Lance Armstrong sells himself out in the trailer for 'The Program' with Ben Foster

Posted by · 11:31 am · June 11th, 2015

The first trailer for “The Program” has hit, with Ben Foster starring as disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

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CBS Films picks up 'Comancheria' with Chris Pine, Ben Foster and Jeff Bridges

Posted by · 10:54 am · May 4th, 2015

CBS Films will be releasing David Mackenzie’s “Starred Up” follow-up, “Comancheria,” the distributor announced today.

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Moverman’s expressive ‘Rampart’ offers tour de force performance from Woody Harrelson

Posted by · 8:26 am · September 14th, 2011

Oren Moverman’s “Rampart” is absolutely fantastic. Top to bottom, it’s a considerable directorial achievement, and an exciting, brazen departure from his excellent 2009 debut, “The Messenger.” The film — from an original screenplay by James Ellroy, re-written by Moverman — uses the 1999 Los Angeles Police Department Rampart corruption scandal as a frame, a state […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Strong year for double-dippers

Posted by · 8:58 am · September 12th, 2011

We find ourselves right in the middle of the big Toronto press junket, er, film festival, where 200-plus films are landing, many of them as world premieres, and the landscape of this year’s Oscar race is really beginning to take shape. As I looked out at the various films in play this year, it suddenly […]

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Toronto reception takes ‘360’ back to zero

Posted by · 6:10 am · September 12th, 2011

The warning signs were there for “360.” An umpteenth reworking of “La Ronde” didn’t seem an obvious fit for either Fernando Meirelles or Peter Morgan — a pretty dispassionate writer even on his best form, he came badly unstuck last year when he veered from his fact-based template with “Hereafter.” Meirelles, too, is seeking to […]

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12/17 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:32 am · December 17th, 2009

• Anthony Breznican writes up the year in varied animated features. [USA Today] • David Thomson on the death of method acting. [Wall Street Journal] • Tom O’Neil chats up “The Messenger” star Ben Foster. [Gold Derby]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Avatar’ awe, ‘Bones’ defense, original songs

Posted by · 7:36 pm · December 11th, 2009

• A little movie called “Avatar” premiered. This week’s Oscar Talk tucked into the film. • As “The Lovely Bones” faces a frosty critical welcome, this week’s Off the Carpet column went to bat for the film. • We interviewed a quartet of young actors making strides this year: Abbie Cornish, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Foster […]

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INTERVIEW: Ben Foster

Posted by · 5:18 pm · December 8th, 2009

Ben Foster became an actor I knew I would watch for a long time during an episode of the now canceled TV drama “Boston Public.” Foster was cast as a high school student dying of cancer and had an extraordinary monologue about wanting a Christmas with no crying, with no tears; he wanted his last […]

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OFF THE CARPET: Looking at the leading gentlemen

Posted by · 10:31 am · November 2nd, 2009

We’ve taken concentrated looks at the lead actress and supporting actress categories in recent weeks.  Now let’s turn our attention over to the fellas. Behind the Best Picture race, of course, the lead actor competition is perhaps the most hotly anticipated award of a given Oscar telecast.  Movie stars are born, Hollywood staples are rewarded […]

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REVIEW: “The Messenger” (***1/2)

Posted by · 3:38 pm · October 9th, 2009

There is a film that succeeds as a cerebral drama, concerned with the impact of war on the individual, free of the genre’s typical tropes and remarkably fresh as a result.  And believe it or not, I’m not talking about “The Hurt Locker.” Of course, it is unfair to Oren Moverman’s “The Messenger” to so […]

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David Thomson on Christian Bale

Posted by · 3:25 am · June 21st, 2009

Christian Bale has been given something of a rough ride of late, with the combination of unfortunate media attention and a dreary turn in the woebegone “Terminator Salvation” slightly stripping the varnish from an otherwise solidly built career. Thankfully, Michael Mann’s “Public Enemies” has arrived just in time to restore some respectability, though early word […]

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