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'Our Idiot Brother' Director Jesse Peretz Talks Paul Rudd, Sundance & His Experience Working With Harvey Weinstein

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 3, 2011 11:36 AM
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When “Our Idiot Brother” was released this summer it kind of fell by the wayside. The tale of an easygoing hippie pot dealer (wonderfully embodied by Paul Rudd) who meddles in the lives of his urbanite sisters (played by Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer), was smooth, unfussy, and while rated R, didn’t traffic in the kind of bawdy outrageousness that the other summer comedies did. Its relatively small business was a shame, because the movie was perfectly charming; a light, breezy antidote to all the big budget relentlessness. With the movie hitting DVD and BluRay this week, we talked to Jesse Peretz, a founding member of influential indie rock band The Lemonheads who went on to direct commercials, music videos, and now feature films. We spoke about the development of the project, the long road from Sundance to the local cineplex, and what happens when the Weinsteins pick up your formerly little independent project.

Watch: Trailer For Sundance Thriller 'Wish You Were Here' Starring Joel Edgerton & Teresa Palmer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2011 6:08 PM
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The Australian collective Blue Tongue Films have slowly been making a name for themselves. The loose bunch which includes Kieran Darcy-Smith, Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton, Luke Doolan, David Michôd and Spencer Susser have collaborated on numerous projects, but are best known internationally for the the thriller "The Square." Well, Blue Tongue are going to Sundance with another genre pic, this time with "Wish You Were Here." And with Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer toplining the film that is also opening the festival, it's likely to attract some serious attention.

‘X-Men: First Class’ Writer Jane Goldman To Pen ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ For Tim Burton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2011 5:25 PM
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As the pen behind "Stardust," "Kick-Ass," "X-Men: First Class" and the upcoming period horror flick "The Woman In Black," screenwriter Jane Goldman has established herself as one of the finest pens in the genre category. She's proven herself to be just as good (if not better) than the dudes who tend to dominate in the genre, and if all goes well, her next effort will be brought to the big screen by none other than Tim Burton.

Steven Spielberg Says 'Lincoln' Was Set For December 2012 To Avoid Being Grist For the 2012 Political Election

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2011 4:48 PM
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In Theaters: See What The 'Outrage' Is All About As 'Shame' & 'Sleeping Beauty' Seduce Theatres

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • December 2, 2011 3:45 PM
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LCD Soundsystem Final Concert Doc 'Shut Up And Play The Hits' To Debut at Sundance

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 2, 2011 3:00 PM
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It's beginning to look like this year's Sundance Film Festival will be very James Murphy-heavy. It was already announced that the LCD Soundsystem frontman/all around super-genius will appear in the comedy called, er, "The Comedy," with Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, of "Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" fame/infamy. And today (via Pitchfork) it was revealed that a full-on LCD Soundsystem concert movie, awesomely titled "Shut Up And Play The Hits" and centered around the band's final show at Madison Square Garden will also debut at Sundance as part of the out-of-competition "Spotlight" series. Somehow not being able to attend that final concert (despite all our scheming) doesn't seem like so much of a letdown anymore.

First Look At 'Wrath Of The Titans' & 'Neighborhood Watch' With Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill, Vince Vaughn & Richard Ayoade

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 2, 2011 2:38 PM
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We have to admit, we're still excited whenever we get our hands on an issue of Entertainment Weekly and get a first peek at an upcoming movie, even if its something we aren't all that interested in seeing. Since the rise of the internet however, we are pretty glad to not suffer through pages about "The Last Survivor Bachelorette" or whatever mind-numbing reality show is getting a three page spread just to see Ben Stiller in some sweatpants. Shhh. You're welcome. Just take it.

The Amazing Race: 'Hugo' Gets A Boost In First Official Week Of The Awards Season, Can It Go All The Way?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 2, 2011 2:20 PM
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Considering we've been writing about most weeks since August, it's odd to think that the awards season really only got underway this week. Everything up to now has been foreplay, but with the Gotham Awards on Sunday night, the Spirit Awards nominations and New York Film Critics' Circle Awards on Tuesday, and the National Board of Review yesterday, we're entering the underwear-removal phase of the season. To extend the metaphor. Probably too far.

Watch: Come To The Swallow Valley Mall In The Red Band Trailer For 'Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2011 2:09 PM
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Someone decided to give Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!" fame some money to make a movie. This red band trailer presents what happened to that money. And it is insane.

Watch: It's Insanity & Cages In 2 Clips From 'We Bought A Zoo'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2011 1:42 PM
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Cameron Crowe has returned this year with a vengeance, with three pictures in the form of two music documentaries -- the Elton John centered "The Union" and "Pearl Jam Twenty" -- and in just a few short weeks, "We Bought A Zoo." And the material is a bit different than what we've seen from the diretor so far. Based on the best-selling memoir by Benjamin Mee, and penned by "The Devil Wears Prada" writer Aline Brosh McKenna (and fine tuned by Crowe to fit his sensibilties), the story centers on a widowed father (Matt Damon), who keeps a promise to his dead wife and buys a ramshackle home that also happens to adjoin an animal sanctuary. From here he strikes up a relationship with a zookeeper, played by Scarlett Johansson, as the family heals its wounds.

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