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Alec Baldwin Says 'Rock Of Ages' Was "A Complete Disaster”

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2013 11:27 AM
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Based on a massively successful Broadway show, stuffed with catchy '80s hits and led by Tom Cruise, on paper the mega-musical "Rock Of Ages" looked like a sure thing. But when it arrived in theaters last summer, it was hardly the smash Warner Bros. might have been looking for. Limping to $38 million at home and even less abroad, the movie hit a sour note with both audiences and critics and quickly disappeared from view. And at least one name involved isn't hiding his feelings about how it went down.

Quentin Tarantino Shares Criticism Of 'The Lone Ranger,' Thoughts On Ben Affleck As Batman & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2013 11:56 AM
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Last week, Quentin Tarantino somewhat surprisingly and randomly dropped his list of his Top Ten Films Of 2013 (So Far), that featured its own amount of surprising and random choices. Ranging from indie fare like "Afternoon Delight," "Before Midnight" and "Frances Ha" to oddball choices like "The Conjuring" and "Kick-Ass 2," perhaps the most curious selection in the unordered list was "The Lone Ranger." The summer's critical and commercial bomb seemed to find favor with Tarantino, but in a recent interview with French weekly Les Inrockuptibles (print edition, not yet online), he shares his criticisms of the Johnny Depp western and brief thoughts on his top ten.

Ranked: Tom Clancy Movies, From Worst To Best

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 2, 2013 2:01 PM
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Tom Clancy Movies, From Worst To Best
Tom Clancy, who had written over a dozen best-selling spy novels (and co-written more than a dozen additional novels) and overseen a vast, hugely profitable videogame empire, has died today at the age of 66. For an author who was prolific, and whose works were so inherently cinematic, usually involving large-scale tactical military strikes, a shockingly small amount of his material was actually developed for the screen. This December (unless it gets pushed) sees the release of Paramount's "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," in which Chris Pine takes over the role of CIA analyst Jack Ryan, a character previously inhabited by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck.

Alec Baldwin Joins Cameron Crowe's Next Movie & Charles Grodin Boards Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 2:28 PM
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Coming hot on the heels of his admission that he had been offered (and subsequently turned down) the role of a big time bad guy in one of the Marvel extravaganzas, Deadline is reporting that Alec Baldwin is actually accepting a role, in a much more modest project: the new Cameron Crowe movie the filmmaker is about to start shooting for Sony. In other casting news, charming grouch Charles Grodin will make his long awaited return to movies, playing Naomi Watts' father in Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" (according to the Wrap). This is a very exciting day for aging character actors.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Confirms Meeting With Marvel About Quicksilver, Alec Baldwin Turned Down Marvel Villain Role

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 30, 2013 10:25 AM
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While cross-property narratives may push the possibilities of comic-book films into new frontiers, the notion can also grind to a halt once character rights come into question. Such is the case with superhero mutants Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, who both play into upcoming sequels “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and therefore the equally held rights of Fox and Marvel. But the idea of side-by-side depictions hasn't fazed Joss Whedon, who said they're a “huge part of ['The Avengers 2'],” and now it seems one-half of his duo is nearing a lock.

Watch: New Clip From 'Blue Jasmine,' Louis C.K. Talks Potential Movie With Woody Allen

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 24, 2013 10:56 AM
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Woody Allen is a man of many movies (49, to be exact) and of many muses – Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, Scarlett Johansson – but although Cate Blanchett is his latest leading lady, in "Blue Jasmine," which arrives Friday, it seems that for once in his life Woody has gotten himself inspired by a man; specifically, the very funny man that is Louis CK.

Review: Woody Allen's ‘Blue Jasmine’ Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin & Sally Hawkins

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 17, 2013 4:32 PM
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Blue Jasmine
Like clockwork, the prodigious workaholic Woody Allen releases a movie each year. And every 12 months, there is the temptation to compare Allen’s latest with his past works, given that they tend to have formed a 31 flavors-like distinction over the last five decades. There’s the more recent trend towards to the romantic (“Midnight In Paris”) and globe-trotting (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”), familiar existential comedic worries (“Whatever Works”), and even moral-dilemma-led thrillers ("Match Point," "Cassandra's Dream") but a recent theme emerging of late is an introspective examination at the past and regret also evinced in “To Rome with Love.” That motif is also explored in “Blue Jasmine,” Allen’s latest picture which possesses a script that is at times clunky and uneven, but features an outstanding firecracker turn from Cate Blanchett that has “Oscar-worthy” written all over it in flames.

New Images Of Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins & More In Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 11:21 AM
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Blue Jasmine
It's that time of year again, when Woody Allen emerges like a cinematic groundhog, delivering yet another movie, before scurrying back behind-the-scenes. And just like the weather predicting marmot, you never know quite what you're going to get with Allen. Light comedy? Sober drama? The writer/director at the height of his skills, or simply churning out a script he had buried at the back of his desk? Well, the good news is that "Blue Jasmine" looks very promising (trailer here) and now here are a few more pics to get you ready.

Watch: First Trailer For Woody Allen's 'Blue Jasmine' Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin & Sally Hawkins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2013 12:51 PM
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Blue Jasmine
Well, it's been twelve months, so it's time for another Woody Allen film. This time around it's "Blue Jasmine," and no, he's not in exotic Barcelona, stuffy London or the touristy Rome. Instead, he's in San Francisco for the first time, and the results look pretty great.

Cannes Review: 'Seduced And Abandoned' Enjoyably Explores The Surreal World Of Film Financing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2013 10:45 AM
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It's hardly any surprise for people who follow film news (or read this site) that cinema, at least as far as the major Hollywood studios go, is mostly a dead art. With a shift toward four-quadrant, brand pushing, sequel spawning blockbusters, the days of the $50 million drama are a distant memory. And so here comes James Toback's "Seduced And Abandoned," described by the director as an "uncategorizable" film that finds him teaming with Alec Baldwin, as they set their cameras on the movers and shakers (financially speaking) in the movie biz, while talking to filmmakers and actors about their craft, moviemaking, and much more.

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