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Blessed Are The Forgetful: Remembering ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’ On Its 10th Anniversary

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 18, 2014 3:33 PM
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Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
It’s 2008. April-ish. Manchester. My girlfriend of 18 months and I have just broken up. The first really serious, vaguely grown-up relationship, the one that makes you understand why people put themselves through all of that stuff. It's been on its way for a while, but the plug was finally pulled in a phone call, one that we both cry our way through. Eventually, we hang up. I could get on with this new life, or I could drink myself into warm, nauseous oblivion until I don’t feel the absence anymore. Behind me, on the wall (tatty, faded, and with the top-left corner hanging off, because I haven’t yet taken that step into the crucial and significant part of adulthood where you stop using Blu-Tack and start framing your shit), is a poster for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

Watch: Shailene Woodley Gets Out On The Ledge In Clip From 'Divergent' Plus 30 New Images

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 17, 2014 1:30 PM
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Divergent
"She really did stand on that ledge," director Neil Burger marveled to EW months ago about one of the main set-piece stunts in the upcoming YA dystopian sci-fi film, “Divergent” featuring his up-and-coming lead Shailene Woodley. "She's incredibly game and so adventurous. In a way, she's very Dauntless" (that’s code for the faction of people in this world that are brave).

Review: 'Divergent' Starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller & More

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 16, 2014 4:35 PM
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Divergent
The cornerstone of young adult fiction is its exploration of personal, emotional issues through the filter of ridiculously high stakes, not the least of which because teenagers equate their feelings with the center of the universe. But when film adaptations of that material build real universes to physically embody those issues, the results are decidedly mixed, exemplified by Neil Burger’s realization of “Divergent.”

First Listen: M83 & Snow Patrol's 'Divergent' Tracks, Plus 2 New Clips & 14 Images From The YA Movie

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 28, 2014 1:39 PM
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Divergent
Will “Divergent” overcome the curse of previously failed YA adaptations? The movie doesn’t open up until March 21st, but tickets are already going on sale Tuesday March 4th, which suggests the demand is there. Moreover, the movie starring Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller and many more is tracking well, and Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment’s would-be franchise looks on course to haul in north of $50 million on its opening weekend. That would certainly bode well for its franchise hopes (and might even seal the deal immediately).

Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Michael Pena & More Dial Up John Hillcoat's 'Triple Nine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2014 9:19 PM
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Labor Day
While John Hillcoat hasn't had a problem attracting names to his upcoming cop thriller "Triple Nine," there's been a problem with them sticking. Shia LaBeouf, Charlie Hunnam, Michael B. Jordan, Cate Blanchett and Christoph Waltz have all been linked at various times only to fall away, but like we said, finding replacements hasn't been a problem.

Review: Jason Reitman's Dreary 'Labor Day' Starring Josh Brolin & Kate Winslet

  • By Chris Willman
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  • January 29, 2014 6:16 PM
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Labor Day
Short of helming a "Smurfs" sequel, it's tough to imagine writer-director Jason Reitman going for a greater change of pace than he has with "Labor Day," a full-immersion exercise in the old-fashioned women's weepie that skews far closer to Nicholas Sparks' brand of contrivance than Diablo Cody territory. Give him credit for breaking with trademark satirical impulses so completely that counting the laughs in his self-penned script—based on a 2010 Joyce Maynard novel—doesn't require two hands. But the (sorry) laboriousness of the plot's romance-novel machinations ensures there'll be at least a few dry eyes in the house.

15 New Photos & 2 TV Spots From Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' Starring Kate Winslet & Josh Brolin

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 8, 2014 3:27 PM
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Labor Day
As we’ll be saying all week, no doubt, yesterday we launched our Best Films Of 2014 We’ve Already Seen. The feature has 21 full movie write-ups but mentions closer to 50 films in total. One of them is Jason Reitman’s drama, “Labor Day,” starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. Like “Young Adult,” Reitman’s latest failed to make much of a dent during awards season, but not for being too dark and caustic like its antecedent, but perhaps for being too … mild?

Watch: Vogue Short Films Starring Jessica Chastain & Kate Winslet

There are all kinds of avenues these days for directors and stars to do some quick work these days, so enter Vogue magazine, who have commissioned director Matthew Frost for a series of shorts. And the prestige of the magazine has allowed them to land a couple of big names to get it off the ground. Read More »

Watch: Full Length Trailer For 'Divergent' Arrives, Will It Be The Next YA Sensation?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2013 11:42 AM
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Divergent
With superlatives like "the 'Empire Strikes Back' of young adult adaptations" being thrown around for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," do any other YA adaptations stand a chance? Certainly, there have been comers like "Beautiful Creatures" and "The Host," which both flopped, while "The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones" seems to be getting a sequel mostly because the property rights are there to be exploited. But next year's "Divergent" is certainly aiming high with a campaign worthy of Panem. But as always, it's the fanbase they need to support the movie, but will the welcome the tweaks being made to Veronica Roth's source material?

Colin Firth & Kate Winslet Looking To Get On The Water With Yacht Racing World Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2013 9:01 AM
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Colin Firth Kate Winslet
It would seem like by now, Hollywood would have found a way for Colin Firth and Kate Winslet to appear in a movie together. It's rather remarkable that the haven't, but that could all be about to change if everything around a developing yacht racing world drama comes together.

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