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Cannes Review: Tommy Lee Jones’ Awkwardly Interesting ‘The Homesman’ Co-Starring Hilary Swank & Meryl Streep

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2014 6:01 AM
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The Homesman
Eight years ago (gosh, was it really that long?), Tommy Lee Jones made his long-awaited feature directorial debut with the contemporary neo-western “The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada.” The film premiered at Cannes, and proved a big hit there, winning a Best Actor trophy for Jones, and a Best Screenplay prize for “Babel” scribe Guillermo Arriaga. But the film never quite found an audience outside the Croisette, and perhaps for that reason, the only thing that Jones has made in the meantime was a modest HBO adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Sunset Limited.”

Review: 'I, Frankenstein' Starring Aaron Eckhart, Yvonne Strahovski & Bill Nighy

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 25, 2014 11:26 AM
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I, Frankenstein
Over the years, Frankenstein's monster, originally brought to vivid life in the pages of Mary Shelley's classic horror novel "Frankenstein," has been many things—a hulking brute, a tortured poet, a comic foil, a Marvel superhero. But in Stuart Beattie's colorless new sci-fi mishmash, "I, Frankenstein," the creature created by the mad scientist Victor Frankenstein is blandly recast as a biblical savior, tasked to even the playing field in an eternal struggle between (would you believe) hellish demons and stoic gargoyles (yes, gargoyles), with Earth hanging precariously in the balance. Or something. For all of "I, Frankenstein"'s wooshy visual effects and sexy brooding (not to mention its overtly convoluted plot), it's hard to find much of a pulse.

Shirley MacLaine & Christopher Plummer Are 'Elsa & Fred'; Rose Byrne & Hugo Weaving Go Around 'The Turning' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 1, 2012 1:42 PM
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Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer will star in the Michael Radford-helmed English-language remake of “Elsa & Fred.” Based on the 2005 Argentinian film, the remake will move its setting to New Orleans with “MacLaine as Elsa, a gregarious fun-loving retiree, who takes a shine to Plummer’s character, a stick-in-the-mud widower, Fred, who moves into her apartment building, but just wants to be left alone.” The film begins shooting this December in New Orleans and Rome.

Mark Romanek To Direct 'Locke & Key' Pilot For Fox; Miranda Otto Joins Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2010 9:54 AM
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While Mark Romanek figures out what film he'll tackle next following "Never Let Me Go," the director will follow the in the footsteps that many auteurs seem to be making these days, and will direct a pilot for Fox. Update: Deadline also says that "Lord Of The Rings" Aussie actress Miranda Otto has joined the cast in the lead role. It's a project from producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, better known as the superstar writing duo behind projects like "Star Trek," "Transformers" and "Cowboys And Aliens."

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