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Liam Neeson Rolls With 'Entourage,' Andrew Garfield Joins 'The Woman In Gold' With Helen Mirren & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 26, 2014 9:05 AM
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Like some kind of Irish acting shark, Liam Neeson cannot stop working or else he dies. Though he’s already set to shoot “Taken 3” this spring—with no one being taken, strangely enough—The Wrap reports the “Non-Stop” actor has been spotted filming a scene on the set of the long-awaited “Entourage” movie opposite Jeremy Piven.

Christoph Waltz Has 'Tulip Fever,' 'Game Of Thrones' Actor Is The New Frank Martin In 'Transporter 4' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2014 3:37 PM
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Do you feel the heat? Maybe that's just because the ever busy Christoph Waltz has joined the promising drama "Tulip Fever."

Review: WWII Drama 'The Book Thief' Starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson & Sophie Nélisse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 5:06 PM
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"You missed a very dull TV show on Auschwitz. More gruesome film clips, and more puzzled intellectuals declaring their mystification over the systematic murder of millions. The reason they can never answer the question 'How could it possibly happen?' is that it's the wrong question. Given what people are, the question is 'Why doesn't it happen more often?' " says the tortured Max Von Sydow in Woody Allen's "Hannah & Her Sisters." While the worldview is bleak, the quote is somewhat telling when it comes to Hollywood's continued pursuit of Holocaust stories. That decades on, filmmakers are still telling stories based on or inspired by the true horrors endured by millions, speaks to the simple fact that the scope and scale of loss is still somewhat unfathomable. But very few films truly express and transmit the overwhelming reality of that dark chapter in human history, and unfortunately, "The Book Thief" suffers from that fate.

Watch: U.K. Trailer For Oscar Contending WWII Drama 'The Book Thief' Starring Geoffrey Rush

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2013 1:45 PM
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Oscar contender? Yes—at least Fox hopes so. While you might not have been hearing much about "The Book Thief," that's probably about to change. As Deadline points out, it's not every day that a studio pays for two full, nearly blank pages in The New York Times, but they did just that, with little more than the URL wordsarelife.com appearing, directing the curious to the official website of the movie. With the wheels on the awards season campaign starting to turn, a new U.K. trailer has arrived.

Watch: Trailer & New Pics From Potential Oscar Contender 'The Book Thief' Starring Geoffrey Rush & Emily Watson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2013 10:26 AM
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While many folks are furiously updating and upgrading their Oscar predictions as festival season gets underway, the thing is we're barely into the swing of the awards season, and more crucially, most of the films have yet to be seen. Some are going to flop, others are going to be expectedly great while a small handful more will truly surprise. Is "The Book Thief" from "Downton Abbey" director Brian Percival, going to be one of those that sneaks into contention?

Fox Searchlight Pick Up Amma Asante's Period Drama 'Belle' Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Tom Wilkinson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 1, 2013 3:25 PM
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Though it went mostly underseen in the U.S. , Amma Asante's 2004 film "A Way Of Life" was one of the best debut films by a British director in the last decade. A tough, powerful Wales-set drama with a brace of deeply moving performances, it won Asante the BAFTA Carl Foreman award for best debut by a British filmmaker as well as top prizes from the London and Miami Film Festivals, and marked the writer-director as a serious talent to watch.

Review: Neil Labute-Written ‘Some Girl(s)’ Starring Adam Brody, An Acerbic Yet Toothless Satirical Dramedy

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 28, 2013 4:55 PM
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For the sake of argument, let’s agree that the Neil LaBute narrative unfolds like this: the provocative playwright turned filmmaker stormed the indie world in 1997 with his disturbing, brusque and scathing critique of the male psyche “In The Company of Men.” LaBute's controversial, piquant, sometimes pungent plays and films continued along a purposefully challenging and similar path -- often about the battle of the sexes with a deeply cynical mind -- until the mid aughts when he attempted to go in a new direction: 2006 brought his gonzo and much-reviled remake of "The Wicker Man," 2008 saw a racially charged thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson ("Lakeview Terrace") and 2010 saw an African-American-centered remake of the British comedy "Death at a Funeral." While LaBute had already experimented with directing material he had not written (“Nurse Betty,” “Possession”), this latter period lacked focus and arguably dissolved away at the auteurial stamp making for anonymous works.

Watch: 2 Clips From Neil LaBute-Penned 'Some Girl(s)' Starring Adam Brody

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2013 3:27 PM
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Neil LaBute is back. Kind of. The writer/director who came storming out of the gate with his acidic takes on the relationship between men and women in films like "In The Company Of Men" and "Your Friends & Neighbors" has strayed from that kind of material in recent years, doing things as disparate as the thin race relations thriller "Lakeview Terrance" and the broad comedy "Death At A Funeral." But some new material penned by LaBute is being brought to the big screen in the form of "Some Girl(s)" and two clips have arrived.

Geoffrey Rush & Emily Watson To Star In WWII Tale ‘The Book Thief’

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 5, 2013 11:20 AM
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“The Book Thief,” the WWII Germany-set children’s novel by Marcus Zusak that spent over 280 weeks on the New York Times’ bestseller list, has been gearing up for the big screen for a little while now, and has attracted quite the international cast to help bring the story to life.

Angela Bassett Joins 'Olympus Has Fallen'; Ron Livingston Is 'The Pretty One'; David Tennant & Emily Watson To Star In 'The Politician's Husband' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2012 9:11 PM
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Angela Bassett is the latest to join "Olympus Has Fallen," Millenium Entertainment's rival to Sony's "White House Down." Set to be directed by Antoine Fuqua, the premise is pretty much the same: White House + terrorists/bad guys = hero saves the day. In this case, it's Gerard Butler with Aaron Eckhart along for the ride as POTUS. Basset will play Secret Service director Lynne Jacobs.

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