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    Trailer Watch: Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts Go Toe-to-Toe in Weinstein Entry 'August: Osage County'

    Check out the first trailer for "August: Osage County," starring heavyhitters Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in John Wells' adaptation of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The Weinstein film hits theaters on November 8 and, needless to say, is a likely Oscar contender. (Harvey Weinstein is e...

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    Bradley Cooper Enlists 'Chef' John Wells For New Cooking Drama

    The story of “Chef” is rather complicated, but let’s have a go at it. And before we get there, do not confuse this with the very-similarly sounding “Chef” project that Jon Favreau is now attached to. Written by “Eastern Promises” screenwriter Steven Wright, “Chef,” is a cooking comedy/drama that’s b...

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    Review: 'The Company Men' A Bland, Out-Of-Touch Look At Job Loss

    “The Company Men,” aka “The Supposed Problems of Unsympathetic Rich People” or “Good Actors Stuck in a Mediocre Movie,” tries to be timely, but it’s as out of touch as Pat Buchanan. It aims for “Up in the Air”-level relevance and poignancy with its plot centering on layoffs at a New England company,...

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    'Company Men' Director John Wells Talks Scaling Back Melodrama To Be Truthful

    John Wells has had the kind of career most people can only dream about -- he's worked on phenomenally popular television series like "China Beach," "ER," and "The West Wing" (he served as the show-runner after creator Aaron Sorkin left the series), while also shepherding more esoteric film projects to the big screen, like Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There" and "Far From Heaven," Mark Romanek's "One Hour Photo," and even John Waters' "A Dirty Shame." (In addition to all of this, he's the head of the Writer's Guild of America's West Coast branch.) But he's never directed a feature film himself, until "The Company Men," a drama about the 2008 economic...

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