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Watch: First Trailer For 'Stonehearst Asylum' Starring Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Michael Caine & Ben Kingsley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2014 1:55 PM
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Stonehearst Asylum
When you pair up Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley—reunited over two decades on from "Without A Clue"—you can bet we'll watch. But we certainly have to give pause when the project in question, "Stonehearst Asylum" (formerly known as "Eliza Graves"), is hitting VOD the same day as theatrical. Granted, the stigma with VOD isn't the same as it once was, but that said, the strategy still does make you consider the quality of some projects.

Alison Brie Is 'Sleeping With Other People,' Nic Cage Will 'Pay The Ghost,' Helen Mirren Sees 'Eye In The Sky' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 16, 2014 11:25 AM
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Joe, Nicolas Cage
After jostling with a couple different casting iterations, "Bachelorette" writer/director Leslye Headland has lined up Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas and Natasha Lyonne for "Sleeping With Other People." The story follows a womanizer named Jake (Sudeikis), and a serial cheater (Brie), who form a platonic relationship to overcome their chronic infidelity. The film is described as " 'When Harry Met Sally' but with assholes," and production will begin in June, with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay producing.

Watch: Sam Worthington, Anthony Hopkins & Jim Sturgess Are 'Kidnapping Freddy Heineken' In Trailer For Crime Thriller

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 13, 2014 6:17 PM
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Kidnapping Freddy Heineken
Even if you have never heard about the film before, the title “Kidnapping Freddy Heineken” should tell you everything you need to know. Freddy Heineken was chairman and CEO of Heineken International, a brewing company that surely everyone is familiar with. And yes, the man really was kidnapped. In 1983, five criminals kidnapped Heineken and demanded a hefty ransom, 35 million Dutch guilders to be exact (equivalent to 16 million Euros). Naturally, a story like this demands to be seen on film and director Daniel Alfredson (“The Girl Who Played With Fire”) is thankfully up for the task. An international trailer for film has recently popped up online and you can check it out below.

Tribeca Review: ‘Electric Slide’ Starring Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas & Chloe Sevigny

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 23, 2014 3:02 PM
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Electric Slide Jim Sturgess
Eddie Dodson (Jim Sturgess) is a dandyish incorrigible playboy. He parties, indulges in blow and comes and goes as he pleases with an insouciant urbane air. And while his chic antique store is a hit in L.A., even attracting local celebrities, Dodson is dead broke. Sleeping with bored and disenfranchised rich socialites doesn’t pay the bills either. His drug habit seems manageable, but what is no longer tenable is the deep debt he owes to ruthless, local loan sharks whose patience has run dry. Faced with no other options – these gangsters will rub Dodson out if he doesn’t bring their dough – the desperate but charming swindler decides to rob banks.

Review: Giuseppe Tornatore's Campy & Overcooked 'The Best Offer' Starring Geoffrey Rush & Jim Sturgess

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 3, 2014 6:05 PM
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If director Giuseppe Tornatore has had an up-and-down time of it since his breakthrough, 1988's almost universally adored, Oscar-winning "Cinema Paradiso," it has to be said that his most recent film, "The Best Offer," marks a definite low point, even as one of the downs. But that's probably what's going to happen when you take a cast, including Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland, that mostly seems as though they don't belong on the same planet, let alone in the same film, stick them in a pointlessly convoluted plot that's ludicrously unbelievable from start to finish, and drench the whole lot in a hysterically screechy score from Ennio Morricone. The resulting film is such a campy mess that for a while it's possible to see it having some sort of life as a kitsch cultish artifact, like an overplotted TV movie from the eighties. But then it goes on for an interminable 124 minutes, and even that dubious hold on our interest is lost.

Exclusive: Geoffrey Rush Spies On His Mysterious Client In Clip From Giuseppe Tornatore's 'The Best Offer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 2, 2014 10:01 AM
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The Best Offer
A winner at the Cannes and Venice film festivals, and led by the arthouse director behind hits like "Cinema Paradiso," "The Star Maker" and "Malena," any work from Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore is usually worth paying attention to. So when he assembles the kind of talent he's got in his latest "The Best Offer," it's certainly hard to resist.

Watch: U.S. Trailer For Giuseppe Tornatore's 'The Best Offer' Starring Geoffrey Rush & Jim Sturgess

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2013 1:46 PM
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The Best Offer
While ordinarily we'd totally understand anyone's excitement for the latest from Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore ("Cinema Paradiso," "The Star Maker," "Malena") you might want to temper that a little bit when approaching his latest, "The Best Offer." The film, which has already seen release overseas and played some festival dates, hasn't earned that much buzz, nor did it impress our own Jessica Kiang when she caught it in Berlin earlier this year.

Benedict Cumberbatch Eyed To Replace Tom Hardy In 'Everest,' James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston & More In Mix To Co-Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2013 9:20 PM
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Benedict Cumberbatch
Two filmmakers are currently trying to get to the top of an "Everest" film first: Doug Liman and Baltasar Kormakur. But the question is which one will get there first as one has lost a lead, and the other some financing.

Kate Mara & David Oyelowo Are 'Captive'; Jim Sturgess & Anthony Hopkins Drink Up 'Heineken' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2013 10:36 AM
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wo rising young stars are getting the chance to shine in lead roles, by starring in a true life thriller. Kate Mara ("House Of Cards") and David Oyelowo ("Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes") will feature in "Captive," for helmer Jerry Jameson.

Jim Sturgess Digs 'Eliza Graves' With Kate Beckinsale For Director Brad Anderson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 5:43 PM
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With two epic sci-fi sagas -- "Cloud Atlas" and "Upside Down" -- in recent memory, along with a straight-to-video Brit crime flick ("Ashes"), a movie with Giuseppe Tornatore ("The Best Offer" -- our review) and a Somali pirate movie in the works, Jim Sturgess has been a bit all over the place of late, and that's not about to change.

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