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TIFF Trailer: Lone Scherfig's 'The Riot Club' With Natalie Dormer, Max Irons, Sam Clafin, Jessica Brown Findlay & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 11:30 AM
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The Riot Club
Lone Scherfig came to international attention thanks to the success of "An Education," but her followup "One Day," didn't catch fire in the same way. Can "The Riot Club" find the director back in firmer footing? We'll soon find out.

Review: Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' Starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 27, 2014 11:09 AM
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Noah, Russell Crowe
Only a few pages long and with the barest of details, the Genesis tale of Noah’s Ark is one the original peaks of brevity. A succinct story of an apocalypse and its aftermath, one can easily see why the themes of death and rebirth attracted Darren Aronofsky to a film adaptation. But “Noah” is no mere second attempt at “The Fountain." It is instead a grounded journey outwards on ideas of regret, mercy, and revenge, and at 139 minutes the film makes every attempt, coherent or not, to thoroughly address each one.

Wherefore Art Thou? Behold A Fair Clip From 'Romeo & Juliet' And Forsooth, New Images Too

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2013 5:57 PM
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Ah, what forbidden young love burns! Such tragedy! In an era where reality show relationships and celebrity couplings seem to weigh on the population with more resonance that their actual connections with real people, how will Shakespeare's classic of doomed romance be received? We can't imagine tweenagers swarming to this latest period attempt at "Romeo & Juliet," especially without the pop-frenzy heat of Baz Luhrmann's gonzo version from 1996. And Douglas Booth isn't exactly Leonardo DiCaprio.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Romeo & Juliet' Starring Hailee Steinfeld

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2013 9:47 AM
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Romeo & Juliet Hailee Steinfeld Douglas Booth
Why does the story of "Romeo & Juliet" continue to resonate hundreds of years after it was first written? Well, it turns out that Bill Shakespeare was onto something as teens and tortured, yearning romance go together like peanut butter and chocolate, and the fundamental story is so good it can be reinvented no small amount of ways and still resonate. This is probably why this year we're getting year another movie version movie, and it will be one that will embrace the period in which it was written.

Zac Efron Is A 'Narc,' Zach Braff Adds Kate Hudson To 'Wish I Was Here'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 22, 2013 6:39 PM
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Even if we wouldn't say he's quite cracked it yet, we've got a lot of respect for the way that Zac Efron is trying to establish himself as a proper grown-up adult actor. After all, the "High School Musical" series would be an albatross for many, but Efron's quietly been banging out a diverse mix of parts, and while things like "The Paperboy" and "At Any Price" haven't quite paid off yet, he's heading in the right direction. The actor's got several promising projects in the can already, including rom-com "Are We Officially Dating?," JFK ensemble drama "Parkland" and Seth Rogen/Nick Stoller comedy "Townies," and now, hot on the back of signing on to Eran Creevy's "Autobahn," the actor's just lined up thriller "Narc." Sounding a bit like a laugh-free "21 Jump Street," the project's being described as a based-in-fact, college-set version of "Donnie Brasco," and will see the actor play a fratboy who's busted for cocaine possession, and who agrees to become an informant to avoid jail time. The film's set up at Fox

Watch: First Trailer For 'Romeo & Juliet' With Hailee Steinfeld, Paul Giamatti & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2013 2:17 PM
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The story of "Romeo & Juliet" has been told, approximately, eleventy billion times. And we're not just talking the countless film versions. From the stage to television to that English class you slept through, Shakespeare's play about doomed lovers has been rich fodder for creative types, the shining example of romance fated to end in tragedy. You would think that a new movie version might try and twist things up a bit, or bring a new flavor to the proceedings. You would be wrong.

Robert Pattinson, Sam Claflin, Max Irons & Douglas Booth Circling Lone Scherfig's Adaptation Of Stage Hit 'Posh'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 15, 2013 6:10 AM
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When it opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2010, "Posh" helped to give a real boost to the careers of its young cast, with actors including Kit Harington ("Game Of Thrones"), Joshua McGuire ("The Hour"), Tom Mison (the upcoming "Sleepy Hollow" TV series) and David Dawson ("Luther") all having gone on to great things after the fact. "An Education" director Lone Scherfig signed on to a film adaptation recently, and it looks like we might be seeing a movie cast that's just as broad in talent, with a few rising names, and one massive one, apparently in various stages of talks to come on board.

On The Rise: 11 Actors To Watch In 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 11, 2013 12:16 PM
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It's a pretty exciting time to watch the current crop of leading men emerge. Names like Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hardy are some of the most interesting actors to follow these days, each them choose to work with great talent and take on fascinating roles. Their stars are still in ascendance, but they've certainly proved a breath of fresh air to the movies in the last few years.

Sam Claflin, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth Now Among Frontrunners For Harry Osborne In 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 19, 2012 7:56 PM
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How quickly a studio (or a trade?) change their minds. Not even a week, it was reported that a trio of indie types -- Brady Corbet, Dane DeHaan and Alden Ehrenreich -- were leading the pack to take over James Franco's old part of Harry Osborne, best pal to Peter Parker, and son of Green Goblin Norman Osborne, in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," the sequel to this summer's tepidly-received superhero reboot. But it seems like either The Hollywood Reporter were acting on old info, or Marc Webb and Sony executives had a major rethink over the weekend, as the same trade now reports that the three previous names are out, and four new, and quite different actors, are now testing for the role.

Douglas Booth & Logan Lerman Set Sail With Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2012 8:21 PM
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The waters will rise and life on the planet as we know it will forever be changed. No, we're not talking about the latest environmental documentary, but instead about Darren Aronofksy's brewing Bible epic, "Noah," and with Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Saorise Ronan all booked for passage, a new pair of passengers (of the human variety) are joining them.

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