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Matthias Schoenaerts Out, Idris Elba & Sam Worthington In For 'Alive Alone' With Noomi Rapace And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2014 10:21 AM
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A casting shakeup, sibling teamwork and an animated movie about gummy bears or something so let's get to it. First announced last spring, we kinda forgot about "Alive Alone," but it looks like it's gearing up though with a couple of changes.

Review: ‘The Wolverine’ Starring Hugh Jackman

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 24, 2013 2:06 PM
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The Wolverine
The narrative for months before and during the making of the movie by James Mangold and Hugh Jackman, was a borderline campaign apology that read something like: “Please excuse the inexcusable ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine.’ We are starting over here. Please take this journey with us as we explore the Wolverine story you’ve always wanted to see on screen.” And so the question for fans is: did the pair succeed in this goal? The answer, in conclusion, is a resounding "no," but it’s but not for want of trying.

Review: 'Down The Shore' With James Gandolfini & Famke Janssen An Overheated Jersey Melodrama

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 2, 2013 6:00 PM
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What is it about Jersey that causes filmmakers to make films which constantly talk about escaping from or dreading a return to the Garden State? If I didn’t just answer my own question, there’s always “Down The Shore,” an actors' showcase melodrama that captures the small town as a prison where characters are doomed to serve penance for sins of the past. The tourism board really needs to do something about this trend.

Review: 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' Isn't Boring, But It Is Unrelentingly Stupid

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 25, 2013 9:00 AM
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Do you want the good news first or the bad news? Let’s start with the good. Firstly, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is less than 90 minutes long. That’s good. Also, Gemma Arterton is really pretty and wears a lot of awesome leather pants and gloves and vests and things. Those are also good. The title sequence was neat. And, it’s not boring. It is however, unrelentingly stupid, suffering from the worst screenplay this side of “The Room.” Do not pass go, do not collect $200, proceed directly to The Playlist’s Worst Of The Year 2013 List. In the words of Gretel: “Are you fucking kidding me?”

Watch: New Red Band Trailer For 'Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters' Reveals Another Crappy Looking January Movie

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 4, 2013 5:40 AM
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Aside from say, "Kill List" "Haywire," to a more lesser, subjective extent "The Grey," good films are not meant to be released in January and 9.999999 times out 10 they are not. It's a dumping ground season for bad romantic comedies that have tested poorly ("Bride Wars"), lame spoof movies ("Meet the Spartans") horror-action dreck ("My Bloody Valentine 3D" and the like), wackjob oddities starring Nicolas Cage ("Season of the Witch") and whatever else needs to be released, but the studio has pretty much zero confidence in other than appealing to those that actively look at a bail-bond business rom-com starring Katherine Heigl and go, "Wow, that looks tremendous." And let's face it, January might be critical death, but it always does decent business at the box-office.

Famke Janssen Will Reportedly Cameo As Jean Grey In 'The Wolverine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2012 2:02 PM
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The big question around "The Wolverine" -- besides whether or not it will scrub "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" from our memory -- is it how it will or won't fit into the original "X-Men" trilogy or the new "X-Men: First Class" series. And now, we may have a clue.

Review: 'Taken 2' Promises The Same Plate, Less Flavor, Smaller Servings

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 4, 2012 7:00 PM
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There’s diminishing returns, and then there’s “Taken 2,” the next, and probably last installment of the “Taken” franchise. Of course, it’s a piece of a whole, only the latest in the body of work from producer Luc Besson (again sharing screenwriting duties with Robert Mark Kamen). But Besson’s intriguing late-career activity as a producer of savvy action trash reaches it’s nadir in this monotone punch-fest that is tirelessly rote in it’s stubborn desire to refuse any sense of ingenuity.

Olivia Wilde Heads Back To 'House'; Famke Janssen Lives On Eli Roth's 'Hemlock Grove'; Adam Levine Is 'An American Horror Story' & More

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 21, 2012 11:18 AM
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There are many happenings in the world of television as of late, with familiar faces returning to some of your favorite shows, while new talents are cast in hopes that they’ll be memorable additions.

Watch: Trailer For Famke Janssen's Wacky Directorial Debut 'Bringing Up Bobby' With Milla Jovovich

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2011 2:36 AM
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In case you haven't noticed, we are right in the thick of festival season. Venice is nearing the finish line, Telluride came and went over the weekend, TIFF kicks off on Thursday and festivities in Deauville are now in full swing. That last festival, dedicated to American cinema (ie. getting Hollywood stars over to France to walk the red carpet) boasts a lineup that ranges from the blatantly commerical ("The Lion King") to actually premiering some new, independent movies. And so, model-turned-actress Famke Janssen will show off her directorial debut "Bringing Up Bobby" (not be confused with the direct-to-video Christian comedy) at the festival today and judging by the first trailer, if anything, this thing is wacky as hell.

Exclusive: Famke Janssen Joins 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters' With Gemma Arterton & Jeremy Renner

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2011 6:01 AM
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Fairy tale properties are obviously white hot right now, and with three studios currently racing to get their various "Snow White" pictures into production, Paramount is moving ahead confidently with their own, thankfully different, project with another actress joining what is shaping up to be an intriguing cast.

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