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Guy Pearce Joins Kristen Stewart & Nicholas Hoult In Drake Doremus' 'Equals,' Plus More Casting News

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 12, 2014 3:17 PM
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Breathe In, Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce isn't a movie star, and he's totally fine with that. The Australian actor has been a familiar face on screen for getting on twenty years, and has occasionally brushed against potential A-list-dom, but after getting burnt with things like "The Time Machine," has pretty much settled into doing whatever the hell he wants, whether it's solid character actor roles like this week's "The Rover," or fun B-movie fare like "Lockout."

'A Monster Calls' For Liam Neeson, Evan Rachel Wood Is 'Facing The Wind' With Joe Berlinger & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2014 11:23 AM
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It looks like those rumors were true. Last month word emerged that Liam Neeson was being courted for a role in J.A. Bayona's "A Monster Calls," and the actor has now taken the gig. He joins Felicity Jones in the adaptation of the novel by Patrick Ness that will follow "the unexpected bond that develops between a young boy and a beast that visits him in nightmares.

Review: Atom Egoyan's 'Devil's Knot' Lacks Insight Into Case Of West Memphis Three

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2014 7:07 PM
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Devil's Knot
It has been twenty years since the horrifically mutilated, murdered bodies of children Steve Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers were found in a creek in the middle of Robin Hood Hills in Arkansas. And thus started a saga that spanned nearly two decades, with the trials of the accused Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin gaining national attention, which eventually turned to outrage. Chronicled in great detail via the 'Paradise Lost' trilogy of documentaries as well as Amy Berg's "West Of Memphis," the case of the West Memphis Three soon became one of justice denied, not only to the three young men, but also the victims whose real killer or killers is still unidentified. A controversial Alford Plea agreed to by the trio of boys in 2011 has effectively closed the case, and nearly every angle of the investigation from paths taken to those unexplored has been scrutinized. So is there anything new to say about the West Memphis Three? Can there be any additional texture or drama found in taking a dramatized approach to this still jaw-dropping true story? Unfortunately, according to Atom Egoyan's "Devil's Knot," the answer is no.

"DVD Is the New Vinyl" Podcast: Featuring Tilda Swinton, Alessandro Nivola & Lili Taylor

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • March 21, 2014 1:45 PM
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"DVD Is the New Vinyl" Podcast: Featuring Tilda Swinton, Alessandro Nivola, Lili Taylor
While recuperating from a deep-fried, ever-boozy, never-sleepy nine days at the SXSW Film Festival (a shout-out here to senior programmer Jarod Neece, whose delicious book "Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day" resolved at least two hangovers), your indefatigable DVD guru still managed to power through a month's worth of new discs. Two of this month's highlights, as noted in the "10 Worth a Spin" intro, were SXSW 2013 premieres, which goes to show that there's still life to be found for festival indies beyond traditional theatrical or VOD distribution. One question, though: how does anyone in Austin get their DVDs to play without smudging them up from greasy burrito fingers?

Bryan Cranston & Edgar Ramirez Join Errol Morris' 'Holland, Michigan' With Naomi Watts & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2014 11:33 AM
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Over the weekend, "The Act of Killing" director Joshua Oppenheimer and producers Errol Morris and Werner Herzog hit Reddit to talk about the Oscar nominated documentary, but of course, the conversation wound up going to many different places. But for our purposes, one of the morsels that dropped had to do with casting on the next effort from Morris.

Danny Elfman Scoring 'American Hustle,' Alessandro Nivola Talks David O. Russell's "Spur Of The Moment" Style

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2013 9:18 AM
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David O. Russell didn't tinker too much with what already worked in establishing the talent for his forthcoming "American Hustle." The picture finds him tag-teaming with "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Fighter" stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Robert De Niro once again and his desire to continue previously satisfying collaborations extends to the score as well. 'Playbook' found Russell working for the first time with Danny Elfman, and once again, he's tasked the composer with the job of tuning up his film.

TIFF Review: Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three Drama 'Devil's Knot' Starring Reese Witherspoon & Colin Firth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 9, 2013 2:05 PM
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Devil's Knot
It has been twenty years since the horrifically mutilated, murdered bodies of children Steve Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers were found in a creek in the middle of Robin Hood Hills in Arkansas. And thus started a saga that spanned nearly two decades, with the trials of the accused Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin gaining national attention, which eventually turned to outrage. Chronicled in great detail via the 'Paradise Lost' trilogy of documentaries as well as Amy Berg's "West Of Memphis," the case of the West Memphis Three soon became one of justice denied, not only to the three young men, but also the victims whose real killer or killers is still unidentified.

David O. Russell's Next Film Titled 'American Hustle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 6:45 PM
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Okay, while we might prefer the original working title "American Bullshit," it probably would've created a marketing nightmare, so the official replacement? Yeah, it's not too shabby at all.

Review: Intimate & Devastating ‘Ginger & Rosa’ Features A Transformative Elle Fanning Performance

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 12, 2013 7:00 PM
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Lovely and devastating, challenging yet worthwhile, Sally Potter's "Ginger & Rosa" may be the English filmmaker's best since "Orlando," and perhaps her most accessible to date. The intimate and sensual picture also features yet another terrific performance by 14-year-old Elle Fanning, who is quickly becoming the most compelling teenage actor working in movies today. But this time, as the lead, Fanning is transformative, heartbreakingly conveying the inner life of an adolescent with an almost eerily nuanced command of her craft.

Here Comes Oscar: David O. Russell's Abscam Movie Hits This Christmas, Alessandro Nivola Joins Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2013 3:14 PM
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Hang on that tux David O. Russell and starting looking for another dress Jennifer Lawrence, because if things go according to plan, you'll both be back at the Dolby Theater for the Oscars next February.

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