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Review: 'Arthur' A Tedious, Bland Comedy That Earns Intermittent Laughs Almost By Accident

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • April 8, 2011 2:21 AM
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“Why?” will echo through your head if you’re a fan of the 1981 “Arthur” starring Dudley Moore as you watch this useless remake. The original won a shiny pair of Oscars and is considered a classic, but apparently Warner Bros. thought it needed to be remade for contemporary audiences. But the larger philosophical question soon fades in favor of a strictly personal one: “Why me?” Though it has fleeting funny moments, this Russell Brand vehicle is a sputtering Pinto that surprises more when it runs well than when it lurches to a stop.

Watch: Second 'Arthur' Trailer Adds Greta Gerwig, Still Not All That

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 2:56 AM
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It's possibly just because the rest of the ceremony was such a painful, dull slog, but the presentation of Best Foreign Language Film by Helen Mirren and Russell Brand was one of the few lively points of this year's Oscars, with some suggesting on the night that the duo would make better hosts next year than James Franco and Anne Hathaway, although it could also be argued that the Pixar lamp and the rotting corpse of David Niven would have more chemistry as hosts than Franco & Hathaway.

Where's Greta Gerwig? Trailer For 'Arthur' With Russell Brand Lands With A Thud

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2011 6:27 AM
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Ooof. Listen, we like Russell Brand, and he can be quick with a quip and wit, but we just sat here watching the trailer for "Arthur" -- yes, a remake of the Dudley Moore comedy "classic" -- and we kept waiting for something funny to happen. It never did.

Focus Features To Release 'The Debt' Starring Sam Worthington & Helen Mirren On Aug. 31st

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2011 6:41 AM
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Last year, the sale of Miramax ended up delaying the release of a couple of films, namely John Madden's part-thriller, part romantic drama, "The Debt," and Troy Nixey's Guillermo del Toro-produced "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark"; each were scheduled to hit theaters on December 29th and January 21st, respectively. Well, clearly those dates have come and gone but at least one of the films is now headed to a theatrical release.

Anthony Hopkins To Play Alfred Hitchcock In 'Psycho'-Centric Biopic?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 22, 2011 2:45 AM
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Anthony Hopkins works a lot, and often his heart isn't in it. But how can you really hate the guy? He's a pro in everything, and his presence is undeniable, his delivery one of the very best in Hollywood. And so there's something fitting about the Oscar-winning legend climbing into some very massive shoes, as the actor isin talks to play Alfred Hitchcock in "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho."

IFC Picks Up Rowan Joffe's 'Brighton Rock' Starring Sam Riley & Andrea Riseborough

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2011 6:36 AM
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IFC Films has announced that they've picked up the rights to Rowan Joffe’s feature debut “Brighton Rock” for distribution in the US. Joffe, known for writing films such as “28 Weeks Later” and Anton Corbjin’s “The American," penned the adaptation from Graham Greene’s 1939 novel of the same name. The film stars thespians Sam Riley and Andrea Riseborough, with supporting roles played by John Hurt and Helen Mirren.

Review: Julie Taymor's 'The Tempest' Is A Blustery Much Ado About Nothing

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 10, 2010 3:25 AM
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This review originally ran during the 2010 New York Film Festival.

Watch: Trailer For Rowan Joffe's 'Brighton Rock' Starring Sam Riley & Andrea Riseborough

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 24, 2010 3:09 AM
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After only recently pondering the prospects for screenwriter Rowan Joffe's adaptation of Graham Greene's classic underworld thriller "Brighton Rock," the first trailer for the film has now been unveiled in preparation for its upcoming theatrical release in the U.K. and recent premieres at the London and Toronto Film Festivals.

New Photos & Clip From Rowan Joffe's Adaptation Of Graham Greene's 'Brighton Rock'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 18, 2010 2:27 AM
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At this point, we're not sure what to make of writer Rowan Joffe's directorial debut with an adaptation of Graham Greene's underworld thriller "Brighton Rock."

Rival Princess Diana Biopics In The Works With Charlize Theron & Keira Knightley As Leads?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 27, 2010 4:49 AM
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Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren And Scarlett Johansson Also LinkedIf British tabloid The Daily Mail is to be believed, two biopics on the controversial life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, are reportedly in the works with high-profile actresses linked to the lead roles.

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