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'Game Of Thrones' Star Harry Lloyd Joins Vera Farmiga & Mark Strong In 'Closer To The Moon'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 1, 2011 3:31 AM
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With the popularity and critical acclaim of HBO's "Game of Thrones," David Benioff and D. B. Weiss' adaptation of George R. R. Martin's "Fire And Ice" series of novels, it was only a matter time before we started seeing the vast array of acting talent on that show moving on to film projects during the production downtime, or after their stints have ended (we'll politely overlook Jason Momoa's "performance" in "Conan").

Vera Farmiga & Mark Strong Get 'Closer To The Moon'; Matt Dillon To Woo Annette Bening In 'Imogene'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2011 4:21 AM
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A little bit of a flurry of indie movie casting today as a trio of thesps line up some new work.

Interview: 'The Guard' Star Brendan Gleeson Says The McDonagh Brothers Have a Friendly Rivalry

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • July 28, 2011 3:26 AM
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Fueled by an Ennio Morricone-style score by Calexico, "The Guard" is essentially a classic Western set in Connemara, Ireland. If "The Guard" is "High Noon," then that makes star Brendan Gleeson the (much fouler) equivalent of Gary Cooper. Gleefully provoking with comments like, "Why don't you fuck off to America with your Barack O'Fucking Bama?" Gleeson's Gerry Boyle may say--and do--villainous things, but he's the good-hearted soul of this black comedy from director John Michael McDonagh, brother of Martin McDonagh of "In Bruges" fame. Surrounded by corruption, Sergeant Boyle is forced to pair up with a visiting FBI agent (Don Cheadle) to investigate murder and drug trafficking in his small Galway Country town.

Watch: Lush International Trailer For Studio Ghibli's Latest 'Arriety'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 4, 2011 1:05 AM
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Despite the patronage of Disney and John Lasseter, the work of Hayao Miyazaki has never quite made the impression abroad that it has in its native Japan, where his films number among the all-time biggest grossers: in the U.S. 2009's "Ponyo" is his most successful film, despite the raves given to "Princess Mononoke" and "Spirited Away." At the same time, it has at least been demonstrated now that there is an audience for both his films and those of his professional home, Studio Ghibli, and it's now common for those films to get a U.S. release, even if Miyazaki himself isn't at the helm.

Watch: Get All Kinds Of Goosebumps With Outstanding Teaser Trailer For 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 30, 2011 9:41 AM
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Wow. Maybe it's just the way our brains are wired, but we just saw more fireworks from 70-odd seconds of middle-aged British character actors than we got across two-and-a-half-hours of empty spectacle in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." The Guardian just debuted the first international teaser trailer for one of our most anticipated films of the rest of the year, Working Title's adaptation of John Le Carre's spy classic "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," the English-language debut of "Let The Right One In" director Tomas Alfredson, and it's easily one of the best trailers we've seen in an age.

Review: 'Green Lantern' Is A Tale Of Good Versus Evil For Dummies

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 15, 2011 2:16 AM
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Why are superhero and comic book movies so popular? It may be the comfort of believing there is a clear distinction between “good” and “bad” people, that “good” isn’t such an abstract notion within one’s identity and bad, in itself, is an unchanging, sometimes unstoppable force. There is poetry in this oversimplified view, both in the way it calms the troubled minds of moviegoers and the very notion of an unchanging duality forever at war, one side “morally” representing the winning side, the other not.

Watch: First Trailer For John Michael McDonagh's Crime-Comedy 'The Guard'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 24, 2011 3:32 AM
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For a film by the brother of "In Bruges" director Martin McDonagh starring Brendon Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong and Liam Cunningham, there's surprisingly been pretty much no talk about crime-comedy "The Guard," which debuted to mixed-to-positive reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Mark Strong Joins James McAvoy In British Crime Thriller ‘Welcome To The Punch’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 9:57 AM
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With filmmakers, buyers, producers, actors and directors all packing their bags and crowding airports for Cannes, it's going to be a very busy week for casting announcements as projects hope to find legs in the busy festival marketplace.

Tribeca Review: 'The Guard' Is Ireland's Acidic Answer To The Buddy Cop Formula

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 28, 2011 4:15 AM
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Sgt. Gerry Boyle is a man of simple pleasures. The unassuming, burly inspector works the unspectacular beat in his quiet, rainy hamlet of Galway, Ireland, wasting the days away alone with his Chet Baker record collection and his afternoons of illicit sex with the prostitutes of Dublin. His identification with police television shows is one of the very few ways he connects with the outside world of what he does, as his menial tasks seem far away from the pavement-slapping action of his colleagues. He's the rarest of movie cops: the one who seems almost offended at the possibility of interrupting his lifestyle for high speed chases or sexy gunfights.

First Look: Antonio Banderas In Jean-Jacques Annaud's 'Black Gold'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 14, 2011 2:48 AM
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Here is our first look at Antonio Banderas in Jean-Jacques Annaud's upcoming adaptation of Hans Reusch’s "The Great Thirst," which is being touted as the biggest Arab-backed film production of all time.

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