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Comedian Jon Dore, Oscar-nominated actor David Paymer (“Mr. Saturday Night”), Lynn Cohen (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Sex and the City”) and Eric Edelstein (“Jurassic World”) are set to star in the indie comedy “The Pickle Recipe,” TheWrap has learned. Michael Manasseri is directing from a screenplay by Sheldon Cohn, based on a story by Gary Wolfson and Cohn. Storyboard Entertainment’s Jason Potash and Paul Finkel are producing with Cohn and Wolfson, while Manasseri is producing through his company Made in Michigan Entertainment. Eddie Rubin will executive produce the film, which starts production this month in Michigan. Also Read: Scarlett Johansson Can. »
- Jeff Sneider
'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as »
- Andre Soares
Read More: Watch: 'Orange is the New Black' Star Uzo Aduba in Exclusive Trailer for Her First Movie 'Pearly Gates' Check out the exclusive trailer for "All in Time," a new film from Chris Fetchko ("Everything's Jake," "Eavesdrop"), which debuts today exclusively on Indiewire. The film stars Sean Modica as Charlie, a banker who decides to follow his dream of managing his favorite rock band and holding a concert for time travelers. Vanessa Ray ("Blue Bloods"), Jean-Luc Bilodeau ("Baby Daddy") and Lynn Cohen ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") also star. "All In Time" premieres Saturday, April 25 at the Newport Beach Film Festival. »
Shoe Be Doo: McCarthy’s Magical Realism Has No Sole
Actor Thomas McCarthy has developed a solid reputation as an indie film director thanks to his first two films The Station Agent (2003) and The Visitor (2007). While his third outing, 2011’s Win Win, showcased a tendency for schmaltzy cliché, it’s a far cry from his most recent offering, The Cobbler. Headlining Adam Sandler, many expected this to be one of Sandler’s infrequent attempts at dramatic prowess, somewhere along the lines of his surprise turns in Punch Drunk Love, or even Spanglish…or even Men, Women & Children. Instead, McCarthy doggedly pursues a broad comedic tone, something that recalls old Jerry Lewis vehicles, except with a lethargic, bored star. Resolving a series of lazy dramatic conflicts, everyone involved coasts through this torporific exercise with grim determination.
A magical sewing machine that was inherited by one of his ancestors in the Lower »
- Nicholas Bell
Based on the George Jonas’ novel Vengeance, Steven Spielberg’s 2005 drama Munich centers on a covert hit squad that was commissioned by the Israeli government to assassinate the 11 individuals suspected of planning the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.
Leading the group is Avner Kaufmann (Eric Bana), a Mossad agent named handpicked by Israel Minister Golda Meir (Lynn Cohen) to lead the team. The diverse group includes a driven South African mercenary named Steve (Daniel Craig); Robert (Mathieu Kassovitz), a Belgian toy maker who also makes bombs, an expert forger named Hans (Hanns Zischler) and Carl (Ciaran Hinds), the person responsible for making sure the targets are clean and collateral damage will not become an issue. Despite the denial of their existence by the Israeli government, Avner occasionally reports to a hard line official named Ephraim (Geoffrey Rush).
For a while, the mission is a success as one by one, the targets are found and taken out. »
Urie will direct the series, which follows the misadventures of incompetent employees who work at a 911 call center in the town of Hell, Michigan. Ryan Spahn (“He’s Way More Famous Than You”) created the series and will star alongside Halley Feiffer (“The Squid and the Whale”) .
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- Travis Reilly
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