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Ahead Of US Release, Quirky Musical Comedy "Frank" Strikes The Right Chord With Critics


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This week, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank came out of nowhere to great reviews and optimistic weekend predictions. It seems Michael Fassbender playing an eccentric musician, who hides behind an oversized plastic head when performing (and at most other times, actually). The character, Frank, is loosely based on 80s and 90s rocker Chris Sievey,  aka Frank Sidebottom. Surprisingly, the man with the oversized head is neither the protagonist, nor the narrator here.

Frank
Frank is fast, quirky and only occasionally inappropriate.

Those duties fall to Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), an office worker with few pleasures and even fewer prospects in life, who harbors big dreams of rock stardom. In his spare time, Jon likes to wonder about town and write bad song lyrics in his head. At least that’s what he’s doing in the film’s very first scene, right before he meets the band, who are pretty busy trying to stop pianist Lukas from drowning himself in the ocean. It soon becomes clear that Frank and co. need a replacement bandmember immediately and – you can already tell where this is going – Jon is just the right man for the job. Yes, it’s that kind of movie.

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Michael Fassbender Wears A Weird Mask In 'Frank', And The Critics Love It


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The weird-and-wonderful world of ‘Frank’ was confronted by the critics in the last few days, and those critics responded with a wave of praise for Lenny Abrahamson’s quirky, indie comedy. 

FrankMichael Fassbender doing his thing in 'Frank'

‘Frank’ tells the story of Jon (Domhnall Gleeson); a budding musician who finds himself in one of the weirdest bands ever, fronted and guided by the enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender in a Papier-mâché mask) and his frankly (sorry) terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). 

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A Week In News: 'Divergent' Dominates, A "Conscious Uncoupling," And Teenage Turtles Suit Up


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Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Split: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announced this week that they were splitting up. Well, instead they described their split as a "conscious uncoupling," a phrase that drew scorn and mockery from the internet. The pair had reportedly been testing their separation for a year and finally decided to go public. In an entry on the Iron Man star's website, the couple explained that being parents to their two children was the priority for them right now.

L'Wren Scott's Will: The last will and testament of the late fashion designer L'Wren Scott has been made public. The former model was found hanged in her Manhattan apartment on Monday 17th March whilst her boyfriend, Mick Jagger, was on tour with the Rolling Stones. Jagger is the only named beneficiary in L'Wren's will, with her adoptive siblings explicitly denied any of her $9 million estate. Scott's sister, Jan Shane, has lashed out at the Jagger's for turning the designer's death into a "media circus" - read about what else she had to say.

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White House Down Review


Very Good

This may look exactly like Gerard Butler's over-serious Olympus Has Fallen, but it's actually that film's smarter, sillier younger brother: the one you like even though you really shouldn't. As he did with 2012, filmmaker Emmerich has injected this huge action romp with a generous dose of tongue-in-cheek humour while never sacrificing the overwrought spectacle. So even if it's wildly contrived and ludicrously patriotic, it's so gleefully destructive that we can't help but have a lot of fun.

It starts out as ex-military man John (Tatum) tries to impress his estranged 11-year-old daughter Emily (King) by taking her along with him on a job interview at the White House. At that moment, home-grown terrorists strike, led by a disgruntled security chief (Woods). In the chaos, John gets separated from Emily, and as he looks for her he stumbles across the US President (Foxx). As John and the President work to subvert the villains, the politically savvy Emily is posting videos of them on YouTube, which helps the Pentagon command centre, overseen by security chief Carol (Gyllenhaal) and Speaker Raphelson (Jenkins), keep the nation from falling apart. But it turns out that one of the baddies (Clarke) has a personal vendetta against John.

As always, Emmerich infuses the film with a sombre tone then undermines it at every step with witty irony. Each scene is packed with quirky characters, snappy one-liners, knowingly corny sentimentality and bigger-than-necessary mayhem. For example, he manages to wedge a full-on car chase into the White House grounds, complete with a rocket launcher. At the centre, Tatum and Foxx are a lively double-act, bouncing off each other with feisty energy. Furrowed-brow gravitas is supplied by Gyllenhaal, Jenkins and Woods, while scene-stealers include King's plucky young hero and Simpson's megalomaniac hacker.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal To Star In "Scintillating" BBC Spy Thriller


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After starring in the recent political thriller White House Down, Maggie Gyllenhaal will appear in the lead role in The Honorable Woman:a new BBC2 thriller that deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 35 year-old Gyllenhaal, who is married to fellow actor Peter Saarsgard, is best known for her roles in films such as Donnie Darko, Secretary, and The Dark Knight, as well as her Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2009's Crazy Heart.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes Lead Role In BBC2's The Honourable Woman.

The Honourable Woman, created by The Shadow Line's Hugo Blick, will follow Gyllenhaal who plays Nessa Stein: the daughter of a Zionist arms procurer who is recognised for her peace promotion between Israel and Palestine by being made a life peer by the UK government. Sarah Barnett, the president of Sundance Channel demonstrated the growing excitement for the new TV series: "The Honourable Woman is scintillating drama: it is both a tightly plotted international political thriller and a superbly wrought character piece about hope, compromise, guilt and families." 

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Video - Jamie Foxx And Channing Tatum Pose Together At 'White House Down' NY Premiere - Part 2


'Django Unchained' star Jamie Foxx and 'Magic Mike' actor Channing Tatum are snapped posing together on the blue carpet at the New York premiere of 'White House Down' held at the Ziegfeld Theater. They are soon joined by supporting cast members Maggie Gyllenhaal, Joey King and garcelle beauvais.

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Video - James Woods And Maggie Gyllenhaal Among Guests At 'White House Down' NY Premiere - Part 1


Some of the supporting cast from 'White House Down' including 'Crazy, Stupid, Love.' actress Joey King, 'Flight' star garcelle beauvais, James Woods from 'Shark' and 'The Dark Knight' star Maggie Gyllenhaal are snapped arriving at the New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater. Woods appears to be with a young relative and he jokes, 'I'm gonna bring me whole family now, they're coming with me!'

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Video - Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis And Daniel Barnz Arrive For The 'Won't Back Down' NY Premiere


The stars of upcoming education drama 'Won't Back Down' arrive at the New York premiere for the movie at the Ziegfeld Theater with loud protest style chanting in the background. Among them are Maggie Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis with her husband Julius Tennon and sister Deloris Gran, Rosie Perez, Dante Brown, Emily Alyn Lind with her mother Barbara Alyn Woods and sisters Natalie Alyn Lind and Alyvia Alyn Lind, Ned Eisenberg and his family, Lance Reddick, Oscar Isaac and director Daniel Barnz.

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Won't Back Down Trailer


An underprivileged mother (Gyllenhaal) determined to do the best for her child, takes action on discovering the failing situation of her daughter's inner city school. Her daughter cannot read and even comments that the school doesn't care about punctuality or the fact that many students are suffering and struggling with learning difficulties. After her daughter is punished and locked in a closet by an incompetent teacher because she didn't 'follow the rules', the mother decides enough is enough and enlists the help of a desperate teacher (Davis), whose son is also struggling to learn to read and write, to help her take over the school. They put everything on the line to battle through the teacher's union, challenging and incapable teachers, and a sceptical principal and make the school (and therefore the violent gang and drug ridden neighbourhood) a better place for underprivileged children.

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Sherrybaby Review


Good
It struck me while watching Sherrybaby that one of Maggie Gyllenhaal's greatest strengths as an actress is an ability to cross class lines effortlessly and often. There are some great, versatile actresses -- Nicole Kidman, perhaps -- who nonetheless don't seem qualified to play someone like Sherry Swanson (Gyllenhaal), a young recovering drug addict just out of prison, longing with needy desperation to begin mothering her young daughter Alexis (Ryan Simpkins).

Yes, Charlize Theron uglied herself up for Monster and Halle Berry went working-class for Monster's Ball. But Sherrybaby isn't Monster Mommy; it's a quiet, painful little portrait with little of the inherent sympathy (or showier ugliness) of those other roles. More to the point, while Theron and Berry rocked the Oscar-friendly reverse-makeover, Gyllenhaal looks more or less as she usually does: moony face, sad eyes, feathery voice. The only physical transformation involves a blond dye-job, trashy heels, and a lot more screen time for her breasts.

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Monster House Review


Excellent

Every perfect and picturesque neighborhood - at least in the movies - has one: that creepy old house that fuels the nightmares and serves as the centerpiece of the double-dog dares for the local kids.

DJ (Mitchel Musso) has made the house his mission. He's set his bedroom up as home base to watch old Mr. Nebbercracker across the street, an irate curmudgeon (voiced by Steve Buscemi) who steals any balls or bikes that find their way into his yard, chases after kids to keep off his lawn, and, presumably, thinks the music kids listen to today is nothing but noise. Within an hour of DJ's parents leaving for the weekend, Nebbercracker is dead (from a heart attack during an apoplectic moment at finding DJ on his lawn) and DJ is finding out that the old coot might not have been the most dangerous part of the creepy old house, because the house itself is starting to... eat people.

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Secretary Review


Excellent
Secret desires and dark, unusual fetishes make for great fiction, but few filmmakers have enough courage to tackle ideas that private. However, Steven Shainberg has more than enough audacity and he doesn't hesitate to push the envelope way beyond the norm with his new movie Secretary, a film which appropriately won a Special Jury Prize for originality at Sundance.

Secretary explodes with juicy innuendo, even from its opening moments. An extending establishing shot plays against mischievously sensual music as a woman seductively strolls through a business office performing secretarial duties. She approaches a desk, staples a few papers, pours fresh coffee into a mug, and then returns to her employer. Sounds ordinary, except that she does these things while locked inside a weird S&M device.

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40 Days & 40 Nights Review


Good

One of the more gratifying feelings a movie critic can have is the feeling of going into a picture expecting tiresome clichés of an overplayed genre, only to discover delightfully surprising freshness and soul where all the hackneyed conventions usually are.

"40 Days and 40 Nights" is such a movie. Misleadingly marketed as just another misogynistic romp through the young male libido, this often ribald comedy about a frustrated 20-something giving up sex for Lent is what the puerile, simplistic "American Pie," "Tomcats" and "Saving Silverman" might have been, had they been made by people with imagination and wit.

Directed by Michael Lehmann -- the man behind the twisted teen angst and irony of the subversive '80s cult hit "Heathers" -- "40 Days" finds many new and inventive ways to make sexual frustration funny.

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Cecil B Demented Review


Good

If John Waters' last few gentler and (slightly) more commercial movies ("Pecker," "Serial Mom," "Cry-Baby") had his fans thinking the once-warped director had lost his edge, that perhaps he was inching toward mainstream repeatability, they need not fear. It was all a ruse.

It seems Waters was only lulling the cinematic establishment into a false sense of security so he could turn around and bite them in the ass with "Cecil B. Demented," a hilarious -- and very much old-school John Waters -- anti-blockbuster romp that chews up and spits out the kind of pandering Hollywood conventions that to toothless, cookie-cutter box office hits.

Cecil B. Demented (Stephen Dorff), you see, is an independent filmmaker of the purest order. His goal: cinematic revolution by any means necessary. If that includes kidnapping one Honey Whitlock (Melanie Griffith), Hollywood's biggest spoiled bitch/aging bimbo star, and forcing her at gun point to play a lead in his guerilla movie about celluloid terrorists (much like himself), so be it.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal

Date of birth

16th November, 1977

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Female

Height

1.77




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Maggie Gyllenhaal Movies

Frank Trailer

Frank Trailer

Frank is an eccentric musician who refuses to be seen without the giant paper mache...

Frank Movie Review

Frank Movie Review

While this comedy-drama is sometimes wilfully absurd, it's also exhilarating cinema, telling its story with...

White House Down Movie Review

White House Down Movie Review

This may look exactly like Gerard Butler's over-serious Olympus Has Fallen, but it's actually that...

White House Down Trailer

White House Down Trailer

When USCP officer John Cale is turned down as he applies for a highly coveted...

Hysteria Movie Review

Hysteria Movie Review

There's probably a fascinating, complex story behind the invention of the vibrator in 19th century...

Won't Back Down Trailer

Won't Back Down Trailer

An underprivileged mother (Gyllenhaal) determined to do the best for her child, takes action on...

Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang Movie Review

Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang Movie Review

Emma Thompson is back with a second encounter between her somewhat scary nanny and another...

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Crazy Heart Trailer

Crazy Heart Trailer

Watch the trailer for Crazy Heart At one time, Bad Blake was a successful country...

Nanny Mcphee and The Big Bang Trailer

Nanny Mcphee and The Big Bang Trailer

Watch the trailer for Nanny Mcphee and The Big BangNanny Mcphee and The Big Bang...

The Dark Knight Movie Review

The Dark Knight Movie Review

Have you ever noticed how one measly letter separates "laughter" from "slaughter?"I almost missed this...

Sherrybaby Movie Review

Sherrybaby Movie Review

It struck me while watching Sherrybaby that one of Maggie Gyllenhaal's greatest strengths as an...

Stranger Than Fiction, Trailer Trailer

Stranger Than Fiction, Trailer Trailer

Stranger Than FictionTrailerOne morning, a seemingly average and generally solitary IRS agent named Harold Crick...

Monster House Movie Review

Monster House Movie Review

Every perfect and picturesque neighborhood - at least in the movies - has one: that...

Secretary Movie Review

Secretary Movie Review

Secret desires and dark, unusual fetishes make for great fiction, but few filmmakers have enough...

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