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Photo Coverage: The�New Group Celebrates Opening Night of Downtown Race Riot

The New Group presents the world premiere of Seth Zvi Rosenfeld's Downtown Race Riot, launching the company's 2017-2018 Season. Directed by Scott Elliott, this production features Cristian DeMeo, David Levi, Moise Morancy, Josh Pais, Sadie Scott, Chlo Sevigny and Daniel Sovich. A limited Off-Broadway engagement is slated through December 23 at The Pershing Square Signature Center The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street. Check out photos from opening night below
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Going In Style review: Dir. Zach Braff (2017)

Going In Style review by Paul Heath.

Hollywood veterans Sir Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Alan Arkin unite for this modern remake of the classic 1970s movie Going In Style, a fairly generic though sometimes sweet tale of a trio of pensioners who decide to rob a bank to bump up their pensions.

Going In Style review

Caine plays the central character of Joe, a seventy-something former factory worker who is living with his daughter and granddaughter in present day Brooklyn. We’re introduced to the character in his local bank, the Oap seemingly having a few money worries after defaulting on his mortgage payments. Joe is met with dead ends and personal mocking from his bank manager – a devilish Josh Pais – and finds himself caught up in an armed robbery, which plays out before his eyes. After reuniting with his lifelong friends and fellow factory workers Willie (Freeman) and
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Going In Style – Review

Going In Style stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin, relaxed old pros with easy chemistry, all of whom seem to be having a great deal of fun. Thin in plot, Going In Style is a pleasant, likable enough situation comedy that veers into some sentimental territory that doesn’t quite connect.

Willie (Freeman), Joe (Caine), and Albert (Arkin) are retired pals who once worked together at a Brooklyn steel plant. The company is merging with an evil overseas corporation and all of their pensions are being liquidated, leaving them with next to nothing. After Joe witnesses a bank robbery, he has the idea that the trio should attempt one themselves.

Going In Style is mildly amusing with its star power saving what is a clunky and somewhat problematic script by Theodore Melfi that could have used another pass or two. It’s all too comfortable and tame, delivering
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Review: ‘Going in Style’ is a Serviceable, Formulaic Remake

Back before Martin Brest was placed into forced retirement post-Gigli, he had a run of comedy hits including Midnight Run and Beverly Hills Cop. The first of these studio pictures, however, was a heist flick starring eighty-year old George Burns, seventy-year old Lee Strasberg, and fifty-year old Art Carney as clean-nosed roommates inexplicably looking to rob a bank. The fun was in the preparation—a rejuvenated excitement in their lives. The drama came via a long, winding road of tragedy afterwards. So of course Warner Bros. thought about how they could cull together a twenty-first century trio of octogenarians to do the exact same thing. Have them decide to rob their own bank for revenge and ride into the sunset for a senior citizen Hell or High Water.

Well, the result isn’t quite that successful so don’t start handicapping Going in Style for any Oscar nominations just yet.
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Zach Braff is back behind the camera with “Going in Style”

One of the more underrated and multidimensional talents in the industry remains Zach Braff. He is a skilled filmmaker, in addition to an actor who never gets the credit he deserves. Go back at look at Garden State, which is a near masterpiece. Then, there’s his maligned but actually quite tremendous long in the making follow up Wish I Was Here. This week, he sees his first pure directorial for hire gig hit theaters in Going in Style, a broad comedy remake. It’s something very different for him, but one that seems like a fun diversion for sure. Braff is back, and that’s what counts. He’s a talent that deserves to work way more than he already does. This film is a crime comedy, with the caper being all the more cinematic by being pulled off by geriatrics. Lifelong friends Joe (Michael Caine), Willie (Morgan Freeman
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‘The Family Fang’ DVD Review

Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Kathryn Hahn, Christopher Walken, Marin Ireland, Harris Yulin, Eugenia Kuzmina, Michael Chernus, Josh Pais, Maryann Plunkett | Written by David Lindsay-Abaire | Directed by Jason Bateman

Performance artists. What good are they anyhow? It’s not like they put their lives on the line, or make a strong statement about anything going on in current events. It’s not like they tend to become wildly notorious for their acts, nor do they leave a mark on younger generations. But the question is, what happens to their kids? That’s what The Family Fang sets out to solve…

The second directorial feature from Jason Bateman after 2013′s Bad Words, The Family Fang sees Bateman star as Baxter Fang, the brother of Annie Fang, played by Nicole Kidman. They are affectionately called “Child A” and “Child B” by their parents Caleb and Camille, played by the one and only Christopher Walken and Maryann Plunkett.
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Michael Caine & Morgan Freeman in Zach Braff's 'Going in Style' Trailer

"Let's go get our money back." Warner Bros has released the first trailer for Zach Braff's new comedy, titled Going in Style, starring three very talented actors: Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine & Alan Arkin. These three decide to team up for a heist to knock over a bank that absconded with their money, so they can retire "in style". The full cast includes Joey King, Ann-Margret, Matt Dillon, Peter Serafinowicz, John Ortiz and Josh Pais. I'm surprised Zach Braff isn't in this film as well, considering he's appeared in every other movie he has directed so far, but all for the better. This looks funnier than expected, probably because these three actors are always so much fun to watch, but I'm still not sure how enjoyable this will be. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Zach Braff's Going in Style, direct from WB's YouTube: Oscar winners Morgan Freeman,
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Jason Bateman continues his directorial progression with “The Family Fang”

A few years back, Jason Bateman made his directorial debut with the amusing yet filthy comedy Bad Words. This year, he has a sophomore feature that just hit screens in The Family Fang. I saw this movie a couple of weeks ago at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and found it to be only decent, but regardless of my thoughts, it shows off an interesting direction for Bateman as a filmmaker. He seems to be moving towards prestige fare, which is not exactly where you’d initially peg his projects to go. For that, I can’t help but show admiration for his choices so far. The movie is an adaptation of Kevin Wilson’s novel. The plot centers on the adult lives of the children of noted performance art mavericks Caleb Fang (Christopher Walken) and Camille Fang (Maryann Plunkett). As kids, Baxter Fang (Bateman) and Annie Fang (Nicole Kidman) enjoyed
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2016 Tribeca Film Festival: ‘The Family Fang’ Review

Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Kathryn Hahn, Christopher Walken, Marin Ireland, Harris Yulin, Eugenia Kuzmina, Michael Chernus, Josh Pais, Maryann Plunkett | Written by David Lindsay-Abaire | Directed by Jason Bateman

Performance artists. What good are they anyhow? It’s not like they put their lives on the line, or make a strong statement about anything going on in current events. It’s not like they tend to become wildly notorious for their acts, nor do they leave a mark on younger generations.

But the question is, what happens to their kids? That’s what The Family Fang sets out to solve…

The second directorial feature from Jason Bateman after 2013′s Bad Words, The Family Fang sees Bateman star as Baxter Fang, the brother of Annie Fang, played by Nicole Kidman. They are affectionately called “Child A” and “Child B” by their parents Caleb and Camille, played by the one and only
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Official Trailer for Indie 'The Family Fang' Directed by Jason Bateman

"We can't fix them, we can only fix ourselves." Starz Digital Media has debuted a trailer for the indie drama The Family Fang, directed by actor Jason Bateman, who also stars in the film which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Nicole Kidman also stars with Bateman as brother & sister who go home looking for their prankster parents, played by Christopher Walken & Maryann Plunkett. The cast includes Marin Ireland, Josh Pais, Michael Chernus and others. This looks interesting, not what you'll be expecting at first, and potentially like it may be worth seeing if you're wondering what's really happening. Here's the first official trailer for Jason Bateman's The Family Fang, originally from EW.com: Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman are a brother-and-sister duo who return to their family home but can't seem to figure out if their eccentric parents have faked their deaths. The Family Fang is directed by actor-turned-filmmaker Jason Bateman,
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Interview: Tom Hiddleston, Director Marc Abraham on ‘I Saw the Light’

Chicago – The legacy of country music singer Hank Williams is embraced in every lonesome twang you hear in any song. The actor Tom Hiddleston (“Thor”) transcends his Loki roots to embody the 1950s songster in a way that is otherworldly, working from the script and direction of Marc Abraham.

Hank Williams was a bright wattage bulb that burned like a thousand suns, and was extinguished instantly at the tender age of 29. The influence of his short time within the country music scene, from about 1946 through to his death in 1953, was through the music chart statistic that Williams had an astounding 35 singles reach the country and western Top Ten (five after his death). His signature style and easy-going hit making continues to be heard in the heart of C&W (and all pop) music, and he can easily qualify as one of the Olympus-like gods of that particular brand of musical faith.
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“I Saw the Light” is another would be Oscar biopic

Back in the midst of 2015, it seemed like the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light was all set to be a big Academy Award player. Considering how small this week’s platform release of the film is, as well as its middling festival circuit reception, that seems less than likely, but it is somewhat interesting to take note of. The main point of consideration was going to be Tom Hiddleston as Williams, as well as potentially Elizabeth Olsen as wife Audrey Williams, though now I suspect they’re fringe players at best. I’ll return to their Oscar hopes later on in this article, but I just wanted to cite this film today since it’s one of a ton hoping to be a biopic contender in 2016. The movie is a fairly standard biopic. Of course, the subject is legendary country-western singer Hank Williams and his life that was cut short.
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Law & Order: Svu's Big Benson Romance Reveal Is Proving to Be Divisive

Law & Order: Svu's Big Benson Romance Reveal Is Proving to Be Divisive
Law & Order: Svu dropped a bombshell on viewers last night. No, it wasn't that Hank Abraham (Josh Pais), the deputy commissioner of public information, was involved in a child porn ring, it was the identity of Benson's (Mariska Hargirtay)'s new man. That's right, Benson is seeing Ed Tucker (Robert John Burke), a captain in the Internal Affairs Bureau. Enter: Tuckson. Svu first teased a mystery person after Benson was depicted popping the cork on a bottle of wine while on the phone with somebody. Tucker was also instrumental in running the operations when Benson was taken hostage in "Townhouse Incident." She named him somebody she trusted. Then At the end of "Collateral Damages," Benson and...
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Law & Order: Svu's Rollins Goes Undercover and Gets Down to Business

Law & Order: Svu's Rollins Goes Undercover and Gets Down to Business
Rollins is back from maternity leave and diving right into the thick of it on Law & Order: Svu. In the exclusive sneak peek below, Kelli Giddish's detective character goes undercover and she's using one of her best assets: her Southern charm. "Collateral Damages" sees the new mom go undercover for a sting to arrest a local hero for soliciting underage girls. She's boozing it up. The sting leads to the take down of an online pedophile ring and the arrest of two high-profile suspects. But this is Law & Order: Svu; it's never that easy. And now that Rollins is the mom of a newborn baby girl, well, you know this is going to hit home. Andy Karl, Jessica Phillips, Josh Pais, Danny...
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New Law And Order Svu Season 17,Episode 15 Official Spoilers,Description Hit The Net

Recently, NBC revealed the new,official synopsis/description for their upcoming "Law And Order: Svu" episode 15 of season 17. The episode is entitled, "Collateral Damages," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and high drama stuff go down as the Svu team ends up taking out a pedophile group in their latest undercover sting operation, and more! In the new, 10th episode press release: An undercover sting is going to lead to the takedown of an online pedophile ring and the arrest of two high-profile suspects. Guest stars feature: Andy Karl, Jessica Phillips, Josh Pais, Danny Johnson, Robert John Burke, Ned Eisenberg, Peter Gallagher and Susie Essman. Episode 15 is set to arrive on Wednesday night, February 17th at 8pm central time on NBC.
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TV Land Orders "Nobodies," More "Younger"

TV Land and Darren Star's critically-acclaimed series "Younger" has been renewed for a twelve-episode third season. Announced at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, the news comes a week before the comedy premieres its second season starting January 13th with two back-to-back episodes.

Sutton Foster stars in the series as a 40-year old woman who pretends to be 26 in order to get a job in the highly competitive world of publishing – and succeeds. Hilary Duff, Debi Mazar, Nico Tortorella, Miriam Shor, Molly Bernard, Peter Hermann and Dan Amboyer star in the series.

Also announced today is that actors Matthew Morrison, Camryn Manheim, Kathy Najimy, Martha Plimpton, Josh Pais, Bobby Flay, Michael Urie, Ice-t, Richard Masur and David Wain are all set to guest star in the second season.

During the presentation, TV Land execs also revealed that they have ordered a pilot for "Nobodies" which will be executive produced by Melissa McCarthy.
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New Law And Order Season 17,Episode 5 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By NBC

Recently, NBC released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Law & Order: Svu" episode 5 of season 17. The episode is entitled, "Community Policing," it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and high drama stuff take place as the NYPD faces major heat when a couple of detectives kill and unarmed black man during a rape investigation, and more! In the new, 5th episode press release: The NYPD Falls Under Seige After The Shooting Of An Unarmed Black Man. Press release number 2: In the pursuit of an Svu rape suspect, detectives from another precinct are going to shoot and kill an unarmed black man. As racial tensions rise in the city, Barba (Ra?l Esparza) is going to get tasked to indict three officers who claim they had no choice but to follow police procedure. Guest stars feature: Scott William Winters (Det. Robert "Doom" Dumas), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Capt.
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New Law And Order Season 17,Episode 4 Official Spoilers,Description Revealed By NBC

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Recently, NBC delivered the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Law & Order: Svu" episode 4 of season 17. The episode is entitled, "Institutional Fail," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty intense and interesting stuff go down as the Svu works a child neglect case, and more. In the new, 4th episode press release: A starving toddler found wandering the streets alone, is going to lead detectives to the home of Manuela Ozuna (guest star Jessica Pimental) and another child in grave condition. The police will question Department of Child Services caseworker ,Keith Musio (guest star John Magaro), whose vague and backdated reports on the family, will suggest he hadn't checked on the children in months. When the overworked Keith accuses his supervisor, Janette Grayson (Goldberg), of orchestrating the false reports, Chief Dodds (guest star Peter Gallagher) will promise to conduct an internal investigation. But when neglect leads to death,
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Review: Tom Hiddleston sings but can't save shockingly bad 'I Saw The Light'

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Review: Tom Hiddleston sings but can't save shockingly bad 'I Saw The Light'
Toronto – We’re not going to beat around the bush here. Despite the worthy efforts of stars Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, the Hank Williams biopic “I Saw The Light” is a shockingly bad movie. It’s such a disappointment we’re not even sure where to begin. Well, perhaps a quick history lesson is in order first. Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston) was a legendary Country music singer and songwriter who had 11 no. 1 singles on the Billboard Country and Western Charts during a career that lasted only six years. The Alabama native first hit the charts in 1947 and actually had one of his biggest hits, “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” following his untimely death in 1953. He was just 29-years-old. In the decades since his music has influenced icons such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Keith Richards, among others. Let's continue, shall we? He was married twice, first to Audrey Williams (Elizabeth Olsen
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Director Alex Gibney Compares Steve Jobs to James Brown

Director Alex Gibney Compares Steve Jobs to James Brown
Four years after his death, the fascination with Steve Jobs continues, this time through the lens of Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney in his latest documentary for Magnolia Pictures, “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.”

“He was a little bit like James Brown in the sense that he was a great performer, but also a pretty good band leader,” Gibney said Thursday at an intimate screening of the film at New York’s Crosby Street Hotel. “He understood that he had to have a lot of talented people around him who really designed and engineered the products. That wasn’t Steve’s thing. Steve’s thing was to sell the products and also tell great stories about them. I think over time we imagine that he was the grand inventor. He wasn’t that at all.”

“There’s a darker side to Steve Jobs that we can’t forget about.
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