‘Machine Gun Preacher’ trailer

Posted by · 6:22 pm · August 18th, 2011

Marc Forster’s “Machine Gun Preacher” is all set for a Toronto bow next month. It could be an awards play for actor Gerard Butler, or for Chris Cornell’s original song “The Keeper,” or maybe it’ll just be some September fun. We’ll see. But it has the “inspiring true story” thing going for it out of […]

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‘Coriolanus’ poster

Posted by · 3:10 pm · August 17th, 2011

Another day, another poster. Interesting that they’re selling this one less as The Ralph Fiennes Show (he is Coriolanus, after all) and more as a two-hander. It’s worth playing up Gerard Butler’s contribution — his performance here is a career highlight — but I maintain my broken-record position that Vanessa Redgrave is the real story here. […]

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BERLIN: ‘Coriolanus,’ Redgrave and an early Oscar bet

Posted by · 6:58 pm · February 14th, 2011

The cavernous Berlinale Palast theatre was packed to the gills for today’s noontime press screening of “Coriolanus” (***), and small wonder — in a Competition lineup heavy on oatmeal fare boasting comparatively unfamiliar names, Ralph Fiennes’s directorial debut is one of the few entries that affords viewers a little star-gazing. Fiennes, of course, takes the title […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: ‘Bounty’ soft

Posted by · 5:13 pm · March 19th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Forgive me if this entry seems a little rushed, but I’ve been flying most of the day and detoxing from South by Southwest. It was my first time attending since 2006 and the growth in scope, prestige and attendance since then was staggering. The quality and […]

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9/15 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:15 am · September 15th, 2009

• James Rocchi sits down with Jason Reitman to talk “Up in the Air.” [AMC TV] • Jeffrey Wells bangs the Best Picture drum for Rodrigo Garcia’s as-of-yet un-acquired “Mother and Child.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Michael Douglas talks “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.” [Empire]

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7/22 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:02 am · July 22nd, 2009

• John Campea rattles off a list of the six movies he’d love to see but that will never happen. [The Movie Blog] • Patrick Goldstein translates Bob Weinstein’s classified in search of a new assistant. [The Big Picture] • Chloe Fox talks to “The Ugly Truth” star Gerard Butler about “mixing the rough with […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Wild about ‘Harry’

Posted by · 12:12 am · July 20th, 2009

*All historical figures are adjusted to today’s dollars. To the surprise of no one, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was the number one movie at the box office this weekend with $79.5 million. The film made an additional $80.1 million on Wednesday and Thursday, so Daniel Radcliffe and company have just under $160 million […]

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REVIEW: “RocknRolla” (*1/2)

Posted by · 8:12 am · August 29th, 2008

Short of seeking or citing any legitimate critical opinion, the marketing team behind “RocknRolla,” the fifth feature from Guy Ritchie, have gone to much effort to portray it as a creative comeback for the much-maligned filmmaker. Here in the UK, the words “return to form” are splashed prominently across billboards for the film (set to […]

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