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Interview: Richard Jenkins Talks Indie Drama '4 Minute Mile,' Making 'Step Brothers' And Writing Steven Spielberg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 4, 2014 4:33 PM
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4 Minute Mile
Richard Jenkins needs no introduction—if you believe he does, you simply haven’t been paying attention to the movies over the past four decades. The Oscar-nominated actor has deservedly earned the reputation of being one of the best character actors in the business, who can move from blockbuster roles to indies, from drama to comedy, with ease, skill and craft. His career has seen him work with the likes of the Coen brothers, David O. Russell, Matt Reeves, Andrew Dominik, Tom McCarthy and many more, all the while maintaining an ambition to play interesting characters, in distinct movies.

Exclusive: Richard Jenkins Faces The Fear In Clip From '4 Minute Mile'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 15, 2014 10:05 AM
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4 Minute Mile
While cinema has had no shortage of stories about young people finding their way out of a hard life through the arts or sports, we'd wager there have been few that have positioned hope of a successful future on the race track. But in "4 Minute Mile" running is indeed the conduit through which a life can be changed forever.

Review: 'Lullaby' Starring Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson & More

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • June 10, 2014 5:12 PM
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Lullaby
Death is taken for granted way too often in movies. If someone could measure the average time spent on a character death in a modern Hollywood film, we’d wager it would be less than five minutes and even that feels generous. Actor and producer Andrew Levitas’ debut as a director goes a long way into correcting that by setting his story at death’s door and placing the viewer in the personal center of it.

John Krasinski To Direct Anna Kendrick In 'The Hollars,' Monica Bellucci Joins 'Ville-Marie' & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 6, 2014 11:34 AM
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John Krasinski seemed poised to break out back when “The Office” was in its heyday. He’s starred in movies directed by George Clooney, Sam Mendes, and Gus Van Sant; he even tried his hand at directing back in 2009 with “Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.” Unfortunately, none of these movies managed to gain much of an audience. Van Sant’s “Promised Land,” which Krasinski co-wrote with Matt Damon, was completely ignored during awards season two years ago.

Watch: First Trailer For Euthanasia Dramedy 'Lullaby' Starring Garrett Hedlund & Amy Adams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2014 9:28 PM
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Lullaby, Garett Hedlund
Yeah, we know, we forgot about this one too. Waaaaay back in 2012 — yep, two years ago — it was announced that Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Brown-Findlay were making a movie called "Lullaby." Cool story bro, and like everyone else, it was wiped from our memory. Well the thing was filmed and usually, if a movie starring this kind of ensemble takes forever to arrive, and once it does, its in the hands of a tiny indie distributor, the results probably aren't so hot. And now you can judge for yourself, as the first trailer is here.

Sundance Review: 'God's Pocket' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro & Christina Hendricks

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 27, 2014 10:05 AM
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God’s Pocket,
In God’s Pocket, a small town in Pennsylvania where everybody knows everybody’s business, it wouldn’t be uncommon to look out your window and see a man with one leg digging through the trash. Unfortunately, the same is also true of “God’s Pocket,” a morbid, 1970’s-set bummer of a film that strands its talented cast with less-than-deserving material. The film opens with a funeral and a fight, then quickly flashes back to three days prior where we’re formally introduced to Mickey, (a beleaguered Philip Seymour Hoffman), a low-level crook and one of the few residents of the insular town not to be born there. Along with his co-horts (played by John Turturro and “The Wire” star Domenick Lombardozzi), Mickey’s daily routine involves stealing meat trucks, gambling or getting wasted at the local watering hole.

Sundance First Look: Philip Seymour Hoffman & Christina Hendricks In 'God's Pocket' & Mark Ruffalo's 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 4:55 PM
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God’s Pocket
Nothing really connecting these two movies except that they both feature a bunch of actors we really, really like. So let's roll...

Watch: Darker, Angrier Unused Alternate Trailer For 'Killing Them Softly'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2013 11:33 AM
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It seems that no matter how hard they try, Andrew Dominik and Brad Pitt can't get anyone to see their films. Their first collaboration, 2007's "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford," suffered through a difficult editing process only to be indifferently released by Warner Bros. (Thankfully, it has attained cult status since, and is slated for a retrospective screening at the Museum Of The Moving Image in December.) Their second pair-up, 2012's "Killing Them Softly," did better commercially, but hardly the kind of blockbuster numbers one expects from a Brad Pitt movie opening in wide release (7th place in its first weekend, with a tepid $6 million) and critics found it hard to embrace the film's darkly funny, sour core. Their loss.

Review: 'A.C.O.D.' Starring Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, Richard Jenkins & Catherine O'Hara

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • October 2, 2013 5:00 PM
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Comedy can succeed based on either its relatability or sheer absurdity, and “A.C.O.D.” favors the former approach, while not entirely forgoing the latter. Within its first few moments, this movie informs us that 54% of people are adult children of divorce, or A.C.O.D. Statistically, you’re likely to fall within that group (or closely know someone who does), making many of the jokes and observations here hit perhaps a little too close to home, though not too closely not to laugh.

Watch: First Trailer For Divorce Comedy 'A.C.O.D.' Starring Adam Scott, Amy Poehler, Jessica Alba & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2013 4:41 PM
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“The big thing for us is about awareness of what an A.C.O.D. is,” director Stu Zicherman recently told EW. “There’s a lot of debate about [keeping] the title.” Well, keep they did and now comes the part of the campaign to let you know what it's all about. And that's just what the first trailer for "A.C.O.D." does, bringing together a whole bunch solid comedic talents for a tale about the effects splitting up....on everyone else...

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