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Watch: Trailer For 'Frankie Go Boom' Starring Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd & Ron Perlman

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 8, 2012 4:27 PM
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Damn, the trailer for "3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom" looks strange. In a really good way. So how do we explain the madness therein? Let's go to the official synopsis which is brief: Frank Bartlett has been tortured, embarrassed and humiliated by his brother Bruce -- usually on film -- his entire life. Now that Bruce is finally off drugs and has turned his life around, things should be different. They are not.

Watch: Ron Perlman Kisses Chris O'Dowd In Clip From 'Frankie Go Boom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2012 6:17 PM
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There are few comedies that will hit theaters this year as strange and odd as "Frankie Go Boom." And the first clip/teaser has arrived, in the wake of the film's Comic-Con appearance, and it gives you a pretty good idea of just how far out there this one is.

New Images From The Weinsteins' 'The Sapphires' Starring Chris O'Dowd

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 5, 2012 11:40 AM
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Before the Cannes Film Festival even began this year, The Weinstein Company made their usual round of high-profile acquisitions, and among the more curious selections, a largely unknown Aussie flick called “The Sapphires” made its way into the mix. As more info was released, it became clear that TWC found the film to be exactly the crowd-pleaser they needed among their quirkier offerings, and now a few new images have hit the web to give a glimpse of exactly what caused the sale.

5 Breakout Performers & Directors From The 2012 Cannes Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 29, 2012 3:31 PM
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One of the greatest things about film festivals, one of the things that gets you through the worst films, the lack of sleep, and the terrible B.O. of your fellow moviegoers, is the chance to discover new talent. You'll see absolute newcomers blast off into the stratosphere, or relatively well-known faces suddenly show what they've always been capable of, and it's never less than a thrill.

Chris O'Dowd To Star In TV Series 'Family Tree' From Christopher Guest, Planning To Write A Film For Judd Apatow

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 1:13 PM
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Chris O'Dowd is, quite frankly, a man to watch at the moment. The Irish actor first came to notice alongside Richard Ayoade on British TV show "The I.T. Crowd," which brought him to the attention of Hollywood. And while his early film roles went off a little half-cocked -- "Dinner For Schmucks," "Gulliver's Travels," "The Boat That Rocked" -- he's had an enormous amount of success in the last twelve months or so, led by being the romantic lead in monster comedy hit "Bridesmaids."

Cannes Review: Chris O'Dowd Shines In The Otherwise Uneven 'The Sapphires'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 20, 2012 7:13 PM
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Among the The Weinstein Company's pre-Cannes Film Festival buys this year was the largely unknown (until it was bought) Aussie musical/drama/comedy effort "The Sapphires." It's certainly easy to see why this easy-to-digest, feel-good movie earned their attention. With a slate this year that includes "Lawless," "Django Unchained," "The Master" and "Killing Them Softly" they could probably use something that's guaranteed to have broad appeal, and that's something the first-time feature film from director Wayne Blair carries in spades. And it's largely thanks to the winning charm of unlikely leading man Chris O'Dowd.

Chris O'Dowd & Nick Frost To Star In Salsa Dance Comedy 'Cuban Fury'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 30, 2012 9:38 AM
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Chris O'Dowd is on his way to becoming a very big deal. The Irish comic actor first came to notice, alongside Richard Ayoade, in cult TV show "The IT Crowd," and after early movie appearances in "The Boat That Rocked" and "Gulliver's Travels," has gone from strength to strength; he got to show dramatic range in "The Crimson Petal and White," and after playing the swoonsome cop love interest in "Bridesmaids," has become something of a favorite of the Judd Apatow gang, with roles in "Friends With Kids," "This Is Forty" and "Girls" all coming up.

Chris O'Dowd Calls Michael Bay A "Sexist" & A "Fucking Asshole"; Says He'd Never Work On His Films

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 15, 2012 1:56 PM
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Somebody unleashed a beast in Irish comedian Chris O'Dowd. The "Bridesmaids" funnyman, who shares the screen with "Transformers" star Megan Fox in both "Friends With Kids" and the upcoming "This Is Forty", isn't interested in playing politics. When asked about Bay and Fox's spat that led her to exit the multi-billion-dollar franchise, he selected his words in much the same way Bay directs his movies.

SXSW '12 Interview: 'Frankie Go Boom' Director Jordan Roberts On The Inspiration Behind Putting Ron Perlman In A Dress

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 13, 2012 1:57 PM
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We weren't sure what to expect of "Frankie Go Boom," the sophomore directorial feature from director Jordan Roberts. There were the helmer's diverse previous credits, from directing ensemble dramedy "Around The Bend," which starred Christopher Walken, Michael Caine and Josh Lucas, to writing the narration for the hit documentary "March of the Penguins." Then there was the film itself: with cast members like Chris O'Dowd and Lizzy Caplan, it seemed like it could be a post-Apatow comedy, but then came that teaser poster, of Ron Perlman in a dress. What on Earth was this thing?

No More Mr. Nice Guy: 'Bridesmaids' Star Chris O'Dowd Talks Being Bad In 'Friends With Kids,' 'This Is 40' & 'Frankie Go Boom'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 8, 2012 1:57 PM
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Anyone who crushed on Chris O'Dowd in "Bridesmaids" -- you know who you are -- might rethink things when they see the Irish actor in some of the new films he has in the pipeline. First up is his role as underachieving husband to Maya Rudolph in "Friends with Kids," in which the couple watches hopefully as two of their pals (played by writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott) pair up for a breeders variation of the "friends with benefits" theme. Meanwhile, a married couple to whom they're close (played by Kristen Wiig and Westfeld's real-life partner Jon Hamm) have kids but then fall apart. "Maybe my character doesn't help out as much as he could," O'Dowd told The Playlist, "but he's a superhero compared to Jon Hamm." The actor then explained how working with friends helped the project, and where his upcoming characters fall on the nice guy-jerk spectrum.

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