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Sundance Review: ‘The Voices’ Starring Ryan Reynolds Wrings Dark Comedy From Candy-Colored Carnage

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 20, 2014 9:06 AM
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The Voices
The fourth film from director Marjane Satrapi ("Persepolis," "Chicken with Plums"), "The Voices" navigates the line between the gruesome and the goofy with a step as nimble as a tight-rope walker going over a sea of broken glass. It’s an extraordinarily warm and funny movie about a likable schizophrenic murderer; it’s candy-colored and meticulously composed and yet also shiny with fresh wet blood. It’s weird and funny and perfectly-pitched, and to cap off its catalog of rare feats, it also features an immensely likable performance from Ryan Reynolds.

Dustin Hoffman & Steve Buscemi Join Adam Sandler's 'The Cobbler' & More Casting Updates

  • By Ben Brock
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  • November 19, 2013 3:31 PM
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All the casting news that's fit to print! We reported last week on Dan Stevens attaching himself to the newest of Adam Sandler's periodic serious, grown-up movies (uh, not to be confused with his “Grown Ups” movies); this one's called "The Cobbler" and follows a cobbler (natch) who steps into his clients' lives as he mends their shoes.

Ethan Hawke Joins Alejandro Amenábar’s 'Regression,' Dustin Hoffman Sings In The 'Boychoir' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 31, 2013 11:22 AM
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It's been a while since we heard the name Alejandro Amenábar. After a terrific run of films including "Open Your Eyes," "The Others" and "The Sea Inside," the filmmaker stumbled slightly with his epic "Agora." But it looks like he's ready to return with a new film "Regression," which will star Ethan Hawke. Plot details are being kept secret for now, but it's being called an "elevated genre project," according to Variety, and one that will play with "our deepest primal fears." Production will begin next spring.

First Look At Emma Stone, Colin Firth & Marcia Gay Harden In Woody Allen's 'Magic In The Moonlight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2013 2:52 PM
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Emma Stone Marcia Gay Harden Magic In The Moonlight
While Woody Allen tends to keep all details of his movies close to the chest until he's damn well ready to let you know, we now know at least one thing about his next annual movie: it has a title.

Vince Vaughn & Hailee Steinfeld Have 'Term Life'; Charlotte Gainsbourg Reteams With Asia Argento & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2013 3:33 PM
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While Vince Vaughn is best known for his motormouth in a wide array of comedies, he's been desperate to do something a bit more gritty. Over the past while, he's been lining up no shortage of more serious-minded fare like the the thriller "The Risk Agent," the Randall Wallace-penned "Gunslingers" and road adventure "Triple Time." But it looks like another project has the momentum to cast the actor in a whole new light.

Venice Review: JFK Drama 'Parkland' Starring Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton & Jacki Weaver

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 1, 2013 10:14 AM
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Ever since "PT 109," which detailed his WWII war record and was released while he was still in office, President John F. Kennedy has been catnip to Hollywood. After all, he was good looking, charismatic, had a dark secret life of womanising, among other things, and of course, was assassinated three years into his presidency—an event that inspires debate and conspiracy theories to this day. He's been the subject of great films (Oliver Stone's "JFK") and bad ones (recent miniseries "The Kennedys"), and been played by everyone from Cliff Robertson to James Marsden (in "Lee Daniels' The Butler"). This November marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Dealey Plaza, and as such, it was inevitable that there'd be some kind of film to mark the occasion. We just wish it wasn't as terrible as "Parkland," which premieres (in competition, inexplicably) at the Venice Film Festival today.

Watch: Trailer For JFK Assassination Drama 'Parkland' Produced By Tom Hanks, Starring Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 9:21 AM
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When it comes the assassination of JFK, it's still one of the most sensitive wounds in America's history, with a recent study suggesting that only 24% of Americans buy the official story that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman. But another case will be made for that theory with the upcoming "Parkland," a star-studded take on the events of November 22, 1963, and director Peter Landesman is making clear his intentions. "This is a movie about the ground truth from the ground level," he told USA Today.

Woody Allen Adds Jacki Weaver, Hamish Linklater & More To His Next Movie With Emma Stone & Colin Firth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 2:15 PM
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Well, with his latest "Blue Jasmine" coming to theaters later this month, it's time for Woody Allen to stick to his schedule, and start getting his team together for his next effort. As per tradition, Allen is prepping his annual outing to a movie set, and he's added a bunch of new actors.

Rosario Dawson Is 'Finally Famous,' Jacki Weaver Hears 'Voices' & Jennifer Garner Has A 'Bad Day'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 25, 2013 7:33 PM
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Time for a casting roundup now, with three actresses finding themselves new projects.

The Early Gems: Notable Performances From 2013's Best Supporting Actress Nominees

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 14, 2013 2:58 PM
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Yesterday, we began our coverage counting down to the 85th Academy Awards next Sunday, by taking a look at some of the best early performances of the Best Supporting Actor nominees. So today, the only natural place to go was across the gender divide, to the Best Supporting Actress contenders. And as with their male counterparts, it's a mostly established bunch of names.

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