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Rose Byrne To Star In A Space Comedy From 'Neighbors' Producers & Naomi Watts Joins 'Insurgent'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 4, 2014 1:10 PM
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While our review of the frat comedy “Neighbors” is quite glowing and the R-Rated laffer was a major hit this spring, not all of us agree that the comedy is all that (this writer anyhow). However, one thing that no human on the planet can argue about the movie, full stop: Rose Byrne is excellent in it, probably the best part of the movie and a total scene stealer evidently born for comedy. And sure, we’ve seen her in comedy before, most memorably in “Bridesmaids,” and “Get Him To The Greek,” but in “Neighbors” Byrne has a mix of charm and go-for-brokeness that is vastly appealing.

Review: 'California Solo' Mixes Authentic Drama With Artificial Filler

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 29, 2012 5:57 PM
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Sometimes a life has to wash its hands of its best attributes in order to move on. So it goes for Lachlan (Robert Carlyle), the protagonist of “California Solo.” Doing modest work for a farmer’s market slightly off the grid, Lachlan’s youthful good looks have abandoned him, his wiry frame now dedicated to lifting barrels of radishes instead of strumming guitars. The days of starring in Brit-rock band The Cranks have been left behind, and Lachlan now nurses mysterious wounds from a career that ended in tragedy. When invited to celebrate his band’s legacy, he says, “I don’t do anything like that anymore.” Prompted further, he tersely says, “Anything interesting.”

Exclusive: Poster For 'California Solo' Starring Robert Carlyle

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2012 10:57 AM
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For more than two decades, Robert Carlyle has been a familiar face in projects on both sides of the ocean, becoming one of the most reliable players on TV and in the movies. Of course, he's likely best known for playing the deliciously deranged Begbie in "Trainspotting," but roles in "28 Weeks Later," "The Full Monty," "Angela's Ashes" and more have solidified him as a true talent. And while it's not often that we seem him in a lead role, when the opportunity arises it's likely one worth checking out, and you'll get a chance soon with "California Solo."

Luke Evans & Robert Carlyle To Star In London Cop Thriller 'Dogs Of Law'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 4, 2011 2:34 AM
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Director Declan O'Dwyer Also Working On 'Noir Western' "Broken Cove"As we mentioned yesterday, we have a bit of a soft-spot for corrupt cop thrillers, even if the vast majority of entries to the genre are closer to "Pride and Glory" than to "Serpico." But for various reasons, it's never really crossed the Atlantic -- while the UK is stuffed with gangster flicks, both great and terrible, the fact that British officers are, generally speaking, unarmed seems to make them less enticing for filmmakers, "Hot Fuzz" aside.

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