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Why It Works: High Fidelity

Why It Works is an ongoing column which breaks down some of the most acclaimed films in history and explores what makes them so iconic, groundbreaking, and memorable. ****SPOILERS AHEAD**** With shows like Mad Men , Weeds , Girls , and Breaking Bad  and movies like THE SOCIAL NETWORK and THERE WILL BE BLOOD , the idea of a heavily flawed, unlikable, or...
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11.25.2016
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Review: Florence Foster Jenkins

PLOT: The true story of eccentric socialite Florence Foster Jenkins ( Meryl Streep ), who’s deluded herself into thinking she’s one of the world’s great opera singers despite a total lack of talent. With the help of her indulgent husband ( Hugh Grant ) and a concert pianist (Simon Helberg) she tries to fulfill her lifelong dream of playing Carnegie Hall, but will...
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08.09.2016
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Meryl Streep shows how Oscars are won in the Florence Foster Jenkins trailer

Set in 1940s New York, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS tells the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite ( Meryl Streep ) who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her "husband" and manager, St. Clair Bayfield ( Hugh Grant ), an aristocratic English...
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04.27.2016
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Review: The Program (TIFF 2015)

PLOT: Sports journalist David Walsh ( Chris O'Dowd ) tries to expose Lance Armstrong's ( Ben Foster ) doping scheme over the course of his phenomenally successful reign as the world's most popular athlete. REVIEW: About forty minutes into THE PROGRAM, a guy who I'm pretty sure (like 99.9%) is Michael G. Wilson shows up as Lance Armstrong's cancer doctor....
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09.17.2015
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Ben Foster goes full dope as Lance Armstrong in The Program trailer

Cheaters aren't supposed to prosper. Too bad they keep doing very well for themselves though as they keep finding new ways to skirt the rules. Baseball players test positive for performance-enhancing drugs, and, even after they serve their suspension, they still come back to sign multi-million contracts after collecting all the money off their last deal. Wall Street bankers who...
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09.11.2015
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Ben Foster says he used PEDs to prepare for Lance Armstrong role

During an interview with The Guardian , Ben Foster revealed that he took performance enhancing drugs to prepare for his Lance Armstrong role in THE PROGRAM, the upcoming biopic about the disgraced cyclist from PHILOMENA and HIGH FIDELITY director Stephen Frears . Talk about going above and beyond for a movie role! I don’t want to talk about the names of the drugs I took....
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09.11.2015
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Ben Foster is Lance Armstrong in the first German trailer for The Program

Stephen Frears has been known for his dramatic portraits of Queen Elizabeth in THE QUEEN and last year's Oscar contender PHILOMENA but his next film will tackle an all together different sort of true life drama. THE PROGRAM tells the story of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal with actor Ben Foster playing the Tour de France winning cyclist. The first trailer has appeared online for...
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06.10.2015
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Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant to co-star in Stephen Frears' biopic Florence

Stephen Frears has lined up a pretty high profile pair of actors for his next biopic. Based on the life of socialite turned opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins, FLORENCE will star Meryl Streep in the title role with Hugh Grant as her significant other. Frears has become best known in recent years for his political films like THE QUEEN and PHILOMENA, but he also has a background in...
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10.21.2014
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Lee Pace joins Ben Foster in Stephen Frears' Untitled Lance Armstrong biopic

Since there is quite a bit of love for Lee Pace here I thought you might want to hear what film he recently signed on to. It's not a fantasy or superhero film but instead a biopic on Lance Armstrong. The yet untitled flick from director Stephen Frears stars Foster in the leading role of the disgraced cyclist, and will follow his "rise to fame and fall from grace, including...
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11.14.2013
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First Look: Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in biopic from director Stephen Frears

Here's your second biopic entry for the day. This time we are turning the focus to "disgraced cyclist" Lance Armstrong. "Disgraced cyclist" is a little cliche but I keep thinking to all the tabloid headlines when Armstrong admitted to doping. Ben Foster scored the role of the seven time Tour de France champion. We have our first look at the actor in costume from the untitled Stephen...
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10.22.2013
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Ben Foster to play Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears' biopic

Stephen Frears and Working Title now look to be the closest to getting a movie version of Lance Armstrong's rise and fall from grace to the big screen with the casting of Ben Foster as the famed cyclist. Despite Jay Roach and J.J. Abrams working on adaptations of the disgraced Tour de France champion's life, it is DANGEROUS LIASIONS, HIGH FIDELITY, and DIRTY PRETTY THINGS...
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07.26.2013
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Review: Lay The Favorite

This movie was reviewed as part of our Sundance 2012 coverage. PLOT: Beth ( Rebecca Hall ) ekes out a meagre living as a private dancer, but an encounter with a gun-wielding client makes her reconsider her options. She moves to Las Vegas, hoping to become a cocktail waitress, but instead finds herself working for Dink (Bruce Wills) a professional sports gambler, who hires...
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12.06.2012
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