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Magnet Releasing Nabs Sci-Fi Zombie Thriller 'Last Days on Mars,' Starring Liev Schreiber

Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has scooped up US rights to sci-fi thriller "The Last Days on Mars." This a timely acquisition for Magnet: The film stars Liev Schreiber, who toplines Showtime's new ratings hit "Ray Donovan."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 9, 2013 2:08 PM
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'Ray Donovan': The Next Big Thing? Debuts to Record Ratings

The terrific new series "Ray Donovan" is premiering on Showtime Sunday night -- and you should be watching it rather than reading this. If the show fulfills the promise of its pilot episode it could turn out to be one of the great ones, an ideal anecdote for those of us who expect to be suffering from "Breaking Bad" withdrawal in a few months.
  • By David Chute
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  • July 1, 2013 4:44 PM
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Watch: First Full Episode of Showtime's New Series 'Ray Donovan,' Starring Liev Schreiber and Jon Voight

Showtime's new original series, "Ray Donovan," debuts on June 30 following the series finale of "Dexter." But the cabler is giving you the option of watching the first episode right now. The show stars Liev Schreiber as a fixer for L.A.'s upper class whose life is thrown into turmoil when his father (Jon Voight) is released from prison.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 18, 2013 12:29 PM
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Trailer Watch: Riz Ahmed Stars as the 'Reluctant Fundamentalist' in Mira Nair's Tale of Post-9/11 Paranoia

Check out the trailer for Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," which opened the 2012 Venice Film Festival and stars Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Shreiber and Keifer Sutherland. Nair ("Monsoon Wedding," "The Namesake") adapted Mohsin Hamid's international bestseller of the same title, a thriller told in flashback centering on a Pakistani man (Ahmed) whose promising Wall Street career and relationship with his girlfriend (Hudson) disintegrate following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 21, 2013 12:52 PM
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Doha Tribeca Film Festival: Mira Nair Defends 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist,' Discusses Difficult Journey from Page to Screen

Director Mira Nair was put in the unusual position of having to defend her film, 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist', from conflicting suggestions of pro- and anti-American bias at the film's press conference as opening-night film for the 4th Doha Tribeca Film Festival. One regional journalist wanted to know why Riz Ahmed's Changez, the Pakistani protagonist who switches from successful Wall Street trader to fundamentalist Muslim professor (and possible terrorist) in a post-9/11 world, repeats the phrase, "I love America"; another questioned whether the film's mistrustful ending ultimately serves as a condemnation of the U.S.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 19, 2012 4:11 AM
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