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Jeff Nichols’ ‘Loving’ to Open Austin Film Festival; ‘Lion’ Also Screening at Fest

  The Austin Film Festival has announced its second wave of films, and some major awards contenders are making an appearance at the fest. The festival announced writer/director (and Texas native) Jeff Nichols‘ interracial marriage drama, “Loving,” will open the festival, which runs from Oct. 13 through 20. Nichols will attend the event as well. […]

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Joel Edgerton Eyeing Role Opposite Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Red Sparrow’

  Joel Edgerton is looking to join Jennifer Lawrence in the adaptation of Jason Matthews’ spy novel “Red Sparrow.” The “Loving” star is in early talks for the film, according to Deadline. Francis Lawrence (who previously directed Lawrence in several “Hunger Games” films) is on board to direct, with a script originally written by Eric […]

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WATCH: Official Trailer for the Oscar Hopeful ‘Loving’ with Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga

From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went […]

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Netflix Picks up David Ayer and Will Smith’s “Bright” for $90 Million

Netflix is looking to continue its domination of the small screen with the purchase of David Ayer’s upcoming project, “Bright,” for a whopping $90 million. Deadline reported that the deal, which was part of an intense two week bidding war, will give writer Max Landis a cool $3 million for the script and around $45 […]

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Film Review: Midnight Special (★★½)

More of a lukewarm “soup of the day” than a savory dinner entreé special, Jeff Nichols’s Midnight Special lacks the crackle of imagination and sheer awe befitting of its genre. Watching the film, it’s abundantly clear that the young auteur who gave us the masterpiece Mud has a soft spot for iconic science fiction narratives […]

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Will Smith, David Ayer Looking to Reunite for Fantasy Thriller “Bright”

“Suicide Squad” director David Ayer is gearing up for his next project, which reportedly is set to cast Will Smith and Joel Edgerton in leading roles. The trio are all in talks at the moment. The film in question is “Bright,” which is written by Max Landis (“American Ultra”).  Although plot details are scant at […]

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SXSW Announces New Films for 2016 Lineup including New Pee Wee Herman Film and Seth Rogen Directed Feature

South by Southwest (SXSW) has announced six more films that will have their premiere at its film fest in March, including: Paul Reubens’ “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday,” “Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru,” “Beware the Slenderman” and the Seth Rogen-directed “Preacher.” Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi drama “Midnight Special,” which stars Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton and Kirsten […]

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Oscar Circuit: Much Support for the “Supporting” Players

A little less than a year ago, we examined one of the most competitive Oscar races we’ve seen in some time.  Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” entered Phase 1 as the critical favorite, many declaring it the one to beat.  “Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” came as a serious threat after bowing at Telluride, Venice, […]

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Film Review: Black Mass (★★½)

There’s so much potential and talent on display in Black Mass that you almost can’t believe how workmanlike the end result turns out to be. Everyone involved turns in competent work, but no one manages to stand out, and that goes for everyone, up and down the line. From director Scott Cooper to star Johnny […]

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Film Review: The Gift (★★½)

There’s something a bit frustrating about The Gift, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. A great deal of this thriller from actor/writer/director Joel Edgerton works, sometimes impeccably so, but a combination of plot holes and a slight aimlessness do weigh it down. Still, that’s sometimes par for the course with this genre, […]