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Career Watch: Will Soderbergh's ‘The Knick’ Cure Clive Owen's Slump? (ABC VIDEO)

For those of you who need the fix of seeing a major movie star class up the joint on pay cable, look no further than Clive Owen as Dr. John Thackery in “The Knick.” The not-for-the-squeamish medical drama, which takes place in the rotten-with-germs Big Apple of the early 20th century and is directed by Steven Soderbergh, premieres on Cinemax August 8.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • August 4, 2014 2:37 PM
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'Transcendence' Review Roundup: Mind-Blowing, or Just Brain-Dead?

Reviews are in for Wally Pfister's directorial debut "Transcendence," the ambitious sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp as a scientist whose efforts to create the ultimate artificial intelligence machine land him square in the middle of an ideological war.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 16, 2014 12:56 PM
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Review: 'Last Vegas' Is Hellish Vision

Jon Turteltaub’s “Last Vegas,” which won’t be the last of anything, is a visionary movie -- the vision being hellish. We’ve already been seeing the likes of it -- aging stars, packaged together for amalgamated throw-weight. And we’re going to see more of its comedic ilk as the Boomers slouch toward the box office/grave, with humor that rests -- as if against an aluminum walker -- on cheap geriatric sex gags, prostate jokes, bad eyesight.
  • By John Anderson
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  • October 31, 2013 2:16 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for Old Men's Hangover 'Last Vegas,' Starring Douglas, De Niro, Freeman and Kline

A new trailer for "Last Vegas," starring Morgan Freeman, recent Emmy winner Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro and Kevin Kline, has landed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 2, 2013 1:18 PM
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'Now You See Me': More Abracadabra, Less Explanation, Please

Learning the inner workings of a magic trick is almost always a bit of a disappointment. The magician's flourish is what makes the show fun--see the nuts and bolts of his or her work, and the sense of wonder shatters. It's fitting then, that surprise hit "Now You See Me" reflects the profession upon which it focuses: it's most fun during the trick, and much less so when the curtain is pulled back for us. Still, it's a fun summer fluff movie that transports and maybe even wows a bit--as long as you don't look too close.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 2, 2013 4:50 PM
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Immersed in Movies: 'Oblivion' Director Kosinski Talks Creating Original Sci-Fi Landscape Starring Cruise

With a looming summer season packed with post-apocalyptic sci-fi--from "After Earth" (June 7) and "World War Z" (June 21) to "Elysium" (August. 9)--it's a good thing that director Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion" is first out of the gate. This Tom Cruise-starrer about a blue collar drone repairman haunted by dreams of a woman he's never met stands apart from the competition, mainly because architect and video game designer Kosinski's follow-up to "Tron: Legacy" is a passion project he's been developing for eight years that allows him to strut his visual stuff.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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Trailer Watch: 'Now You See Me' Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo and Morgan Freeman in Cat-and-Mouse Caper

The new trailer for director Louis Leterrier's heist thriller 'Now You See Me' has arrived. The FBI team-vs.-illusionists comedy caper boasts an all-star cast including Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Melanie Laurent.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 12, 2013 12:48 PM
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Casting Watch UPDATE: Morgan Freeman On Board for Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence,' Starring Depp, Hall, Bettany and Mara

The cast continues to grow for Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence." Morgan Freeman is in final talks to star alongside Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Kate Mara. The sci-fi film centers on a scientist (Depp) whose brain is posthumously uploaded to a supercomputer.
  • By Beth Hanna and Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2013 12:10 PM
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MVPs of the Movies: Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Eddie Murphy and Robin Williams Top the List

What does it take to be one of the most valuable actors of all time? 24/7 Wall St. considered this and ranked almost 700 leading actors. They found that in order to top the list, an actor needed to have starred in not just one but several high-grossing franchises
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2013 2:22 PM
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Sony Movie Channel Honors Black History Month with Tuesday Night Double-Features Showcasing Poitier, Freeman, Washington and Pryor

In recognition of Black History Month, the Sony Movie Channel is dedicating its Tuesday night "Take Two" programming to films featuring African-American stars. The films in each double feature block are linked by actor -- Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Sidney Poitier and Richard Pryor all get their own themed evenings.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 28, 2013 3:25 PM
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