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Review: Patrice Leconte's Edgeless Drama 'A Promise' Starring Rebecca Hall

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 15, 2014 6:28 PM
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A Promise
He’s fallen out of favor a bit in the last few years, but there was a time when Patrice Leconte was one of the most popular foreign filmmakers in the U.S. While he was never a favorite with the hipper critics, over the 1990s and early 2000s, films like “Ridicule,” “ The Girl On The Bridge,” “The Man On The Train” and “Intimate Strangers” became staples on the festival circuit, won BAFTAs and Cesars, and became sizeable arthouse hits.

Watch: First Trailer For Patrice Leconte's 'A Promise' Starring Rebecca Hall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 1:25 PM
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A Promise
Running into the fall festival with appearances at Venice and TIFF, the latest from French filmmaker Patrice Leconte ("Man On The Train," "My Best Friend"), the English language "A Promise," failed to make much of a splash. So even as the film still needs to find a U.S. distribution, it's gearing up for release overseas and the first trailer has landed for the movie.

Review: Randall Miller's 'CBGB' A Half-Hearted Sitcom Stab At Punk Rock's Mecca

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 10, 2013 10:08 AM
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It takes a lot of effort to take the underdog stomping grounds of New York's top punk acts and turn them into the Central Perk from “Friends”—albeit with slightly more stain—but “CBGB” does it with total conviction. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; we've long passed the ellipses of punk's heyday, and seen the paunchy transformation of many of its leaders into contradictive shills. So in telling the tale of Hilly Krystal, the club's unlikely founder played here by Alan Rickman, director Randall Miller (“Bottle Shock”) could do worse than render the early-'70s punk scene as breezy broad comedy. He adopts that tactic and still falters though, deflating any energy or humor possible with his limp direction, sitcom consistency, and unfocused tone.

Venice Review: Patrice Leconte’s ‘A Promise’ Starring Rebecca Hall, Richard Madden & Alan Rickman

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 5, 2013 9:23 AM
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He’s fallen out of favor a bit in the last few years, but there was a time when Patrice Leconte was one of the most popular foreign filmmakers in the U.S. While he was never a favorite with the hipper critics, over the 1990s and early 2000s, films like “Ridicule,” “ The Girl On The Bridge,” “The Man On The Train” and “Intimate Strangers” became staples on the festival circuit, won BAFTAs and Cesars, and became sizeable arthouse hits Stateside.

John C. Reilly Confirmed For Role In 'Guardians Of The Galaxy,' Joe Cornish Reportedly Shortlisted For 'Star Trek 3' & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 28, 2013 10:22 AM
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“Guardians of the Galaxy” is over a year away from its planned release date and filming is set to get underway very soon. So far, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Michael Rooker, Ophelia Lovibond and Lee Pace are all planned to appear in the Marvel film, but it’s this latest piece of casting information that has really perked our interest. Marvel has apparently made an offer for John C. Reilly to play the part of Rhomann Dey, a character that has been described as being the Agent Coulson of the 'Guardians' world. His character would be serving as the “go-between,” keeping the Guardians in line while reporting their activities back to S.H.I.E.L.D.

11 Posters For 'CBGB' Plus First Look At Malin Akerman As Debbie Harry & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 4:52 PM
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"CBGB," an upcoming cinematic chronicle of the famed New York music venue, features a veritable who's-who of stars playing the great and good (and bad!) of the punk rock scene which centred on the venue in the 1980s. Justin Bartha plays Stiv Bators (of Dead Boys), Malin Akerman plays Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry, Mickey Sumner plays Patti Smith, Rupert Grint plays the Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is Iggy Pop with Alan Rickman as the legendary Hilly Kristal, the founder of CBGB. The film, directed by Randall Miller ("Bottle Shock"), will be out later this year and a collection of ten neon-colored posters (via Hollywood Reporter), as well as a handful of stills from the movies, give some strong hints as to what kind of movie we're in for.

Kate Winslet & Matthias Schoenaerts To Star In Alan Rickman Directed Period Drama 'A Little Chaos'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2013 8:25 PM
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Persistence pays off it would seem. To date, celebrated actor Alan Rickman only has one feature film directing credit to his name, 1997's "The Winter Guest," and while we've yet to see a sophomore effort, it hasn't been for lack of trying. Rickman has had a couple of projects percolating over the years, but the one that he's stuck with has been "A Little Chaos." It looks like his determination has finally yielded some results, with two great actors on board and a start date in sight.

Review: Coen-Derived Caper Comedy 'Gambit' Features A Game Colin Firth, But That's About It

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 9, 2012 12:58 PM
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Of all the genres to try and pull off, the romantic caper flick -- think "To Catch A Thief," or "Charade," or even "Ocean's Eleven" -- is one of the trickiest. For such a film to work out, it's got to be as light as a feather and feel entirely effortless, and all too many films aiming to hit that sweet spot end up feel entirely effort-ful. But if anyone feels like they might be suited to that sort of thing, it would be the Coen Brothers, who penned the script for the remake of a minor classic of the genre, the 1966 Michael Caine/Shirley MacLaine film "Gambit." Have they pulled off?

Colin Firth, Alan Rickman, Cameron Diaz And A Lion Feature In First Posters For 'Gambit'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2012 8:58 AM
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For the second year in a row, it seems that we won't be getting a new Coen Brothers film. The directors had been especially prolific in recent years, with four films in four years between "No Country For Old Men" and "True Grit," but producer Scott Rudin confirmed a while back that it was unlikely that their latest, "Inside Llewlyn Davis," would be ready in time for release in 2012, despite the hopes of many. We suspect we won't see the film until Cannes next year at the earliest, but fans should take heart: a project that the brothers had a hand in will be surfacing over the next few months.

Watch: Seven Minutes Of Alan Rickman Making Tea In Super-Slow Motion, Because Why The Hell Not?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2012 11:59 AM
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Alan Rickman is, as we're sure you're aware at this point, one of our finest actors. From "Die Hard" and "Truly Madly Deeply" to the 'Harry Potter' series, he's consistently stolen the show in the finest tradition of British character actors. Now that the Potter franchise has wrapped up, Rickman's got a bit more time on his hands, and after wrapping "Gambit" with Colin Firth and Cameron Diaz, has just signed on, according to the Hollywood Reporter, to "CBGB," a biopic of Hilly Krystal, who founded the seminal New York City punk club, for writer/directors Randall Miller and Jody Savin, with whom Rickman worked previously on "Bottle Shock."

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