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Ronin Starring Robert DeNiro Available on Blu-ray August 29th from Arrow Video

Ronin Starring Robert DeNiro and directed by John Frankenheimer will be available from Arrow Academy on August 28th.

Ronin: Noun, historical. A samurai who no longer serves a daimyo, or feudal lord.

From director John Frankenheimer (Reindeer Games, The Manchurian Candidate) comes Ronin, a pulse-pounding, action-packed crime thriller featuring an all-star cast headlined by Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver, Heat) and Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional).

On a rain-swept night in Paris, an international crack team of professional thieves assembles, summoned by a shady crime syndicate fronted by the enigmatic Deirdre (Natascha McElhone, The Devil’s Own). Their mission: to steal a heavily guarded briefcase from armed mobsters, its contents undisclosed. But what begins as a routine heist soon spirals into chaos, with the group beset by a series of double-crosses and constantly shifting allegiances, and it falls to world-weary former CIA strategist Sam (De Niro) and laconic Frenchman
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SAG Foundation Presents a NY Conversations Event with "Fly Away"

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Please join us for a screening of "Fly Away" followed by a Q&A with Director/Writer Janet Grillo and Cast Members Jr Bourne and Reno. The event will be Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 Pm at the Nyit Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway (Between 61st and 62nd Streets), New York City.Made as a SAG Ultra-Low Budget Independent film, and shot in 14 days, "Fly Away" premiered as 1 of 8 out of 2000 submissions in Dramatic Competition at the influential South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, this March. "Fly Away" immediately opened afterwards, in limited theatrical engagement in key cities, to rave reviews.The complex portrayals of a single mother and her severely Autistic teenager daughter (Beth Broderick and Ashley Rickards, who does not actually have the disorder), in collaboration with a talented ensemble (Greg Germann, Jr Bourne and Reno), were widely lauded by major critics, as "exceptional…remarkable…first rate…
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Fly Away Review: An Emotionally Affecting, But Never Manipulative Look At Parenthood

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At the risk of sounding callous, there are few types of film that are more emotionally manipulative than those that involve children. Viewers hate to see a child suffer, they hate to see a parent suffer, yet they pack the theaters like a clown car to see these films. Frequently the films are either painfully maudlin or cloyingly sappy. Film makers prey on the gooey center of viewers (and critics, for that matter) and twist their sympathies in the cheapest of fashions.

Fly Away is not one of those films, nor is Janet Grillo one of those directors. The film has its share of sadness and woe, but it doesn't resort to weak heartstring tactics to deliver its message. Fly Away centers on Jeanne (Beth Roderick, perhaps best known as Zelda on "Sabrina The Teenage Witch"), the harried divorced mother of Mandy, her 16 year-old daughter who has severe autism. Jeanne has,
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Memento | The End is the Beginning is the End

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I had been pushing off my neo-noir retrospective review of Christopher Nolan's Memento (2000) for numerous reasons. Initially, I kept pushing it off so that we could run it the same week that his latest film, Inception -- one of the most awaited films of the summer -- hit theaters. Well, that week has finally come (I have my midnight tickets, do you?), yet I was still feeling a bout of procrastination when it came to writing about Memento. Despite my rationalizing, the main reason I kept pushing the review off was, regardless of my love of the film and noir in general, I simply did not know what original insights I could bring to the table. Memento, like so many other great films before it, has inspired a great deal of criticism and analysis. That said, I'm tapping out. I'm playing my get out of jail free card. I'm writing my first real-time review.
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Mad Men: season three, episode 13

The final episode of the series sees Don Draper's troubles reach boiling point – with work, his wife and the love of his life

Spoiler Alert: This blog is for those who are watching Mad Men on BBC4. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode 13…

Will Dean's episode 12 blog

• We missed the first series of Mad Men and the epic finale has left a hole in our Sterling Coopered lives – so from Monday we'll be running a biweekly catch up for the first series. Get (re)watching over the weekend and we'll see you back here on Monday.

So we end the series with the two divorces of Donald Francis Draper. One from the love of his life, and the other from his wife. With Don's personal travails having been so predominant over the last 13 episodes, the end of Sterling Cooper as we know it gave us some fun respite.
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Mad Men Casting News: Who's In and Out?

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With the season three dissolution of Sterling Cooper, the Mad Men cast will likely look very different next year.

It's already been confirmed that Bryan Batt is most likely done with show. We'll miss him in the role of Salvatore Romano.

What other actors/characters are on their way out? Or returning to the award-winning drama?

The contract of Aaron Staton has been renewed for season four. Does this mean Ken Cosgrove will join Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce? It's unclear. But the laid back account rep will at least be around to make bug Pete Campbell a bit more. That's always entertaining.

As for Michael Gladis as Paul Kinsey? The actor was mum about his future when asked by E! News: "Though I'm flattered and amazed that you've taken any interest at all, I just don't know. You'll have to watch season four to find out.

Fortunately, creator Matthew Weiner
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A New Path

It's always a thrill to see an actor try something new -- whether that means taking on a wildly challenging role or stepping behind the camera for a spell. And there's no better place to witness an artist revealing new layers than that apex of indie nirvana, the Sundance Film Festival. After all, independent projects are often the best bet for actors looking to spread their wings."I love independents," says Emma Roberts, who appears in the 2009 Sundance films Lymelife and The Winning Season. "It's great when the people creating your character are really just you and the director and there's not a studio behind it asking for things. It's nice to have more freedom."This year, Sundance gave us several talented performers taking on roles quite a bit different from what they're known for. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of a new chapter for all of them. ComedyPatton
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