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Jennifer Aniston Interview, Life of Crime

13 hours ago | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

When a couple of inept ex-cons kidnap the wife of a wealthy real estate developer, their get-rich-quick scheme takes a sudden and surprisingly complicated detour in “Life of Crime,” a tale based on master storyteller Elmore Leonard’s novel, “The Switch.” Written and directed by Daniel Schechter and starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark […]

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Life of Crime Doesn’t Transcend Its Haphazard Story

29 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

With a couple of major (major) exceptions, film adaptations of Elmore Leonard novels rarely succeed. The breezy menace of his stories, the carefree, sneaky suspense of his plotting, the dim-bulb charm of his characters … it’s all booby-trapped for film. Go in one direction and it’s too bubbly, go in another and it’s all too generic, shorn of what made it special in the first place. If Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown and Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight work so well, it’s partly because those filmmakers themselves share the perverse, wildly varying tonal impulses at play in Leonard’s work. Their movies are like beautiful toy guns that somehow manage to go off. Writer-director Daniel Schechter is no Tarantino, and Life of Crime (adapted from Leonard’s The Switch) no Jackie Brown. But the film does manage to capture something special from Leonard’s work. A casual, »

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‘Life of Crime’ is a fun but lesser Elmore Leonard adaptation

29 August 2014 10:12 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Life of Crime

Written for the screen and directed by Daniel Schechter

USA, 2013

Elmore Leonard has one of the most distinctive voices in American film and television and while you may not recognize his name, you will surely recognize his work. His writing is pure cinema, so it should be no surprise that Leonard’s work served as inspiration for Out of Sight, 3:10 to Yuma, Get Shorty, and Justified. Life of Crime is based on Leonard’s novel The Switch, which is a lesser work, but the story still has the capacity for entertainment. In a slow week of new releases at the theatre, that’s more than enough.

Ordell Robbie (Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def) and Louis Gara (John Hawkes) get much more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer (Tim Robbins). As it turns out, Frank Dawson has no »

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Jennifer Aniston, Like You've Never Seen Her Before, Talks Brutal Attack Scene in Life of Crime

29 August 2014 7:31 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Seeing Jennifer Aniston get physically attacked in her new movie Life of Crime isn't an easy thing to watch. Based on Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch and directed by Daniel Schechter, the dark comedy stars Aniston as a housewife who is kidnapped by a couple of a petty criminals (John Hawkes and Mos Def) for a $1 million ransom. Her shady real estate developer husband (Tim Robbins) refuses to pay up. In one of the darkest moments of the film, Aniston is assaulted by a bumbling neo-Nazi played by Sons of Anarchy's Mark Boone Junior. "If you're going to go there and sell it, you've gotta do it," Aniston told me Thursday at the Life of Crime premiere in Hollywood. "We were, of »

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Life Of Crime Review

28 August 2014 11:04 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Life of Crime opens today in limited release.] I’ve never read any of Elmore Leonard’s novels, and yes, I’m ashamed. But I know from the film adaptations of his crime novels that there’s a way to do them right and wrong. They have a confidence, a swagger, a sly wink, a braggadocio, and they’re smart. They have the talk for the walk, and some directors, most notably Quentin Tarantino with Jackie Brown (based off Leonard’s Rum Punch) and Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, are smart enough to bring that confidence to the screen. Those films make the uninitiated feel embarrassed that they haven’t joined the club. Even with Daniel Schechter’s cautious adaptation of Life of Crime (based on the novel The Switch) the audience can hear the author's voice. Schechter’s direction is serviceable enough to not get in the way, he wisely trust his strong cast, accents the comedy, »

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Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Will Forte, and Director Daniel Schechter Talk Life Of Crime, Their Chemistry Onscreen, Forte’s Giant Beard, and More

28 August 2014 6:26 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Life of Crime is a wonderfully wicked tale filled with outrageously eccentric characters, sly comedy and surprising twists based on Elmore Leonard’s darkly funny novel, The Switch.  When a couple of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in this cool crime caper adapted for the screen and directed by Daniel Schechter.  The film stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins and will be released in theaters and VOD on August 29th. At the film’s recent press day, Schechter, Aniston, Hawkes, and Forte talked about making a film set in the 70s, what appealed to Schechter about Leonard’s The Switch and made it perfect for adapting to the screen, the brilliance of Leonard’s dialogue, Aniston’s duo role as actor and executive »

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Jennifer Aniston: Questions about Kids Are 'Not Really Fair'

28 August 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

She has answered questions about it this week. But honestly, she shouldn't have to. That's Jennifer Aniston's stance on one issue that won't seem to go away: whether or not she and Justin Theroux will have children. In the end, she says, the public worries about it more than she and her fiancé do. And beyond that - well, really, it's none of your business. "It's not something that's in our everyday life, quite honestly. It's more questions that arise in a red carpet line or in an interview," the actress, 45, told People Wednesday at the Los Angeles premiere »

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Life Of Crime – The Review

28 August 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

A little over a year ago, the entertainment world mourned the passing of prolific author Elmore Leonard, a writer well-known in both literature and motion picture circles. His earliest works were in the Western genre and beginning in the late 1950′s many were filmed (his short story 3:10 To Yuma was made twice!). In the next decade Leonard switched genres and soon became known as one of the great creators of gritty crime thrillers. And Hollywood scooped these up for the screen, perhaps more so than the “oaters”. In the 90′s many celebrated young directors discovered his work and several critical (if not always box office) hits were released. 1998 saw Steven Soderbergh’s take on Out Of Sight following Quentin Tarantino’s spin on “Rum Punch” titled Jackie Brown the previous year. Both films even shared a Leonard character, Michael Keaton as Atf agent Ray Nicholette. This weekend sees a »

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'Life of Crime' Premiere: Jennifer Aniston Gushes About 'Kick-Ass' '70s Caper

28 August 2014 12:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

From Get Shorty to Jackie Brown, Elmore Leonard's books are no strangers to movie-star makeovers. His latest adapted tale for the silver screen, Life of Crime — helmed by writer-director and longtime Leonard fan Daniel Schechter — boasts an unexpected performance from Jennifer Aniston, supported by costars John Hawkes, Will Forte and Mark Boone Junior. The Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions film, which has its premiere at the ArcLight Hollywood on Wednesday, is based on Leonard's 1978 novel The Switch and follows Aniston's character, Mickey, a housewife who is kidnapped and held for ransom from a wealthy husband who

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Jennifer Aniston, Will Forte Talk Chemistry for ‘Life of Crime’s’ Dark Caper Roles

28 August 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After six years of bringing together the Elmore Leonard novel-turned-indie film, the cast and crew of “Life of Crime” arrived Wednesday night for its West Coast premiere at the ArcLight Hollywood.

Stars Jennifer Aniston and Will Forte displayed a strong sense of friendship on the carpet. Both largely known for their comedy, the pair tried out a new genre with “Life of Crime.”

“We had a ball together,” Aniston said. “We had some great rehearsals, great dinners and fun times.”

“Yeah, we broke it down,” Forte added.

“We broke some stuff down and then we laid it all down on some film,” the actress chuckled.

Will Forte, who was sporting a large beard, said the film utilizes a mixture of comedy, crime and love. “It’s a little bit of everything. It’s hard to put this movie in a box. It’s very much in the Elmore Leonard tone, »

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‘Life of Crime’ Review: We’ve Seen These Ruthless People Before

28 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Ordell (Mos Def) and Louis (John Hawkes) have planned the perfect kidnapping. Their target is Mickey (Jennifer Aniston), wife to a sketchy businessman named Frank (Tim Robbins) who’s hiding a fortune in a secret bank account. The plan is simple. Kidnap Mickey, tell Frank to pay the ransom if he ever wants to see his wife again and then retire in style. But they never considered the possibility that Frank might not want his wife back. Chronology is a funny thing. The inclination will be (and has been if you check the IMDb page) to label Life of Crime a straight-up rip-off of 1986′s Ruthless People. In actuality though this is an adaptation of Elmore Leonard‘s 1978 novel, The Switch. Keep moving backward and you’ll find that all of these incarnations share an inspiration in O. Henry’s 1907 short story, “The Ransom of Red Chief.” The problem for this film then is how to stand »

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Jennifer Aniston Stuns in Low-Cut Dress at Life Of Crime Premiere—and Justin Theroux Doesn't Look So Bad, Either

27 August 2014 9:04 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Not all crimes are bad. Just take a look at Jennifer Aniston earlier tonight at the premiere of her new movie, Life of Crime. She rocked the red carpet in a silvery, low-cut Saint Laurent minidress that showed off her famous legs (not to mention a healthy dose of cleavage), silver stiletto sandals and a black tuxedo-cut jacket. Her hubby-to-be Justin Theroux also made the scene, though he left the spotlight to his fiancée on her big night. He looked his usual sharp self in a black suit jacket and skinny tie. Life of Crime, based on Elmore Leonard's novel The Switch, stars Aniston as an unhappy housewife in the 1970s who is kidnapped by a couple of amateur crooks (John Hawks »

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Jennifer Aniston's New Movie Look: Who Inspired Her?

27 August 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For her role as a '70s-era socialite in the new caper Life of Crime, Jennifer Aniston sports big sunglasses, neckerchiefs and plenty of polyester. And the resulting look hit close to home. "I basically look like my mom," she said at a press conference for the film in Los Angeles on Tuesday. "I pulled out a lot of her old pictures and tried to rock the old Nancy Aniston 1970s look." The actress, 45, is also a producer on the crime caper, which costars Will Forte, John Hawkes and Tim Robbins and is based on Elmore Leonard's 1978 novel The Switch. »

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Jennifer Aniston's New Movie Look: Who Inspired Her?

27 August 2014 11:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

For her role as a '70s-era socialite in the new caper Life of Crime, Jennifer Aniston sports big sunglasses, neckerchiefs and plenty of polyester. And the resulting look hit close to home. "I basically look like my mom," she said at a press conference for the film in Los Angeles on Tuesday. "I pulled out a lot of her old pictures and tried to rock the old Nancy Aniston 1970s look." The actress, 45, is also a producer on the crime caper, which costars Will Forte, John Hawkes and Tim Robbins and is based on Elmore Leonard's 1978 novel The Switch. »

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Life of Crime | Review

27 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Criminal Intent: Leonard Done Light

What remains most enticing about Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime is its connection to Quentin Tarantino’s 1997 masterwork, Jackie Brown. While Tarantino adapted Elmore Leonard’s Rum Punch, Schechter takes on the earlier work of The Switch, which features the younger version of three key characters from the later novel, here existing in 1978 Detroit. A bit too light to register the same malevolence (though apparently Schechter is more in tune with Leonard’s style than Tarantino), and inanely marketed as a ‘caper comedy,’ Schechter takes a rather familiar premise and turns it into a completely enjoyable, utterly innocuous film. Inbal Weinberg’s production design turns the late 70’s into a glossy postcard of kitsch, not unlike her similar rendering of the 80s in the primped The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which only furthers the film’s highly sanitized feel.

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Box Office: ‘November Man,’ ‘As Above, So Below’ Jockey for Labor Day Dominance

27 August 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Labor Day represents the last gasp of summer, the final opportunity to wear white, and the end of Hollywood’s busiest time of year.

It tends, however, to close things out with something of a whimper, as opposed to a bang, and this year will be no exception. For studios, it’s the box office equivalent of Arbor Day. Blink and you miss it.

Two new wide releases enter the market this holiday weekend, the Pierce Brosnan action thriller “The November Man” and the found footage horror film “As Above, So Below,” both of which are shaping up to be modest performers.

“Labor Day is traditionally one of the slowest holiday weekends of the year, if not the slowest,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “Expectations are not that high and the focus has shifted away a little bit from the movies.”

The November Man” will get a jump on the festivities, »

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‘Life of Crime’ Review: Jennifer Aniston Dark Comedy Is Pure Escapism

26 August 2014 9:27 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

If you're still smarting from a sharp disappointment from this summer (ahem, “Snowpiercer”), you could do a lot worse than bounce back with a just-good-enough rebound like “Life of Crime.” Much like the unassuming heroine Jennifer Aniston plays (and perhaps like Aniston herself), this Elmore Leonard adaptation doesn't inspire ardor, but it certainly boasts above-average intelligence and a streak of knowing unpredictability that make the dark comedy a pleasurable morsel of escapism. While out-in-the-streets women's libbers enjoyed their 1970s heyday in the battlegrounds of New York and D.C., Aniston's Mickey, a Detroit housewife, embarks on her own journey of self-actualization. »

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True Detectives: 7 Movie Capers Based on Books

21 August 2014 10:57 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

There’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a juicy detective novel full of the kinds of twists and turns that keep your mind busy and your heart racing for hours on end. Author Elmore Leonard is one of the best at delivering these colorful and complex novels full of memorable characters and razor-sharp story lines, and on August 29 another one of his tales comes to the big screen. In Life of Crime (based on Leonard’s The Switch, and opening in limited release), two petty criminals find themselves in over their heads after kidnapping the wife of a wealthy real-estate developer for ransom. Problem is, he doesn’t want her back. Jennifer Aniston, Mos Def, Isla Fisher and Will Forte star. If you’re jonesing for a few more deliciously additive capers...

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Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Jet Off to Bora Bora for a 'Romantic' Celebration

13 August 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It was a Bora Bora kind of birthday for Justin Theroux! The actor jetted to the Tahitian island with fiancée Jennifer Aniston on Aug. 7 for a week-long stay in paradise that also marked two years since the couple became engaged. "It [was] a romantic trip to celebrate their engagement anniversary and Justin's birthday," says an insider. "It's their first vacation together in Bora Bora and they were excited about the trip." It was also a nice break from work - Theroux, 43, has been filming his HBO series, The Leftovers (which was renewed for a second season Tuesday), in New York City, »

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Mr. Majestyk | Blu-ray Review

12 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

To recall the cinema of Charles Bronson, one can’t get far without referencing his sterling epoch in 1970s era American film, a period eclipsed mightily by the star’s work with director Michael Winner. Kino Lorber resurrects one of the star’s lesser remembered titles, Mr. Majestyk, a 1974 action flick written by the great Elmore Leonard and directed by the illustrious Richard Fleischer, known for a varied career that included a penchant for true crime related titles (Compulsion; The Boston Strangler; 10 Rillington Place), and famed adaptations of pulpy novels, like Soylent Green and the infamous Mandingo. Unfortunately, Fleisher’s title opened one week prior to the juggernaut known as Death Wish back in July of 1974, and has perhaps been unfairly overshadowed ever since.

Bronson stars as Vince Majestyk, a humble melon farmer whose only desire is to harvest his crop of watermelons. A Vietnam veteran, Majestyk steps to in »

- Nicholas Bell

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