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The Best & Worst Moments Of 'Iron Man 3'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 6, 2013 1:29 PM
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Best/worst Iron Man 3 feature
If you were in prison, comatose or pinned to the ground by a fallen armoire this weekend, it's possible you didn't see "Iron Man 3." All the rest of us, it seems, ignored our mothers' protestations and spent a couple of hours of this fine sunny summer weekend indoors in the dark, watching Robert Downey Jr. suit up as Tony Stark/Iron Man for his third solo outing. In fact, judging by these numbers, so did Mom. The "Iron Man" threequel (read about some others here) is already in the history books as the second biggest domestic opening of all time, right behind sister film "The Avengers," and looks on track to be another billion-dollar movie for the unprecedentedly successful Marvel Universe project. But with Shane Black a new recruit for the director's chair (Iron Throne?) and expectations vertiginously high for the launch of Phase Two, the finished film could be expected to show at least a few stretch marks. Our early review is here and since then, many of The Playlist have managed to catch up with it, so here's what we thought worked and what did not. **Spoilers abound.**

Guy Pearce, Ben Foster & Kelly Macdonald To Star In Steve Buscemi’s Adaptation of 'Queer'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 2, 2011 9:34 AM
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In early 2010 we reported that writer/director Oren Moverman — who directed "The Messenger" and the upcoming police drama "Rampart" starring Woody Harrelson — was working on an adaptation of William S. Burroughs' "Queer" and staged a test-drive reading of the screenplay at the Sarasota Film Festival that spring. Evidently he was doing a solid for his friend Steve Buscemi (who cameos in both of Moverman's pictures) who would direct and produce the adaptation.

Where Did This Come From? Trailer & Pics For 'Justice' Starring Nicolas Cage & January Jones

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 1:39 AM
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Well, this is a weird surprise. We have to admit, we had pretty much entirely forgotten about "The Hungry Rabbit Jumps." First announced way back in September 2009, the film stars the pretty promising trio of Nicolas Cage, January Jones and Guy Pearce in the Tobey Maguire-produced film about a man (Cage) who becomes involved with an underground vigilante organization after a brutal attack on his wife (Jones). And with Roger Donaldson ("The Bank Job," "Thirteen Days," "No Way Out") -- who is no stranger to making genre fare classier than it should be -- directing, and with comparisons to "The Game" and "Strangers on a Train" being tossed around, it seemed like it could be something potentially interesting. But somewhere along the journey, the movie seems to have lost its way. Though a first look at the film popped up last summer, it has since been mysteriously scrubbed from the EW page where it originated perhaps pointing to distributor woes stateside. However, the movie is unspooling overseas, hitting the U.K. this fall and The Sun has the first trailer. It won't take you too long to realize why this one has been collecting dust.

Felicity Jones Reteams With 'Like Crazy' Helmer Drake Doremus; Guy Pearce & Amy Ryan Aboard New Pic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2011 4:56 AM
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Sundance may be located in the middle-of-nowhere Utah, be a pain the ass to get to and be ridiculous expensive but there is a reason every budding filmmaker dreams of taking the journey -- it can make (or break) your career. For Drake Doremus, he saw everything change with his low key long-distance romance tale "Like Crazy." After directing three little seen features, Doremus soon found himself as the center of attention with the picture earning strong reviews, great buzz for the performances by Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones and walked away from the festival with a distribution deal with Paramount. And oh yeah, he also took home a Grand Jury Prize for his film as well. Not bad. Well, he's riding that wave into his next effort and he's lined up a solid cast to work with.

Confirmed: Guy Pearce Joins Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2011 4:24 AM
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Rumors had been flying around for the past few days about Guy Pearce taking a role in Ridley Scott's highly anticipated and top-secret "Prometheus" after CHUD caught wind of some intel from their sources. We put in a few calls and it turns out that morsel of info is bang on.

Guy Pearce Talks His Kinship With Kate Winslet In Todd Haynes' 'Mildred Pierce'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2011 8:21 AM
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There hasn't been a character like Monty Beragon on the screen -- big or small -- in quite a while. Played with rakish charm by Guy Pearce in Todd Haynes' masterful mini-series "Mildred Pierce," he's the devilishly handsome man who falls in with Kate Winslet's titular character and in what is truly a case of opposites attracting. A part owner of a fading fruit company, Monty lives as he always has, with not much thought for tomorrow and usually with a good amount of money in his pockets thanks to his regular dividends. His life revolves around his country club and Mildred and beyond that, not much else. His lifestyle runs counter to Mildred's, she is divorced and working nearly around the clock to make a name for herself and more importantly, earn whatever she can to get everything her daughter desires. Yet in each other, Mildred and Monty find something missing in their own lives. The five-part series allows for plenty of room for the actors and characters to breathe and while the film is primarily about Mildred's fractured relationship with her daughter Veda, her affair with the beguiling and bewitching Monty is given equal time and is just as crucial to the film's heart-wrenching closing chapters.

Clive Owen & Andrea Riseborough Replace Guy Pearce & Rebecca Hall In 'Shadow Dancer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 6, 2011 10:00 AM
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Gillian Anderson & Aidan Gillen Round Out CastFirst announced way back last fall, "Man On Wire" director James Marsh had lined up a crackling cast for his IRA thriller "Shadow Dancer" (which may or may not be using that title any longer). Rebecca Hall and Guy Pearce were set to star but Vulture caught up with the director recently and it looks like plans have changed a bit.

Review: Todd Haynes' 'Mildred Pierce' A Mouth-Watering Melodrama On An Operatic Scale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2011 3:31 AM
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Yes, we already know that Hollywood studios are continuing to pull away from adult oriented dramas, while continuing to pour money into franchises, sequels and spinoffs. And we've certainly already sung the praises of HBO for setting the standard for their colleagues by being a welcoming home for auteurs to toil away on the kinds of projects that wouldn't get them through the front door anywhere else. However, it's one thing to logically pair Todd Haynes with the period melodrama "Mildred Pierce" but when you surround him with the talent he has here, giving him an almost absurdly generous amount of running time to tell the story his way, it's practically like the cable network is sticking a thumb in the eye of Hollywood.

Guy Pearce Says It Was A "Joke" That 'L.A. Confidential' Lost Best Picture To 'Titanic'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2011 8:27 AM
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Also Says He Was Offered 'Daredevil' & Was In Early Talks For Henri Ducard In 'Batman Begins'Perhaps taking a page from Charlie Sheen, in an interview with Vulture on the eve of the Oscars, Guy Pearce -- who stars in the frontrunning picture "The King's Speech" -- has decided to drop some truth bombs all over the place. And what does he care really, because he's not even going to the Oscars. Boo ya. In fact, he doesn't really dig the whole awards show thing and there may be a good reason, as he's still feeling the sting from a film he made over a decade ago.

Gary Oldman, Guy Pearce & Mia Wasikowska Join John Hillcoat's 'The Wettest County'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2011 8:54 AM
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While we may weep for what could have been of John Hillcoat's original incarnation of "The Wettest County" that fell apart last year and featured Michael Shannon, Ryan Gosling, Paul Dano, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson, the cast that has come together for the revamped film is equally first rate.

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