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Review: 'Venus And Serena' Offers an Intimate, Inspiring Look At The Williams Sisters

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • May 9, 2013 6:05 PM
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Venus And Serena
Though it focuses primarily on the Willams’ career and personal lives in 2011, the documentary “Venus and Serena” covers their entire lives, beginning even before the elder Venus was born. Their father Richard Williams wrote an extensive plan for his daughters' success in tennis before Venus entered the world, not taking into account her abilities (or her sister Serena’s, for that matter). The film bounces between the near-present and the past, relating their training in the early ‘90s, growth and fame in the late ‘90s and maturity in the ‘00s and beyond. Footage from old interviews is interspersed with current-day interactions with the athletes to create a holistic picture of careers that are still going strong, despite opposition throughout their time as pros. Being raised in Compton doesn’t seem to fit with many people’s ideas about the normally aristocratic sport, and that resistance didn’t end once the Williams earned their fame and fortune.

'Whale Rider' Director Niki Caro To Helm Track & Field Drama 'McFarland'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2011 11:07 AM
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After the poorly received Charlize Theron-starrer “North Country” and the even more poorly received/barely-distributed 2009 film “The Vintner’s Luck,” it looked like Niki Caro had used up all of the goodwill earned from her Oscar-nominated breakthrough film, “Whale Rider.” That’s saying something, too, as people loved “Whale Rider.” Miraculously, Caro has avoided director jail, and not only recently managed to line up a Maria Callas biopic, but now Disney wants her to helm the track and field drama “McFarland.”

Jack Nicholson Adds Jackie Robinson Biopic '42' To List Of Potential Next Movies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 2:12 AM
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Of course, everyone wants to work with Jack Nicholson, and while the legendary, 74-year-old actor has slowed down his pace in recent years, that hasn't kept the offers from rolling in. In the past year it has been reported that Stephen Dorff was writing a vehicle for him and Nicholson to do together; Warren Beatty wants him for his gestating Howard Hughes movie, and he's on the shortlist of actors Alexander Payne is going to chat with to lead his brewing father/son roadtrip tale "Nebraska." Well, you can add one more to the list.

Sandra Bullock Reportedly In Talks To Co-Star With Clint Eastwood In 'Trouble With The Curve'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 11, 2011 4:54 AM
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"Gran Torino" was allegedly supposed to be Clint Eastwood's last acting job. At the time, the 81-year-old filmmaker, who directed, produced, and partly scored the film with his son Kyle, said the role would most likely be the last time he acted in a movie. But never say never, especially when friends are involved.

Clint Eastwood To Play An Aging Baseball Scout In 'Trouble With The Curve'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 2:34 AM
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If a young whippersnapper like Brad Pitt can make a baseball movie, why not Old Man Eastwood?

Mychael Danna's Rousing 'Moneyball' Score Feat. This Will Destroy You & A Lenka Song Is A Big Winner

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 23, 2011 7:33 AM
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Discussing soundtracks, especially scores can be, in some instances, sort of dull. It's easy to confabulate when a pop or rock figure like Trent Reznor ("The Social Network"), Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead ("There Will Be Blood") or Karen O & The Kids ("Where The Wild Things Are"), but aside from Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell, Jon Brion and maybe John Murphy known for his great collaborations with Danny Boyle, there are very few "superstar" composers that mainstream audiences appreciate or generally want to read about. For example, Alberto Iglesias (known for his work with Pedro Almodovar) is probably, aside from Alexander Desplat, one of the greatest living composers on the planet right now, but not that many spend time spilling ink over his work. In our minds, Abel Korzeniowski ("A Single Man") is certainly a composer to watch, but can anyone hum one of his works?

In Theaters: 'Abduction' Will Try To Kidnap The Box Office From 'Moneyball' & 'Killer Elite'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • September 23, 2011 7:13 AM
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Greetings, earthlings. How is your September treating you? Pleased as punch that good movies are coming back? Well this week we have "Abduction" ahahaha, joke's on you! No but seriously, we have the smart baseball movie "Moneyball" that has made its way to the screen, by hook or by crook, despite the development hell it went through. And we also have the Statham-De Niro-Owen crotch-punching actioner "Killer Elite." It's a mixed bag this weekend at the 'plex!

Review: Numbers Don't Lie In 'Moneyball,' Which Swings For The Fences & Hits A Triple

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 3:07 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from TIFF with some corrections.

The Amazing Race: Which Awards Contenders Came Out Of The Venice/Telluride/Toronto Derby On Top?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 16, 2011 5:44 AM
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After two bonkers weeks, the September festival season is just about dragging to a close (at least in terms of major awards-season debuts; Fantastic Fest is pretty much imminent, but it's not an awards player and the NYFF follows hot on its heels, but most of those films have screened already). And as ever, the films that we're likely to see strutting their stuff at the Kodak Theater -- and the ones that we won't -- have started to come into focus.

The Return Of Whit Stillman, 'Twixt,' Brad Pitt's 'Moneyball' & More: Midway Check-In With TIFF 2011

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 12, 2011 10:50 AM
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Running from September 8-18, we're essentially at the midway check-in point of the Toronto International Film Festival. Keeping up with all of the reviews is nuts, hell keeping up with our own reviews is taxing.

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