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Watch: Evan Rachel Wood Promises Shia LaBeouf A Kiss In Clip From 'The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2013 4:27 PM
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Not everything that played the Sundance Film Festival nabbed a deal, and one of the higher profile movies still looking for a home is the extravagantly titled "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman." An electro-charged Euro thriller, the music-driven movie didn't find much love on the chilly slopes of Park City, but it's hoping for a better result overseas.

Sundance Review: 'The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman' Plays Like An Overwrought & Dated Music Video

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 22, 2013 8:00 AM
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"The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman" opens up with an arresting image, the titular character (played by Shia LaBeouf) dangling upside down in woozy slow-motion, his face brutally beaten and bloody. As the narrator (John Hurt) explains, Charlie Countryman is languishing in the wind about to be shot by a red-headed girl, and that the young man had to die. And he did it all for love.

Shia LaBeouf & Evan Rachel Wood Are Just Another Brick In The Wall In New 'Charlie Countryman' Image

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2013 4:37 PM
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While first few days of the Sundance Film Festival have seen plenty of hot titles unspool -- "Stoker," "Prince Avalanche," "The East," "Don Jon's Addiction," "Before Midnight," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and more -- there is still a lot more to come, and tonight Park City will host the World Premiere of "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman" and a new image has arrived before it unspools.

Sundance: 'Charlie Countryman' Director Fredrik Bond Shares How 'Trainspotting' & 'The Graduate' Inspired His "Coming-Of-Age Spiritual Love Story"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 18, 2013 12:56 PM
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How can you be a first-time filmmaker and a veteran all at the same time? Well, if you're director Fredrik Bond, it's easy. For the last decade or so, he's been an acclaimed, award-winning commercials director, picking up honors from the British Television Advertising Awards and being nominated twice for the Directors Guild of America’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials. He's been a globetrotter as well, growing up in Sweden, studying in New York, living in England and Los Angeles, and always working his passport for wherever the job would take him. But this week Bond arrives in Park City, ready to prove himself at the feature level with "The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman," and we had a chance to speak with him before the fest about the movie. The first thing he shared was how much he appreciated the Black List-ed script by Matt Drake ("Project X").

Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson & Shia LaBeouf Top Forbes' Highest Paid Actors List

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 27, 2012 3:15 PM
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Forbes loves to number crunch and then spit it back to the masses. Earlier this year, the business publication sourced the list from its Celebrity 100 rankings (Jennifer Lopez topped their list, curiously), and came up with the posit that Eddie Murphy is the Most Overpaid Actor in Hollywood, having taken in with his recent films only $2.30 for every dollar appointed to him (we're sure his agents cringed when the list was published.

First Look At Shia LaBeouf & Evan Rachel Wood Getting Close In 'The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2012 12:16 PM
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"The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman" is coming, and it looks like it could be right around the corner. Over the summer we learned that a Sundance or Berlin premiere was being eyed, and rarely do things happen in a vacuum in the movie world, so keep your eyes peeled for the picture as the first image of Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood has arrived.

8 New Photos From Robert Redford's 'The Company That You Keep'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 12:10 PM
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While 1980's Oscar-winning directorial debut "Ordinary People" remains a potent and emotional picture, and 1994's "Quiz Show" is a rare and rich drama, Robert Redford's output behind the camera over the last decade or so can be characterised mostly by two words -- 'sleep aid.' None of "The Legend of Bagger Vance," "Lions for Lambs" or "The Conspirator" had much of anything interesting to them, bar some solid, if unexceptional performances.

TIFF Review: Robert Redford's 'The Company You Keep' Is An Unconvincing Bit Of Agitprop

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • September 9, 2012 8:43 PM
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The third film in Robert Redford’s recent series of stillborn, bleeding heart dramas, "The Company You Keep" is a busy but inert civic-minded thriller. As a director, Redford has yet to break his recent habit of using hackneyed dialogue to talk down to his audience with Aaron Sorkin-esque dialogue that authoritatively spells out his talking points. But unlike "Lions for Lambs," an impressively incensed civics lesson that thinks it’s a drama, "The Company You Keep" is too cool of a film to be admired for its creator’s chutzpah alone. In fact, it’s probably the most frustrating of Redford’s recent films because it has a pseudo-contemplative atmosphere to it, one that superficially begs viewers to reflect upon how far they would go for their convictions. Political apathy is the real enemy in "The Company You Keep," making it pitiably ironic that Redford’s latest is as unmoving as it is.

Watch: Robert Redford Goes On The Run From Shia LaBeouf In Trailer For 'The Company You Keep'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2012 7:23 AM
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It's interesting to see how films rise or fall during the fall festival season. As critics and industry put together their schedules, a variety of factors determine which movies they'll see and which they'll pass on for now, perhaps to wait for another day. And you can bet when Sony Pictures Classics announced they had acquired Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" at the end of last week, it suddenly shot up the prirority list for press. And now, this pretty rivieting new trailer will only stoke that anticipation further.

Review: The Bondurant Boys Deal Moonshine & Violence In John Hillcoat's Lively 'Lawless'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2012 10:57 AM
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"It's not violence that sets men apart, it's the distance they're willing to go," Forrest Bondurant (Tom Hardy) tells his youngest brother Jack (Shia LaBeouf) in "Lawless." And with a set of brass knuckles in his pocket and a pistol in his waistband, he knows what he's talking about. That theme is one that has carried John Hillcoat through his last two pictures "The Proposition" and "The Road," and once again he explores men and their relationship with violence in "Lawless," a picture that, while highly entertaining, doesn't quite match the heights of his previous efforts.

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