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Adrien Brody, unlikely action star.

Adrien Brody's body of work is so studiously eclectic that the only surprising thing about his new bid for action hero status in "Predators" is that he didn't try it sooner. Mr. Brody, the youngest male to receive the award for Best Actor at the Oscars (at age 29, for "The Pianist"), is also one of only two Americans to win a César (the other was Johnny Depp, for "The Man Who Cried"). He's a hip-hop enthusiast who dreams of someday being a producer and an...

Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, collaborators in anger.

Some actor-director pairings are legendary: Anthony Mann and James Stewart, François Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Léaud, Federico Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng. To that illustrious list, we have lately been invited to add another pair: Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe. At first, the idea seems too spurious to even think about. And yet... To date, Scott and Crowe have collaborated five times: "Gladiator...

Alex Jones vs. "Machete."

Robert Rodriguez is one of the only directors whose highest aspiration is creating instant camp trash -- for him, disposability is immortality. And yet, the so-called "illegal" trailer for the upcoming "Machete" cracked me up far more than its origin, as an over-obvious fake-exploitation trailer in "Grindhouse." What started out as another Rodriguez cheapie has had the resonance of a real immigration law added to it, and all the racial jokes suddenly seem relevant (even...
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