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Vincent D’Onofrio To Play Villain In ‘Jurassic World’; Jeff Goldblum May Take ‘Independence Day 2’ Instead

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 28, 2014 3:33 PM
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Vincent D’Onofrio
Apparently no one has asked Jeff Goldblum if he’s going to reprise his “Jurassic Park” role in “Jurassic World,” but two new actors have been asked and cast. Former “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” actor Vincent D’Onofrio and Indian star Irrfan Khan have both joined the tentpole that already includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson.

Review: Warm And Charming 'The Lunchbox' An Easy Decision At The Cinematic Takeout Counter

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 6:20 PM
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The Lunchbox
The staple of any good rom-com is an original, clever meet-cute, and writer/director Ritesh Batra certainly has a good one for his feature debut "The Lunchbox." The missed connection in this picture that winds up bringing two strangers into each other's orbit is a mix-up involving the delivery of the titular lunchbox. It's a familiar practice in India, with housewives (and restaurants) preparing hot meals in the morning, and through a rather impressive system of trains and rickshaws, they get delivered to their husbands at the office, with nary a mistake. At least until Ila's (Nimrat Kaur) steel, segmented canister of naan and curry winds up on the desk of Saajan (Irrfan Khan). And while you might think you can predict what happens next, Batra takes this rather charming set-up and quietly unfolds a film that is by turns both funny and moving, and a potent reflection on life's disappointments and the strength required to move past them.

Watch: Trailer & Clip For Indian Rom-Com Charmer 'The Lunchbox'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2014 2:25 PM
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The Lunchbox
One of the more interesting and minor controversies of the awards season this year was India's decision to submit the little seen or heard about "The Good Road," instead of "The Lunchbox," the feature debut by Ritesh Batra that spent a good chunk of 2013 on the festival circuit where it earned continual good notices. And not only was the film getting good reviews, it was widely perceived as being particularly accessible too, with the potential of reaching a wider audience than your usual arthouse fare. Awards consideration aside, the movie is still coming, and the first trailer and clip from "The Lunchbox" has arrived.

Chris Pratt Looking At The Brochure For 'Jurassic World,' Josh Brolin Checks Out & Irrfan Khan Being Sought

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2013 8:39 PM
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Chris Pratt
So, is Chris Pratt going to be the next big thing? The "Parks & Recreation" star certainly has a busy agent, who has lined him up in a co-starring role opposite Vince Vaughn in this month's "Delivery Man," and of course the actor will be seen in next summer's Marvel gamble "Guardians Of The Galaxy." And that's following stints in stuff like "Moneyball" and "Zero Dark Thirty" that allowed him to show a bit of range. And it looks like another tentpole project is coming Pratt's way.

TIFF Review: 'The Lunchbox' A Charming, Moving Cinematic Takeout Treat

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2013 2:15 PM
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The Lunchbox
The staple of any good rom-com is an original, clever meet-cute, and writer/director Ritesh Batra certainly has a good one for his feature debut "The Lunchbox." The missed connection in this picture that winds up bringing two strangers into each other's orbit is a mix-up involving the delivery of the titular lunchbox. It's a familiar practice in India, with housewives (and restaurants) preparing hot meals in the morning, and through a rather impressive system of trains and rickshaws, they get delivered to their husbands at the office, with nary a mistake. At least until Ila's (Nimrat Kaur) steel, segmented canister of naan and curry winds up on the desk of Saajan (Irrfan Khan).

Exclusive: Matt Damon Joins Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar,' Lines Up Directorial Debut 'The Foreigner'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 3:27 PM
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So is Matt Damon reuniting with Paul Greengrass for another ‘Bourne’ film? While Twitch says yes, Universal Studios is denying their report. While we wait and see what shakes out, some surprising Damon-related news arrived when we turned to our trusted sources (you’ll remember we first reported on Greengrass leaving the 'Bourne 4' back in the day). But enough preamble...

Watch: Deleted Scenes From 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Offer Up Hints Of An Even More Cluttered Origin Narrative

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 2:49 PM
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As was documented earlier, there was a lot cut from "The Amazing Spider-Man" as Sony and director Marc Webb wrestled with the film prior to release. Among the many elements that were apparently jettisoned in the "the untold story" (which turned out be the story we already knew) was an element that Peter Parker's dad had secretly been involved in his son's transformation into Spider-Man. And some deleted scenes seem to be point out this was the case.

'The Amazing Spider-Man': The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 6, 2012 12:26 PM
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Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man," the second of this summer's three massive superhero movies, is now in theaters. And while so far it's performing behind "Spider-Man 3," the film's doing reasonably well (expected to haul in somewhere in the neighborhood of $130 million by Sunday) given the lack of enthusiasm from hardcore fans, and the widespread dislike of the final Sam Raimi film, which in part helped to push things toward a blank slate again. And reviews have been pretty severely divided, with some hailing it as one of best examples of the comic book genre to date, and others loathing every frame of it.

Irrfan Khan Calls 'Spider-Man' A "Violent American Fantasy"; Says He Did It For His Kids

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2011 8:06 AM
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So guess who just talked himself out of doing the eventual press rounds for Marc Webb's rebooted "Spider-man"?

Irrfan Khan, Gerard Depardieu & Adil Hussain Join Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2010 6:15 AM
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With shooting set to begin early next year, Ang Lee continues to build the cast for his gestating adaptation of Yann Martel's "Life Of Pi" and he's added a couple more recognizable international faces to a cast that thus far is comprised of Bollywood stars and led by the newcomer Suraj Sharma.

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