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Review: Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40' Is Sprawling And Undisciplined, But Emotionally Honest Too

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 18, 2012 12:30 PM
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Hearing that writer/director Judd Apatow, arguably the most influential and highly regarded comedic talent in the past decade, was making a "sort-of sequel" to his smash "Knocked Up," it's easy to assume that his creative well has run dry. Why return to that world, only to focus on a pair of side characters (played by Paul Rudd and Apatow's wife, Leslie Mann), especially when Apatow seems particularly fascinated by the interpersonal relationships between modern day fuck-ups, which provide a nearly endless canvas to paint on. But that "sort-of sequel" is anything but an eager cash-grab or a creatively bankrupt ploy; Apatow is genuinely invested in these characters and scenarios. One of the main problems is that it's an unfocused movie without a narrative rudder; a collection of funny observations about marriage and family without much connective tissue or momentum in an ultimately small stakes story. Apatow indulges in his freeform tendencies to a particularly destructive degree with "This is 40," resulting in a movie whose ambitions are only equaled by its shortcomings.

Matthias Schoenaerts Reteams With 'Bullhead' Director Michael Roskam For 'The Faithful,' Lines Up 'The Ardennes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2012 11:22 AM
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In 2011, folks sat up and took notice of Matthias Schoenaerts. He broke out in the Oscar-nominated "Bullhead," and hasn't looked back since. In 2012 he starred in Jacques Audiard's "Rust And Bone," shot Guillaume Canet's "Blood Ties," and lined up a role opposite Michelle Williams in the WWII drama "Suite Francaise" shooting next spring. But it looks like the actor hasn't forgotten who helped him get a leg up.

Listen To The Full 'Django Unchained' Soundtrack & Watch Over 12 Minutes Of Behind-The-Scenes B-Roll Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2012 10:34 AM
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While there may be a lot to quibble with when it comes to Quentin Tarantino's slavery/vengeance pic "Django Unchained" (it split The Playlist so much we gave it three reviews), once thing almost everyone can agree on is that the soundtrack is aces. Only Tarantino would have the presence of mind to put Ennio Morricone and Rick Ross in the same movie, but believe it or not, it works (and in fact, it's one of Best Soundtracks Of 2012). So forget trying to track down the songs all over the place.

Isla Fisher & Joel Edgerton Get All Dressed Up For 'The Great Gatsby' Character Posters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2012 10:13 AM
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We bet when you were sitting in English class pondering over F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," you never imagined that one day it would be a 3D Hollywood blockbuster. But Baz Luhrmann is taking the American classic off the bookshelf and onto the big screen in a way that only he knows how, and as these new character posters reveal, no expense has been spared in the costume department.

Samuel L. Jackson Reteaming With 'Snakes On A Plane' Director David Ellis For Live-Action Anime 'Kite'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 18, 2012 9:43 AM
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Hot on the heels of his colorful appearance on "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend, and the rumors that elements of Nick Fury’s solo-movie might have been folded into “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” comes word from the Anime News Network (via Movies.com) that Samuel L. Jackson has joined the cast of the English-language live-action remake of Yasuomi Umetsu’s 1988 anime film “Kite.”

Watch: U.S. Trailer For Pablo Larrain's Cannes Sensation 'No' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 18, 2012 9:19 AM
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From its promising beginnings winning the top prize at the Cannes' Directors' Fortnight this past May, to quickly gathering buzz enough afterward to secure distribution from Sony Pictures Classics, Pablo Larrain's political rouser “No” has just appeared with a new U.S. trailer in hopes of gaining ground as an Oscar contender.

Bret Easton Ellis Profusely Apologizes to Kathryn Bigelow Over Sexist “Zero Dark Thirty” Tweet

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 18, 2012 9:00 AM
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After trying unsuccessfully to garner the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” screenwriting gig through sheer social media chutzpah alone, novelist Bret Easton Ellis has now solemnly returned to another controversy seeded at the start of the month, one that saw him place “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow square in his sights.

Watch: Visual Effects & Sound Featurettes For Box-Office-Breaking 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • December 17, 2012 10:56 PM
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Its domestic numbers weren’t too shabby, breaking the December opening weekend record with $84 million, but even with that context, the global numbers for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" are gangbusters. The first installment of Peter Jackson’s latest Tolkien adaptation opened up in 56 international markets this weekend, and has bagged 2012’s fourth biggest opening with $138.2 million to take the global total in just three days to $223 million.

Soundtrack For Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' Doc Features Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, Stevie Nicks & More

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • December 17, 2012 10:34 PM
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We got a look a first look at the Dave Grohl directed documentary “Sound City” a couple of weeks ago with the trailer, and as intrigued as we were about the film we were doubly intrigued by its soundtrack – this is The Playlist after all. From what we’d seen so far it looked like Grohl was gathering a load of legendary musicians together to play live music in the eponymous California recording studio for the documentary, which would also make up the film’s original soundtrack. Well, it looks like that’s exactly the case, and the line-up for both the movie and soundtrack is extremely impressive.

First Look: New Photos Of 'We're The Millers' Starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis & Emma Roberts

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 17, 2012 7:04 PM
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It's an underrated little gem, but the director of "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," starring Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller, is back. Truthfully, Rawson Marshall Thurber didn't really go anywhere, but 2008's indie “The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” wasn’t terribly well received. He's now back in studio comedy mode -- studio action comedy mode, to be specific -- with "We're The Millers." Starring Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn, Will Poulter, and Ed Helms, Thurber's latest has a bevy of strong comedic talent and centers on a veteran pot dealer (Sudeikis) who creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.

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