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Watch: 3 Clips From Stephen Frears' Cannes Film 'Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2013 5:35 PM
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Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
If further evidence were needed that the lines between TV and film are becoming less and less visible, Cannes has provided a decent opportunity. Last year saw "Hemingway & Gellhorn" get an out-of-competition screening, whereas this year went one better, and has seen Steven Soderbergh's "Behind The Candelabra" pick up some of the best reviews of the festival.

'To The Wonder': 10 Actors Cut Out Of Terrence Malick Films & How They Reacted

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 10, 2013 3:39 PM
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To The Wonder, Actors Cut From Malick Films
We’ve all been there. Cast as the lead in a meaty, dialogue-heavy role in a surefire masterpiece from one of the most unassailable geniuses of modern filmmaking, only to be reduced to sifting through the finished film on freeze frame occasionally shouting "Look! That’s my shadow on that fern!" or "Hey! That’s the back of my head near that egret!" The one comfort we can take when this inevitability occurs, is that we’re in fine company on the Malick cutting room floor. The only question is, whose lead will we follow in reacting to our role’s excision or drastic reduction?

The Amazing Race: Will Veterans Or Newcomers Win Out In The Supporting Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 7, 2011 6:56 AM
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In contrast to the Best Actor & Actress race, which we've examined in the last few weeks, the supporting categories are looking much more open. A-list movie stars like Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Penelope Cruz and Cate Blanchett, who've all figured in recent years, are mostly absent from contention, and only a few performances have really planted a flag in the category, with some initially strong contenders already starting to slip away.

Watch: Christopher Plummer Dominates In Trailer For One Man Show 'Barrymore'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 15, 2011 3:19 AM
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Eighty-three minutes of a one-man stage production adapted into a feature film doesn't exactly sound like exciting stuff, but when it's Christopher Plummer playing the late, great John Barrymore in a Tony-winning role? Count us in.

The Importance Of Dogs To The Writing Process & More We Learned About Mike Mills' 'Beginners'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 2, 2011 6:12 AM
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As big fans of music video veteran Mike Mills' debut feature "Thumbsucker," we've been keenly awaiting a sophomore film from the director ever since, and when that film, "Beginners," premiered at Toronto last year, the word was comfortingly strong. But even that didn't quite prepare us for the experience of actually seeing it -- when we caught up with it for ourselves at SXSW, it immediately became one of our favorite films of the year thus far; our review said "it makes you sigh and swoon in equal measure."

Review: Mike Mills' 'Beginners' Is A Wonderfully Attuned & Empathetic Look At Love, Life & Grief

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  • June 2, 2011 2:19 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review that ran at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival.

Trent Reznor & Karen O Cover 'Immigrant Song' For David Fincher's 'Dragon Tattoo' Teaser

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2011 9:29 AM
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Tagline For The Film Reportedly 'The Feel Bad Movie Of Christmas' Update: Pitchfork has confirmed that Trent Reznor and Karen O indeed cover Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" which is featured in the red band teaser for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." If you see "The Hangover Part II" this weekend there's a chance you might catch it, but hey Sony, how about throwing it online already?

Review: ‘Priest’ Is A Spot-the-Cliché Mishmash of Well-Worn Sci-fi Staples

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 15, 2011 5:55 AM
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In the stark, humorless world of “Priest,” directed by former visual effects dude Scott Stewart and based on a popular Korean comic book by Min-Woo Hyung, violent fights break out almost all the time. Stewart, who also helmed last year’s tedious “Terminator” rip-off “Legion,” films these fights with sub-“Matrix” flourishes of extreme slow-motion or exaggerated physical performances by the actors (chief among them Paul Bettany). But the most violent clash in “Priest” is probably the way in which a long litany of science fiction and horror clichés rattle and clang against one another; it’s not a movie, it’s a checklist.

SFIFF '11: Ewan McGregor & Mike Mills Talk The Sadness, Humor & Joy Of 'Beginners'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 25, 2011 2:34 AM
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On Thursday night at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco “Beginners,” the new film from director Mike Mills (“Thumbsucker”), kicked off the 54th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival. “Beginners” is a partially fictionalized account of Mills’ father, played here by Christopher Plummer, coming out of the closet as a septuagenarian. Ewan McGregor fills in for Mills himself as the character Oliver, who recounts the story of witnessing his father, Hal's transition to a gay lifestyle after living most of his adult life married to Oliver’s mother. Soon after Hal’s rebirth, he is diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer that leaves Oliver both caring for and being in awe of the man he realizes he never really knew.

The Playlist Foolishly, and Prematurely, Predicts Best Supporting Actor & Actress At The 2012 Oscars

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 10:32 AM
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So, yes, you know the drill by now: we've done Best Picture for 2012 and we've done our Actor and Actress picks. Now, we're turning our hand to the ever-undervalued supporting players.

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