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Watch: 'New Girl' Stars Jake Johnson & Damon Wayans Jr. Go On Duty In Red Band Trailer For 'Let's Be Cops'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 25, 2014 2:56 PM
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Let's Be Cops
Jake Johnson got his start appearing in small roles on television and in movies before striking gold with the Fox sitcom "New Girl," one of the better comedic half-hours on television. And with the show only in its fourth season, he's starting to see bigger opportunities come his way. He voiced Barry in "The Lego Movie," he'll soon be seen in Seth Rogen's "Neighbors," and he'll spend his "New Girl" hiatus filming "Jurassic World." He'll also get his first major leading man, summer movie role in "Let's Be Cops," but he'll have a familiar face by his side.

Omar Sy Joins 'Jurassic World,' Plus Unlikely 'Jurassic Park' Character Returns

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2014 12:07 PM
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On the Other Side of the Tracks Omar Sy
As "Jurassic World" gears up to roll in front of cameras, the finishing touches on the cast are being put in place plus some new details about the shoot are emerging, and it turns out Colin Trevorrow's latest installment will be connecting all the way to back to Steven Spielberg's 1993 smash hit "Jurassic Park."

Zoe Kazan Talks Twin Roles Of 'The Pretty One' & How 'In Your Eyes' Is "Like Joss Whedon Does Nicholas Sparks"

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • February 21, 2014 2:07 PM
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After winning the Best Actress Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival for Bradley Rust Gray’s “The Exploding Girl,” Zoe Kazan added a big-budget rom-com (“It’s Complicated”) and more indie dramas (“Meek’s Cutoff”) to her resume, starred on Broadway (“A Behanding in Spokane”) with Christopher Walken, and wrote the charming (and underrated) screenplay for “Ruby Sparks,” in which she starred with her longtime partner Paul Dano.

Review: Engaging And Sweet 'The Pretty One' Starring Zoe Kazan & Jake Johnson

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 6, 2014 6:08 PM
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The Pretty One
There are movies about twins and there are movies about switching identities and there is “The Pretty One,” which uses both conceits for its tale of self and lack thereof. And to be fair, the premise of this comedic drama — that’s ultimately much more affecting and genuinely melancholy than you’d expect — is a little cutesy and cloying on the surface. And admittedly, the picture takes some time to find its bearings.

Watch: Zoe Kazan Pulls Double Duty In Trailer For 'The Pretty One' With Jake Johnson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2014 3:35 PM
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2014 is going to be the year of the doubles, it seems. Jake Gyllenhaal will met himself in "Enemy," and so too will Jesse Eisenberg in "The Double," but first up will be "The Pretty One" in which Zoe Kazan's duplicate isn't a doppelganger, but her sister.

That Kid From 'Iron Man 3' Will Lead 'Jurassic World,' Jake Johnson Rumored

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2013 1:11 PM
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Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Jr., Kid, Ty Simpkins
At 12 years old, Ty Simpkins is a franchise and tentpole veteran. The grade school actor made an appearance in Steven Spielberg's "War Of The Worlds" at three years old, he's in both highly successful "Insidious" movies, and this summer, he traded quips with Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man 3." And for his next move? How about helping to relaunch a dinosaur franchise?

Ben Affleck & Matt Damon To Co-Produce CBS Sitcom, Ruben Fleischer Revives 'Remington Steele' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 11, 2013 11:37 AM
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The new shows this television season may have been a weak slate — Joss Whedon's “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” needs to up its freshly-renewed game, while the less said about Seth McFarlane's “Dads” the better — but as always in Hollywood, there are plenty of potential replacements waiting in development, and now a massive batch of new comedy projects with promising talent has been announced.

Interview: 'Drinking Buddies' Star Jake Johnson Talks Rules of Improv, Working With Joe Swanberg & Frustrations With Network TV

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 27, 2013 5:18 PM
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Drinking Buddies
Two attractive couples, their difficulties in life, work, and romance, a sly glance toward the other person's partner as a possible solution... It may seem like the rote set-up for your standard romantic comedy but filmmaker Joe Swanberg (“Hannah Takes The Stairs,” “All The Light In The Sky”) knows this. His latest film, "Drinking Buddies," succeeds not by the prolific indie director's shift up in budget and crowd appeal but by just how adeptly he tweaks that framework for a surprisingly observant and honest result — in our SXSW review, we called it “a film that feels loose without ever being ponderous or phony.”

Review: Joe Swanberg's 'Drinking Buddies' Starring Jake Johnson, Olivia Wilde, Anne Kendrick & Ron Livingston

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 23, 2013 4:07 PM
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Drinking Buddies
With the rise of digital filmmaking in the last decade, a new wave of DIY "mumblecore" filmmakers have risen up through the ranks. While initially many of these films were loose and unpolished, they are now are becoming more refined with many of these directors and actors now having basically integrated themselves into the mainstream (or mainstream indie anyway). Of the directors who have come of age during this digital era, perhaps none is more notorious or divisive than Joe Swanberg, the writer/director/editor/actor responsible for 12 films over the last 8 years. With an output that prolific, you would think by now you should know whether Swanberg's brand of filmmaking is your cup of tea or not.

Exclusive: Jake Johnson & Olivia Wilde Get Close In Clip From 'Drinking Buddies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2013 12:16 PM
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Drinking Buddies
Scanning the listings for what's playing at a theater near you and coming up empty? Well, you might want to fire up your VOD options as one of the best movies this summer is now available to watch in your own home. Joe Swanberg's "Drinking Buddies" is now ready to be ordered from a digital outlet of your choosing, and it's one that's will fit right into a summer evening, with a cold brew by your side.

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