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Casting: Audrey Tautou Joins Michel Gondry's Next Film, Mark Ruffalo Eyes 'Columbo' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2014 10:01 AM
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Audrey Tautou Beautiful Lies
Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo" finally arrive in U.S. theaters this weekend, and he's celebrating by getting back to work. He starts shooting in a few weeks on his next film, "Microbe et gasoil," and he's now attracted a big name to the film.

Watch: Channing Tatum Wants To Be The Best In The World In New Teaser For 'Foxcatcher'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2014 1:38 PM
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Foxcatcher
"Director Bennett Miller...has outdone himself, turning his uniquely meticulous eye to a tiny story in a totally rarefied, specific environment and through whatever alchemy he has perfected, created something so universal and resonant that it feels epic, sprawling, almost ancient in its mythic overtones. 'Foxcatcher' is an enormous film," Jessica Kiang wrote in the opening paragraph of her review from the Cannes Film Festival. To say that she loved the film would be an understatement, and certainly the rest of us here are eagerly anticipating the film, that is undoubtedly going to be in the Oscar conversation this fall.

Review: Predictable And Lukewarm 'Begin Again' Starring Mark Ruffalo & Keira Knightley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2014 6:16 PM
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Begin Again
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 "Begin Again."

Good Idea Or Bad Idea? Mark Ruffalo Says Marvel Now Considering 'Hulk' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2014 11:18 AM
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It would seem the tide is shifting on Marvel's feelings about making a new, standalone Hulk movie. The character — one they've tried twice before to make into a viable standalone franchise — has perhaps never been more popular thanks to Mark Ruffalo's portrayal of the green monster in "The Avengers." And while that led to a flurry of fanboys begging for a new Hulk movie, as of last year Ruffalo revealed that Marvel had "no plans" to make that happen. And even Marvel's guru Joss Whedon said it's "the most difficult Marvel property." But the character is a popular one, stopping by recently (and randomly) in a World Cup ad for Nike, so perhaps Marvel is changing their stance regarding Bruce Banner?

Watch: Keira Knightley Doesn't Have A Demo In Clip From 'Begin Again'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2014 11:24 AM
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Begin Again, Keira Knightley
These days the concept of a demo tape, that you play for people and give to record executives has greatly changed. Firstly, you don't even need any kind of physical media because you can get your stuff up on any number of streaming sites. And hell, who even needs record execs when you can set a download price and hustle your record yourself, while cutting out the middle man who'll take most of your money anyway? But, you'll have pretend that getting signed is a still a pretty big deal to roll with "Begin Again."

Watch: Adam Levine Sings "Lost Stars" In Trailer For 'Begin Again' With Keira Knightley Plus New Clip

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2014 11:21 AM
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Begin Again
What happens if you're dating a rock star and you move with him to New York City, only for the relationship to end and leave you heartbroken? Well, use the city as your studio and make an album. That's the series of events that loosely outline "Begin Again," the summer musical romance where a record contract could be the saving grace for a few people trying put their lives back together.

Review: HBO's 'The Normal Heart' Starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 22, 2014 12:25 PM
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The Normal Heart
First staged off Broadway in 1985, Larry Kramer's acclaimed play "The Normal Heart" is undoubtedly a product of its time. Written and performed during the early stages of the 1980s AIDS crisis, a period which saw the gay community gripped by fear of the emerging disease, and ravaged by a shocking death toll, Kramer's work is searing indictment of governmental indifference and those who refused to fight unreservedly to get the necessary resources and funding to foster support groups and research. Kramer's play was also autobiographical, drawing on real-life people as inspiration for the characters, with the end product something as personal as it was polemical. More than 25 years later, "The Normal Heart" was revived on Broadway in 2011, and now it comes to HBO in a star-studded movie adaptation, with an aspiration towards the same fury the material evoked decades ago. But unfortunately, that passion oddly leaves the movie feeling a bit out of time in 2014.

Cannes Review: Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo & Vanessa Redgrave

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 19, 2014 6:31 AM
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Foxcatcher
Director Bennett Miller has already proven that he has the uncanny ability to spin exquisite, immersive, intelligent stories from material that on paper might not seem so appealing—we’ll still never quite get to the bottom of why “Moneyball,” a film about baseball sabermetrics should be so rich and engaging. But with "Foxcatcher," he has outdone himself, turning his uniquely meticulous eye to a tiny story in a totally rarefied, specific environment and through whatever alchemy he has perfected, created something so universal and resonant that it feels epic, sprawling, almost ancient in its mythic overtones. “Foxcatcher” is an enormous film.

Watch: First Clip From Bennett Miller's Cannes Drama 'Foxcatcher' Starring Channing Tatum & Steve Carell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 16, 2014 10:02 AM
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Foxcatcher
Originally slated to be released last fall, Sony Pictures Classics yanked "Foxcatcher" from the schedule soon after the trailer dropped online, citing Bennett Miller's need for more time to finish the film. Well, it's in the can and playing Cannes (sorry), set to premiere in Competition next week. So what was the hold up? A lengthy post-production process.

Watch: New U.K. Trailer For Music Industry Dramedy 'Begin Again' Starring Keira Knightley & Mark Ruffalo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2014 9:24 AM
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Begin Again, Keira Knightley
A movie set against the backdrop of the music industry today seems a bit... out of place. Any artist of real worth or integrity doesn't want or need the corporate machine, with plenty of healthy indie avenues to go where their talent will be rewarded and they won't see their money disappear into a black hole of accounting. But for the sake of "Begin Again," the music industry is still a thing, and one down-and-out producer hopes to help a songwriter make it big.

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