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SXSW Review: ‘The Mend’ Starring Josh Lucas, Stephen Plunkett & Mickey Sumner

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 14, 2014 3:02 PM
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The Mend
Sour, acidic, leading characters in cinema are difficult to pull off. Audiences are already inured to charming, heroic protagonists and often repelled by their opposite. But Woody Allen managed unlikable characters for years, Noah Baumbach has successfully taken that mantle, Alex Ross Perry does a wonderful job of it in his latest film, and the delicate balance is usually either a charismatic lead that offsets the corrosiveness (Jason Schwartzman in “Listen Up Philip” for a very recent example), or a performance so unflinchingly committed and toxic they becomes utterly captivating (Nicole Kidman in “Margot At The Wedding” or Meryl Streep in "August: Osage County" for a recent example).

For Your Consideration: 5 Overlooked Supporting Actresses Who Deserve Some Oscar Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 20, 2013 3:08 PM
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FYC - 5 Overlooked Supporting Actresses
Last week, we began our For Your Consideration series, with five Supporting Actor should-be-contenders, highlighting performances that deserve awards recognition, but have been otherwise overlooked by prognosticators and predictors. So this week, we're moving onto the Supporting Actresses.

Dwayne Johnson Joins 'Seal Team 666,' Sienna Miller Does The 'Mississippi Grind,' Aaron Eckhart Will 'Fade Out' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 5:43 PM
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The American Film Market is now underway, which means lots of casting and updates to projects that are looking to get sold over the next week. And so, let's just dive into some of the movies that will be hawked on the sales floor....

Review: Randall Miller's 'CBGB' A Half-Hearted Sitcom Stab At Punk Rock's Mecca

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 10, 2013 10:08 AM
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It takes a lot of effort to take the underdog stomping grounds of New York's top punk acts and turn them into the Central Perk from “Friends”—albeit with slightly more stain—but “CBGB” does it with total conviction. This isn't necessarily a bad thing; we've long passed the ellipses of punk's heyday, and seen the paunchy transformation of many of its leaders into contradictive shills. So in telling the tale of Hilly Krystal, the club's unlikely founder played here by Alan Rickman, director Randall Miller (“Bottle Shock”) could do worse than render the early-'70s punk scene as breezy broad comedy. He adopts that tactic and still falters though, deflating any energy or humor possible with his limp direction, sitcom consistency, and unfocused tone.

11 Posters For 'CBGB' Plus First Look At Malin Akerman As Debbie Harry & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 4:52 PM
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"CBGB," an upcoming cinematic chronicle of the famed New York music venue, features a veritable who's-who of stars playing the great and good (and bad!) of the punk rock scene which centred on the venue in the 1980s. Justin Bartha plays Stiv Bators (of Dead Boys), Malin Akerman plays Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry, Mickey Sumner plays Patti Smith, Rupert Grint plays the Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is Iggy Pop with Alan Rickman as the legendary Hilly Kristal, the founder of CBGB. The film, directed by Randall Miller ("Bottle Shock"), will be out later this year and a collection of ten neon-colored posters (via Hollywood Reporter), as well as a handful of stills from the movies, give some strong hints as to what kind of movie we're in for.

Telluride Review: Endearing & Buoyant ‘Frances Ha’ Marks A Terrific Gear Shift For Director Noah Baumbach

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 1, 2012 8:47 PM
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Loose, limber and driven by a fierce energy and staccato/pause rhythm we haven't seen previously from this filmmaker, Noah Baumbach's sublime "Frances Ha" is a fresh and vivacious near-reinvention of the director/writer's comedic milieu. An enchanting riff on friendship and the late-20-something right of passage into true adulthood, while the buoyant comedy does focus on those who still don't have their shit together, it is however, leagues more rich and emotionally layered than the average arrested development dilemma that seems to pervade 20/30-something comedies of late.

Foo Fighters Drummer Taylor Hawkins To Play Iggy Pop, Mickey Sumner Will Be Patti Smith In 'CBGB'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 5, 2012 9:25 AM
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With every new piece of info that emerges surrounding director Randall Miller's rock 'n' roll tribute “CBGB," the more the film simply certifies itself as having a brilliant casting director in Richard Pagano. After Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman and Rupert Grint all found unconventional but intriguing roles as various mainstays of the famous New York club, the production continues its streak of inspired choices by adding a talented musician, a sitcom star, and a period-drama actress, among others, to the list.

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