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Berlin Reviews: ‘Two Men In Town,’ Blind Massage,’ ‘If You Don’t, I Will’ & ‘In Between Worlds’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 18, 2014 5:34 PM
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Two Men In Town
A remake of a 1973 French film starring Alain Delon and Jean Gabin, “Two Men In Town” is a sadly missed opportunity. It's a beautifully shot film (kudos to DP Yves Cape, who also served on “Holy Motors” and “White Material”), but one that, aside from some unusual casting decisions, brings nothing new to the ex-con-trying-to-go-straight genre. In fact it falls into its overfamiliar rhythm so quickly that you have to keep reminding yourself you haven’t seen it before.

Watch: NSFW First Trailer For Forest Whitaker, Orlando Bloom Crime Movie 'Zulu'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 11, 2013 12:51 PM
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Though Forest Whitaker looks he’s headed back to the Kodak Theater with the sincere “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” the Oscar-winning actor looks to be getting into rough-and-tumble mode with the Jérôme Salle-helmed “Zulu.” A French (and somewhat NSFW) trailer (via Shadow and Act) has arrived online for the South Africa-set crime thriller, and it looks like pretty compelling stuff. Watch it below.

Review: 'Lee Daniels' The Butler' Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • August 9, 2013 8:59 AM
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The Butler Forest Whitaker Cuba Gooding Jr.
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is nothing if not full of sincerity and effort. Which is why it’s so entirely confusing why they cast former teen heartthrob John Cusack as hangdog Richard Nixon. He’s fallen from his “Say Anything” days (and even the highs of “High Fidelity”), but this is maybe the worst casting we’ve seen in a major Hollywood film since Denise Richards as a nuclear physicist. Having Robin Williams play Dwight Eisenhower comes a close second, and Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson isn’t much better. The decades-spanning drama tries so hard to create a moving, seemingly accurate look at the titular character’s time spent on the staff at the White House during turbulent times that these missteps stand out particularly strongly, especially when compared to lookalike contest winners James Marsden’s JFK and Alan Rickman’s Ronald Reagan.

Forest Whitaker Will Be 'The Butler' For Lee Daniels

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2012 6:07 PM
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Cropping up with all kinds of heat and big names being thrown around a couple of weeks ago, and then going quiet again, it looks as if Lee Daniels' "The Butler" is pushing ahead, and the cast is getting more intriguing with each passing day.

Johnny Knoxville & Forest Whitaker Round Out Cast Of Arnold Schwarzenegger's 'The Last Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 10:12 AM
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Harry Dean Stanton Also JoinsEven at 64 years old, Arnold Schwarzenegger is still capable of surprises -- and we're not just talking about bastard children. The action star's career has pretty much been one blockbuster movie after another to varying degrees of success but he's certainly never done something like "The Last Stand." A modestly budgeted quasi-western, with a gaggle of character actors in supporting roles, all in a film marking the Hollywood debut by a foreign filmmaker, in this case, “I Saw the Devil” helmer Kim Ji-woon. We're definitely curious and now that production is officially underway, a few more names have joined the genuinely random, sort of WTF cast.

Forest Whitaker & Anthony Mackie Starring In Voodoo Horror Flick 'Vipaka'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2011 2:05 AM
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Sanaa Lathan & Mike Epps Also On BoardIn theory, winning an Oscar is meant to provide a boost to your career. In theory. But somehow, the four and a half years since Forest Whitaker took home a golden man for his portrayal of Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland" have provided a series of diminishing returns. Aside from a handful of exceptions, both his Oscar-bait films like "Hurricane Season" and "The Great Debaters" and would-be commercial properties like "Street Kings" and "Repo Men" tanked, while an alarming number of his pictures seem to be skipping theatrical release entirely, and he spent last year leading the swiftly-cancelled CBS procedural "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior."

Angela Bassett Says Forest Whitaker To Write & Direct 'Waiting To Exhale' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 6, 2011 9:42 AM
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You may not remember, but there was a time when movies aimed at black audiences weren't the lowest level denominator tripe of Tyler Perry films. Way back in 1995, "Waiting to Exhale," directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon, Dennis Haysbert and Gregory Hines, told the story of four black women dealing with their relationships and men and it touched a cultural nerve. The film was not only a hit at the box office, but it spawned a best-selling soundtrack probably best known for the singles “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” by Whitney Houston and “Not Gon’ Cry” by Mary J. Blige. And it looks like there’s more adventures on the way for Savannah, Bernadine, Robin and Gloria.

Robert De Niro Is Going To Make Another Movie With 50 Cent For Some Reason

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2011 3:15 AM
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Forest Whitaker Also Circling RoleFor the love of god Robert De Niro, fire your agent. The once-esteemed actor, who has spent the most part of the last decade or two slogging it out in one mediocre picture after another, apparently doesn't know a good movie anymore even if it walks up and bites him in the ass. The actor hemmed and hawed over the drama "Honeymoon With Harry" to the point where director Jonathan Demme gave up on the project. So what to do next? How about another shitty movie with 50 Cent!

Dakota Fanning Joins 'Motel Life' With Emile Hirsch & Stephen Dorff; Also Goes 'Mississippi Wild'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 16, 2011 9:49 AM
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Robert Duvall, Mickey Rourke & Forest Whitaker Also In Talks For 'Mississippi Wild'It looks like Stephen Dorff is going to find out what working with the other Fanning sister is like. Variety reports that Dakota Fanning has signed on for a couple of films that should keep her busy for the next little while.

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