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Watch: Trailer For William Friedkin's NC-17 Rated 'Killer Joe' Starring Matthew McConaughey & Emile Hirsch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2012 12:25 PM
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While we're not even halfway through the cinematic year, we can pretty much guarantee that few movies will have a finale as brazen, bizarre, absurd and thrilling as William Friedkin's black as coal comedy/thriller "Killer Joe." But then again, there are few movies out there like it. Stamped with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA (likely due to that climatic scene), LD Entertainment is bravely soldiering on with a theatrical release (good for them) and the trailer has now arrived.

Emile Hirsch Joins Toni Collette & Pierce Brosnan In Big Screen Version Of Nick Hornby's 'A Long Way Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2012 5:38 PM
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Emile Hirsch certainly isn't predictable. The actor has vacillated from indie to movies to blockbusters to everything in between and you only have to look at recent batch of films -- "Killer Joe," "The Darkest Hour," "Savages" -- to realize that he moves very much to the beat of his own drum. So a movie based on a book by "High Fidelity" and "About A Boy" writer Nick Hornby? Why the hell not?

'Killer Joe' Star Gina Gershon Says NC-17 Ratings Seem "Random"; Talks Changes Made To 'Bound' To Secure R-Rating

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2012 2:45 PM
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Well, it's now official. After an appeal, the MPAA has weighed in and given William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" the dreaded NC-17 rating. And while this is unlikely to draw the celebrity and political support of the campaign Harvey Weinstein is putting behind the R-rated documentary "Bully," it's still a reminder of the MPAA's conservative viewpoint and the mysteriousness of the process by which they hand out ratings. And none of this is lost on "Killer Joe"'s star, Gina Gershon.

First Look: Penelope Cruz & Emile Hirsch In Sergio Castellitto's Romantic War-Drama 'Twice Born'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 28, 2012 9:04 AM
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After their collaboration nearly ten years ago on the romantic drama "Don't Move," it was revealed last year that Penelope Cruz and Italian actor-director Sergio Castellitto were set to reunite once again on a new project. As was the case with their first teaming, Cruz and Castellitto have turned to the helmer's wife, writer-actress Margaret Mazzantini, for inspiration with an adaptation her romantic war-drama "Venuto Al Mondo" that'll also feature Emile Hirsch, in a surprising piece of casting.

Review: There's A Reason You Didn't Know Alien Invasion Pic 'The Darkest Hour' Was Already In Theaters

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • December 27, 2011 2:35 PM
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In post-apocalyptic movies, it’s tough to know whether concentrated ensembles, empty cities and unpopulated streets are a sign of terrific production design or low-budget shortcutting. In either case, there’s a distinct absence of both extras and ideas in “The Darkest Hour,” a mediocre bit of holiday counterprogramming whose novelty value is limited to its Russian locale and the idea that even a handful of genuinely talented young actors could inject some life into a derivative, uninspired, anemic alien-invasion movie.

Venice '11 Review: 'Killer Joe' A Terrific Texan Tale With A Revelatory Matthew McConaughey Turn

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 8, 2011 2:06 AM
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In recent years, film translations of stage hits haven't been as prevalent as they once were. You might get the occasional "Doubt" or "Rabbit Hole," for instance, but compared to the early days of the talkies, when a large proportion of movies were based on Broadway hits, it's been slim pickings; audiences and critics have learned that most attempts at stage-to-screen translation fail to make the material truly cinematic.

'21 Jump Street' Directors Chris Miller & Phil Lord Punched Up The Humor In ‘The Darkest Hour’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2011 5:16 AM
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And More We Learned From Our Talk With Emile Hirsch At Comic-Con Including His Love For 'Avatar'Saturday afternoon in San Diego, Summit Entertainment screened the first official trailer for their upcoming alien invasion film "The Darkest Hour," directed by Chris Gorak and starring Emile Hirsch, Olivia Thirlby, Max Minghella, Rachael Taylor and Joel Kinnaman. The film tells the story of a group of Americans traveling in Moscow who survive an alien invasion and team up with others to try and fight back. Following a presentation by Gorak and producer Tom Jacobson ("Unstoppable"), The Playlist stole a few minutes with the film’s star Emile Hirsch to find out what appealed to him about this role and the character driven elements and humor to be found within the forthcoming film.

First Look: Emile Hirsch In 'The Darkest Hour' - A Russian-Set Alien Invasion Thriller

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 20, 2011 9:35 AM
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Things have been relatively quiet on "The Darkest Hour" front, a Summit Entertainment 3D science-fiction film directed by Chris Gorak and produced by Timur Bekmambetov ("Wanted," "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"). But now we have our first look at Emile Hirsch in the film, taking shelter in Moscow's Red Square.

Emile Hirsch Joins Penelope Cruz In Sergio Castellitto's 'Twice Born'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 12, 2011 4:30 AM
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Emile Hirsch kinda needs a comeback pic, doesn't he? After making a big splash in 2007 with Sean Penn's "Into The Wild," the failed experiment that was the Wachowski's "Speed Racer" left the actor trying to make his mark with small roles in films like "Taking Woodstock" and "Milk," and he's always turned in good performance, even if he hasn't yet become the A-lister he threatened to be.

Emile Hirsch Joins Oliver Stone's 'Savages'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2011 8:05 AM
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Welcome back, Emile Hirsch. The young actor seemed to have disappeared for a quick moment, but he's coming back with a fury. He's got the indie "Killer Joe" and the blockbuster "The Darkest Hour" headed to screens this year, he's currently filming "The Motel Life" with Stephen Dorff, and now he's adding another project to his plate.

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