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Review: 'Lullaby' Starring Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson & More

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • June 10, 2014 5:12 PM
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  • 9 Comments
Lullaby
Death is taken for granted way too often in movies. If someone could measure the average time spent on a character death in a modern Hollywood film, we’d wager it would be less than five minutes and even that feels generous. Actor and producer Andrew Levitas’ debut as a director goes a long way into correcting that by setting his story at death’s door and placing the viewer in the personal center of it.

Watch: First Trailer For Euthanasia Dramedy 'Lullaby' Starring Garrett Hedlund & Amy Adams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2014 9:28 PM
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  • 6 Comments
Lullaby, Garett Hedlund
Yeah, we know, we forgot about this one too. Waaaaay back in 2012 — yep, two years ago — it was announced that Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Brown-Findlay were making a movie called "Lullaby." Cool story bro, and like everyone else, it was wiped from our memory. Well the thing was filmed and usually, if a movie starring this kind of ensemble takes forever to arrive, and once it does, its in the hands of a tiny indie distributor, the results probably aren't so hot. And now you can judge for yourself, as the first trailer is here.

Javier Bardem Joins Sean Penn's 'The Last Face,' Salma Hayek Has A 'Sausage Party' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2014 3:50 PM
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Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Charlize Theron
Well, it didn't take long for details about Sean Penn's next directorial effort to come together, and he's lining up a killer cast. With Adele Exarchapoulos and Charlie Theron lining up roles in the past couple days, one more puzzle piece has been added.

Review: David Ayer's 'Sabotage' Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos & More

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • March 27, 2014 3:31 PM
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  • 4 Comments
Sabotage
With nary an Ahnold quip, "Sabotage," David Ayer's fetishistically violent action thriller, often feels like a misguided detour, a waste of goodwill amassed by the superior "End of Watch." Doing away with the concept that guided the 2012 cop drama but retaining and supercharging it's once-relatable hyper masculinity, "Sabotage" is wholly unpleasant, unfocused and downright ugly. Ayer's filmography has often cast an unflinching eye on battered, perforated bodies, but here the attention feels invasive and even a bit gleeful. Every wound is flaunted and a series of gruesome autopsies feature a hungry, roving camera, floating over the torn skin, the bloated flesh, stripping away the humanity. One character is literally reduced to ground meat and Ayer holds on the remains with an intent that is lost on us.

Watch: Another Blood Spattered Red Band Trailer For 'Sabotage' Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2014 9:38 AM
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Sabotage
It's been a while since we've been able to go see an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie without having to drape ourselves in irony and wear our boots of nostalgia. But thankfully, "Sabotage" looks straight up legit—a pulpy B-movie that is firmly wearing its R-rating, and a new trailer is here to prove to you that Arnie has still got it.

Terrence Howard Reteams With Lee Daniels For 'Empire', Jada Pinkett Smith Is Fish Mooney In 'Gotham' & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • February 20, 2014 5:41 PM
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Fox Television has managed to find a great deal of success with a couple of their new shows this past year. “Sleepy Hollow” has been a solid hit, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” recently won two Golden Globes, and even “Almost Human” has been scoring some solid ratings (though a possible second season is still up in the air). Now, Fox hopes to keep the ball rolling by ordering three new TV pilots with notable stars attached to each one.

Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger Fights Drug Cartels In First Trailer For David Ayer's 'Sabotage'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2013 12:58 PM
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Sabotage
After the flops "The Last Stand" and "Escape Plan," it's becoming a real question as to whether audiences want to see Arnold Schwarzenegger in anything that's not a pre-built franchise. But maybe surrounding him with a massive ensemble—Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Dawn Olivieri, Malin Akerman, Olivia Williams, Mirielle Enos and Josh Holloway—might get a few more people in the door.

Terrence Howard Blames Robert Downey Jr. For Getting Him Fired From 'Iron Man 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 12:45 PM
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  • 118 Comments
Terrence Howard Iron Man Robert Downey Jr.
Terrence Howard certainly hasn't been quiet about his removal from the Marvel-verse and "Iron Man" series after the first hit film. Earlier this year he took a swipe at the comic studio for their dealmaking, in which actors sign for multiple pictures, but Marvel has the ultimate say on whether or not they'll use them again. "...I didn't know it wasn't a mutually binding contract; it was only beneficial for them and they could bring me back or not. They can honor it or not,” he said about why he was replaced by Don Cheadle in "Iron Man 2," where he was supposed to earn $8 million, an increase from the $4.5 million he took home for the first movie. But now he also points a finger at Robert Downey Jr., who he says suggested him for the superhero job in the first place.

Review: 'The Best Man Holiday' Is Overlong & Overstuffed But Features A Whacked Out Terrence Howard Performance

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 13, 2013 1:46 PM
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2013 is a year that has largely been defined by unnecessary, after-the-fact sequels that virtually no one asked for and even fewer have shown up to (sorry, "Riddick," we know your heart was in the right place). Maybe the most baffling of these sequels, however, is "The Best Man Holiday," a sequel to 1999's "The Best Man," a movie that people barely remember, let alone cry out for a follow-up from. Still, like some kind of viral outbreak or a coyote in your back yard, "The Best Man Holiday" is here, whether you want it or not, and you just have to deal with it.

Casting: Reese Witherspoon Lives 'Happily Ever After,' Kathryn Hahn Heads To 'Tomorrowland' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2013 4:21 PM
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Reese Witherspoon
After a stint working on indie movies with Jeff Nichols' "Mud" opening earlier this year, Atom Egoyan's "The Devil's Knot" hitting the festival circuit, and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" probably landing sometime next year, the actress is going back to making movies that will pay the bills. She's headed to Disney to make the fairy tale comedy, "Happily Ever After."

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