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Review: 'The Adventurer: Curse Of The Midas Box' Starring Michael Sheen, Lena Headey And Sam Neill

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 18, 2014 8:39 AM
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The Adventurer: Curse Of The Midas Box
There’s a certain practiced apathy that comes from some movies, the sense that a duty is being fulfilled by professionals who have no illusions of legacies, they’re only trying to pay some bills. Sometimes this can be done on a grand scale, and you don’t really see it in Hollywood as much as you catch it in excessively busy European films with steady budgets and an interest in busting through any marketplace other than America. Often, these are ill-fated attempts to start franchises made by European investors who don’t know much about moviemaking, which leads these films to have a borderline mechanical efficiency. All of this explains how movies like “The Adventurer: Curse Of The Midas Box” happen.

Casting: David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Has "Blurred Lines," 'Madding Crowd' Gets Bigger & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 16, 2013 11:35 AM
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It seems that "Blurred Lines" isn't going away anytime soon, and either getting in on the zeitgeist or (much more likely) sensing some potential, David Fincher is borrowing from the pop culture phenomenon. Seen topless throughout the unrated video of the Robin Thicke hit, model-actress Emily Ratajkowski has joined "Gone Girl." The adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel already has a fairly bonkers supporting cast that includes Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Fugit and Kim Dickens, alongside the two leads, Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

Watch: 3-Minute Trailer For Showtime's 'Masters Of Sex' Starring Michael Sheen & Lizzy Caplan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2013 2:12 PM
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We're sure the upcoming "Masters Of Sex" has the noblest of intentions, but we're also pretty sure the suits at Showtime were happy to have a program that will undoubtedly be a nudity fest (because, ratings), and have it all be in the name of telling the story. Putting the smuttier aspects aside, this 3-minute trailer for the upcoming show actually positions itself as a pretty intriguing looking drama about the intersection of love, sex and science.

Jeremy Renner's 'Kill The Messenger' Rounds Out Cast With Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen & More

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • July 25, 2013 6:28 PM
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“Kill the Messenger” is shaping up to possess one of the better ensemble casts for 2014. The true story of reporter Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner) is fraught with sadness and suicide stemming from Webb’s attempts to connect the CIA to the crack cocaine trade only to become the victim of a smear campaign. The film is being helmed by Michael Cuesta of "Homeland" fame, and already boasts a cast the includes “The Wire" badass Michael K. Williams and the recently announced Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Jessica Alba, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer & Tim Robbins Join Will Ferrell's Wild IFC Miniseries 'Spoils Of Babylon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 5:31 PM
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Yes, Will Ferrell is doing a miniseries but don't worry, he's not attempting to be a Serious Actor again (though, to be fair, he's pretty good at the more dramatic stuff.) Nope, he's going into the world of overwrought soap operas again (territory he covered with the more Mexican flavored "Case De Mi Padre.") Kristin Wiig and Tobey Maguire are already on board and IFC has announced the rest of the cast. It's promising. Very, very promising.

Review: 'Admission' With Tina Fey & Paul Rudd A Low-Stakes Drama Mixed With Toothless Social Satire

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 19, 2013 9:57 AM
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Some people don’t seem to realize that the type of stories being told in film needs to change. Small-scale tales of middlebrow intimacy and minor dramatic conflict used to have a home in the cinemas, where they would play to audiences who didn’t have a surplus of entertainment options. Today, the problem isn’t that these stories are no longer relevant commercially or creatively -- they still are -- but that they lack the incisive filmmakers necessary to guide them properly to the big screen. Case in point: Paul Weitz’s toothless, sleepy “Admission,” which portrays the topsy-turvy life of a Princeton admissions officer who has to cope with widening standards and new methods of evaluation in regards to new students.

Bill Condon Combining 'Breaking Dawn' Movies For Single Extended Cut & 10 Things Learned About 'Breaking Dawn Pt. 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 15, 2012 11:01 AM
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In just a few hours, the final "Twilight" movie will hit theaters. With an impressively speedy five movies in four years, audiences have seen teen Bella (Kristen Stewart) fall for a mysterious new classmate, Edward (Robert Pattinson), stop him from committing suicide, fight off an army of newborn vampires led by the evil Victoria, get married, have a baby, and transform into a vampire herself.

Homophobe Much? What’s With All The Effeminate, Fey (And Often Blonde) Villains In Hollywood?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 8, 2012 12:01 PM
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Effeminate, campy, queenish villains in Hollywood aren't exactly a new thing. Examples go as far back as say, Claude Rains' bad guy in "The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938), Peter Lorre as the delicate Mr. Cairo in “The Maltese Falcon,” (his business cards are gardenia-scented for crying out loud), Conrad Veidt as the SS villain in “Casablanca,” and Charles Laughton in “Mutiny on the Bounty” (1935), and can be these types can be found in plenty of eras (Vernon Wells as the leathery, Pillsbury Doughboy-esque villain in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s "Commando" is sort of known as the plump Freddie Mercury of action movie villains).

Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen & Amanda Peet Also Cut From Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 1:21 PM
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Following yesterday's news that Rachel Weisz had been dropped from Terrence Malick's upcoming "To the Wonder," in sorta obvious news, it has now been confirmed that Barry Pepper, Michael Sheen and Amanda Peet have also had their parts sliced out of the film.

Watch: Bella & Edward Are The Same Temperature Now In Teaser Trailer For 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn Pt. 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 20, 2012 7:30 AM
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Well, the honeymoon's out of the way, the baby's been born, and now the marriage of Bella & Edward (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson), the lead characters of the "Twilight" franchise, is going the same way as many other marriages -- into a series of fights. However, it's not the newlyweds who are arguing; it's the new Mr. & Mrs Cullen, along with Edward's family, and Jacob's pack of werewolves, against vampire authority the Volturi, who believe that their child Renesmee is an abomination, and needs to be destroyed. Which is all a long-winded way of saying that the first full teaser trailer for "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part Two" has arrived (to coincide with Edward's 111th birthday: you people do know he's a fictional character, right?), and it looks like it has the biggest scope of the series so far.

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