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Rome Review: '1942' Is A Long, Old-Fashioned But Absorbing Epic Of Chinese Historical Cinema

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 17, 2012 7:02 PM
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If the appropriate length of a film were calculated in proportion to the scope of its subject, all 144 minutes of Feng Xiaogang's "1942" (also known as "Back to 1942"), which played In Competition at the Rome Film Festival, would be wholly justified. While the Henan Famine of the early 1940s is not a well-known tragedy outside China, the scale of the suffering, death and displacement it caused simply boggles the mind, the numbers are so colossal. And for the most part, Feng does an impressive job of memorializing the 3 million dead; "1942" is not an unqualified success, but it did retain our interest and engagement across its multiple story lines and over its expansive running time.

First Look Images & Trailer For 'Back To 1942' Starring Adrien Brody & Tim Robbins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2012 3:23 PM
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Well, it's certainly....earnest. Boasting a dramatic historical event, handsome production design and a couple of Hollywood stars to boot, Feng Xiogang ("Aftershock," "The Banquet") will be hoping to wow the crowds when "Back to 1942" screens at the upcoming Rome Film Festival.

Fire Your Agent: 10 Actors Who Need A Change Of Career Direction

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 24, 2012 2:23 PM
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Last week brought the borderline-absurd news that Nicolas Cage was in talks to star in a new take on the god-bothering "Left Behind" franchise (this is a WTF even for Cage). This week brings the first major movie starring another Oscar-winner, Halle Berry, in five years, in the shape of "Cloud Atlas," as well as the barely-noticeable release of Gerard Butler vehicle "Chasing Mavericks." These things mean many things, but perhaps first and foremost among them, it's that certain actors aren't having the best of times.

Adrien Brody & Maria Bello Join Paul Haggis' 'Third Person'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 1:24 PM
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With cameras set to roll on Wednesday for "Crash" director Paul Haggis' latest ensemble drama "Third Person," he's putting the final pieces of casting in place, with a couple more notable names coming on board.

Kim Basinger Joins Paul Haggis' 'Third Person'; Plot Details Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 5, 2012 9:18 AM
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We don't see Kim Basinger up on the big screen all that often anymore. In fact, it was two years ago that she last popped up in the Zac Efron vehicle "Charlie St. Cloud." Before that movie was another two year gap, with 2008 seeing her in three pictures: "The Burning Plain," "The Informers" and something called "While She Was Out." But the actress is coming out of the woodwork once again, for a movie that will likely be more worth her time than most of her recent resume.

Adrien Brody Takes Over Villain Role In 'Motor City'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2012 9:32 AM
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At this point, "Motor City" is more known for the revolving door of its casting process, and the actors who have come and gone on the project, than anything else. But now the picture is taking a new shape, with a brand new villain and, even more, an actual production schedule.

Wes Anderson Seeking Out Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Angela Lansbury & More For His Next Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 3:32 PM
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"Moonrise Kingdom" not only earned Wes Anderson some of the best reviews in years, but has also done extremely well in limited release, where it's pulled in $37 million worldwide thus far and has been cracking the top ten domestically, even though it's in less than 900 theaters. And it seems he's very eager to get back behind the cameras.

Review: 'High School' With Adrien Brody Is Your Standard-Issue Stoner Comedy

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 1, 2012 3:04 PM
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There’s a long and underwhelming tradition of marijuana-fueled comedies, some overt, others less so. Even as the subgenre ages, however, it’s impossible to note the lowered aspirations of filmmakers each time out, as “pot” comedy has become part of a genre where increasingly timid filmmakers merely check off boxes in lieu of embracing the kind of irreverence that comes with the use of controlled substances. By the self-consciously layered title, you can guess where “High School” falls on this spectrum.

Watch: Adrien Brody Is The Pot Dealing Psycho Ed In Trailer For 'High School'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 5, 2012 4:27 PM
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So how long has the stoner comedy "High School" been sitting around? Let's just put it this way: we saw this movie two years ago at the Fantasia Film Festival (review here), and at the time it was still seeking distribution. Well, it finally got picked up by Anchor Bay sometime between then and now, and it's headed to theaters, and we'll be curious to see if it's been edited or changed in that time.

Tony Kaye & Adrien Brody Talk Shooting On The Fly & Improvising In 'Detachment'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 15, 2012 12:58 PM
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"Detachment" could be read as an indictment of the public school system -- thanks to the bleak portrayal of a school where no parents show up for parents' night, where students threaten each other as well as their teachers with violence, and where the only "good" student commits suicide in public. But director Tony Kaye and lead actor Adrien Brody also intended "Detachment" to be an "homage" to teachers, who are played in the film with varying levels of despair by Christina Hendricks, Tim Blake Nelson, Blythe Danner, James Caan, and Marcia Gay Harden. Kaye and Brody explained to The Playlist how the film came together in a not-by-the-book style.

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