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Review: 'Draft Day' With Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner And Denis Leary

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 11, 2014 12:35 PM
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Draft Day
There have been countless movies made about football, but there has never been a movie made about the NFL Draft–that magical day when sports franchises from around the country vie for the hottest college players in an intense, all-day affair that combines the showmanship of a Vegas show (complete with costumed players walking onto a brightly lit stage) and the number-crunching intensity of a last minute tax audit. Thankfully, the new Ivan Reitman movie “Draft Day,” starring Kevin Costner as a high strung general manager of the Cleveland Browns, repositions this mixture of pageantry politicking as a thrilling analytic free-for-all; it’s “Moneyball” as directed like an episode of “24.”

Watch: New Trailer & Over 50 Images From Cannes Opener 'Grace Of Monaco' Starring Nicole Kidman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2014 8:52 AM
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Grace Of Monaco
Most films headed to the Cannes Film Festival keep their cards close to the chest, revealing as little as possible before making their grand premiere on the Croisette. Not so with "Grace Of Monaco." Olivier Dahan's upcoming drama overcame a rumored clash with Harvey Weinstein to land the opening slot at Cannes in May. And now a three-minute trailer and over fifty new images have dropped to show off the goods that Dahan and Weinstein are bringing to France in just a couple of months.

Watch: Get Ready For Game Day With 4 Clips From Kevin Costner's 'Draft Day'

  • By Joshua Encinias
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  • February 1, 2014 11:23 AM
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Draft Day
These clips don’t tell us if Sonny decides to keep or drop Bo, but the one with Frank Langella does give us a taste for Ivan Reitman’s directing. The scene has a trippy, moving split-screen that frequently overlaps Langella onto Costner’s side, adding some energy to this tale of a football manager who is making plays in an attempt to land the number one draft pick.

Review: 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight' Floats But Doesn't Quite Sting

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2013 12:52 PM
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Capturing the magnetic, larger than life personality of Muhammad Ali has been something only a few actors have tried over the years, including Will Smith, Darius McCrary and Terrence Howard. And while the boxing legend and sports world superstar can be imitated, he simply can't be duplicated. So call it a savvy move on the part of screenwriter Shawn Slovo and director Stephen Frears to avoid that issue altogether in "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," which defers to archival footage to present the titular subject in the dramatized story of his fight against his conviction of avoiding the Vietnam War draft, a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. Unfortunately, however, that archival material is also the most dramatically potent in a film that presents the story respectfully, it not particularly compellingly.

Watch: Wes Bentley & Frank Langella Work Out A Deal In Clip From 'The Time Being'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2013 9:57 AM
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Premiering last year in the midst of the always busy and expansive Toronto International Film Festival, Nenad Cicid-Sain's directorial debut "The Time Being" may have a flown a bit under the radar. But the talent and premise are intriguing enough that it could be a good option against the emptier fare at your local multiplex this weekend.

Watch: Trailer For Mystery 'The Time Being' Starring Wes Bentley & Frank Langella

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 2, 2013 12:21 PM
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Wes Bentley is an interesting (and dreamy) guy. Breaking out of nowhere as Ricky, the stoner-cum-video-artist next door in “American Beauty”, Bentley was suddenly a big part of an absolutely huge movie. The resultant pressure led to a 10-year addiction to heroin, a consequently cratering career and a series of rock bottoms, chronicled in Tony Zierra's utterly fascinating documentary “My Big Break.” Bentley has been crawling out of hell for a while now, via various dreadful staging posts (“Ghost Rider," “Jonah Hex," “Gone”), and last year finally caught a break as Gamesmaker Seneca Crane in “The Hunger Games," twirling his goatee in Machiavellian style.

Watch: 3 Clips From Stephen Frears' Cannes Film 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2013 5:35 PM
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Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
If further evidence were needed that the lines between TV and film are becoming less and less visible, Cannes has provided a decent opportunity. Last year saw "Hemingway & Gellhorn" get an out-of-competition screening, whereas this year went one better, and has seen Steven Soderbergh's "Behind The Candelabra" pick up some of the best reviews of the festival.

Exclusive: Clip From TIFF Mystery 'The Time Being' Starring Wes Bentley & Frank Langella

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 10, 2012 11:55 AM
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With the first big weekend at TIFF out of the way, there is still an exciting week of movies and premieres to come, and among the titles big and small still looking to make a splash, is Nenad Cicid-Sain's directorial debut "The Time Being."

Tim Roth To Play Prince Rainer III In 'Grace Of Monaco' Starring Nicole Kidman; Frank Langella Also Joins

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 15, 2012 9:41 AM
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With Nicole Kidman already on board as actress-turned-royal Grace Kelly and Paz Vega as her friend/confidante/opera legend Maria Callas, "La Vie En Rose" helmer Olivier Dahan has now added some testosterone to his upcoming feature "Grace Of Monaco," with Tim Roth jumping on board as Kelly's Monaco prince Rainer III, and vet Frank Langella also lined up for a supporting role.

Exclusive: Poster For 'Robot & Frank' Starring Frank Langella, Liv Tyler & James Marsden

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2012 12:32 PM
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"Robot & Frank," the feature film debut of commercial director Jake Schreier, premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival where it earned some solid buzz, became a hot acquistion title and was the co-winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize.

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