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Review: Life & Lust Find A Way In Well-Performed But Standard-Issue 'The Sessions'

  • By James Rocchi
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  • October 18, 2012 3:56 PM
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Inspired by the life and writings of Mark O'Brien -- a polio-stricken but determined journalist and poet confined to an iron lung since age six -- "The Sessions" offers a less comprehensive look at O'Brien's life than Jessica Yu's excellent documentary "Breathing Lessons," but instead focuses on a small sliver of his life and living. In 1988, O'Brien, then 38, made a decision to explore his own sexuality -- despite his paralysis -- in part inspired by his research into a story on sex and disability. Unsure about his ability to forge a relationship -- and concerned, as he puts it to his Catholic Priest and confessor, that he's "approaching his use-by date," O'Brien looks into hiring a sex surrogate. The surrogate, Cheryl Cohen Greene, explains that she's not a prostitute, but a therapist -- she and Mark will have six sessions, and then terminate their relationship. It sounds complex. It gets more so.

Exclusive: New Photos From 'The Sessions' Starring John Hawkes & Helen Hunt

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • October 12, 2012 11:09 AM
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The journey from the wintry hills of Park City to the red carpet and bright lights of the Dolby Theater is a long one. Few films can manage that mileage, but "The Sessions" looks like one that will go the distance. The based on a true story tale has been earning strong notices since its premiere in January -- particularly for its performances -- and with the awards season in full swing, Fox Searchlight is bringing the movie to theaters.

Clark Gregg Says 'Trust Me' To Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, Amanda Peet, Allison Janney & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 3, 2012 9:48 AM
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Since making his directorial debut with the Chuck Palahniuk adaptation “Choke” in 2008, Clark Gregg has appeared in some of the most successful films of the past four years. But now that his relationship with Marvel is seemingly at an end -- provided the studio doesn’t just retcon his death in "The Avengers" -- the character actor is gearing up to return behind the camera with “Trust Me.”

"Oh God": John Hawkes & William H. Macy Talk Sex In New Clip From 'The Sessions' Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2012 10:48 AM
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Sex, drama and comedy are familiar ingredients for any number of movies, but those elements have never quite come together as uniquely as they do in "The Sessions." While much of the Oscar talk over at Fox Searchlight has shifted for the time being to "Hitchcock," which recently threw its hat in the ring with a surprise release date announcement, the indie shingle might have a couple of nominations up their sleeve with this Sundance hit.

Fox Searchlight Hands John Hawkes Led Sundance Sensation 'The Surrogate' New Title & October 26th Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 21, 2012 9:40 AM
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Park City has been birth place of several award-season runs in recent years with "Precious" in 2009, "Winter's Bone" in 2010 or "Martha Marcy May Marlene" last year all coming into the Oscar conversaton a year after their premieres. This year, the water was a little murkier with no definitive picture leaping out of the pack though, along Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts Of The Southern Wild" and Ben Lewin's drama "The Surrogate" starring Sundance favorite John Hawkes seem to be the most likely candidates.

Wagner Moura To Play Federico Fellini In 'Fellini Black And White'; Peter Dinklage, William H. Macy & Terrence Howard To Co-Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2012 3:49 PM
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It seems we're entering a bit of a renaissance in terms of movies about filmmakers. One could easily argue that Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" was a biopic of Georges Melies and there are already two Alfred Hitchcock centered flicks on the way: "The Girl" and "Hitchcock." And just this morning, the Cannes Film Festival added the biopic "Renoir" the lineup in the south of France. And now, another giant filmmaker is getting the big screen treatment with an intriguing cast lining up.

Ophelia Lovibond, Melissa Leo & More Round Out Cast For 'A Single Shot' Starring Sam Rockwell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2012 3:25 PM
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It's been a long, strange trip for "A Single Shot." Seemingly stuck in development hell, the project had an array of names circling over the past couple of years -- Michael Fassbender, Alessandro Nivola, Emily Mortimer, Terrence Howard, Juliette Lewis, James Badge Dale, Juno Temple, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church -- but began finally firming things up this week. Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright, Jason Isaacs and William H. Macy (who has been attached through various incarnations) were confirmed, and now we know the rest of the folks joining them.

'A Single Shot' Finally Moves Forward With Jeffrey Wright, Sam Rockwell & William H. Macy

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 27, 2012 10:45 AM
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If "A Single Shot" sounds vaguely familiar, it's because it has been on our radar under various guises for some time now. A number of cast members have joined and left the project over the past couple of years, but David M. Rosenthal's film has now made it in front of cameras with Sam Rockwell and William H. Macy (who has stuck with the pic through various incarnations) taking lead roles.

Fox Searchlight Land Buzzworthy Sundance Drama 'The Surrogate' With John Hawkes & Helen Hunt

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 24, 2012 10:45 AM
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This year's Oscar nominations are something of an anomaly as for the first time in a while, there's no Sundance breakout among them. The expansion of the possible nominees two years back meant that the field had room for films like "Precious," "An Education," "The Kids Are All Right" and "Winter's Bone," movies that would have previously fallen by the wayside. Whereas the new system of a flexible number of nominees means that Sundance fare gets shut out of the big prize from now on (the only film anywhere near close was "Martha Marcy May Marlene," and that wouldn't have made even a field of ten this year) remains to be seen, but one film already seems to have emerged out of Park City as a potential 2013 awards hopeful.

'Gossip Girl' Katie Cassidy Replaces Sienna Miller In 'Freaky Deaky'; William H. Macy Is Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 7:37 AM
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More movement on "Freaky Deaky," the Elmore Leonard adaptation that seems to have more in and outs than a porn set (eww). So let's see where we're at.

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