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5 Things You Might Not Know About 'L.A. Confidential'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 19, 2012 12:07 PM
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It's safe to say that "L.A. Confidential" wasn't greeted with especially high expectations in the run up to its release. James Ellroy's 1990 book, the third of his "L.A. Quartet" (preceded by "The Black Dahlia" and "The Big Nowhere," and completed by "White Jazz") was a favorite among crime fans, but hardly a best seller. Screenwriter Brian Helgeland was known only for "Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" and a rewrite of actioner "Assassins." Director Curtis Hanson was well-liked, but mostly known for mid-level programmers like "Bad Influence," "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle" and "The River Wild." And the cast was led by two virtual unknowns from the Southern Hemisphere, with the most recognizable names in the cast being Kim Basinger, whose career was a little on the outs, comedy actor Danny DeVito and recently Oscar-nominated character actor Kevin Spacey.

Guy Pearce Says His 'Iron Man 3' Role Is "Cameo Stuff"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2012 4:26 PM
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Guy Pearce is a man of many faces. This year alone he went from being a space jock hero in "Lockout," to a sneering effeminate baddie in "Lawless" in two wholly different performances. That the actor is talented and versatile, you already know, and his choices tend to be both interesting and eclectic. But he still managed to raise eyebrows this spring when he signed on for a role in "Iron Man 3." Pearce doing a Marvel movie? It seemed like a odd fit for the actor who favors roles that require some research and depth, but as he says, it gave him the opportunity to dip his toes into a franchise that seemed like it could be something looser than he's used to.

Bootleg One Final Trunk Of New Images From Lawless, Starring Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf & Jessica Chastain

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 24, 2012 6:11 PM
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If you're one of the many who are greatly anticipating John Hillcoat's prohibition-era bootlegging drama "Lawless," perhaps viewing it as the last great possible film of the summer, well, your patient wait is down to four days now. At this point you likely already know that the cast is superb and features a bevy of veterans and up-and-comers, like Tom Hardy, Shia Labeouf, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke and Dane DeHaan.

A Visual Guide To The Guns Of John Hillcoat's 'Lawless'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2012 12:02 PM
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Well, this is a curious bit of marketing from The Weinstein Company for John Hillcoat's "Lawless." Although, considering the wonky campaign for "The Road," this is becoming par for the course for Hillcoat's films.

Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus': The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2012 10:00 AM
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Well, "Prometheus" is in theaters. And if nothing else, it's been causing more furious debate -- in multiplex lobbies, in bars, online -- than most movies in recent memory. And The Playlist head office has been a warzone, with some loving the film, some loathing it, and some (like our review) falling somewhere in the middle. Name-calling and threats of physical violence have ensued.

Androids, Sex & Sequels: 15 Things Learned About Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 8, 2012 10:57 AM
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Over thirty years after the 'space jockey' first appeared in "Alien," and after a couple of months of speculation and rumor, Ridley Scott's "Prometheus," his return to sci-fi for the first time since "Blade Runner", and his continuation/prequel/spin-off/whatever to his 1979 space horror classic, finally hits theaters today. It's one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, and is already inspiring fierce debate (The Playlist team are split down the middle on the project, with wildly divided reactions from those who've seen it).

Review: Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' Is A Gorgeous, Fascinating Muddle Of Ideas That Can't Stick The Landing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 30, 2012 7:11 PM
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Ambition is a rare thing in movies these days, especially when it comes to summer blockbuster fare. There might be ambitions to blow up bigger things, or include more bad guys, or feature more stars, but in terms of real ambition -- telling big stories, about big subjects, on a huge canvas -- only a handful of filmmakers are really playing ball. Far more so than its predecessor "Alien," which is, after all, pretty much a haunted house designed to scare the living hell out of you, Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" has big ambitions. It wants to ask the big questions -- where do we come from? Why are we here? -- while also serving as a 3D, CGI-filled thrill ride.

Cannes: Guy Pearce Talks Playing Camp & Shaving His Eyebrows In 'Lawless'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 25, 2012 11:01 AM
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It takes a fair amount of talent to appear in a film alongside practiced scene-stealers like Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Jason Clarke and Shia LaBeouf. But of course, as audiences have been aware of for getting on two decades, since he came to attention in "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert," Guy Pearce is possessed of an unusual amount of talent.

Guy Pearce Reveals Details Of Drake Doremus' Next; Says It's About An Inappropriate Teacher/Student Relationship

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 9:00 AM
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Guy Pearce has been having a pretty damn good year in 2012. The actor's been moving towards stardom since "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert" and "L.A. Confidential" fifteen years ago, and looked to turn into a megastar after "Memento," but when big-budget studio picture "The Time Machine" was a flop, he seemed to shift back into being a character actor, delivering many memorable turns ("The Proposition," "Factory Girl") but mostly resisiting stardom. But in the last few years, he's had a flurry of success: small roles in two Oscar-winners in two years with "The Hurt Locker" and "The King's Speech," a homegrown hit with "Animal Kingdom," and an Emmy for "Mildred Pierce."

Robert Pattinson & Guy Pearce Join 'Animal Kingdom' Director David Michod's 'The Rover'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2012 4:25 PM
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It's been a bounty of news for Robert Pattinson fans over the last 24 hours or so. Late last night the actor signed on Iraq war flick "Mission: Blacklist" and today has seen a plethora of "Cosmopolis" clips land online giving an even greater taste of what he has coming up in his collaboration with David Cronenberg. But he's not done yet.

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