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Emma Stone & Andy Samberg To Guest On '30 Rock'; Bryan Cranston Heads To 'Archer' & Paul Bettany Drops 'Masters Of Sex'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2012 10:19 AM
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Paul Rudd's guest-star appearance on "Parks & Recreation," as announced yesterday, has seemingly set a good precedent for the coming year, in terms of awesome people appearing on awesome shows. With folks like Kate Winslet and, imminently, Dustin Hoffman, picking up plaudits for small-screen turns, any stigma of appearing on TV has long been gone, and the last 24 hours has brought more news of stars heading to your favorite shows.

The '70s Come Alive In First Set Pics from Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 10:01 AM
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For the last few weeks Ben Affleck has been hurriedly assembling an eclectic cast for his next directorial effort, the historical thriller "Argo." We've watched (and reported) as Affleck has brought together a wonderful cast of actors, including Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston (in a role that forced him out of Ruben Fleischer's "Gangster Squad" and apparently "World War Z"), Kyle Chandler, Tate Donovan, Richard Kind and Michael Parks, who all appear alongside the talented director-star.

Tribeca Film Plans Theatrical/VOD Release for Tony Kaye's 'Detachment'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 7:40 AM
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'Black Water Transit' Still Never Coming Out

Venice '11 Review: 'Contagion' Is A Propulsive, Terrifying Picture With A Top-Notch Cast

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 3, 2011 1:46 AM
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Disaster -- an eternally popular obsession of film. Audiences have turned up in droves over the last century or so to watch mankind against their own extinction in the form of meteorites, earthquakes, alien invasions, exploding suns, planetary collisions, and whatever it was that was happening in "The Core." One of the more popular hypotheses is that when the end comes -- and it will -- it'll be not with a bang, but with a whimper. And that's what Steven Soderbergh has examined in "Contagion," his first studio film since 2007's "Ocean's Thirteen," that finds the spread of a deadly bird flu-type virus the source of man's demise.

Empire Big Screen '11 Review: Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Reminds Us Why We Love The Movies

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 16, 2011 4:02 AM
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Good god, it's been a bad year at the cinema. It's not so much that there've been a lot of awful films, although of course there have. It's more that there have been a lot of deeply average ones, and very little greatness to share around. Even the better end of the scale, it's not quite scratched the right itch for us: as good as, say, "Beginners" or "Win Win" or "Midnight in Paris" are, they don't quite get the synapses firing in the way that truly great cinema does. It's the kind of thing that the crime flick has always done well -- there's a reason that the Cahiers du Cinema crowd worshiped early American genre pictures, for example, but there's been little to be excited about even in that department. So it's lucky that Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" has come along: it's a shot of pure cinema straight to the eyeball, and one that's stopped us from losing the faith just as we were about to start looking for gigs at What Yacht Magazine.

Bryan Cranston Writing & Planning To Direct Adaptation Of David Wiltse's Thriller 'Home Again'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 12, 2011 8:16 AM
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Yes, we know we perhaps pump up the cause of Bryan Cranston pretty hard around here, but how can you not get excited by an actor who is not only massively talented, but has also seemed to make a keen decision to do interesting projects? How can you look at a forthcoming lineup of films like this -- “Drive,” “Contagion,” “Red Tails,” “John Carter,” “Rock of Ages,” “Total Recall,” “Argo,” "World War Z" -- and not be impressed? But it looks like the very busy Cranston has another ace up his sleeve. If you thought Bryan Cranston couldn't get any more Cranston-ier, there's this.

Watch: New TV Spot For 'Drive'; Bryan Cranston Turned Down 'X-Men: First Class' To Do The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 12, 2011 4:45 AM
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New U.K. Quad Poster TooUpdate: A new U.S. poster for "Drive" has arrived, check it out below via IMPA.

Bryan Cranston Drafted For 'World War Z'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2011 3:44 AM
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Update: despite a Vulture report that said Matthew Fox had dropped out of "World War Z", recent snaps of the actor on set suggest otherwise.

Scheduling Forces Bryan Cranston Out Of Ruben Fleischer's 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 20, 2011 3:19 AM
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There's just not enough of Bryan Cranston to go around in Hollywood.

Bryan Cranston Has The Best Agent In Hollywood, Now Joins 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 2:47 AM
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Come Christmas time, we hope Bryan Cranston gets something really nice for his agent because the actor has been lining up one solid film after another. Just yesterday, Cranston boarded Ben Affleck's "Argo" and barely twenty-four hours have passed and now he's on another high-profile project.

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