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Watch: First Trailer For 'I Origins' Starring Michael Pitt & Brit Marling Sees The Number 11 Everywhere

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2014 1:27 PM
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I Origins
The intersection of spirituality, faith and chance... these are tricky ingredients to work with when it comes to spinning a cinematic tale, with the possibility of tilting toward the New Age ever present. But Mike Cahill gets it right with "I Origins" and the first trailer is here.

Review: Gangster Comedy 'Rob The Mob' Starring Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda & Andy Garcia Is A Pure Joy

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • March 21, 2014 11:11 AM
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Rob The Mob
It feels like we haven't had a good mob movie in a long time. We're talking real Italian-style paisanos; tracksuits, wife-beaters, food metaphors, and grease everywhere. Raymond De Felitta may have been feeling the same kind of nostalgia in the air, because his new movie "Rob The Mob" plays out like a hundred dollar tip to the genre. Recent films that dealt with organized crime range from Academy Award nominees and winners ("American Hustle," "The Departed") to the wrongfully ignored ("Lawless," "Killing Them Softly") or ones that somehow went terribly off the rails ("Gangster Squad"); but none of those dealt with the mafia as we know it from the '90s classics like "Goodfellas," HBO's "The Sopranos" or "Donnie Brasco." Well, De Felitta takes a true story that occurred in the early '90s, adds two energized leads, a pinch of bearded Andy Garcia and a screenplay that goes down like cold ice-tea on a hot summer day to cook up a nice little homage to the good ol' days.

Studio Ghibli Producing TV Series, Michael Pitt Joins 'Hannibal,' '24: Live Another Day' Gets Super Bowl Spot & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 4, 2014 11:17 AM
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I Origins, Michael Pitt
Whether or not the legendary Hayao Miyazaki returns from his apparent retirement following his recent “final” film “The Wind Rises," the future of Studio Ghibli still remains bright. Miyazaki’s cohorts Isao Takahata and Hiromasa Yonebayashi have each lent their directorial talents to Ghibli films in the past (“My Neighbors The Yamadas," “The Secret World of Arietty”), but Hayao’s son Goro Miyazaki has also thrown his hat into the ring as well, and now he plans to take the studio into new territory on the small screen.

Interviews: Mike Cahill & Michael Pitt Reflect On Science Vs. Faith In 'I Origins'

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • January 27, 2014 11:05 AM
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I Origins
When “Another Earth” premiered at Sundance three years ago, the quiet, otherworldly drama made quite a splash with critics and audiences alike. First-time director Mike Cahill’s talents were obvious—even on a low budget—and lead actress (and co-writer) Brit Marling was a breakout star.

Sundance Review: Mike Cahill's Heady, Deeply Moving ‘I Origins’ Starring Michael Pitt & Brit Marling

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 20, 2014 3:09 PM
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I Origins
2011, the year of actress Brit Marling, also introduced the world of cinema to two promising filmmakers: “The Sound Of My Voice” director Zal Batmanjali and “Another Earth” filmmaker Mike Cahill. Marling starred and co-wrote both heady and high concept indie efforts and her rocket soon took off. Fox Searchlight picked up both films and Batmanjali was soon making his intriguing follow-up “The East.” Skeptics were a little less convinced about “Another Earth,” which featured an admittedly excellent concept but was sometimes limited by its budget and presentation in execution. However, those that sensed great promise should be thrilled to see it fulfilled in “I Origins,” Cahill’s powerful Sundance follow-up.

Watch: Michael Pitt Will 'Rob The Mob' In Trailer For Heist Dramedy With Ray Romano, Andy Garcia & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 4:44 PM
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Rob The Mob
Michael Pitt, sitcom star Ray Romano, Andy Garcia, Broadway sensation Nina Arianda....wait, what? Yeah, the cast for "Rob The Mob" is a bit all over the place, and even the title is a bit too cutesy but you have to admit, the trailer for this looks far more interesting, particularly as it keeps going, more than you would have previously thought possible.

Abel Ferrara Doesn't Want To Talk About 'The King Of New York' Prequel But Says Michael Pitt Would've Starred

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2013 1:30 PM
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Christopher Walker King Of New York
While there are no shortage of descriptions for Abel Ferrara—auteur, provacateur, New York city icon—they fail to capture the complexity of man whose body of work has captured acclaim and controversy, often at the same time. And one of the pictures that continues to resonate more than two decades after it landed on theater screens is 1990's "King Of New York."

Brit Marling & Michael Pitt Join 'Another Earth' Director Mike Cahill's Next Film 'I Origins'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 30, 2013 10:05 AM
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Since turning heads in 2011’s low-key sci-fi film “Another Earth,” actor/writer Brit Marling has appeared in other similarly small-scale takes on plots that are usually reserved for big studio pictures, her latest being the Zal Batmanglij-helmed thriller “The East.” Though it only hits theaters at the end of May, Marling has already lined up her next project, which reunites her with “Another Earth” helmer Mike Cahill.

10 Undervalued Actors Who Deserve To Get More Work

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 28, 2012 2:26 PM
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This week sees the release of Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," a gripping little crime movie than threatens to be one of The Playlist's highlights of 2012. And among its many pleasures is the chance to see some character actor favorites like James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and newer up-and-comers like Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn given substantial roles to chew on. Best of all is a major role for the incomparably great Richard Jenkins.

Paul Bettany & Matthew Goode Lead Falklands War Flick 'Destroyer,' Michael Pitt Will 'Rob The Mob'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 29, 2012 12:40 PM
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Paul Bettany & Matthew Goode: two talented British actors and veterans of both rom-com ("Wimbledon," "Leap Year") and terrible comic book movies ("Priest," "Watchmen"), in search of a boost to the next level. Things are already looking up for both; Bettany impresses in new cop thriller "Blood," and Goode looks to have a juicy role in Park Chan-Wook's "Stoker" early next year. And now the pair are teaming up for the Falklands War-era thriller "Destroyer." Based on the sinking of the HMS Coventry at the end of the 1980s conflict between the UK and Argentina, it's directed by Tom Shankland ("The Children," "The Fades"), and shooting gets underway early next year.

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