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Casting: Rosario Dawson Joins 'Daredevil,' Alison Brie Learns 'How To Be Single' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 3:10 PM
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The cast of the Netflix series of Marvel's "Daredevil" is beginning to take shape and it ... looks like the cast of a TV show. Which isn't a bad thing at all, just an observation, and at least with more recognizable names than whoever those people are on "Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D."

Go Noir With 5 New Posters For 'Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 22, 2014 1:36 PM
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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Jessica Alba is on the cover of Entertainment Weekly this week (hello!) and while her skimpy bikini look has nothing to do with the black-and-white, contrasty-looking photography of Robert Rodriguez’s “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For,” we suppose it was a “sex-sells” decision. Alba on the cover means pimping the movie and that means promo material of some kind. So that means five new character posters from the film featuring Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Cannes Review: Atom Egoyan's 'The Captive' Starring Ryan Reynolds, Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 16, 2014 8:33 AM
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The Captive Mireille Enos Ryan Reynolds
Have you ever Xeroxed a picture repeatedly until the image became so degraded that only the highest-contrast elements of the original remained? Imagine doing that with Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners,” the other Canadian-directed child abduction movie, and you’d get something like Atom Egoyan’s “The Captive.”

Review: Diego Luna's Well-Intentioned, Respectable & Paint-By-Numbers 'Cesar Chavez' Starring Michael Peña

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 25, 2014 6:05 PM
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Chavez Micheal Pena
An intermittently compelling overview of a movement, but only a cursory portrait of a man, “Cesar Chavez,” directed by Diego Luna, is a well-intentioned, respectable and respectful biopic. But the conservative format of the film, that never goes beyond the kind of paint-by-numbers approach that stultifies so many entries in this genre, was a disappointment, as Luna’s first directorial feature, the small-scale but affectingly odd “Abel” promised better things to come, and at the very least, showed that Luna had a knack for creating characters who were lovable as much for their flaws as for their strengths.

Watch: First Noir Filled Trailer For 'Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2014 2:52 PM
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Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Eight years after audiences first visited the monochrome, rain slicked, bullet filled streets of "Sin City," are they ready to go there again? Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller certainly hope so, with talk of a TV series and "Sin City 3" already percolating. But to get there, the awkwardly titled "Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For" will need to make some major waves, and the first trailer is here to entice with more pulpy adventures.

Berlin Review: ‘Cesar Chavez’ Starring Michael Pena, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson And John Malkovich

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 13, 2014 12:03 PM
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An intermittently compelling overview of a movement, but only a cursory portrait of a man, “Cesar Chavez,” directed by Diego Luna and premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival this week, is a well-intentioned, respectable and respectful biopic. But the conservative format of the film, that never goes beyond the kind of paint-by-numbers approach that stultifies so many entries in this genre, was a disappointment, as Luna’s first directorial feature, the small-scale but affectingly odd “Abel” promised better things to come, and at the very least, showed that Luna had a knack for creating characters who were lovable as much for their flaws as for their strengths. But the Chavez we get here has no flaws, unless his choice to nobly sacrifice time with his family on the altar of a higher cause is a flaw. And of course it’s not. Chavez was a true hero, spearheading the campaign to extend union rights to the exploited migrant worker class in 1960s California, and from there to the whole nation. But without the context of his inner struggle, the personal dragons that he must have had to slay in order be the shining knight for an unrepresented minority, all we get is heroism, and heroism of itself does not make for a particularly interesting tale.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt 'To Reach The Clouds' With Robert Zemeckis, Garrett Hedlund Hooks 'Pan' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2014 9:02 AM
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To Reach The Clouds Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Did you like the Oscar winning documentary "Man On Wire"? Do you want to see a feature film retelling? Well, it looks like it's happening.

Watch: Trailer For Diego Luna Directed Biopic 'Cesar Chavez: An American Hero' Starring Michael Peña

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2013 1:25 PM
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Chavez Micheal Pena
Tremendously talented, but also unfortunately underrated, Michael Peña is the kind of presence we always enjoy in a movie, but he's usually found in a supporting role. But thankfully, Diego Luna has recognized that the actor has more than enough skill and charisma to carry a picture, and he's doing just that in his biopic "Cesar Chavez: An American Hero." And now, we have a taste of how it turned out in the first trailer for the film.

Rosario Dawson Is 'Finally Famous,' Jacki Weaver Hears 'Voices' & Jennifer Garner Has A 'Bad Day'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 25, 2013 7:33 PM
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Time for a casting roundup now, with three actresses finding themselves new projects.

The Playlist Bares All: 20 Unforgettable Nude Scenes

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 12, 2013 10:51 AM
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20 Unforgettable Nude Scenes
Not to dick around, but we've got nudity on the boob right now. Mind. On the mind. Thing is, with an intriguing article over at EW exploring the death of the movie sex scene and the rise of the New Prudishness, with waves made over Kristen Stewart's nudity and handjobs in "On the Road," and now with this week's "Trance" under fire from some quarters for Rosario Dawson's (some say plot-driven, others say gratuitous) birthday suit scene, we've been thinking about nakedness in film almost as much as Seth McFarlane was when he wrote his already-infamous Oscars opening song, though largely without, we hope, the sniggering misogyny.

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