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Jeremy Irons to Receive San Francisco Film Fest's 2014 Excellence in Acting Award

Jeremy Irons will be the recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting at the upcoming 57th San Francisco International Film Festival, kicking off this week and running April 24 through May 8.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 22, 2014 2:58 PM
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Will Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in 'Batman vs. Superman' Invigorate the Franchise?

I have no problem with this morning's news that Jesse Eisenberg is set to play Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's "Batman vs. Superman," and Jeremy Irons will take over fellow senior Brit Michael Caine's role as Bat butler Alfred. At least--as the vociferous Twitter reaction indicates--Eisenberg represents a change-up in the next "Superman" movie.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2014 5:16 PM
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Review Roundup UPDATE: Critics Praise Epic Shakespeare Series 'The Hollow Crown,' Kicking Off September 20 (TRAILER)

Enthusiasts of the Bard, take note. "The Hollow Crown," the Sam Mendes-produced BBC series of four Shakespeare adaptations, "Richard II," "Henry IV Part 1" and "Part 2," and "Henry V," begins its stateside airings tonight (September 20) on PBS. Critics have good things to say about the ambitious endeavor: "Shakespeare has never been brought to television so well" (A.V. Club), and "the performances are so wonderful it feels wrong to single any out" (LA Times).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 20, 2013 1:10 PM
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Wrekin Hill Acquires U.S. Rights to Bille August Thriller 'Night Train to Lisbon' (TRAILER)

Wrekin Hill Entertainment is acquiring U.S. rights to Bille August’s thriller "Night Train to Lisbon," which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival, and plans a release later this year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2013 12:21 PM
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Trailer Watch: Bradley Cooper Plays Tortured Writer With Secrets in 'The Words'

A new trailer for "The Words" reveals yet another tortured writer plot (see a more whimsical take in the trailer for "Ruby Sparks"). In this version, Bradley Cooper stars as a writer who finally arrives as the next hot young American novelist. The twist is that he's living a lie, even from his wife (Zoe Saldana). He didn't write the book--he found it and loved it and submiitted it as his own. But the past bites him in the ass as he becomes a huge success. The movie within a movie stars Olivia Wilde and Dennis Quaid, who is telling the story about the young writer. "The Words" was an official 2012 Sundance Film Festival selection, where it was acquired by CBS Films, and opens in theaters September 21, 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 18, 2012 11:49 AM
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Casting Watch: Alden Ehrenreich Takes Over Lead on Supernatural 'Beautiful Creatures'

Alden Ehrenreich joins Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Emmy Rossum in potential franchise "Beautiful Creatures." Writer-director Richard LaGravenese adapted the script from Kami Carcia and Margaret Stohl's New York Times bestseller, an intense coming-of-age story about how two star-crossed lovers, Ethan and Lena, uncover dark family secrets.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 11, 2012 5:20 PM
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