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4 New Images From 'Seven Psychopaths'; Martin McDonagh Wants To Do A Musical With Tom Waits

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 20, 2012 11:26 AM
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How meta is too meta for a movie? "I don't know, you search that line without ‑‑ you know, there aren't any rules or boundaries. You push it as far as you can go. You know when it's smug," director Martin McDonagh said in an interview about his latest black comedy "Seven Psychopaths." And there are many things you can call the upcoming film, but smug is not one of them.

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.

Weekend Box Office: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Bats Off 'Total Recall' For Third Straight Week At The Top

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 5, 2012 12:03 PM
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Even with its associations to the horrible disaster in Aurora, Colorado, the business being registered by “The Dark Knight Rises” has been fairly unprecedented. While it’s clear at this point it won’t match its predecessor, the zeitgeist-y “The Dark Knight,” its numbers are still poised to result in the second biggest film of the year, and easily one of the most successful of all time, as it retained the lead in the box office race for the third weekend in a row with $36.4 million, bringing its tally to over $350 million domestic.

Review: 'Total Recall' A Derivative, Dim & Substance-Free Remake

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • August 2, 2012 8:00 AM
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A pastiche of almost too many movies to count as a remake of just one, “Total Recall” is mindless, middling fare that fails to utilize – much less expand – the provocative concepts at the core of its iconic 1990 predecessor. Len Wiseman, whose “Die Hard” sequel effectively betrayed every one of the central tenets of that franchise (save for the casting of Bruce Willis), applies his personality-free technical proficiency to a re-imagining whose focus on what’s cool in the moment consistently undermines what any of it collectively means, not to mention why the hell audiences should care. Passable but uninspiring except for a standout performance from the never-better Jessica Biel, “Total Recall” plays directly into the hands of metaphor-wielding critics eager to highlight how a movie about a man recovering his memory can manage to be quite so forgettable.

Comic-Con '12: 'Total Recall' Remake Footage A Slick, Straight Take On The Original

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 14, 2012 10:00 AM
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Last year at Comic-Con Len Wiseman and co. offered a tease of the anticipated remake of Paul Verhoeven’s 1990 sci-fi flick, “Total Recall.” Outside the San Diego Convention Center, sexy futuristic lady officers stood with guns beside a future cop car.

Watch: New 'Total Recall' Clip, Featurette & International Poster

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 12, 2012 9:05 AM
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As “Total Recall,” the latest entry in the list of remakes no one asked for, is set for release in a little over three weeks, the marketing campaign is going into overdrive. A batch of new stuff from the movie has arrived for your weary eyeballs.

Watch: Trailer For Fox & Blue Sky's Miniaturized 'Epic' Debuts

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 26, 2012 12:22 PM
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Well, a movie calling itself "Epic" should probably kick off with an appropriately epic trailer. While we didn't quite get that with this, the first glimpse from the Fox/Blue Sky Studios' (loose) adaptation of the William Joyce book "The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs," it's still a promising-enough looking clip that draws us into a strange and magical world.

Noomi Rapace & Colin Farrell Thriller 'Dead Man Down' To Hit Theaters On April 5, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2012 4:11 PM
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Well, this will be an interesting little experiment. While both have been part of hit films, neither Noomi Rapace or Colin Farrell are necessarily marquee names. Sure, Rapace was part of the successful Swedish version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and is currently starring in "Prometheus," but that movie is sold on concept, not her name. As for Farrell, he's always been a wildcard, hard to predict, and he was likely more known last summer for his brief supporting role in "Horrible Bosses" than as the wicked villain of "Fright Night."

Colin Farrell Joins 'Saving Mr. Banks' With Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 15, 2012 4:27 PM
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We've long discussed the career of Colin Farrell, one that hasn't particularly been on steady rise so much as moved in fits and starts. The actor has tackled franchises and indies in equal measure, with some more successful than others. This year sees him lead the "Total Recall" remake and star in Martin McDonagh's "Seven Psychopaths," and he's filming the thriller "Dead Man Down" as well. And while we'll have to see how those films play out, his next endeavor is kind of a no brainer for success.

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