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TIFF Review: 'Fading Gigolo' Starring John Turturro & Woody Allen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 9, 2013 3:30 PM
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"Do you ever just get down on your knees and thank god that you know me and have access to my dementia?" George Constanza asks when his scheme to get Jerry out of a relationship by having him claim he wants to have a menage a trois, winds up with woman actually being into the idea. It's a hilarious scene because not only does it acknowledge one of the ultimate male fantasies but when moments later Jerry says he can't go through it, it also underscores that it's a long way from fantasy to reality. There's little of that wonderment or fear in John Turturro's odd, uneven and yet engaging "Fading Gigolo," a film that starts as a sex comedy but becomes something else entirely, as ideas for what would've been two really good separate films are combined into one merely adequate picture.

Showtime Picks Up 'Masters Of Sex' With Michael Sheen & Lizzy Caplan

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 12, 2012 1:45 PM
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After losing Paul Bettany to his flighty scheduling before replacing him with the equally incredible Michael Sheen, there was little to be heard about Showtime's latest pilot, “The Masters of Sex,” which also starred Lizzy Caplan in a lead role. However, just as one was beginning to believe a “The Corrections”-esque denial had taken place, news comes today that the network has picked the hour-long show up for a full season run, in addition to another family drama with Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan.”

New Posters and Images Debut For 'Goon' (No, Not 'The Goon')

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 8:19 AM
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Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this week is "Goon," a hockey comedy co-written by Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen's writing partner Evan Goldberg, which, it should be noted, is not the David Fincher-produced animation adaptation of the Eric Powell comic book "The Goon" nor is it the two-part Kevin Smith hockey epic "Hit Somebody" (which will presumably be the "Che" of bawdy hockey comedies). What it is, as we noted when the red band trailer debuted, a mediocre-looking comedy about a hockey coach who recruits a thug (Sean William Scott) to stop a violence-prone opponent (Liev Schreiber), notable only for Schreiber's truly awesome mustache.

Liev Schreiber Joins P.J. Hogan's 'Mental' Starring Toni Collette

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 25, 2011 2:16 AM
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Anthony LaPaglia & Rebecca Gibney Also Apart Of CastPJ Hogan, the director behind '90s hits "Muriel's Wedding"and "My Best Friend's Wedding," is once again returning behind the camera again, this time reuniting with his Emmy-winning former lead, Toni Collette for "Mental."

Liev Schreiber, James Marsden & Liv Tyler Join Indie 'Robot And Frank'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2011 6:04 AM
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Frank Langella, Jeremy Strong & Susan Sarandon Also On BoardIf a cast that includes Liev Schreiber, Liv Tyler, Frank Langella, James Marsden and Susan Sarandon doesn’t get you excited for the sci-fi influenced indie “Robot and Frank,” perhaps it’s time to check your own wiring. While all four names have had their share of misfires lately, namely Schreiber in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and Langella and Sarandon in “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps,” all are in high demand and frankly deliver solid performances when they are working with the right talent. Actor Jeremy Strong is an interesting newcomer who has the upcoming comedy “See Girl Run” alongside Adam Scott and Robin Tunney in the pipeline, as well as recently being cast as president Abraham Lincoln’s aide in the much anticipated Steven Spielberg-directed biopic “Lincoln.”

Jeremy Renner May Star In 'You’re Not You' With Hilary Swank, Clive Owen & Uma Thurman Go 'Blind'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 13, 2011 9:31 AM
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More Casting Bits: Alice Eve & Liev Schreiber Join Director Mark Pellington, Craig Bierko Will Play A 'Stooges' VillainProducers in Cannes talk loose. There's a bevy of talks, negotiations and (shudder) pre-attachment deals going on around the Croisette this week, but don't be surprised if all the actors announced don't actually appear in the films they're touted to be in (see last year when, for example Amy Adams was listed in the original version of John Hillcoat's "The Wettest County," which died and then came back to life this year). A lot of these are early teasing promises to get investors involved and sometimes they work, sometimes they don't.

Liev Schreiber Is A 'Bleeder' With Naomi Watts & Christina Hendricks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2011 2:45 AM
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Cannes kicks off today and while everyone will be keeping their eyes on the screening schedule at the Palais, the marketplace will be buzzing with new projects as wheeling and dealing is underway to get these movies moving.

Liev Schreiber & Samuel L. Jackson Circle Brad Anderson's 'Jack'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 29, 2010 9:36 AM
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Last spring, a new film from "Machinist" director Brad Anderson was announced. Titled, "Jack," the project had John Cusack set to star in the film that told the story of a doctor who falls in love with the titular character who they have been assigned to rehabilitate after an accident. When memories begin to surface of his murderous past though, the man must decide whether to make a new start with his new love or embrace the killer within.

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