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Berlin Review: Saar Klein's 'Things People Do' Starring Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs & Vinessa Shaw

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 11, 2014 1:16 PM
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Things People Do, Wes Bentley
Aiming to be the kind of restrained, grown-up ethical drama that we don't see a great deal of anymore, "Things People Do" from editor-turned-director Saar Klein, premiered unassumingly at the Berlin Film Festival, as though aware it was predestined to be almost immediately eclipsed by showier, punchier titles. Which is probably a little unfair, as the film does boast a lot of strong elements: unusually expressive cinematography; a well-rendered sense of place; Jason Isaacs. And in general it nearly succeeds in delivering on its gently moralist ambitions. However, its failings are all the more glaring for being in the realm of characterization, which is kind of crucial if a film of this kind is to transcend the potential limitations of the indie drama ghetto. Unfortunately "Things People Do" scuppers its own chances by having people do things we just don't ever, ever believe they would.

Morgan Freeman Joins Luc Besson's 'Lucy'; Christina Hendricks Takes The 'Measure Of A Man' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 5:16 PM
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From a Luc Besson action flick getting a veteran to Armie Hammer getting swapped for a hot rising actor, a few casting bits and bobs to keep you ahead of the game....

Tribeca Review: A Drug Trafficking Romeo And Juliet Face The Tragedy Of 'Deep Powder'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 21, 2013 10:48 AM
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It doesn’t get much more Romeo and Juliet than “Deep Powder,” a drug melodrama based on true events but otherwise inspired by a love driven by classic class conflict. The handsome, broke townie in this instance is “Evil Dead” star (deal with it) Shiloh Fernandez as Danny, a puppy dog-cute snow-lift operator. He’s got eyes for kewpie-doll rich girl Natasha (Haley Bennett), who informs her that she accidentally dropped her wallet on the lift, but that she had no pressing need for him to give it back. The shock is that the wallet has four hundred dollars that she presumably won’t miss, which is even more incredible considering this was the early '80s, and inflation translates that to roughly $6,056.55. Roughly. Check the math.

Tribeca Roundup: Trailers For Michael Haneke Doc & Drug Tale ‘Deep Powder’ Plus New Images From ‘A Case of You’

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • April 3, 2013 12:45 PM
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Michael Haneke
It’s that time of year again and the Tribeca Film Festival is just around the corner. Here are a few images and trailers here and there to give us a taste of what is to come from April 17th-28th. True to Tribeca’s characteristic range, we have new images and trailers from a documentary about a highly esteemed filmmaker, a sexy feature about preppy drug smugglers, and a romantic comedy for the social media generation with a star-studded cast.

'Thin Red Line Editor' Editor Saar Klein Making Directorial Debut 'Things People Do' Starring Wes Bentley, Vinessa Shaw, Haley Bennett & Jason Isaacs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 5:24 PM
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So, the Academy Award nominated editor of Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous" and Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line" is making his directorial debut with "Things People Do." Pretty cool, but not much else, right? Well, peer a little close and you'll see a number of connections to Malick and more, making this a fascinating collection of talent for a movie with some pretty decent promise. So, let's dive right in.

Tribeca First Look: Naomi Watts In 'Sunlight Jr.,' Melissa Leo In 'Bottled Up,' The Hotties Of 'GBF' & More

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • March 11, 2013 1:16 PM
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The Tribeca Film Festival is rolling out more first-looks. First off, is director Steph Green’s latest endeavor, entitled "Run and Jump." The film marks Green’s return to Tribeca after winning in the Best Short Narrative category in 2008 for her film "New Boy." "Run and Jump" stars "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Will Forte in a rare dramatic turn (perhaps a preview of things to come in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska"), Ruth McCabe, and Edward MacLiam. It follows an Irish wife and mother who find herself having to band her family together after her husband suffers a stroke.

Watch: Cary Fukunaga Directed Short 'Sleepwalking In the Rift' Starring Haley Bennett & Fares Fares

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 7, 2012 10:25 AM
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While we wait for his HBO series “True Detective” with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and his 2-film adaptation of Stephen King’s “It,” Cary Fukunaga has shot and released a new gorgeous short film.

Elijah Wood Has 'Cooties,' U2's Larry Mullen Jr. Says 'A Thousand Times Goodnight' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 1, 2012 5:20 PM
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With the exception of the FX comedy “Wilfred,” Elijah Wood has kept a low-profile since the “Lord Of The Rings” trilogy ended, sticking to indies and genre fare, and he continues in that latter vein, joining the horror movie “Cooties.” Written by “Glee” co-creator Ian Brennan and “Insidious” scribe Leigh Whannell, the film stars Wood as “an unlikely hero [who] must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives against” elementary school students whom are transformed “into a feral swarm of mindless savages” after a mysterious virus hits. Commercial and music video director Ace Norton will be making his feature length directorial debut.

Two Top Candidates For 'Carrie' Remake Reportedly Are Chloe Moretz & Haley Bennett

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2012 10:09 AM
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The unnecessary-but-it's-happening-anyway remake of "Carrie" over at MGM continues to move forward. At the beginning of the year, a random, but kind of inspired decision was made to have Kimberly Peirce sit in the director's chair, and now it seems a gaggle of young Hollywood talent is circling the title role.

Haley Bennett Lines Up Two New Projects; 'Twilight' Actress Angela Sarafyan Joins James Gray's 'Low Life'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 9, 2012 1:01 PM
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Already cast in Terrence Malick's "Lawless" opposite lauded stars Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara, the trajectory of Haley Bennett's career is certainly going upward. Her career so far has only seen her star in smaller fare such as Joe Dante's "The Hole" and Gregg Araki's "Kaboom" but her casting in Malick's project may have set something off, with the actress now booking two indie roles for 2012.

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