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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.

Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly & Aidan Gillen Join Brendan Gleeson In John Michael McDonagh's 'Calvary'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 9, 2012 12:02 PM
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"The Guard" was one of the more pleasant surprises of last year, an under-the-radar little foul-mouthed dark comedy that featured something close to a career-best performance from the great Brendan Gleeson, and a sharp script from John Michael McDonagh, who demonstrated that he's just as exciting a talent as his older brother Martin (who helmed "In Bruges" and the upcoming "Seven Psychopaths"). So the news a little while back that the pair were reuniting for a new project, "Calvary," was exciting enough. But McDonagh's now filling out his cast, and the excitement only continues to build.

Weekend Box Office: 'Apes' Rise With Massive $54 Million, Audiences Rise Against Ryan Reynolds

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 7, 2011 4:33 AM
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“The Planet Of The Apes” saga is one of the healthier franchises in movie history. All the sequels occurred within a reasonable time frame, and while they were of varied quality, each one had their own separate reason to exist, and none were truly embarrassing. By comparison, the remake in 2001 was so far removed from the series’ original ethos that most won’t even acknowledge it as part of any continuity. Nevertheless, that atrocity opened to $68 million, which nears $100 million when adjusted for inflation. So while some may have been burned by the series thanks to Tim Burton, ten years might have been the appropriate time to reboot and still retain a base that remains aware of “The Planet of The Apes” as a sketchy form of “cinema history.”

Lena Dunham, Chris O'Dowd, Charlene Yi & Wyatt Russell Join Judd Apatow's 'Knocked Up' Spinoff

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 3:00 AM
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With lensing set to gear up soon, Judd Apatow is beginning to pad out the cast of his untitled "Knocked Up" spinoff, which is also known as "This Is Forty." The film will star Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd, who are reprising their roles Debbie and Pete, in the picture that will follow their relationship five years after the events of the preceding movie. Megan Fox and Albert Brooks are also on aboard and continuing to mix old and new faces, four new names have been announced.

Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Lizzy Caplan & Chris O'Dowd Team For 'Frankie Goes Boom'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 9, 2010 2:45 AM
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Stars of FX motorcycle-gang drama "Sons Of Anarchy," the on-the-rise Charlie Hunnam and the revitalized Ron Perlman are set to unite on the silver screen alongside comedy thespians Lizzy Caplan and Chris O'Dowd for "Frankie Goes Boom," a project written and to be directed by Jordan Roberts.

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