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Review: Quentin Tarantino’s ‘The Hateful Eight’ Roars To Life Onstage With Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern & Many More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 20, 2014 9:36 AM
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For those entering the sold out live read of Quentin Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight” last night expecting a funerary sendoff, they were instead met straight away with a correction: the event, held at Downtown L.A.’s stunningly renovated Ace Hotel, was simply a public work-in-progress.

Review: 'The Art Of The Steal' With Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Terence Stamp And Jay Baruchel

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 13, 2014 4:28 PM
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Art Of The Steal, Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Terence Stamp and Jay Baruchel
"The Art of the Steal” isn’t just the name of Jonathan Sobol’s sophomore effort; it’s virtually a genre unto itself, thanks to countless movies about low-level con artists, their team of accomplices and the victims/ adversaries they’re trying to outwit. But even if the film doesn’t raze genre conventions or reinvent the notion of grifting as audiences know it, Sobol creates an ensemble as scruffy and indefatigably appealing as its star, Kurt Russell, as he shuffles dexterously through a heist scenario just implausible and charming enough to be convincing.

Watch: Kurt Russell & Jay Baruchel Are Master & Apprentice In Trailer For 'The Art Of The Steal'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 5:06 PM
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The Art Of The Steal Jay Baruchel
TIFF comes and TIFF goes and there are lots of movies that due to scheduling, the need for sleep and the necessity of food, just don't get in front of our eyes. And this year, one of them was "The Art Of The Steal" which brings together the ragtag crew of Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon and more for a heist comedy. We like heists (check out this feature), we like comedy, but does this work?

Watch: New Trailers, Clips for TIFF Selections 'We Are The Best,' 'Art of the Steal,' 'Starred Up' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 9, 2013 11:30 AM
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TIFF 2013 Trailers
Based off of the steady stream of crowd-pleasers, critical darlings, and uneven oddities that hit Toronto this past week, the Toronto International Film Festival could already be considered a runaway success. But an entire week more of cinematic gifts await, and we've got clips and trailers for a slew of them, including the latest efforts from Lukas Moodysson, Kurt Russell, and Ben Mendelsohn. While the buzz might have slightly died down about the festival, there's a whole lot still left to go!

Casting: Kurt Russell Tanks Up 'Fast & Furious 7'; Olga Kurylenko Visits 'Yves Saint Laurent' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 9:43 AM
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We hope you're fully rested after the long Labor Day weekend because we're flying headlong into TIFF with more reviews and coverage to come. But first, a bit of catchup on some casting you might have missed over the past few days as you savored the last long weekend of summer.

The Essentials: 7 Great John Carpenter Movies

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 30, 2013 12:43 PM
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John Carpenter Essentials
This week, "The Fog," filmmaker John Carpenter's 1980 chiller about a fog that rolls into a sleepy seaside community carrying with it ghostly visitors, will be re-released on Blu-ray and DVD by Shout Factory, complete with a host of all new special features (including a wonderful, retrospective conversation with Jamie Lee Curtis that doesn't just cover her collaborations with Carpenter but goes on to include a frank discussion of most of her genre work from that period). With its pristine picture quality and sound, it goes a long way in reminding you what a skilled technician and artist Carpenter truly is, able to conjure forth visions of nightmarish clarity, nearly out of thin air. This is a director capable of keeping you up at night, but one who isn't interested in a cheap scare. When asked to give advice to young filmmakers, he said, simply, "Play for history if possible." That's certainly what Carpenter has tried to do; and to celebrate this recent release we've decided to run down seven of his most essential films. Frequent collaborator Kurt Russell has said of his friend that he "sees the world slightly askew." As a Russell character in a John Carpenter movie would say: no shit.

Sony Pick Up Cannes Hit 'The Past,' Sundance Selects Take The Dardennes' Marion Cotillard-Starring Next Project

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 20, 2013 4:30 PM
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With every major festival that arrives there’s more chances for hopeful filmmakers to ink deals that would put their films in front of paying audiences, so of course with the Cannes Film Festival in full swing there’s a whole smorgasbord of distribution news.

Walton Goggins Talks Replacing Kurt Russell In ‘Django Unchained’ & Tarantino’s Longer Cut Of The Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 27, 2012 1:15 PM
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When “Justified” actor Walton Goggins originally signed on for Quentin Tarantino’s antebellum slave drama “Django Unchained” he had a small part as a plantation thug, Billy Crash, who worked under Leonardo DiCaprio’s scene-chewing villain in the movie. But fortune smiled on him during production. Kurt Russell was cast as a Mandingo trainer named Ace Woody, that served as villain Calvin Candie (DiCaprio)'s right hand man.

Kurt Russell, Peter Sarsgaard & Richard Jenkins To Star In Awesome-Sounding Horror Western 'Bone Tomahawk'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 31, 2012 9:44 AM
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As everyone from Anthony Mann to Kelly Reichardt have triumphantly shown, the film western remains a prime framework from which to branch out into a dozen different eccentricities. Screenwriter S. Craig Zahler has already found that out once -- having attracted the likes of Park Chan Wook to direct his unique 2006 Black List script, “The Brigands of Rattleborge” -- but now he's looking to try his own hand at subverting the genre, and he's assembled a rather killer cast to accompany him along the way.

Ad Time: Kiefer Sutherland For Axe Body Spray; David Tennant For Tivo; Kurt Russell For Airtime & Julia Roberts For Nationwide Insurance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2012 4:32 PM
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Well, celebrities need to pay for those second or third vacation homes. And gas prices aren't getting any cheaper. In the past week or so there seems to have been a slight uptick in ads featuring some pretty well known names, so we've rounded up them here to help close off your week.

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