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Venice Review: John Curran's 'Tracks' Starring Mia Wasikowska & Adam Driver

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 29, 2013 7:16 AM
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'Tracks' Starring Mia Wasikowska & Adam Driver
“Tracks” has been a long time coming. Ever since Robyn Davidson wrote her 1979 memoir of her 1700-mile, eight-month trek across the Australian outback from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean, and the book became an award-winning best-seller around the world, Hollywood has been sniffing around it. Multiple attempts to mount an adaptation have been made—Julia Roberts was attached to a version for much of the 1990s—but it finally took the producers of “The King’s Speech” and the oft-undervalued New York-born, Australian-based director John Curran (“We Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “The Painted Veil”) to get it made, with the film finally premiering at the Venice Film Festival today. And for many, it’ll have been worth the wait: it’s a very handsome film with a terrific central performance, even if it’s not quite an unqualified triumph.

Cannes Review: The Coens Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Is A Funny, Melancholy Look At A Wayfaring Stranger

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 18, 2013 5:03 PM
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Inside Llewyn Davis, Oscar Isaac
Long hours on the road, sleeping on sofas, eating very little, playing shows for little money; it's a wonder why anyone struggles to make it as a musician. But for Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) there really isn't any other option to playing music. "...And what, just exist?" he counters, when his sister suggests he stops couch surfing, borrowing money and barely getting by, and re-enter the Merchant Marine. While Llewyn can't quite put into words the passion that sustains an existence perpetually on the fringes, hustling for the next dollar, it's that weary energy that drives the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Review: Endearing & Buoyant ‘Frances Ha’ Marks A Terrific Gear Shift For Director Noah Baumbach

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 15, 2013 3:55 PM
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Loose, limber and driven by a fierce energy and staccato/pause rhythm we haven't seen previously from this filmmaker, Noah Baumbach's sublime "Frances Ha" is a fresh and vivacious near-reinvention of the director/writer's comedic milieu. An enchanting riff on friendship and the late-20-something right of passage into true adulthood, while the buoyant comedy does focus on those who still don't have their shit together, it is however, leagues more rich and emotionally layered than the average arrested development dilemma that seems to characterize 20/30-something comedies of late.

Cannes: New Photos From The Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' & Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2013 12:27 PM
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Inside Llewyn Davis, Oscar Isaac
And they keep on comin'. The Cannes movies are beginning to show their feathers in advance of making their world premieres next week, and with new pics dropping for both "Only God Forgives" and "The Bling Ring" already, here are some more sneak peeks.

'Girls' Star Adam Driver Reteaming With Noah Baumbach For 'While We're Young,' Naomi Watts Also Coming On Board

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 2:22 PM
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Pretty soon, we're going to have to stop referring to Adam Driver as that guy from "Girls." While, yes, Lena Dunham's show has put him on the broader cultural radar, he's impressed folks like Clint Eastwood ("J. Edgar"), Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln") and the Coen Brothers ("Inside Llewyn Davis") enough to land roles in their films. Another director who has happily utilized is Noah Baumbach, giving the actor a nice supporting role in the filmmaker's utterly charming and completely buoyant "Frances Ha." And now, they're going to work together again.

Exclusive: Photos From Tribeca Standout 'Bluebird' Starring Amy Morton, John Slattery, Adam Driver & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 18, 2013 4:13 PM
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Bluebird, John Slattery, Emily Meade
You won't see our review until tonight when the film premieres, but "Bluebird," the debut feature from first-time filmmaker Lance Edmands is a strikingly good drama and an auspicious beginning for writer/director Lance Edmands. Starring Amy Morton (George Clooney's older sister in "Up In The Air"), "Mad Men" actor John Slattery, Louisa Krause (the bitchy, scene-stealing hotel clerk in "Young Adult"), Emily Meade ("Fringe," "My Soul to Take,") plus co-starring Adam Driver ("Girls") and Margo Martindale, "Bluebird" is a wintry, stark and yet deeply penetrating and mature examination of interconnected lives between two sets of mothers and families.

Watch: Lena Dunham Directed Fashion Short 'Best Friends,' Narrated By Adam Driver

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • March 27, 2013 10:42 AM
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Lena Dunham as a brand is old news -- her evolution into the unrivaled hipster it-girl has been complete for some time. But now, a cult of Lena seems to be slowly forming as the multi-hyphenate actress-writer-director-producer takes collaborators with her from one project to the next. First, it was Alex Karpovsky and Jemima Kirke who transitioned from “Tiny Furniture” to “Girls.” And now, in a new short fashion video that Dunham directed for designer Rachel Antonoff, her onscreen lover Adam Driver of “Girls” narrates, while her sister Grace Dunham of “Tiny Furniture” stars alongside New York Times writer Alice Gregory.

Joel Kinnaman Will Spend An 'All Nighter' With Liam Neeson & Adam Driver Joins 'This Is Where I Leave You'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2013 4:06 PM
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A couple casting updates with some leading man that we're fond of around these parts, so let's roll up our sleeves and get right into...

'Ceremony' Director Max Winkler Teams With 'Girls' Star Adam Driver For 18th Century Set Comedy ‘The Coward’

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 28, 2013 2:26 PM
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In his first starring role since “Girls” took off, Adam Driver, a.k.a. Lena Dunham’s obsessive ex on the show will star in period comedy “Coward” by "Ceremony" director Max Winkler. Driver will play Lucidus, a nobleman in 18th century England who is forced into a duel but sheepishly sends a criminal in his place. The criminal continues to win subsequent duels, and usurps the nobleman’s identity altogether.

Jason Reitman Hosting Live Reading Of 'American Beauty' AT TIFF, Adam Driver & Sarah Gadon To Participate

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 4, 2012 10:38 AM
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It’s been thirteen years since the release of Sam Mendes’ Academy Award-winning directorial debut, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival following its Hollywood premiere. And now “Juno” and “Up in the Air” helmer Jason Reitman will host a live reading of Alan Ball’s screenplay this Thursday at the festival.

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