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Q&A: Leslie Dixon And Neil Burger Talk 'Limitless,' Creative Processes, And Shooting In NYC

March 17th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
Limitless 1
Screenwriter Leslie Dixon is known best for her comedic writing in films like “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Overboard,” but when she read Alan Glynn’s thrilling novel The Dark Fields, she was captivated by the story of Eddie Morra, a down-and-out writer who takes a miracle drug which allows him to reach his true potential. Eddie quickly rises into the world of the rich and famous, but he captures the attention of a shadowy group that will stop at nothing to keep this secret to success under wraps.

After acquiring the rights to adapt Glynn’s book herself, Dixon sold her screenplay to Relativity M...
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Similar Story Smackdown: Which Hollywood Flicks Came Out On Top?

April 27th, 2009 11:57am EDT
Saving Private Ryan
So, have you seen this year's comedy about an overweight, overzealous, loser-y mall cop who takes his job way too seriously and is hopelessly in love with a fellow shopping center employee? If you're not sure whether I'm referring to January's hit Paul Blart: Mall Cop or the newest Seth Rogen comedy Observe and Report (in theaters now), don't be too hard on yourself: Both flicks have eerily similar plotlines. This isn't the first time two films with the same subject matter have been released within a year of one another; Hollywood has a talent for redundancy (see: recycling and ripping off)...
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Tim Robbins & Rachel McAdams Star In 'The Lucky Ones,' On DVD Jan. 27

January 23rd, 2009 5:30pm EST
The Lucky Ones
From the director of The Illusionist, The Lucky Ones, starring Rachel McAdams (The Notebook) with Academy Award® winner Tim Robbins (Mystic River, 2004) and Michael Peña (Crash), is the humorous, yet gripping drama about three soldiers on leave who take an unexpected road trip across the United States. An Official Selection of the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, The Lucky Ones was called "Spellbinding" by Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times) and "a sharply observed, smart road movie" (Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News) with "sharp, heartfelt performances" (Philadelphia Inquirer). The DVD contains ...
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Interview: Writer, Director Neil Burger Follows Iraq Soldiers on Leave in 'The Lucky Ones'

October 1st, 2008 10:52am EDT
The Lucky Ones
(HolywoodChicago) – In his short career as a writer and director, Neil Burger has taken on the John F. Kennedy assassination in “Interview with the Assassin” and the mysteries of magic in “The Illusionist,” which starred Edward Norton, Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel.

With his new film “The Lucky Ones,” Burger tackles the dichotomy between the fighting soldiers in Iraq and a country that can’t equal that sacrifice on the home front during wartime.

Tim Robbins as Cheever in “The Lucky Ones,” which is directed by Neil Burger.

Photo credit: James Bridges

In a recen...
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Slideshow: Beautiful Biel

July 31st, 2008 8:45am EDT
Jessica Biel
There's no stopping Jessica Biel. She has several films in the works - animated film Planet 51, romantic comedy Nailed, and Christmas drama Powder Blue to name a few. All we know is that Jessica is very easy on the eyes. Check out our slideshow of beautiful Jessica Biel photos.

"Blade: Trinity"

"I Now Prounce You Chuck & Larry"

"The Illusionist"
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Clive Owen Stars In 'Shoot 'Em Up,' On DVD & Blu-Ray Jan. 1; Win A Copy!

December 31st, 2007 1:00pm EST
Shoot
Brace yourself for explosive action that starts with a bang and never slows down as Shoot 'Em Up arrives on DVD from New Line Home Entertainment on January 1, 2008.

This sexy, action-packed thriller stars Clive Owen (Sin City, Children of Men) as a mysterious loner who joins forces with an unlikely partner (Monica Bellucci; The Matrix films, The Passion of the Christ) to protect a rescued newborn baby from an evil, ruthless criminal (Paul Giamatti; Sideways, The Illusionist).

-Enter here for your chance to win one of five copies of 'Shoot 'Em Up' on DVD!

-Check out this Fantast...
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Starpulse's 'Maxim.com Hot 100' Girl Of The Week: Jessica Biel

July 20th, 2007 12:30pm EDT
Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel is this week's 'Maxim Hot 100' girl! Head on over to Maxim's Jessica Biel page to check her out!

This blazing beauty first popped onto the scene (and into our thoughts) back in 1996 as Mary Camden on 7th Heaven. Her aspirations of moving on to a movie career led her to pose for a very risque (and very sexy) photoshoot for Gear magazine (copies of it can still be found on eBay for around 20 bucks!). But despite a small role in the 1997 Peter Fonda film Ulee's Gold, her career never really took off, and she returned to 7th in a number of guest spots and in a couple of bit pa...
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Music From The Movie 'No Reservations' Out July 24

July 14th, 2007 10:00am EDT
No Reservations
(July 10, 2007- New York, NY) –The new movie, No Reservations, starring Academy Award®-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago) and Golden Globe® nominee Aaron Eckhart (Thank You for Smoking), is destined to become the romantic film of the summer. This culinary comedy drama, directed by Oscar-nominated Scott Hicks (Shine), is set in a New York City restaurant and also features Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine). The soundtrack will be released on Decca July 24th.

The recipe for this musical masterpiece starts with a generous helping of Italian arias performed ...
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And The Nominees For The 79th Oscars Are...

January 23rd, 2007 10:30am EST
Babel
Academy awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak theatre at Hollywood & highland center, and televised live by the ABC television network at 5 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST), beginning with a half-hour arrivals segment, “The Road to The Oscars.” Babel is nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture.

Nominations By Category - 79th Awards

Best Motion Picture Of The Year

Babel

The Departed

Letters From Iwo Jima

Little Miss Sunshine

The Queen

Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role

Leonardo Dicaprio -...
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'Children of Men' Wins Scripter Award

January 16th, 2007 2:19pm EST
The Children of Men
The author of The Children of Men and the screenwriters of the film based on the book have won the 19th-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award. The film beat competition from The Devil Wears Prada, The Illusionist, The Last King of Scotland and Notes on a Scandal.

British writer P.D. James published "The Children of Men," her 12th, in 1992. Screenwriters Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby adapted the screenplay for the 2006 film, directed by Cuarón.

Scripter is awarded annually by the University of Southern California Libraries to honor writers...
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Five Compete for Top Honor at Cinematographer Awards

January 11th, 2007 12:13pm EST
Children of Men
Emmanuel Lubezki, (Children Of Men), Dick Pope, (The Illusionist), Robert Richardson, (The Good Shepherd), Dean Semler, (Apocalypto), and Vilmos Zsigmond, (The Black Dahlia) are vying for top honors in the feature film category at the 21st Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards competition.

"There is no textbook formula for artful cinematography," says Russ Alsobrook, ASC who chairs the organization's Awards Committee. "It takes talent and skill to master a complex craft, as well as a collaborative spirit. These five, amazingly talented indivi...
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New Movies on DVD, Jan. 9

January 9th, 2007 8:00am EST
Crank
In Crank, a one-time freelance hitman who was just attempting to turn his life around is forced to keep his heart pumping when his vengeful former employers inject him with a lethal poison that will permanently stop his ticker if his pulse sinks beneath an active rate in a non-stop urban action extravaganza. Also on DVD: The Illusionist, The Night Listener, Idiocracy, Bandidas and Broken Bridges.
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Opening August 18: The Illusionist

August 16th, 2006 11:30am EDT
The Illusionist
Summary:

A supernaturally talented magician attempts to undermine the rigid social structure of turn-of-the-century Vienna by using his powers to win the love of his upper-class, childhood sweetheart.

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Cast and Crew:

Edward Norton - (Eisenheim)

Jessica Biel - (Duchess Sophie von Teschen)

Paul Giamatti - (Chief Inspector Uhl)

Rufus Sewell - (Crown Prince Leopold)

Eddie Marsan - (Josef Fischer)

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