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Tom Cruise Gets Co-Stars: Melissa Leo For 'Oblivion' & T.I. For 'All You Need Is Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2012 6:21 PM
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Tom Cruise is going to be spending the bulk of 2012 working on two sci-fi projects, and he's adding some interesting co-stars as both "Oblivion" and "All You Need Is Kill" gear up.

Melissa Leo Talks 'Francine,' The "Sacred Territory" Of Acting & What She's Looking At Next

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 21, 2012 11:55 AM
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Having experienced something of a mid-career breakout with her Oscar-winning supporting role in "The Fighter," Melissa Leo's name has fast become something of a hallmark of quality. Recently she has lent her talents for startlingly authentic portrayals to the likes of "Treme," "Mildred Pierce" and Kevin Smith's "Red State," but in the Berlin Film Festival favorite "Francine" (our review is here) she lands a rare leading role in a feature, albeit a small, narrowly focused one.

Berlinale 2012 Review: Melissa Leo Shines In Minutely Observed, Minimalist 'Francine'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 17, 2012 1:05 PM
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Evoking films like "Winter's Bone" and "Wendy and Lucy" in presenting a sparse, narrowly focused portrait of a lone female protagonist in adverse, not to say desperate circumstances, "Francine" is the kind of small film made for the festival circuit, and for which the festival circuit was made. It is no less reliant on a powerhouse central performance than its aforementioned forebears, if anything more so, as here extraneous detail is pared back almost to the point of nonexistence, leaving Melissa Leo front and center of every scene. It is a testament to her absolutely definitive portrayal that one simply cannot imagine what the film might have looked like with anyone else in the role. Some elegant framing and photography aside, the film lives and dies on her performance, and this being Leo, at her most vanity-less and instinctive, it mostly lives.

Melissa Leo & James Badge Dale Take 'Flight' Together

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 12:26 PM
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Update: Shadow & Act reveal that "Franklin & Bash" star Garcelle Beauvais has also joined the cast.

James Marsden, Michael Shannon, Michael C. Hall & Melissa Leo Head Up A 'Dead Circus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 1:35 AM
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Well, we'll give this one points for bonkers casting because when you have a movie where James Marsden plays Charles Manson that's...something. But we're getting ahead of ourselves.

Review: Todd Haynes' 'Mildred Pierce' A Mouth-Watering Melodrama On An Operatic Scale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2011 3:31 AM
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Yes, we already know that Hollywood studios are continuing to pull away from adult oriented dramas, while continuing to pour money into franchises, sequels and spinoffs. And we've certainly already sung the praises of HBO for setting the standard for their colleagues by being a welcoming home for auteurs to toil away on the kinds of projects that wouldn't get them through the front door anywhere else. However, it's one thing to logically pair Todd Haynes with the period melodrama "Mildred Pierce" but when you surround him with the talent he has here, giving him an almost absurdly generous amount of running time to tell the story his way, it's practically like the cable network is sticking a thumb in the eye of Hollywood.

Oscar Winner Melissa Leo Teams With Oscar Nominee Jesse Eisenberg For 'Predisposed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 2:13 AM
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Tracy Morgan Also Linked To RoleTalk about striking while the iron is hot. Vulture reports that Oscar winner Melissa Leo -- whose f-bomb was one of the highlights of the otherwise sluggish Oscars last night -- and permanently awkward Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg are apparently set to team for the indie comedy "Predisposed."

Watch: Melissa Leo Gets Some Guys Drunk For Sex In Clip From 'Red State'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2011 6:58 AM
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Say what you will about Kevin Smith's love/hate relationship with the press, but putting all that aside, "Red State" looks good and is a much needed new direction for the helmer.

Watch: New Trailer For Todd Haynes' HBO Mini-Series 'Mildred Pierce' Starring Kate Winslet

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 9, 2011 3:03 AM
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Looks like HBO have raised the stakes with the latest trailer for Todd Haynes' highly anticipated five-part HBO mini-series, an adaptation of James M. Cain's "Mildred Pierce," which will star Kate Winslet in the titular role along side Evan Rachel Wood, Guy Pearce and Melissa Leo.

'The King's Speech' & 'The Fighter' Top The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 31, 2011 1:24 AM
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The role reversal and Oscar season 180 seems complete. Despite its award season hegemony, taking with it almost every conceivable critical prize possible, David Fincher's "The Social Network" came up empty handed once again during the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. "The King's Speech" asserted its late season dominance once more winning the coveted Ensemble award (SAG's closest award to Best Picture), plus Colin Firth took the Outstanding Actor award. Tied for two award wins was "The Fighter" which took the prizes many expected: Christian Bale for Supporting Actor and Melissa Leo for Supporting Actress.

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