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Review: Hitchcock

5 November 2012 7:42 AM, PST | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

After having huge success with North by Northwest, 60-year-old filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock (Sir Anthony Hopkins) reads Robert Bloch's novel "Psycho," based on the serial murders by Ed Gein, and becomes obsessed with making it his next film, to the point of funding it with his own money.  Meanwhile, his wife Alma (Helen Mirren) is having her own issues as she feels she's losing her husband to the film's nubile starlets, so she decides to work on her own project with a good-looking younger writer (Danny Huston).

Movielovers' endless fascination with the stars and filmmakers of yesteryear has led to many decent films like last year's My Week with Marilyn and Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles.

Directed by Sacha Gervasi of Anvil! fame, Hitchcock offers a similar thrill of getting inside the head of the famously eclectic filmmaker during one of his most creative phases. Despite being based »

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Claire Danes Cries ... And Cries ... And Cries

18 October 2012 12:13 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

And the Academy Award for Best Crier goes to ... Claire Danes! She's already won pretty much every other award there is, so why not add this one to the mantel, right?

The "Me and Orson Welles" star has been wiping away her tears for nearly 20 years, ever since she first appeared on "My So Called Life" to today's Showtime hit, "Homeland." She may already be known for her top-notch acting abilities and killer fashion sense, but, thanks to "The Claire Danes Cry Face Project" tumblr, Danes is finally getting recognized for her noteworthy and many weeping skills.

See for yourself with this hilarious mash-up video from BuzzFeed, "Claire Danes Crying:a Supercut," in which the actress can be spotted with the floodgates wide open in some of her most famous roles including "Little Women," "Romeo + Juliet," and "The Family Stone."

Just don't forget the tissues!


- Caitlin Beck

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Join the Conversation About World Without End with Our Second Screen App

17 October 2012 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Reelzchannel's epic mini-series World Without End premieres tonight, October 17th, at 8p Et/5p Pt, and Reelz has a way for audiences to maximize their viewing experience with our free, second-screen app. Compatible with Apple's iPad, the app is also available to Android, iPhone, and computer users via a web browser and offers a variety of extras including photo galleries, behind-the-scenes clips and biographies of the characters and the actors portraying them, allowing for a richer and more interactive experience. Check out all of the app's features here and download the app from the iTunes app store here, and then don't forget to join the conversation about the premiere episode tonight through Facebook Connect and Twitter to catch the latest reactions.

Based on Ken Follett’s bestselling novel, World Without End is the follow-up to The Pillars of Earth, which previously aired on Reelz. Directed by Michael Caton-Jones (Rob Roy, »

- reelz staff

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Zoe Kazan: 'How I became an imaginary girlfriend'

13 October 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The granddaughter of On the Waterfront director Elia Kazan on turning her own life into a romcom… and taking the starring role

There are two large sofas in the room at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge, west London. A couple of chairs, too, pushed against the walls. Zoe Kazan opts for the floor.

"You're either a floor person or a furniture person," says the actress and screenwriter, 29, Los Angeles-born and New York-based. She's in London to promote an offbeat drama, Ruby Sparks, which has just opened in UK cinemas. Kazan wrote the script and takes the title role in the film, playing a freakily idealised girlfriend who is imagined and somehow made real by a lonely novelist, played by Little Miss Sunshine actor Paul Dano.

Off screen, Dano is Kazan's boyfriend, and on screen – both of them otherworldly in appearance, spindly framed, with faces that are pale and child-like »

- Tom Lamont

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‘Cap 2′ Gets Second Leading Lady Short List

3 October 2012 6:58 AM, PDT | | See recent LRM Online news »

Boy, something about these lists feel familiar.

If there’s any indication, the Russo Brothers (of Community fame) have put Imogen Poots on two short lists as far as rumors would have you believe. Supspiciously absent this time around is ‘Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick and added on are Game of Thrones and a Downton Abbey star.

So who will play Chris Evan’s love interest (any way this could be Bucky’s love interest? Just asking) in ‘Captain America: The Winter Solder’? Here are those in the running:

Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four)

Emelia Clarke (Game of Thrones)

Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey)

Alison Brie (The Five Year Engagement, Community)

Imogen Poots (Fright Night, Me and Orson Welles)

Also floating around rumorville is word that Scarlet Johansson might be stopping by ‘Cap 2′ to play The Black Widow to which I say: “Yeah, I’ve been saying that since the beginning. »

- Da7e

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Top 5 Five Actors in Need of a Reboot

16 September 2012 10:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Oliver Davis with five actors in desperate need of a career reboot...

Reboots and remakes, they're all the rage. Universal Studios recently announced that they'll be concentrating on franchises going forward; more Bournes, which recently got 'rebooted' (Bourne Again, anyone?); at least another Ted; and a barrel-load of animation films.

Superhero films are particularly susceptible. Perhaps it's because of the comic book tradition from which they come, where different writers imbue into the page their own reading of the character. And because they make loads of money.

But what about actors? Ones in the game long enough have played so many different roles, a reboot wouldn't really matter. Those have to disappear from the mainstream for a while, to turn up wildly reinvented in a Quentin Tarantino film. Others just need to switch up their typecasting.

Matthew McConaughey is the most recent. After a string of romantic comedies, whose posters »

- Chris Villeneuve

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Zac Efron Wonders 'Are We Officially Dating?' in New Indie Comedy

31 August 2012 11:44 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The early days of Zac Efron's career have been something of a punchline to many film geeks, considering he got his start in Disney's High School Musical franchise and has mostly stuck to romantic comedies since moving out of the Mouse House. But I have a feeling all of that is about to change. There was good word of mouth about his work in Richard Linklater's 2008 film Me and Orson Welles, and his small comedic role was one of the best parts of Josh Radnor's new film Liberal Arts (read our Sundance review here). Now Variety reports that he'll lead a comedy from Tom Gormican that asks Are We Officially Dating? Though this film is technically a step back into romantic comedy territory for Efron, it sounds a lot more promising than some of his other efforts in that genre. The script, also written by Gormican, was »

- Ben Pearson

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Competition: Win one of three copies of ‘I Melt With You’ on DVD

5 August 2012 3:08 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Featuring an ultimate 80’s punk and new-wave soundtrack, I Melt With You is released on DVD and to download by Momentum Pictures on 6th August 2012.

From the producers of The Artist and JFK and directed by Mark Pellington (Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies) I Melt With You features an outstanding ensemble cast of Hollywood bad boys Thomas Jane (The Mist, The Punisher, Hung), Jeremy Piven (Entourage, Grosse Pointe Blank), Rob Lowe (The West Wing, Wayne’s World, Brothers & Sisters) and Brit Christian McKay (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Me and Orson Welles).

Thanks to the folks at Momentum Pictures we have three copies of the film to giveaway on DVD. All you have to do to win one is answer this simple question:

I Melt With You star Thomas Jane played which Marvel superhero? Was it:

a) Silver Surfer

b) The Punisher

c) Iron Fist

Email your answer and address to »

- Phil

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The songs of ‘I Melt With You’

2 August 2012 1:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Featuring an ultimate 80’s punk and new-wave soundtrack, I Melt With You is released on DVD and to download by Momentum Pictures on 6th August 2012. This dark side of the hangover features a solid selection of songs to show including the one-two punch of “All Going Out Together” and “Blue Thunder” by Big Dipper and Galaxie 500 respectively. From there things get funkier with the classic “Maggot Brain” by Funkadelic, before The Jesus And Mary Chain arrive with the undeniable “Just Like Honey”. The staggering string of songs continue with “Caribou” by The Pixies, “Dog Eat Dog” by Adam And The Ants and the title track by Modern English.

The music featured in I Melt With You plays a big part in the film as the title reference to Modern English’s 1982 single suggests. The story of four male friends who stage a weekend reunion each year is pegged to the »

- Phil

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Elissa Greer Named FilmDistrict Senior VP of Publicity

25 June 2012 5:27 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Elissa Greer has joined indie distributor FilmDistrict as senior vice president of publicity. She will report to Christine Birch, president of marketing, who announced the appointment Monday. Story: FilmDistrict Takes U.S. Rights to 'Dead Man Down,' Starring Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace Greer, who will oversee the company’s domestic theatrical publicity and promotional campaigns, most recently worked on as publicity consultant on such films as Bully, Me and Orson Welles and Precious. Prior to that she held the post of executive vice president of publicity and promotion at New Line Cinema, where she began her career in 1992 as director

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- Gregg Kilday

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Isle of Man set to acquire nearly 20% in Pinewood Shepperton Studios

6 June 2012 9:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Deal would see home to James Bond films take on role of adviser for island's £25m film and TV investment fund

The government of the Isle of Man is to acquire a stake of up to 19.9% in Pinewood Shepperton Studios for £24m.

Part of the deal would see Pinewood, home to productions including Wrath of the Titans and the new James Bond film, Skyfall, take on the the role of adviser for the Isle of Man's £25m film and TV investment fund for an initial five year period.

The Isle of Man has been active in film and television production since 1995, investing £170m in 97 productions.

Among recent films made on the Isle of Man are Richard Linklater's Me and Orson Welles, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, directed by J Blakeson, and the 3D documentary TT3D: Closer to the Edge about the annual motorcycle race on the island.

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- Mark Sweney

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Ken Follett's World Without End Premiering on Reelz

22 May 2012 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

We've got great news for fans of Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth — not to mention miniseries fans in general. Reelz is set to be the premiere home for the eight-part adaptation of the sequel, World Without End, which was on The New York Times bestseller list for 26 weeks.

Set in Kingsbridge 200 years after the events of Pillars, World Without End picks up with a new cast of characters. Caris, a feisty young woman played by Charlotte Riley (The Duchess, Wuthering Heights), inspires her medieval town to confront the most powerful forces of her time, the Church and the Crown, as Kingsbridge fights to save the town from ruin and, ultimately, usher in a new era of freedom, innovation, and enlightenment.

World Without End also stars Cynthia Nixon (Sex and the City, The Big C) as the beautiful and deadly schemer Petranilla, Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, »

- reelz gustafson

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TV News: Hulu Announces Ambitious Slate of Original Programming

21 May 2012 12:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Hulu, in addition to being a most enjoyable word to say while jumping out of a plane (Huluuuuuu!) is also one of the most popular websites on the internet for streaming video from television’s biggest channels. Featuring content from Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS and a litany of other networks, has essentially replaced the re-run in eyes of the American lexicon.

Hulu, it appears, is not content with this. Hot on the heels of previous new-content initiatives such as the political drama “Battleground” and British cooking dramedy “Whites,” the powers that be behind Hulu recently announced a huge slate of new shows (and big names!) coming to the digital network.

The most interesting appears to be Richard Linklater’s Travel Show: “Up To Speed.” It’s a cross-country journey featuring some of America’s best attractions you’ve never heard of. Keeping in mind this is a »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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Film Review: Tour de Force for Jack Black in Fact-Based ‘Bernie’

18 May 2012 3:34 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Jack Black is a smart and interesting actor. Not content to ride on the modern day John Belushi-type roles that might have pigeonholed him, Black portrays “Bernie,” a convincing conniver in Texas, based on a true story. Veterans Matthew McConaughhey and Shirley MacLaine add spice to the brew.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Proving again that truth is stranger than fiction, director Richard Linklater (“Me and Orson Welles,” “Dazed and Confused”) goes back to his native Texas and creates a dark comedy based on the memorable personalities that are involved in this true story of a rich widow and her caretaker named Bernie. Jack Black establishes the Bernie character early, and precisely delivers all of the permutations that makes the circumstance so unbelievable. The story is driven by Black, and he makes the character both sympathetic and clearly off-kilter.

Bernie (Jack Black) is a mortician, looking for a new town in Texas to ply his trade. »

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Imogen Poots Joins Nick Hornby Adaptation 'A Long Way Down,' Steve Coogan Returns To '70's Brit Music Scene In "Northern Soul' & More

17 May 2012 6:39 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Rising starlet Imogen Poots has joined the film adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel "A Long Way Down," which has Pascal Chaumeil at the helm. She'll star along side Toni Collette, Pierce Brosnan and Emile Hirsch, who previously joined the tale of four disparate individuals who meet one another on a London rooftop on New Year's Eve, all with the same intention to commit suicide. Instead of jumping, these complete strangers make a pact to stay alive and stay together until at least Valentine's Day. Lensing begins this September in London from a script by Jack Thorne, whose debut film "The Scouting Book For Boys" earned major praise. [THR]

Michael Winterbottom's "24 Hour Party People" featured an excellent performance by the versatile Steve Coogan as Factory Records head Tony Martin, and the actor is now set to return to the '70's British music scene. Coogan is joining Elaine Constantine's "Northern Soul, »

- Simon Dang

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The Lucky One – review

5 May 2012 4:03 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Based on a romantic bestseller by Nicholas Sparks, this old-fashioned tearjerker features Zac Efron (star of the High School Musical series and, more interestingly, Me and Orson Welles) as a marine sergeant who finds a photograph of a good-looking American blonde in the rubble after a firefight in Iraq. Believing it to be a talisman that saved his life, he follows a trail that leads to a small Louisiana town and becomes detraumatised through his relationship with the woman portrayed, her cute son, her jealous ex-husband and her dotty mom. There's a thin line between the exploration of grief and its exploitation that this film crosses. By the way, can Taylor Schilling, who plays the heroine, be related to the Fifty Shilling Tailors once found on every British high street?

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- Philip French

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Zac Efron Says He Isn’T All That ‘Lucky’ In Real Life

4 May 2012 9:21 AM, PDT | Fox All Access | See recent Fox All Access news »

 Zac Efron, star of the hit romantic drama “The Lucky One,” could have coasted and continued to star in teen inspired musicals and comedies, but he’s trying his best not to be pigeonholed. Movies like “The Lucky One,” “Charlie St. Cloud,” and “Me and Orson Welles” have proven that Efron is not just a pretty face who sings, and the actor says that when it comes to acting, he just doesn’t want to do anything twice. Variety is the spice of life when it comes to his acting choices, and in our interview with the actor, he explained why he is completely different from his character in “The Lucky One.” (Click on the audio player to hear Zac Efron) Zac Efron

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The Films Of Richard Linklater: A Retrospective

2 May 2012 9:37 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Given that he's one of the more diverse and prolific filmmakers out there, it's been a disappointingly long four years without a new movie from Richard Linklater ("Me and Orson Welles" premiered at Tiff in 2008). Fortunately, the Austin, Texas-based filmmaker is back with "Bernie," a dark comedy which reunites him with two of his most memorable leads, Jack Black and Matthew McConaughey, that has picked up strong reviews and, opening in limited release last Friday, has been performing surprisingly well at the box office.

With "Bernie" expanding wider this weekend (read our review), it seemed like the perfect time to look over Linklater's diverse and eclectic career. He'd already made his mark by founding the Austin Film Society in 1985 (which has gone on to be the center of the industy in the Texas city), but since his debut with an ultra-low-budget student film in 1988, Linklater's tackled everything from romance to »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Zac Efron Battled Acting Fears In ‘The Lucky One’

26 April 2012 2:38 PM, PDT | Fox All Access | See recent Fox All Access news »

With his latest film The Lucky One, Zac Efron continues to work on his dramatic chops, playing a Marine who finds a deep connection with a woman he barely even knows.  Although he’s proven his versatility with Me And Orson Welles and Charlie St. Cloud, Efron was still nervous about taking the role due to the manifold challenges of playing a Marine.

The Lucky One is currently in theatres.

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Sfiff: Richard Linklater Talks Making 'Bernie,' Bringing True Stories To Life & The Films He Has Brewing In The Background

25 April 2012 7:57 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Richard Linklater’s “Bernie” is hitting New York and Los Angeles theaters later this week and we caught up with him at the San Francisco International Film Festival to talk about the film.

The film tells the real-life story of Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), a much-loved funeral director who forms a relationship with Marjorie Nugent (Shirley MacLaine), a cold and insanely rich recently widowed woman. After several years of under-appreciated service and company, Bernie loses it and puts several bullets in Marjorie’s back, killing her. During the following nine months, Bernie is able to keep his crime a secret as he goes about spending her fortune buying gifts for the people in the town of Carthage and saving struggling businesses sort of like a dark Robin Hood.

Spattered throughout the film are a series of documentary-style interviews with the citizens of Carthage expressing their views on Bernie and his violent act. »

- Sean Gillane

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