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New Character Posters For 'Snowpiercer' & 'The World's End' Bring The Apocalypse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2013 4:02 PM
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The World's End
It seems that if you want some vision of the world coming an end, you have more than a few options at the movies this year; on Wednesday "This Is The End" comes to theaters, and numerous sci-fi blockbusters this summer ("Oblivion," "After Earth") have already tackled apocalyptic visions of Earth forever changed and humanity forced to leave. Some extra posters for a couple of the other flavors of big and scary end-times are here, continuing cinema's determination to make 2013 the year it all ended.

Review: Potentially Dumb & Fun 'Pain & Gain' Overstays Its Welcome With Unrelentingly Dumb & Unfun Tale

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 24, 2013 10:40 AM
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Big, dumb, ridiculously over-the-top fun. When all else fails, filmmaker Michael Bay, perhaps one of the most unfairly maligned directors of the last two decades, can make it rain and bring the entertaining thunder like no one else. If not the inventor of the modern day supernova-esque blockbuster, Bay certainly defined it with some of the biggest, loudest, most larger-than-life spectacles of contemporary cinema. While loathed in many circles for several years by critics like Roger Ebert and others for “ruining movies” with his dumbed-downed, stadium-sized, often banal, Bon Jovi-like anthemic films that came with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, Bay’s reputation has improved in recent years with the rise and popularity of vulgar auteurism (a newfound respect or the loud and proud).

Watch: Trailer For Dustin Lance Black's Re-Edited 'Virginia' (aka 'What's Wrong With Virginia')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2012 4:13 PM
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Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black was coming into TIFF in 2010 on a wave a good buzz. He was riding high off the succes of "Milk" which earned him an Oscar, and Clint Eastwood was gearing up "J. Edgar" based on a script he had written. And now, everyone wanted to take a peek to see what the wunderkind would do behind the camera with his feature directorial debut "What's Wrong With Virginia." And it was a disaster. Reviews were not kind and the movie took a very, very long time to find a distributor. And indeed, Black himself was candid about the failures of the film.

January Jones & Ed Harris Will Drink The Revenge Flavored 'Sweetwater'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 5:38 PM
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The big screen career of "Mad Men" star January Jones has been a bit of a mixed bag. She earned acclaim and attention for her turn in Tommy Lee Jones' "The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada" but has otherwise floundered. The less said about "Seeking Justice" the better. And do you remember anything about her role in "X-Men: First Class" besides the lingerie she wore? Oh yeah, she was in "Unknown" too, but again, in such a throwaway, forgettable role it's not a shock it hasn't stuck in the memory. But perhaps this next endeavor will set things right.

Review: Julianne Moore Shines As Sarah Palin In HBO’s ‘Game Change’

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 10, 2012 9:18 PM
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The debate about fair vs one-sided portraits aside -- the narrative of which has dominated the political conversation side of things so far -- "Game Change," Jay Roach's HBO film about Sarah Palin's effect on the 2008 Republican campaign to elect John McCain, is, by and large, an absorbing and entertaining docu-drama-like account of this period in election history. It's also perhaps one of the most effective political cautionary tales to date, an evidential A-Z portrait of what not to do when trying to pick a running mate.

Ed Harris To Join Dwayne Johnson In Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2012 8:36 PM
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Here's the simple fact: Ed Harris makes anything he appears in worth watching. Last weekend's "Man On A Ledge," where he starred as a villainous Manhattan real estate developer (aren't they all?), found him delightfully chewing the scenery of a film wheezing from its thin premise. And while he hasn't really been in a quality project since "The Way Back," 2012 is already looking promising as he'll be starring as John McCain in HBO's "Game Change" next month. And if all goes according to plan, he'll be reteaming with Michael Bay.

Movie Gods Intervene? Matthew Fox Drops Out Of 'World War Z'; Ed Harris Too

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 30, 2011 6:15 AM
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A deeply disturbing universal truth shifted between the years of 2007 and 2010 during the six-year run of "Lost" that shakes us to the core. Seth Rogen dutifully recognized in 2007's "Knocked Up" this sharp and spot-on observation: "You know what's interesting about Matthew Fox? Nothing!" The world chuckled, concurred and moved on. But somewhere between the release of that movie and present day, Fox's rather amusing, poor reaction to the little dig (even if scientifically recognized as truth, it's a comedy, dude), things changed and Fox became a entertainment magazine cover person bound for stardom thanks to the growing popularity of "Lost."

Matthew Fox & Ed Harris Gear Up For 'World War Z'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2011 6:30 AM
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With filming set to begin very soon in London and Scotland (where Glasgow will double as Philadelphia for some reason), "World War Z" is beginning to get the final pieces of casting into place, once again mixing up television stars with movie actors.

Watch: Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear & Jennifer Connelly In Trailer For 'Salvation Boulevard'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 24, 2011 1:04 AM
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The next few months might be dominated by summer blockbusters, but we're also starting to get the festival hits from the last six months: acclaimed indies from Toronto, Sundance and SXSW, films like "Submarine," "Beginners," "The Trip" and "Page One," all land in the next while and a trailer has just debuted for one of the starrier offerings from Park City this year.

Neil LaBute & Aaron Eckhart To Reteam For 'The Geography of Hope'; Ed Harris Also Stars

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 5:44 AM
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Breakout movie roles don't come as memorable -- or repulsive -- as Aaron Eckhart's slimy performance as Chad in Neil LaBute's "In The Company Of Men." It was a wickedly dark turn in a movie that itself was blackly hilarious that lead to two more collaborations between the writer/director: the excellent "Your Friends & Neighbors" and the far less successful "Possession." And then the two parted ways. Eckhart went on to become one of the top leading men and character actors in Hollywood, while LaBute fell into a bit of spiral directing a string of bad movies including, at the bottom of the barrel, "The Wicker Man" and "Lakeview Terrace." But almost a decade since they last worked together, it looks like the duo are ready to pick up again.

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