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Berlin Review: Strong Ensemble in 'A Long Way Down,' with Brosnan, Collette, Paul and More, Still Doesn't Add Up

The 2005 New York Times review of Nick Hornby’s novel “A Long Way Down” described a scene in which Martin, a morning TV show presenter whose career has been derailed due a sexual escapade with an 15-year-old girl, is stopped from jumping off a tall London building by Maureen, a suicidal single-mother caring for a severely handicapped son. The Times quotes their brief conversation, Maureen first:
  • By Tom Christie
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  • February 12, 2014 11:30 AM
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TIFF Buy: Open Road Acquires John Ridley's Must-See Hendrix Biopic 'All Is By My Side' (TIFF VIDEO)

John Ridley is having a good Toronto. Not only did "12 Years a Slave" leap to the top of the Oscar pack, for which he could well earn an adapted screenplay nomination, but his directorial feature film debut "All Is By My Side," a smart slice-of-life from the London launch of Jimi Hendrix's career, has been acquired by Open Road. Ridley has succeeded where many have failed over the years, to make a Hendrix biopic by steering clear from the shoals of cooperating with the Hendrix estate. He skips his most famous music and relies on early covers like "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 12, 2013 10:23 PM
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