Jennifer Garner

Élodie Yung Cast as Elektra for ‘Daredevil’s’ Second Season

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Marvel’s ninja-assassin Elektra is coming to Season 2 of Netflix’s Daredevil, and has finally been cast. French actress Élodie Yung will play the character who reenters and shakes up Matt Murdock’s life, whose name is derived from the mythological princess of Argos (her brother’s name, amusingly, is Orestez), and who, like the Greek princess, attended Columbia University before leaving to study martial arts in China. The role was formerly played by Jennifer Garner in 2003’s Daredevil and 2005’s Elektra.
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Jason Reitman Is Here to Save All You ‘Men, Women & Children’ From Your Evil Screens

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The first important image of Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children is for his production company, Right of Way Films — a logo of a man with a rolling suitcase in front of a bank of windows. It recalls, of course, his 2009 Best Picture nominee Up in the Air,and I’m gonna go ahead and put this out there: reminding everyone of the greatness you’re capable of is probably not a great idea when you’re on a losing streak. Following last year’s bizarrely tone-deaf adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s Labor Day, Reitman’s latest is a peculiarly alarmist ensemble piece about how, in spite of our copious technology, we’re all just so disconnected, man. When Reitman burst on the scene with Thank You for Smoking back in 2005, he seemed bent on making another Dr. Strangelove; based on his new picture, he’s apparently spent those years harboring the desire to make another Crash.
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‘Dallas Buyers Club’: Come for the McConaughey, Stay for the Leto

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There’s been no shortage of commentary on the second act of Matthew McConaughey’s career, and for good reason — the Texas actor and heartthrob transformed himself, in the space of a mere calendar year, from the snort-worthy star of interchangeable dopey romantic comedies to one of our most interesting and unpredictable actors. So the fact that he is so very good, tough, touching, human, and physically astonishing (he lost nearly 40 pounds for his latest role), isn’t quite news. What’s interesting about his new film, Dallas Buyers Club, is the similarly remarkable work of Jared Leto, another actor whom we’d all but written off.
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Exclusive Supercut: Actors’ Pre-Fame Roles in Woody Allen Movies

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This just in from the Mostly Unobserved Anniversaries Department — yesterday marked 20 years since the release of Manhattan Murder Mystery, Woody Allen’s cracklingly entertaining 1993 reunion with Diane Keaton. But that film also marked the film debut of one Zach Braff, who (circle of life) will star in Allen’s forthcoming Broadway musical adaptation of Bullets Over Broadway. Braff is just one of the many actors who got an early break in a Woody Allen movie; it’s a rite of passage for a young actor, and everyone from Sylvester Stallone to Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Larry David to Henry Cavill turned up in Allen films early in their careers. Here are some of the best appearances by actors in Woody movies, before they were famous:
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