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Jack Nicholson Sought To Play Robert Downey Jr.'s Dad In 'The Judge'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2012 10:35 PM
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Between comic book movies, tentpole blockbusters, and big name comedies, it's easy to forget that Robert Downey Jr. has other projects that don't have the Marvel stamp, require him to bromance with Jude Law, or laugh it up with Todd Phillips. And one of those gigs is "The Judge," announced this spring. But of course, being RDJ, a big name is being sought to share the screen with him.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Roman Polanski's 'Chinatown'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 20, 2012 12:00 PM
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Is there such a thing as a perfect film? Perhaps. You could certainly argue that personal taste plays into the question of perfection too much -- one man's triumph is another's disaster. And even so, there are so many possible things that can go wrong with a film -- one duff performance, one ill-conceived shot, one poorly-written scene -- that it's almost an impossible task. But dammit if we don't consider "Chinatown" to be as close as you can get to being perfect.

Jack Nicholson: 5 Of His Most Underrated Performances

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 23, 2012 10:56 AM
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There can be little doubt that Jack Nicholson is one of the greatest movie stars in the history of the medium. He's had more Oscar nominations and wins than any other actor -- twelve, having won three -- and has been an A-list star for over forty years now, remaining a legitimate box office draw in films like "Something's Gotta Give" and "The Departed" even in his seventh decade. He's worked with everyone from Antonioni to Scorsese, and given some of the most iconic screen performances ever, from "Easy Rider" to "The Shining."

'Corman's World' Director Alex Stapleton Talks About Wrangling Jack Nicholson & Being Inspired By The King Of Exploitation Cinema

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 15, 2011 9:57 AM
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There isn't a splashier or more sensational documentary subject than Roger Corman, a man who has produced hundreds of exploitation and genre movies over the years, answering to no one but himself.

Roger Corman Talks 'Corman's World' Documentary, Causing Trouble At The Oscars & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2011 3:23 PM
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Critically overlooked and always underappreciated, Roger Corman, the king of exploitation cinema, is just the kind of character that practically screams for his own documentary.

Felicity Jones Lands Female Lead In Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Project

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2011 9:00 AM
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Jack Nicholson Adds Jackie Robinson Biopic '42' To List Of Potential Next Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 2:12 AM
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Of course, everyone wants to work with Jack Nicholson, and while the legendary, 74-year-old actor has slowed down his pace in recent years, that hasn't kept the offers from rolling in. In the past year it has been reported that Stephen Dorff was writing a vehicle for him and Nicholson to do together; Warren Beatty wants him for his gestating Howard Hughes movie, and he's on the shortlist of actors Alexander Payne is going to chat with to lead his brewing father/son roadtrip tale "Nebraska." Well, you can add one more to the list.

Alexander Payne Trying To Lure Gene Hackman Out Of Retirement For 'Nebraska'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 12, 2011 1:30 AM
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Robert Forster, Jack Nicholson, Robert Duvall All Rumored Candidates; Film Will Be Shot In 'Black & White'Earlier this year, we revealed that Alexander Payne would be following up "The Descendants," which was only in post-production at the time, with his gestating father-son road-trip story "Nebraska," with Casey Affleck and Robert Forster loosely being eyed for the leading roles (wishlist stage essentially). Little had been heard about the project since then, but now that the George Clooney-led 'Descendants' gears up to hit theaters after impressing audiences and critics during recent festival appearances, it appears that Payne is getting "Nebraska" into motion.

Warren Beatty's Secret Project Is A Howard Hughes Film; Alec Baldwin, Jack Nicholson Circling Roles

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 22, 2011 12:04 PM
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Other Actors Eyeing The Project Include Andrew Garfield, Annette Bening, Shia La Beouf, Evan Rachel Wood and Rooney MaraFile under 'very intriguing development': after more than a decade away from directing (with 1998's underrated political satire "Bulworth"), last week it was reported that 74-year-old Warren Beatty would be returning to Hollywood, helming a new untitled comedy for Paramount. Playlist writer Sam Price, perhaps a little cynical that evening, posited the question: is anyone going to care? Are his best days behind him?

Review: 'How Do You Know' Is An Uneven But Ultimately Pleasant Experience

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 15, 2010 8:17 AM
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With a recent influx of middling romantic comedies, it's easy to forget how different the genre used to be. Now very polished and only a success if it stars 40 different actors/actresses each with three minutes of screen time, movies including "Green Card" and "Crossing Delancey" showed a different side of things. Instead of drowning audiences in star power, they offered a down-to-earth and complex female individual with an unfortunate penchant for choosing the wrong guy. It was easy to figure out who to root for, but there was something more to it. It may have been the comfortable aura the movies had about them, or the fact that their protagonists looked more like real people than, say, Jessica Alba or Jennifer Garner. James L. Brooks did it even better, delving into all characters and really seeing what made them tick. It's easy to forget him; while he's not a stranger to romantic comedies he's more like a visitor, making a film once every few years before going back into hiding. His peak was with 1997's "As Good As It Gets," which garnered two Oscars for its leads along with a slew of other nominations, but 2004's "Spanglish" was largely ignored and forgotten. He returns six years later with the regrettably titled "How Do You Know," a typically pleasant diversion from the usual fare but not without its problems.

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