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Watch: Celebrate 'Reality Bites' 20th Birthday With 10 Clips & Vintage Interviews With Ben Stiller & Winona Ryder

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 18, 2014 3:55 PM
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Reality Bites
Twenty years ago today, Generation X saw their lives put up on the big screen in Ben Stiller's "Reality Bites" and two decades later, it's still kinda spot on. Yes, it's a pretty reductive and obvious distillation of a certain era, but for everyone who lived through those years, for better or worse, there was something identifiable in the too cool for everyone Troy (Ethan Hawke), the struggling Lelaina (Winona Ryder), her best friend Vickie (Janeane Garafolo), the closeted Sammy (Steve Zahn) and the more successful version of all of them, Michael (Ben Stiller).

Review: 'Homefront' Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Kate Bosworth And Winona Ryder

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 26, 2013 10:07 AM
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The craft of the B-picture has been lost. It’s been lost in a sea of audiences trained by awards shows and armchair critics to thumb their nose at straight action films, the kind of entertainment that used to be the audience’s bread-and-butter. It used to mean that you threw cash at the screen to make an action film in order to simulate larger-than-life actors going at each other in exotic locales. Computers changed all that, and altered audience’s expectations: the old magic just wouldn’t stand anymore, and action films needed to be buoyed by ridiculous computer effects (the ones that turned Tobey Maguire and Matt Damon into Schwarzenegger and Stallone) in order to create that enhanced un-reality. Simply kicking a guy in the head was no longer enough, despite the wonderful talent and inventiveness of some of the kickers, like Wesley Snipes, Jackie Chan or any of the slew of analog action heroes who have suffered in the digital age.

First Photos Debut From Sylvester Stallone-Penned Action Movie 'Homefront' Starring Jason Statham And James Franco

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 12:31 PM
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Homefront
"Homefront," a movie we had no idea even existed until literally fifteen minutes ago, sounds kind of enjoyable in a junky, nothing-else-is-playing kind of way. It stars Jason Statham, king of B-grade action movies, as a former DEA agent who returns to his home down only to get hassled by a drug kingpin named gator (James Franco, of course). And if all of that wasn't enough to get your tough guy appreciation levels up, the movie was written by none other than Sylvester Stallone, whose script is based on a novel by Chuck Hogan ("The Town"). And now the first photos from the November release have debuted courtesy of USA Today. Testosterone-y!

Review: 'The Iceman' Starring Michael Shannon Is A Tired Take On The Mob Flick

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 30, 2013 7:06 PM
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Are we living in a post-gangster movie age? From the early talkies to the Oscar-winning success of “The Departed,” the genre has been ever-popular and responsible for seminal films from “White Heat” and “The Godfather” to “Goodfellas” and “Pulp Fiction.” But one struggles to think of a standout film in the genre since Scorsese's Oscar winner, with memorable mobsters now coming from television rather than the movies. We’re sure that someone will come along and give the form new life one of these days, but that reinvention of the wheel doesn’t come from Ariel Vroman’s “The Iceman,” which is decent enough, but fails to cover ground that hasn’t already been covered many times before.

Watch: Tim Burton-Directed Video For The Killers' 'Here With Me' With Winona Ryder & Craig Roberts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2012 4:39 PM
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It's been a bit of a bummer 2012 for Tim Burton. His big screen reboot of the forgotten '70s show "Dark Shadows" didn't do so well critically or at the box office, and when his feature-length "Frankenweenie" arrived to good reviews, audiences didn't seem to care. But it looks like he's ending the year on a high note. Or at least a warbled note from Brandon Flowers.

Tim Burton & Winona Ryder Reteaming For Video For The Killers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2012 1:04 PM
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Seeing as he’s not officially confirmed to direct the Jane Goldman-penned “Pinocchio” yet, or the Jane Goldman-penned “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children," Tim Burton has a bit of time on his hands at the moment. Eager to fill the time before he inevitably gets started on something else dark and gothic he’ll be reuniting with one of his regular collaborators on a smaller project.

Venice Review: Michael Shannon Vehicle 'The Iceman' Is A Tired Take On The Mob Flick

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2012 10:12 AM
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  • 6 Comments
Are we living in a post-gangster movie age? From the early talkies to the Oscar-winning success of “The Departed,” the genre has been ever-popular and responsible for seminal films from “White Heat” and “The Godfather” to “Goodfellas” and “Pulp Fiction.” But one struggles to think of a standout film in the genre since Scorsese's Oscar winner, with memorable mobsters now coming from television rather than the movies. We’re sure that someone will come along and give the form new life one of these days, but that reinvention of the wheel doesn’t come from Ariel Vroman’s “The Iceman,” which is decent enough, but fails to cover ground that hasn’t already been covered many times before.

Goran Visnjic Joins 'The Counselor'; Winona Ryder Goes To The 'Homefront' & 'Breacher' Adds Two More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2012 4:06 PM
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While Ridley Scott puts the production of "The Counselor" on hold in the wake of his brother Tony Scott's death, when cameras start rolling again we can look for another face in those set pics: Goran Visnjic. With the "E.R." actor booking a role on the upcoming ABC drama "Red Widow," it has also been revealed he's joined Ridley Scott film as well, although his role hasn't been disclosed. Penned by Cormac McCarthy, the story follows a prosecutor who dabbles in dealing drugs to earn a quick buck and gets in way over his head. Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Rosie Perez, Dean Norris and John Leguizamo co-star in the film that currently hasn't been slated with a release date.

Watch: Truly Odd Trailer For 'The Letter' With James Franco & Winona Ryder

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 16, 2012 6:19 PM
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It’s been awhile since Winona Ryder, star of a vast array of films from “Edward Scissorhands” to “Girl Interrupted,” has really taken the lead in a picture – lately she’s mostly been a supporting player in films like “Black Swan,” “Star Trek,” and her upcoming reteaming with director Tim Burton on the stop-motion “Frankenweenie.” Unfortunately, if the trailer for her upcoming return to leading lady status “The Letter” is any indication of the film that follows, we’re not quite sure we’re ready to have her back.

'Frankenweenie' Soundtrack Features New Song By Karen O Along With Tunes From Robert Smith, Winona Ryder, Passion Pit & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2012 1:24 PM
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While she has definitely earned her stripes as the frontwoman for the acclaimed rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O has also been making some impressive steps in the movie soundtrack world. She memorably contributed a brace of music to Spike Jonze's excellent "Where The Wild Things Are," and last year howled on the cover version of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" for David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." But now she's moving back toward something for kids, contributing "Strange Love," a brand new song, to Tim Burton's ghoulish "Frankenweenie." And she's not the only interesting choice on the soundtrack.

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