott Fitzgerald would be a Christmas gift to viewers. But could it be that, with a new May 10, 2013 date, Luhrmann's film is using that time to spruce up the soundtrack?

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