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Director Marjane Satrapi's Sundance Fave 'The Voices' Gets a US Distributor

From the Iranian-born director of "Chicken with Plums" and the Oscar-nominated "Persepolis," Marjane Satrapi's "The Voices," starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Kendrick, has finally found a US distributor after its Sundance 2014 premiere.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 5, 2014 5:02 PM
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Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: Flat 'Parkland' Revisits JFK Assassination

A seminal event in America's recent past - the assassination of JFK - is reconstructed in writer-director Peter Landesman's competently made but one-dimensional dramatization, using a hefty ensemble cast that includes Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Marcia Gay Harden.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 1, 2013 8:23 AM
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Casting Watch: Woody Allen's Latest Adds Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater and More

The cast continues to grow for Woody Allen's newest and currently untitled project. Jacki Weaver ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Marcia Gay Harden ("Pollock"), Hamish Linklater ("42") and Eileen Atkins ("Cold Mountain") are on board for the South of France-set film starring leads Emma Stone and Colin Firth.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 2, 2013 2:42 PM
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Awards Watch: Christoph Waltz Kills on SNL, Jacki Weaver on NPR, Ang Lee on Nightline

In the final phase of the Oscar campaign, Christoph Waltz twinkled on SNL last night, in one of the best episodes of the season. Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "Django Unchained," Waltz's best sketch of the evening was a send up of Tarantino's "revenge fantasy" with "Djesus Uncrossed." With a million dollar grin on his face, the Austrian actor teased his country a bit in the opening monologue - posted below along with "Djesus."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 17, 2013 3:49 PM
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JFK Assassination Pic 'Parkland' Begins Lensing in Austin with Giamatti, Thornton, Weaver, Harden, Strong, Haley and Hanks

JFK assassination film "Parkland," adapted from author and former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's book "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy," has begun shooting in Austin, Texas. The film stars Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver, Marcia Gay Harden, Zac Efron, Jeremy Strong, Jackie Earle Haley...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 25, 2013 1:56 PM
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'Silver Linings Playbook' to Open Film Independent Forum

As part of Weinstein Co.'s ongoing push for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," currently at the top of many Oscar pundit's charts in the race for Best Picture, the edgy comedy will launch this year's Film Independent Forum to be held October 19-21 at the Directors Guild of America.
  • By Sophia Savage and Maggie Lange
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  • October 4, 2012 1:07 PM
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Trailer Watch: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence Run, Dance and Bicker in Russell's 'Silver Linings Playbook'

The first trailer for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" has arrived, with Bradley Cooper starring as a former teacher fresh off a four-year stint in a mental institution, who moves back in with his parents (Jackie Weaver and Robert De Niro). He starts up a "friend with a capital F" relationship with equally unstable neighbor...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • June 28, 2012 3:23 PM
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