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‘Stronger’s’ Jeff Bauman: It Took a ‘Long Time to Really Realize the Power of My Story’

Jeff Bauman was enjoying a self-professed “ordinary” life in Boston, until the day in 2013 when a bomb exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, where he was waiting for his then-girlfriend. Bauman lost his legs that day but gained a new path — one which led him to write his story in the 2014 memoir “Stronger.” It has now been turned into a feature film, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman. “The bombing was only 15 seconds of my life,” Bauman says. “What’s important is the people around me.”

When did you realize the importance of sharing your story?

It took me a long time to really realize the power of my story. I was fighting a lot of battles that were in my own head and just taking direction from the people around me that were looking out for me. I met [author] Bret Witter about four months after I had gotten blown up, and I was really
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Oscar Winner Jean Dujardin to Star in ABC Drama Pilot The French Detective

Oscar Winner Jean Dujardin to Star in ABC Drama Pilot The French Detective
ABC is putting a French twist on the standard cop procedural.

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Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) has signed on to star in The French Detective, a light-hearted crime drama that has earned a put-pilot commitment from ABC, our sister site Variety is reporting. Dujardin will play Luc Moncrief, a Parisian detective who joins the NYPD and solves crimes with his blue-collar female partner.

The French Detective is based on the Luc Moncrief mystery novels by bestselling author James Patterson, whose book Zoo was adapted into a CBS series
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Movie Review – Suburbicon (2017)

Suburbicon, 2017.

Directed by George Clooney.

Starring Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, Glenn Fleshler, Gary Basaraba, Karimah Westbrook, Tony Espinosa, Megan Ferguson, and Oscar Isaac.

Synopsis:

A home invasion rattles a quiet family town.

At this point, we must accept that George Clooney is a much better actor than director, or at the very least is going through a continuous string of baffling misfires. The Monuments Men and Suburbicon now mark back to back features, that from the beginning, were set up to be prestige awards-worthy pictures only for the results to meet far below those expectations.

Suburbicon is at best, mediocre, which is still actually a condemnation of its quality considering it was written by Joel and Ethan Coen. Matt Damon and Julianne Moore provide serviceable performances at the center of an All-American blue-collar family in the wholesome but comically over-the-top racist neighborhood of the titular Suburbicon, but acting
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Suburbicon – Review

Strap yourself in for another trek in the cinema “way-back” machine at your local multiplex. And for once it’s not a “biopic” or a story “inspired by true events” like Marshall or Breathe. Yes, it’s pure fiction but it is set firmly in the real world. The movies have often viewed the 1950’s through the “rose-tinted” lens of nostalgia, as if yearning for that simpler, more innocent time. TVeven joined in with its long running hit “Happy Days” (that 70’s show now has its own nostalgic glow, as seen in the recent Kingsmen: The Golden Circle). Sure, they were indeed happy days…if you were part of the right social class, religion or race. . That’s the view of this new film, no surprise since it sprang from the minds of Joel and Ethan, the Coen brothers. But they’re not behind the camera on this project (supposedly
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‘Suburbicon’ Review: George Clooney Overplays His Hand With Grotesque ’50s Noir

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‘Suburbicon’ Review: George Clooney Overplays His Hand With Grotesque ’50s Noir
Like those talented pop singers who keep making valiant stabs at being actors — and vice versa — George Clooney can’t seem to stay away from the director’s chair. His filmmaking career started promisingly enough with “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (helped greatly by its Charlie Kaufman screenplay), but since then it’s been a parade of adequacies (“Good Night, and Good Luck,” “The Ides of March”), mediocrity (“Leatherheads”) and downright catastrophe (“The Monuments Men”). Clooney’s directorial legacy won’t get any help from “Suburbicon,” a garish and overblown crime melodrama that combines clumsy noir with lame jabs at 1950s suburban conformity.
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George Clooney to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

George Clooney to Receive AFI Life Achievement Award
George Clooney will be the 46th recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.

The award, announced on Thursday, will be presented to Clooney on June 7 in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast subsequently by Turner Broadcasting on TNT, followed by encore presentations on Turner Classic Movies.

George Clooney is America’s leading man,” said Howard Stringer, chairman of the American Film Institute Board of Trustees. “Director, producer, writer, and actor — a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art’s impact echoes beyond the screen. AFI is proud to present him with its 46th Life Achievement Award.”

Clooney has won a best actor Academy Award for his role in “Syriana” and a best picture Oscar as a producer on “Argo.” He’s also received best actor Oscar nominations for “Michael Clayton,” “Up in the Air,” and “The Descendants”; directing and screenplay nods for “Good Night, and
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‘Suburbicon’ Review: George Clooney Carves a Deliciously Cruel and Acerbically Funny Comedy

Like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich laced with too many prescription drugs, Suburbicon might look, sound, and perhaps even taste a little like a Joel and Ethan Coen picture because, in a sense, it is. The Minnesota brothers penned the script for this deliciously cruel and acerbically funny 1960s suburban nightmare years ago — something of a surprise given the story’s fixation on building walls and having other people pay for them — before being picked up and brought to life, in all its glory, by George Clooney.

In a turn of events worth noting, the film’s publicity (surely amongst the year’s most misleading) hinted that Suburbicon would be something derivative of those brothers’ more slapstick-leaning ensemble outings (Burn After Reading, Hail, Caesar!, etc.) but — much to the director’s credit, it must be said — it is, in both content and tone, a far more somber beast.

Based in the titular,
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Venice Film Review: George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’

Venice Film Review: George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’
The names Joel and Ethan Coen pop up on a lot of screenplays these days (“Bridge of Spies,” “Unbroken”), now that they’re getting credit for the kind of script-polishing they used to do anonymously. But “Suburbicon” marks the first time a script that could have been a full-blown Coen brothers film has been brought to the screen by someone else. The movie, directed by George Clooney, who along with his partner Grant Heslov re-wrote an old unproduced Coen brothers script (all four are now credited), stars Matt Damon as a dour, weaselly, amateur family-man criminal in the U.S. suburbs of 1959, and it’s clearly a close cousin to “Fargo.”

There are moments when you can taste the heightened comic spin that the Coens, as filmmakers, would have brought to the material. They would surely have made a bigger fetish of the Atomic Age trappings and decor (the way they did with the mid-’60s Midwestern
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‘Suburbicon’ Review: George Clooney Overplays His Hand With Grotesque ’50s Noir

  • The Wrap
‘Suburbicon’ Review: George Clooney Overplays His Hand With Grotesque ’50s Noir
Like those talented pop singers who keep making valiant stabs at being actors — and vice versa — George Clooney can’t seem to stay away from the director’s chair. His filmmaking career started promisingly enough with “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” (helped greatly by its Charlie Kaufman screenplay), but since then it’s been a parade of adequacies (“Good Night, and Good Luck,” “The Ides of March”), mediocrity (“Leatherheads”) and downright catastrophe (“The Monuments Men”). Clooney’s directorial legacy won’t get any help from “Suburbicon,” a garish and overblown crime melodrama that combines clumsy noir with lame jabs at 1950s suburban conformity.
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Matt Damon on His Lasting Friendship with George Clooney: 'He's Got a Huge Heart'

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Matt Damon on His Lasting Friendship with George Clooney: 'He's Got a Huge Heart'
Matt Damon and George Clooney have been friends for almost 20 years. And in that time, Damon has seen a lot change for his bestie.

Not only has Clooney gone from TV star to Oscar-winning actor and producer, but the new father of twins has also built a career for himself as a director — on films like Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), The Monuments Men (2014) and Damon’s new film Suburbicon.

And while some things about Clooney are different, Damon sees him as very much the same person.

“Sure, he’s changed. He’s evolved, but
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‘Suburbicon’ Trailer: There Goes The Neighborhood

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For many of us, the fall is a time to celebrate two things: pumpkin spice lattes and Oscar-fodder films. And this upcoming autumn is no different: pumpkin spice is primed for its yearly rebirth and we have got a slew of fantastic movies set to be released. Among those films vying for Oscar consideration, there is one particular release utterly chock-full of household names: Paramount Pictures’ crime comedy “Suburbicon.”

Let’s start with the director because you might be familiar with his work both in front of and behind the camera: George Clooney (“The Ides of March,” “The Monuments Men”).

Continue reading ‘Suburbicon’ Trailer: There Goes The Neighborhood at The Playlist.
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‘Suburbicon’ Trailer and Poster

(Aotn) Paramount Pictures has released the first official trailer and poster for George Clooney’s upcoming dark comedy film, ‘Suburbicon’. With a script written by Joel and Ethan Cohen, the film stars Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac, and Julianne Moore in the dark comedy.

Here’s the full Trailer:

Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns…the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon.

Suburbicon is set to premiere at this year’s Toronto International film festival, and would mark

Clooney’s sixth directorial effort to date. While The Monuments Men
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Matt Damon takes a beating in first trailer for the Coen brother’s Surburbicon

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Author: Zehra Phelan

The first trailer for the Coen Brothers co-written, George Clooney directed Suburbicon has arrived and it has Coens stamped all over it.

Set in 1959, Suburbicon stars Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac in a dark crime comedy which has Matt Damon down as a perfect family man on the outside who gets mixed up with all the wrong people.

The trailer has hints of a Stepford Wives type tone as a blonde haired Julianne Moore moves in with Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) to help him take care of his son after his wife was murdered. Taking matters into his own hands to seek revenge on those who dare break the peace and tranquillity of their sleepy little suburban town, Damon faces a number of beatings and threats from all angles before he finally gets his hands on one mobster, but his problems seem to only just begin.
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Watch Angry Matt Damon in First 'Suburbicon' Trailer, Directed by George Clooney

  • Movies.com
In the Bourne series of spy movies, Matt Damon was furious but contained and in control. Now in the first trailer for Suburbicon, he looks furious but almost completely out of control in 1950's suburbia. If the somewhat crazed trailer -- in a good way! -- looks and sounds reminiscent of movies by the Coen Brothers, that's no coincidence. They originally wrote the script early in their careers. George Clooney directed and adds his own visual flourishes, as he's done before in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Good Night, and Good Luck and The Monuments Men. Watch the trailer below.   Earlier this year, our own Erik Davis talked with Clooney and costar Julianne Moore about the challenges involved in adapting a script written by the Coen...

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‘Suburbicon’ First Trailer: George Clooney and the Coen Brothers Tell A Very Bloody 1950s Tale

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‘Suburbicon’ First Trailer: George Clooney and the Coen Brothers Tell A Very Bloody 1950s Tale
George Clooney’s underwhelming last directorial effort “The Monuments Men” skipped awards season altogether in 2014, but that won’t be the case for the upcoming “Suburbicon.” The dark 1950s drama is heading for the festival circuit with screenings at Venice and Tiff, meaning Paramount has big awards plans for the movie.

Read More‘Suburbicon’ First Look: Coen Brothers and George Clooney Reunite For A Very Dark Oscar Contender

Suburbicon” is written by the Coen Brothers, marking a reunion of sorts between the duo and Clooney after “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Intolerable Cruelty,” and “Hail, Caesar!” The Coen’s originally wrote the movie to direct themselves and eyed Clooney to star, but the actor eventually convinced the pair to let him go behind the camera instead. The cast includes Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, and Oscar Isaac.

The synopsis from Paramount Pictures reads: “‘Suburbicon’ is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns…
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‘Suburbicon’ First Look: Coen Brothers and George Clooney Reunite For A Very Dark Oscar Contender

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‘Suburbicon’ First Look: Coen Brothers and George Clooney Reunite For A Very Dark Oscar Contender
Fall film festival season is right around the corner, and included in today’s Toronto International Film Festival lineup is George Clooney’s “Suburbicon,” which marks his sixth directorial effort. The film is written by the Coen Brothers, marking a reunion of sorts after the three worked on “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Intolerable Cruelty,” and “Hail, Caesar!” The cast includes Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac.

Read More: Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2017 Titles, Including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Downsizing,’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name

The synopsis from Paramount Pictures reads: “‘Suburbicon’ is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns… the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town’s dark underbelly of betrayal,
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‘Dunkirk’ Box Office: Why It Stands Little Chance of Breaking War Movie Records

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‘Dunkirk’ Box Office: Why It Stands Little Chance of Breaking War Movie Records
Christopher Nolan’s World War II retreat-and-rescue epic “Dunkirk” has critical acclaim and is the first 2017 studio film to stand as a serious awards contender. However, it’s unlikely to become a significant player among the top war films at the box office.

Over the last decade, Nolan’s made five films that grossed $200 million-$658 million (adjusted domestic). However, while war films can still draw big numbers (Clint Eastwood’s 2014’s “American Sniper” earned $381 million, domestic adjusted), Nolan’s movie may be hampered by history.

Read More‘Dunkirk’: How Christopher Nolan Maintained Secrecy on His Set

War is the backdrop to some of the most popular films of all time, including “Star Wars” as well as “Gone With the Wind” and “The Sound of Music,” the #1 and 3 domestic grossers of all time. David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” was more of a biography-character study, but it was an epic
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George Clooney Is Still Fun, But the Father-to-Be Has Less Times for Pranks

George Clooney Is Still Fun, But the Father-to-Be Has Less Times for Pranks
George Clooney is a legend for pulling pranks on his co-stars. One of his most infamous jokes was hatched on Matt Damon when he had his wardrobe taken in by an eighth of an inch every day while making The Monuments Men because he knew Damon was trying to lose weight. Damon was left baffled, thinking he was gaining pounds despite spending so much time at the gym. But it seems Clooney's prankster days may be slowing down. Damon said Clooney behaved while they were making the upcoming Suburbicon. "I don't think he did anything to me this time, which makes me nervous because that means that something might happen," Damon tells me. "But I think because, you know, he had such huge changes in his...
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Viceroy’s House movie review: are we condemned to repeat this?

MaryAnn’s quick take… Snappy, snappish historical drama about the partition of India rings with sly humor, dry cynicism, and a smack of relevance for today’s divisive politics. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

In 1947, Lord Louis “Dickie” Mountbatten, cousin to King George VI, was sent to India as its last viceroy, to rule in George’s stead — he was Emperor of India, of course — and to facilitate that nation’s transition to independence. And as depicted in Viceroy’s House, Gurinder Chadha’s snappy and later snappish drama about the handover, Mountbatten is initially a rather cheery midwife to the end of the British Empire. Hugh Bonneville (Paddington, The Monuments Men) brings a certain bonhomie to a man described as someone who “could charm a vulture off a corpse,” and Dickie and his wife,
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