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Review: 'A Birder's Guide To Everything' With Kodi Smit-McPhee, James Le Gros, Katie Chang & Ben Kingsley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2014 7:08 PM
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A Birder's Guide To Everything
In general, teenage obsessions are generally fairly obvious—music, comics, movies, clothes—but there are always a few teens whose interests, at least at the time, seem completely inexplicable, to everyone but themselves. So, it's not quite a surprise that the high school birdwatching club in "A Birder's Guide To Everything" consists solely of David (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Timmy (Alex Wolff) and Peter (Michael Chen), three best friends surviving adolescence by sticking with each other, and keeping an eye on the sky. But feathered distractions can't keep the changes from coming in David's life, and one weekend will see him give chase to a rare bird, and making peace with both his past and future.

Exclusive: Ben Kingsley Meets Kodi Smit-McPhee In Clip From 'A Birder's Guide To Everything'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2014 11:05 AM
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A Birder's Guide To Everything
While Hollywood likes to show teenagers in movies getting up to no good, co-writer/director Rob Meyer has a different story to tell with the coming-of-age comedy "A Birder's Guide To Everything," where the only thing these kids wield is a pair of binoculars.

Jai Courtney Is Kyle Reese In 'Terminator' Reboot, Meryl Streep Joins Carey Mulligan In 'Suffragette' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 19, 2014 1:46 PM
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Jai Courtney, Kyle Reese, Terminator Genesis
The long national nightmare is finally over. Sort of. After other people like Nicholas Hoult and Garrett Hedlund passed on the part, Jai Courtney has landed the role of Kyle Reese in the "Terminator" reboot aka "Terminator 5" aka "Terminator: Genesis." Hooray. He'll join the returning Ah-nuld, Jason Clarke and Emilia Clarke in the Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones," "Thor: The Dark World") directed movie, about which details are being kept under wraps for now.

Watch: Full-Length Super Bowl Jaguar Ad With Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley & Mark Strong, Directed By Tom Hooper

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2014 12:37 PM
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Tom Hiddleston, Ben Kingsley & Mark Strong Jaguar
They've played hard all season, endured injuries, survived the competition and now are waiting to be crowned the best: that's right, advertisers are rolling out their wares for the Super Bowl this Sunday. We presume there is something happening between all the commercials but we're not quite sure, but if you won't be on the couch for nine hours this weekend, the good news is that brands aren't waiting to show off their goods.

Sundance Review: ‘War Story’ Starring Catherine Keener, Hafsia Herzi & Ben Kingsley

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 25, 2014 2:13 PM
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War Story
What is behind the desire to punish an audience? Truthfully, few filmmakers besides Michael Haneke maybe intentionally want to torture viewers (at least I think), but many dark and depressing indie movies attempting to explore the condition of suffering can often feel excruciating. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a grim and sad narratives – a so-called “miserablist” movie I love is “Bitiful” and last year’s bleak “Sunshine Jr.” had a lot of value. These emotions are part of our existence, shouldn’t be shied away from and must be examined. But what is the value when a movie wallows in these kinds of dire feelings and never illuminates the human condition beyond the superficial notion that grief is difficult? What then?

John Boyega Is Jesse Owens, Ben Kingsley Heads To 'Night At The Museum 3' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2014 1:26 PM
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While John Boyega broke out in a big way thanks to his magnetic turn in "Attack the Block," we haven't seen much from the actor since. He's taken small roles in some films that never really took ("Inkheart," "Half of a Yellow Sun") and he's at Sundance this week with "Imperial Dreams." But he's about to launch back into some major attention.

Watch: The Mandarin Embraces Celebrity In Clip From Marvel One Shot 'All Hail The King'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2014 4:23 PM
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All Hail The King
After a couple days of feverish Marvel movie rumors, here's something from the comic movie studio that's real and concrete: a clip from their upcoming One Shot short, "All Hail The King."

Patricia Clarkson Talks New Projects, "Motherlover," Lars von Trier And The "Perks" Of The Movie Business

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 13, 2013 11:04 AM
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The very first thing we heard Patricia Clarkson say, at the opening press conference given by the jury of the 2013 Marrakech Film Festival, was that at that point in the proceedings, all they had actually been doing was drinking. At which the collected luminaries including Jury president Martin Scorsese, Marion Cotillard, Park Chan-Wook, Paolo Sorrentino, Fatih Akin and Amat Escalante all laughed, somewhat sheepishly, and everyone kind of relaxed.

Ben Kingsley's Secret Marvel Project Is A Mandarin-Focused One Shot

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 29, 2013 9:22 AM
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One of the more tantalizing unrealized moments from Shane Black's terrific "Iron Man 3," that was revealed during the lead-up to the film's home video release: Ben Kingsley's Mandarin character (in actuality a druggy London stage actor named Trevor Slattery), mistakenly injects himself with the Extremis virus, a virus that turns people into human bombs (he thought it was just some really good shit). Slattery walks out onto the oil tanker where the big action set piece happens and spontaneously explodes. It's a shocking, wonderful moment and its deletion made us wonder if Marvel has other plans for the character. It turns out, they do.

Ben Kingsley Says He's Working On A Secret Marvel Project

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2013 9:17 AM
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Depending on where you stand, how Marvel ultimately treated Mandarin in "Iron Man 3" was either a very clever and unexpected twist, or a complete betrayal of a classic comic villain. But either way, it would be hard to deny that it was great fun watching Ben Kingsley stagger and swagger his way through the role. And it seems like the execs at Marvel like him too, as it may not be the last of we've seen of Trevor Slattery.

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