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Review: 'Winter's Tale' Starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe & Jennifer Connelly

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 12, 2014 11:44 AM
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Winter's Tale
Akiva Goldsman is one of those Hollywood screenwriters who has accrued a fair amount of animosity over the years, both because of his perceived lack of talent (he did have a hand in scripting "Batman & Robin," "The Da Vinci Code," and "Lost in Space," amongst others) and for his almost unparalleled level of success (he won a Screenplay Oscar for his work on Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind," and in the process taught us all that mental illness could be cured through the healing power of love). Regardless of what you think of him, Goldsman has genuine power, and for the past few years has used that power to secure funding for a lavish adaptation of novelist Mark Helprin's goopy 1983 supernatural romance "Winter's Tale." It is the ultimate Akiva Goldsman statement, mixing both his propensity for high concept gobbledygook with cloying, saccharine sentimentality. The result is a colossal folly the likes of which we haven't seen in years. It's truly unbelievable. We're still reeling.

Watch: New Trailer & TV Spot For Fantasy Romance 'Winter's Tale' Starring Colin Farrell & Jennifer Connelly

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2014 2:44 PM
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Winter's Tale
This Valentine's Day, you'll have a few romantic options to choose from at the mulitplex: there will be the Kevin Hart-starring remake "About Last Night," another remake with "Endless Love," and the fantasy epic "Winter's Tale." And while we can't tell you which of these is the better movie, we certainly know which one is the most expensive.

Watch: First Trailer For Fantastical 'Winter's Tale' Starring Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe & Jennifer Connelly

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 9:40 PM
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Winter's Tale
Long considered unfilmable, Mark Helprin's novel "Winter's Tale" has been kicking around Hollywood waiting for someone to take it on. And that someone is Akiva Goldsman, the blockbuster producer ("Mr. And Mrs. Smith," "I Am Legend") has written the adaptation and is making his feature debut with the flick. And full credit to him, with the first trailer arriving this evening, it looks like he's poured all he's got into it.

'Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance' Remake Gets A Director, 'Fast & Furious 7' Keeps Casting & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 12, 2013 11:18 AM
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With TIFF in full swing, letters are being frantically crossed and dotted on all manner of contracts, agreements and bar-room napkins. Here are a few that we managed to smuggle across the Canadian border, hidden inside a stuffed moose...

Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots, Alison Brie & More Testing For 'Captain America 2'; Scarlett Johansson To Possibly Appear

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 8:45 PM
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Chris Evans, you lucky bastard. The shortlist for his love interest in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" has dropped and it's basically a list of actresses who have been the subjects of our ever unsent mash notes.

Garret Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins & Terrence Howard Lead Ace Cast Of Comedy-Drama 'Lullaby'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2012 12:45 PM
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The jury's still out on the potency of Garret Hedlund's star power. The actor proved reasonably charismatic in his earliest roles in "Troy," "Four Brothers" and the big-screen "Friday Night Lights," but made some questionable choices after that -- see, or rather don't, "Death Sentence" and "Eragon." Since then, the actor was picked out to lead tentpole "Tron: Legacy," but the film was rotten, and Hedlund was pretty bad in it, so he's not quite turned into the leading man that many picked him out as.

Elizabeth Banks Asks 'What's The Matter With Margie?' With Alan Ball, 'The Angriest Man In Brooklyn' Finds A Few Friends & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 18, 2012 10:50 AM
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Even though he scripted "American Beauty" for Sam Mendes before his two successful television shows "Six Feet Under" and "True Blood," Alan Ball has only returned to the silver screen for little-seen directorial debut "Towelhead." Last year, though, brought news that Emmy and Oscar winning writer-director (hello EGOT?) was lining up a return with a dark comedy for Paramount.

On The Rise 2012: 10 Actresses Poised For The Big Time

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 30, 2012 4:48 PM
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While there are still not enough good roles for women out there, particularly in mainstream Hollywood, that hasn't stopped a batch of young female stars from exploding from out of nowhere in recent years. Head-turning performances have helped launch faces like Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Felicity Jones and many others into the stratosphere, and the success last weekend of "The Hunger Games" has hopefully put to rest the fallacy that huge audiences won't turn up to big movies carried by a woman.

'Downton Abbey' Star Jessica Brown-Findlay Bags Female Lead In 'Winter's Tale,' Aaron Johnson & Garrett Hedlund Frontrunners To Join Her

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2012 12:51 PM
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There's a little show you might have been hearing about called "Downton Abbey." Well, with the show now a runaway critical hit and audience sensation, it's time for some of the stars to leapfrog into feature film roles.

Benjamin Walker, Tom Hiddleston, Lily Collins, Bella Heathcote & Jessica Brown Findlay Testing For Akiva Goldsman's 'Winter's Tale'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 29, 2012 10:25 AM
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While he may draw the critical scorn of fanboys everywhere with even the mention of his name, and rightfully so after penning the screenplays for the weak “Batman Forever” and disastrous “Batman & Robin,” screenwriter Akiva Goldsman still holds a lot of clout in Hollywood. That’s what one earns when they write behemoth blockbusters that span multiple genres, such as “I Am Legend” or “A Beautiful Mind,” as well as help usher in franchises with the likes of “The Da Vinci Code.” It was reported all the way back in February of 2011 that Goldsman would be lensing his directorial debut “Winter’s Tale," but at the beginning of this month it looked as if Goldsman called in some favors to his famous friends after the production hit some budgetary speed bumps, landing “I Am Legend” star Will Smith and “A Beautiful Mind” actor Russell Crowe in supporting roles. About $20 million was shaved off the budget and the project gained some much needed steam, so it pays to have friends in high places.

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