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Review: 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 20, 2013 11:04 AM
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Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal are on a roll. They recently debuted terrific psychological doppelganger thriller “Enemy” at the Toronto International Film Festival (review here), but first to hit theaters is their second collaboration, “Prisoners." Also playing Toronto, and making a "surprise" screening appearance at Telluride, if this dark, intense and engrossing drama is any indication of what’s to come, it bodes very well for future collaborations.

Telluride Review: 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 31, 2013 9:37 AM
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Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal are on the precipice of having a tremendous fall film festival season. Arriving in just a few short days is their first collaboration, “Enemy,” a terrific psychological doppelganger thriller that will premiere next week in Toronto. But first up, the pair (along with co-lead Hugh Jackman) unleashed their first collaboration, “Prisoners,” at Telluride last night as one of the “surprise” screenings of the festival. And if this dark, intense and engrossing drama is any indication of what’s to come, it bodes very well for future collaborations.

Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • August 9, 2013 8:59 AM
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“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is nothing if not full of sincerity and effort. Which is why it’s so entirely confusing why they cast former teen heartthrob John Cusack as hangdog Richard Nixon. He’s fallen from his “Say Anything” days (and even the highs of “High Fidelity”), but this is maybe the worst casting we’ve seen in a major Hollywood film since Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist. Having Robin Williams play Dwight Eisenhower comes a close second, and Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson isn’t much better. The decades-spanning drama tries so hard to create a moving, seemingly accurate look at the titular character’s time spent on the staff at the White House during turbulent times that these missteps stand out particularly strongly, especially when compared to lookalike contest winners James Marsden’s JFK and Alan Rickman’s Ronald Reagan.

Watch: New Trailer & Pics For Long Shelved Biopic 'Winnie Mandela' Starring Jennifer Hudson & Terrence Howard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2013 5:03 PM
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Premiering at TIFF way back in 2011 to largely negative reviews, and failing to find a distributor until this past spring, the signs aren't so good for "Winnie Mandela" (formerly known as "Winnie"), the biopic of the wife of the famed South Africa freedom fighter. But perhaps it serves as a curious second half to a double bill for anyone checking out the Idris Elba and Naomi Watts starring "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom" this fall.

Watch: Travel Through History With 5 Clips From 'Lee Daniels' The Butler'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2013 2:11 PM
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The summer movie season generally isn't a place known for edifying dramas covering a wide sweep of American history, but The Weinstein Company believes it's the perfect time to release "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Based on a true story of a White House servant who served through eight presidencies, the picture is bringing with it star power and thus far, some positive advance buzz too. But up against sequels and blockbusters, a little extra effort will need to be made to get audiences out and buying tickets, so five new clips have landed to give folks a preview.

Watch: Outstanding New Trailer For 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 8:14 PM
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It can be easy to forget what a drama looks like in the midst of the various 3D, speaking jacking, CGI, eyeball fuckfests at the multiplex of summer. But then something like this comes along and reminds you there is relief coming, in just a few short months.

Watch: First Trailer For Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard & Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2013 7:28 PM
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Talk around "Precious" and "The Paperboy" director Lee Daniels' next effort "The Butler" has ranged from the director himself comparing it to a work-for-hire gig, calling it a "big compromise" from his usually more button pushing fare to Terrence Howard talking about his co-star Oprah Winfrey's "tig ol' bitties" (yes, that's how he said it). But enough talk, what does the final result look like? Well, here you go...

Terrence Howard Says Marvel Tried To Kill His Career & One-Sided Contract Led To His Exit From 'Iron Man' Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2013 10:43 AM
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Ever since it was revealed that Terrence Howard wouldn't be reprising his role in "Iron Man 2," ultimately replaced by Don Cheadle, there has been plenty of ink spilled about why the actor was bounced from the Marvel universe. Way back in 2008, EW reported that circa "Iron Man," it was Howard -- not comeback kid Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow or Jeff Bridges -- who was actually the best paid actor on that set. The first one to sign on, Marvel wasn't able to renegotiate his deal, but perhaps found another workaround. Rumors suggested that Howard was being difficult on set and/or the filmmakers weren't happy with his performance, leading to early drafts for "Iron Man 2" minimizing his participation. So when Marvel circled back to the actor for "Iron Man 2" with a much lower offer than the first movie, well, we'll let Howard take it from here....

Review: 'Dead Man Down' Is A Surprisingly Satisfying Revenge Movie That Combines B-Movie Aesthetics With European Artiness

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 7, 2013 4:50 PM
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"Dead Man Down," the new revenge movie that marks the domestic debut of Niels Arden Oplev, the Norwegian director behind the original Swedish version of "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," doesn't have an extended title sequence. There are a couple of names of production companies and then the title and that's it. This is sort of strange, especially considering its impressive cast, which includes Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Isabelle Huppert and Terrence Howard. But everything about "Dead Man Down" is designed to catch you off guard, and most of the time it totally works, effortlessly mixing B-movie aesthetics with deeply contemplative European artiness. The result is a movie that is genuinely, totally unexpected.

Terence Howard Says He Voted For Himself In The Election, Talks His Diamond Business & Loves Oprah's "Tig Ol' Bitties"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2013 11:42 AM
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Whatever you might feel about Terrence Howard or his upcoming movie "Dead Man Down," can we just say the man is giving some serious interview this week? Hitting the promo circuit to help get the word out about his film with Noomi Rapace and Colin Farrell, the actor has mostly succeeded in getting the word out about himself, easily and amazingly giving out his opinions on breasts, the election, his business endeavors and more. Frankly, his quotes stand out all on their own so we're just gonna lay 'em out for you, with and let his pure, unvarnished words say all they need to. 

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