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10 One-Man Show Movies

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 22, 2014 2:04 PM
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If there's any justice in the world, many of you will spend 85 minutes of your upcoming weekend in a car with Tom Hardy. "Locke," the formally-rigorous, real-time Steven-Knight-directed film opens on Friday, and it's terrific: a taut drama that unfolds like a thriller despite being a small, detail-specific, domestic story; and an absorbing Richard Burton-inflected showcase for its sole onscreen star. Hardy, aided by the offscreen voices of Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott and others via his handsfree phone ( the way Knight organized the calls, so that they came to Hardy "live" is fascinating) is just brilliant, crucially underplaying most of the time, as though aware that with only him onscreen (also immobile), the tiniest tic is magnified exponentially. It's the kind of tour de force that highlights by contrast just where so many other single-actor films go wrong.

For Your Consideration: 5 Overlooked Supporting Actors Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2013 2:26 PM
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FYC Supporting Actors, Oscars 2013
The Phoney War phase of the awards season is starting to come to an end: we've already had nominations from smaller precursors like the Gotham Awards and the British Independent Film Awards, and in a little over two weeks, things will get underway properly with the New York Film Critics Awards and the National Board of Review Awards, kicking off a month full of nominees and winners ahead of the opening of Oscar voting on December 27th.

First Photos Debut From Sylvester Stallone-Penned Action Movie 'Homefront' Starring Jason Statham And James Franco

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 12:31 PM
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Homefront
"Homefront," a movie we had no idea even existed until literally fifteen minutes ago, sounds kind of enjoyable in a junky, nothing-else-is-playing kind of way. It stars Jason Statham, king of B-grade action movies, as a former DEA agent who returns to his home down only to get hassled by a drug kingpin named gator (James Franco, of course). And if all of that wasn't enough to get your tough guy appreciation levels up, the movie was written by none other than Sylvester Stallone, whose script is based on a novel by Chuck Hogan ("The Town"). And now the first photos from the November release have debuted courtesy of USA Today. Testosterone-y!

Watch: See James Franco's Hugh Hefner & Adam Brody's "Dick Long" In 2 New 'Lovelace' Clips; Plus Bounty Of New Photos

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 7, 2013 2:34 PM
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Lovelace
Do you appreciate a biopic cataloguing the trials and tribulations of fame: abusive relationships, drugs, exploitation, etc.? Are you a closeted connoisseur (or not-so-closeted) of vintage porn, particularly prime 1970s skin flicks? Whether either or both (they're not mutually exclusive), you're in luck this Friday when the Linda Lovelace biopic "Lovelace" hits theaters. (Check out our Berlin review here.)

The Surprises & Notable Absences Of The 2013 Cannes Line-Up

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 18, 2013 11:28 AM
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So the 2013 Cannes lineup has finally been unveiled and as usual, there were a fair few surprise inclusions, a fair few snubby exclusions/category decisions, and some mildly oh!-inducing title changes. The majority of our firm predictions made it in (the Coens, Soderbergh, Farhadi, Sorrentino, Gray, Refn, Denis, Coppola among others) but sometimes into surprising sections, while a couple of films we had down as possibilities or longer shots paid off. So now that we know the lineup from G ('Gatsby' -- opening film) to Z ("Zulu" -- closing film) -- and it's a fairly U.S.-friendly list for Jury President Steven Spielberg to preside over -- lets dive right in and talk about the more eyebrow-raising moments from this morning's announcement.

It's Jason Statham Vs. James Franco In The Sylvester Stallone-Penned Actioner 'Homefront'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 31, 2012 4:45 PM
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The last few actioners in Jason Statham's CV have been pretty disappointing, box office-wise. But can you blame the audience? It's hard to find the proper enemy for the musclebound Brit, with him taking out Aiden GIllen in "Blitz," smacking up faceless mafia goons in "Safe" and eating Clive Owen's lunch in "Killer Elite." But thanks to an assist from "The Expendables" buddy Sylvester Stallone, Statham's about to match up with Hollywood's great puzzle box that is James Franco.

James Franco Will Rap In Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2011 9:58 AM
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Emma Roberts Co-Stars; Also, WTFUpdate: Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez are also in talks to star. The trio will play the gang of girls in the film with Roberts as danger loving Southern brunette, and Gomez as the stuck-up, religious type.

James Franco Exits Mob Killer Pic ‘The Iceman’ Leaving Future Of Project In Doubt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 12:59 PM
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With his busy schedule taking him between classrooms, art galleries, movie sets and TV studios, even the multitasking James Franco can't do it all.

Last-Minute Reshoots Saved James Franco's Character From Death In 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 3, 2011 1:19 AM
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We're not sure that there was a bigger surprise this year than "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes." A tired franchise, from a creative-interference-happy studio, with a green director and a plot straight from "Deep Blue Sea?" Even without the initially unpromising trailers, it looked like a late-summer flop. But happily, it was nothing of the kind: the film became easily the warmest-received blockbusters of the summer, launched director Rupert Wyatt onto the A-list, and has taken an impressive $400 million haul; not bad for a film that allegedly cost less than many of its tentpole competitors. A franchise was (re)born.

Watch: Clip From James Franco's 'My Own Private River' With Outtakes From 'My Own Private Idaho'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 7:56 AM
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Mia Wasikowska Reveals Gus Van Sant Cut A Silent Version Of 'Restless'While we may not always understand every artistic endeavour taken on by James Franco -- like his attempt at a music career -- but we have to say this one does interest us.

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