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TIFF Trailer: Lone Scherfig's 'The Riot Club' With Natalie Dormer, Max Irons, Sam Clafin, Jessica Brown Findlay & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2014 11:30 AM
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The Riot Club
Lone Scherfig came to international attention thanks to the success of "An Education," but her followup "One Day," didn't catch fire in the same way. Can "The Riot Club" find the director back in firmer footing? We'll soon find out.

Review: 'Lullaby' Starring Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson & More

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • June 10, 2014 5:12 PM
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  • 9 Comments
Lullaby
Death is taken for granted way too often in movies. If someone could measure the average time spent on a character death in a modern Hollywood film, we’d wager it would be less than five minutes and even that feels generous. Actor and producer Andrew Levitas’ debut as a director goes a long way into correcting that by setting his story at death’s door and placing the viewer in the personal center of it.

Watch: First Trailer For Euthanasia Dramedy 'Lullaby' Starring Garrett Hedlund & Amy Adams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2014 9:28 PM
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Lullaby, Garett Hedlund
Yeah, we know, we forgot about this one too. Waaaaay back in 2012 — yep, two years ago — it was announced that Garrett Hedlund, Amy Adams, Richard Jenkins, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Brown-Findlay were making a movie called "Lullaby." Cool story bro, and like everyone else, it was wiped from our memory. Well the thing was filmed and usually, if a movie starring this kind of ensemble takes forever to arrive, and once it does, its in the hands of a tiny indie distributor, the results probably aren't so hot. And now you can judge for yourself, as the first trailer is here.

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.

Garrett 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.

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