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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."

'Return' Star & Director Linda Cardellini & Liza Johnson Discuss Telling The Story Of A Soldier's Transition To Civillian Life

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 10, 2012 11:01 AM
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"Return," the feature film debut by visual artist Liza Johnson, shakes up the traditional soldier's story by centering on a female protagonist, as she adjusts to her home life following a Middle East deployment. The film stars Linda Cardellini ("Freaks and Geeks," "ER") as Kelli, a woman who has trouble adjusting to the typical civilian life she left behind. Instead of finding comfort, she's more at odds with her environment, unable to enjoy the quiet moments with her husband Mike (Michael Shannon) or fall back into the easy routine of the job she left behind. Unable and unwilling to convey the despair within, Kelli soon finds her relationships and sanity crumbling without any idea of how to return to normalcy.

Michael Shannon Talks 'Return' & His Experience Making The Indie Film

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 9, 2012 11:03 AM
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Looking for strong roles for women in film? Look no further than this week's "Return," (read our review here), a compelling tale of a woman unable to settle into her suburban life after she returns home from a tour of duty overseas. The debut feature by visual artist Liza Johnson, the film is an assured, bold look at a mother and wife who's become a stranger to her own life all wrapped up in a slick combination between Michelangelo Antonioni's "Red Desert" and the stark realism employed by the Dardenne Brothers. It's got quite a great amount of talent behind it, with Linda Cardellini ("Freaks and Geeks") in the lead role of Kelli and a supporting cast of Michael Shannon and John Slattery ("Mad Men") all giving ace performances.

Michael Shannon Compares Zack Snyder To Martin Scorsese; Says 'Mud' Will Be Like A "Fairy-Tale"

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 8, 2012 9:58 AM
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It's a statement that's thrown around a lot, but there aren't many better working actors today than Michael Shannon. He's consistently proven to be a mesmerizing fixture in any film he's a part of, whether in a lead role ("Take Shelter") or just playing support to bigger names ("Revolutionary Road").

Watch: Linda Cardellini Loses Her Grip In Trailer For 'Return' Also Starring Michael Shannon & John Slattery

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 4, 2012 9:45 AM
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It's somewhat odd that of all the "Freaks And Geeks" crew, the two leads, Linda Cardellini and John Francis Daley, haven't been able to capitalize on the cult show's success on the same level its supporting players such as James Franco, Seth Rogen or Jason Segel have. Daley is now a staple on television with Fox's "Bones," but for Cardinelli, any ascension went only as far as "Legally Blonde" and the 'Scooby Doo' films.

Review: '13' Remake Proves To Be One Unlucky Number (To Put It Mildly)

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2011 8:21 AM
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It’s unfortunate, but there’s a Movie Content Hierarchy. Great filmmakers don’t pretend this exists -- Darren Aronofsky makes a horror movie and genre-hating critics love it, and former Fangoria mainstay David Cronenberg maintains his integrity and themes of perversion and body modification while becoming a boutique festival filmmaker. But more often than not, directors, screenwriter and producers are beholden to the unimaginative thought of “this is how it is meant to be done.” More specifically, films from other parts of the world, particularly smaller ones, have their own vocabulary, their own rhythms and idiosyncrasies. Gela Babluani’s “13 Tzameti” is one of those films, a slow burn thriller from France shot in stark black and white and featuring minimal accoutrement in terms of score, outsized performances, or onscreen violence. It’s a picture that aims low but with laser-sharp precision, to the point where you felt that Babluani was a major storytelling talent with little affection for sentimentality or empty showmanship.

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