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'Party Down' & 'Parks & Recreation' Star Adam Scott Joins 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2012 1:42 PM
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Adam Scott's career thus far pretty much defines the phrase "paying your dues." He's been working steadily pretty much since the start of his career logging time on both television and the big screen, but the last few years have finally seen his star deservedly rise. Of course, there was his stint on the criminally shortlived "Party Down" (which now is headed toward a feature film), apperances in Judd Apatow joints like "Knocked Up" and more notably "Step Brothers" and showing his range in everything from "Piranha 3D" to the indie "The Vicioius Kind." But 2012 seems to be the start of the next step in Scott's career. He's now fully fledged regular on "Parks & Recreation" (where he's tearing it a new one, see below) and has "Friends With Kids" arriving in the spring with Sundance hit "Bachlorette" arriving later in the year, and he's booked a big studio movie that will keep him busy during his hiatus from running Leslie Knope's political campaign.

'Glee' Star Jane Lynch Joins Adam Scott & Richard Jenkins In Comedy 'A.C.O.D.'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 13, 2012 1:20 PM
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There's something particularly satisfying about watching a hard-working, long-serving character actor finally getting their due. Which is why, for all the cultural monstrosities it has inflicted on us over the last few years, we'll never totally resent "Glee" -- it continues, after all, provide a huge showcase for Jane Lynch, one of the most gifted comic scene-stealers of the last couple of decades.

Paul Bettany In Talks To Star In 3D 'Lost Rooms' From 'How I Ended This Summer' Director Alexei Pobogrebksy

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 13, 2012 1:05 PM
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Paul Bettany's career has been a little frustrating of late, for no one more so than him, we imagine. Once touted as the next big thing, he's been in his fair share of hits, but in the last few years, he's either taken supporting roles in films like "The Young Victoria" or "The Tourist," or leads in Screen Gems action pictures like "Legion" and "Priest," with "Margin Call" proving the only real highlight. But perhaps inspired by the Oscar-winning success of "The King's Speech," which the actor famously passed on, and by missing out to his old pal Russell Crowe on "Les Miserables," he seems to be getting serious about his choices again.

Paddy Considine To Helm Adaptation Of Boxing Drama 'Years Of The Locust'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 13, 2012 12:38 PM
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Paddy Considine took the festival circuit by storm last year when his dark, adult-drama "Tyrannosaur" earned worldwide acclaim. The actor/director/writer penned and helmed the story, which followed a down-and-out alcoholic who meets an unhappily married and deeply religious social worker and the picture featured powerhouse performances from Peter Mullan and Olivia Colman.

Beat Generation Thriller 'Kill Your Darlings' Adds Michael C. Hall, Kyra Sedgwick, Ben Foster & Jennifer Jason Leigh

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 13, 2012 12:15 PM
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With Walter Salles' adaptation of the most iconic Beat generation work, Jack Kerouac's "On The Road," getting closer to an expected 2012 Croisette premiere, there another project in the works set in same era involving the same characters that's quickly gaining momentum. John Krokidas is set to helm a script he's co-written with Austin Bunn titled "Kill Your Darlings" which is set to star Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg, Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr, Elizabeth Olsen playing Edie Parker and Jack Huston as Kerouac.

'Rango' Director Gore Verbinski Reveals The Top Ten Inspirations Of His Oscar-Contending Animated Feature Film

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 13, 2012 11:59 AM
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If everything goes the way it should in a couple of weeks, Gore Verbinski's surreal western "Rango" will walk away with the Best Animated Feature Oscar. And it will definitely deserve it, as the film is unique, wondrous, gorgeous and deeply involving epic about a chameleon (Johnny Depp) with an existential identity crisis. We caught up with Verbinski last week (who was calling from the New Mexico set of his next western, Disney's giant-sized "The Lone Ranger") to talk about the film and his top ten inspirations for "Rango." Some of them are quite surprising, indeed.

Watch: Surprisingly Epic Trailer Lands For 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'; Writer Already Talking Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2012 11:36 AM
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We have to admit, on paper, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" sounds a bit ridiculous as far as historical/genre mashups go. But the film has quietly been building buzz thanks to some edgy stills released over the past few weeks, and production's focus less on big name stars, and more on character actors to bring the story to life. While we'll have to see if Benjamin Walker is a name that will get audiences to buy a ticket this summer, this new trailer debuted at Time may be all they need to fill out multiplex screens.

A Full House Of New Images Arrive For Will Ferrell's 'Casa De Mi Padre'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • February 13, 2012 11:22 AM
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Over on Facebook a whole heap of new images have arrived for Will Ferrell's Spanish-language comedy "Casa de mi Padre" and the film continues to look like one of the more hilarious offerings we're going to get this spring.

Watch: 3 Clips From Brillante Mendoza's Hostage-Thriller 'Captive' Starring Isabelle Huppert

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 13, 2012 11:02 AM
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Festival scene regular Brillante Mendoza is certainly a divisive filmmaker with his shaky-cam, documentary-like sensibilities. Like Hong Sang-soo has evidently uncovered, if you're a filmmaker who frequents Cannes with success, you're likely to catch the eyes of French-thesp Isabelle Huppert who's starring in the helmer's latest effort, "Captive."

Dominic Cooper Replaces Clive Owen In 'Cities'; Will He Drop 'Motor City'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2012 10:50 AM
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Dominic Cooper has been on a tear lately, raising his profile in 2011 thanks to his dual role turn in "The Devil's Double" and his stint in the comic book tentpole "Captain America: The First Avenger." But it seems there may be some changes on the horizon for the actor. He's got a handful of projects on the way -- "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," "Summer In February," "Half Of A Yellow Sun," "Motor City" -- with his calendar becoming full, and it seems his latest manuever may mean dropping the latter studio pic as a result.

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