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TIFF Review: 'A Late Quartet' Is A Soap Opera Symphony That Hits All The Wrong Notes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 11, 2012 6:28 PM
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Certainly, if a film pulls together a cast that includes Philip Seymour Hoffmam, Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener, there's going to be something worth enjoying. And indeed, the trio give top shelf performances as we've always come to expect from them in "A Late Quartet." But it's just too bad that they're in service of Yaron Zilberman's film, which takes the unique focus of a string quartet in Manhattan, and puts it in the middle of a standard and unsatisfying soap opera, that spins off into one subplot too many.

Watch: First Trailer For 'A Late Quartet' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 10, 2012 1:00 PM
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The world of classical music isn't one that's explored often in the movies, but when it is, it can often prove prime awards territory -- think of "Amadeus" or "Shine," which each featured composers and musicians, and which each picked up Oscars (or in the case of the former, several) for their trouble. And that certainly seems to be the hope of Yaron Zilberman's drama "A Late Quartet," which premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival tonight.

New Images From 'Greetings From Tim Buckley' Starring Penn Badgley & Imogen Poots

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2012 1:13 PM
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There is really only one big question to be answered by the upcoming "Greetings From Tim Buckley": Can "Gossip Girl" star Penn Badgley adequately step into the shoes of the late Jeff Buckley? With the film headed to the fall festival circuit, we'll soon find out (though some early live footage does give an indication of the actor's pipes), but until then we'll only have some images to work with. Fortunately, a whole new batch has arrived.

Anna Kendrick, Felicity Jones & Imogen Poots Reportedly In Running For Female Lead In 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 20, 2012 9:00 AM
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Despite the massive success of “The Avengers,” Marvel isn’t resting on its laurels and is hard at work on the next phase of films that will lead into the sequel of the superhero team-up film, which already has a release date set of May 1, 2015. Last month saw the addition of Anthony Mackie to the cast of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as Falcon and now we have a list of frontrunners for the female lead in the sequel.

First Images From 'Greetings From Tim Buckley' Plus Footage Of Penn Badgley Singing "Lilac Wine" Live

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2012 1:04 PM
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The life of Jeff Buckley is coming to the big screen, albeit a bit circuitously, with "Greetings From Tim Buckley." And now we have our first look at "Gossip Girl" star Penn Badgley in the lead role as the late singer.

Watch: Trailer & Posters For Brit Crime Flick 'Comes A Bright Day' Starring Imogen Poots & 'Submarine' Star Craig Roberts

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 9, 2012 10:18 AM
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British crime thrillers...every so often a classic rolls around, but you’ve got to wade through a whole heap of sub-par dreck before you find one. The first trailer has hit for Simon Aboud’s (romantically tinged) crime thriller “Comes A Bright Day,” and while nothing on show immediately suggests that it’s going to stray into the classic territory, it certainly looks a cut above the usual cockney geezers, gangsters and guns nonsense. And indeed, our reviewer in Berlin enjoyed it, with reservations, as you can read here. Led by 21 year-old “Submarine” star Craig Roberts – although we maintain he doesn’t look a day older than 16 – the cast also includes Imogen Poots (“Fright Night”), Kevin McKidd (“Trainspotting”) and Timothy Spall.

Imogen Poots Spotted Shooting 'Knight Of Cups' With Christian Bale; Terrence Malick Meeting With Benicio Del Toro?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 12, 2012 9:42 AM
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So far, set photos have revealed the involvement Wes Bentley, Neon Indian frontman Alan Palomo, The Cult and Matthew McConaughey on the pair of new Terrence Malick films, "Knight Of Cups" and the project formerly known as "Lawless." Now, thanks again to the trigger-happy paps, another piece of casting has possibly been revealed with rising British actress Imogen Poots spotted shooting with the film's star Christian Bale.

Imogen Poots Joins Nick Hornby Adaptation 'A Long Way Down,' Steve Coogan Returns To '70's Brit Music Scene In "Northern Soul' & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 17, 2012 9:39 AM
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Rising starlet Imogen Poots has joined the film adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel "A Long Way Down," which has Pascal Chaumeil at the helm. She'll star along side Toni Collette, Pierce Brosnan and Emile Hirsch, who previously joined the tale of four disparate individuals who meet one another on a London rooftop on New Year's Eve, all with the same intention to commit suicide. Instead of jumping, these complete strangers make a pact to stay alive and stay together until at least Valentine's Day. Lensing begins this September in London from a script by Jack Thorne, whose debut film "The Scouting Book For Boys" earned major praise.

Hayley Atwell Confirmed & Imogen Poots Joins Jimi Hendrix Biopic 'All Is By My Side'; Guitarist's Estate Doesn't Approve Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 4:26 PM
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The biggest roadblock to getting a biopic about a musician made is clearing the rights to the (usually expensive) songs and pleasing the estate. If the artist in question is still alive, the process can be made slightly easier, but if not, projects can drag in develop as everyone involved tries to find common ground to meet on financially and creatively. Which leads us to "All Is By My Side," the long, long brewing Jimi Hendrix pic with Andre 3000 in the lead that, out of nowhere, was announced earlier this week as gearing up to start shooting in a matter of weeks. We wondered if this might mean Experience Hendrix were on board with the movie too -- turns out, they're not.

Imogen Poots, Anna Friel & Tamsin Egerton Join Steve Coogan In Michael Winterbottom's 'The King Of Soho'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 17, 2012 9:03 AM
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He might be coming off one of the more unsatisfying films of his career, in the shape of "Tess of the D'Ubervilles" adaptation "Trishna" with Frieda Pinto and Riz Ahmed, but given his career so far, we're always going to be keenly watching what Michael Winterbottom is up to.  And that goes double for anything he's working on with British comic/actor Steve Coogan, who he's previously teamed with on "24 Hour Party People," "Tristam Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story" and "The Trip." And the good news is they're on the verge of getting going on another collaboration, and  a trio of actresses has just joined them.

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