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Britain's 2013 Olivier Award Nominees Include Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Kristin Scott Thomas

Nominees for the 2013 Olivier Awards were announced today, including notable screen actors Helen Mirren, Rupert Evertt, Kristin Scott Thomas and James McAvoy for their recent stage performances. Britain's equivalent of the Tonys, the awards are presented annually by the Society of London Theatre to honor excellence in professional stage productions.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 27, 2013 2:22 PM
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'Trance' Director Danny Boyle Channels Evil Side with Naked Femme Fatale: Exclusive Interview, Early Reviews

"Trance" is stylish escapist fun that makes excellent use of reflective surfaces including the iPad, among other visual tricks--when it isn't pummeling you into submission. Boyle isn't one to sit back and let you feel calm and relaxed. Early reviews by trade critics claim that style trumps substance here. Our video interview with Boyle is below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 22, 2013 2:54 PM
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Vincent Cassel Breaks Genre, Gender Rules in Boyle's 'Trance,' Plays CG Monster in 'Beauty and the Beast' (TRAILER)

I was fascinated by "Trance," Danny Boyle's smart, assaultive psychological thriller (Fox Searchlight, April 5), which resembles Darren Aronofsky's darkly violent ballet drama "Black Swan," also starring Cassel, or Steven Soderbergh's nastily twisty "Side Effects," which also pivots on a sexily manipulative femme fatale. Boyle's stylish thrill-ride breaks genre rules as it goes. At the center of the movie is an all-is-not-what-it-seems triangle between ruthless gangster Vincent Cassel, who at first tortures London fine-art auctioneer and amnesia victim James McAvoy to find out where he has stashed a stolen Goya painting, then hires a seductive hypno-therapist (Rosario Dawson) to ferret it out of him.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 18, 2013 3:38 PM
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Watch: Head-Exploding Red Band Trailer for Danny Boyle's 'Trance,' Starring McAvoy, Cassel and Dawson

Check out this new red band trailer for Danny Boyle's psychological thriller "Trance," starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. The final moments surprise us with a trippy, unexpectedly gruesome image -- it's, er, mindblowing...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 14, 2013 12:46 PM
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Casting Watch - 'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby': Huppert, Hurt, Davis & Arianda Join Chastain & McAvoy

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," which will be told in two films from "His" and "Hers" perspectives -- those of husband and wife James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain -- has rounded out its casting with Isabelle Huppert, Viola Davis, William Hurt, Nina Arianda, Ciaran Hinds, Bill Hader and Jess Weixler...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 16, 2012 3:47 PM
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'Wanted 2' Coming with Shocking Twist, Says Director Bekmambetov

How to write a sequel for a hit film that kills off its best characters? Even though Angelina Jolie said no to bringing her character back to life, Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov has found a way for "Wanted." On the promo circuit for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the director says that the sequel to the 2008 hit is moving forward.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 18, 2012 4:07 PM
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James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain in Double Feature: 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby'

James McAvoy is replacing Joel Edgerton (who was attached in February) to star with Jessica Chastain in the double-feature film project, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her"...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 21, 2012 9:57 PM
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