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Review: '42' Admirably & Carefully Weaves Together The History Of Baseball & Civil Rights

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 10, 2013 10:04 AM
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Destiny swings a big stick in Brian Helgeland's "42." It underlines every pivotal moment of Jackie Robinson's career captured in the two hour film, often working as baggage keeping the film earthbound, at times making it unnecessarily weighty. It's also probably the major reason why a number of mainstream critics will wag a finger at this unapologetic, old-fashioned hero yarn seemingly stitched from the similarly modest DNA of 1950's "The Jackie Robinson Story." What seems like a high fidelity to history is actually an acknowledgement and deep respect, the kind most modern filmmakers and viewers would likely find alien.

Watch: New Trailer & Featurette For Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2013 1:28 PM
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There may be snow on the ground, and the daylight hours are short, but believe us when we say spring is around the corner. And nothing says spring like the smell of the grass on the field and sound of a baseball hitting the bat. After watching the new trailer for the Jackie Robinson biopic "42," you might be eager to start oiling your glove.

Watch: Jason Schwartzman Reteams With Roman Coppola For Short Film 'Die Again, Undead One'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 11, 2012 11:40 AM
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Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola are family (they're cousins), so they are never more than a phone call away. But even if they weren't related, we imagine they would have found each other anyway. The duo have forged a relationship that has seen them work together in many capacities -- co-writers, actor/director and more -- and they're clearly on the save wavelength. So, when Coppola made his debut feature, "CQ," it's not a shock that he called Schwartzman for a role. When over a decade later he made his sophomore effort, "A Glimpse Inside The Mind Of Charles Swan III," he called Schwartzman again. And now, for the short film "Die Again, Undead One," the pair are once again back together.

Olivia Wilde, Hailee Steinfeld & Nicole Beharie Go Into 'The Keeping Room' For Civil War Era Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2012 3:56 PM
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For his first feature film, Daniel Barber nabbed Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer for "Harry Brown." Not bad at all. Now he's gearing up his sophomore effort and has lined up three rising actresses to take part.

First Look: Chadwick Boseman & Nicole Beharie In Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson Film '42'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 23, 2012 9:40 AM
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With production underway on Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson biopic "42," we now have a number of set photos that provide us our first looks at newcomer Chadwick Boseman and "Shame" star Nicole Beharie respectively portraying Robinson and his wife, Rachel Isum.

On The Rise 2012: 10 Actresses Poised For The Big Time

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 30, 2012 4:48 PM
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While there are still not enough good roles for women out there, particularly in mainstream Hollywood, that hasn't stopped a batch of young female stars from exploding from out of nowhere in recent years. Head-turning performances have helped launch faces like Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Felicity Jones and many others into the stratosphere, and the success last weekend of "The Hunger Games" has hopefully put to rest the fallacy that huge audiences won't turn up to big movies carried by a woman.

'Shame' Star Nicole Beharie Joins Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 16, 2012 10:55 AM
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Other than Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, the other performance from Steve McQueen's "Shame" that's earned significant praise is that of Nicole Beharie, who portrayed the woman who offers Brandon a fleeting chance at a normal relationship. Our own Venice review of the film described her as "a real find, painting a vivid, warm picture with only a few scenes; she should go on to bigger and better things from here on out." We certainly weren't wrong as the actress has now joined Brian Helgeland's upcoming biopic of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American baseball player to join the Major Leagues.

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