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Olga Kurylenko Is Russell Crowe's 'Water Diviner,' Rose Byrne Reteams With Melissa McCarthy & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2013 1:15 PM
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Russell Crowe is a busy, busy dude. Not only does he have "Father and Daughters" casting up, he's busy working on his directorial debut "The Water Diviner" as well, and he's now landed a co-star. Olga Kurylenko has joined the period drama that will find Crowe playing Connor, a father and farmer who searches for his sons who went missing-in-action in Turkey following the Gallipoli war.

Review: 'Il Futuro' Starring Rutger Hauer

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 6, 2013 8:00 AM
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In the cluttered tenement buildings of Greece exists Bianca (Manuela Martelli) and Tomas (Luigi Ciardo), teenage siblings attempting to survive in the wake of their parents’ death. Bianca is the responsible one, cooking and cleaning for her younger brother, trying to complete her studies while laboring at the local salon, desperate for a chance to cut hair instead of merely washing customers. Tomas, dimmer by more than half, shirks his studies by spending days working at a local gym, a job that involves unusual hours and shady clients with clasped hands brandishing wads of bills. It’s bad enough they have to deal with raging hormones without supervision: when Tomas falls asleep to the sounds of pirated cable, Bianca grabs the remote and finds a quieter channel that allows her to slumber in his arms, mere clicks away from the illegal pornography Tomas sought when he paid for the package himself. Sex is in the air, ready to pry their two-person family apart. This is "Il Futuro," where every gesture is pregnant with psychological complexity and tragic regret.

Exclusive: Trailer For Sexy Sundance Drama 'Il Futuro' Starring Rutger Hauer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2013 11:01 AM
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There are few actors on the big screen who command the kind of presence Rutger Hauer brings to the various roles he plays. While he's mostly known to North American audiences for his roles in genre films such as "Blade Runner," "Sin City," "Hobo With A Shotgun" and more, Hauer is also a gifted dramatic actor, and he heads to the Sundance Film Festival this week with a tantalizing drama that should shed some new light on his talent.

Review: 'Black Butterflies' Showcases A Life Of Art Overshadowed By A Life Of Sensuality

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 29, 2012 12:00 PM
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Cinema has endured through the years not because it's a good time, or because it's a concise, closed method of storytelling. The format endures because of its innate flexibility, utilizing sound and visuals with the natural storytelling techniques of writers and directors that allows for interpretations and re-interpretations of the very same ideas that shape our other art forms. Not to say it is hierarchically "better" or worse than literature, prose, poetry or illustrated artwork, but it is no less durable. This partly serves as the reason why filmmakers and audiences remain drawn to the dramatized lives of artists, such as Ingrid Jonker, the poet at the heart of "Black Butterflies," as the subject matter allows the medium to penetrate both creator and creation.

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