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Watch: Simon Pegg Searches For Meaning In New Trailer For 'Hector And The Search for Happiness'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • July 11, 2014 10:22 AM
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Hector And The Search for Happiness
It's no small feat having co-written and starred in the hallowed Cornetto Trilogy, but Simon Pegg has also managed to carve out a sizeable back catalog of generally entertaining if sometimes forgettable features. Between lending support to the "Mission: Impossible" and "Star Trek" franchises, you'd think the "Nerd Do Well" author wouldn't have the time to turn in full-fledged leading man performances in "A Fantastic Fear of Everything" and again, in the upcoming "Hector and the Search for Happiness."

Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Bruno Ganz & Dean Norris To Star In Atom Egoyan's 'Remember'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2014 5:16 PM
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Director Atom Egoyan has a number of acclaimed films under his belt — "The Sweet Hereafter," "Felicia's Journey," "Exotica" — but it should also be noted, that when he stumbles, he misses hard. His last two films in particular didn't hit the mark, with the campy sexytimes "Chloe" and the West Memphis Three drama "Devil's Knot" finding the director off his game. And while we wait to see how his Cannes entry "The Captive" turns out, he's already lining up his next pic.

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.”

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