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The Devil In The Detail: Thoughts On 'Chinatown' On Its 40th Anniversary

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 18, 2014 4:00 PM
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I still remember the first time I ever saw a two-dollar bill. It was in a wallet, on a TV screen in the living room of my childhood home. The wallet belonged to a dead woman called Ida Sessions, and it was Jack Nicholson who was riffling through it: Social Security Card; Screen Actors Guild Membership; two-dollar bill. I was maybe 12 or 13 and had never even set foot in America, but like anyone in the English-speaking world who watched way too many movies, I felt I knew the country like the back of my hand. Certainly its currency, which seemed more like real money than the colorful, monopoly notes we used, so often had I seen it brimming out of briefcases, left contemptuously on nightstands or fluttering down like green confetti after an explosion. But I had never seen a two-dollar bill, so that, of all things, was the detail that snagged my attention the first time I watched Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown.”

Doug Liman To Direct Tom Cruise In Comedy 'El Presidente', Jack Nicholson Courted To Co-Star

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 19, 2013 8:15 PM
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When we last reported on "El Presidente," the high concept buddy movie about a clean cut Secret Service agent and the disheveled, alcoholic schlub of an ex-president he's assigned to protect, Tom Cruise was loosely attached, as was directed "Recount" director Jay Roach, with Robert Downey, Jr. being eyed for the pivotal role of the ex-prez. Well, it looks like Cruise held onto the project and has brought aboard his "Edge of Tomorrow" director Doug Liman to helm the project. And what's more, the two are making a bid to get an even bigger name for the role of the former commander-in-chief: Jack Nicholson.

Calm Down Internet: Jack Nicholson's Not Retiring

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 4:19 PM
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Screen legend Jack Nicholson, who has brought a certain amount of jovial lunacy to even the most trivial of roles (in everything from "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" to "Mars Attacks!"), has not quietly retired, despite reports from Radar Online earlier today. The website reported that Nicholson was leaving the biz due primarily to memory loss: Nicholson can "no longer remember the lines being asked of him." Thankfully, this news was 100% untrue, with EOnline reporting that NBC's Maria Shriver has confirmed that the rumors are false, that Nicholson is in fine health and that he has no plans to retire. Thank Christ.

Jack Nicholson Adds Jackie Robinson Biopic '42' To List Of Potential Next Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 2:12 AM
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Of course, everyone wants to work with Jack Nicholson, and while the legendary, 74-year-old actor has slowed down his pace in recent years, that hasn't kept the offers from rolling in. In the past year it has been reported that Stephen Dorff was writing a vehicle for him and Nicholson to do together; Warren Beatty wants him for his gestating Howard Hughes movie, and he's on the shortlist of actors Alexander Payne is going to chat with to lead his brewing father/son roadtrip tale "Nebraska." Well, you can add one more to the list.

Alexander Payne Trying To Lure Gene Hackman Out Of Retirement For 'Nebraska'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 12, 2011 1:30 AM
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Robert Forster, Jack Nicholson, Robert Duvall All Rumored Candidates; Film Will Be Shot In 'Black & White'Earlier this year, we revealed that Alexander Payne would be following up "The Descendants," which was only in post-production at the time, with his gestating father-son road-trip story "Nebraska," with Casey Affleck and Robert Forster loosely being eyed for the leading roles (wishlist stage essentially). Little had been heard about the project since then, but now that the George Clooney-led 'Descendants' gears up to hit theaters after impressing audiences and critics during recent festival appearances, it appears that Payne is getting "Nebraska" into motion.

Warren Beatty's Secret Project Is A Howard Hughes Film; Alec Baldwin, Jack Nicholson Circling Roles

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 22, 2011 12:04 PM
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Other Actors Eyeing The Project Include Andrew Garfield, Annette Bening, Shia La Beouf, Evan Rachel Wood and Rooney MaraFile under 'very intriguing development': after more than a decade away from directing (with 1998's underrated political satire "Bulworth"), last week it was reported that 74-year-old Warren Beatty would be returning to Hollywood, helming a new untitled comedy for Paramount. Playlist writer Sam Price, perhaps a little cynical that evening, posited the question: is anyone going to care? Are his best days behind him?

Review: 'How Do You Know' Is An Uneven But Ultimately Pleasant Experience

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 15, 2010 8:17 AM
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With a recent influx of middling romantic comedies, it's easy to forget how different the genre used to be. Now very polished and only a success if it stars 40 different actors/actresses each with three minutes of screen time, movies including "Green Card" and "Crossing Delancey" showed a different side of things. Instead of drowning audiences in star power, they offered a down-to-earth and complex female individual with an unfortunate penchant for choosing the wrong guy. It was easy to figure out who to root for, but there was something more to it. It may have been the comfortable aura the movies had about them, or the fact that their protagonists looked more like real people than, say, Jessica Alba or Jennifer Garner. James L. Brooks did it even better, delving into all characters and really seeing what made them tick. It's easy to forget him; while he's not a stranger to romantic comedies he's more like a visitor, making a film once every few years before going back into hiding. His peak was with 1997's "As Good As It Gets," which garnered two Oscars for its leads along with a slew of other nominations, but 2004's "Spanglish" was largely ignored and forgotten. He returns six years later with the regrettably titled "How Do You Know," a typically pleasant diversion from the usual fare but not without its problems.

Stephen Dorff Writing And Developing Comedy Script As Starring Vehicle Alongside Jack Nicholson

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 28, 2010 5:51 AM
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Sounds like Hollywood's latest comeback kid Stephen Dorff is planning to stick around long after his starring role in Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" hits theaters later this year.

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