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Shia LaBeouf Will No Longer 'Rock The Kasbah,' Peter Dinklage Joins 'Pixels' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2014 12:53 PM
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Currently retired from public life, whatever that means, Shia LaBeouf is either Hollywood's greatest enigma or best prankster. Or both. At any rate, after owning the Berlin Film Festival press conference for Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac," it looked like Shia was just gonna keep on truckin', working, making weird and possibly plagiarized art, and generally continue to upend whatever notions of decorum are affixed to young actors. But it seems he is taking a step back for a moment.

Review: Randall Miller's 'CBGB' A Half-Hearted Sitcom Stab At Punk Rock's Mecca

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 10, 2013 10:08 AM
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It takes a lot of effort to take the underdog stomping grounds of New York's top punk acts and turn them into the Central Perk from “Friends”—albeit with slightly more stain—but “CBGB” does it with total conviction. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; we've long passed the ellipses of punk's heyday, and seen the paunchy transformation of many of its leaders into contradictive shills. So in telling the tale of Hilly Krystal, the club's unlikely founder played here by Alan Rickman, director Randall Miller (“Bottle Shock”) could do worse than render the early-'70s punk scene as breezy broad comedy. He adopts that tactic and still falters though, deflating any energy or humor possible with his limp direction, sitcom consistency, and unfocused tone.

Review: 'Little Birds' Has All The Insight Of An After-School Special

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 29, 2012 6:29 PM
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There's a misconception about some films that utilize a specific location by gussying it up to be a paradise on camera. Often, the results are "Little Birds," which was shot on location at the Salton Sea of California, a formative place for impetuous Lily (Juno Temple) and Alison (Kay Panabaker). The two teenage girls, both the result of trailer park lifestyles, spend their days visiting the saltine beach, admiring the view and dreaming of boys, handsome dark types who will whisk them away to what can be considered the "big city." They appreciate the picturesque landscape, as does the camera. Does the filmmaker?

'Red State' Star Kyle Gallner Joins 'Beautiful Creatures' With Viola Davis & Alden Ehrenreich

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2012 4:21 PM
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So, will "Beautiful Creatures" be the next "The Hunger Games"-sized Young Adult hit? That's what Warner Bros. is hoping for as they are putting the final casting pieces in place for the big screen adaptation of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's novel.

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