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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.

Review: 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Starring Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy & Hugh Jackman

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 21, 2014 10:13 AM
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X-Men: Days of Future Past
The perils of time travel plotting, and maintaining continuity and story logic, within the framework of an already-fantastical superhero universe, are not enviable for any filmmaker. But credit the folks behind “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” for not only negotiating the tricky liabilities of rewriting history, but also creating a world (and story) where if the timestream logic crumbles, it ultimately matters little.

Watch: Bolivar Trask & Mystique Face Off In Clip From 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2014 3:07 PM
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X-Men Days Of Future Past
The past little while has seen a lot of talk about where the X-Men franchise is going after "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," and how it will lead into "X-Men: Apocalypse" and whatnot. And while that speculation is sorta interesting (even if the latter movie is still two year away), it might be nice to focus on 'DOFP' first. Well, Fox is doing just that, by dropping a brand-new clip from the movie today.

Watch: Robin Williams Is ‘The Angriest Man In Brooklyn’ In First Trailer For Co-Starring Mila Kunis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2014 4:29 PM
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The Angriest Man In Brooklyn
There's ticking clock movies and then there's Robin Williams being given 90 minutes to live and running around Brooklyn like a maniac. Hilarious? Well, sit back because your afternoon just got a little bit brighter.

Shia LaBeouf Will No Longer 'Rock The Kasbah,' Peter Dinklage Joins 'Pixels' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2014 12:53 PM
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Currently retired from public life, whatever that means, Shia LaBeouf is either Hollywood's greatest enigma or best prankster. Or both. At any rate, after owning the Berlin Film Festival press conference for Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac," it looked like Shia was just gonna keep on truckin', working, making weird and possibly plagiarized art, and generally continue to upend whatever notions of decorum are affixed to young actors. But it seems he is taking a step back for a moment.

David O. Russell Drops ABC Drama, Key & Peele Join 'Fargo' Series And More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 27, 2014 12:01 PM
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American Hustle
Well, this might be disappointing to some. It was only one month ago when we heard that David O. Russell would be teaming up alongside “Erin Brockovich” screenwriter Susannah Grant for an ABC drama, tentatively titled “The Club.” Despite the fact that the show was already given a 13-episode order, it looks like David O. Russell will be dropping out of the project.

Sundance Review: ‘Low Down’ Starring Elle Fanning, John Hawkes, Glenn Close & Lena Headey

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 24, 2014 12:01 PM
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Low Down
Evincing a similar mustard brown aesthetic and destitute mood—spiritually, emotionally and psychologically—Sundance indie, “Low Down” is to 1970s jazz, what John Huston’s “Fat City” is to that era of boxing: a down and out look at talented three-time losers that can’t get past their addictions, demons and terribly self-destructive qualities. But unlike Huston’s Stacy Keach pugilist drama (admittedly uneven, but still fascinating), “Low Down” is interminably depressing and features an indolent pace that would embarrass any musician looking to engage.

Review: Insipid, Painful Rom-Com 'A Case Of You' Starring Evan Rachel Wood & Justin Long

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 5, 2013 7:05 PM
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It was only a matter of time before someone tried to fully exploit the social media age for the evils of the generic romantic comedy and "A Case Of You," a new Justin Long-led rom-com, does just that; abusing the Facebook platform to create the first FB stalker comedy. Somehow, everything creepy and vile in this Kat Coiro-directed comedy ("L!fe Happens") is meant to seem comically cute and not the restraining-order freaky that it clearly is. Like all of these meretricious and morally reprehensible culture-farts, it’s presented as harmless and adorable at heart, but as the central quintessentially dorky character becomes more and more fawning and subservient, the actors themselves seem to border on queasiness.

Peter Dinklage Goes R-Rated For New Comedy, Jessica Biel & Zosia Mamet Are 'Shiva And May' & More

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • October 12, 2013 10:19 AM
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With his turn as a Marvel supervillain in “X-Men: Days of Futures Past” in the can, “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage has found a new project. The actor is set to star in an R-rated comedy about a man who tells people he’s a real leprechaun. In the vein of “Bad Santa,” the untitled comedy will be penned by Andrew Dodge, who wrote Jason Bateman’s less than stellar directorial debut “Bad Words.” Based on the premise, the Dinklage comedy looks to be a better bet.

Watch: There's Still Time To Find "The One" In Trailer For 'A Case Of You' Starring Justin Long & Evan Rachel Wood

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2013 4:46 PM
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The quirk alert for "A Case Of You" goes off pretty early once you realize the love interest in the film is named Birdie Hazel, while Peter Dinklage plays a flamboyant barista with an unpronounceable name that rhymes with Gerard. Laughing yet? Then this rom-com might be for you.

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