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Bryan Cranston Headed To Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 1:10 AM
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While starring in a hit television sitcom provides a lucrative steady income (thank you syndication) as well as regular gig which for actors is a dream come true, the downside is that the lengthy schedule in which you can branch out to do plays or movies is tremendously small. And while Bryan Cranston doesn't regret the six season and 151 episodes he churned out on "Malcolm In The Middle" he used his time following the show like a man who's got about one hour left to live. He lined up "Breaking Bad," the hit and critically acclaimed AMC show that opened even more doors for the actor who hit the big screen earlier this year in "The Lincoln Lawyer" and has his CV stacked with a number of fantastic forthcoming projects including "Drive," "Contagion," "Red Tails, "John Carter," "Total Recall," "Rock Of Ages" and now, one more high profile gig.

Cannes Review: Nicolas Winding Refn's Low-Slung '80s Crime Drama 'Drive' Has A Dark Majesty

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2011 12:22 PM
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Why is "Drive" -- a seemingly trivial affair about a stuntman and part-time getaway driver, played by Ryan Gosling, pulled into deep and bloody waters on the neon-and-streetlight lit streets of L.A. -- even at Cannes, let alone in competition? It's not merely because of the bloody-but-brilliant background of director Nicolas Winding Refn, whose films (the "Pusher" trilogy, "Bronson," "Valhalla Rising") have demonstrated both an eye for composition and a taste for the jugular. It's not merely because of the film's cinematic roots, with the production seemingly crafted as a clear tribute to '80s-era Michael Mann and other synthesizer-and-faux-leather action-crime stories. Rather, you can make a case that "Drive" is here because action cinema and genre cinema are too important -- and too exciting, enthralling and, yes, artful when well made -- to be merely dismissed as suitable only for hacks to make and dolts to watch. French enthusiasm for American crime cinema from the '40s and '50s gave us the vocabulary and value set to truly appreciate film noir -- and anyone who can truly appreciate film noir will appreciate "Drive."

Watch: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan & Bryan Cranston In New Clip From Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 6:30 AM
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Plus A Ton Of New Images From The FilmWe're only a few days for the Cannes premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive," easily one of our most anticipated films of the year, and we can barely contain ourselves: in fact, we've built a cardboard car in the center of The Playlist office and are currently sitting in it with a full-sized body pillow of Oscar Isaac. Fortunately, a healthier way of passing the time before the film arrives at the festival on Thursday has arrived, with Rope of Silicon debuting a new two-minute clip from the film.

Plenty Of New Images Unveiled From Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 8, 2011 2:49 AM
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First Look At Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston & Oscar IsaacWith the Cannes Film Festival right around the corner, one film we're champing at the bit to hear and see more of, is Nicolas Winding Refn's latest effort, "Drive."

'Breaking Bad' Star Bryan Cranston Latest Addition To Randomly Assembled Cast For 'Rock of Ages'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 2, 2011 1:24 AM
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Justin Theroux Rewriting Script With Director Adam ShankmanIt's always satisfying when someone finds success later in life, having worked quietly for years, and we're delighted that the latest actor to follow that path is Bryan Cranston. The 55-year-old has credits stretching back 30 years, and achieved relative fame as the father in long-running sitcom "Malcolm in the Middle," but he demonstrated a range far beyond a sitcom dad with his turn as the cancer-riddled, meth-dealing chemistry teacher at the center of AMC's "Breaking Bad," which has seen the veteran win three Emmys on the trot.

First Look At Animated 'Batman: Year One'; Film Will Premiere At Comic-Con

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2011 7:07 AM
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There is perhaps no storyline as canonical within the Batman catalog as Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One." Hugely influential, as the title suggests, the story takes place shortly after the death of Bruce Wayne's parents and tracks the young crimefighter's first steps into becoming the masked superhero. As everyone knows by now, Darren Aronofsky briefly worked on bringing it to the big screen in the early aughts, but Warner Bros. shelved the idea at the time. Well, Miller's tale is finally getting the movie treatment, though not in the form you might expect.

Bryan Cranston To Square Off Against Colin Farrell In 'Total Recall'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 7:06 AM
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With a release date announced for the "Total Recall" reboot about a month ago, there has been little word on the project other than Colin Farrell starring in the thing with Len Wiseman directing. Well, with shooting gearing up start this spring, it looks like the cast is starting to get locked in.

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