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Review: Tom Cruise Vehicle 'Oblivion' Is A Mostly Involving, Visually Spectacular Sci-Fi Epic

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 10, 2013 12:31 PM
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Tom Cruise, Oblivion
Only a few years ago, big sci-fi action spectacles were confined pretty much to the summer months. But now, the season has crept out to the extent that it essentially lasts from the middle of February (see the release of "A Good Day To Die Hard" this year) to... pretty much the rest of the year, with barely a few weeks going by without a major tent-pole arriving. Even the once-barren month of April isn't safe anymore, with the arrival of "Oblivion," an expensive, visually lavish sci-fi picture top-lined by megastar Tom Cruise.

Melissa Leo & James Badge Dale Take 'Flight' Together

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2011 12:26 PM
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Update: Shadow & Act reveal that "Franklin & Bash" star Garcelle Beauvais has also joined the cast.

James Marsden, Michael Shannon, Michael C. Hall & Melissa Leo Head Up A 'Dead Circus'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 1:35 AM
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Well, we'll give this one points for bonkers casting because when you have a movie where James Marsden plays Charles Manson that's...something. But we're getting ahead of ourselves.

Review: Todd Haynes' 'Mildred Pierce' A Mouth-Watering Melodrama On An Operatic Scale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2011 3:31 AM
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Yes, we already know that Hollywood studios are continuing to pull away from adult oriented dramas, while continuing to pour money into franchises, sequels and spinoffs. And we've certainly already sung the praises of HBO for setting the standard for their colleagues by being a welcoming home for auteurs to toil away on the kinds of projects that wouldn't get them through the front door anywhere else. However, it's one thing to logically pair Todd Haynes with the period melodrama "Mildred Pierce" but when you surround him with the talent he has here, giving him an almost absurdly generous amount of running time to tell the story his way, it's practically like the cable network is sticking a thumb in the eye of Hollywood.

Oscar Winner Melissa Leo Teams With Oscar Nominee Jesse Eisenberg For 'Predisposed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 2:13 AM
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Tracy Morgan Also Linked To RoleTalk about striking while the iron is hot. Vulture reports that Oscar winner Melissa Leo -- whose f-bomb was one of the highlights of the otherwise sluggish Oscars last night -- and permanently awkward Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg are apparently set to team for the indie comedy "Predisposed."

Watch: Melissa Leo Gets Some Guys Drunk For Sex In Clip From 'Red State'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2011 6:58 AM
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Say what you will about Kevin Smith's love/hate relationship with the press, but putting all that aside, "Red State" looks good and is a much needed new direction for the helmer.

Watch: New Trailer For Todd Haynes' HBO Mini-Series 'Mildred Pierce' Starring Kate Winslet

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 9, 2011 3:03 AM
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Looks like HBO have raised the stakes with the latest trailer for Todd Haynes' highly anticipated five-part HBO mini-series, an adaptation of James M. Cain's "Mildred Pierce," which will star Kate Winslet in the titular role along side Evan Rachel Wood, Guy Pearce and Melissa Leo.

'The King's Speech' & 'The Fighter' Top The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 31, 2011 1:24 AM
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The role reversal and Oscar season 180 seems complete. Despite its award season hegemony, taking with it almost every conceivable critical prize possible, David Fincher's "The Social Network" came up empty handed once again during the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. "The King's Speech" asserted its late season dominance once more winning the coveted Ensemble award (SAG's closest award to Best Picture), plus Colin Firth took the Outstanding Actor award. Tied for two award wins was "The Fighter" which took the prizes many expected: Christian Bale for Supporting Actor and Melissa Leo for Supporting Actress.

2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 1:50 AM
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"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as well as few snubs.

Kevin Smith Reveals Most Of 'Red State' Cast To Return For 'Hit Somebody,' His Final Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 24, 2011 4:27 AM
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Director Confirms Hockey Film Will Be His Last, Aiming To Shoot This FallSo much Kevin Smith stuff happened today we've had to break it up into two stories. While the "Red State" screening and auction dominated the evening's tweets and comments, the director also revealed some details about his next and (what will be his) last film.

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