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Review: 'Mary And Martha' Starring Hilary Swank Plays Like A Dramatized Charity Infomercial

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2013 11:56 AM
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"Did you know, that if you take every single person killed in a terrorist act around the world in the last twenty years, and you add to that all the lives lost in the Middle East since 1967 -- the 6 Day War -- and you add to that every single American life lost in Vietnam, in Korea, and in every single American engagement since then -- Iraq, Afghanistan... If you take all those lives and you multiply by two, that's the number of children that die of malaria every single year," James Woods gravely intones in "Mary and Martha." That this audience educating factoid comes during one of the climactic moments of the movie should tell you everything you need to know about the intentions and storytelling choices in this sentimental, misjudged, one-note clunker, that's yet another wide misstep by two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank.

Chris Cooper Moves To 'August: Osage County' & James Woods Signs Up For 'White House Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2012 4:47 PM
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Two of our fave grizzled actors have joined a couple of upcoming flicks, so read onward to see who will growl in what....

Hugo Weaving Goes Down 'Mystery Road'; James Marden Draws 'Two Guns'; Catherine Keener Ready To 'Save Your Life' & James Woods Finds 'Jobs'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2012 6:03 PM
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Hugo Weaving continues to switch up big blockbusters and smaller minded fare, and this time he's headed to Australia to star in "Mystery Road" alongside "True Blood" hunk Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson, Tony Barry, Tasma Walton, Damian Walshe-Howling, David Field, Trisha Whitton and Siobhan Binge. Written and directed by Ivan Sen ("Toomelah"), the picture will tell the story of an indigenous detective who returns home to find out who killed an indigenous girl. Kwanten will play a pig hunter while Thompson takes the role of an out to pasture pastoralist. Filming is already underway and Aussie distribution is locked up, but if you're an international buyer, give Arclight Films a ring.

Michael Keaton And Michelle Monaghan Set For Thriller 'Penthouse North'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 10:41 AM
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The Hollywood Reporter is, er, reporting that serially underrated actors Michael Keaton and Michelle Monaghan will star in a thriller entitled "Penthouse North," to be directed by Joseph Ruben. It was announced at the Toronto International Film Festival and will start shooting in Canada's capital of Ottawa this November.

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