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Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 4, Episode 8, 'The Mountain And The Viper' Face Off

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 2, 2014 8:12 AM
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Game of Thrones' Season 4 - The Mountain and the Viper'
We're back after a week off, and it's time to dive back into the wacky world of Westeros. There's another easter egg in the opening credits this week — Moat Cailin makes an appearance, the geography of the show growing with each episode. "The Mountain and the Viper," directed by Alex Graves (you might remember him from Joffrey's Purple Wedding), has promised us the trial by combat, the showdown and revenge we've been waiting for this whole season, and we're going to get it… right after all of these hideously boring monologues. The episode is a series of rather long, wordy, staid scenes bookended with bursts of bloody violence. A few of the monologues could stand to have been heavily edited, and time was checked during the show, a truly rare occurrence.

Watch: First Trailer For 'A Thousand Times Good Night' Starring Juliette Binoche & Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 11, 2014 9:35 AM
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A Thousand Times Goodnight
Juliette Binoche playing a war photographer? That's probably anyone familiar with the actress needs to know about her upcoming "A Thousand Times Good Night," even if the results are a bit middling. In her review out of the Marrkaech Film Festival in December, our Jessica Kiang wrote that the film has the "enervating effect of so many fertile issues introduced only to be muddied into confusion or simply abandoned." But she also notes that Binoche herself is "particularly terrific."

First Image & Official Synopsis For Susanne Bier's 'A Second Chance' Starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2014 12:21 PM
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A Second Chance
While we'll keeping asking, "Where's 'Serena' starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence?" until our throats are dry, director Susanne Bier keeps powering on to new movies. Last year, she dropped the romance "Love Is All You Need," and now she's already at work on her next film.

Watch: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann & Kate Upton Take Down A Serial Cheater In Trailer For 'The Other Woman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 1:40 PM
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The Other Woman
Generally speaking, studio rom-coms have never done a great service to women, usually portraying them as highly emotional or unstable or simply unable to function without a man by their side. And in 2014, that trend continues with "The Other Woman," in which a trio of women decide to invest a lot of time and energy to get vengeance on the dude who was two-timing all of them.

Marrakech Fest Review: 'A Thousand Times Good Night' Starring Juliette Binoche & Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 2, 2013 4:00 PM
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A Thousand Times Good Night
How much does autobiography help or hinder a film's effectiveness? Norwegian director Erik Poppe's first English-language film, which played at the Marrakech Film Festival as part of the tribute evening honoring its star, Juliette Binoche, is avowedly based on incidents, and professional and personal quandaries the director himself experienced with one crucial change: Poppe switched the lead roles around so that it is Binoche who is his proxy, and Kingslayer Nikolaj Coster-Waldau playing the character based on Poppe's wife. That change is crucial to the final film and as it wears on, begins to look like maybe the best narrative decision that could have been made.

'Game Of Thrones' Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Teams With Susanne Bier For 'A Second Chance'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 9:25 AM
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We'll start off this Susanne Bier post with the question we've been asking in the last few posts about the Danish helmer—where's "Serena" starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence? Even as the filmmaker keeps lining up projects—"Mary Queen Of Scots," "The Rules Of Inheritance," "This Beautiful Life"—there has been pretty much nothing about the Depression-era drama, even though it wrapped ages ago. But whatever the status of that picture, Bier keeps piling on new projects to her slate.

What Kind Of Batman Will Superman Face? 5 Choices For 'Superman & Batman'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 22, 2013 3:34 PM
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What Kind Of Batman Will Superman Face
This weekend at Comic-Con Warner Bros dropped a bombshell: instead of announcing a sequel to this summer's "Man of Steel" (or a full-on "Justice League" movie), they revealed they would instead be bringing a Batman/Superman team-up movie to the big screen. Once again overseen by the "Man of Steel" team of director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer (with Christopher Nolan taking a distant executive producer role this time around) the movie will likely retain much of the "Man Of Steel" cast (including Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne), while folding in a presumably new Batman mythology. What they didn’t say was who would be putting on the cape and cowl. Let the speculation begin!

Jaime Lannister From 'Game Of Thrones' To Star In Alex Proyas' 'Gods Of Egypt'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 10:19 AM
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Guys, no spoilers, but fucking serious amount of shit went down last weekend on "Game Of Thrones" and while the world is picking up its collective jaw off the floor, Jamie Lannister (aka Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) is making some plans between seasons spent in Westeros.

Review & Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Episode 3 'Walk of Punishment' Lends A Hand In Kickstarting The Action Of Season 3

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 14, 2013 9:00 PM
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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Game of Thrones, Season 3, Jamie Lannister
What up Gamers! Things are finally starting to get funny/sexy/crazy on ye olde "Games of Thrones." Blood 'n boobs, that's why we're here, that's what we were promised, and that's what we're going to get. This episode finally hits the gas on this season, and off we go. Thankfully, we get a bit of humor and levity to offset the gore and blood, which always helps.

Review: Tom Cruise Vehicle 'Oblivion' Is A Mostly Involving, Visually Spectacular Sci-Fi Epic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 10, 2013 12:31 PM
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Tom Cruise, Oblivion
Only a few years ago, big sci-fi action spectacles were confined pretty much to the summer months. But now, the season has crept out to the extent that it essentially lasts from the middle of February (see the release of "A Good Day To Die Hard" this year) to... pretty much the rest of the year, with barely a few weeks going by without a major tent-pole arriving. Even the once-barren month of April isn't safe anymore, with the arrival of "Oblivion," an expensive, visually lavish sci-fi picture top-lined by megastar Tom Cruise.

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