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Taylor Kitsch Talks 'Bang Bang Club,' Trusting Directors & 'The Bourne Legacy' Role

  • By Danielle Johnsen
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  • April 22, 2011 6:29 AM
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Did The Actor Think He Had 'The Bourne Legacy' Role Sewn Up? Or Is He Hinting At Something Else?Taylor Kitsch doesn’t seem to be having any problems shaking his "Friday Night Lights" character Tim Riggins despite playing the high school footballer for five seasons. In fact, with looming tentpole films like "Battleship" and "John Carter of Mars" on the distant horizon, he's practically left that character and show in the dust. His latest film, "The Bang Bang Club," which premiered last night at the Tribeca Film Festival, finds Kitsch starring alongside Ryan Phillippe and Malin Akerman as a photojournalist dedicated to covering the atrocities that occurred during the end of apartheid in South Africa. Playing the affected and drug-addicted real-life Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer certainly seemed like a huge departure from lovable bad boy Tim Riggins, but to Kitsch, the role just seems to be another journey of character discovery.

In Theaters: 'Madea' Takes On 'Water For Elephants' & African Cats' At Your Multiplex This Weekend

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 22, 2011 4:12 AM
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Do you hear that? Do you? That's the sound of millions of Google Alerts pinging into the inboxes of the members of Team Edward everywhere. The tenacious and ornery breed of fan that draws their life force from the chiseled cheekbones and tousled locks of Robert Pattinson ironically seem to have the famous vampire in a compromising position: sucking him dry so that they may live to type another heated comment defending their loved one on a snarky blog post reporting a bit of casting news. Did y'all read that Vanity Fair profile? Kinda depressing, no? Think about what you are doing to him, tweens and middle-aged women! This weekend, we'll see if R-patz is able to translate that into dinero in "Water for Elephants." OH, BUT here comes the box office spoiler: Madea. Say what you will about granny drag, Tyler Perry's one-sided feud with Spike Lee, or his directorial capabilities, audiences eat up that Madea. Can't argue with those greenbacks!

Review: 'Bang Bang Club' Never Quite Gets Completely Behind The Camera

  • By Danielle Johnsen
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  • April 22, 2011 1:59 AM
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"The Bang Bang Club" is the real life story of four photojournalists who captured the horrific civil unrest and brutal violence during the end of South Africa’s apartheid in the early 90s. Films about war time violence aren’t new, but with the current events in the Middle East, and specifically the recent tragic death of photojournalist and "Restrepo" director Tim Hetherington, this movie ventures to let us feel what it's like to be on these front lines.

Watch: Ryan Phillippe & Malin Akerman Wear Some Bad Accents In Trailer For 'Bang Bang Club'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2011 10:06 AM
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Film festivals are a strange animal. With hundreds of films to look to look at, it's inevitable that some will get unfairly ignored or overlooked such as the recent "Cracks" which premiered at TIFF in 2009 and is only hitting theaters now. And such is the case with "The Bang Bang Club." It premiered at TIFF last year to virtually zero pre-screening buzz and then promptly fell off. We certainly didn't get a chance to check it out, but judging by the latest trailer we can see why word was a bit muted.

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