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Eight-And-A-Half Minus Six

What went nearly brilliantly for director Rob Marshall in his adaptation of the Broadway musical CHICAGO seven years ago somehow misses the mark, albeit with many familiar elements, in this season’s NINE.  As with CHICAGO, Marshall again mines Broadway with NINE, presenting a similarly-staged musical with fantasy numbers interspersed throughout the relatively drab world of the story.  In CHICAGO, impeccable casting, seamless intercutting between the fantasy and reality, and perfectly executed production numbers made…

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Acted By’s Raw Look Behind Crazy Heart

It all started on the third floor of the Beverly Hilton hotel, except this wasn’t an after party for LMFAO. I was attending the press day for the film Crazy Heart. I signed in at one of the rooms that offered an excellent view of Wilshire Blvd. and the Hollywood Hills. In room “217″  there was a tremendous spread, containing more food groups than you ever knew existed. You get the inkling that the…

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John Hillcoat travels down The Road

Some movies provoke the mind and intellect as much or more so than the eyes and ears, and keep audiences thinking long after they have left the theater or turned off the TV or DVD player. Add The Road to that list. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Cormac McCarthy, who also wrote the book on which the Coen Brothers film of No Country For Old Men was based, Australian director John Hillcoat’s The Road is…

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Antonio Banderas is Laura Linney’s Dirty Little Secret

The Other Man features Laura Linney as Lisa, the apex of a delicious love triangle between husband Peter (Liam Neeson) and her secret lover, Ralph (Antonio Banderas). But there’s a catch – Peter has no idea his wife of 20 years has been leading a secret life with another man. A note left in a pair of her favorite shoes reads simply, “Lake Como.” Peter is then launched into a painful…

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Behind the Scenes of Traitor With Writer/Director Jeffrey Nachmanoff

The Day After Tomorrow writer and first-time feature film director Jeffrey Nachmanoff brings audiences another heart-pounding thriller that gets you shouting at the big screen as the unexpected happens again and again. Starring Don Cheadle as Samir Horn, Traitor is the story of a man zeroed in on by the FBI and seen as an extremely violent and threatening informant who needs to be taken down. Connecting Samir to a prison break in…

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Peter Gallagher: Why Bad Boys Make Us Feel So Good

After experiencing Max Mayer’s directorial debut, the thought-provoking drama Adam, I couldn’t wait to put in my request for an interview. Adam features hot young talents, Hugh Dancy (Confessions of a Shopaholic), Rose Byrne, (Damages) and one phenomenal log line: “A Story about two strangers. One a little stranger than the other.” And boy howdy, is Adam strange, at least compared to us normal folk — (if such a thing actually exists). …

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Scorned But Not Jaded, Vinessa Shaw Always Gets Her Man

The phone rings. It’s your agent with good news – you’re going to be starring in the latest James Gray flick alongside some pretty heavy hitters. Oh, you know, just Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow. No biggie. Did we mention that your character is the rock, the glue that holds the entire film together, the only corner of the love triangle with her head on straight? Did we also mention that you’re…

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Walking Down Revolutionary Road with Michael Shannon

Winter in Los Angeles usually comes with at least three things: holiday cheer, complaints of 55 degree weather and over-hyped films. Revolutionary Road may not tickle your holiday funny bone or particularly make you feel warmer this winter. However, it is one film that not only lives up to its hype, this must-see novel-turned-film beautifully reminds us why movies were ever made and why we pay 12 dollars to see them. Director Sam…

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