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Cannes Review: Beat Classic 'On The Road' Comes To The Screen In Lustrous-But-Long-Winded Fashion

  • By James Rocchi
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  • May 23, 2012 7:29 AM
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Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" has been heralded for decades: an important novel, a cultural signifier, a sociological landmark, a cracking good read. It's also been considered "unfilmable" -- but now Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries," "Dark Water") brings the novel to the screen, and "The Motorcycle Diaries" turns out to be a pretty good template for understanding how Salles has shot his adaptation. "On the Road," like 'Diaries,' is scenic and episodic, full of youth's passion but with a shade of the future yet to come dimming the brightness of its vision, as a charismatic young man travels with another young man, saying little but watching everything along the way.

Garret Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins & Terrence Howard Lead Ace Cast Of Comedy-Drama 'Lullaby'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2012 12:45 PM
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The jury's still out on the potency of Garret Hedlund's star power. The actor proved reasonably charismatic in his earliest roles in "Troy," "Four Brothers" and the big-screen "Friday Night Lights," but made some questionable choices after that -- see, or rather don't, "Death Sentence" and "Eragon." Since then, the actor was picked out to lead tentpole "Tron: Legacy," but the film was rotten, and Hedlund was pretty bad in it, so he's not quite turned into the leading man that many picked him out as.

Amy Adams Is Going To 'Dark Places'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2012 3:43 PM
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It was seven years ago that Amy Adams broke out in "Junebug" and she hasn't looked back since. Showing that she can move from drama to comedy to romance with ease, the actress has proven to be one of the most talented and versatile of her generation. Need evidence? Watch "The Fighter" and then "The Muppets." Or maybe here three Oscar nominations will be enough to convince you. At any rate, 2012 is shaping up to be banner year for Adams. "On The Road" premieres in Cannes next week, she's been busy lensing "Trouble With The Curve" alongside a guy named Clint Eastwood, later this year she'll be working with Spike Jonze on his untitled romance and then there's a movie called "The Master" you might have heard of opening this fall. And now, she's putting another project on the table.

Carey Mulligan Out, Rooney Mara In For Spike Jonze's Untitled Film With Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams & Samantha Morton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2012 3:03 PM
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As far as switcheroos go, director Spike Jonze can't really complain as his upcoming untitled effort has lost one hot young actress, only to be replaced by another.

Johnny Depp's 'Thin Man' Has Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt & Isla Fisher Battling For Co-Starring Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2012 3:57 PM
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So, who's gonna be the lucky lady to star opposite Johnny Depp in this brewing remake/reboot of "The Thin Man"? Well, no surprise that the biggest actor on the planet has his pick of leading ladies.

Are Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio & Vanessa Redgrave Headed For The Oscars? Predicting Best Supporting Actor & Actress 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 2, 2012 12:59 PM
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When it came to our super-early Oscar predictions last year, we weren't too far off when it came to Best Picture, or even the lead acting categories. But Supporting Actor & Actress? That was something of a disaster. Ok, so we called Christopher Plummer's victory, but aside from that, we were way off.

Amy Adams Is 'An Object Of Beauty' In Adaptation Of Steve Martin's Novel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2012 12:57 PM
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Steve Martin: comedy legend, art collector, bluegrass musician and yes, novelist. While his attempts at conquering the literary world likely isn't be the first thing people talk about in regards to his legacy, it's no surprise Hollywood has been paying attention. Martin's novella "Shopgirl" was turned into the intermittently entertaining and should've-been-better movie starring Claire Danes and Jason Schwartzman, and now, his latest effort to hit bookshelves is headed to the big screen.

Samantha Morton & Amy Adams Line Up Untitled Spike Jonze Romance Starring Joaquin Phoenix & Carey Mulligan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 9:52 PM
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It has been three, far too long years since Spike Jonze's last feature film, the wonderful "Where The Wild Things Are" and while various videos and shorts he's done in the interim -- including "I'm Here" and "Scenes From The Suburbs" -- were nice holdovers, we're glad that his next movie, penned by Charlie Kaufman, appears to be taking shape. First announced over a year ago, Megan Ellison and her Annapurna shingle got things rolling by backing the project and over 2011 Joaquin Phoenix and Carey Mulligan came aboard. Now, two more great actresses appear to be boarding the film.

Matthew Lillard's Comeback Continues, Joins Clint Eastwood & Amy Adams In 'Trouble With The Curve'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2012 10:37 AM
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While we, or at least this writer, had a number of problems with "The Descendants," the actors were not one of them. From leads George Clooney and Shailene Woodley to brief supporting roles from the likes of Judy Greer, Robert Forster and Rob Huebel, everyone pretty much brought their A-game, and no performance in the film was more surprising than that of Matthew Lilllard. The actor, who broke out in "Scream" before going on to play Shaggy in the two "Scooby Doo" movies, had been absent from the big screen for nearly five years, but gave a terrific little performance in a key role, one very different from the kind of part he'd played in the past.

Sandra Bullock Won't Have 'Trouble With The Curve,' But Amy Adams & Reese Witherspoon Being Eyed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2011 5:24 PM
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With "J. Edgar" now in theaters (sidenote: don't believe the vitriolic reviews, it's uneven, but lots to admire) Clint Eastwood has a bit of free time. His next film is supposed to be "A Star Is Born," but with the lead star, Beyoncé preggers, production has been put on hold. So what's he gonna do instead? Take a lead role in "Trouble With The Curve," the directorial debut of his longtime colleague, friend and Malpaso Productions pal Robert Lorenz. While Sandra Bullock was one of the first names to be looking at the co-starring role, she has moved on and now two more names have surfaced.

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