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Venice Review: Michael Shannon Vehicle 'The Iceman' Is A Tired Take On The Mob Flick

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2012 10:12 AM
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Are we living in a post-gangster movie age? From the early talkies to the Oscar-winning success of “The Departed,” the genre has been ever-popular and responsible for seminal films from “White Heat” and “The Godfather” to “Goodfellas” and “Pulp Fiction.” But one struggles to think of a standout film in the genre since Scorsese's Oscar winner, with memorable mobsters now coming from television rather than the movies. We’re sure that someone will come along and give the form new life one of these days, but that reinvention of the wheel doesn’t come from Ariel Vroman’s “The Iceman,” which is decent enough, but fails to cover ground that hasn’t already been covered many times before.

Review: 'Premium Rush' Sputters To The Finish Line

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 23, 2012 9:00 AM
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In an age where green screen is over-utilized, and costs are managed by shooting in the Midwest, Canada, or even Eastern Europe, there’s something classy and maybe even downright quaint about a film entirely set on the streets of New York City. Permit restrictions have long ended the days of most low-budget, scrappy productions making the city their home, so it’s probably worth acknowledging that the producers of “Premium Rush” spent a good amount of cash securing the locations for their pavement-pounding chase thriller. Regardless, there’s something refreshingly low-fi about rubber against the pavement of the world’s greatest city, and for a moment you forget that “Premium Rush” is a big, dumb, studio star attraction.

Tom Hardy & Michael Shannon Will Go Down 'The Long Red Road'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 7:33 PM
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Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon in the same movie? Yep, cool. Just tell us when it's done and we're there....but in case you want to know more, read on....

New Images Of Steve Buscemi, Michael K. Williams, Bobby Cannavale & More In 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 3

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 2:44 PM
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Yes, there are just a few weeks to go before the summer is over and the blitzkrieg of the fall festival and movie season begins. For most folks, all of these highly touted movies vying for awards and acclaim will be making a slow roll to theaters -- if they even arrive at all -- but HBO has got your entertainment needs covered. "Boardwalk Empire" is back in September, and a batch of new images are here to get you ready.

New Photos: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder & Chris Evans In 'The Iceman'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 31, 2012 12:01 PM
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If there's one genre that's more played out than the mob movie, it's the hitman picture. But can being based on a real-life tale give a film a little added edge when it falls into both categories? That's what the makers of "The Iceman" are hoping, and a stellar cast, led by Oscar-nominee Michael Shannon, and a premiere at the Venice Film Festival, out of competition, are certainly boding well. And a few new images from the film, for which you can read the official synopsis below, have arrived on the TIFF website, where it'll head after the Lido.

First Images Of Michael Shannon In 'The Iceman,' Elle Fanning In 'Ginger & Rosa' & Hugh Laurie In 'Mr. Pip'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 24, 2012 12:06 PM
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One thing the TIFF announcement is always good for is reminding you of a few films that have been flying somewhat under the radar, and weren't necessarily expected to be seen before the end of the year. And the flurry of new images for Toronto-bound pictures has seen the first image from three such pictures, as well as one extra from another film that's similarly quiet-ish at present.

Bikin' Ain't Easy: New Pics From 'Premium Rush' With Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Michael Shannon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 12:29 PM
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Basically, for the rest of the summer, there's "The Dark Knight Rises" and then, Everything Else. Christopher Nolan's superhero flick will pretty much tower over and dominate the rest of the competition as the blockbuster season winds down, but one movie is hoping that if you like what you see of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Gotham City, you'll want to him again in New York, in the slightly less heroic role of...bike courier.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Premium Rush' Is Basically Parkour With Bikes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 10:16 PM
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Oh hey, remember "Premium Rush"? That was the movie that was originally slated to open in January and then was pushed back to the ass-end of summer. How how much of a priority is this for Columbia Pictures? Well, the new trailer barely runs 90 seconds long and features mostly footage we saw in the previous, longer trailer. Hmm.

'Scott Pilgrim' Star Mary Elizabeth Winstead Working On An Album With Dan The Automator, Plus Hear Michael Shannon's Band

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 3:50 PM
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The history of movie stars becoming rock stars is just as unfortunate as the history of rock stars becoming movie stars, as anyone who's heard Bruce Willis' blues-rock or Steven Seagal's country record can attest to. But just as Justin Timberlake has become one of the rare figures to bridge the divide from the recording world, stars Scarlett Johansson and Zooey Deschanel have found some success collaborating with established artists like Dave Sitek and M. Ward in recent years. And it looks like one more actress is hoping to follow in their footsteps, in the shape of "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" star Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Michael Shannon Isn't Messing Around On First Poster For Hitman Tale 'The Iceman'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 26, 2012 10:23 AM
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Boasting one of the best performances last year in the psychological drama "Take Shelter," Michael Shannon will take a bit of a different turn starring in Ariel Vromen's real-life hitman chronicle "The Iceman."

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