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Tribeca Review: 'Deadfall' Starring Eric Bana & Olivia Wilde Is Trapped In A Blizzard of Coincidence & Two-Dimensional Characters

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 26, 2012 6:17 PM
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"Deadfall" starts off strong enough – three criminals, led by Addison (Eric Bana) and his sexy sister Liza (Olivia Wilde) speed away from some unspecified job (it's later revealed to be a casino heist). It's icy out and their driver (the only black character in the whole movie) overcompensates, avoiding a deer, which sends their car cart wheeling over a snowy embankment. As Addison and Liza climb out of the wrecked car they notice their very-dead driver, his head through the windshield. "He should have been wearing his safety belt," Bana grumbles, dripping a syrupy Southern accent on top of his natural Australian drawl. It's a perfect way to begin the movie – darkly comic, oddly thrilling, weirdly sexual (there's definitely an incestuous vibe between the siblings) – but these opening moments are probably the strongest in the movie's 94 minute running time.

Eric Bana Won't Shake His Hips In 'Elvis & Nixon'; Malin Akerman Not Sure The Linda Lovelace Biopic 'Inferno' Is Going To Happen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2012 6:45 PM
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THR hit the ground running at the Tribeca Film Festival, and they've been busy finding out what the stars won't be doing in the near future.

Ciarán Hinds, Julia Stiles & Riz Ahmed Join Untitled Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall-Led Suspense Thriller

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 11, 2012 7:00 PM
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Production begins next week in the U.K. on Focus Features and Working Title's latest collaboration: an untitled suspense thriller that stars Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall and Jim Broadbent. And there's plenty of reason to pay attention, apart from the boutique studios with discerning film taste and these three stars.

Jim Broadbent Joins Eric Bana & Rebecca Hall In John Crowley's Untitled Thriller, Because Jim Broadbent Is In Everything

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 23, 2012 9:23 AM
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It's a little known fact, but in the mid 1980s, in a bid to fight underemployment in certain aspects of the entertainment industry, the British government passed the Broadbent Act, which set up a quota that one in four British movies would have to cast British character actor favorite Jim Broadbent, while providing tax cuts to any Hollywood movies that employed him. Sometimes, this has led to some overlap, such as last year, when Broadbent accidentally gave the exact same performance in "The Iron Lady" as he did a decade ago in "Iris."

'Welcome To People' Is Now 'People Like Us'; Eric Bana & Olivia Wilde-Led Thriller Retitled 'Deadfall'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 16, 2012 2:25 PM
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Alex Kurtzman is best known as one half of the blockbuster-scripting duo with Roberto Orci ("Transformers," "Star Trek"), but last year, he ventured out solo making his directorial debut with a family dramedy known as "Welcome To People." Starring Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer, the project is one we're keen to check out, but we'll now have to look for a different title on box office screens with the DreamWorks pic now going by "People Like Us."

Gerard Butler Replaces Eric Bana In Diamond Heist Pic 'Brilliant'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 29, 2012 4:37 PM
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Fresh out of rehab, and looking dapper hitting the Oscar parties over the weekend, Gerard Butler is wisely putting whatever troubles he had to overcome, putting his head down, and getting back to work.

Eric Bana & Rebecca Hall Starring In Untitled Thriller From 'Boy A' Helmer John Crowley & 'Eastern Promises' Writer Steven Knight

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 2, 2012 1:35 PM
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Despite the idea of the suspense thriller for grown-ups being routinely declared dead, the genre itself refuses to stay dead. Every few months, some such film will quietly make a tidy profit at the box office, despite not gathering the same attention as pictures with more explosions in them. Last year saw films like "The Lincoln Lawyer," "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" all end up firmly in the black, and the companies behind the latter, producers Working Title Films and distributors Focus Features, are teaming up again for another highly promising-sounding turn.

Armie Hammer To Face Off Against Eric Bana In Sheldon Turner's 'By Virtue Fall'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 7, 2011 1:15 PM
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Armie Hammer's had his fair share of ups and down across his admittedly brief career. Aged only 21, he was George Miller's choice to play Batman in "Justice League: Mortal!" But the film was scrapped only weeks before shooting. He spent a few years without major credits, before impressing as the Winkelvi in David Fincher's "The Social Network," and landed a major role in Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar" as a result! But "J. Edgar" didn't turn out to be any good.

Eric Bana To Play The King In Cary Elwes' Directorial Debut 'Elvis & Nixon'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 24, 2011 1:21 AM
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Danny Huston In Talks To Star As President NixonAs if the art of acting wasn't difficult enough, how about taking on a character that would lay claim to being the most regularly portrayed and impersonated in real life and a role that warrants it's own lengthy section on Wikipedia dedicated to listing all the people who played the exact same part on screen in the past? That's the challenge fronting Eric Bana who will soon play Elvis Presley in Cary Elwes' directorial debut, "Elvis & Nixon."

Eric Bana To Pull Off 'Brilliant' Diamond Heist

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 3:19 AM
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Is the heist movie making a comeback? Last year's "The Town" excited audiences with its gritty heist sequences, while this summer's "Fast Five" found the car franchise refashioning itself into something else entirely, and later this year Louis Leterrier will combine illusions and bank robberies when he starts filming "Now You See Me." Well, "Legally Blonde" and "Killers" director Robert Luketic is getting in on the action, and having signed on to direct "Brilliant" earlier this year, he's now found his leading man.

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