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First Look: John Travolta, Christopher Plummer & Tye Sheridan In 'The Forger'

The Forger
Get ready for a steal. John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan are getting together to pull of a heist, and the first look at their crime is here. Read More »

Review: 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight' Floats But Doesn't Quite Sting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2013 12:52 PM
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Capturing the magnetic, larger than life personality of Muhammad Ali has been something only a few actors have tried over the years, including Will Smith, Darius McCrary and Terrence Howard. And while the boxing legend and sports world superstar can be imitated, he simply can't be duplicated. So call it a savvy move on the part of screenwriter Shawn Slovo and director Stephen Frears to avoid that issue altogether in "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," which defers to archival footage to present the titular subject in the dramatized story of his fight against his conviction of avoiding the Vietnam War draft, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. Unfortunately, however, that archival material is also the most dramatically potent in a film that presents the story respectfully, it not particularly compellingly.

Watch: New Trailer For Stephen Frears' 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 11:53 AM
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Playing in limited release right now is the rather excellent documentary, "The Trials Of Muhammad Ali" (our review), which gives a fascinating, in depth look at the legal battles the fighter faced, including his highly publicized decision to claim conscientious objector status when drafted for the Vietnam War. It was a position that seriously threatened his livelihood, and made him an easy target from all sides; the true story itself is hugely dramatic and compelling. But if you'd rather see a movie with actors telling the tale, well, there's "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight."

Watch: 3 Clips From Stephen Frears' Cannes Film 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2013 5:35 PM
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Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
If further evidence were needed that the lines between TV and film are becoming less and less visible, Cannes has provided a decent opportunity. Last year saw "Hemingway & Gellhorn" get an out-of-competition screening, whereas this year went one better, and has seen Steven Soderbergh's "Behind The Candelabra" pick up some of the best reviews of the festival.

'To The Wonder': 10 Actors Cut Out Of Terrence Malick Films & How They Reacted

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 10, 2013 3:39 PM
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To The Wonder, Actors Cut From Malick Films
We’ve all been there. Cast as the lead in a meaty, dialogue-heavy role in a surefire masterpiece from one of the most unassailable geniuses of modern filmmaking, only to be reduced to sifting through the finished film on freeze frame occasionally shouting "Look! That’s my shadow on that fern!" or "Hey! That’s the back of my head near that egret!" The one comfort we can take when this inevitability occurs, is that we’re in fine company on the Malick cutting room floor. The only question is, whose lead will we follow in reacting to our role’s excision or drastic reduction?

Shirley MacLaine & Christopher Plummer Are 'Elsa & Fred'; Rose Byrne & Hugo Weaving Go Around 'The Turning' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 1, 2012 1:42 PM
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Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer will star in the Michael Radford-helmed English-language remake of “Elsa & Fred.” Based on the 2005 Argentinian film, the remake will move its setting to New Orleans with “MacLaine as Elsa, a gregarious fun-loving retiree, who takes a shine to Plummer’s character, a stick-in-the-mud widower, Fred, who moves into her apartment building, but just wants to be left alone.” The film begins shooting this December in New Orleans and Rome.

FilmNation Picks Up Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska,' Breaking Glass Buys Xavier Dolan's 'Laurence Anyways'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 31, 2012 1:28 PM
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After 2011’s Oscar-winning “The Descendants,” Alexander Payne is looking for a little extra help in getting his follow-up feature “Nebraska” to the screen. The road trip flick starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte is seeking a supplement to its financing by shopping its international distribution rights. Paramount is distributing the film domestically, but FilmNation has reportedly already struck a number of key deals on behalf of Payne to get the film in front of more international audiences.

Rosamund Pike & Christopher Plummer Join Simon Pegg In 'Hector And The Search For Happiness'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 8, 2012 5:15 PM
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We may be finally getting some more (and hugely exciting) casting update on Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s “The World’s End,” but for a while the only other name confirmed was Rosamund Pike (“Die Another Day,” “Jack Reacher”). Well, Pike must have got the Simon Pegg bug because she’ll be reuniting with him very soon after the Wright film finishes shooting, on the set of the indie flick “Hector and the Search for Happiness.”

Christopher Plummer & Frank Langella Join Stephen Frears' 'Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 10, 2012 1:45 PM
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Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali’s remarkable skills as an athlete in the ring, and his larger than life persona outside it, have led to more than few films about his life. Most notably among the litter is Michael Mann’s Will Smith-starring “Ali,” and of course there is subtly titled "The Greatest," but as we told you at the start of the month, “The Queen” director Stephen Frears is looking to step into the ring with his own Ali biopic for HBO entitled “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.”

The Amazing Race: Taking The Temperature Of The Race After The Oscar Nominations & Guild Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 30, 2012 2:55 PM
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Finally, the Oscar nominations were announced last Tuesday. Furthermore, three of the four big guilds -- the Producers, the Director's and the Screen Actors -- have given out their awards over the last couple of weekends, with only the Writers still to hand out any statuettes. So at last, months and months down the line, we can stop talking about what's going to be be nominated, and start talking about what's going to win. Or at least who's leading the field at this point.

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