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Ron Howard Tackles ‘The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair,’ Jackie Earle Haley Preps Directorial Debut ‘Criminal Activities’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 24, 2014 9:03 AM
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Ron Howard The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair
Does the name Harry Quebert ring a bell? If you’re in Europe, it’s very likely: “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair," a murder mystery novel written by Swiss author Joël Dicker, has become a publishing phenomenon, selling two million copies, landing just behind “Fifty Shades of Grey” on France’s bestseller charts, and winning the prestigious Grand Prix du Roman to boot. Stateside audiences can get a sense of the hype soon though, both because the book’s due out here next month, and also because of Ron Howard’s love of adaptations.

John Travolta & Ethan Hawke Join Ti West's Revenge Western; Steve Carell Is On 'The Priority List' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 18, 2014 5:36 PM
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After going back to his silly comedic roots, reprising Brick Tamland in "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," Steve Carell is continuing down the dramatic road he's quietly been carving for himself, by lining up to produce and star in "Priority List." Based on the memoir by David Menasche, it tells the story of a teacher diagnosed with brain cancer and given a few months to live, who goes on to defy the odds.

First Look: John Travolta, Christopher Plummer & Tye Sheridan In 'The Forger'

The Forger
Get ready for a steal. John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan are getting together to pull of a heist, and the first look at their crime is here. Read More »

Matthias Schoenaerts Out, Idris Elba & Sam Worthington In For 'Alive Alone' With Noomi Rapace And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2014 10:21 AM
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A casting shakeup, sibling teamwork and an animated movie about gummy bears or something so let's get to it. First announced last spring, we kinda forgot about "Alive Alone," but it looks like it's gearing up though with a couple of changes.

12 Movie Stars Who Experienced Career Resurrections

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 31, 2013 4:27 PM
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Movie Stars /Career Resurrections
This week “The Dallas Buyers Club” opens (you can read our review here), and it features a riveting, committed, physically gruelling and very likely-to-be-Oscar-nominated performance by Matthew McConaughey. If he is nominated, however, McConaughey will be at least a little in debt to the buzz that’s surrounded him of late as the newest member of what we could call the Comeback Club—that rarefied group of people who have, sometimes on a dime, turned their movie careers around and breathed new life into what was once moribund. It takes a great deal of luck to pull off this trickiest of acts, and for every actor who’s managed to hang onto their newly regained spot on top of the pile for a few years, there are ten who’ve briefly clambered all the way up only to topple off again a moment later.

Review: 'Killing Season' Starring Robert De Niro & John Travolta

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 12, 2013 9:05 AM
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The deadening inevitability of “Killing Season” is that, for all its bluster and violence, the picture’s going to end on a ponderous note it can’t quite deliver convincingly. This barebones time-killer from the ruthlessly frugal folks at Millennium Films announces its intentions from the title on, and its two stars—Robert De Niro and John Travolta—seem glumly game to scowl their way through the proceedings with the professionalism of a mercenary, and the passion of one as well.

John Travolta Says He Was Offered 'Flight' But Didn't Like That The Plane Flew Upside Down

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2013 2:18 PM
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It was certainly one of the more eye-popping moments from any of the awards season films last year. In "Flight," a hungover, disheveled airline pilot, played by Denzel Washington, is suddenly forced to crash land his plane while saving as many people as he can. So, what does he do? He flies the damn thing upside down (a scientific reason why this is plausible is given in the movie, but we forget what it is now) and lo and behold, he's able to spin back around, and gracefully (as possible) touch down behind a church (symbolism or something). It was a pretty heart-stopping sequence, but it turns out, one actor thought it wasn't quite up to par.

Watch: John Travolta Hunts Robert De Niro In Trailer For 'Killing Season'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 7, 2013 10:22 AM
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For a movie that has been in the works for a while, at one time set to re-team "Face/Off" duo Nicolas Cage and John Travolta with John McTiernan directing, the final result here is pretty dismal. Cage was swapped with Robert De Niro (which these days hardly means anything since they both choose awful projects), and the director's chair was vacated by McTiernan and filled with Mark Steven Johnson -- aka the guy behind "Daredevil" and "Ghost Rider" -- and so now we have...this....

'Gotti' Biopic Lives Again With 'Captain America' Director Joe Johnston At The Helm

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 8, 2013 12:05 PM
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Kicking around since 2011, biopic “Gotti” (aka “Gotti: In The Shadow Of My Father” aka “Gotti: Three Generations”) was originally set to be directed by Barry Levinson with a cast that included John Travolta as Gotti Sr. alongside Al Pacino, Ben Foster and Joe Pesci, among others. Of course that never came to pass -- mostly due to legal and money problems -- but now things look to finally be set for some real movement on the film with a new director announced.

John Travolta Gets In The Huddle For Vince Lombardi Biopic, Eyes 3D Remake of John Woo’s 'The Killer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2012 2:37 PM
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Is John Travolta the key to getting two long-brewing projects off the ground? Maybe? At the very least he's taking a good look, and we'll let you guess which one we'd rather not see ever get made. But let's start on the football field first.

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