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Return to Sender movie review: yes, return to sender

For almost the entire running time of this movie, we have no idea what it is about. What is it trying to say? What sort of story is it trying to tell? I’m “biast” (pro): love Rosamund Pike

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

In my head I’m calling this film What Is This I Can’t Even: The Movie. It works at least as well as the blandly generic and not even really apropos Return to Sender, which describes a tiny section of the second act that then resolves itself and has no further bearing on the story. In fact, the bearing it does have on the story hardly makes any sense at all, not on the level of plot, character, or theme. Not that the plot, characters, or putative themes make any sense on a whole-movie level,
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Eddie Murphy Announced As Presenter At 87th Oscars

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Eddie Murphy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Evans, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Margot Robbie will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced on Thursday. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

Murphy received an Oscar nomination for his supporting role in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls.” He has starred in such features as “Bowfinger” (1999), “The Nutty Professor” (1996), “Coming to America” (1988), “Beverly Hills Cop” (1984) and “48 Hrs.” (1982), and has lent his voice talents to all four of the “Shrek” animated features to date. He will next be seen in the independent drama “Cook.”

Ejiofor received his first Oscar nomination last year for his lead performance in “12 Years a Slave.” He previously appeared in such features as “Salt” (2010), “American Gangster” (2007), “Children of Men” (2006) and “Dirty Pretty Things” (2003). His upcoming films include “Z for Zachariah” and “Triple Nine.
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Watch Josh Lucas Gush About His "Fantastic" Sex Scene With Jennifer Lopez

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Josh Lucas stopped by the Bravo Clubhouse for an appearance on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, and he didn't shy away from a question about his best onscreen kiss. "I gotta agree with Jennifer Lopez, who I heard was here and said it was me," Josh said, echoing what Jennifer told Andy Cohen during her appearance on the show last June. As it turns out, the kiss was for a hot scene that was left on the cutting room floor. "We did this movie called An Unfinished Life with Robert Redford and Morgan Freeman, and we have a phenomenal sex scene in a car that was so good, I guess it was cut out," he said while showing off his signature smirk. Check out the Josh's description of the steamy shoot in the clip, above, and then catch up on the latest viral videos.
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Cannes: Bold Films Taps Mandalay Vision Head Matthew Rhodes To Be Pic Prexy

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Bold Films, one of the expanding monied production companies, has gotten a couple sharp executive to steer its movies. Chairman Michel Litvak and CEO Gary Michael Walters have brought Matthew Rhodes over from running the specialty label Mandalay Vision. He will become president of Motion Pictures for Bold, and oversee the development and production departments. He reports to Litvak and Walters. They’ve also appointed vet Jeffrey Stott to head up physical production. Rhodes joined Mandalay Vision in 2011, and was a producer on the Marjane Satrapi-directed Sundance pic The Voices, which starred Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick, Gemma Arterton and Jacki Weaver. He’s also a producer on the Gilles Paquet-Brenner-directed adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel Dark Places which stars Charlize Theron. Rhodes also produced the Lionsgate Bruce Willis-starrer Fire With Fire and Sony’s Bad Country, which stars Matt Dillon and Willem Dafoe. Before that, he ran his own shingle,
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Alan Ladd Jr. to Chair Montreal World Film Festival Jury

Toronto - Hollywood producer Alan Ladd Jr., who gave George Lucas the greenlight to shoot Star Wars, will head up the competition jury at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival. Ladd Jr., who was given a special achievement award in 2008 by the Montreal festival, will serve as president of the international jury. “We are very happy to have one of the premier Hollywood producers of our time to preside over the festival jury," Serge Losique, Montreal festival founder and president, said in a statement. Ladd Jr.'s film credits include Braveheart, Blade Runner, The Right Stuff, An Unfinished Life

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Robert Redford on America: 'Certain things have got lost'

The writer-director uses Cannes press conference to say that the Us has lost its way since the second world war, and that rampant development must be controlled

Robert Redford today accused the Us of losing its way in the years since the second world war. Speaking at the press conference for his new film All Is Lost at the Cannes film festival.

"Certain things have got lost," said Redford. "Our belief system had holes punched in it by scandals that occurred, whether it was Watergate, the quiz show scandal, or Iran-Contra; it's still going on…Beneath all the propaganda is a big grey area, another America that doesn't get any attention; I decided to make that the subject of my films."

Redford, now 76, also had critical words for the Us's never-ending drive for economic and technological development, which he considers has been a damaging force.

"We are in a dire
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As Cool As I Am Trailer Makes Claire Danes And James Marsden Into Bad Parents

Being a teenager is hard. We.ve seen examples of it time and time again, both on film and in real life. Teenagers in broken homes have it even worse, as we.ve also seen on film a bunch of times. So in order to stand out in the crowd, a movie that centers on this kind of storyline has to pull some tricks to be heard above the din. I.m not sure if the above trailer for As Cool As I Am does that exactly. The film is adapted from the 1994 novel by Pete Fromm with a screenplay from Virginia Korus Spragg (An Unfinished Life), and Max Mayer (Adam) directing. Sarah Bolger (The Moth Diaries) plays Lucy Diamond, a teenage girl who suddenly finds herself reaching maturity just as her parents, played by Claire Danes (Homeland) and James Marsden (Robot and Frank), are losing theirs. Apparently the deal
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'The Company You Keep': Shia Labeouf's reporter knows how to cultivate a source -- Exclusive Video

'The Company You Keep': Shia Labeouf's reporter knows how to cultivate a source -- Exclusive Video
If you paid attention only to the internet hub-bub generated by Shia Labeouf’s tweets, quotes, and late-night bar brawls, you might forget that he’s still a darn good young actor who’s only beginning to tackle the mature adult roles that will eventually define his career. In The Company You Keep, he plays Ben Shepard, an Albany newspaper reporter who lucks into a huge national news story when a former member of the Weather Underground (Susan Sarandon) wanted for murder is captured in his backyard. Chasing down leads by hook or by crook, Ben follows all the clues back to Jim Grant,
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Band of Brothers – Where are they now?

Twelve years ago, HBO put to screen a miniseries that was one part Television event, one part historical drama, which had the considerable backing of executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and the hype of being something of a spiritual successor to their highly acclaimed war film Saving Private Ryan. Through ten one hour long episodes, essentially using TV as a medium to explore a vast and epic journey through the Second World War that would simply be impossible to map on the big screen, and with Stephen E Ambrose’s critically acclaimed non-fiction book as source material and a huge cast representing a collective of real world heroes, one of the most ambitious storytelling exercises the small screen has ever mounted was brought to life. The result was much fanfare, both critically and among the masses, a recurring trope that continues to this day, and the fledgling start
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Robert Redford comes up from the Underground in 'The Company You Keep' trailer -- Video

Robert Redford comes up from the Underground in 'The Company You Keep' trailer -- Video
Robert Redford still knows how to wrangle up a cast of A-listers. His recent projects have showcased Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon, Will Smith, and James McAvoy, and the living legend has lined up another impressive cast of actors for The Company You Keep. Out front and center is Redford himself — in his first major starring role since 2005′s An Unfinished Life — portraying a former Weather Underground radical who’s exposed by a journalist played by Shia Labeouf. Toss in esteemed vets Susan Sarandon, Nick Nolte, Julie Christie, Chris Cooper, Sam Elliott, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Jenkins, Stanley Tucci, as well as Terrence Howard,
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Claire Danes In As Cool As I Am First Look Photo

Currently in post-production, Radiant Films International has announced it will be handling the foreign rights to the heartwarming comedy drama As Cool As I Am. Starring Claire Danes (“Homeland,” The Hours), James Marsden (X-men), Sarah Bolger (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Thomas Mann (Project X), Jeremy Sisto (Robot & Frank) and two time Academy Award nominee Peter Fonda (Ulee.S Gold), the film centers around a bright and intelligent teenage girl, Lucy (Bolger) and her almost boyfriend Kenny (Mann), who come of age in a small rural town. With her often absent and very young parents (Marsden and Danes) more in need of guidance and parenting than their daughter, Lucy turns to cooking shows to cope with the turbulent pains of adolescence and finds particular comfort in the celebrated culinary personality, Mario Batali. While Lucy charges ahead toward womanhood and her dream of becoming a chef, her mother is desperately searching for her
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Deep Thoughts With Morgan Freeman: The Mashup

When you see Morgan Freeman, maybe you see God. Or the president of the United States. Or Nelson Mandela, or a kindly old convict, chauffeur, boxing trainer or superhero's business manager. Because he's played all those roles, and he always seems to have the answers to everything, doesn't he? And that voice! We'd buy a bag of broken light bulbs if he only narrated the commercial.

Everything out of Morgan Freeman's mouth not only sounds wise, it Is wise -- and we have proof in this video compilation of every deep, life-changing line the man ever said. Get busy watching this mashup, or get busy dying.

Movies Included (Click to Buy):

Glory | The Bucket List | Evan Almighty | March of the Penguins | Feast of Love | Dreamcatcher | Invictus | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves | Amistad | Moll Flanders | Unleashed | Edison Force | Along Came a Spider | The Shawshank Redemption | An Unfinished Life |  10 Items
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Robert Redford Confirmed To Star In ‘Margin Call’ Director J.C. Chandor’s ‘All Is Lost’

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Writer/director J.C. Chandor made a relatively low-key splash with his excellent debut film Margin Call this past year, and it seems he has caught the eye of Sundance founder and film legend Robert Redford. After some rumors, The Sundance Kid himself has been confirmed as the lead – and sole cast member – in Chandor’s sophomore effort All Is Lost. [Deadline]

Chandor is not yet a household name, but his stock is ever-rising. He expertly handled a veteran ensemble cast - Paul Bettany, Demi Moore, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker, Jeremy Irons and producer Zachary Quinto – in his film about 24 hours inside an unnamed Wall Street investment company on the eve of 2008′s financial meltdown and he’s up for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar, as well.

As for Redford, his last film as a director was 2010′s The Conspirator, but he’s in post-production on The Company You Keep,
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Robert Redford comes aboard 'All is Lost'

Robert Redford comes aboard 'All is Lost'
Robert Redford will star in All is Lost, the story of one man’s lonely maritime struggle against nature from Margin Call’s writer/director J.C. Chandor, according to FilmNation, the production company shopping the project at the European Film Market in Berlin. Lionsgate will distribute the film in the U.S.

For Redford, who directed and will appear in the upcoming The Company You Keep, opposite Shia Labeouf, Lost will be his first starring role in another director’s film since 2005′s An Unfinished Life for Lasse Hallström.

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Watch: 2 Clips From ‘Salmon Fishing In The Yemen’ With Ewan McGregor & Emily Blunt

When we saw that "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen," the latest from director Lasse Hallstrom had been added to the Tiff slate, we didn't go out of our way to find time to see it. The director, who impressed with "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and "The Cider House Rules" has long settled into helming a string of increasingly mediocre films like "An Unfinished Life," "The Hoax," "Hachi: A Dog's Tale" and last year's intolerable "Dear John." So can you blame us if we didn't carve out time to see it in Toronto? Turns out the joke was on us, as…
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Cannes: Mandalay Vision Gets New Location And Leader, And Two-Year Funding Deal With Prescience

Mandalay Pictures is moving its prestige pic division Mandalay Vision from New York to Los Angeles and has named Matthew Rhodes its new Vision president. At the same time, Mandalay owner Peter Guber and president Cathy Schulman have locked a new two-year funding deal with Tim Smith's Prescience, financier of The King's Speech. Mandalay Vision launched in 2010 in New York with Celine Rattray as president. She left to form Maven Pictures with Trudie Styler. The company relocates to Mandalay's La office under Rhodes, who has produced such pictures as An Unfinished Life, Southland Tales, Passengers and the upcoming Nailed. "In just one short year, Mandalay Vision has made its mark with such films as the current box-office success Soul Surfer and the Sundance standouts Salvation Boulevard and the award-winning Another Happy Day," said Schulman. "Matt's mastery of both the financial and creative aspects of film production will further boost
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Berlin: Hallstrom Returns to Sweden to Direct Crime Thriller The Hypnotist

Many foreign directors dream of making it in Hollywood, and after breaking out with My Life as a Dog Sweden's Lasse Hallstrom certainly did, directing What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? Something to Talk About, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, An Unfinished Life, Casanova, The Hoax and Dear John. But his last, Hachi, went straight to video in the U.S. and did middling business overseas; the market is unforgiving now for his stock-in-trade, heart-warming dramas. Thus Hallström is returning to make his first feature in Sweden in 24 years. The Hypnotist, based on yet another bestselling Swedish crime novel, will start principal photography this coming winter for release in fall 2012; pseudonymous writer Lars Kepler (actually the duo Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril) plan to continue a series ...
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Hallström Goes Under For "The Hypnotist'"

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Director Lasse Hallström ("An Unfinished Life") will direct "The Hypnotist", based on the Swedish-language crime novel. Prepping to start during the winter of 2011/2012, "The Hypnotist" will be the first of a series of features based on the work of author 'Lars Kepler', a pen name for husband/wife writing team Alexandra and Alexander Ahndoril.

Premise of "The Hypnotist" follows the criminal investigation of a family by 'Detective Inspector Joona Linna'.

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Michelle Raimo-Kouyate moves from Dreamworks to Sony Pictures

HollywoodNews.com: Michelle Raimo-Kouyate has been named president of production for Sony Pictures Animation, it was announced today by Bob Osher, President of Digital Productions for Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The respected industry veteran joins Spa from Dreamworks Animation, where she was serving as executive producer for the upcoming feature Puss in Boots, a spin-off of the blockbuster Shrek.

“Michelle is an extraordinarily talented executive who loves both the art and artistry of animation and understands that superior storytelling must always come first,” said Osher. “Michelle and I worked together for many years at Miramax. She earns the respect of her peers through her leadership and is someone who candidly speaks her mind. Because of her extensive experience in both live action and animation, she is the perfect choice for this position, especially as we produce both all-cg features and hybrid productions like The Smurfs. We have an outstanding slate
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Exclusive: Michelle Raimo Named New President of Sony Pictures Animation

Sony Pictures will make the announcement tomorrow. Former Miramax and Paramount exec Michelle Raimo (Kouyate) has been recently producing the animated feature film Puss In Boots off the DreamWorks Animation Shrek franchise, with Chris Miller directing. Raimo began her career in the film business 13 years ago when she joined Miramax Films. From 1995 to 2005, she rose through the development and production ranks from an assistant to a Svp of Development and Production. During her tenure at the studio, Michelle was responsible for exec producing and overseeing numerous projects including the Academy Award-nominated Chocolat, as well as The Shipping News, Ella Enchanted, The Great Raid and An Unfinished Life. While at Miramax, Raimos helped start its book- and Talk magazine-based development. In 2005, she relocated from New York to Los Angeles to serve as Svp of Production at Paramount Pictures where she was responsible for overseeing producer accounts including Nickelodeon, MTV Films, Lynda Obst Productions,
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