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First Look: Jessica Chastain & Colin Farrell In Liv Ullman's 'Miss Julie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2014 1:42 PM
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While we didn't see much of Jessica Chastain at the multiplex in 2013, aside from the horror thing "Mama," 2014 promises to bring us a whole lot of the actress. Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" is, of course, already scheduled and the now-filming "A Most Violent Year" is expected to be ready for the awards season, also the dual movie "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby His & Hers" will likely see some kind of release in the next twelve months. And one more to keep an eye out for, at least on the festival circuit, is Liv Ullman's "Miss Julie."

Review: 'Winter's Tale' Starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe & Jennifer Connelly

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 12, 2014 11:44 AM
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Winter's Tale
Akiva Goldsman is one of those Hollywood screenwriters who has accrued a fair amount of animosity over the years, both because of his perceived lack of talent (he did have a hand in scripting "Batman & Robin," "The Da Vinci Code," and "Lost in Space," amongst others) and for his almost unparalleled level of success (he won a Screenplay Oscar for his work on Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind," and in the process taught us all that mental illness could be cured through the healing power of love). Regardless of what you think of him, Goldsman has genuine power, and for the past few years has used that power to secure funding for a lavish adaptation of novelist Mark Helprin's goopy 1983 supernatural romance "Winter's Tale." It is the ultimate Akiva Goldsman statement, mixing both his propensity for high concept gobbledygook with cloying, saccharine sentimentality. The result is a colossal folly the likes of which we haven't seen in years. It's truly unbelievable. We're still reeling.

Rachel Weisz Joins Yorgos Lanthimos' 'The Lobster' & Miles Teller Joins Martin Scorsese-Produced 'Bleed For This'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2014 1:09 PM
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The Berlin International Film Festival kicks off in just a couple of days, which means the buyers' market is heating up too. And acouple of projects just got some big additions that will be sure to get the pens of those signing cheques fired up.

Watch: New Trailer & TV Spot For Fantasy Romance 'Winter's Tale' Starring Colin Farrell & Jennifer Connelly

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2014 2:44 PM
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Winter's Tale
This Valentine's Day, you'll have a few romantic options to choose from at the mulitplex: there will be the Kevin Hart-starring remake "About Last Night," another remake with "Endless Love," and the fantasy epic "Winter's Tale." And while we can't tell you which of these is the better movie, we certainly know which one is the most expensive.

Review: Decent & Well-Acted 'Saving Mr. Banks' With Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 10, 2013 7:07 PM
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Saving Mr. Banks
Though the general public doesn't always share their enthusiasm, Hollywood loves making movies about itself. Whether fictional or based in reality, it's rare for a year to pass without some kind of film about filmmaking, from classics like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Mulholland Drive" to, uh, not-classics like "Hitchcock." In recent years, "The Artist" and "Argo" have both been critical and commercial successes (and not coincidentally, Best Picture Oscar winners), and Disney are clearly hoping that the same kind of success follows for "Saving Mr. Banks," which examines one of the family friendly company's most beloved films, 1964's "Mary Poppins," and their own founder and figurehead, Walt Disney, here played by megastar Tom Hanks.

Watch: First Trailer For Fantastical 'Winter's Tale' Starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe & Jennifer Connelly

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 9:40 PM
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Winter's Tale
Long considered unfilmable, Mark Helprin's novel "Winter's Tale" has been kicking around Hollywood waiting for someone to take it on. And that someone is Akiva Goldsman, the blockbuster producer ("Mr. And Mrs. Smith," "I Am Legend") has written the adaptation and is making his feature debut with the flick. And full credit to him, with the first trailer arriving this evening, it looks like he's poured all he's got into it.

BFI London Film Festival Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks' With Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 20, 2013 6:00 PM
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Saving Mr. Banks
Though the general public doesn't always share their enthusiasm, Hollywood loves making movies about itself. Whether fictional or based in reality, it's rare for a year to pass without some kind of film about filmmaking, from classics like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Mulholland Drive" to, uh, not-classics like "Hitchcock." In recent years, "The Artist" and "Argo" have both been critical and commercial successes (and not coincidentally, Best Picture Oscar winners), and Disney are clearly hoping that the same kind of success follows for "Saving Mr. Banks," which examines one of the family friendly company's most beloved films, 1964's "Mary Poppins," and their own founder and figurehead, Walt Disney, here played by megastar Tom Hanks.

10 Actors Hollywood Tried And Failed To Make Happen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 31, 2013 1:21 PM
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Actors That Hollywood Tried to make Happen and failed
This week, a small-scale indie Australian surfing movie called “Drift,” which details two surfing brothers struggling to overcome their debt-ridden backgrounds and avoid a descent into criminality, opens in limited release. It shares almost nothing in common with the Biggest-Movie-Of-All-Time “Avatar” except its star, Sam Worthington, who in fact plays third lead here behind two largely unknown Aussie actors as the brothers. If it seems like a far cry from Pandora for Worthington, well, that’s because it is. Nothing to do with the quality of the film, but just in terms of the whisper-quiet buzz it’s getting, which Worthington’s presence alone should have beefed up if his stock in Hollywood meant anything at all. Yet despite a concerted effort that happened back there, Worthington just hasn’t ever become a bankable studio lead, and so here we are.

First Images Of Jessica Chastain & Colin Farrell In Liv Ullman's 'Miss Julie'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 15, 2013 9:25 AM
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After two Oscar nominations in a row, and one of the best performances of the decade so far in "Zero Dark Thirty," all eyes have been on what Jessica Chastain would do next. While the actress has lined up some major projects -- teaming with Guillermo del Toro on "Crimson Peak" and Christopher Nolan on "Interstellar" -- the star's first move was to do something lower key; an adaptation of August Strindberg's seminal play of sexual politics and class, "Miss Julie."

Review: 'Dead Man Down' Is A Surprisingly Satisfying Revenge Movie That Combines B-Movie Aesthetics With European Artiness

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 7, 2013 4:50 PM
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"Dead Man Down," the new revenge movie that marks the domestic debut of Niels Arden Oplev, the Norwegian director behind the original Swedish version of "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," doesn't have an extended title sequence. There are a couple of names of production companies and then the title and that's it. This is sort of strange, especially considering its impressive cast, which includes Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Isabelle Huppert and Terrence Howard. But everything about "Dead Man Down" is designed to catch you off guard, and most of the time it totally works, effortlessly mixing B-movie aesthetics with deeply contemplative European artiness. The result is a movie that is genuinely, totally unexpected.

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