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Vince Vaughn To Reteam With Ben Stiller In 'Neighborhood Watch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 8:33 AM
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Our disappointment with Vince Vaughn has been well documented. For the past decade or so he’s been phoning it in with films like “The Break Up,” “Fred Claus,” “Couples Retreat” and this year’s “The Dilemma,” but it looks like he's finally headed back into our good books. Earlier this year he lined up a part in Stephen Frears' "Lay The Favorite," he's got Jason Bateman joining him for "Insane Laws" and now he's finally pairing up with an old friend he hasn't worked with in seven years.

Adam McKay Will Get In The Game With Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg For 'Three Mississippi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 8:01 AM
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Warner Bros. Plans A Thanksgiving 2012 ReleaseJust yesterday, Warner Bros. picked up "Swear to God" as a potential vehicle for powerhouse comedy duo director Adam McKay and Will Ferrell but it looks they want them for something else first.

Spectacular Breasts, I Mean, Brooklyn Decker Joins 'What To Expect When You're Expecting'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 7:16 AM
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Where do we start with this story? The fact that this a movie based on a pregnancy book? Or maybe the fact that for model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker, it's another role where she plays a character with a name that is either male and/or sounds like a something given to an automobile. Maybe we'll start there.

Movie Gods Intervene? Matthew Fox Drops Out Of 'World War Z'; Ed Harris Too

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 30, 2011 6:15 AM
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A deeply disturbing universal truth shifted between the years of 2007 and 2010 during the six-year run of "Lost" that shakes us to the core. Seth Rogen dutifully recognized in 2007's "Knocked Up" this sharp and spot-on observation: "You know what's interesting about Matthew Fox? Nothing!" The world chuckled, concurred and moved on. But somewhere between the release of that movie and present day, Fox's rather amusing, poor reaction to the little dig (even if scientifically recognized as truth, it's a comedy, dude), things changed and Fox became a entertainment magazine cover person bound for stardom thanks to the growing popularity of "Lost."

The Essentials: 5 Tom Hanks Performances

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 30, 2011 5:53 AM
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For comedians aspiring to be dramatic actors, there is no better model than Tom Hanks. A two-time Academy Award winner and five-time nominee, this unflashy, modern-day Jimmy Stewart or Henry Fonda has also shown every struggling actor on earth that if you persevere you can actually make people forget you started out as a comedian and then simply a romantic comedy lead (remember the dreaded "You've Got Mail" and "Sleepless in Seattle" years). Hell, if you endure long enough you can even wipe out the memory of TV movies like "Mazes and Monsters" and sitcoms like "Bosom Buddies" (where's that other dude now?).The first man to win back-to-back Best Actor Oscars since Spencer Tracy, he embodies a kind of fundamental decency like few others, but to stereotype him in that way does the star a disservice: like Stewart and Fonda, some of his most engaging performances come when he subverts that persona.

Interview: John C. Reilly Talks The Hardships Of Being A Guidance Counselor In 'Terri'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • June 30, 2011 5:29 AM
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High school is painfully dull, incredibly awkward, and definitely not what teen-comedies make them out to be. Sure there are parties and sex, but as far as the day-to-day routine goes, it's less like "American Pie" and more in tune with the "Elephant" (well, at least the film's first two thirds…) Maybe some of us have fond memories of those later teen years, but honestly, Judd Apatow hit the nail on the head with this quote: “College is the reward for surviving high school. Most people have great fun stories from college and nightmare stories from high school.”

Watch: Proof That 'No Strings Attached' & 'Friends With Benefits' Are The Same Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 5:00 AM
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So, just how similar are Ivan Reitman's "No Strings Attached" and Will Gluck's "Friends With Benefits"? Well, at one time they were both titled "Friends With Benefits" and Screen Gems had to do some legal dancing to keep the title, forcing the Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher vehicle to change names.

Rumor: New Marvel Short Films To Appear On Upcoming 'Thor' & 'Captain America' DVDs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 4:32 AM
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'Captain America' Gets Terrible New PosterLet's rewind the clock a bit. Last summer, a rumor cropped up that Marvel had a plan to make live-action short films as a way to introduce the characters to audiences who may not be familiar with them — pretty much everyone who's not an avid comic book reader. The this bit info was notable, because just a few weeks earlier word was being knocked around that Marvel was planning to make lower budget movies centered around their second and their tier characters like Dr. Strange, Iron Fist, Ka-Zar, Power Pack & Luke Cage -- in essence, a short film introduction seemed like a good way to go to get mainstream crowds to know who they were.

Exclusive: Rob Brydon Gives Steve Coogan Some Wine Tips In 2 Deleted Scenes From 'The Trip'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2011 4:02 AM
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Simply put, "The Trip" is one of the best (and one of our favorite) movies so far this year. Not only that, the film is already poised to become director Michael Winterbottom's highest grossing indie film after this weekend, and it's no surprise why.
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Michael Radford Signs On To Direct 'Castro's Daughter'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • June 30, 2011 3:19 AM
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Michael Radford, best known for his work on the Italian-language hit "Il Postino" in the late '90s, has signed on to direct "Castro's Daughter." Though Radford has been chasing that success with middling results over the last 15 years -- please see "Flawless" or "The Merchant of Venice" for evidence -- the pedigree behind his next effort shows promise with Bobby Moresco (Oscar-winning screenwriter of "Crash") and Cuban playwright Nilo Cruz (Pulitzer Prizer-winning author of "Anna in the Tropics") penning the script.

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