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Tribeca Review: Hollywood Satire 'Trust Me' Continues Industry Self-Love Designed As Self-Mockery

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 21, 2013 5:02 PM
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It takes some audacity to open your film with an homage to "Sunset Boulevard," but that doesn't seem to worry Clark Gregg. A journeyman actor valued by filmmakers like David Mamet, Gregg has had a dynamic few years, making his directorial debut with Chuck Palahniuk adaptation "Choke" and an attention-getting role in "The Avengers." Bold as all that may be, he has used this clout to front "Trust Me" as both an actor and director, and you wonder if this reliable screen vet isn't stretching himself a bit thin at this point.

Watch: First Heartwarming, Charming Trailer For 'The Way, Way Back' With Sam Rockwell & Steve Carell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2013 1:31 PM
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Sometimes, a familiar story well told is more than enough, and that seems to be the case with Fox Searchlight's "The Way, Way Back." Premiering at Sundance in January where it was quickly snapped up in a big deal, our man on the ground called it "a crowd pleaser...that entertains and still has a personal stamp." And judging by the first trailer, it seems that's about spot on.

Watch: Sam Rockwell Lines Up A 'Single Shot' In New Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2013 11:04 AM
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Though the development process wound up stretching across a couple of years, with a few actors coming and going along the way, it's hard to argue with the impressive lineup David M. Rosenthal ("Janie Jones") assembled for "A Single Shot": Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright, Jason Isaacs, William H. Macy, Melissa Leo, Kelly Reilly ("Flight," "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows") and Ophelia Lovibond ("No Strings Attached," "London Boulevard"). Not too shabby at all. And while it was one of our most anticipated movies of the Berin International Film Festival, the end result didn't exactly win us over, but you'll soon be able to judge for yourself.

Anne Hathaway, Chloe Moretz, Sam Rockwell & Mark Webber Are 'Laggies' For Lynn Shelton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 27, 2013 6:01 PM
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So is Lynn Shelton having her Joe Swanberg moment? The mumblecore directo recently pivoted toward the mainstream with "Drinking Buddies" starring Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick and more, and while Shelton last delivered "Your Sister's Sister" featuring Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt and "Touchy Feely" with DeWitt and Ellen Page, her latest lines up an Oscar winner, a rising young actress and more and what could definitely be a project that will help her reach her widest audience audience yet.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Supporting Actor & Actress Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2013 3:42 PM
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Premature Predictions: The 2014 Best Supporting Actor & Actress Nominees, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Josh Brolin, Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell
We're coming to the end of our week previewing possible contenders for the 2014 Academy Awards, having already examined Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Actress. There's one more piece to come after this, but right now, we're going to take a look at the trickiest categories to predict this far out: Best Supporting Actor and Actress.

Nicolas Cage Hunts 'Tokarev,' Sam Rockwell Boxes As Billy Miske, Adrien Brody Heads To 'Cannes' & More

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 14, 2013 1:46 PM
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Here's a little casting roundup of some leading men who have come aboard new projects in the past few days...

Berlin Review: 'A Single Shot' With Sam Rockwell Unravels From A Tight Premise Into A Downbeat, Messy Misfire

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 9, 2013 1:36 PM
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The main narrative surrounding the evolution of David M. Rosenthal’s “A Single Shot,” which premieres at the Berlin Film Festival today, 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.

Watch: Sam Rockwell Looks For Some Opinions In 'Seven Psychopaths' Deleted Scene

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 29, 2013 10:42 AM
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“Seven Psychopaths” was released back in October to rather tepid fanfare. The film was marginally successful financially and may not have been as beloved as Martin McDonagh’s first feature-length film “In Bruges,” but it still got its fair share of positive reviews. The picture will look to gain some more fans as the Blu-Ray/DVD arrives in stores today, and to honor its release, a deleted scene has just been posted online.

Sundance Review: 'The Way, Way Back' A Familiar But Crowd Pleasing Coming-Of-Age Tale From Co-Writers Of 'The Descendants'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 22, 2013 11:03 AM
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Back in 2012, “The Descendants” took home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and most people were probably surprised to see Alexander Payne (a previous winner for “Sideways” and nominee for “Election”) flanked by Dean Pelton from “Community” and that dude from “Club Dredd.” For the first time in Payne’s career he had not collaborated with his usual co-writer Jim Taylor, but instead rewritten a previously existing screenplay by the aforementioned Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (which was in itself an adaptation of a novel).

New Images From 'A Single Shot' With Sam Rockwell & William H. Macy, Film Added To Berlin Film Festival Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2013 11:26 AM
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Here's the thing about film festival season. While it brings with it numerous high-profile titles that bloggers and movie fans have been following since day one, there is also a handful of strong movies we simply forgot about. Case in point: "A Single Shot." The long-developing picture firmed up its cast last spring, and went in front of cameras, and it promptly faded to the back of our minds. But today it was announced by the Berlin International Flim Festival as part of their Forum section, where it will be making its World Premiere. And a whole host of images for the movie have cropped up to give us a first peek.

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