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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: Dario Argento's 'Dracula 3D'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 1, 2013 3:28 PM
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Dracula 3D
With “Dracula 3D,” we finally know which of the great '70s genre filmmakers have fallen the hardest, and the answer is Dario Argento. The Italian horror pioneer was one of the leading lights of the giallo movement, and early career masterpieces like “The Bird With The Crystal Plumage” and “Suspiria” led the way to later triumphs like “Tenebre” and “Opera.” Most knew the director had lost a step in recent years: he closed a thematic trilogy that started with “Suspiria” and “Inferno” with the dopey gorefest “Mother Of Tears” and was also behind the borderline-unreleasable “Giallo.” But the latter case could at least be blamed on a runaway production that ran out of money, while the former was a trashterpiece delight. But there’s not a single moment of “Dracula 3D” where you don’t look at the screen, forget all about those early genre touchstones, and think, "What the hell is this?" You’d like a 3D Dracula film would be something every horror filmmaker had on their bucket list, but if Argento actually made this, it has to be because he bet someone he could make a movie blindfolded.

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.

Review: 'The Mill And The Cross' Is A Sumptuous Visual Feast

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 24, 2011 12:10 PM
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Unlike a film, a book, or a television song, a painting has infinite life. The artist weaves his narrative with a brush, his work not a mimicry but an impression of a time that comes and goes. It’s this eternal life that enlivens “The Mill and the Cross,” a biography not of a person, but of “The Way to Calvary,” a 16th century creation detailing a crucifixion in the midst of a busy field of Flanders. The painting itself is dense with detail and incidence, and a movie capturing the context of what occurs inside would go on forever.

Rutger Hauer Thinks Christopher Nolan Should Make New 'Blade Runner' Film

  • By Cory Everett
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  • April 2, 2011 5:25 AM
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Usually when a studio announces it's digging through its archives to prequelize/sequelize/reboot its valuable properties, fans cry foul. But with certain studios taking a little more care these days with the creative teams behind those spinoffs, it's getting harder to tell the difference between a simple cash grab and genuine artistic endeavour. With Ridley Scott taking the helm of the prequel to his own classic "Alien" and lining up a pretty stellar cast, we're as hopeful as anyone that he can pull it off. And since the recent announcement that the rights had been secured for Scott's other sci-fi masterpiece "Blade Runner," fans of the cult film have wondered who might end up taking the reins. Just a few weeks ago the company who secured the rights, Alcon Entertainment, said they hadn't met with Scott yet, but the idea of him returning to the series would be "wonderful."

Liam Neeson Says He's Not Been Asked To Return For 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2011 7:48 AM
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Rutger Hauer Also Says He's Not Likely To Reprise His RoleAll we know so far about "The Dark Knight Rises" is that Christian Bale will play Bruce Wayne, Tom Hardy will take on the villain role of Bane and Anne Hathaway will purr as Catwoman. But that hasn't stopped speculation from running wild and one of the longest rumors knocking around the film is that Talia al Ghul is one of the major female roles still to be cast. If true, we speculated it would likely mean she would team with Bane to seek revenge on Batman for killing her father, Ra's Al Ghul, from "Batman Begins." Badass Digest recently spilled that according to their sources, Talia will head up The League Of Shadows and Catwoman will fight alongside Batman. And while we'll have to wait to see if that's accurate, Liam Neeson has confirmed that he's not been asked to return for the sequel.

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