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Review: 'Cedar Rapids' Provides A Trickle Of Laughs Instead Of A Torrent

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2011 5:58 AM
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On paper, "Cedar Rapids" sounds like a no brainer. The Frank Capra-esque premise is familiar: a small town man is sent off to the big city where he struggles to adjust to the fast pace and shifty morals of metropolitan life. And when you line up a stacked roster of talent that includes John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat, Rob Corddry and Stephen Root, the movie should pretty much just write itself. Figuratively speaking, that is. But unfortunately, Miguel Arteta seems to have literally taken what was probably a great treatment and hoped that his actors and actresses could do the rest with unfortunately middling results.

Ed Helms Says It's Do Or Die Week For 'Central Intelligence' And Talks Untitled Civil War Comedy

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 8, 2011 11:24 AM
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Doesn't Have Much Hope For Old Apatow Comedy 'A Whole New Hugh'"Cedar Rapids" is about to hit this weekend, but it seems like a year ago, Ed Helms was about to explode. His future ended up being a lot quieter, with a few projects announced suddenly fading away. We chatted with Helms, who can be seen in "The Hangover 2" and "Jeff Who Lives At Home" this year, during the "Cedar Rapids" junket -- more on that later this week -- and got him to share details on a few of his upcoming films.

Ed Helms Says There's No Bill Clinton Cameo In 'The Hangover 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2011 4:25 AM
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Last fall, some set pics emerged revealing that former president Bill Clinton had stopped by the shoot for "The Hangover 2" prompting speculation that he was going to make a cameo in the upcoming and highly anticipated comedy sequel. Not so, says Ed Helms.

Trailer & Poster For 'Cedar Rapids' Starring Ed Helms & John C. Reilly

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Hot off the presses as a 2011 Sundance Film Festival entry arrives the trailer and poster for "Cedar Rapids," Fox Searchlight's new salesman roadtrip film with "The Hangover" star Ed Helms in his first big shot since that 2009 breakout movie. Directed by Miguel Arteta ("Youth In Revolt," "Chuck & Buck"), the film also co-stars John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis from "The Wire") Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat, Rob Corddry, Stephen Root and more.

Miguel Arteta's 'Cedar Rapids' Starring Ed Helms Set For February 11th Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 28, 2010 3:41 AM
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James Gunn's "Super" Starring Rainn Wilson & Ellen Page Slotted For April 1, 2011After the underwhelming Michael Cera-led adaptation of "Youth In Revolt" early last year, director Miguel Arteta's next directorial effort, the road-trip comedy "Cedar Rapids" starring Ed Helms of "The Office" and "The Hangover" fame, has somewhat fallen off the radar. However, the film has now been handed a February 11th release date which may mean a premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival. It also appears the film will start out in limited release.

Paul Giamatti Joins 'The Hangover 2'; Spoiler-ish Photos From The Shoot Leak

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 12, 2010 8:50 AM
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Mike Fleming seems to have been saving all of his big guns for Friday afternoon. In yet another exclusive today, Deadline reveals that Paul Giamatti will be joining the cast of "The Hangover 2" which includes the returning quartet of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha, along with Mel Gibson replacement Liam Neeson and Mike Tyson, reprising his role as his Phil Collins-loving self.

Paul Rudd, Jack Black, Jane Lynch, Danny Trejo, Ed Helms & More Reportedly Joining 'The Muppets'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 12, 2010 1:30 AM
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Lady Gaga May Appear Alongside Rumors Of John Krasinski, Donald Glover & More It's time to get things started is right. The cast to the new "The Muppets" movie -- spearheaded by star and superfan Jason Segel -- is expanding. We've already been promised several celebrity cameos and now Production Weekly have tweeted that myriad well-known actors have joined the growing ensemble. First and foremost is Paul Rudd who will evidently voice Walter The Muppet, the main new character (seen above with an iPhone) who stars alongside Segel and Amy Adams (Chris Cooper and Rashida Jones are already part of the cast).

Danny De Vito, Zac Efron, Ed Helms, And, Inevitably, Betty White Join Dr. Seuss' 'The Lorax'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 25, 2010 3:47 AM
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I Do Not Like It, Sam-I-Am In the less-than-illustrious history of big-screen Dr. Seuss adaptations, Fox's 2007 animation "Horton Hears A Who" stands head and shoulders above its competitors. Admittedly, in going up against Ron Howard's "The Grinch" and the Mike Myers vehicle "The Cat In The Hat," the latter proving so bad that Seuss' widow swore she'd never again allow another live-action film of her late husband's work, it doesn't have a great deal of competition. But having said that, and taking into consideration that the film was souffle-light and immediately forgettable, it did have a big heart, some visual imagination and charming lead vocal work from Jim Carrey.

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