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Imogen Poots To Star In Todd Field's 'Beautiful Ruins'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 3:30 PM
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Beautiful Ruins Imogen Poots
With seven years passing since Todd Field's last film, 2006's "Little Children," fans of the director have had to be patient in waiting for his next movie. Taking a Stanley Kubrick-like stretch between pictures (the late filmmaker was a mentor to Field, who had a small role in "Eyes Wide Shut"), five years spanned between his debut feature "In The Bedroom" and his aforementioned sophomore film. But it looks like things are finally happening for "Beautiful Ruins," as the project now has a lead actress.

Review: 'Filth,' Based On The Irvine Welsh Novel, Starring James McAvoy

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • October 21, 2013 11:29 AM
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One thing we resolved early on, having read around on the subject a little: to try, try, try to get through just the first sentence of our review of “Filth,” the Jon S. Baird-directed adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, without mentioning “Trainspotting.” So, obviously, we’re pretty disappointed with ourselves. But disappointment is somewhat the order of the day, unfortunately, as it’s a comparison that occurred to us, not often to the benefit of "Filth," throughout our viewing of the film. However, Danny Boyle’s modern classic doth bestride the world of the Irvine Welsh adaptation like a colossus, its shadow seemingly impossible to escape from, so there is a glass-half-full way of looking at it: “Filth” is undoubtedly better than also-rans “The Acid House” and “Ecstasy.” In fact, when it comes to capturing some of the gonzo, amoral, substance-fueled verve that Welsh’s novels can display, “Filth” can take the silver medal with its head held relatively high. And that it can is largely down to two things: all the rest of the cast, and James McAvoy.

Brie Larson Out, Imogen Poots In For Peter Bogdanovich's 'Squirrel To The Nuts' Produced By Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 23, 2013 9:05 AM
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Though the producing team of Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach would seem a fast-track into existence for any project, director Peter Bogdanovich has still encountered a wave of woes in mounting his latest Lubitsch-inspired effort, “Squirrel To The Nuts.” Luckily, the screwball comedy gained new life with news of its two cast leads, Owen Wilson and Brie Larson, but now it appears one-half of that lineup will swap out with another player.

Review: Michael Winterbottom's 'The Look Of Love' Starring Steve Coogan

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 2, 2013 6:57 PM
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Anna Friel and Steve Coogan in THE LOOK OF LOVE
While stylishly capturing the verve, exotica, and free-spirited mojo of swinging '60s London, uber-prolific English director Michael Winterbottom's portrait of legendary U.K. smut impresario Paul Raymond is otherwise a shallow misfire.

Review: Penn Badgley Is Solid In Otherwise Uneven 'Greetings From Tim Buckley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 7:04 PM
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While the film might not be quite as sweet and heady as drinking a glass of lilac wine, Penn Badgley's performance in "Greetings From Tim Buckley" does justice to the late Jeff Buckley, while also revealing that the "Gossip Girl" star has quite a few more talents than he's thus far been given credit for. But his swoop of wild hair and impressive vocal theatrics aside, the rest of the movie around him tells a trio of stories that never quite unite to land the emotional connection they're aiming for.

Watch: Steve Coogan & Anna Friel Talk Kinky Sex In New Clip From 'The Look Of Love'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • April 14, 2013 9:59 AM
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Anna Friel and Steve Coogan in THE LOOK OF LOVE
Marking the fourth collaboration between director Michael Winterbottom and actor Steve Coogan, "The Look of Love" is based on the true story of porn baron Paul Raymond. Raymond amassed over $1 billion through purchasing prime real estate in London's Soho, becoming Britain's richest man and earning the title "The King of Soho." Anna Friel plays his wife Jean, who posed for some of Raymond's porno shoots and ultimately received a record divorce-settlement. Their daughter is played by charming and soon-to-be everywhere Imogen Poots. You can peak in at the couple's relationship in the clip below.

Watch: Discover Jeff Buckley In Trailer For 'Greetings From Tim Buckley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 3:01 PM
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So, how hard is it to make a Jeff Buckley movie if you don't have official access to his songs or life story? Apparently, not that hard. While "Mystery White Boy" continues to marinate, "Greetings From Tim Buckley" has cast, shot, played a major festival and is now getting ready for release. And you know what, it's not as much like Jackie Jormp-Jomp as you might think. Good luck to whoever gets cast as Jeff Buckley in the next movie, because Penn Badgley -- uneven as the movie turns out -- is actually pretty good.

First Look: Clark Gregg In 'Trust Me,' New Pics Of Imogen Poots In 'Greetings from Tim Buckley' & Thomas Haden Church in 'Whitewash'

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • March 11, 2013 11:39 AM
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In anticipation of the Tribeca Film Festival, the first-looks keep moving along. Let’s start with new photos from "Greetings from Tim Buckley," the quasi-look at the life of singer Jeff Buckley as he performs a concert for his father, Tim. The film, directed by Daniel Algrant, and starring Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots, will be getting its U.S. premiere in the Narrative category at Tribeca.

10 New Images & Trailer For Michael Winterbottom's 'The Look Of Love'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2013 1:49 PM
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Tamsin Egerton in THE LOOK OF LOVE
So, with Steven Soderbergh stepping away from film sets to pursue other endeavors, whose going to replace him as the cinematic chameleon to follow? Well, how about Michael Winterbottom? In the past few years the Brit helmer has gone from scuzzy noir "The Killer Inside Me" to comedic road trip series "The Trip" to an India-set Thomas Hardy adaptation "Trishna" to an intimate character study with "Everyday." And now, his latest is a biopic on smut king and real estate baron Paul Raymond. Like we said, the guy doesn't like to repeat himself.

Sundance Review: Michael Winterbottom's Swinging 'The Look Of Love' Fails To Titillate With Shallow, Empty Story

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 20, 2013 1:40 PM
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While stylishly capturing the verve, exotica, and free-spirited mojo of swinging '60s London, uber-prolific English director Michael Winterbottom's portrait of legendary U.K. smut impresario Paul Raymond is otherwise a shallow misfire.

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