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SXSW Review: Jimi Hendrix Biopic 'All Is By My Side' Starring Andre 3000, Imogen Poots & Hayley Atwell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2014 11:01 AM
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All Is By My Side
The story goes that before Jimi Hendrix electrified audiences with his game-changing approach to rock 'n roll and blues, coupled with this flamboyant, jaw-dropping guitar technique, he was just another musician trying to pay the bills on the R&B circuit. Until one day, he was spotted by Linda Keith—girlfriend of someone you might have heard of named Keith Richards—at the Cheetah Club in New York, and putting Hendrix in touch with the right people, he was quickly launched to superstardom. And it's a good story, with a rise-to-fame narrative, famous faces and presumably, memorable songs. Yet, somehow, in Oscar winning "12 Years Slave" scribe John Ridley's film "All Is By My Side," which he wrote and directed, we get very little understanding of the artistry and ambition that would see one among a number of guitarists hustling for a dollar, become one of the most influential rock 'n roll musicians of all time.

Marvel Has Four More Drama Series And A Miniseries They Want You To Watch On TV

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2013 10:23 AM
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So, I tried to watch the first episode of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," but the acting was so bad, the jokes so flaccid and the overall vibe so off that I bailed after ten minutes. Does it get any better? Certainly, ABC is banking on comic fans to keep tuning in having already given the show a full series order, and if all goes according to plan, it's just the start of Marvel's plans for small screen domination.

Hayley Atwell Joins 'Cinderella' & Christina Hendricks Goes To 'Dark Places'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 1:28 PM
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Here's a quick casting update for a couple of actresses both undeniably on the rise, and each booking some high profile projects to add to their impressive CV.

Watch: Clip From 'Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter' & Deleted Scene From 'Iron Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2013 3:23 PM
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Marvel doesn't have any movies in theaters for a few months yet but that doesn't really stop the promotion machine one iota. "Iron Man 3" hits home video next month and so the studio's push for the moment is trying to wring some more dollar out of a flick that already crossed $1 billion at the box office.

Poster & Images Debut From 'Captain America' Short Film 'Agent Carter'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 11, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Marvel movies haven't exactly been great when it comes to giving exciting roles to female characters (and performers). Sure, there are usually female characters in these movies but they're almost always playing second (or third) banana. Even when noted feminist Joss Whedon made "The Avengers," he gave the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) such a reduced role you couldn't be faulted for wondering if she was one of the superheroes' girlfriend. Thankfully, there might be one (small) inroad made in the form of "Agent Carter," a Marvel short film that accompanies the Blu-ray/DVD release of "Iron Man 3," and features Hayley Atwell's Peggy Carter front and center. Today comes the first images and poster (wait, there's posters for promotional short films now?), as the pre-Comic-Con nerd frenzy builds to a deafening buzz.

Hayley Atwell Replaces Gemma Arterton In Robert Capa Biopic 'Close Enough' With Tom Hiddleston

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 3:21 PM
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It seems as though we've been talking about a biopic of legendary war-photographer and photojournalist Robert Capa forever, but it does look like one is finally going to make it into production. It won't be the one directed by Michael Mann however, because whilst he's still reported to be developing his own Capa feature, a rival project now titled "Close Enough" gained serious traction with the addition of "Avengers" actor Tom Hiddleston last week. Although, at the same time it lost the long attached Gemma Arterton, it was assumed that the inclusion of Hiddleston would be enough to get another actor in quickly and that has proven to be the case.

Review: 'The Sweeney' Is Cliché After Cliché To The Point Of Parody

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 3, 2013 11:22 AM
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"We’re The Sweeney, and you’ve just been nicked," barks Ray Winstone (plus or minus a few expletives) about three separate times during U.K. actioner "The Sweeney," and it’s the biggest tip-off that this is based on an established property. "The Sweeney" never made it stateside, though the television series ran for four seasons in the '70s; a cop show that broke new ground in depicting the British boys in blue as both fallible and heroically corrupt and on the take as they smashed heads to keep citizens safe from violent crime.

Watch: Exclusive Clip From 'The Sweeney' Introduced By Ray Winstone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2013 10:58 AM
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While on this side of the ocean "The Sweeney" may not be a familiar title, in the UK it's something of a touchstone. The British crime series only ran for four seasons during the 1970s, but it was enough to make a tremendous creative and cultural impact, serving as inspiration for recent show "Life On Mars." And while "The Sweeney" spawned two films in 1977 and 1978, it has been refreshed for a new generation, bringing cops Jack Regan and John Carter back into action.

Bryan Singer To Shoot 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' In 3D; Hayley Atwell In 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' After All?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 4:19 PM
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A couple of nerdy, comic book odds and ends coming your way, so strap in -- and you might want to bring your 3D glasses with you...

Watch: Trailer For Brit Cop Thriller 'The Sweeney' Starring Ray Winstone & Hayley Atwell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2013 3:33 PM
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How's this for confidence? Months before the movie opened in the U.K., Vertigo Films felt so good about their big screen version of the cult Brit TV cop show "The Sweeney," that they got development going on a sequel. Now whether that actually comes to pass remains to be seen (it divided critics and really, no one seems to be clamoring for one) but U.S. audiences will get a taste later this spring when it lands stateside. And a new trailer has arrived to get the word out.

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