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Jason Segel Says No ‘Muppets’ Sequel Cameo; Discusses Slate Of Future Projects

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • April 17, 2012 3:39 PM
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The past six months have been a whirlwind for Jason Segel. In November he successfully revived a long-dormant franchise with “The Muppets." Last month, his semi-dramatic turn in the Duplass Brothers’ “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” was released to strong critical praise. And now he’s on the verge of releasing a third team-up with co-writer/director Nicholas Stoller, “The Five-Year Engagement.” All the while continuing to work on his long-running sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.”

Review: 'Goodbye First Love' Looks At Young Romance Without Affection

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • April 17, 2012 3:07 PM
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Television and movies love to indulge us in pre-adulthood nostalgia. Whether the bait is loose (young hooligans causing a ruckus) or more specific and event-oriented (prom, which we've seen less of lately because, well, prom sucks), the powers that be tug at our heartstrings and force us to look back at a time free of major responsibilities and full of fresh experiences. The glazed schmaltz can be off-putting for some, but occasionally sincerity shines through, and we get something that captures the emotions extraordinarily well (for this writer's money, "The Virgin Suicides" and "The Girl" are uneven but nail certain feelings on the head). But if we look back without this fondness, what are these stories? Are they merely happenings that somehow affected the person we become, or are they just the product of naive children that didn't know better? Mia Hansen-Løve's "Goodbye First Love" attempts a critical look at a teenager's first relationship without wooing us first with their blithe beginnings, but has very little to say about the topic.

First Look: Edward Norton In 'The Bourne Legacy'; Tony Gilroy Hints At No Shaky Cam & A Distinctly Different Tone

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 17, 2012 2:59 PM
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In many ways, Universal has taken great pains to explain to audiences that "The Bourne Legacy" starring Jeremy Renner is well-connected to the 'Bourne' series they know and love (and grossed $945 million worlwide). All the while, they're trying to explain that Jeremy Renner is not taking over for Matt Damon. It's a brand new series, yet it's connected to the same universe, got that?

Vince Vaughn To Lead Universal's Big Screen Reboot Of 'The Rockford Files'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 2:40 PM
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While Sony is celebrating the success of "21 Jump Street" and the rest of Hollywood dusts off various TV reboots they've had sitting in drawers, for Vince Vaughn, he's been there and done that already. In 2004 he teamed with Owen Wilson and director Todd Phillips for "Starsky & Hutch" carrying the film to over $170 million worldwide, which is not a bad chunk of change at all. And it looks like Universal are hoping the actor can work the same magic on a property they have been developing.

Take A Look At The Character Posters For Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 2:05 PM
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Usually we associate motion posters with a marketing campaign geared towards a blockbuster, not a sweet, low-key, auteur-driven indie. But if Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" marks his first period picture, then perhaps it's only fitting that he's changing his game up on the marketing end as well, with character-driven motion posters dropping on a variety of sites for the film.

New Looks At Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart & Chris Hemsworth In 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 1:30 PM
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So, we already saw what Tarsem Singh did with the Snow White story in the family-oriented goof "Mirror Mirror," and now it's Rupert Sanders' turn. Grittier, darker and much more epic in scope, "Snow White And The Huntsman" might be one you'll want leave the little ones at home for. With the film ready to ride into movie theaters this summer, a batch of new images have arrived to prove this isn't your ordinary fairy tale.

'Mad Men' Star Jared Harris To Lead Hammer Films Horror 'The Quiet Ones'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 1:01 PM
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Hammer Films is enjoying a healthy 2012. The rebooted U.K. horror shingle is basking in the $120 million worldwide success of "The Woman In Black" and they they are already at work on the next installment, "The Woman In Black: Angels Of Death." But they've also got a new original project brewing as well, "The Quiet Ones." First announced back in February, Michael Sheen was reportedly offered the lead role, but alas that didn't pan out, however a no less capable name is stepping up to the plate.

New Pics From 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Come Out Of The Packaging

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 12:40 PM
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With all this talk of "The Avengers," "Dark Shadows," "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Prometheus" it seems the sequel no one asked for, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" is getting left out of the conversation. But even if it's a movie that no one who bought a ticket for "G.I. Joe: Rise Of The Cobra" was anticipating, it is looking like passable entertainment. After all, it has sword fighting on the side of a fucking mountain, so that has to count for something right?

Contest: 3 Copies Of The BluRay Combo Pack For 'Shame'; Free Museum Of Sex Screening Tonight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 12:21 PM
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Drawing controversy for its NC-17 rating and frank depiction of sexuality, it speaks to the power of Steve McQueen's "Shame" that the quality of the film itself managed rose above the chatter, solidfying itself as one of the finest of 2011.

Mark Ruffalo Says Scarlett Johansson Might Not Co-Star In 'Can A Song Save Your Life?'; Eyeing Country Singer Role In Kenneth Lonergan's Play ‘Hang On To Me, Darling’

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • April 17, 2012 12:01 PM
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When Mark Ruffalo was announced as the successor to Ed Norton’s Hulk/Bruce Banner for “The Avengers,” many eyebrows were raised and, in the case of the fanboys, many wondered if the actor known for his acclaimed work in indie dramas could do the job. However, if there’s one thing Ruffalo has proven over the years, it’s his versatility as an actor. And at “The Avengers” World Premiere in Hollywood Wednesday, fans appeared largely pleased with Ruffalo’s turn as the big green lug.

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