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Kristen Stewart & Elizabeth Banks Join Jim Sturgess In 'Secretary' Director Steven Shainberg's 'The Big Shoe'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 7, 2013 1:12 PM
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When we put together our 'where are they now' list of directors who'd gone years without making a film, one of the ones who didn't quite make the cut, but came very close, was Steven Shainberg. The filmmaker's second film "Secretary" was one of the more enduring indie cult classics of the first half of the 00s, but follow-up "Fur," with Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr, about Diane Arbus, wasn't embraced by either critics or audiences, and seven years have passed since that film.

Review: 'Movie 43' Strains For Laughs With Uninspired Collection Of Comedy Shorts

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 25, 2013 8:03 AM
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What is there to say, analytically, about “Movie 43”? Not released in theaters as much as inexplicably materializing in front of our very eyes, “Movie 43” has no moral, no overarching story, and no point other than the opportunity for Hollywood stars to play silly for a short while. Some of them relish this – a few of the performers are a natural at studied wackiness. Some aren’t as comfortable. Others just seem like they’re passing the time. The filmmakers who collaborated on this anthology film, however, mostly fit that last description. Despite the title, this… thing…is barely a movie.

Review: ‘The Details’ Is An Inconsistent But Entertaining Dark Comedy

  • By Cory Everett
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  • October 30, 2012 4:10 PM
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“The Details” is one of those dark comedies where everything that can go wrong does. The sophomore film from Jacob Aaron Estes, whose previous film “Mean Creek” won the John Cassavetes Award at Sundance in 2004, was the biggest sale of the 2011, purchased by The Weinstein Company for $8 million. Of the dozen movies this writer saw while he was at the fest, it was one of the more accessible, but didn’t exactly ring of “Little Miss Sunshine”-like success either. The film stars Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks as Jeff and Nealy Lang, young parents who have hit a rough patch in their marriage. Jeff is a doctor, Nealy is an interior decorator and while it’s probably neither’s fault, the passion has clearly gone out of their relationship, the image of the happy suburban couple is immediately shattered by a screaming match between the couple during the opening credits.

Raccoons & Infidelity Run Through New Clip And Images From ‘The Details’ Starring Tobey Maguire

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 29, 2012 10:48 AM
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Through the beginnings of Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio’s careers existed a parallel role choice before diverging in approach, and so it's with perhaps a tinge of familiarity, post-“Revolutionary Road,” that Maguire stepped in for his own take on a crumbling marriage with 2011 Sundance hit “The Details.” However, despite finding distribution coin (to the tune of $8 mil) from The Weinstein Company, the Jacob Aaron Estes (“Mean Creek”) black comedy is just now finding theatrical release next month, but rather than bury the film, they’ve instead ramped up promotion with a slew of new material to witness.

Elizabeth Banks Takes A 'Walk Of Shame'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 10:22 AM
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While we enjoyed "Pitch Perfect," for this writer the comedic highlight wasn't Rebel Wilson or Anna Kendrick, but Elizabeth Banks (who also produced the movie, fyi). Her small role alongside John Michael Higgins as a capella commentators provided some of the biggest belly laughs, and while we wait for someone to figure out that those two should lead their own movie together, we'll be content with the fact that Banks is getting a new comedy vehicle.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For Anthology Comedy 'Movie 43' Starring Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Emma Stone & Every Star On The Planet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 10:57 PM
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What do you get when you put together twelve directors, way more stars and producing power of Peter Farrelly? Well, it's "Movie 43" a portmanteau of comedy that looks like it'll be wearing it's R-rating with pride. And a new red band trailer has dropped to let audiences know just what on Earth they'll be getting into.

Review: 'Pitch Perfect' Hits All The Right Notes

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • September 27, 2012 9:03 AM
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Luckily, "Pitch Perfect" has just enough flaws to (almost) keep us from making terrible puns around its title, but this fun comedy is good enough to leave an a cappella version of "No Diggity" stuck in your head. For a week. If this film does as well as it should, expect an influx of mediocre singers at karaoke; meanwhile we'll stick to practicing our rendition of "Starships" in the shower as we relive the awesomeness.

Watch: Unofficial Trailer & New Images From 'The Details' With Tobey Maguire & Elizabeth Banks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2012 4:24 PM
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There are two kinds of Sundance films. There are those that earn instant buzz, get picked up, continue on the festival circuit and become a success. And there are the movies that get a lot of heat at Park City or feature some big stars, get bought up and then sit on the shelf or underperform. Unfortunately for "The Details," it has fallen into the latter category.

Elizabeth Banks Joins Diane Lane In 'West Of Memphis' Director Amy Berg's 'Every Single Thing'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 10, 2012 11:35 AM
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Coming off the wave of acclaim surrounding her Sundance hit, the documenatry “West of Memphis ” earlier this year, director Amy Berg has wasted no time using that momentum to secure her follow-up and narrative feature debut, the drama “Every Secret Thing.” Before Berg's involvement, the film had been stalled in development hell, with the only constants being Nicole Holofcener’s script, Frances McDormand as producer, and Diane Lane in the film’s lead, two more items have appeared to make the production a definite reality.

Morgan Freeman & Elizabeth Banks Lend Voices To 'Lego: The Piece Of Resistance'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 7:44 PM
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Ordinarily, the idea of turning Lego into a movie is something that would make our stomach churn and eyes roll back into the far recesses of our head, but there is something about the approach "21 Jump Street" helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (along with Chris McKay) are bringing to the movie. The plot is pretty inventive, centering on Emmett, a regular everyday little Lego figure, who is mistaken as a MasterBuilder and suddenly becomes part of a group on a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing everything together. It's basically an excuse to run through a variety of Lego worlds, and a pretty good one at that, and with Chris Pratt taking the lead and Will Arnett stopping by as Batman (awesome), we now hear of two more voices pitching in.

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