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Cannes Review: Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo & Vanessa Redgrave

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 19, 2014 6:31 AM
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Foxcatcher
Director Bennett Miller has already proven that he has the uncanny ability to spin exquisite, immersive, intelligent stories from material that on paper might not seem so appealing—we’ll still never quite get to the bottom of why “Moneyball,” a film about baseball sabermetrics should be so rich and engaging. But with "Foxcatcher," he has outdone himself, turning his uniquely meticulous eye to a tiny story in a totally rarefied, specific environment and through whatever alchemy he has perfected, created something so universal and resonant that it feels epic, sprawling, almost ancient in its mythic overtones. “Foxcatcher” is an enormous film.

Blessed Are The Forgetful: Remembering ‘Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind’ On Its 10th Anniversary

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 18, 2014 3:33 PM
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Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
It’s 2008. April-ish. Manchester. My girlfriend of 18 months and I have just broken up. The first really serious, vaguely grown-up relationship, the one that makes you understand why people put themselves through all of that stuff. It's been on its way for a while, but the plug was finally pulled in a phone call, one that we both cry our way through. Eventually, we hang up. I could get on with this new life, or I could drink myself into warm, nauseous oblivion until I don’t feel the absence anymore. Behind me, on the wall (tatty, faded, and with the top-left corner hanging off, because I haven’t yet taken that step into the crucial and significant part of adulthood where you stop using Blu-Tack and start framing your shit), is a poster for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

NYCC: Kevin Feige Says 'Iron Man 3' Is The Beginning Of "Phase Two" Leading To 'The Avengers 2'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 16, 2011 2:33 AM
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It just wouldn’t be Comic-Con without Marvel. New York Comic Con welcomed Marvel Studios to present footage from Joss Whedon‘s “The Avengers,” with comedian Chris Hardwick hosting a panel of Marvel head Kevin Feige and actors Colbie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddelston, Chris Evans and surprise guest Mark Ruffalo.

Review: Minor-Masterpiece Or Bloated Melodrama? 'Margaret' Could Be The Ultimate Argument Starter

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 28, 2011 8:21 AM
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A Point/Counter-Point Review Of Kenneth Lonergan's Long-Delayed Contentious Drama"Margaret" was a film that split those at The Playlist who saw it right down the middle with some of us hailing it as a near masterpiece, while others had some clear issues with Kenneth Lonergan's long-awaited, sprawling drama. So, we have two reviews for you here. The first is a positive take from Drew Taylor and the second is a more critical look by the site's editor-in-chief.

Gwyneth Paltrow Joins Mark Ruffalo & Tim Robbins 'Kids Are All Right' Writer's 'Thanks For Sharing'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 7, 2011 8:26 AM
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Stuart Blumberg's career really took off last year. While the screenwriter did have good credits to his name (the terminally underrated teen comedy “The Girl Next Door,” and "Keeping the Faith," starring his good friend Edward Norton), he wasn't exactly a household name. By the end of the year, that would all radically change and he became the acclaimed screenwriter behind Lisa Cholodenko's "The Kids Are All Right," and shortly thereafter he had earned himself his first Original Screenplay Oscar nomination.

Brad Pitt's Plan B On Board For Ryan Murphy's 'The Normal Heart' With Mark Ruffalo

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 1, 2011 1:33 AM
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Looks like Ryan Murphy's planned adaptation of Larry Kramer's semi-autobiographical play "The Normal Heart" is getting some big-name backing with Brad Pitt and his Plan B Entertainment shingle now coming on board to produce.

Mark Ruffalo & Amanda Seyfried Join Increasingly-Awesome 'Now You See Me'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 5, 2011 1:10 AM
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It looks like magicians are coming back into fashion again. Back in 2007 Christopher Nolan and Neil Burger ("Limitless") had competing magician films in "The Prestige" and "The Illusionist" (though for our money Nolan's film is far and away the victor there) and more recently Darren Aronofsky signed on to direct the pilot for HBO's "Hobgoblin," about a group of magicians and con men fighting Hitler in WWII. Back in February we broke the news that there would be another film joining the ranks, this one a heist-thriller from "The Transporter" director Louis Leterrier. The film follows a crack FBI squad in a game of cat-and-mouse against a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists, who pull off a series of daring bank heists during their performances and showers the profits on to their audiences.

Scarlett Johansson Joins Judd Apatow-Produced John Carney Film 'Can A Song Save Your Life?'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 10:40 AM
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Mark Ruffalo & Jim Carrey Rumored As Possible LeadsWriter/Producer/Director Judd Apatow has a lot on his plate at any given moment and we'll forgive you if you forgot that way back in the summer of 2009 he revealed that among the many projects he was juggling, was a collaboration with a director who was making major waves with his indie musical at the time. "...we have a movie with John Carney, the guy who made 'Once' writing and directing, so hopefully, as soon as I'm done and have a little break, I can help people with their scripts and help to kick things around."

Mark Ruffalo & Zoe Saldana Will Get Depressed In J.J. Abrams-Produced 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2011 6:05 AM
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With Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana getting set to flex their action chops in "The Avengers" and "Colombiana" respectively, don't worry about them leaving more serious fare behind as the duo are looking to team up on what sounds like a pretty grim drama.

Promotional Poster For 'The Avengers' Offers First Look At Superhero All-Stars Together

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 14, 2011 1:24 AM
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The Licensing International Expo, where movie studios court promotional partners to produce toys, Happy Meals and other unnecessary accessories to wring every cent out of potential franchises, is currently underway in Las Vegas, and a selection of early posters for big properties are starting to leak out. Most aren't really newsworthy (if you've ever wondered what a promotional one-sheet for "Men in Black 3" would look like, it involves the letters M, I and B, followed by the number 3, on a black background), but there's one exception.

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