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Review: 'Pawn Shop Chronicles' Starring Paul Walker, Elijah Wood, Brendan Fraser, Thomas Jane, Matt Dillon, Lukas Haas & More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 10, 2013 7:05 PM
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There’s an alternate reality somewhere, wherein “Pawn Shop Chronicles” is not released in theaters on July 12th, but instead is projected on the wall of a small, narrow hallway in Comic-Con, never to be heard from again. Somehow, a cast of capable, popular actors show up in what seems like the very last vestiges of early aughts direct-to-DVD Tarantino bite-offs, a movie not so much directed as punched into existence by director Wayne Kramer. Once considered a promising filmmaking voice (his “The Cooler” netted Alec Baldwin an Academy Award nomination once upon a time), Kramer is now reduced to essaying a flippant grotesquerie that carries the names of nineteen producers and executive producers, the primary one appears to be Fred Durst.

Tribeca Review: 'A Case Of You' Is A Painfully Insipid Rom-Com For The Social Media Generation

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • April 22, 2013 4:03 PM
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It was only a matter of time before someone tried to fully exploit our current social media communication age for the evils of the generic romantic comedy and "A Case Of You," a new Justin Long-led rom-com, does just that; abusing the Facebook platform to create the first creepy FB stalker comedy. Somehow, everything creepy and vile in this Kat Coiro-directed comedy ("L!fe Happens") is meant to seem comically cute and not the restraining-order freaky that it clearly is. Like all of these meretricious and morally-reprehensible culture-farts, it’s presented as harmless and adorable at heart, but as the central quintessentially dorky character becomes more and more fawning and subservient, the actors themselves seem border on queasiness.

Tribeca Roundup: Trailers For Michael Haneke Doc & Drug Tale ‘Deep Powder’ Plus New Images From ‘A Case of You’

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • April 3, 2013 12:45 PM
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Michael Haneke
It’s that time of year again and the Tribeca Film Festival is just around the corner. Here are a few images and trailers here and there to give us a taste of what is to come from April 17th-28th. True to Tribeca’s characteristic range, we have new images and trailers from a documentary about a highly esteemed filmmaker, a sexy feature about preppy drug smugglers, and a romantic comedy for the social media generation with a star-studded cast.

Review: 'Stand Off' Is An Insufferable Comic Take On The British Gangster Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 21, 2013 6:58 PM
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The original title of "Stand Off" was "Whole Lotta Sole," and its the kind of gratingly obnoxious flourish that makes you hate the movie immediately. First of all it sits in your mouth like a blob of half-chewed gummy bears; secondly, it sounds like a direct-to-video independent movie produced in the mid-'90s that the Weinsteins picked up on a whim; and thirdly its implied double meaning – it's the name of a fish market in the film but its phonetic weight means something too ("whole lot of soul") – is meant to deepen the movie but instead leaves you even more irritated. The movie is pretty much exactly like that – it tries to sugarcoat the British gangster movie (and we're using the "British" term pretty broadly; it's set in Belfast) and leaves you totally annoyed and unsatisfied.

TV Dial: Andy Samberg Sets Up TV Cop Comedy; Bette Midler Heads To 'Glee' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 19, 2012 12:21 PM
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Well folks, in today’s edition of TV Dial we have news concerning guests stars in two very different shows and two new pilots for next year.

'Mortal Instruments' Adds Aidan Turner & CCH Pounder; Brendan Fraser Makes A 'Split Decision' & Josh Gad Has An 'Internship'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • August 1, 2012 7:20 PM
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The quest to find a young adult book series that can easily be turned into a film franchise of “The Hunger Games” or “Twilight” proportions seems to be everlasting. One of the more recent attempts is currently coming together in the form of author Cassandra Clare’s “The Mortal Instruments” saga, with the first installment entitled “City of Bones” set to roll soon in front of cameras, and the cast is slowly shaping up. The film has lined up two more talented individuals in “The Hobbit” star Aidan Turner, who will be happily leaping from one epic franchise to another – along with “The Shield” regular and “Avatar” actress CCH Pounder. Turner will be filling the role of Luke Garroway in director Harald Zwart’s adaptation, while Pounder will assume to role of Madame Dorothea. Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower are the HAWT duo of this series, leaving Lena Heady, Jared Harris, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Durand and more to do the background work. Screen Gems will be releasing the film stateside in the late summer spot of August 13, 2013.

Tribeca Review: 'Whole Lotta Sole' Is An Insufferable Comic Take On The British Gangster Movie

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 27, 2012 9:04 AM
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The title of "Whole Lotta Sole" is the kind of gratingly obnoxious flourish that makes you hate the movie immediately. First of all it sits in your mouth like a blob of half-chewed gummy bears; secondly, it sounds like a direct-to-video independent movie produced in the mid-90s that the Weinsteins picked up on a whim; and thirdly its implied double meaning – it's the name of a fish market in the film but its phonetic weight means something too ("whole lot of soul") – is meant to deepen the movie but instead leaves you even more irritated. The movie is pretty much exactly like that – it tries to sugarcoat the British gangster movie (and we're using the "British" term pretty broadly; it's set in Belfast) and leaves you totally annoyed and unsatisfied.

Sienna Miller & Brendan Fraser Join Justin Long Penned 'A Case Of You' With Evan Rachel Wood

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2012 6:54 PM
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It looks like Justin Long has been working his little book of phone numbers hard. The upcoming film "A Case Of You," which he co-wrote, has already lined up an impressive cast with Evan Rachel Wood, Peter Dinklage, Sam Rockwell, Vince Vaughn, Busy Phillips and Keir O'Donnell (who also co-wrote the script along with Justin's brother Chris, who is a co-producer) and now two more names have come along.

'Journey To The Center Of The Earth' Director Reunites With Brendan Fraser For 3D William Tell Film

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • September 8, 2011 12:45 PM
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Director Eric Brevig And Fraser To Inflict More Fun On The Whole Family We see the logic behind harnessing Brendan Fraser's goofball amiability for toothless family-oriented "adventure" films, but, man, we wish the guy could catch a break outside of this particular ghetto. However his more recent forays into thriller or drama territory ("Extraordinary Measures" anyone? Anyone? Really? No one?) have fared poorly, and while he's no guarantee of success even with a family film ("Furry Vengeance," "Dudley Do-right"), it seems to be the one genre where he can consistently get hired. And this isn't changing -- he's next attached to "Tell 3D," a re'Tell'ing (wire me a million dollars and it's yours, marketing people) of the classic story about the dude with the overture who shot an apple off his son's head and thereby started Switzerland.

Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser & Craig Robinson Join 'Freaky Deaky'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2011 10:56 AM
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Slowly coming together over the last 10 months or so, it looks like the Elmore Leonard adaptation, "Freaky Dreaky," is finally moving full steam ahead. The project first started picking up steam during TIFF last year when William H. Macy signed to the film. A number of names then followed, rumored to be circling the project, but not until now has the full crew for the twisty crime tale been assembled.

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