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Review: 'Grudge Match' is 'Rocky' vs. 'Raging Bull,' But We Lose

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • December 23, 2013 8:30 PM
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Grudge Match
“Grudge Match” can’t possibly live up to its billing, which essentially pits "Raging Bull" pugilist Jake La Motta (Robert De Niro) against “Rocky” namesake Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), finally settling the bets of cinematic boxing fans everywhere. The film’s narrative echoes the problem its stars face: can two former champions remind of us why we rooted for them in the first place?

Watch: New TV Spot For 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Plus Fresh Pics And Jonah Hill Talks Getting Punched For The Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 25, 2013 6:29 PM
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There's suffering for your art and then there's getting punched in the face and Jonah Hill did both for Martin Scorsese's upcoming, three-hour "The Wolf Of Wall Street." And the lesson he learned here is: when you agree to take a punch, no one else on that set is gonna step in to save you.

Watch: Stylish, Moody Teaser For Frank Darabont's TNT Event Series 'Mob City'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2013 2:37 PM
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Earlier this year, we got "Gangster Squad," a dramatization of the battle between Los Angeles cops and ruthless gangster Mickey Cohen that made Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy" looks understated and subtle by comparison. In short, it was a disaster, but can the small screen be the saving grace of that juicy story? We'll soon see as in a few months Frank Darabont will drop his take on the tale, and we have to say, as far as first impressions go...this has caught our attention...

Zac Efron Is A 'Narc,' Zach Braff Adds Kate Hudson To 'Wish I Was Here'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 22, 2013 6:39 PM
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Even if we wouldn't say he's quite cracked it yet, we've got a lot of respect for the way that Zac Efron is trying to establish himself as a proper grown-up adult actor. After all, the "High School Musical" series would be an albatross for many, but Efron's quietly been banging out a diverse mix of parts, and while things like "The Paperboy" and "At Any Price" haven't quite paid off yet, he's heading in the right direction. The actor's got several promising projects in the can already, including rom-com "Are We Officially Dating?," JFK ensemble drama "Parkland" and Seth Rogen/Nick Stoller comedy "Townies," and now, hot on the back of signing on to Eran Creevy's "Autobahn," the actor's just lined up thriller "Narc." Sounding a bit like a laugh-free "21 Jump Street," the project's being described as a based-in-fact, college-set version of "Donnie Brasco," and will see the actor play a fratboy who's busted for cocaine possession, and who agrees to become an informant to avoid jail time. The film's set up at Fox

'The Walking Dead' Star Jon Bernthal Joins Martin Scorsese's 'Wolf Of Wall Street'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2012 3:45 PM
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It appears getting killed off on a hit cable show isn't necessarily a bad thing. At least not if you're Jon Bernthal. The actor who had his character axed at the end of the second season of "The Walking Dead," didn't take long to find a new gig, landing a lead role in Frank Darabont's new TNT show "L.A. Noir." And now he's going to spend this summer hanging with Martin Scorsese. Not bad.

'The Walking Dead' Star Jon Bernthal Eyeing The Lead Of Frank Darabont's TNT Series 'L.A. Noir'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • January 24, 2012 10:26 AM
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Much like the characters that wonder aimlessly through the barren wastelands of the world following a zombie apocalypse, “The Walking Dead” has had a difficult journey from the page of the Robert Kurtzman-penned comic books to “Mad Men” home AMC. While the strong ratings certainly don’t reflect the behind-the-scenes turmoil that’s been aired quite publicly since the show’s debut on October 31, 2010, as you know things downhill fast when “The Shawshank Redemption” helmer Frank Darabont shocked many by quitting as showrunner of the series. A dream project he had been trying to get off the ground for years before AMC took a chance, Darabont walked away from the popular series due to clashes with the network over budget cuts and left behind a cast of many, that like a lot of viewers, signed on to the project based on Darabont’s name alone.

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