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Nick Nolte Joins Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah,' Ethan Hawke & Asa Butterfield Go Punk In 'Ten Thousands Saints' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2014 11:37 AM
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With the movie set to open in just over two months, and with rumblings of behind-the-scenes battles between the director and studio having quieted, Darren Aronofsky is putting the final touches on his Biblical saga "Noah." And today he announced a new cast member, hitting Twitter saying: "just added the legend nick nolte as the watcher samyaza in #noah . long live the nephilim! it was an honor."

First Look At Mads Mikkelsen In Western 'The Salvation'; Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Jonathan Pryce & More Join Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2013 3:39 PM
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While he's probably still best known to North American audiences as that creepy guy who squared off against James Bond in "Casino Royale," Mads Mikkelsen, perhaps Denmark's biggest star, has made his most serious Hollywood inroads yet as part of NBC's "Hannibal." Believe it or not, the show -- if not quite there yet -- is bursting with potential, a police procedural with Hannibal Lecter at its core and assurances from the creators that the grisly nature of the eminent psychologists true culinary proclivities won't be secret for too long (though they have said that the reveal will only arrive if the show gets renewed.) Meanwhile, this summer Mikkelsen will lead the wrenching Danish drama "The Hunt," (we gave it an A-) which comes from Thomas Vinterberg, director of Cannes Jury Prize-winner "Festen." So what's next? How about a western?

Review: Straight-To-DVD 'The Courier' Hopes You Like Your 'Transporter' Glum, Boring & Cheap

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 11, 2012 9:59 PM
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Justice has a new face! And that face is sleepy! The appeal of actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan seems to lie in the suggestion that he’s giving his performance right after he just woke from a nap. This makes him the perfect leading man for “The Courier,” a new action thriller hitting DVD this week. Directed by Hany Abu-Assad, who last helmed the Oscar nominated “Paradise Now,” “The Courier” almost seems embarrassed by its content, acting like a slow-moving character study that just happens to have ludicrous gunfights, preposterous code names, and a perverse downbeat ending.

Review: 'The Possession' Wants To Be 'The Exorcist' But Comes Off Like A Lesser Episode Of 'The X-Files'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 29, 2012 9:56 AM
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In "The Possession," a new horror movie from Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert's Ghost House production shingle, a young girl becomes infatuated and then, yes, possessed by a dubious Jewish spirit that had been kept imprisoned in a wooden box. As far as horror movie premises go, this one is pretty outlandish, even for a genre defined by chainsaw-wielding madmen, haunted hotels, and all manner of slippery, otherworldly creatures. The fact that the movie claims to be based on a true story doesn't exactly legitimize anything, either. And what could have been a Jewish take on "The Exorcist," full of existential dread and the violent collision of the new world and old faith, ends up coming across, instead, like a lesser (though considerably longer) episode of "The X-Files."

Justin Timberlake To Score Jessica Biel/Chloe Moretz Film 'The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 22, 2012 11:25 AM
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In a film exploring a recently widowed man’s daily grief, one might think of a soundtrack filled with Leonard Cohen or Michael Giacchino strings to accompany the story. But recently at Cannes, director Bill Purple revealed that one of the biggest pop music superstars on the planet will supervise and score his latest project.

Chloe Moretz & Jeffrey Dean Morgan Get In 'The Rut' For 'Girlfight' Director Karyn Kusama

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 15, 2012 10:58 AM
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As far as young actresses go, Chloe Moretz certainly has her pick of the litter when it comes to prospective projects at the moment. After dazzling audiences in the Martin Scorsese-directed “Hugo” this past fall, Moretz will next be seen in another high profile project, Tim Burton’s upcoming adaptation of the ‘70s British supernatural soap “Dark Shadows."

Review: ‘Texas Killing Fields’ Is Often Intense & Bruising, But Ultimately Frustrating & Uneven

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 10, 2011 4:15 AM
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Exhibiting immense technique, incredibly moody, tense atmospheres and meticulously crafted aesthetics, the dark crime thriller, “Texas Killing Fields,” demonstrates that director Ami Canaan Mann has inherited some serious skills from her famous filmmaking father Michael Mann.

Watch: Sam Worthington & Chloe Moretz In Moody Italian Trailer For 'Texas Killing Fields'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 2, 2011 1:01 AM
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The most surprising pick in the line-up of the Venice Film Festival was undoubtedly "Texas Killing Fields." The latest attempt from "Avatar" star Sam Worthington to return to non-tentpole territory, following the tepidly received "Last Night" and the long-delayed "The Debt," is a based-in-fact thriller revolving around a series of unsolved murders in League City, Texas, where 21 women were killed or disappeared since 1971, and marks the big-screen coming out party of Ami Canaan Mann, daughter of "Heat" director Michael Mann, who makes her directorial debut with the film.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Enters Ghost House, Opens 'Dibbuk Box'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 14, 2011 3:09 AM
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Sleepy-eyed Jeffrey Dean Morgan has signed on to open the "Dibbuk Box." The horror film, slated for a Halloween 2011 release, will showcase Morgan as "a recently divorced father whose youngest daughter becomes strangely connected to an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. As his daughter's behavior becomes more erratic, the father senses a dark presence building until he discovers that the box was built to contain a dibbuk -- a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host." Based on a true story, the real life dibbuk box is said to contain a vengeful Jewish spirit and has reportedly haunted all of the box's owners. We're guessing the movie takes great liberty with this legend, as the box has reportedly only been responsible for minor spooky happenings. It just wouldn't be all that compelling if someone's hair were to fall out, as it happened in real life.

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