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Watch: First Trailer For 'A Late Quartet' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 10, 2012 1:00 PM
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The world of classical music isn't one that's explored often in the movies, but when it is, it can often prove prime awards territory -- think of "Amadeus" or "Shine," which each featured composers and musicians, and which each picked up Oscars (or in the case of the former, several) for their trouble. And that certainly seems to be the hope of Yaron Zilberman's drama "A Late Quartet," which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight.

TIFF Review: Manic & Meta 'Seven Psychopaths' Both Exhausts & Delights

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 8, 2012 10:46 AM
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It would seem that following the success of "In Bruges," writer/director Martin McDonagh went to Hollywood -- and didn't like the experience. A meta riff on making movies "Seven Psychopaths" is a sneering send-up of the industry that also revels in its action movie clichés. But if there is one thing certain about McDonagh's sophomore feature film, it's that it's bigger in every sense than his debut. Boasting lots of gunplay, a big extended cast of stars willing to play along and a less witty, broader sense of humor, McDonagh tries to have it both ways by playing to the cheap seats while pointing out how absurd it is at the same time.

Watch: Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken & Woody Harrelson In First Trailer For 'Seven Psychopaths'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 14, 2012 11:59 AM
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Not many directors have an Oscar before their first feature is released, but playwright-turned-filmmaker Martin McDonagh managed the trick by picking up the Best Short prize for his film "Six Shooter." And fortunately, his feature follow-up, "In Bruges," was no disappointment; a soulful, foul-mouthed comedy that helped to revitalize Colin Farrell's career, it proved something of a sleeper hit a few years back, picking up some great reviews.

William Hurt Tells 'Winter's Tale'; Margo Martindale Moves To 'Osage County'; Terrence Howard Has 'A Girl And A Gun' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2012 10:37 AM
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It's a good week for dream projects with Akiva Goldsman involved, with Warner Bros. helping to make them come true. With the studio now taking a very close look at Ron Howard's sprawling "The Dark Tower," they are also flipping the switch on the long developing "Winter's Tale." Set to mark Goldsman directorial debut, the fantasy will be led by Collin Farrell and "Downton Abbey" star Jessica Findlay-Brown with Will Smith and Russell Crowe in small roles, in the story that follows a thief who breaks into a wealthy man’s home, sparking a relationship with the man’s terminally ill daughter with reincarnation, a flying horse, and a time-shift of 100 years all playing a part of the plot. William Hurt has now joined the film, and will be playing the father of the dying girl. Production begins in October.

New Images From 'Seven Psychopaths' Starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell & Christopher Walken

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 31, 2012 11:23 AM
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Martin McDonagh, the director of "In Bruges," has a new pitch-black comedy called "Seven Psychopaths" starring Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken, and co-starring Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, Olga Kurylenko and Zeljko Ivanek (who starred in McDonagh's amazing Broadway play "The Pillowman"). As of this morning, the movie is set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Midnight Madness section.

Philip Seymour Hoffman & Christopher Walken Play Classical Music In Pics From 'A Late Quartet'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2012 11:37 AM
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So, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir as a string quartet? Sure, we'll make the leap, particularly when it involves some of our favorite actors.

20th Anniversary: 5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Batman Returns'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 19, 2012 10:58 AM
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We’re on the eve of a brand new Batman blockbuster, next month’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” which will feature Anne Hathaway as the semi-villainous cat burglar Selina Kyle who prowls the streets at night as Catwoman. While Christopher Nolan and co. have given some real-world explanations for her eccentricities (her night vision goggles prop up on her head like cat’s ears), the hardest task in defining Catwoman for a new generation will be getting out from under the shadow of Michelle Pfeiffer, whose portrayal in Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns” remains one of the towering performances in all of comic book moviedom.

Daniel Radcliffe Might Voice Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pinocchio,' While Juno Temple Joins 'Maleficent'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 5:21 PM
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Right now, it's still unclear if the fairy tale movie is really going to end up being a potent force. While "Once Upon A Time" and "Grimm" have found fans on the small screen, in the cinema, "Alice in Wonderland" aside (and that's a film that's only really a fairy tale by the loosest definition of the word), none of the live-action reboots of classic folklore material, from "Red Riding Hood" to "Mirror Mirror," have gotten much traction with audiences. That could (and we suspect will) change in a couple of weeks when "Snow White And The Huntsman" opens, but the uncertainty hasn't stopped studios moving forward with a myriad of fairy tale projects: everything from "Beauty & The Beast" to "Cinderella" is in various stages of development.

Robert De Niro & Christopher Walken May Head To 'Last Vegas' With Michael Douglas

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 2:05 PM
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Old dudes partying? Nah, we'll pass on that, thanks. Oh wait, those dudes include Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken? Yeah, that sounds like a shindig we could get down with.

Exclusive: Watch Kevin Pollak Do A Christopher Walken Impression To Describe His Character In 'Columbus Circle'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2012 3:02 PM
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It seems almost everyone has a Christopher Walken impression they can bust out, and given that actor's distinct tone and cadence, it's a fun one to do. Folks as wide ranging as Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey and Jay Mohr have done them, but ranking right up there is Kevin Pollak. And with his latest film "Columbus Circle" hitting stores next week, he's here to tell you about this character, as only Walken himself would say it.

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