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Exclusive: Sam Rockwell & Michelle Monaghan Don't Quite Mix In Clip From 'Better Living Through Chemistry'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 11:05 AM
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Better Living Through Chemistry
What happens when small town life becomes just a little too much to handle? If you're Sam Rockwell in the upcoming comedy "Better Living Through Chemistry" you embark on affair that soon turns to murder...

Interview: Lynn Shelton & Sam Rockwell On Working With Keira Knightley & Chloë Grace Moretz In ‘Laggies’

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • January 27, 2014 4:06 PM
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Laggies
Since her breakout film “Humpday” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival five years ago, writer/director Lynn Shelton has been one of the hardest-working women in the business. In addition to her last two features—“Your Sister’s Sister” and “Touchy Feely”—she has also directed episodes of “New Girl” and “Mad Men.” Her films are complex and touching explorations of human relationships and, until now, they have mostly been improvisational works developed with talented ensembles of actors.

Watch: Sam Rockwell & Olivia Wilde Get High In Trailer For 'Better Living Through Chemistry'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2014 1:37 PM
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Better Living Through Chemistry
While many studios like to use the Sundance Film Festival to boost their star driven indie pics, it's a bit curious that "Better Living Through Chemistry" didn't make an appearance. After all, the cast is red carpet ready with Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Ray Liotta and Jane Fonda among them, so what else could it be? Well, perhaps this trailer is a clue...

Miles Teller Will Be Dan Aykroyd In Belushi Biopic; Margot Robbie Is Jane In 'Tarzan' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2014 11:47 AM
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Miles Teller
While Sundance is currently teeming with celebs, agents, managers and more, all maxing out expense accounts, back in Hollywood, the grind continues, with actors and projects coming together. So here's a rundown of what's been happening in casting news the past few days...

Sundance Review: Lynn Shelton’s 'Laggies' Starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz & Sam Rockwell

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 18, 2014 2:31 PM
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Laggies
Given that the arrested development subgenre of comedy is chiefly the domain of men and man children, it’s nice to see the field finally tackled from a refreshing female perspective. However, while an admirable vantage point of the trapped in adultlescence genus, “Laggies,” the new film by director Lynn Shelton, is often wildly implausible (even for a comedy), positions its sympathies in questionable places and is a mess of a movie that lands all over the place.

'Planet Of The Apes 3' Already Dated For Summer 2016; The 'Poltergeist' Remake Will Scare You Feb 2015

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 14, 2014 8:33 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Release Date alert: Studios are still planning ahead with 2015 and even 2016 dates, and in this case it’s 20th Century Fox. Peering into the far, far future, Fox has already dated the as-of-now-untitled third 'Planet of the Apes' movie which director Matt Reeves recently signed on to make.

First Look: Sam Rockwell & Olivia Wilde In 'Better Living Through Chemistry'

Better Living Through Chemistry
While we've already run down our 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014, it speaks to the sheer volume of movies that we could probably make a list of another 100 that just didn't make the cut. And one of them would be "Better Living Through Chemistry." Read More »

Review: Insipid, Painful Rom-Com 'A Case Of You' Starring Evan Rachel Wood & Justin Long

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 5, 2013 7:05 PM
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It was only a matter of time before someone tried to fully exploit the social media age for the evils of the generic romantic comedy and "A Case Of You," a new Justin Long-led rom-com, does just that; abusing the Facebook platform to create the first FB stalker comedy. Somehow, everything creepy and vile in this Kat Coiro-directed comedy ("L!fe Happens") is meant to seem comically cute and not the restraining-order freaky that it clearly is. Like all of these meretricious and morally reprehensible culture-farts, it’s presented as harmless and adorable at heart, but as the central quintessentially dorky character becomes more and more fawning and subservient, the actors themselves seem to border on queasiness.

Reviews: 'A Single Shot' Starring Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright & Jason Isaacs

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • September 20, 2013 8:30 AM
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The main narrative surrounding the evolution of David M. Rosenthal’s “A Single Shot” has been about the longer-than-usual casting merry-go-round -- since 2009, a roster of talent as long as your arm has signed up then signed out of the film. However the fear that, as the accepted wisdom goes, there must be something fundamentally wrong with a project that takes this long to put together was somewhat mitigated by the kind of names who kept on stepping up: as worrying as it might be to lose the likes of (pre-breakout) Michael Fassbender, Alessandro Nivola, Forest Whitaker or Juliette Lewis, it doesn’t sting so hard when you get Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright and Jason Isaacs to show up instead -- all actors we admire. Except in this case, accepted wisdom should again be accepted: “A Single Shot” does not add up to anywhere near the sum of its parts, and as individually impressive as any of those parts might be (Rockwell), we are left with a film that if not quite a Frankenstein’s monster, is certainly patchworky.

Interview: 'A Single Shot' Star Sam Rockwell Talks His Favorite Genre Films, Marvel Movies, Duncan Jones' 'Mute' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 19, 2013 5:20 PM
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Sam Rockwell is one of those actors whose mere presence in a movie can elicit excitement for a project that could have otherwise easily been written off. No matter what he's in – if it's big budget nonsense like "Charlie's Angels" or something like Duncan Jones' moody, micro-budget "Moon" – Rockwell is sure to turn in a performance that's downright electric (or electrified, maybe). His newest film is "A Single Shot," which opens this weekend (read our review). A twisty, turny film noir about a down-on-his-luck hunter who makes a fatally wrong shot, killing a young woman in the woods, Rockwell is as intense as he usually is goofy, his manic energy turned inward, for a kind of bottled fury. It's quite a performance, especially considering the fine actors he's surrounded by (William H. Macy, Jeffrey Wright and Jason Isaacs are among his costars).

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