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TIFF '11 Review: 'The Oranges' Delivers A Grove Of Big Laughs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 11, 2011 11:18 AM
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The indie ensemble comedy genre is fraught with pitfalls, from high concepts that just don't deliver, to outrageous storylines that can't sustain their own frenzied energy. For every "Little Miss Sunshine" there are countless more that attempt to create that film's almost intangible alchemy but falter somewhere along the way. "The Oranges" could have gone either way - with Julian Farino a mostly TV director ("Entourage," "How To Make It In America") making his sophomore film with a grab bag cast including Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Alia Shawkat, Adam Brody and Leighton Meeste,r we really had no idea what to expect from the film. But playing to huge laughs, this winning comedy overcomes some of its patchier elements to become a bonafide crowd pleaser.

Watch: New Teaser Trailer For Aardman Animated 'Arthur Christmas'

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • July 13, 2011 1:36 AM
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Christmas has definitely come early this year with a new teaser trailer for "Arthur Christmas," Sony's 3D animated co-production with Aardman. The first teaser definitely got us interested back in December and the new one is equally entertaining. Boasting a talented cast that includes James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy, the movie should be an enjoyable holiday film for children and adults.

'Shrek' Director Andrew Adamson To Helm 'Mister Pip' With Hugh Laurie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2011 6:36 AM
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Brit actor Hugh Laurie is best known on this side of the pond as the eternally cranky doctor on "House" who doesn't know a weirdo medical condition that he can't conquer. But the actor is now beginning to take strides into more prominent feature film roles. He's got the ensemble dramedy "The Oranges" coming up with Catherine Keener, Adam Brody, Leighton Meester, Alia Shawkat, Alison Janney and Oliver Platt, and now a leading man effort is getting off the ground and in front of cameras, though with some dubious talent.

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