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Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett & More Join 'Jungle Book: Origins' Plus More Casting News

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2014 1:18 PM
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Out Of The Furnace
So, once again Hollywood studios are competing needlessly for properties based on public domain works. First there was the battle over last year's Snow White movies, and now comes a couple of flicks based on "The Jungle Book." Jon Faverau has his production at Disney, a live-action/animated take involving Ben Kingsley, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Bill Murray and newcomer Neel Sethi. Not to be outdone, Warner Bros. are lining up an equally star-studded cast for their rendition directed by Andy Serkis, which will be called "Jungle Book: Origins."

Watch: First Trailer For William H. Macy's Directorial Debut 'Rudderless' Starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin & Selena Gomez

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2014 2:41 PM
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Rudderless
Very often music is used as a motivation in films as well as a compositional tool. Earlier this year, Keira Knightley used music to get over a break-up and a head start on her road to fame in "Begin Again," and in "Rudderless," a box of old demo tapes will be key to solving one man's grief.

Watch: Jason Bateman & Billy Crudup Fight Over Olivia Wilde In Trailer For 'The Longest Week'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2014 12:44 PM
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The Longest Week
While we appreciate the mid-trailer appearance by Jenny Slate to make a self-aware point about "The Longest Week" centering on rich people with petty problems, thus far at least, it's not enough to save the first impression that this upcoming comedy is well, about rich people with petty problems.

Exclusive Clip: Marion Cotillard & Zoe Saldana Talk Making 'Blood Ties' Plus Win The Film On Blu-ray

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2014 4:20 PM
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Featuring a sprawling cast — Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Matthias Schoenaerts, Noah Emmerich, Lili Taylor, Domenick Lombardozzi, John Ventimiglia, Griffin Dunne, Jamie Hector, Yul Vazquez and James Caan — a gritty 1970's New York City (shot on location too), and co-written by James Gray, there are a lot of reasons to give Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties" a look. And if you didn't get a chance to catch it in theatres, we've got a few copies for some lucky readers.

Tribeca Review: 'Glass Chin' Starring Corey Stoll, Billy Crudup & Kelly Lynch

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 23, 2014 2:06 PM
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Glass Chin
Bud Gordon coulda been a contendah. They called him “The Saint,” and Bud had it all. But as promising as Bud’s boxing career and talents were, he had an Achilles heel, or rather, a glass chin. So when the glove connected with kisser, Bud went down like a stone. Now, fallen on hard times and living in New Jersey instead of Manhattan, the down-on-his-luck Bud and his live-in girlfriend Ellen no longer live the glamorous life. In fact, they now live in a rather begrimed apartment and the realities of everyday life have hit them hard. But despite it all, Bud still dreams of regaining past glories. Maybe not getting his boxing career up and running, as that ship has passed. But the desire for some kind of redemption burns as bright as his competitive spirit once did.

Tribeca Exclusive: Clip From Crime Drama 'Glass Chin' Starring Corey Stoll & Billy Crudup

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 17, 2014 1:04 PM
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A couple of years ago writer-director Noah Buschel unleashed his tiny, deeply affecting "Sparrows Dance,"a movie set in a single apartment, with only two characters. For his highly anticipated follow-up (at least by us), he has expanded his palette considerably, this time tackling a modestly scaled crime drama about a down-on-his-luck former boxer (Corey Stoll from "House of Cards") who becomes embroiled in the criminal operation of a weirdo gangster/restaurateur (Billy Crudup), all while struggling to maintain his longtime romantic relationship (Marin Ireland, who starred in "Sparrows Dance"). It's one of the best movies you'll see at this year's Tribeca Film Festival and what's more—we've got an exclusive clip.

Review: 'Blood Ties' Starring Billy Crudup, Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard And James Caan

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 23, 2014 10:15 AM
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Blood Ties, Marion Cotillard
There’s no questioning the aesthetics of Guillaume Canet’s handsome-looking “Blood Ties.” Set in 1970’s New York City, the film revels in low-key details: the immaculate wardrobe, the music, the feel.

Sundance Review: 'Rudderless' Is A Remarkable Directorial Debut From William H. Macy

  • By Chase Whale
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  • January 24, 2014 2:45 PM
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Rudderless
So let it be known throughout the land: William H. Macy has balls of steel. In addition to juggling a busy, successful film and television career, he’s taken on a new role -- filmmaker. His first feature film, “Rudderless”, is a poignant story that explores finding happiness in the midst of loss and pain. And you know what? It’s really damn good.

Watch: U.S. Trailer & Poster For Guillaume Canet's 'Blood Ties' Starring Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2014 4:14 PM
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Certainly, replicating the look of '70s New York City is easy enough — just make everything bigger. The hair, the jeans, the attitude...if you wear it all with confidence and a bit of flamboyance, you can pull it off. And while "Blood Ties" has the look of a Sidney Lumet or William Friedkin movie of the period, it doesn't quite capture the essence of those films. But there are plenty of reasons why should check out it.

First Pics From William H. Macy's 'Rudderless' Starring Anton Yelchin & Selena Gomez

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 19, 2013 9:23 AM
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This year has seen quite a few actors trying their hand behind the camera with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lake Bell, and Jason Bateman releasing their feature-length directorial. Poised to join their ranks next year is William H. Macy with the Billy Crudup-starring “Rudderless,” his first feature film effort following an HBO TV movie way, way back in 1988. And now we can see the result as the first stills from the film have arrived online for your viewing pleasure.

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