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Rebecca Hall Joins Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence' With Johnny Depp

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2013 4:13 PM
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Sorry Rooney Mara and Emily Blunt, this one belongs to Rebecca Hall. After being rumored alongside the actresses last fall as contenders for the female lead in Wally Pfister's "Transcendence," Hall has emerged the winner and will star alongside Johnny Depp and Paul Bettany in the mysterious movie.

Recap: 'Parade's End' Brings Dense Miniseries To A Quiet Close In Finale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2013 10:00 AM
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As my colleagues have written in their recaps of the first four episodes of "Parade's End," there is much to admire in the five-part miniseries. From the dense, multi-threaded and layered script from Tom Stoppard, to the sumptuous direction from Susanna White and a cluster of great performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall, Adelaide Clemens, Stephen Graham and Rupert Everett. And at the middle of it all, perhaps one of the most buttoned up leading men we've seen in quite some time on the small screen, Christopher Tietjens. It would almost be laughable at how much his life has taken a downward turn since we met him at the start of the first episode, if it weren't so tragic. As an era fades, so too does a particular way of English, gentlemanly life, and Tietjens will hold on to it until it nearly destroys him. But after seeing nearly every facet of his life crumble and corrupted, you yearn for Christopher -- as his wife Sylvia long has -- to finally submit to some kind of emotion. To break free and reclaim his life. And while he doesn't quite do that in the finale, his victory such as it is, is satisfying in the way the character deserves.

Recap: 'Parade's End' Goes To War With One Outstanding Episode, And One Middling One

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2013 9:58 AM
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When we left off with part two of "Parade's End," war had arrived, with Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the trenches, and his wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) seemingly finding religion. Part three of the show stayed mostly away from the front, picking up with Christopher waking in a military hospital, concussed by a shell, and seemingly unable to remember even his name.

Recap: Benedict Cumberbatch & Rebecca Hall Shine In First 2 Parts Of Period Miniseries 'Parade's End'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 27, 2013 10:00 AM
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The specter of "Downton Abbey" has been present in the run up to the broadcast of BBC and HBO's new period drama "Parade's End." Both are lavish period tales set before, during and after World War I. But in fact, the comparisons are a little overblown. 'Downton' and "Parade's End" (an adaptation of Ford Madox Ford's cycle of novels, often labelled as among the finest literary achievements of the 20th century, written for the screen by the great Sir Tom Stoppard, and directed by Susanna White, who was also behind "Bleak House" and "Generation Kill") might share a loose genre, but on the strength of the first episode, they couldn't be more different. 'Downton' is a soap, for better or worse, while "Parade's End" is a fearsomely intelligent, deceptively funny epic that, if it can keep up this level of quality, will likely be one of the best things on television all year.

Rooney Mara, Emily Blunt & Rebecca Hall Up To Play Female Lead In Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence' Opposite Johnny Depp

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 12, 2012 6:46 PM
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While we're no closer to finding out what Christopher Nolan's next directorial project will be, a film is gearing up that is something very near; the directorial debut of Nolan's regular DoP Wally Pfister, an original sci-fi project called "Transcendence," which has already attracted some serious A-list talent in the shape of Johnny Depp, who's going to be playing the film's lead. The likes of Christian Bale, James McAvoy, Tobey Maguire, Christoph Waltz, Ewan McGregor and Tom Hardy have all been connected to the film of late, but now word's firming up on who might be joining Depp in the project.

Review: 'Lay The Favorite' A Comedy That's An Empty Bet

  • By John Lichman
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  • December 5, 2012 4:19 PM
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“You can't blame Stephen Frears for trying” seems to be the mantra for "Lay the Favorite," a mild romp through the T&A world of Las Vegas, gambling and literary adaptation. After all, "High Fidelity" is an iconic film to obsessive nerds (Need proof? See: every listicle on the Internet) and Frears is no slouch to crafting strong and/or sexy female characters (Tamara Drew, Cherí, The Queen). But what happens when he tries to mash them up and form the unholy love child of a stat geek and a bubbly idiot savant who used to be a stripper?

4 Serious New Pictures From The Not Serious 'Iron Man 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 30, 2012 8:56 AM
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"It's not a serious movie, but we seriously dig into exploring more of Tony," Marvel honcho Kevin Feige recently said. But if these new pics are anything to go by, it's more like "Emo Man 3" than "Iron Man 3" amirite? And combined with the very furrowed brow trailer, we're wondering when wise-crackin' Tony Starks is going to show up.

Rebecca Hall & Eric Bana's 'Closed Circuit' Gets August 28, 2013 Release Date; 'Lego' Moves Up A Few Weeks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2012 1:52 PM
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A couple of release date updates, so get out your day planner and find out why you might have to cancel on your Mom's birthday party...

Watch: New Trailer & Pics For Stephen Frears' 'Lay The Favorite' With Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall & Catherine Zeta-Jones

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2012 5:08 PM
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Every year, many films hit Sundance packed with stars, and featuring a solid name behind the camera, but not all of them live up to expecatation. And by most accounts, "Lay The Favorite" is one of those movies. Boasting a cast that includes Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Vince Vaughn, Laura Prepon, Joshua Jackson and more, with Stephen Frears at the helm, the potential was there for a better-than-average comedy, but judging from the notices out of Park City, the result was less than that.

Recap: 'Parade's End' Goes To War With One Outstanding Episode, And One Middling One

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 15, 2012 12:53 PM
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When we left off with "Parade's End" (two weeks ago -- TIFF commitments mean that we had to skip last week's recap, which will be covered below), war had arrived, with Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the trenches, and his wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) seemingly finding religion. Part three of the show stayed mostly away from the front, picking up with Christopher waking in a military hospital, concussed by a shell, and seemingly unable to remember even his name.

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