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Will 'Winter's Tale' Revitalize the Career of Colin Farrell?

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 5, 2014 at 2:27PM

Colin Farrell is in need of a career turnaround. After a string of misses including horror remake "Fright Night," the "Total Recall" would-be reboot, "Seven Psychopaths" (where Farrell was dull and flat) and the mixed reviews for "Saving Mr. Banks" (not Farrell's fault), the Irish actor has "Winter's Tale" coming up February 14. But will this big-budget fantasy romance break the pattern?
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'Winter's Tale'
'Winter's Tale'
Colin Farrell in 'Winter's Tale'
Colin Farrell in 'Winter's Tale'

Colin Farrell is in need of a career turnaround. After a string of misses including horror remake "Fright Night," the "Total Recall" would-be reboot, "Seven Pshychopaths" (where Farrell was dull and flat) and the mixed reviews for "Saving Mr. Banks" (not Farrell's fault), the Irish actor has "Winter's Tale" coming up February 14. But will this big-budget fantasy romance break the pattern?

It's too bad so few people saw Niels Arden Oplev's grey and grainy crime romance "Dead Man Down" last year, where Farrell gave a moving performance opposite Noomi Rapace. And it's been a while since his brilliant comic turn in 2008's "In Bruges," even longer since his career-best performance in Terrence Malick's 2005 epic "The New World." He's coming up in Liv Ullman's take on Strindberg's "Miss Julie," co-starring Jessica Chastain, and "Solace," which looks like another formula thriller. 

A new featurette is available for "Winter's Tale," which also stars Russell Crowe, Will Smith, Jessica Brown Findlay (long lost Lady Sybil from "Downton Abbey") and William Hurt. Watch below.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.