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Review: 'That Awkward Moment' Starring Zac Efron, Miles Teller & Michael B. Jordan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 11:01 AM
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That Awkward Moment
Later this year, Zac Efron will co-star with Seth Rogen in "Neighbors," an outrageous bro comedy about the war that develops between a young father and the college kid who moves in next door. The R-rated laffer will give Efron plenty of space to riff opposite his more seasoned comedy co-star, adding a different dimension to his persona, one that is still somewhat defined by his Disney past. But before that, Efron attempts his own bro-tacular comedy with "That Awkward Moment," an effort that while indebted to the breezy, easy camaraderie of the Judd Apatow productions that made Rogen famous, has no idea what makes them funny in the first place.

Watch: Aaron Paul & Imogen Poots Want To Live In First Trailer For 'A Long Way Down'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2014 9:23 AM
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A Long Way Down
This spring, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots will put the pedal the metal in "Need For Speed," risking their lives in the dangerous world of underground street racing. But first, they've paired up to try and leap to their death in "A Long Way Down"...only to decide that maybe life is worth living after all.

Frank Grillo Leads 'The Purge 2,' Zac Efron Catches 'Fire,' Imogen Poots Visits 'A Country Called Home' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 12, 2013 1:36 PM
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One of the surprise hits of the year was this summer’s cheap Ethan Hawke-starring horror movie “The Purge,” and with the $3 million-budgeted film making nearly $90 million worldwide, you better believe Universal wants a re-up.

Watch: Jesse Pinkman Can't Forgive In New Trailer For 'Need For Speed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2013 12:38 PM
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Yes, we know Aaron Paul has a name but let's face it, we still can't forget "Breaking Bad" and neither can most folks considering how much the "alternate ending" to the series was passed around over the weekend. So, for our purposes at the moment, "Need For Speed" stars Jesse Pinkman and once again he's going to be yelling at stuff, have a pretty girl at this side all while trying to outfox a wily criminal.

Imogen Poots To Star In Todd Field's 'Beautiful Ruins'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 3:30 PM
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Beautiful Ruins Imogen Poots
With seven years passing since Todd Field's last film, 2006's "Little Children," fans of the director have had to be patient in waiting for his next movie. Taking a Stanley Kubrick-like stretch between pictures (the late filmmaker was a mentor to Field, who had a small role in "Eyes Wide Shut"), five years spanned between his debut feature "In The Bedroom" and his aforementioned sophomore film. But it looks like things are finally happening for "Beautiful Ruins," as the project now has a lead actress.

Review: 'Filth,' Based On The Irvine Welsh Novel, Starring James McAvoy

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • October 21, 2013 11:29 AM
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One thing we resolved early on, having read around on the subject a little: to try, try, try to get through just the first sentence of our review of “Filth,” the Jon S. Baird-directed adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel, without mentioning “Trainspotting.” So, obviously, we’re pretty disappointed with ourselves. But disappointment is somewhat the order of the day, unfortunately, as it’s a comparison that occurred to us, not often to the benefit of "Filth," throughout our viewing of the film. However, Danny Boyle’s modern classic doth bestride the world of the Irvine Welsh adaptation like a colossus, its shadow seemingly impossible to escape from, so there is a glass-half-full way of looking at it: “Filth” is undoubtedly better than also-rans “The Acid House” and “Ecstasy.” In fact, when it comes to capturing some of the gonzo, amoral, substance-fueled verve that Welsh’s novels can display, “Filth” can take the silver medal with its head held relatively high. And that it can is largely down to two things: all the rest of the cast, and James McAvoy.

Brie Larson Out, Imogen Poots In For Peter Bogdanovich's 'Squirrel To The Nuts' Produced By Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 23, 2013 9:05 AM
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Imogen Poots
Though the producing team of Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach would seem a fast-track into existence for any project, director Peter Bogdanovich has still encountered a wave of woes in mounting his latest Lubitsch-inspired effort, “Squirrel To The Nuts.” Luckily, the screwball comedy gained new life with news of its two cast leads, Owen Wilson and Brie Larson, but now it appears one-half of that lineup will swap out with another player.

Review: Michael Winterbottom's 'The Look Of Love' Starring Steve Coogan

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 2, 2013 6:57 PM
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Anna Friel and Steve Coogan in THE LOOK OF LOVE
While stylishly capturing the verve, exotica, and free-spirited mojo of swinging '60s London, uber-prolific English director Michael Winterbottom's portrait of legendary U.K. smut impresario Paul Raymond is otherwise a shallow misfire.

Review: Penn Badgley Is Solid In Otherwise Uneven 'Greetings From Tim Buckley'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 7:04 PM
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While the film might not be quite as sweet and heady as drinking a glass of lilac wine, Penn Badgley's performance in "Greetings From Tim Buckley" does justice to the late Jeff Buckley, while also revealing that the "Gossip Girl" star has quite a few more talents than he's thus far been given credit for. But his swoop of wild hair and impressive vocal theatrics aside, the rest of the movie around him tells a trio of stories that never quite unite to land the emotional connection they're aiming for.

Watch: Steve Coogan & Anna Friel Talk Kinky Sex In New Clip From 'The Look Of Love'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • April 14, 2013 9:59 AM
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Anna Friel and Steve Coogan in THE LOOK OF LOVE
Marking the fourth collaboration between director Michael Winterbottom and actor Steve Coogan, "The Look of Love" is based on the true story of porn baron Paul Raymond. Raymond amassed over $1 billion through purchasing prime real estate in London's Soho, becoming Britain's richest man and earning the title "The King of Soho." Anna Friel plays his wife Jean, who posed for some of Raymond's porno shoots and ultimately received a record divorce-settlement. Their daughter is played by charming and soon-to-be everywhere Imogen Poots. You can peak in at the couple's relationship in the clip below.

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