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Forget Jennifer Esposito, Bradley Cooper Has Begun Filming 'American Sniper' [Poll]


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Bradley Cooper has been in the headlines for the most of the week owing to his ex-girlfriend apparently calling him "manipulated" in her memoir. We say, forget that, because Bradley Cooper is an incredibly good actor and he's started shooting what could be his finest movie yet - Clint Eastwood's American Sniper.

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In Warner Bros' highly anticipated movie - which had Spielberg previously attached a director - Cooper plays a Navy SEAL who recounts his military exploits. Filming began at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in the Santa Clarita area - the set had been made to look like an Afghan village. The scenes involved "simulated warfare sequences with full load automatic gunfire, explosions, squibs, bullet hits, smoke, burning debris," according to a county film permit.

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Jennifer Esposito - New York Premiere of "The Heat" at the Ziegfeld Theater - Red Carpet Arrivals - New York City, NY, United States - Sunday 23rd June 2013

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Blue Bloods Actress Jennifer Esposito Still Angry About Suspension From Work


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Jennifer Esposito is struggling to get over CBS' decision to put her on a period of leave from cop drama Blue Bloods. The initial decision came in the wake of the actress’s doctor telling her she needed to ease up her work load in order to manage her Celiac’s disease, CBS taking that as a sign to suspend her without pay.

Esposito was angry about it at the time, and according to TV Line is still struggling to get her head around it in a forthcoming interview to be aired on Fox. Claiming that she simply wanted to work fewer days, Esposito said "So many things of injustice that happen in this business. It's what you sign up for…This, though, is something that is not about me, I feel. This is about a disease that people don't understand. And what went on [here], it makes me sick.";

Describing the incident that saw her collapse twice on set, she commented: "The [assistant director] came in and said, ‘I'll get the medic,' and we were like, ‘There is nothing [the medic can do], unless he can cure me of Celiac disease. This is what we've been trying to tell you.' They had to carry me into the car and bring me to the doctor, where I [was] for seven hours."

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Jennifer Esposito Monday 24th September 2012 The 2012

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Jennifer Esposito Thursday 10th May 2012 takes a walk through New York

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Jennifer Esposito Wednesday 5th October 2011 New York premiere of 'The Ides of March' at the Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Russell Simmons and Jennifer Esposito - Russell Simmons and Jennifer Esposito New York City, USA - Russell Simmons' 12th Annual Art For Life East Hampton Benefit Saturday 30th July 2011

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Jennifer Esposito Sunday 17th January 2010 Jennifer Esposito in an oversized cardigan and carrying an oversized bag heads for a nail salon in Beverly Hills. Los Angeles, California

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Jennifer Esposito Wednesday 28th July 2010 attends the premiere of 'The Disappearance of Alice Creed' at the Crosby Street Hotel New York City, USA

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Jennifer Esposito Wednesday 9th June 2010 Whitney Museum of American Art Annual Art Party - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Jennifer Esposito Wednesday 17th June 2009 The 6th Annual Wayuu Taya Foundation Gala New York City, USA

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Jennifer Esposito Tuesday 2nd December 2008 18th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards - Arrivals New York City, USA

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Crash (2005) Review


Excellent
In Crash, a simple car accident forms an unyielding foundation for the complex exploration of race and prejudice. Thoroughly repulsive throughout, but incredibly thought provoking long after, Paul Haggis' breathtaking directorial debut succeeds in bringing to the forefront the behaviors that many people keep under their skin. And by thrusting these attitudes toward us with a highly calculated, reckless abandon, Haggis puts racism on the highest pedestal for our review.

There is no better place for this examination than the culturally diverse melting pot of modern-day Los Angeles. In just over 24 hours, Crash brings together people from all walks of life. Two philosophizing black men (Ludacris and Larenz Tate) steal the expensive SUV belonging to the white, L.A. District Attorney (Brendan Fraser), and his high-strung wife (Sandra Bullock). A similar vehicle belonging to a wealthy black television director (Terrence Howard) and his wife (Thandie Newton) is later pulled over by a racist cop (Matt Dillon) and his partner (Ryan Phillippe). Soon, many of these people get mixed up with a Latino locksmith (Michael Peña), a Persian storekeeper (Shaun Toub), and two ethnically diverse, dating police detectives (Don Cheadle and Jennifer Esposito).

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Backflash Review


Good
As it is, Ray's (Robert Patrick) video store isn't doing so hot (maybe locating it in the desert isn't the best idea...), but when he stops to pick up a hitchhiking Harley (Jennifer Esposito) -- fresh out of prison -- his life gets even crazier. Harley, it seems, has a couple million illicit dollars stashed in a safe deposit box, and maybe she'll take Ray along to get it out, promising him half. But what's the story with Colm Meaney's mobster on her trail? And Harley's old partner -- where'd he go?

While there's a fair amount of confusion in Backflash (a title which really means nothing but which I guess someone thought sounded cool), the twists are fairly garden variety and can be spotted coming from a mile away. Ray is a patsy in this whole thing? Well of course he is, just as sure as he'll find a way out of it. Or is Ray really running the show?

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Summer Of Sam Review


OK
As narrator Jimmy Breslin (as himself) puts it, there's 8 million stories in the naked city, and this is one of them. I just wish it didn't have to be so long.

Spike Lee's latest joint, like much of his recent work, is an epic exercise in tedium. While it's punctuated by moments of greatness - and sometimes, even genius -- those moments come too few and too far between to make Summer of Sam a truly great film. Sure, the tale of New York City in 1977, when David Berkowitz, a.k.a. Son of Sam, was marauding the Bronx with a .44 revolver, is a great place to start. But clocking in at almost 2 1/2 hours, you're likely to wish Son of Sam had taken you out at the halfway point.

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Breakin' All The Rules Review


Bad
Breakin' All the Rules is about stupid people with problems, meaning what would take you and me five minutes to resolve takes these characters 85 excruciating minutes. The only thing the movie breaks is your patience.

Quincy (Jamie Foxx) is a man with everything -- a good job as a magazine editor, good friends, and a fine woman to whom he's on the verge of proposing. Just as he's about to write a series of guidelines for firing employees, his girlfriend dumps him at their engagement party. Despondent, he quits his job, refusing to fire employees for his spineless boss (Peter MacNicol), and becomes a recluse.

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Master Of Disguise Review


Terrible
Once the chief late-night headliner on NBC's Saturday Night Live, Dana Carvey has been reduced to appearing in films emblazoned with the phrase "An Adam Sandler Production." I wondered what it must be like as Sandler's name floated across the screen to pick up your paychecks from the clown who sang songs about food and watched you become a star. Sad. Master of Disguise is just another loop in Dana Carvey's shame spiral; a path that begins right where Wayne's World 2 ends.

Dana Carvey is Pistachio Disguisey (clever!), the last in a long line of "masters of disguise." Charged with using their powers of disguise for good, they have for centuries protected the world from evil, using only their wits and an incredible gift for visual deception. But Pistachio's parents have been kidnapped. To save them, he must at last learn the true history of his family, and discover the powers of disguise he holds inside.

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The Proposal Review


Weak
Jennifer Esposito (Summer of Sam) has a long way to go to reach the A-List if she keeps making direct-to-video pap like The Proposal. Ostensibly a crime thriller where the duplicity runs so thick you just don't know who to trust, The Proposal is really just a cut-rate cop drama with one too many arbitrary plot twists thrown in.

Esposito plays a sexy young cop assigned to help an undercover agent (a mousy Nick Moran) infiltrate a crime ring by posing as his wife. Uh-oh, the mob boss (Stephen Lang) is so devilishly handsome and dashing he puts the moves on the naïve Esposito! Meanwhile, Esposito has entered into a wholly unbelievable romance with the annoying-beyond-belief Moran, ultimately taking the film to an even more unbelievable resolution amidst the inevitable hail of gunfire.

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Welcome To Collinwood Review


Excellent
Among the ever-impressive list of projects undertaken by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney's Section Eight production group (Ocean's Eleven, this year's Insomnia), the ironically titled Welcome to Collinwood is one of the best. Anthony and Joe Russo's lovable crime comedy, which boasts a talented comic cast -- including Clooney himself, in a small but invaluable role -- is the finest debut by a creative team since the Wachowski brothers (The Matrix) made Bound.

Basing their premiere feature on the little-seen Italian comedy Big Deal on Madonna Street (1958), the writing, directing Russos set their film -- a finely tuned, brilliantly designed, screwball romp -- in the Ohio city of the title, which they've drawn as decrepit, to say the least. Collinwood is painted as low rent, low wage, and low class, where every sidewalk square is cracked and so are the people that walk on them.

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Just One Time Review


OK
Just One Time has that Sex in the City feeling -- if only they never left the East Village.

A New York indie romantic comedy in the classic vein, Just One Time is writer/producer/director/star Lane Janger's fifth time around as a filmmaker but is his first major in front of the camera. To my surprise, he's not bad -- which probably means the source material is ripped from his personal headlines (but who am I to say?).

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Don't Say A Word Review


Weak
Surrounded by hype, high hopes, and the promise of an over-the-top performance by Clueless's Brittany Murphy, Don't Say a Word looked full of promise. Hell, when I hear that "I'll never tell" whisper on the TV commercial, goose bumps run up my spine.

Alas, Word is filled with little but disappointment, a kooky mix of Girl, Interrupted and Ransom, with Michael Douglas and company collecting a paycheck to plod through a vapid and dull kidnapping thriller.

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Dracula 2000 Review


Weak
Well, it's the holiday season and what better way to celebrate than by sucking everyone dry? No... it's not your neighborhood Christmas Key Party, it's Dracula 2000, a gift to all you horror fans for Christmas.

And it's got all of those earmarks of just about every Dracula, a director no one has heard of (Craven just bankrolled it), a series of barely recognizable actors, and a feeling of having been shelved for about four years... oh yeah, and a bunch of religious undertones so the crew can work through their theological schizophrenia a la Anne Rice.

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Crash Review


Good
A meditation on the often unacknowledged undercurrentsof racism in everyday American city life, "Crash" has the kindof broad appeal that can draw large audiences and the kind of lingeringemotional potency that can lead to serious soul-searching.

An impressive ensemble cast lends strong character to acultural cross-section of Los Angeles denizens who are connected to eachother through crime, corruption, obligation, indignation and chance overa two-day period. The most powerful storyline features Matt Dillon andRyan Phillippe as beat cops -- one jaded and abusive, the other fresh andidealistic -- who pull over and harass (much to Phillippe's dismay) a blackyuppie couple (Terrence Howard and Thandie Newton) because the SUV they'redriving vaguely fits the description of a carjacked vehicle.

Within 24 hours, these characters all cross paths againin separate incidents of incredibly high tension that challenge both theprejudices that have formed between them and the conclusions we've beenled to as an audience.

Although they do not meet again, similarly potent table-turningand judgment-testing events occur in the lives of the actual carjackers(Larenz Tate and rapper Ludacris, whose character is ironically obsessedwith being stereotyped) and their victims, an ambitious district attorneyand his uptight wife (played with depth and conviction by Brendan Fraserand Sandra Bullock).

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Welcome To Collinwood Review


OK

The entire, very talented cast of the caper comedy "Welcome to Collinwood" is clearly having a good time playing criminal washouts who know more about their own local-crook jargon than they do about breaking and entering. But you get the feeling watching it that having a good time took precedence over making anything more than an insubstantial romp designed to entertain themselves.

Amusing but otherwise forgettable, the flick stars Luis Guzman (also in this week's "Punch-Drunk Love") as an imprisoned petty thief who hears about a supposed dream heist opportunity from a lifer he's serving time with and says to himself, "This could be my Belini!" But he needs a Melinski to take the fall and someone who can pull a Krasner at the Shylock's office they'll break into, so the job doesn't turn into a real kaputchnick.

But in the process of trying to line up a patsy, his girlfriend on the outside (Patricia Clarkson) ends up with half a dozen hapless partners instead -- including a hopelessly amateur boxer (Sam Rockwell), an unemployed photographer (William H. Macy) who carts his infant son everywhere he goes because his can't afford his wife's bail, a frail old thief (Michael Jeter) who can't complete a sentence without pausing for breath, a dubiously "expert" safe-cracker in a wheelchair (George Clooney) who is a little cracked himself, and a couple more small-time hustlers (Isaiah Washington and Andrew Davoli).With stars such as these employing the cheeky comic instincts they've honed, often together, in flicks by David Mamet and/or Steven Soderbergh (who produced this picture with Clooney), the frivolity is contagious, even if the plot and the gags are, more often than not, obvious, broad and overused.

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Made Review


Good

"Swingers" lounge lizards Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn are reunited in "Made" as a pair of feckless part-time boxers who try to make something of themselves by becoming inept bagmen for the mafia.

Another sardonic -- but more cinematically mature -- comedy written by Favreau (who also directed this time), the flick features Fav as Bobby, a hapless amateur of a pug who just wants to do right by his stripper girlfriend (Famke Janssen) and her angelic little daughter.

A downhearted but upright palooka, Bobby gets kicked off his "day" job as driver for his girlfriend's tease gigs when he punches out a grabby guest at a bachelor party. But his boss, a cranky back-room operator played with comedic panache by Peter Falk, gives him a chance to make up for it by going to New York to do a money drop for a high-rolling uptown gangster called Ruiz (hip-hop mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs).

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The Bachelor Review


Weak

You know something is just not right about a movie when even the most insignificant supporting characters have more charisma and personality than the leads.

Such is the case with "The Bachelor," a comedy about an heir to a $100 million fortune who has 24 hours to get married or be cut off without a dime.

Chris O'Donnell (Robin in the recent "Batman" movies) is said heir, a commitment-o-phobe from central casting named Jimmy whose persnickety, cantankerous grandfather (Peter Ustinov) kicks the bucket and reveals in his videotaped will that -- surprise! -- he's a millionaire. But grandpa is also obsessed with begetting a family legacy and decrees that Jimmy, his soul heir, gets zip unless he's married by his 30th birthday. Unfortunately grandpa has the bad timing to die two days before the deadline.

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Don't Say A Word Review


Weak

A standard-issue kiddie-kidnapping adrenaline thriller, "Don't Say a Word" has a single reason for being -- one fertile, previously untapped plot hook that goes completely to waste in the hands of director Gary Fleder.

The hook: The kidnappers want a nugget of information locked away in the head of a delusional teenage mental patient (Brittany Murphy), and they snatch an Upper West Side psychologist's 8-year-old daughter to force him to help.

But the movie (based on a book by Andrew Klavan) pays little more than lip service to the logistics of such a demand. Even though no doctor has been able to get through to her in 10 years, this shrink (Michael Douglas) garners the crazy girl's trust in a matter of hours -- thus negating the only fresh element in the entire script.

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Just One Time Review


Weak

Stop me if you've heard this one before: "Just One Time" is a "romantic comedy" about a guy who acts like a selfish idiot through the whole movie, then makes an insincere 30-second apology just before the credits roll. The girl takes him back, no questions asked, and that's the happy ending.

Is anybody else sick of these movies that insult women by implying that they shouldn't look for a man who treats them right, but just settle for one who apologizes when he treats them badly?

The twist in "Just One Time" that's supposed to make it unique is the way in which the guy (co-writer/director Lane Janger) acts like an idiot -- he pressures his fiancée (Joelle Carter) to have a threesome with another woman when she's clearly not at all interested.

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Taxi Review


Bad

Jimmy Fallon's big screen career may be over before it even gets started if his complete lack of screen presence in "Taxi" is any indication.

The comedian, who was a hoot as Tina Fey's news co-anchor on "Saturday Night Live" but left the sketch show this season to pursue movie stardom, is virtually invisible next to the charismatic Queen Latifah, Ann-Margret and Jennifer Esposito in this low-watt action-comedy -- and when he's alone in the frame, you may find yourself just looking at the scenery.

Fallon plays a wholly inept cop with such a bad record of wrecking cars that his frustrated lieutenant (Esposito) takes away his driver's license. Desperate to prove himself when he hears a bank heist reported over his police radio, he commandeers a taxi driven by takes-no-sass Latifah -- who, it just so happens, has customized her seemingly average cab into a presto-change-o supercharged street rod. It's the perfect car, with the perfect daredevil driver, for chasing down the crooks -- who are, purely for the sake of selling tickets to 13-year-old boys, leggy Brazilian models in a souped-up BMW.

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Breakin' All The Rules Review


Good

"Breakin' All the Rules" is a tart romantic comedy almost lives up to its (unfortunately trite) title by side-stepping the kind of superficial plot contrivances that drive most movies of its ilk.

Predicated on misunderstandings (but not the kind that require morons for main characters) and manipulation (but not the kind that considers a misogynist's apology to be a happy ending), it's a shrewdly elaborate roundelay of convoluted cross-coupling that is kicked off when mens'-mag editor Quincy Watson (Jamie Foxx) is unceremoniously dumped -- at their engagement party -- by his boom-shake-a-licious fashion-model fiancée (Bianca Lawson).

As a man who recently quit his job because he'd been saddled with the task of figuring out the most psychologically analgesic way of firing people (his boss is paranoid about workplace shootings), the devastated Quincy sits down to write his ex a letter chewing her out for her tactless way of kicking him to the curb. But when his heartbroken dispatch grows and mutates into a best-selling how-to tome for stage-managing a break-up, all his commitment-phobic pals are soon seeking his advice.

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She's Funny That Way Trailer

She's Funny That Way Trailer

With preparation well underway for his latest Broadway show, director Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson) heads...

Crash (2005) Movie Review

Crash (2005) Movie Review

In Crash, a simple car accident forms an unyielding foundation for the complex exploration of...

Crash (2004) Movie Review

Crash (2004) Movie Review

In Crash, a simple car accident forms an unyielding foundation for the complex exploration of...

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Summer of Sam Movie Review

Summer of Sam Movie Review

As narrator Jimmy Breslin (as himself) puts it, there's 8 million stories in the naked...

Breakin' All The Rules Movie Review

Breakin' All The Rules Movie Review

Breakin' All the Rules is about stupid people with problems, meaning what would take you...

Master of Disguise Movie Review

Master of Disguise Movie Review

Once the chief late-night headliner on NBC's Saturday Night Live, Dana Carvey has been reduced...

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Taxi Movie Review

Taxi Movie Review

Meet Belle (Queen Latifah), a classic New York loudmouth with a hunky boyfriend and a...

Welcome to Collinwood Movie Review

Welcome to Collinwood Movie Review

Among the ever-impressive list of projects undertaken by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney's Section Eight...

Just One Time Movie Review

Just One Time Movie Review

Just One Time has that Sex in the City feeling -- if only they never...

Don't Say A Word Movie Review

Don't Say A Word Movie Review

Surrounded by hype, high hopes, and the promise of an over-the-top performance by Clueless's Brittany...

Dracula 2000 Movie Review

Dracula 2000 Movie Review

Well, it's the holiday season and what better way to celebrate than by sucking everyone...

Crash Movie Review

Crash Movie Review

A meditation on the often unacknowledged undercurrentsof racism in everyday American city life, "Crash" has...

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