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Sundance Review: Phony And Forgettable 'Infinitely Polar Bear' Starring Mark Ruffalo & Zoe Saldana

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 19, 2014 5:56 PM
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  • 9 Comments
Infinitely Polar Bear
With its based-on-the-director’s-life pedigree and stars Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, "Infinitely Polar Bear"—horrible title aside—sounds like many Sundance films past and present: a family struggles with mental illness, trying to keep one person whole while also keeping—or failing to keep—the family together. And after writing such good-to-indifferent big Hollywood product like "The Rocker," "Monsters vs. Aliens" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days," you can hardly fault writer-director Maya Forbes for trying to create something a little more substantive and a little less glib.

Duh: Sam Worthington & Zoe Saldana Back For 'Avatar' Sequels, Jake & Neytiri Have Kids Now

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2014 6:16 PM
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  • 4 Comments
Avatar
It's officially official, though there was never any doubt: Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are back for the completely necessary sequels, "Avatar 2," "Avatar 3" and "Avatar 4." But lest you think this saga will end there, here's some news that perhaps suggests the franchise can live on beyond.

Zoe Saldana Will Deliver 'Rosemary's Baby' & Gerard Butler Will Hang Ten In 'Point Break'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 9, 2014 10:19 AM
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  • 4 Comments
Zoe Saldana
After their live rendition of “The Sound of Music” proved to be a ratings hit last month, NBC hopes their next remake of a classic ‘60s Hollywood film can be just as successful. The network first announced a “Rosemary’s Baby” remake last July, but we hadn’t heard much about it until Agnieszka Holland (“Europa, Europa”) signed on as director a few weeks ago. Now, it seems they have found their Rosemary, and luckily, it’s not Carrie Underwood.

Watch: 40-Minute Roundtable With Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy, Brie Larson, Kathryn Hahn & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2013 4:33 PM
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Variety Actress Roundtable
With just a few weeks left of voting to go until the final nominees are announced, the talent both in front and behind the camera of this year's most talked about movies continue to give themselves over to the circuit. And today comes two extensive roundtable talks with actresses who have been a big part of the conversation this fall.

Review: Powerful & Confused 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale & Casey Affleck

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 5, 2013 3:07 PM
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  • 5 Comments
Out Of The Furnace
In telling the story of a fundamentally decent man's descent into violence and retribution, Scott Cooper's “Out of the Furnace” plants its cues of chilly neo-noir in the claustrophobic corners of America's Rust Belt, and then nearly gets away with its own high-minded meditations. Loyalty and consequence collide in the “Crazy Heart” director's sophomore feature (from Cooper's rewrite of a script originally by Brad Inglesby), but while those themes eventually result in payoffs that are noticeably muted and confused, the film is luckily powered by a powerful trio of performances at its core, and a unique, unpredictable structure that constantly reframes the action in a compelling way.

Sundance First Look: Philip Seymour Hoffman & Christina Hendricks In 'God's Pocket' & Mark Ruffalo's 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 4:55 PM
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  • 8 Comments
God’s Pocket
Nothing really connecting these two movies except that they both feature a bunch of actors we really, really like. So let's roll...

Watch: New Clip & 15 New Photos Of 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 17, 2013 9:51 AM
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  • 2 Comments
Out Of The Furnace, Affleck, Christian Bale
Directed by Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart"), "Out Of The Furnace," is an dramatic thriller about brothers that stars Christian Bale along with Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe and Sam Shepard.

AFI Fest Review: 'Out Of The Furnace' Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck & Woody Harrelson

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 10, 2013 12:20 PM
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  • 23 Comments
Out of The Furnace
In telling the story of a fundamentally decent man's descent into violence and retribution, Scott Cooper's “Out of the Furnace” plants its cues of chilly neo-noir in the claustrophobic corners of America's Rust Belt, and then nearly gets away with its own high-minded meditations. Loyalty and consequence collide in the “Crazy Heart” director's sophomore feature (from Cooper's rewrite of a script originally by Brad Inglesby), but while those themes eventually result in payoffs that are noticeably muted and confused, the film is luckily powered by a powerful trio of performances at its core, and a unique, unpredictable structure that constantly reframes the action in a compelling way.

Ewan McGregor & Zoe Saldana In Talks For Don Cheadle's Miles Davis Biopic 'Kill The Trumpet Player'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2013 1:47 PM
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  • 3 Comments
It feels like almost as long as we've had this site going, we've been following the slow-moving development of Don Cheadle's dream directorial project, a Miles Davis biopic. Cheadle has been patiently shepherding the movie for years, getting financing together along with the involvement of Miles Davis Quintet member Herbie Hancock to score the movie. And last year, the slow roll on the project picked up slight speed when Antoine Fuqua's name was tossed around to take over helming duties. But the latest update finds Cheadle back behind the camera, with a couple of actors finally circling.

Amanda Seyfried Joins '‘Fathers And Daughters,' Craig Roberts Visits '22 Jump Street' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2013 1:47 PM
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Just a few days after Russell Crowe's latest project "Fathers and Daughters" was announced, he now has a co-lead. Amanda Seyfried will reteam with her "Les Misérables" co-star in the time-spanning tale will follow a novelist and widow in the past, who struggles to raise his 5-year-old daughter while he battles mental illness. The movie will also catch up 30 years later with the daughter, now in the present day, as she tries to reconcile with the difficult childhood.

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