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Kate Beckinsale 'Heartbroken' Over Movie


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Kate Beckinsale admits she was "heartbroken" after her last movie wasn't released.

The actress worked with director Rod Lurie on thriller 'Nothing But The Truth' and was very proud of her performance so was devastated when the film company went bankrupt, meaning the movie would never come out.

She said: "To be honest, I was a little bit heartbroken after doing that movie. I was really pleased with it and proud of it, I was nominated for a Critics' Choice award for it, and the next day the film company went bankrupt and the movie never came out. I just felt really bruised by that and thought, I want to take a second."

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Straw Dogs Review


Good
This remake of Sam Peckinpah's 1971 British thriller is deeply unpleasant but very well-made. It's also bravely packed with all kinds of mixed messages that force us to think about some extremely difficult themes.

Hollywood screenwriter David (Marsden) moves to the backwater Mississippi home of his actress wife Amy (Bosworth), who is immediately sucked back into local life. This includes her former flame Charlie (Skarsgard), who is now a contractor working on David and Amy's barn with his chucklehead hunting buddies (Coiro, Powell and Lush). But soon, the tension between Charlie and Amy erupts into sexual violence, as David is taunted about his manhood. And a simple-minded guy (Purcell) turns out to be the catalyst for an eruption of violence.

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James Marsden "Not Competing" Against Dustin Hoffman In 'Straw Dogs' Remake


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The star of the 'Straw Dogs' remake, James Marsden, has insisted that he's not trying to compete with the original's legendary actor Dustin Hoffman, stating that he's merely trying to bring his own take on the role of lead character David Sumner.

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Website Offers Reviews "As A Contact Sport"


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Veteran writer/producer Bryce Zabel has launched a new movie review website, MovieSmackdown.com, in which newly released films are compared with early ones with similar themes, content or cast. "The way people actually talk about movies is by comparing them to other films they've loved or hated that are similar in some way," Zabel said in a statement. "So we embrace that reality and treat film reviews as a contact sport that has winners and Losers." For Example, The Help is compared with Driving Miss Daisy ; The Hangover with Bridesmaids ; Contagion with (1995's) Outbreak. The concept is carried forth with other features on the site. An interview with Rod Lurie, whose Straw Dogs opens today (Friday), focuses on the differences between his film and the original 1971 movie directed by Sam Peckinpah.

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Straw Dogs Trailer


David and Amy Sumner are a happily married couple who live in L.A., when Amy's father dies the couple dicide to relocate from L.A to Amy's childhood home in the south in order to repair the damaged home to prepare it for sale.

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What Doesn't Kill You Review


Weak
A recovery film being touted as a crime thriller, What Doesn't Kill You suffers from the problem of most recovery stories in that it essentially has no final act. With the average character study this isn't really an issue, but for a film that starts off with an armored car robbery going badly awry (narration over a freeze-frame of a robber desperately blasting away tells us: "Never do armored cars"), the lack of satisfying denouement seriously damages what is otherwise a perfectly solid drama.

The movie is billed as the true-life story of the film's director/co-writer Brian Goodman, a South Boston guy who spent a few years in jail before getting his break in Ted Demme's Monument Ave. and showing up in several projects by Rod Lurie (a producer on this film). Being that Goodman made a career in Hollywood as the kind of square-jawed tough who got mowed down by the G-Men in the final reel of an old Republic serial, it's fitting that his first project as filmmaker would be this scrappy piece about his pre-Hollywood life as a second-string Southie hoodlum.

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At A Speclal Sneak Screening Of Nothing But The Truth Held At Cinema 2

Rod Lurie Thursday 13th November 2008 at a speclal sneak screening of Nothing But the Truth held at Cinema 2 New York City, USA

At The Premiere Of 'Resurrecting The Champ' Held At The The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences - Arrivals

Rod Lurie and Dakota Goyo - Rod Lurie and Dakota Goyo Los Angeles, California - at the premiere of 'Resurrecting The Champ' held at the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - Arrivals Wednesday 22nd August 2007

Commander In Chief To Come Back As Movie?


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Cancelled TV drama COMMANDER IN CHIEF may come back as a TV movie. The US ABC network pulled the series earlier this month (MAY06) and will air the final three episodes of the series in June (06). According to ABC spokesman STEVE MCPHERSON, the network is in discussions with the show's creator, Rod Lurie, about filming a two-hour movie that would revisit the first US female president, played by Geena Davis. He explains, "It's a fantastic story that Rod has in mind, and there's still a really dedicated audience for the show. "It would give Rod a chance to tell a lot of stuff he didn't get the opportunity to tell and give us another look at it in a reconfigured form." Although the project is not confirmed, MCPherson said he'll continue discussions with Lurie throughout the summer (06). If the project goes ahead, MCPherson hopes it may gauge whether "there's some life after that, pending how we execute it."

Davis Calls For Female Us President


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Geena Davis lead calls for a female US President today (03MAY06) as she was awarded for her portrayal of US leader in TV show COMMANDER IN CHIEF. The actress was presented a red, white and blue sash at a dinner hosted by The White House Project, a non-profit organisation pushing to put a woman in The White House. Davis told the 500 guests at the United Nations Delegates Dining Room in New York City, "So many countries have had a female head of state before us. So it is certainly time. "I think it's appalling that we haven't yet. The crime is not that it's taken so long, but why haven't we done it yet?" Commander In Chief creator Rod Lurie, who also picked up a prize, added, "Females represent 51 per cent of the country and it's absurd that they're not represented in the highest level of power, and not even given that opportunity. "There's a lot of firepower in the world, ladies and gentlemen. There's lots of it, but there's no weapon as powerful as an idea whose time has come."

Hartnett And Jackson Team Up For Boxing Film


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Samuel L Jackson and Josh Hartnett have signed up to co-star in boxing drama RESURRECTING THE CHAMP. Hartnett will play a young reporter who meets a homeless man claiming to be former boxing great Bob Satterfield. Bob "Bombardier" Satterfield fought professionally from 1945 until 1957, and was named one of Ring Magazine's 100 greatest punchers of all time. The film will be directed by COMMANDER IN CHIEF creator Rod Lurie and is based on a series of articles written by Los Angeles Times reporter JR MOEHRINGER. Filming will start on 19 June (06) in Calgary, Canada.

Scenes Of The Crime Review


Weak
Tip for those of you who want to make a gangster thriller flick: Don't set it largely in a van parked outside a dingy deli. Not really the glamor scene you're looking for, even if you do have perennial actor's actor Jeff Bridges trapped in back. While this cat and mouse game is woefully lacking in grandeur and carries few surprises in its plot, it's got a few goodish performances and soliloquys that make the two hours something better than truly awful.
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Straw Dogs Trailer

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