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Nine Actors Who Reinvented Themselves and Revitalized Their Careers

  • Cinelinx
Some actors manage to catch lightning in a bottle twice. It’s impressive enough to find your niche in Hollywood’s A-list even once. Occasionally, an actor will reinvent him/herself and begin a new phase of their careers that will be even more successful than it was before. Here are nine actors who had a cinematic rebirth.

Liam Neeson- Neeson has had a long career, and the early part of it was in dramatic roles. An intense dramatic actor, he apeared in films like The Dead Pool, Dark Man, Schindler’s List, Rob Roy and Les Miserables. His career rebirth came after playing Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars-Episode one: The Phantom Menace. After that, he got more offers for actions parts and recreated himself as an action hero in films like Gangs of NY, Batman Begins, Taken, Clash of the Titans, the A-Team, Unknown, the Grey, Taken 2,
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The Family Fang movie review: family bites

Strikingly original, a truly rare pleasure in a cinematic environment clogged with cookie-cutter films. Jason Bateman and Nicole Kidman are splendid. I’m “biast” (pro): big Jason Bateman fan

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

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

Jason Bateman’s second film as director opens with a sequence that is one of the most provocative introductions to a movie I’ve ever seen. I am not going to tell you what it entails, not even in the barest outlines, because watching it unfold and feeling wonderfully bewildered at where it goes is a truly rare pleasure in a cinematic environment clogged with cookie-cutter films. And once it’s over, you’re left with an even more delicious sense of having absolutely no idea what sort of story this is setting up.

I’m so glad
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An emotional 'Ask Drew' looks back at the life and work of the great Robin Williams

  • Hitfix
An emotional 'Ask Drew' looks back at the life and work of the great Robin Williams
"Suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems." - Robin Williams, "World's Greatest Dad" This is a very emotional "Ask Drew." This is, I would suspect, the closest you're ever going to see to me losing it on camera completely. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when there was a Robin Williams question, since it's still so fresh and so raw for so many people, but I couldn't have known just how hard it would be to talk about him. I mean, I have stared at the blinking cursor on my blank document page for almost two days now, grappling with one question: how in the hell do you even remotely begin to sum up someone as huge as Robin Williams? We could start from the personal angle. I could tell you about the occasional e-mails I got from him when I was at Ain't It Cool, or the
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Robin Williams 1951-2014: Movie career in pictures

Robin Williams 1951-2014: Movie career in pictures
Robin Williams has died at the age of 63.

The stand-up comedian and actor shot to fame appearing in television series Mork & Mindy between 1978 and 1982, before embarking on a movie career.

As friends, co-stars and fans from across the globe pay tribute to Williams, Digital Spy looks back at his career on the big screen:

1. Robin Williams made his film debut in 1977 comedy Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses?:

2. After his debut, he then starred in the lead role of Robert Altman's musical comedy adaptation of Popeye in 1980:

3. Robin Williams starred alongside Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close and John Lithgow in 1982's The World According To Garp:

4. In 1983, Robin Williams joined Walter Matthau in The Survivors:

5. His performance in 1984's Moscow on the Hudson earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor:

6. Robin Williams starred in Harold Ramis's Club Paradise with Peter O'Toole,
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'Silence of the Lambs', 'No Country for Old Men' & 32 More, Award-Winning Books Turned into Movies on Sale for Kindle

I received a Kindle for Christmas and I absolutely love it. I am not a particularly fast reader, but with this device my reading speed has dramatically increased and one thing I do every day is check the Kindle Daily Deals at Amazon as they frequently offer something worth picking up for only $1.99. Well, today the list is rather long as they have 34 books that eventually inspired award-winning movies on sale. No, this doesn't mean Oscar winning as you'll notice the book that helped inspire Ron Howard's Rush is included here and the Academy couldn't even see fit to offer it a Sound nomination. However, we all saw Daniel Bruhl take home a few awards already so it definitely counts. Books that inspired this year's Oscar crop are limited to the books behind Philomena and The Invisible Woman, but there is a lot more to take away beyond that.
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'I'm Too Old For This Sh*t' Mash-Up: 'Lethal Weapon,' 'Stripes' And More (Video) (Nsfw)

  • Moviefone
You're getting too old for this: 25 years ago, on March 6, 1987, "Lethal Weapon" was released. The buddy-cop thriller not only cemented Mel Gibson's status as a household name after playing good-natured loose-canon (as opposed to now) Martin Riggs, but also created a social phenomenon still relevant to this day: "I'm getting too old for this shit." The catchphrase, said numerous times throughout the "Lethal Weapon" series by Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), has appeared in many movies over the last 25 years, often times in reference to the put-upon police detective himself. (The recent trailer for "Men In Black 3" features Will Smith uttering a PG variation on Murtaugh's famous one-liner.) What you might not know? That "Lethal Weapon" wasn't the first film to utilize some form of the defeated turn-of-phrase. From "North by Northwest" and "The Sting" to Murtaugh himself, enjoy a mash-up of movie characters getting too old for this. Video
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Catfish – review

This modern-day tale of deception, which purports to be a documentary, is one of the year's most intriguing pictures

The most highly regarded American film in a year that has seen the fifth anniversary of YouTube is also the most topical: The Social Network, the story of the creation of Facebook. But just as widely discussed and altogether more controversial is the low-budget movie Catfish, which purports to be a documentary about an encounter involving Facebook between people from very different social backgrounds. It cost something like $30,000 to make, and on a limited release has taken $3m at the box office, which makes it a phenomenon of Blair Witch Project dimensions.

At the centre of Catfish is Yaniv Schulman, known as Nev, a young, New York-based photographer specialising in pictures of dancers. He receives an email from Angela Faccio, a housewife in smalltown Michigan, sending him a naive but rather
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Ryan Gosling And Michelle Williams To Explore Relationships In ‘Blue Valentine’

Ever since “The Notebook,” Ryan Gosling has topped a lot of “dreamiest most perfect heartthrob” lists, an image he refuses to encourage with edgier roles such as “Half Nelson,” “Lars and the Real Girl” and the upcoming “All Good Things.” However, his female fans may have a reason to haul out the Kleenex once again thanks to “Blue Valentine.”

According to Variety, Gosling has signed on to star in the indie drama with Michelle Williams. The plot as detailed on IMDb is a simple one: the two indie darlings play a couple who are coming up on their ten year wedding anniversary. Their marriage isn’t what it once was however, and as their relationship crumbles they recall the better days of their love affair. The film will jump between various years of their life together. Will the couple’s trip down memory lane only speed up the divorce, or
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All singing, all dancing, all Armistead Maupin: "Tales of the City" hits the boards this summer

  • The Backlot
What rhymes with "Mary Ann Singleton"? Fans of Armistead Maupin's classic Tales of the City will find out this summer with the debut of the long-awaited stage musical adaptation.

Read on for more!

Jake Shears

Variety reports that a musical adaptation of Tales of the City is one of the highlights of the upcoming summer series at the O'Neill Theater in New Haven, Conn. The production, which hopes to eventually make it to Broadway, will run July 4-11.

Jeff Whitty

Maupin's not the only gay artist involved, however. Avenue Q's Jeff Whitty has written the book for this new musical, while Jake Shears and John Garden of the Scissor Sisters contributed the songs. No word as to who has been cast as Mrs. Madrigal, Michael, Mona and the rest of the Barbary Lane gang.

Maupin's work has already been successfully adapted for television (three Tales of the City mini-series
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The New Indie Queen: Toni Collette joins Mendes' comedy

  • For those who aren't keeping tabs, the title of "indie queen" formerly held by Parker PoseyParker Posey
[/link] and Lily Taylor  has now officially been passed onto to Toni Collette. When she doesn't fly back home in here native Austrial for a movie part, she has over the last couple of years been an important supporting actress figure in the indie biz - notable making the switch between heavy dramatic roles (The Dead Girl, The Night Listener) to mothering roles in Little Miss Sunshine and upcoming Towelhead. THR reports that the actress has boarded Sam Mendes 's untitled comedy for Focus Features (she last had a bit part in Focus' much maligned summer release drama of Evening). Scripted by Dave Eggers and wife Vendela Vida, Collette will play a college professor and close family friend of a couple (Krasinski and Rudolph) canvasing the country to find the best place to raise their unborn child.
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GLAAD unveils film, TV noms

GLAAD unveils film, TV noms
Little Miss Sunshine will vie with The Night Listener, Running With Scissors, Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and V for Vendetta in the category of outstanding film in wide release at the 18th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which recognize mainstream media for fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the gay, lesbian and transgendered community, announced its nominees Sunday in Park City.

For outstanding film in limited release, the nominees are The History Boys, Imagine Me & You, Quinceanera, Shortbus and Summer Storm.

On the TV side, the nominees for outstanding drama series are "Brothers & Sisters," The L Word, Hex, The Sopranos and South of Nowhere. The comedy series nominated are Desperate Housewives, The Office, So Notorious and Ugly Betty.

In the category of outstanding individual episode, awarded to a series that doesn't have a regular gay category, the nominees are Blind Date from 30 Rock, Forever Blue from Cold Case, Lincoln Lover from American Dad!, Single Stamina from How I Met Your Mother and Where the Boys Are from Grey's Anatomy.

In all, GLADD announced 122 nominees in 26 English-language categories and 61 Spanish-language nominees in 16 additional categories.

The awards will be announced at four separate ceremonies: in New York on March 26, in Los Angeles at the Kodak Theatre on April 14, in San Francisco on April 28 and in Miami on May 10.

Gyllenhaal, Witherspoon in new "Rendition"

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[/link] > New Line Cinema > Gavin Hood > Jake Gyllenhaal > Reese Witherspoon > Tsotsi Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon will star in New Line Cinema’s Rendition, a political thriller based in the Middle East. Bill Todman will serve as executive producer over Kelley Sane’s script, with cameras rolling in mid-November. Gavin Hood of Tsotsi fame will direct. The complex storyline centers around Gyllenhaal, an CIA analyst whose assignment is the overseeing of an interrogation of a suspected terrorist. His life begins to unravel when he questions the validity of his assignment. The film will be director Hood’s first since his aforementioned Tsotsi won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2006. It will also be Hood’s first film in the Hollywood system. More interestingly, did you know that Reese Witherspoon is in talks to do a remake of of Bunny Lake is Missing? You would have thought Hollywood
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H'wood fest fetes Bullock, Cruz, Williams

H'wood fest fetes Bullock, Cruz, Williams
Robin Williams, Penelope Cruz and Sandra Bullock have been added to the list of honorees who will be feted at the 10th annual Hollywood Film Festival, the fest's founder and exec director Carlos de Abreu said Wednesday. At the kudos, to be bestowed Oct. 23 at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton, Williams is set to receive the Hollywood Career Achievement Award. An Oscar winner as best supporting actor for his role in 1997's Good Will Hunting, Williams most recently starred in the dramatic thriller The Night Listener. He has three films about to open: Man of the Year, in which he plays a late-night talk show host who runs for president; the animated feature Happy Feet, in which he voices one of the penguins; and Night at the Museum, in which he will appear as Theodore Roosevelt opposite Ben Stiller.

It was a laughing matter for 'Talladega,' 'Barnyard'

It was no race to the top spot of the boxoffice this past weekend, as Sony Pictures' Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby won the boxoffice derby in a landslide victory. The NASCAR satire starring Will Ferrell earned a remarkable $47 million, lifting the weekend's boxoffice a stunning 18% from the same period last year. Paramount Pictures' animated flick Barnyard was also a solid performer, earning $15.8 million for the three-day frame. Lionsgate was successful in drawing in the horror fans for its screamfest The Descent, with an $8.9 million opener, though Miramax had a tough time luring in adults for its drama The Night Listener, earning only $3.5 million at the boxoffice. Miami Vice, the No. 1 film at the boxoffice last weekend, had a tough time bringing in the crowds for its second session. The Michael Mann-directed film was off a steep 60% for its sophomore session, earning $10 million for a two-week cume of $46 million. Warner Bros. Pictures didn't have it any easier at the boxoffice for its second session of The Ant Bully. The animated film from Jimmy Neutron creator-director John A. Davis fell 54% to earn a paltry $3 million. The film, which during the week had some strong numbers, has earned $18 million after 10 days of release.

Boxoffice preview: 'Talladega' ready to burn rubber

Boxoffice preview: 'Talladega' ready to burn rubber
With a heat wave engulfing much of the country, Sony Pictures is even better positioned to dominate the weekend with its broad comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, which bows today. Armed with the broad appeal of Will Ferrell and NASCAR, the film from director Adam McKay is likely to put Ferrell back atop the comedy heap as moviegoers crowd into air-conditioned theaters. Other pictures looking to earn some coin this frame include yet another animated film, Paramount Pictures' Barnyard; Lionsgate Films' horror flick The Descent; and Robin Williams' dramatic turn in The Night Listener. The comparable weekend last year saw the debut of Warner Bros. Pictures' The Dukes of Hazzard, which notched a healthy $30.7 million opening at the North American boxoffice. Industry watchers are hoping the boxoffice remains up for yet another weekend this year, with Talladega Nights expected to give Dukes a run for its money with an opening likely to be in the coveted $30 million range.

Boxoffice preview: 'Talladega' ready to burn rubber

With a heat wave engulfing much of the country, Sony Pictures is even better positioned to dominate the weekend with its broad comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, which bows today. Armed with the broad appeal of Will Ferrell and NASCAR, the film from director Adam McKay is likely to put Ferrell back atop the comedy heap as moviegoers crowd into air-conditioned theaters. Other pictures looking to earn some coin this frame include yet another animated film, Paramount Pictures' Barnyard; Lionsgate Films' horror flick The Descent; and Robin Williams' dramatic turn in The Night Listener. The comparable weekend last year saw the debut of Warner Bros. Pictures' The Dukes of Hazzard, which notched a healthy $30.7 million opening at the North American boxoffice. Industry watchers are hoping the boxoffice remains up for yet another weekend this year, with Talladega Nights expected to give Dukes a run for its money with an opening likely to be in the coveted $30 million range.

Leno thumbs up for reviews

Jay Leno will step into the critic's chair next week as he takes on guest co-hosting duties for Ebert & Roeper. The host of NBC's Tonight Show will be the first guest co-host for the syndicated movie review show while regular co-host Roger Ebert recuperates at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago after surgery last month. Leno will join Richard Roeper for the Aug. 5-6 episode of the show, which is distributed by Buena Vista Television, to review the films "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby," Miami Vice, Little Miss Sunshine, The Night Listener and Shadowboxer. "America knows Jay as the country's most popular late-night talk show host, but I know him as a guy who loves movies and loves to debate movies with Roger and me -- both on camera and backstage at 'The Tonight Show, ' " Roeper said.

Berlin spotlights 'Night'

Berlin spotlights 'Night'
BERLIN -- Patrick Stettner's The Night Listener, which debuted at Sundance, will get a special screening at the Berlin International Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday. Based on the best-selling novel by Armistead Maupin, The Night Listener stars Robin Williams as a writer named Gabriel who reads his stories on night-time radio. His biggest fan is 14-year-old Pete, played by Rory Culkin, who has written an autobiography about being abused and tortured by his parents while growing up. Gabriel and Pete become friendly over the air but Gabriel begins to suspect Pete may be a fraud and travels to his home to find out the truth. The Night Listener will have its gala screening at the Berlin Filmpalast on Feb. 12. Stettner and Maupin are expected to attend.

Miramax has ear for 'Listener'

Miramax has ear for 'Listener'
PARK CITY -- Miramax Films has nabbed North American rights to Patrick Stettner's mystery-thriller The Night Listener from Hart Sharp Entertainment and IFC Films for more than $3 million plus boxoffice bonuses. According to a source close to the deal, interest from buyers started slowly after the Saturday evening premiere of the film, which stars Robin Williams and Toni Collette. The initial screening, which Williams wasn't able to attend because he was filming in Canada, met with lukewarm reaction; observers reported a better reaction to the second screening Sunday. Listener is based on the best-selling semiautobiographical novel by Armistead Maupin, who co-wrote the screenplay with Terry Anderson and Stettner. It centers on a radio storyteller (Williams) who receives a manuscript written by an ill abused child (Rory Culkin). After striking up a phone conversation with the young man and his guardian (Collette), he begins to sense a hoax, leading him on a journey to uncover the truth.

Sundance: Premiere's Section

  • This year Ioncinema.com is covering the 2006 edition of the Sundance Film Festival Live from Park City, Utah. Weâ€.ll be on hand to cover the festival, and while we wonâ€.t be able to cover everything from A to Z: here is a comprehensive beforehand look at the selections in each of the festivalâ€.s sections. (Note: To access individual preview pages, simply click on the links below) January 19, 2006Counting Down: updateCountdownClock('January 19, 2006');         A Little Trip to Heaven - Baltasar Kormakur Alpha Dog (2006)Alpha Dog
[/link] - Nick Cassavetes New Line Cinema) Art School Confidential - Terry Zwigoff (Sony Pictures Classics) Cargo - Clive Gordon The Darwin Awards - Finn Taylor Don't Come Knocking - Wim Wenders (Sony Pictures Classics) Friends With Money - Nicole Holofcener (Sony Pictures Classics) The Illusionist - Neil Burger Kinky Boots - Julian Jarrold Miramax Films Little Miss Sunshine - Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
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