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Robert Duvall, Robert Downey Jr in The Judge

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Robert Downey Jr. is a hot-shot, big-city lawyer Hank Palmer, who suddenly finds out that his estranged father and honorable Judge (Robert Duvall) is being charged with murder in the town where he presides. Now Palmer must investigate the small town he grew up in and try to bond with old friends and colleagues in order to find the truth that can prove his father’s innocence. “The Judge” is directed…

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Aronofsky, Swank, Duvall and James Schamus to Honored at Gotham Awards

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It was just announced that Darren Aronofsky, Hilary Swank, Robert Duvall and Focus Features’ James Schamus will all be presented with a Career Tribute award at the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards‚Ñ¢ on Monday, November 29th at Cipriani Wall Street, New York, New York.

Michael Douglas talks about cancer & Wall Street 2

Michael Douglas talks about cancer & Wall Street 2

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The headline is frank and pragmatic because Michael Douglas is too. Last night’s appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman focused on the movie that’s opening later this month. But that sequel will have to be something very special indeed to trump the other outstanding performance Douglas delivered earlier this year. It’s a diverse portfolio of roles to be holding, but I’m feeling the blue chip movie for a…

Get Low, poster

Get Low, poster

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(click for full size) A poster that keeps me amused and clueless. Just the way I like it. (Anyone wondering why this pastoral pose feels fraught with simmering tensions needs to see the bigger picture.)

Cannes Diary – Day 3

Cannes Diary – Day 3

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Cannes is a many layers deep experience. Every time you think you’ve nailed one layer, peeled it back, stuffed it into your pocket another one reveals itself. And another, and another. There are obscure screenings and high profile screenings and many variations therein. But it does give one a warped sense of things when you see crowds begging for tickets to Wall Street 2. If it were any ordinary Friday…

Get Low, trailer

Get Low, trailer

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Reviewed at the Toronto International Film Festival by Variety’s Joe Leyden, Sept 2009: With a mix of sly humor, homespun grace and affecting poignancy, “Get Low” casts a well-nigh irresistible spell while spinning a Depression-era folk tale from the Tennessee backwoods. Robert Duvall compellingly underplays the larger-than-life lead role of Felix Bush, a notorious hermit who rejoins society only to plan his own funeral party, and he’s backed by smartly…

That Evening Sun & Harry Brown

That Evening Sun & Harry Brown

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(enlarge) Three of our finest actors play old-timers kickin’ it hardcore this year. Walt Kowalski, what hast thou wrought? That Evening Sun: (Hal Holbrook) An aging Tennessee farmer returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the loss of his farm. Harry Brown: (Michael Caine) An elderly ex-serviceman and widower looks to avenge his best friend’s murder by doling out his…

Five Biggest Oscar Boosts from Toronto

Five Biggest Oscar Boosts from Toronto

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Dave Karger at EW has compiled his list of the top five Oscar boosts from the Toronto Film Fest.¬† As follows: 1. Up in the Air. 2. Gabourey Sidibe. 3. Colin Firth and Julianne Moore. 4. Clive Owen. 5. Joel and Ethan Coen. Karger believes that the relatively weak year for original screenplay puts the Coens front and center with their personal (serious) film. He also points out that Firth…

Bill Murray in Get Low, Elusive Contact

Bill Murray in Get Low, Elusive Contact

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Get Low was an incredibly difficult project to get made in the first place. Apparently it took eight years to get it together — the director previously won an Oscar for the short, Two Soldiers. “The thing is, it’s ultimately about loss, regret, redemption, reconciliation,” said [Dean] Zanuck, “and while these are themes that hit me dead-on, they aren’t exactly what studios are focusing on right now.” Robert Duvall and…

Oscars to Toronto: Buzz for Robert Duvall at TIFF

Oscars to Toronto: Buzz for Robert Duvall at TIFF

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James Rocchi reports a standing ovation for Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek in the film Get Low, which he described as “story of redemption and salvation in ’30s America.” The film is helmed by cinematographer-turned-director Aaron Schneider. IMDb’s calls it, “A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party… while he was…