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Why David Schwimmer Chose ‘Feed the Beast’ as His First TV Lead Since ‘Friends’

19 June 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Since Ross and Rachel reunited one last time, David Schwimmer hasn’t been eagerly snapping up parts like the rest of his (ahem) friends. Matt LeBlanc has starred in two series since “Friends” ended, and he’s set for a third this fall. Matthew Perry has headlined four TV shows since he last played Chandler, including three separate sitcoms on three of the four major networks (Fox, you’re next). And we all know Jennifer Aniston’s been busy.

But Schwimmer has been a bit more selective. The theatrically-trained Northwestern graduate branched out into directing (from TV shows like “Joey” and “The Tracy Morgan Show” to features like “Run, Fatboy, Run”), all while accepting small but memorable guest spots (“30 Rock,” LeBlanc’s “Episodes”) and supporting roles (“The Iceman,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson”). One could say he diversified his brand, but Schwimmer doesn’t think of it that way. To him, »

- Ben Travers

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Winona Ryder: from teen rebel to screen mum

18 June 2016 4:04 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As the 80s star of Beetlejuice and Heathers returns with a plum role on Netflix, we chart her troubled career

Next month sees the arrival of the Netflix’s drama Stranger Things, a much-anticipated supernatural chiller about a missing boy, which pays homage to everything from Twin Peaks to Poltergeist and has been described by Us critics as “looking like the show Steven Spielberg and Stephen King never made”.

It also marks the next, and perhaps most important, stage in Winona Ryder’s return to Hollywood’s spotlight. Now 44, Ryder has spent the past few years slowly rebuilding her career since it imploded in the early years of this century with a conviction for grand theft, shoplifting and vandalism amid rumours of prescription drug addiction. (She was subsequently sentenced to three years probation and ordered to undergo drug counselling.) Since then Ryder has taken a low-key approach to her career. »

- Sarah Hughes

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Captain America: Civil War movie review: the consequences of superpowers

29 April 2016 1:43 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Tough, unanswerable human questions frame spectacular, innovative action sequences that are like superhero ballets. This series just keeps getting better. I’m “biast” (pro): love the Marvel movies

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

What is the best way to deploy vastly superior abilities against less capable but nevertheless still very dangerous bad guys? How best to minimize collateral damage — of both the human and the infrastructure kind — when those vastly superior abilities are put to their use? What happens when people of good conscience, all of whom genuinely want nothing more than to increase net happiness and general well-being in the world, disagree over the answers to these questions? And who should get the final say: politicians sitting at desks thousands of miles away from the fields of battle, or the soldiers fighting those battles?

There’s a recent »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Cannes: Nate Parker’s Heist Movie ‘Predilection’ in the Works

28 April 2016 11:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

2016 Bb Film Productions and Bleiberg Entertainment have announced that they will produce “Predilection” to be directed by Marcio Garcia from a screenplay by Nate Parker (“The Birth of a Nation”).

The movie is inspired by Garcia’s short, “Predileção,” about a low-level criminal who meets a legendary thief during a brief jail stint. Together, they hatch a plan and assemble an international team for an elaborate bank robbery.

Uri Singer, Ehud Bleiberg and Parker are producing and Nicholas Donnermeyer is executive producer. Producers plan on a late 2016 start date.

Bleiberg Entertainment is handling the worldwide sales of the film and will introduce the project to buyers in Cannes.

“Nate is an incredibly talented storyteller and filmmaker,” Singer said. “It’s a fast-paced, twisting script with worldwide appeal.”

Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation” was sold to Fox Searchlight at Sundance for a record $17.5 million. He wrote, produced, directed and »

- Dave McNary

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Criminal review

20 April 2016 1:35 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Kevin Costner leads the impressive cast of the unimpressive Criminal...

When you think of how best to describe Criminal, the new body swap action thriller starring Kevin Costner, it wouldn't be by that name. As a title, Criminal is so hopelessly vague that it could apply to anything from Goodfellas to Les Misérables. The premise of this one isn't anywhere near that bland, but the film is not a whole lot better than it sounds either.

Seemingly flowing from the same vein of Euro-trash action films that Liam Neeson opened up with Taken, the film is driven by what CIA agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) knows, or rather what he knew, before a deal in London with a hacker known as the Dutchman (Michael Pitt) went awry and he was tortured to death by Spanish anarchist Xavier Heimdahl, (Jordi Mollà.)

His handler, Quaker Wells (Gary Oldman), needs »

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Criminal Review – Costner And Crew Posit Psychological Action To No Effect At All

18 April 2016 3:52 PM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Kevin Costner is in a strange place in his career, though his odd choices have managed some wins in the last few years, and Criminal is either the result of an overly powerful actor being too interested in a film’s theory, or an actor who just has a bucket list of roles he’s checking off.

Costner plays Jericho Stewart, a special breed of psychopath who fits in well for an experimental medical procedure that hopes to transfer memories from one person to another. CIA operative, Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) is the only person who knows where he stashed “The Dutchman” (Michael Pitt), but Pope gets killed before he can tell anyone, and the CIA is scrambling now, because if the Dutchman falls into the wrong hands, he can hand over the U.S. military arsenal.

After Jericho undergoes the procedure, more than Pope’s memories infiltrate his brain. »

- Marc Eastman

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Exclusive interview with Criminal director Ariel Vromen: “Field of Dreams is Ryan Reynolds’ favourite film”

18 April 2016 11:13 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Out now in cinemas, Criminal is the new film from acclaimed director Ariel Vromen (The Iceman), and Flickering Myth’s roving reporter Scott J. Davis sat down with him to discuss his latest effort.

See Also: Read our review of Criminal here

The new action thriller is set in London and stars Kevin Costner as a notorious criminal named Jericho, who feels no emotion. But when the CIA’s top man Bill Pope (played by Ryan Reynolds) is killed, they make the decision to transfer Bill’s memories into Jericho’s mind so that they can continue to track terrorists known as the Spanish Anarchist and The Dutchman before its too late.

On the film, Vromen spoke about casting Kevin Costner against type and also about bringing Gary Oldman and Tommy Lee Jones into the film: “I guess they all just wanted to do a reunion for JFK!”

Vromen originally »

- Scott J. Davis

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Criminal review – fantastically stupid

16 April 2016 11:59 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Brainless brain-transplant action flick – complete with Piers Morgan cameo

In last year’s dopey dud Self/less, a dying Ben Kingsley had his mind transplanted into the body of Ryan Reynolds. Now, a dying Reynolds has his mind transplanted into the body of Kevin Costner in their fantastically stupid thriller from The Iceman director Ariel Vromen. “They messed with my brain…” complains Costner’s damaged-goods criminal in the opening voiceover, before setting off on a face-punching tour of Merrie London, replete with gorblimey cabbies, disposable coppers, and people who say “Oi, that’s bang out of order!” while Kevin kicks their heads in. He’s been brainsplanted because of some nuclear nonsense involving a “Spanish anarchist” and a hacker called “the Dutchman” (yes, really), but all this thinking is making Kevin’s head hurt. And ours too. Gary Oldman is the CIA chief who Shouts Every Line in a wobbly American accent, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Criminal Review

13 April 2016 5:06 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If the Razzies institute a “Worst Nicolas Cage Movie That Doesn’t Star Nicolas Cage” award this year, Ariel Vromen’s Criminal will be a 2:1 favorite. Fugitive-on-the-run action teases an energetic 90s vibe, but as generic thrills take over, an uber-serious agenda reveals a more serious core. Could people actually believe they were making a high-class experience, here?

What’s essentially a reverse Self/Less scenario follows one of 2016’s most dimwitted plotlines, which isn’t helped by a strive to attain some semblance of straight-laced integrity. Vromen has handled loaded casts before, chilling audiences with The Iceman, but Criminal’s inexcusable waste of such a stacked, Mt. Olympus-sized cast suggests quite the opposite. You want to know what the real crime here is? Pretty much everything.

The film opens with Reynold’s CIA Agent character, Bill Pope, refusing to give up the location of a man codenamed ” The »

- Matt Donato

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Exclusive: Director Ariel Vromen on action thriller Criminal

13 April 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Following on from The Iceman, Israeli filmmaker Ariel Vromen has now turned his attentions to the world of fiction, with the action thriller Criminal. We had the pleasure to sit down with the director to ask about whether projects of this nature have less pressure given the fictional nature, and what it was like collaborating with

The post Exclusive: Director Ariel Vromen on action thriller Criminal appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Stefan Pape

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Exclusive Interview: Director Ariel Vromen For ‘Criminal’

12 April 2016 5:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

In U.K. cinemas this week is the action thriller Criminal, a movie that has potentially one of the best movie casts of the year.

Kevin Costner leads the cast, which also includes Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds, Tommy Lee Jones, Michael Pitt, Alice Eve, Gary Oldman and many more. The film is brought to the screen by director Ariel Vromen, who helmed the brilliant The Iceman a couple of years back. We caught up with him on his recent visit to London to talk about his new film.

Criminal follows a CIA operative (Reynolds), whose memories and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous death-row inmate (Costner) in a last-ditch effort to stop an international terrorist plot. The film hits cinemas from Friday 15th April, 2016.

Check out our interview below.

Criminal debuts in U.K. and U.S. cinemas from Friday 15th April, 2016.

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- Paul Heath

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Criminal review: “A talented director and impressive cast does not a good movie make”

12 April 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Criminal review: The talented Ariel Vromen and his impressive cast fail to ignite the screen with this sub-par action film set in and around London.

Ariel Vromen, writer and director of the superb The Iceman, the Michael Shannon movie that debuted in cinemas a couple of years back, unites the ultimate movie cast for his follow-up, Criminal. Here’s The Hollywood News’ Criminal review by Paul Heath.

Kevin Costner leads as the character of Jerico Stewart, a death-row inmate who has been singled out as the only man who can save the planet from nuclear disaster. Jerico is apparently the only vessel who can use the brain power of fallen C.I.A. agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) to find out the whereabouts of a hacker who has the power to launch nuclear weapons. Obviously the C.I.A. aren’t the only ones who are after him, and it »

- Paul Heath

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Interview: Kevin Costner & Gary Oldman talk criminal and dark characters!

11 April 2016 12:22 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Ariel Vromen is a very talented filmmaker. From his slow burn examination of Richard Kuklinski in The Iceman, to his latest, he continues to delve into some very dark territory. Criminal is part crime drama and part sci-fi, and it's very compelling. It also features one hell of a great cast. You have Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Alice Eve, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner and Gary Oldman, just to name a few.... Read More »

- JimmyO

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‘Criminal’ Review: Kevin Costner Comes Alive in Action Saga That’s Both Ridiculous and Thrilling

8 April 2016 10:39 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Kevin Costner‘s newest bid for Liam Neeson-style late-career action significance proves to be one of his most solid. He’s the central figure in “Criminal,” a mind-meld espionage yarn featuring the 61-year-old as Jerico, a violent psychopath implanted with a dead CIA spy’s valuable memories. Though the movie around him swerves from outright silly to mindfully pulse-pounding — often recalling the more cleanly ludicrous action era dominated by producer Jerry Bruckheimer — it’s the old school hardass pleasures Costner provides that give this thriller from director Ariel Vromen (“The Iceman”) its bruising bona fides. It takes a lot of initial expository. »

- Robert Abele

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Exclusive Interview – Kevin Costner talks Criminal, shooting in London & his Band ‘Kevin Costner & Modern West’

8 April 2016 5:52 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Our buddy Phoebe Winter got to sit down with acting legend Kevin Costner for his movie Criminal ahead of its release. Criminal has a stonking cast which includes Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Gal Gadot (Women Woman), Ryan Reynolds, Alice Eve, Michael Pitt, Scott Adkins and Antje Traue. It’s directed by Ariel Vromen who has worked on The Iceman with

The post Exclusive Interview – Kevin Costner talks Criminal, shooting in London & his Band ‘Kevin Costner & Modern West’ appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- David Sztypuljak

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Michael Shannon interview: Midnight Special, Friedkin

30 March 2016 4:25 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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He's the star of Man Of Steel, The Iceman and now the sci-fi drama Midnight Special. We chat to the great Michael Shannon...

We find Michael Shannon in a reflective kind of mood. In the corner of a plush London hotel room, he fixes himself a cup of coffee before settling down into a tub chair, sipping thoughtfully at his brew between questions.

You can see why Shannon would be cast as General Zod in Man Of Steel, or the real-life contract killer Richard Kiklinski in The Iceman. He has the cool, charismatic, terse toughness of a golden-era Hollywood actor like James Cagney.

Midnight Special, Shannon's fourth collaboration with Take Shelter and Mud director Jeff Nichols, is a change of pace and genre for both actor and filmmaker. It's a sci-fi drama about a father [Shannon] on the run with his gifted son, Alton [Jaeden Lieberher], as they're pursued across »

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War on Everyone | 2016 Berlin Intl. Film Festival Review

15 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Let’s Be Bad Cops: McDonagh’s U.S. Visit an Overworked Episode

Director John Michael McDonagh makes his first foray to the Us with third feature, War on Everyone. Brother of writer/director Martin McDonagh (In Bruges; Seven Psychopaths), he exudes a similar sense of bleak, misanthropic comedy mixed up in shaggy genre thrills, and his first feature, the celebrated The Guard (2011) remains the most financially successful independent Irish film of all time. McDonagh reteamed with Brendan Gleeson on his second feature, the equally idiosyncratic and enjoyable Cavalry (2014). But even though McDonagh isn’t crossing a language barrier, something tenuous seems lost in this trip to New Mexico wherein two affably crooked cops are determined to ruthlessly exploit the criminals they’re supposed to be arresting. This pronouncedly off-kilter motley crew of characters bears a similar resemblance to McDonagh’s past troubled social landscapes, but his deliberate refusal of »

- Nicholas Bell

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Kevin Costner Steals Ryan Reynolds’ Mind in First Trailer For ‘Criminal’

12 February 2016 2:20 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In case The Change-Up and Self/less didn’t fill your quotient of Ryan Reynolds body-swapping movies, this spring brings yet another. While the Deadpool actor is mostly left out of the marketing materials for Criminal, it is his character’s mind and skills that get transplanted into that of Kevin Costner‘s character of a death row inmate.

Ahead of an April release, we now have the first trailer for the film which also features Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, and Gal Gadot. Coming from Ariel Vromen, who gave us The Iceman a few years back, the trailer sells a fairly run-of-the-mill high-concept actioner, but with a strong cast, hopefully it’ll be one that’s worthwhile. Check out the trailer and poster below.

Criminal opens on April 15th, 2016.

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- Jordan Raup

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