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Watch: New Trailer For AIDS Drama 'The Normal Heart' With Mark Ruffalo & Julia Roberts Starts A War

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 12:12 PM
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The Normal Heart
With a sequel already planned, HBO is showing a lot of confidence in Ryan Murphy's upcoming feature-length drama, "The Normal Heart." And who could blame them? The cast alone is pretty first rate with Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons all on board, the story is stirring, and so far, it looks like it'll be the highlight on the network this spring, certainly as evidenced by this new teaser trailer.

Watch: Keira Knightley & Mark Ruffalo 'Begin Again' In Trailer For Musical Dramedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2014 9:46 AM
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Begin Again
So, remember the music industry? Okay, so it still exists, but the notion of an A&R guy stumbling across the next big thing in a local bar and pushing their talent seems rather quaint in an era when artists have no shortage of tools to promote themselves. But we suppose a movie about a musician using Bandcamp, blogs and Facebook to build up their fanbase would be pretty dull, so here we are with "Begin Again" starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.

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: First Teaser Trailer For HBO Movie 'The Normal Heart' Starring Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch & Julia Roberts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2014 9:03 PM
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The Normal Heart Mark Ruffalo Taylor Kitsch
Over the past couple years, HBO has been a quiet-but-steady presence at the Cannes Film Festival, where they unspool their movies out of competition (with Steven Soderbergh's "Behind The Candelabra" an exception in 2013). "Hemingway & Gellhorn," "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight," "Seduced And Abandoned"—those are the movies that have joined Soderbergh's in walking the red carpet in the south of France. And while nothing is official, we'd lay down some good money that the same will happen for "The Normal Heart." But even if not, you won't have to wait long to see this one for yourself.

Sundance Review: Phony And Forgettable 'Infinitely Polar Bear' Starring Mark Ruffalo & Zoe Saldana

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 19, 2014 5:56 PM
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Infinitely Polar Bear
With its based-on-the-director’s-life pedigree and stars Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, "Infinitely Polar Bear"—horrible title aside—sounds like many Sundance films past and present: a family struggles with mental illness, trying to keep one person whole while also keeping—or failing to keep—the family together. And after writing such good-to-indifferent big Hollywood product like "The Rocker," "Monsters vs. Aliens" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days," you can hardly fault writer-director Maya Forbes for trying to create something a little more substantive and a little less glib.

Sundance First Look: Philip Seymour Hoffman & Christina Hendricks In 'God's Pocket' & Mark Ruffalo's 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 4:55 PM
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God’s Pocket
Nothing really connecting these two movies except that they both feature a bunch of actors we really, really like. So let's roll...

Sony Pictures Classics Move 'Foxcatcher' To 2014; Watch The Chilling Teaser Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2013 10:36 PM
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Foxcatcher
To all the prognosticators who have already sat back and considered the awards season over, time to wake up. Bennett Miller, who has gone two-for-two with Best Pictures nominations for "Capote" and "Moneyball," returns with "Foxcatcher" and goddamn if he doesn't look like he's back in top form.

Review: 'Thanks For Sharing' Starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Pink & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 7:57 PM
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Thanks For Sharing
It's safe to say that sex addiction is no longer the misunderstood step-brother to alcohol and drug addiction. Thanks to reality television, cable shows like "Californication" and last year's awards season contender "Shame," the stigma around sex addiction, of it not really being a problem or something that only affects scuzzy perverts, has long since evaported. Which makes Stuart Blumberg's directorial debut "Thanks For Sharing" all the more curious. An uneven, somewhat out-of-time dramedy, the film takes great pains to confirm that sex addiction is just like any other addiction, but isn't sure what to say beyond that.

Watch: Mark Ruffalo & Gwyneth Paltrow Enter The Honeymoon Phase In 2 Clips From 'Thanks For Sharing'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2013 9:20 AM
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If sex is like a drug, what happens when you get addicted? How do you navigate relationships, and keep your life in order? Those are the questions that power "The Kids Are All Right" writer Stuart Blumberg's directorial debut "Thanks For Sharing," a dramedy about that chronicles the struggles of a longtime sex addict who is eager not to be defined by his disease.

TIFF Review: 'Can A Song Save Your Life?' Starring Keira Knightley & Mark Ruffalo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 8, 2013 9:39 AM
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Can A Song Save Your Life?
Though the music industry has undergone a sea change over the last decade, the goal for both major studios and artists remains the same: musicians want to write great songs and put them out into the world, and record labels want to make some money by helping them do it. That being said, these days, the line is sharply drawn between genuine songwriters and visionaries and corporate processed pop stars. Moreover, solo acts or groups no longer need the crumbling machine of the industry to get their work out there and recognized. The internet has more than enough avenues to turn overnight bedroom performers into the next blogosphere buzz act. A&R scouts are a dying breed. But for argument's sake, you'll need to pretend that world of major label nurturing, and the hunt for the next great thing still exists for "Can A Song Save Your Life?"

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