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Steve Carell & James Gandolfini's 'The Bone Men' Becomes 'Bone Wars,' Heads To HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2013 9:39 AM
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Even though the result of their first collaboration, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," wasn't so incredible, it seems the unlikely pairing of gritty character actor James Gandolfini and comic lead Steve Carell will continue beyond the magician comedy. Last fall, it was reported the duo were putting together a paleontology comedy (they really seem to love the high concepts). That project has now found a home, and a few plot details have surfaced.

Review: 'Down The Shore' With James Gandolfini & Famke Janssen An Overheated Jersey Melodrama

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 2, 2013 6:00 PM
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What is it about Jersey that causes filmmakers to make films which constantly talk about escaping from or dreading a return to the Garden State? If I didn’t just answer my own question, there’s always “Down The Shore,” an actors' showcase melodrama that captures the small town as a prison where characters are doomed to serve penance for sins of the past. The tourism board really needs to do something about this trend.

James Gandolfini Plots An 'Animal Rescue' With Tom Hardy & Noomi Rapace

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 11, 2013 4:49 PM
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While you already had us at Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, director Michael Roskam is continuing to stack the cast for his North American debut with great talent. He's lined up his "Bullhead" star Matthias Schoenaerts for a part, and now another always solid actor has come aboard as well.

TV Dial: Ari Graynor Is The New 'Bad Teacher,' HBO Passes On 'Criminal Justice' With James Gandolfini & More

  • By India Ross
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  • February 20, 2013 1:49 PM
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Consider this a round-up; a platter of micro-updates in the field of on-again-off-again new shows and their various stars. A TV digest for the water cooler, if you will.

Review: Rock 'N' Roll Dreams Are Fleeting & Familiar In David Chase's Uneven 'Not Fade Away'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 21, 2012 4:47 PM
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For a film that’s ostensibly set to the vibrant pulse of early ‘60s rock 'n' roll and blues -- The Rolling Stones, the early Beatles, Bo Diddley, etc. -- David Chase’s directorial debut, “Not Fade Away,” sure has a curious, circuitous and eventually long-winded tempo. Set in 1964, just a few months after the Kennedy assassination with Vietnam, the Civil Rights movement and the sexual revolution in the air, “The Sopranos” creator’s ambitions are decidedly simpler and much more small scale.

Watch: Brad Pitt Orders Around James Gandolfini In Clip From 'Killing Them Softly'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2012 1:38 PM
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Jackie Cogan needs to hire a couple of guys to take down some low-lives who robbed a high stakes poker game controlled by the mob, but there's a problem. The economy is in the toilet and the squeeze is on, so he's only given the cash to contract one person, and Mickey is the guy for the job. Though he might not be in the best shape to pull it off.

New Pics Of Brad Pitt Doing Business In America In 'Killing Them Softly'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 5:21 PM
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In case you haven't been able to tell by the pretty excellent posters for "Killing Them Softly," the film is as much about America and the price of doing business as it is about the "plot" (such as it is) about a high stakes poker game that gets jacked by two hapless would be criminals. There is a pretty pointed and sneering tenor to the picture that doesn't flinch from its politics, which expresses the belief that the trickle down theory is leaving everyone on the bottom with nothing.

First Look At James Gandolfini In 'Zero Dark Thirty,' CIA Role Revealed

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 11, 2012 8:56 AM
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Finally securing its winter release spot as a compelling take on recent political and military events -- and not the piece of Obama propaganda as initially thought by watchdog groups -- Kathryn Bigelow's Osama bin Laden drama “Zero Dark Thirty” can now carry on being an actual piece of entertainment, which the first look at actor James Gandolfini's supporting role within the narrative certainly provides.

NYFF Review: Rock 'N' Roll Dreams Are Fleeting & Familiar In David Chase's Uneven 'Not Fade Away'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 5, 2012 2:04 PM
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For a film that’s ostensibly set to the vibrant pulse of early ‘60s rock 'n' roll and blues -- The Rolling Stones, the early Beatles, Bo Diddley, etc. -- David Chase’s directorial debut, “Not Fade Away,” sure has a curious, circuitous and eventually long-winded tempo. Set in 1964, just a few months after the Kennedy assassination with Vietnam, the Civil Rights movement and the sexual revolution in the air, “The Sopranos” creator’s ambitions are decidedly simpler and much more small scale.

James Gandolfini & Steve Carell Are 'The Bone Men'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2012 3:43 PM
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It seems that James Gandolfini and Steve Carell have got along smashingly on the set of "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." And while we'll have to wait until next Christmas for that movie to show itself, the pair are brewing up a project together that might see them take a step back in time.

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