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Jaden Smith To Star In Slavery Drama 'The Good Lord Bird'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2014 9:41 AM
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So, let's say you've optioned the critically acclaimed, National Book Award-winning novel "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. Now you're on the tough path of development, hoping to find somebody to finance, produce and distribute the slavery-era drama, and you want to put together an attractive package to lure deep pocket investors. And now, let's pretend you cast Jaden Smith.

Review: 'Fading Gigolo' Starring John Turturro & Woody Allen Is Breezy And Inoffensive

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2014 5:05 PM
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Fading Gigolo
"Do you ever just get down on your knees and thank god that you know me and have access to my dementia?" George Constanza asks when his scheme to get Jerry out of a relationship by having him claim he wants to have a menage a trois, winds up with woman actually being into the idea. It's a hilarious scene because not only does it acknowledge one of the ultimate male fantasies, but when moments later Jerry says he can't go through it, it also underscores that it's a long way from fantasy to reality. There's little of that wonderment or fear in John Turturro's odd, uneven and yet engaging "Fading Gigolo," a film that starts as a sex comedy but becomes something else entirely, as ideas for what would've been two really good separate films are combined into one merely adequate picture.

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.

Watch: Tense Trailers For Sci-Fi Thriller 'Last Days On Mars' Starring Liev Schreiber & Olivia Williams Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2013 1:45 PM
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It looks like Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" won't be the only space bound, sci-fi thiller to get your pulse racing this fall. Just shortly after the Sandra Bullock and George Clooney-starring vehicle lands in orbit, another movie will looking to send your heart rate into overdrive, "Last Days On Mars." And the first teaser trailer is here to give you a glimpse of what's in store.

TIFF Review: 'Fading Gigolo' Starring John Turturro & Woody Allen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 9, 2013 3:30 PM
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"Do you ever just get down on your knees and thank god that you know me and have access to my dementia?" George Constanza asks when his scheme to get Jerry out of a relationship by having him claim he wants to have a menage a trois, winds up with woman actually being into the idea. It's a hilarious scene because not only does it acknowledge one of the ultimate male fantasies but when moments later Jerry says he can't go through it, it also underscores that it's a long way from fantasy to reality. There's little of that wonderment or fear in John Turturro's odd, uneven and yet engaging "Fading Gigolo," a film that starts as a sex comedy but becomes something else entirely, as ideas for what would've been two really good separate films are combined into one merely adequate picture.

Review: Mira Nair's 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' A Heavy-Handed Look At A Post 9/11 World

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 23, 2013 7:00 PM
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Opening last year’s Venice Film Festival, Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” is an intriguing prospect. The film, an adaptation of the best-selling and acclaimed novel by Mohsin Hamed, had been under the radars of most until its selection, and aside from Kate Hudson, is mostly lacking in the starry names that normally attract attention to a festival. Fans of Nair (whose superb “Monsoon Wedding” won the Golden Lion in Venice in 2001) have been hoping for a return to form after her last film “Amelia,” disappointed. Was the film’s presence in such a prestigious slot a sign that she might have delivered? Unfortunately, despite a very fine central performance from ever-rising British actor Riz Ahmed (“Four Lions,” “Trishna”), not so much.

Venice Review: Mira Nair's 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' A Heavy-Handed Look At A Post 9/11 World

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 29, 2012 7:31 AM
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Opening films at festivals are always worth approaching with a little caution. Normally given out-of-competition slots, it’s often a signal that the films have been selected to bring some starry names, and the attention that goes with them to the red carpet, or to make some kind of mission statement, with the more prestigious pictures being saved up for the main competition. But generally speaking, Venice has had a good run in the last few years for their opening night film: “Atonement,” “Burn After Reading,” “Black Swan” and “The Ides Of March” all picked up varying degrees of praise, with Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Baaria” the only one of late that failed to get much of an international following.

Liev Schreiber Joins Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' As Lyndon Johnson, Co-Stars With Woody Allen In 'Fading Gigolo'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 25, 2012 1:45 PM
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Just as Lee Daniels' upcoming White House drama “The Butler” takes place over the course of eight presidencies, naturally the film is going to be populated with a talented, expansive cast. It's certainly attracted an interesting bunch already, with Robin Williams and Alan Rickman inhabiting the roles of Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan, respectively, and today one more actor prepares to go presidential.

Showtime Picks Up 'Masters Of Sex' With Michael Sheen & Lizzy Caplan

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 12, 2012 1:45 PM
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After losing Paul Bettany to his flighty scheduling before replacing him with the equally incredible Michael Sheen, there was little to be heard about Showtime's latest pilot, “The Masters of Sex,” which also starred Lizzy Caplan in a lead role. However, just as one was beginning to believe a “The Corrections”-esque denial had taken place, news comes today that the network has picked the hour-long show up for a full season run, in addition to another family drama with Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan.”

Emma Watson Gets Biblical With Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2012 10:37 PM
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Darren Aronofksy's ark that is his next movie "Noah" continues to bring people aboard, and the latest is an actress who has no problem of late finding roles.

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