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DVD Review: "The Exhibitionists" (2012), A Film By Michael Melamedoff

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By Dollie Banner

When I came of age in the eighties and nineties, cinema art houses were filled with American independent films, most of them gems. It seemed that then movie lovers could see nearly every film released. In the years since the number of independent films have grown exponentially, and I often worry that I’m bypassing, or even worse completely ignorant, of some worthwhile films that get lost in cinematic obscurity.

The Exhibitionists (2012), the second feature from director Michael Melamedoff is such a film, a compelling chamber piece about seven characters revealing their true desires over the course of two nights. At the heart of the film is fragile Regina (Pepper Binkley), who we meet nervously awaiting the arrival of her husband Walter (Richard Short), an agent provocateur filmmaker just returned from a cross-country film shoot. In tow he brings fellow crewmember Gordo (Daniel London), whose dutiful wife
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Review: The Adjustment Bureau

This is the Pure Movies review for The Adjustment Bureau directed by George Nolfi and starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Daniel Dae Kim, John Slattery, Terence Stamp, Lauren Hodges, Anthony Mackie and Michael Kelly. Written by Amer Chadha-Patel for Pure Movies. Anyone who has ever put on a suit knows exactly how the garment makes you feel slick, powerful and generally like you might know something no-one else does. Add a sharp trilby to the mix and you’ve just leapt to the top step on my (very un-cool) staircase of what’s cool…
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TV Review: Rubicon, 1.1 – “Gone In The Teeth”

AMC’s Rubicon was acquired by BBC4 last summer, but in the wake of initially frosty Us reviews and cancellation, they’ve only just decided to air it. This presents British viewers with a familiar dilemma: should you invest time in a defunct Us TV show, and one with a notoriously slow start and divisive finale? The answer is a cautious yes.

Rubicon is a 1970s conspiracy thriller transplanted to a post-9/11 world; meaning there are mobile phones, but not much reliance on the internet. Will Travers (The Pacific‘s James Badge Dale) is a prodigiously clever analyst for the American Policy Institute (Api), which appears to be a think-tank connected to the CIA, tasked with poring through intelligence files. One day Will notices what he believes to be a clue hidden deep inside the crossword puzzles of various major newspapers, using a four-leaf clover as its key. The clues
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Competition: The Adjustment Bureau – Prize Giveaway

This is a competition for The Adjustment Bureau directed by George Nolfi and starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Daniel Dae Kim, John Slattery, Terence Stamp, Lauren Hodges, Anthony Mackie and Michael Kelly. Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he’s ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York. On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)—a woman like none he’s ever known. But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart.
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Rubicon: AMC TV Show Cancelled, No Season Two

AMC has decided to cancel Rubicon after one season of 13 episodes.

Billed as a conspiracy thriller, Rubicon is set in a government intelligence agency where nothing is as it seems. The cast includes James Badge Dale, Dallas Roberts, Jessica Collins, Christopher Evan Welch, Lauren Hodges, Arliss Howard, and Miranda Richardson.

The TV show was previewed back in June and attracted a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1.07 million viewers. When the series officially kicked off in August, the demo dropped to a 0.3 rating with 1.9 million viewers. The demo dropped to a 0.2 after that and the whole season averaged a 0.3 rating and 1.25 million viewers.

That wasn't enough for AMC to want a second season and the cable channel has now cancelled the series.

Of the cancellation decision, AMC released the
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Rubicon Review: "In Whom We Trust"

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Rubicon accomplished a few impressive feats on "In Whom We Trust." To wit:

It turned Ingram into a full-fledged hero. The guy is still sketchy, and it's unclear what is knows and how long he has known it for (perhaps his long-running silence has resulted in numerous deaths, such as David's)... but, come on, who didn't do a little fist pump when he made it very clear to Maggie's ex that it was time to leave town?

I also enjoy the pleasure Ingram takes in acting mysterious. It may be frustrating when that involves withholding information from Will, but it's fun to watch when he tells his partner how "good" he is, with a big smirk on his face, and we know it's because he's managed to remain "off the grid" from Spangler and company despite the presence of their bug.

It's created an interesting world without showing viewers a single thing about it.
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What's the Connection? What's the Narrative?" Well, It's Coming Together Right Here | Last Night on "Rubicon"

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Man oh man, did shit just get real on "Rubicon" last night or what? The episode began frenetically and ended with a cut to black that left me wanting more ... but this time, I wasn't wanting more in that I was unsatisfied, but wanting more as in "I want to know what happens next Sunday."

Instead of the typical brooding and plodding (I'm obviously not a fan of brooding and plodding), we get a harried Bancroft running up to Will on the street and asking about the seven names. Will brings up Donald Bloom (Michael Gaston, who guested in the last season of "Damages," one of the most underrated shows on TV, in my opinion), the only X-factor on the list, and Bancroft tells him to access the white papers and to "connect the dots."

Connect the dots, indeed. Tonight, we connected Will and Katherine; Tanya, talent and alcohol; and Bloom and Kale (Will's boss,
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Trailer: The Adjustment Bureau

This is the trailer for The Adjustment Bureau directed by George Nolfi and starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Daniel Dae Kim, John Slattery, Terence Stamp, Lauren Hodges, Anthony Mackie and Michael Kelly. Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he’s ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York.
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Rubicon Season 1 Episode Guide

AMC production on Rubicon, its newest original drama series, began on Monday, March 29 in New York City. The show is a conspiracy thriller starring James Badge Dale (who earlier this year headlined HBO’s The Pacific) as an analyst at a New York City-based federal intelligence agency who is thrown into a story where nothing is as it appears to be. Henry Bromell (Homicide, Chicago Hope, Brotherhood) has signed on as showrunner. The one-hour, 13-episode weekly series is produced by Warner Horizon Television and premieres this summer. The Rubicon cast includes James Badge Dale (The Pacific, The Departed), Oscar-nominated actress Miranda Richardson (Sleepy Hollow), Dallas Roberts (Walk the Line, Flicka, The L Word), Jessica Collins (The Nine, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Christopher Evan Welch (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Lauren Hodges (Law & Order), and Arliss Howard (Full Metal Jacket, Natural Born Killers, The Sandlot). Rubicon Season 1 Episode 1: Gone In The Teeth
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I Don't Know, and I Don't Care | Last Night on "Rubicon"

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It's been a while since the sneak preview of the season premiere of Rubicon (a dead chemist and a Draper divorce later, to be specific). Note: for those of you who just bitched about spoilers in the last sentence, you can blow me. I have no patience for you people who insist on waiting for the two greatest shows on TV to come out on Netflix. Anyway, I don't even remember the main character's name or why I'm supposed to care about him at all, except for the fact that everyone he's ever loved is dead. There's a tense opening shot of him on the roof of a building, looking down at the ant-people on the street and out to the harbor, and during which everyone in the world except for James Badge Dale knows his character's not going to jump. Then the credits roll. And now this show has to suck me back in.
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Not All Conspiracies Are Theories: Brief Thoughts on AMC's Rubicon

While you can read my feature piece on AMC's conspiracy thriller Rubicon here, I thought I'd also offer my brief thoughts on the first four episodes of the drama itself. I found Rubicon--which stars James Badge Dale, Miranda Richardson, Lauren Hodges, Arliss Howard, Jessica Collins, Dallas Roberts, and Christopher Evan Welch--an intriguing glimpse behind the curtain of the intelligence community, where the focus wasn't on dashing Jack Bauer types but rather the analysts who are forced to pull together information and offer suggestions to an array of agencies on supported actions. It's this specifically that provides the series' fourth episode--the best of the initial installments--its emotional heft, as the analysts at Api are forced to content with a weighty moral decision that will impact the lives of countless people. However, while there's a biting intelligence to Rubicon (which was created by Jason Horwitch and now overseen by Henry Bromell
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Watch the First Episode of the AMC Conspiracy Thriller Rubicon Online Right Now

It doesn’t officially premiere until August, but AMC aired a sneak preview of the entire pilot for the conspiracy thriller Rubicon on the heels of last night’s superlative Breaking Bad finale. But in case you missed it, AMC wants to make sure you get a chance to check it out: the network has posted the entire episode online, and will rerun it periodically throughout the week.

I really liked the episode — it appealed to the math geek in me. So if there’s a speck of math geek in you, if you like the slow-burn thrillers of the seventies, or if you’re bit of a conspiracy nut, you can find the online edition of the premiere episode of Rubicon after the jump.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Rubicon is a conspiracy thriller starring James Badge Dale (who earlier this year headlined HBO’s The Pacific) as an
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Rubicon Season 1 Promo and TV Spot Emerge

Entertainment Weekly has debuted the first poster and TV Spot for the new AMC series Rubicon, which will debut on Sunday August 1. A sneak preview of the pilot episode will also be shown this Sunday, June 13, directly following the Breaking Bad Season 3 finale. In the meantime, you can take a look at this new video preview for the series, the new poster and take a look at the official synopsis below.

Season 1: TV Spot

Rubicon is a conspiracy thriller set in a NYC-based government intelligence agency, Api, where nothing is what it seems. The series focuses on a beleaguered analyst, Will Travers, who, faced with a shocking tragedy, begins to uncover clues that point to a complex and sinister conspiracy. The show's cast includes James Badge Dale (The Pacific), Dallas Roberts (Walk the Line, Flicka, The L Word), Jessica Collins (The Nine, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Christopher Evan Welch
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First Trailer and Poster for AMC’s Rubicon; Sneak Preview June 13th after Breaking Bad Finale

A sneak preview for the AMC conspiracy thriller series Rubicon will air on the tail end of the Breaking Bad season three finale this Sunday, and the network has released the first poster and trailer for the series to mark the event. Rubicon stars James Badge Dale (The Pacific) as “an analyst at a New York City think-tank who is thrown into a story where nothing is as it appears to be.” Henry Bromell was named showrfunner for the 13-episode first season.

It goes without saying that Breaking Bad and Mad Men comprise a fantastic track record for AMC original series; I may have very little idea what it’s actually about, but Rubicon is easily my most anticipated series of the summer. The trailer is appropriately enigmatic, and I am eager to see the sneak preview this Sunday (whatever it entails) in advance of its official (and too far removed from immediate) August 1 premiere.
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Trailer Park: AMC's Rubicon

"Not every conspiracy is a theory." AMC will offer a sneak peek of its new conspiracy drama Rubicon this Sunday evening, immediately following the season finale of Breaking Bad, before officially launching the Warner Horizon Television-produced series in August. The series, which is executive produced by Henry Bromell, stars James Badge Dale, Miranda Richardson, Dallas Roberts, Jessica Collins, Christopher Evan Welch, Lauren Hodges, and Arliss Howard as follows an intelligence analyst who finds himself caught up in a dangerous conspiracy that uses a four-leaf clover as a calling card. Just what is the shadowy fourth arm of the government? Who are these men and what is their purpose? And will Will Travers (James Badge Dale) be able to uncover proof to expose them before he finds himself in mortal danger? Find out when Rubicon launches... The trailer for Rubicon can be viewed in full below. Following Sunday's sneak peek, the
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AMC unveils 'Rubicon' after 'Breaking Bad' finale

What do AMC's new series "Rubicon" and "Glee" have in common? Almost nothing -- except the way their networks are trying to build hype for them.

AMC is previewing the pilot for "Rubicon," a conspiracy drama starring James Badge Dale ("The Pacific"), at 11 p.m. Et Sunday (June 13), following the season finale of "Breaking Bad." That's six weeks before the series is scheduled to make its weekly debut following "Mad Men" on July 25.

The timeframe is a little more condensed, but the strategy is similar to what Fox did with "Glee" last year, airing the pilot in May 2009 before rolling out the series in September.

"Rubicon" stars Dale, who's also a former "24" regular, as a think-tank analyst who stumbles onto a major conspiracy involving high levels of government and big business. The cast also includes Miranda Richardson ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows"), Jessica Collins ("The Nine"), Dallas Roberts ("The L Word
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AMC debuts Rubicon promo

With Breaking Bad and Mad Men already on its roster, and a somewhat successful (if gloriously messy) The Prisoner remake/reboot/reimagining completed last year, AMC has already carved out a pretty impressive reputation for quality drama. Its zombified project The Walking Dead comes this fall, but another long gestating project, Rubicon, finally got a promo trailer today. The network is also generously showing the full pilot episode after the Breaking Bad finale this Sunday 13th, before the show premieres for real later this summer. I, personally, can't wait to see more of James Badge Dale's crazy hair.

AMC production on Rubicon, its newest original drama series, began on Monday, March 29 in New York City. The show is a conspiracy thriller starring James Badge Dale (who earlier this year headlined HBO’s The Pacific) as an analyst at a New York City think-tank who is thrown into a story
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It's a Conspiracy!

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For the 24 fans looking to fill that action/conspiracy hole left by a runaway Jack Bauer, AMC's new drama Rubicon may offer solace. While the show doesn't premiere until August 1, we'll get a new preview right after the sure to be breathtaking Breaking Bad finale this Sunday night. I'm anxious to see the approach of the cable channel's third original drama; if this was a network series I'd temper my expectations, but AMC is proving a contender.

James Badge Dale (The Pacific, The Departed) headlines as an analyst at a New York City think-tank. Executive produced by Henry Bromell (Homicide, Life on the Street, Brotherhood), the show also stars Miranda Richardson (Sleepy Hollow, Harry Potter), Dallas Roberts, Jessica Collins, Christopher Evan Welch, Lauren Hodges and Arliss Howard. Rubicon is a "...story about trust and power born out of the desire to find a way to capture the intensity and mystery
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NBC Orders The Event | I Would Watch Željko Ivanek Do Just About Anything

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Željko Ivanek scares the crap out of me and I love it. The dude has played so many fantastic bad guys on television (Damages, Big Love, Heroes, 24, True Blood), there's sort of a Pavlovian auto-fear reaction triggered in me. So as soon as I saw his name attached to NBC's fall pick-up, The Event, my heart did a little jump. Then I saw other names: Jason Ritter, Blair Underwood, Scott Patterson. Some of my other body parts did a bit of a jump as well.

NBC describes The Event as "...an emotional high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter), an Everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his fiancée, Leila (Sarah Roemer), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-ups in U.S. history. Sean's quest will send ripples through the lives of an eclectic band of strangers, including: newly elected U.S. President Martinez (Blair Underwood); Sophia
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AMC Sets Mad Men and Rubicon Season Premiere Dates

The fourth season of Mad Men will debut on Sunday, July 25th AMC announced today that Sunday, July 25th will mark the highly-anticipated return of television's best drama, AMC's Mad Men. Airing Sunday nights at 10 Pm (Et/Pt), the award-winning series returns to the network for its fourth season. On Sunday, August 1, AMC will debut its newest original series Rubicon starring James Badge Dale (The Pacific), with its first two episodes airing back-to-back, from 8Pm-10Pm (Et/Pt), followed by Mad Men at 10 Pm. Following its debut, Rubicon will move to its regular timeslot, airing Sundays at 9 Pm (Et/Pt).

"Sunday nights are where you find the best of premium television so it should be no surprise that AMC -- the home of premium television on basic cable -- is stacking our original dramas there as well," said Charlie Collier, president of AMC. "We welcome back 'Mad Men' and
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