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Jennifer Aniston, Eugene Levy & Kathryn Hahn Join Peter Bogdanovich's 'She's Funny That Way' With Owen Wilson

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 10, 2013 10:20 AM
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Poor Peter Bogdanovich. When was the last time the well-respected filmmaker made a narrative feature that remotely moved the needle (let's not include the good doc, "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream")? "Cat's Meow" in 2001, which wasn't very good? And before that, "Mask" in 1985? The well-liked filmmaker, actor and cinephile has had a pretty rough go of it in Hollywood (an unimpeachable beginning, a quick fall from grace), but perhaps his upcoming picture will be a late-era comeback?

Review: 'American Reunion' Is A Stale Slice Of 'Pie' That Coasts On Nostalgia & Cameos

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 4, 2012 6:05 PM
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  • 9 Comments
“American Reunion” begins with the franchise’s typical sexual misunderstanding played for casual sitcom laughs. Married couple Jim (Jason Biggs) and Michelle (Alyson Hannigan) are preparing for bedtime when she excuses herself to take a late night bath. Without saying a word, Jim watches her leave before visiting bookmarked porn sites on his laptop computer, pleasing himself with a sock filled with what can only be considered an excessive amount of lubrication. Through a few prepackaged pratfalls too implausible to properly explain, Jim and Michelle’s pre-pubescent son learns that Mommy and Daddy had been pleasuring themselves in separate rooms, and lack the self-awareness to properly shield themselves when caught. The camera stays fixed on the silent milieu of an embarrassed Michelle shrinking underneath the bubbles in her bathtub, and Jim clenching the bleeding tip of his crotch, the two of them separated by a shower handle excitedly dancing across the tiles. It is quite possibly the saddest opening scene in recent studio comedy history.

Eugene Levy Says No More Christopher Guest Movies Are Planned As Mock-Doc Style Is Played Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 3, 2012 4:43 PM
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When Christopher Guest and his mostly regular crew of funny people including Eugene Levy, Fred Willard and Bob Balaban appeared during the Oscar broadcast in February, it was a welcome a treat and one of the best moments on the show. It has been a far too long seven years since the gang's last outing, the admittedly tepid "For Your Consideration," but we hoped their brief reunion was a sign there was something bigger on the horizon. Alas, it seems it's not to be. 

Seann William Scott, Jason Biggs & Eugene Levy Sign Up For 'American Reunion'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 16, 2011 8:45 AM
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This One Time, At Band Camp....AgainListen, we know, somebody out there is renting/buying/watching those "American Pie" spinoff straight-to-video sequels in big enough quantities that Universal is getting the old gang back together. Either that, or they're hoping to squeeze the last bit of bucks out of an aging franchise with the added bonus that most of the cast is still going to come cheap. It's probably somewhere in the middle.

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