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Bryan Cranston Breaks Bad In 'Eye of Winter' With Alice Eve & Logan Marshall-Green

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 21, 2012 9:45 AM
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Elevated into critical acclaim with the modest yet affecting short “Windowbreaker,” which in turn led to his 2009 Sundance feature “Children of Invention,” writer/director Tze Chun's career has grown more promising with every new development. The filmmaker's next effort looks to be his most accomplished yet in terms of genre and the caliber of talent involved.

Bryan Cranston Talks Supporting Ben Affleck In 'Argo'; Says He Has No Idea How 'Breaking Bad' Will End

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 10, 2012 1:17 PM
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Last night at Peggy Siegal's "Argo" soiree in Manhattan, celebs and news luminaries were out in full force to celebrate director Ben Affleck's latest, a politically intriguing thriller and Hollywood satire based on true life events in the late '70s that were only declassified by the CIA 15 years ago.

Ben Affleck Reveals How Kevin Smith’s 'Red State' Inspired 'Argo' & More

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 9, 2012 5:26 PM
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“The movie was fake. The mission was real,” is a tagline you’ll see printed across a blue-hued photo of Ben Affleck that’s gracing movie theaters and city streets across America this week for "Argo." The film tells the true story set against the backdrop of the Iranian revolution that follows CIA "exfiltration" specialist Tony Mendez, who develops a dangerous plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador – all under the guise of a film crew shooting a B-Level sci-fi picture. Thankfully the film that they’ve made about the events surrounding the fake film isn’t as flimsy as the one in the latest from multi-hyphenate actor and director Ben Affleck, with our man on the scene at Telluride calling the film “a terrifically suspenseful and entertaining thriller."

Watch: 6 Clips From Ben Affleck's 'Argo' Set Up The Story Plus A Character Poster For Bryan Cranston

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 4:13 PM
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As we head into October, the Oscar race is still pretty wide open, but after a few frontrunners have emerged, and contending right alongside "Life Of Pi" and "Silver Linings Playbook" as big pieces of entertainment offering a little bit more as well, is Ben Affleck's "Argo."

Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks & Woody Harrelson Complete Jason Reitman's 'American Beauty' Live-Reading Cast

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 5, 2012 3:08 PM
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It's not a Toronto International Film Festival without Jason Reitman (his father Ivan of "Ghostbusters" fame is on the committee, of course). The director, who has had most of his features debut at the festival (aside from "Young Adult"), had tweeted some question mark suggestions about TIFF earlier in the week that some took as hints that he had completed his just-finished "Labor Day" drama starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. That was not to be as expected (c'mon guys, the thing just wrapped a few weeks ago and is coming out in the summer of 2013). Instead, Reitman revealed he was orchestrating another one of his popular live readings series which thus far have included "Reservoir Dogs," Billy Wilder's "The Apartment," "The Breakfast Club," "The Princess Bride," "Shampoo,"and "The Big Lebowski" (the concept: contemporary actors doing stage readings of the original screenplay in front of an audience).

Review: 'Total Recall' A Derivative, Dim & Substance-Free Remake

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • August 2, 2012 8:00 AM
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A pastiche of almost too many movies to count as a remake of just one, “Total Recall” is mindless, middling fare that fails to utilize – much less expand – the provocative concepts at the core of its iconic 1990 predecessor. Len Wiseman, whose “Die Hard” sequel effectively betrayed every one of the central tenets of that franchise (save for the casting of Bruce Willis), applies his personality-free technical proficiency to a re-imagining whose focus on what’s cool in the moment consistently undermines what any of it collectively means, not to mention why the hell audiences should care. Passable but uninspiring except for a standout performance from the never-better Jessica Biel, “Total Recall” plays directly into the hands of metaphor-wielding critics eager to highlight how a movie about a man recovering his memory can manage to be quite so forgettable.

New Looks At Robert Redford & Susan Sarandon In 'The Company You Keep,' And Ben Affleck & Bryan Cranston In 'Argo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 24, 2012 11:11 AM
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Images from that big Toronto announcement this morning keep coming, and two adult-minded thrillers from stars-turned-directors are next up. We had the first look at Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" yesterday, with images of Redford (who plays the lead role, a '60s radical on the run), Shia LaBeouf (the journalist pursuing him) and Brit Marling (Redford's daughter). Now a new picture of Redford, this time being pursued at night, has arrived on the TIFF website along with the first look of Susan Sarandon in the film. The film is getting a gala premiere but not a world premiere, suggesting heavily that it's likely to be bowing at Venice, as rumored, a week or two beforehand -- that news should be confirmed on Thursday.

Watch: New Clip From 'Total Recall' Reveals Bryan Cranston's Cohaagen

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • July 18, 2012 9:04 AM
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When it comes to promotion on Sony's remake of "Total Recall," actor Bryan Cranston is either suspiciously absent or only briefly included in the movie's trailers and TV spots. Of course, it seems criminal to keep the man who is Walter White a secret, especially since Cranston is playing the villain Cohaagen, a name famously screamed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Paul Verhoeven's 1990 original. Finally, in the latest clip from the remake, Cranston has his chance to shine.

Comic-Con '12: 'Total Recall' Remake Footage A Slick, Straight Take On The Original

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 14, 2012 10:00 AM
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Last year at Comic-Con Len Wiseman and co. offered a tease of the anticipated remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 sci-fi flick, “Total Recall.” Outside the San Diego Convention Center, sexy futuristic lady officers stood with guns beside a future cop car.

Because I Say So: Another Great Trailer For 'Breaking Bad' Season 5

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 10, 2012 9:01 AM
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This Sunday sees the premiere of the first half of the final season of “Breaking Bad,” and we’re fucking stoked. AMC has released a new promo that has small spoilers, especially if you haven’t caught up on the fourth season -- and if you haven’t, why are you reading this?

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