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Review: 'Jackie & Ryan' Starring Katherine Heigl And Ben Barnes Lacks Authenticity

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This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Venice Film Festival. Perhaps stung by the middling-to-poor reviews for her last film “Texas Killing Fields,” director Ami Canaan Mann (daughter of Michael) returns to screens under cover of absolute directorial anonymity with “Jackie & Ryan,” a movie hamstrung in its attempts to be a “Crazy Heart” or even a “Country Strong”-ish vehicle for Katherine Heigl by being more bland than a mashed potato dinner. It’s a strangely old-fashioned film, yielding a big enough crop of corn to revive the entire Midwestern economy, putting forth a dubiously romanticized view of the philosophical beauty of the train-hopping lifestyle. And while Ben Barnes does the film's decent music great justice with his surprisingly lovely singing voice, that’s really the only authentic feeling thing therein. “Jackie & Ryan" is supposedly all about learning how to git where ya gotta go, but none of »

- Jessica Kiang

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'Chariots Of Fire' Story Will Continue In Followup 'The Last Race' Starring Joseph Fiennes

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The 1981 film “Chariots of Fire” directed by Hugh Hudson and written by Colin Welland, won 4 Oscars at the 1982 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Screenplay, Best Costume Design and Best Original Music Score for an impressively epic soundtrack from Vangelis, who would go on to score “Blade Runner” a year later. Revolving around the lives of Scottish Olympian Eric Liddell, played by Ian Charleston, and British athlete Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross), the movie tells the tale of their rivalry that culminates in a competition at the 1924 Summer Olympics. Now, “The Last Race” is being made, a film that concerns itself with the latter half of Liddell’s life post-’Chariots,’ as he travels back to China to become a teacher and missionary, in case you wanted to see that part of Liddell's story on the big screen. China was also Liddell’s birthplace as well as his place of death, where »

- Timothy Tau

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Review: Ken Loach's 'Jimmy's Hall' Is Paint-By-Numbers Political Filmmaking

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This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It was announced here in Cannes that Ken Loach, who had long mooted this year’s Competition entry “Jimmy’s Hall” as his last film, had at least partially relented (possibly in the face of the general rending of clothes and gnashing of teeth that greeted the suggestion here: Cannes loves Ken), and is thinking of embarking on another project. Good thing too, because “Jimmy’s Hall” would be no great cap to a long, singular filmmaking career--it’s a twee and tweedy period “Footloose,” into which Loach’s trademark left wing sympathies are not so much woven as photocopied and stapled onto alternate pages of the script. The Robbie Ryan cinematography ensures everything looks tremendous, all emeralds and warm browns and autumnal Irish ochers, but it’s a richness and texture that isn’t matched by anything else in the film. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Watch: Discover The Extraordinary In Trailer For NBC's 'Heroes Reborn'

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Five years after "Heroes" went off the air, NBC is going to give it another go with “Heroes Reborn”, an upcoming 13-episode miniseries that takes place after the original series left off, and your first taste of what's coming has arrived with a brand new trailer. The new miniseries takes place after those with supernatural powers are blamed for a massive terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, causing the original Heroes to go into hiding. Some familiar faces will be returning - such as Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), The Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), Hrg (Jack Coleman), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy), Angela Petrelli (Cristine Rose), Micah (Noah Gray-Cabey), and Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg). Meanwhile, a batch of new characters are taking center stage including: vigilantes Luke (Zachary Levi) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni); conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski), who tries to show Hrg the truth behind the Odessa attack; Malina (Danika Yarosh) »

- Timothy Tau

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Jeremy Renner Talks The Difficult Shoot Of 'Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation' Plus Check Out New TV Spots

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Earlier this year, chatter surfaced about rumored problems on the set of "Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation." Paramount was apparently unhappy with the film's ending, requiring both a rewrite and a reshoot. However, director Christopher McQuarrie vigorously denied those reports, and certainly the studio's decision to move 'Rogue Nation' ahead to this summer from its previously planned slot of Christmas Day is a vote of confidence in the picture. And while the early interviews with the cast and director seem to indicate everything went swimmingly, talking with Playboy, Jeremy Renner suggested that things on set weren't as ideal. At least not for him. "This 'Mission' was like all the 'Mission's—great action set pieces with an idea of a story somewhere in there. There have been four successful versions before this one, so why would I fight the process? I just went and gave to the best of my ability in the scenario I was in, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Exclusive Clip From Trinidadian Crime Film 'God Loves The Fighter'

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It's always eye-opening to expand one's cinematic boundaries, and Trinidadian film "God Loves the Fighter" is a fantastic example of the fresh creativity that can come from a place that hasn't been seen on screen enough. Landing on VOD platforms (iTunes and Amazon) on July 7th, the film, from director and native son Damian Marcano, is a visual and aural journey into the rougher spots of paradise on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. The film follows several different characters as they seek money, power, purpose and redemption among the drugs, guns, and prostitutes of the ghetto Laventile. Narrated with a rollicking sense of rhythm and verse by street poet King Curtis (Lou Lyons), and soundtracked by Q Major and Freetown Collective, "God Loves the Fighter" has an intrinsic musicality, which adds to the fairytale, fable-like aspect of the film. The intense visual style struts and skitters from moment to moment, »

- Katie Walsh

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Watch: 10-Minute Video Explores The History Of 'The Terminator' Franchise

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If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting a long time for the fifth “Terminator” film, which opens in theatres nationwide this Friday. Despite some pronounced fan outcry in response to alleged reconstruction of the franchise’s overall narrative and a lukewarm advance buzz (excluding, of course, the endorsement from original director James Cameron), there Are those of us who will buy a ticket on opening day because hey, it might… actually… be good? It’s been a while since the “Terminator” franchise has genuinely rocked our world: Jonathan Mostow’s so-so third film, “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines,” has a pretty killer ending but is otherwise more serviceable then awesome. And of course, the less time spent talking about McG’s misbegotten “Terminator Salvation,” the better. But before us “Terminator” nerds get all worked up about this new installment, maybe it’s time we all took a »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Watch: Juno Temple Trades Prostitution For Photography In Trailer For 'Safelight'

9 hours ago

Juno Temple doesn't tend to discriminate when it comes to her movie roles. She's appeared in everything from Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" to William Friedkin's delightfully sleazy "Killer Joe" to this year's underrated period piece "Far From The Madding Crowd." But she also tends to jump into an occasional indie that comes along, which means there are movies like "The Brass Teapot" and "Magic Magic," scattered across her filmography and "Safelight" looks like another to fit that category of forgettable films. Co-staring Evan Peters, Christine Lahti, and Ariel Winter, the movie tells the unlikely story of a high school kid who whisks away a prostitute from her dangerous pimp, and shows her the beauty of photography. Uh...here's the official synopsis:  The paths of three desperate individuals perilously cross in a dusty desert town. Charles (Evan Peters) is a high school senior with physical challenges, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Video Explores The Films Of Martin Scorsese Through His Creative Use Of Closeups

9 hours ago

Guns, cocaine, money, jewelry, food, flashbulbs---put all those things together and what do you get? Well, they could either be key ingredients to a dangerous night out, a wild party, or… a Martin Scorsese film. Yes, with nearly 25 Scorsese films in 50 years, we are all pretty aware of the content that’s typically featured in the majority of his cinema. There’s perhaps no better way to highlight Scorsese’s (or his characters’) obsessions than the use of the close-up, a shot the director has strategically deployed quite often throughout his career. And thanks to Vimeo user Jorge Luengo, who put together this following compilation, we get to see nearly every close-up featured in Scorsese’s films with this 6-minute video. The real fun in this compilation is attempting to pinpoint which film is featured in each shot. Sometimes it’s fairly obvious: a close-up of an airplane dashboard is most likely from “The Aviator. »

- Ken Guidry

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Hollywood Reboots Embrace The Retcon And Why That May Be The Best Option For Movie Audiences

10 hours ago

You know when you hear a single word over and over again, and it begins to sound weird and then loses all meaning? If that's not roughly where we are with the odd collection of consonants and vowels that spells R-e-b-o-o-t ["reboot," ree-boot, /ˌriːˈbuːt/], we must be pretty close. When this week "Terminator Genisys" (our review is here) will attempt to restart James Cameron's beloved franchise; when last week some bright-eyed chap called Tom Holland was cast as your new new new Spider-Man; when this very month "Jurassic World" had people debating, among other things, the minutiae of "sequel" vs. "reboot" while Universal sidled off to the bank with the contents of everyone's wallets; it feels like a word that is being tossed around to the point of white noise. And when it does register, it usually elicits a grimace —it's the latest band-aid over the gaping wound that is the creative moribundity of the Hollywood model. »

- The Playlist Staff

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'Fatal Attraction' Getting Remade As TV Event Series

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Before Amazing Amy went crazy in David Fincher's "Gone Girl," Adrian Lyne's Oscar nominated "Fatal Attraction" was the cinematic benchmark for relationships getting psychotic. And so it goes in the TV world of remakes and reboots, as the movie is now getting reheated for a redo to be stretched out over a few nights. Read More: Adrian Lyne To Direct Steve Zallian-Produced Thriller 'Deep Water'   THR reports that 20th Century Fox is developing the project, with "Mad Men" veterans Maria and Andre Jacquemetton penning the script about a married man whose affair turns into a total nightmare when his lover can't let him go. This fits right in the network's growing slate of one-off programming, which includes the currently airing "Wayward Pines,"  upcoming efforts like "X-Files" and another iteration of "24."  But whether or not an audience will show up —did anyone watch NBC's "Rosemary's Baby"?— we'll. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The 15 Best Male Striptease Scenes Before 'Magic Mike Xxl' Jumped On Stage

11 hours ago

The scent of baby oil and warm wine cooler fills the air. Shrieks, moans and giggles ring out as leather chaps squeak and bass-heavy, suggestive pop tunes grind forth from giant speakers. Lights flash; the air is thick with a two-way traffic of undergarments. Yes, "Magic Mike Xxl" (our review is here) is coming to town, which is either a cause for celebration, indifference or insecurity depending on your gender, sexuality and general worldview. It's not the kind of thing we usually attempt, but to cater to those who just can't wait to see a little taut, rippling man-meat on display, or for those who are merely strip-curious, we thought we'd herald the arrival of the Channing Tatum-starring sequel to the Channing Tatum-starring original "Magic Mike," by investigating —from a purely academic standpoint, of course!— the phenomenon of male strippers in the movies. This is the part where »

- Jessica Kiang

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Paul Thomas Anderson To Write And Possibly Direct Warner Bros' ‘Pinocchio’ For Robert Downey Jr.

11 hours ago

For his past couple of films, Paul Thomas Anderson has very much followed his own idiosyncratic path, even if the box office rewards or awards season success didn't follow. Together with Joaquin Phoenix, he explored the nature of man versus animal in "The Master" and the blissed out vibes of a changing era in "Inherent Vice." So what's PTA's next move? Making a live action kids' movie, of course. Wait… what? THR reports that the director is taking a page from fellow auteurs like Noah Baumbach ("Madagascar 3"), Alex Ross Perry ("Winnie The Pooh") and David Lowery ("Pete's Dragon") and is set to convert a 19th century Italian folk tale turned 20th century animated classic into a fresh new blockbuster for the 21st century. PTA will be rewriting the long developing "Pinocchio" for his pal Robert Downey Jr. with an eye to direct, with the movie set up over at Warner Bros. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: 8-Minute Video Tribute To The Films Of Denis Villeneuve

12 hours ago

He has been making movies for almost twenty years now, and up until his 2011 film “Incendies,” Denis Villeneuve only ever made films in his native country of Canada. So perhaps it’s understandable that it took his first Hollywood production, 2013’s “Prisoners,” for the filmmaker to receive international acclaim. Since then, Villeneuve has been on a roll with last year’s “Enemy” and the upcoming “Sicario,” the latter receiving a wealth of positive buzz when it premiered at Cannes this past May. Villeneuve has recently commenced filming his follow-up to “Sicario,” “Story of Your Life” which boasts a cast that includes Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams, and Forest Whitaker. And he's said to be attached to direct the sequel to “Blade Runner.” The man’s simply unstoppable at the moment. Read More: Interview: Denis Villenueve Talks Shooting Toronto For 'Enemy,' Dipping Into the Subconscious & His Next Projects  Just in time, »

- Ken Guidry

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Watch: Put On Your Seatbelt For The New Trailer For 'The Transporter Refueled'

12 hours ago

Dudes in cars driving really fast, punching people, and doing flip kicks or whatever will never get old, as there will always be adolescents who will enjoy that sort of thing. And so, while us older types have moved on from the limited charms of the Jason Statham-led "The Transporter" franchise, it's being rebooted for a whole new generation, because, obviously. Welcome to "The Transporter Refueled." (Sheesh). Anyway, Ed Skrein is now behind the wheel, tasked as they guy who can deliver dangerous or illegal packages with ease on four wheels. But things get hairy when he's hired by a trio of femme fatales to assist in a massive bank heist, which soon sees him tangling with Russian mobsters. And there's a father/son story in here too, because I guess we need character development or something. Co-starring Ray Stevenson, Gabriella Wright, Radivoje Bukvic, Anatole Taubman and Tatiana Pajkovic, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgård, & Bel Powley Star In The New U.K. Trailer For ‘Diary Of A Teenage Girl’

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Sundance 2015 was full of quirky coming of age tales with dark edges, and perhaps no film better represents that description than Marielle Heller’s “The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.” While it may sound a little twee — it has animated segments within, it’s based on a Ya graphic novel, etc. — ‘Diary’ is far from “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Paper Towns.” And as a rather frank and unflinching R-Rated movie with some very well-handled adult themes, Heller’s film is much more mature and unvarnished than most happy-go-lucky bildungsroman movies. And it handles icky subject matter quite well, so much so that it’s arguably one of the better movies made for teenage girls grappling with sexuality, burgeoning womanhood and a general awakening to the world (here’s our review). Starring newcomer Bel Powley in a big breakout performance, as well as Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgard, “The Diary Of A Teenage Girl »

- Edward Davis

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Watch: New U.S. Trailer For 'Tom At The Farm' Directed By And Starring Xavier Dolan

13 hours ago

Between "Laurence Anyways" and last year's acclaimed and Cannes prize-winning "Mommy," the prolific Xavier Dolan directed "Tom At The Farm." Like his previous efforts, it hit the festival circuit, but it appears the film's darker tone turned some off, and not much has been heard about the movie since 2013. It opened in Canada and other international territories, but a U.S. distribution deal proved elusive. But Amplify has finally snapped it up and a new U.S. trailer for the picture is here. Dolan takes the lead role in this psycho-sexual thriller that would make Alfred Hitchcock proud. He plays the titular Tom who, following the death of his lover, Guillaume (Caleb Landry Jones, in a very small uncredited role), goes to his family's rural farm for the funeral. But it turns out they didn't know anything about Guillaume's sexuality or partner. Tom doesn't out his former lover, but things take a dark turn when. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Michael Keaton And J.K. Simmons Are No Longer Visiting ‘Kong: Skull Island’

13 hours ago

Last fall, two of the biggest awards season narratives swirled around Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons. The former turned heads with his meta performance in "Birdman," while the latter's absolutely blazing turn in "Whiplash" made it clear the respected character actor was more than worthy of leading man roles. And as follows being embraced by Hollywood, tentpoles came calling, and both actors signed up for "Kong: Skull Island." Read More: Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons However, Deadline reports that neither Keaton or Simmons will wind up making the trip. Scheduling delays are being cited as the reason for their departure from the Jordan Vogt-Roberts ("The Kings Of Summer") directed movie, that's only expected to be delayed a few weeks as replacements are found. John Gatins ("Real Steel," "Need For Speed") and Max Borenstein ("Godzilla") have penned the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Go Driving At Night With This 'Nightcrawler' And 'Drive' Mashup

14 hours ago

Ryan Gosling’s Driver and Jake Gylenhaal’s Lou Bloom. Both loners. Outsiders. Men who abide by a very strict and unwavering code. One a stoic, the other a chatty, ambitious lunatic. And, as this new supercut, titled “Driving at Night,” points out, both are men who navigate the neon-ensconced nighttime streets of Los Angeles for their own strange, and often violent, purposes. That’s right folks: “Drive” and “Nightcrawler” are the new breed of L.A. neo-noirs, suffused with a lingering sense of dread and mordant comedy, and punctuated by isolated moments that are as electric as they are sickening. Read More: Watch: 10-Minute Mashup Of Nicolas Winding Refn & Ryan Gosling's 'Drive' & 'Only God Forgives' “Nightcrawler" is a much-lauded career high for leading man Jake Gyllenhaal and also a savagely entertaining black comedy about a young social climber without a conscience who stakes a grim fortune in a business. »


- Nicholas Laskin

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Watch: Michael Fassbender Plays ‘Steve Jobs’ In New Trailer For Oscar-Contender Co-Starring Kate Winslet & Seth Rogen

14 hours ago

For several years now, filmmaker Danny Boyle has found himself at the awards season table. The surprise hit “Slumdog Millionaire” swept the Oscars in 2008, and he was back at it with James Franco in 2010's “127 Hours.” Boyle took a break from serious drama in 2013 with the twisty heist/hypnotism caper “Trance.” That movie was originally set to star Michael Fassbender, but the actor dropped out. But it didn’t take long for him to reteam with Boyle, and he now leads the awards-bait drama with “Steve Jobs.” Read More: Watch: Danny Boyle & Darren Aronofsky Talk Directing, Moviemaking, & More In 20-Minute Video The project does, however, come with baggage. Produced by Mark Gordon and Scott Rudin among others, the movie was written by Aaron Sorkin and set up at Sony, and was seemingly all set to be helmed by David Fincher in what would have been a reunion of the creative »

- Edward Davis

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