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Watch: Trailer For ‘Life Of Crime,’ The Sorta Prequel To ‘Jackie Brown’ Starring Jennifer Aniston

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 21, 2014 5:23 PM
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LIfe Of Crime
Film adaptations of the works of Elmore Leonard are not all successful. Often set in the 1970s, many of them are laced with funky period-piece tropes that are just a little too overt and cornball-ish. One of the more recent adaptations, “Freaky Deaky," was positively terrible (you can read about that in our feature: The Films of Elmore Leonard Ranked From Worst To Best. So buyer beware, another adaptation is on the way and yes, it’s full of afros, wah pedals, disco strings and other garish period-piece elements.

'The Killing' Lives One Last Time For Final Season On Netflix

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 8:27 PM
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Oh, "The Killing." The U.S. import of the hit Scandinavian show has not gone well. First arriving in 2011, the show served up two frustrating seasons that stretched out a murder mystery, losing the interest and patience of critics and audiences, which lead to its cancellation. But it was soon revived again, with AMC and Netflix teaming up this past summer and delivering a third season that barely played to a bigger audience than the second. And once again AMC canned the show. But it seems you can't keep "The Killing" down for it has lived for yet another day.

Review: 'Thanks For Sharing' Starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim Robbins, Pink & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 17, 2013 7:57 PM
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Thanks For Sharing
It's safe to say that sex addiction is no longer the misunderstood step-brother to alcohol and drug addiction. Thanks to reality television, cable shows like "Californication" and last year's awards season contender "Shame," the stigma around sex addiction, of it not really being a problem or something that only affects scuzzy perverts, has long since evaported. Which makes Stuart Blumberg's directorial debut "Thanks For Sharing" all the more curious. An uneven, somewhat out-of-time dramedy, the film takes great pains to confirm that sex addiction is just like any other addiction, but isn't sure what to say beyond that.

Stream This: 'Tapeheads,' 'Bad Milo!,' 'Boy A' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • August 30, 2013 1:56 PM
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Happy Labor Day weekend, stream fans! Summer may be drawing to an official close, but there's nothing withering about the content we're highlighting for you this week. With "Passion" out in theaters today, we'd like to give Brian De Palma a high five: over forty years of filmmaking, and the director remains as polarizing as ever, continuing to delight and disappoint audiences with his unique style and scandalous content. Check out one of his earlier films below, followed by an homage to "Closed Circuit" director John Crowley with the inclusion of his feature debut. Also, a pre-theatrical release of a horror-comedy with the most disgustingly awesome villain we've ever heard of, a long-forgotten comedy with Tim Robbins and John Cusack, and a straight-to-DVD release of The Rock and Liam Hemsworth's latest vehicle. Okay, so maybe that last pick is a little withering. But the leaves have to fall sometime, right? And, of course, we have another treasured title from the bastion of goodness that is The Criterion Collection. Enjoy!

Jessica Alba, Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer & Tim Robbins Join Will Ferrell's Wild IFC Miniseries 'Spoils Of Babylon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 5:31 PM
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Yes, Will Ferrell is doing a miniseries but don't worry, he's not attempting to be a Serious Actor again (though, to be fair, he's pretty good at the more dramatic stuff.) Nope, he's going into the world of overwrought soap operas again (territory he covered with the more Mexican flavored "Case De Mi Padre.") Kristin Wiig and Tobey Maguire are already on board and IFC has announced the rest of the cast. It's promising. Very, very promising.

Watch: Full Length Filmmaker Docs On John Cassavetes & Sam Fuller

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 24, 2013 10:23 AM
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It’s Friday and a long holiday weekend is just around the corner. Why not start it off right with a couple of cool documentaries on a couple of cool directors? After all, the new season “Arrested Development” doesn’t come until Sunday, so you've got some time.

Tim Robbins & Will Forte Replace Dennis Quaid & Ty Burrell In 'Jackie Brown' Prequel 'The Switch'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 9, 2013 10:01 AM
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Hey, remember “The Switch”? That Elmore Leonard adaptation, which is a prequel to “Jackie Brown”? Writer/director Dan Schechter is attached to it. Does any of that ring a bell? Well, if you do remember and have been looking forward to this, rest assured, it’s still happening, albeit with some casting changes.

First Look Images & Trailer For 'Back To 1942' Starring Adrien Brody & Tim Robbins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2012 3:23 PM
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Well, it's certainly....earnest. Boasting a dramatic historical event, handsome production design and a couple of Hollywood stars to boot, Feng Xiogang ("Aftershock," "The Banquet") will be hoping to wow the crowds when "Back to 1942" screens at the upcoming Rome Film Festival.

5 Great Election Movies To Get You Through Voting Day

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 6, 2012 11:01 AM
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As you've probably noticed unless you just this minute slipped out of a coma (and if that's the case, stop reading this and go call your loved ones), it's election day. Four years on from the election of the first African-American commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama is squaring off at the ballot box against the Republican challenger, Mitt Romney in what looks likely to be the tightest election since... well, 2004, probably.

Tim Robbins To Direct 'City Of Lies,' First Feature Film Since 1999

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2012 1:16 PM
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In the 1990s, the already well regarded actor Tim Robbins, kick started a directorial career that was not only promising, but was met with the great acclaim. Starting with the 1992 political parody "Bob Roberts," three years later Robbins followed it with the excellent death row drama "Dead Man Walking" which earned four Oscar nominations including Best Director, and won his then wife Susan Sarandon Best Actress. Then four years later he returned with the uneven, but no less ambitious (and political) "Cradle Will Rock." And then? Virtual silence on the directing front. There was another political comedy in form the of the straight-to-video "Embedded" that died pretty quickly, and other than a TV pilot and a couple episodes of "Treme," there hasn't been much else. Until now.

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