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WATCH: First Trailer for 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,' Kenneth Branagh's Old-School Espionage Thriller Starring Chris Pine

The first trailer for director Kenneth Branagh's "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," starring Chris Pine as the titular CIA analyst who kicks a lot of ass, has landed. Fifth in the Jack Ryan series, the film is based on characters from the spy novels by author Tom Clancy, who died this week at age 66.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • October 4, 2013 11:47 AM
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TIFF Review: John Carney's 'Can a Song Save Your Life?'

How about we call it “Twice”? Director John Carney so desperately wants to recreate the success of “Once” with his latest pop-musical fairy tale, “Can a Song Save Your Life?,” that it’s almost embarrassing, even if there are a number of good things to say about it. Enough good things, in fact, that the Weinstein Co. already snatched the movie up out of Toronto for a reported $7-odd-million. And you can easily see why: It possesses the kind of shameless sentimentality that sells. And a shallowness that’s ultimately depressing.
  • By John Anderson
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  • September 9, 2013 6:00 AM
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TOH! Ranks the Best 'Pride and Prejudice' Screen Adaptations UPDATE (Clips)

With Jerusha Hess' "Austenland," starring Keri Russell as a Jane Austen obsessive, hitting theaters August 16, and the 200th anniversary of Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" celebrated earlier this year, we rank the best screen versions of the romantic classic which sees the uniting of bright, stubborn Elizabeth Bennet with the breathlessly handsome yet slow-to-warm Mr. Darcy. Video below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 15, 2013 2:10 PM
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Casting Watch: Keira Knightley to Produce and Star in 1920s Suspense Tale 'The Other Typist'

Keira Knightley is set to produce and star in "The Other Typist," adapted from Suzanne Rindell's debut novel centering on an introverted typist in 1920s New York who befriends a glamorous and mysterious co-worker and is introduced to the city's fast-living underworld. Fox Searchlight snapped up the rights.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 27, 2013 12:01 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Jacqueline Durran Talks 'Anna Karenina' Costumes

Although the boldness of Joe Wright's theatrical approach to "Anna Karenina" has been unappreciated by most critics, there's no denying the craft and beauty of both Sarah Greenwood's production design and Jacqueline Durran's costume design.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 4, 2013 2:55 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Production Designer Greenwood Talks 'Anna Karenina'

What's old is gloriously new again in Joe Wright's magnificent "Anna Karenina." He boldly conveys the complexity of Tolstoy's epic love story through the simplicity of a puppet-like theater, compressing time and collapsing space in a real theater. It's an elegant metaphor...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 26, 2012 1:35 PM
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Oscar Watch: Sex and Death in 'Anna Karenina' Costumes (VIDEO)

After its fest circuit rounds and limited openings last weekend, "Anna Karenina" screened Sunday at the Academy, yielding yet another set of divisive reactions. Wilshire Boulevard's Kate Mantilini Restaurant was packed with members hanging out between "Karenina" and "Life of Pi." Joe Wright's artfully stylized take on Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" has passionate defenders and detractors. (The NYT's A.O. Scott gives it a rave.) But whatever happens on Oscar nominations morning, the film's costume designer Jacqueline Durran will likely be recognized withher third nomination, after Wright's "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement."
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • November 19, 2012 1:19 PM
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Which Stars Need a Comeback?

Everybody loves a comeback. Ben Affleck redeemed himself from "Jersey Girl" and Gigli" with "The Town" and "Argo," while President Obama gave Democrats hope by deciding to show up for his second debate against Mitt Romney after a frustratingly muted first round. So with the fall movie season upon us, HitFix names ten likely comebacks of the fall season, among them Robert De Niro, Jamie Foxx, Barbra Streisand, Helen Hunt and Robert Zemeckis. We also name a few of our own stars needing a comeback below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2012 4:25 PM
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Interview: Rupert Friend Talks Directing Short Film Debut 'Steve,' Starring Knightley and Firth

In Rupert Friend's short movie "Steve," the first-time director uses his sixteen minutes of film to put a tense twist on a slice-of-life portrait of neighbors interacting in a anonymous city. "Steve" is part of the Stars in Shorts series premiering this Friday.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 26, 2012 11:45 AM
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Review: Seven Shorts Showcase Rare Performances from Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Jason Alexander, Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh

This fall, ShortsHD will present a collection of several brief films unambiguously titled "Stars in Shorts." Each of these otherwise unconnected seven films features big name talent including Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Tom Hiddleston, Keira Knightly, Kenneth Branagh, Lily Tomlin, Jason Alexander, and others. The seven films, reviewed below, will premiere in theaters on September 28th, followed by an iTunes/Pay Per View release on October 9.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 19, 2012 7:24 PM
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