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Review: DreamWorks Animation's 'Turbo' Featuring The Voices of Ryan Reynolds & Samuel L. Jackson

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 17, 2013 5:47 PM
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With some DreamWorks Animation movies, you can practically see and hear the pitch meeting that they came out of, as fully realized as any of the whiz-bang 3D computer graphics that will eventually coat movie theater screens nationwide. There are a few executives there, some animators, maybe one of the marketing guys (to represent such vaunted interests as toy manufacturers and video game designers). Someone yells out, "What about a panda bear that does kung fu?" and the rest of the room agrees (and the video game guy gets very excited). Or, in the case of this week's "Turbo," there was probably a meeting after it was widely reported that Disney makes something like $4 billion a year from selling stuff related to the Pixar movie "Cars." "What about a snail… That wants to be a racer?" You can picture the rest of the room sheepishly nodding their heads, and then the guys responsible for the actual movie sweating bullets because, good lord, how do you make an animated movie about a snail that wants to be an Indy 500 racer? It turns out: you don't.

Elizabeth Banks & Paul Giamatti Join Brian Wilson Biopic 'Love & Mercy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 3:16 PM
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If you're going to tell the story of one of the greatest pop songwriters of all time, you'd better bring it, and credit to producer/director Bill Pohlad for bringing some solid talent to his Brian Wilson biopic "Love & Mercy." John Cusack and Paul Dano are slated to play the older and younger versions of the Beach Boys frontman respectively, and the past couple weeks have seen two more nice additions to the cast.

Paul Giamatti Heads To 'Downton Abbey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 24, 2013 8:57 AM
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While fans of "Downton Abbey" were left a bit bummed out after Dan Stevens' exit from the show last season, leaving a rather significant absence among the Crawley family, it looks like everyone's favorite PBS drama has rebounded with a bit of casting that will certainly light up message boards and Twitter all over again.

First Look At 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' & Paul Giamatti In 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2013 11:25 AM
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Such is movie marketing these days that it begins even before cameras roll, with studios and filmmakers teasing everything from casting decisions to location photos to fan the flames of excitement early. For two big tentpole sequels coming in 2014, they are following that playbook in the hopes of a big payoff.

Tribeca Review: ‘Almost Christmas’ Is A Mostly Joyless Misfire

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 19, 2013 10:41 AM
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Paul Rudd,Paul Giamatti, Almost Christmas
Director Phil Morrison hasn't made a film since his exceptional debut indie, "Junebug," which launched Amy Adams in 2005. Brimming with life, even without the Oscar-nominated and very-worthy firecracker Adams performance, the movie is flush with an idiosyncratic humanity and especially complex and uniquely written characters. However, his long belated follow-up, "Almost Christmas,” arriving some eight years after his auspicious beginning possesses little traces of the spark that made "Junebug" so special.

Watch: First Trailer For 'Romeo & Juliet' With Hailee Steinfeld, Paul Giamatti & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2013 2:17 PM
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The story of "Romeo & Juliet" has been told, approximately, eleventy billion times. And we're not just talking the countless film versions. From the stage to television to that English class you slept through, Shakespeare's play about doomed lovers has been rich fodder for creative types, the shining example of romance fated to end in tragedy. You would think that a new movie version might try and twist things up a bit, or bring a new flavor to the proceedings. You would be wrong.

First Look: Paul Rudd & Paul Giamatti In Phil Morrison's 'Almost Christmas'; Emma Roberts In 'Adult World'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2013 3:18 PM
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Paul Rudd,Paul Giamatti, Almost Christmas
This is just the way things are in the movie world. With one festival about to begin (SXSW) we're already looking ahead, this time to the Tribeca Flim Festival. With organizers dropping their massive slate over the last two days, it has provided plenty for movie fans to pick over, and there are quite a few intriguing films on their way. And even more, some new looks are coming with them. So let's get it right into it...

Discuss: With Electro, Rhino & Green Goblin, Is 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Promising Villain Overkill?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 2, 2013 2:10 PM
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Since “Batman Begins,” superhero films have upped the ante as far as casting legit names to act out action-packed costumed melodramas for mass audiences. But it’s hard to say we’ve seen anything like the upcoming sequel to “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which last week added Oscar winner Chris Cooper to a cast that includes Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley and Dane DeHaan as well as fellow Oscar winners Sally Field and Jamie Foxx and former nominee Paul Giamatti. That would be a whole lot of acclaim for a small indie film, but it’s also the sort of prestige unheard of for a mega-blockbuster that was received coolly by critics and diehards.

Paul Giamatti To Play The Rhino In 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'; Felicity Jones Also Lining Up A Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2013 3:32 PM
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Of all the different kinds of movies Paul Giamatti has done in his career -- from charming low-key indies to prestige projects to period set TV miniseries -- he's never really had a foot in the summer tentpole/franchise game. But it looks like a major summer movie for 2014 will find him making life difficult for one young superhero.

Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton & Jacki Weaver Head To JFK Assassination Film 'Parkland'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 31, 2012 9:24 AM
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It’s no secret that Tom Hanks as a producer is fond of looking at the past, whether through the prism of the space race, in “From The Earth To The Moon,” or through war -- specifically World War II -- as in companion pieces “Band Of Brothers” and “The Pacific.” Now, Hanks will set his sights on one of the most traumatic events in American history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, with “Parkland,” which has cast its leads.

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