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This Time The Bosses Are *Really* Horrible: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day & Jason Sudeikis Sign For 'Horrible Bosses 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2013 1:08 PM
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In the works for a while now, "Horrible Bosses 2" seemed inevitable. The first film – great concept, pretty dull execution – powered its way to over $200 million worldwide. So no surprise that at the beginning of 2012, word first started burbling about a sequel, and by the summer, Seth Gordon was being offered the director's chair to return. Well, he's back, as are the three principal leads.

Watch: The Internet Will Ruin Your Life In Trailer For 'Disconnect' With Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgård & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2013 1:54 PM
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Ah, the internet/hacker/computer movie. "The Net," "Hackers," "Firewall," "Swimfan," "FearDotCom"...for every "The Social Network" there are about five of those kinds of movies that leadenly and obviously point out the perils of going online. And thus, "Disconnect."

Box Office: 'Identity Thief' Steals Top Spot With Best R-Rated Comedy Opening In February Ever

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 10, 2013 12:08 PM
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Schedule management is underrated. Your studio might have a film that screams “hit,” you might market the picture like a genius, and you might have the hottest actor in the world. But sometimes, films are filling a void left empty for casual audience goers, and the demand is pent-up not for a specific film, but rather a specific type of film. In this case, we’re talking about “Identity Thief,” now in line to score the year’s biggest three-day opening with $36 million, making it the best R-rated comedy opening ever in February.

Review: 'Identity Thief' Joylessly Steals Nearly Two Hours Of Your Life

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 7, 2013 9:18 AM
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When studios screen comedies for critics, there is typically an audience there, no matter how far in advance the screening. The reason, of course, is that an audience responding to a comedy in a positive way has a kind of transformative power – laughing and having fun with your fellow moviegoers is something that you actively want to engage in. And it is a good barometer for whether or not the movie will be a success – when we saw "Ted" last summer, we weren't too crazy about it, but the audience went ape shit. (This translated to one of the biggest R-rated comedies ever.) At a recent screening of "Identity Thief," the new high-concept road movie from Universal, a packed audience responded politely but not enthusiastically.

2 New Images From Season 4 Of 'Arrested Development'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 10, 2013 10:53 AM
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Well, "Arrested Development" fans, you haven’t been dreaming this entire time. We now have a couple of images from the highly anticipated fourth season, and while it’s only two spoiler-free images, it still serves as a reminder that we are merely months away from getting the chance to sit down, relax, and soak in all fourteen episodes in one sitting. That is, if you have that kind of attention span.

I'm Going After Bilbo: New Trailer For 'Identity Thief' Starring Jason Bateman & Melissa McCarthy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 18, 2012 1:54 PM
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As folks will soon see during the end credits of "This Is 40," Melissa McCarthy is an improv machine. “I've seen people in tears before, but that was something otherworldly. People were leaving the room -- crew had to leave. It was impossible, and she just kept her composure through all of it,” Paul Rudd said about working with her on Judd Apatow's film, with the director adding, quite simply: "...Melissa is one of the best improvisers there is." And hopefully Seth Gordon knew enough to let her go off script, but even if not, the new trailer for "Identity Thief" does have some promise.

Watch: Jason Bateman & Melissa McCarthy Rumble In Trailer For 'Identity Thief'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2012 8:34 PM
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If the formula works, why break it? Jason Bateman has had a career resurgence playing the exasperated straight man starting with "Arrested Development" and taking that persona through a number films, while Melissa McCarthy has used her physique and personality to portray women who go right over the top. So what do you get when you put them both in a movie? "Identity Thief."

First Look: 'Disconnect' With Jason Bateman & Alexander Skarsgård; 'What Maisie Knew' Starring Julianne Moore

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2012 1:44 PM
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Hey guys, the internet can be totally fun times with stuff like Tumblr, porn, Facebook, memes, YouTube and whatnot. However, very bad stuff can happen on it too, and it could probably ruin your life or something. That seems to be the message of "Disconnect," the first narrative feature from "Murderball" director Henry Alex Rubin, and his first movie since 2005.

New 'Arrested Development' Episodes Begin Shooting In 4 Weeks

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 11, 2012 12:15 PM
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Too good to be true? Nope, it's happening. The long-awaited return of the cult sitcom "Arrested Development" is right around the corner. Or at least, production is about to start, and no, this isn't a pipe dream or wishful thinking. "Taken at AD mission control, today! All systems are go. Filming for the new episodes starts in four weeks. Woo!," Jason Bateman tweeted last night, posting a photo of himself, producer/narrator Ron Howard and series creator Mitch Hurwitz.

Jason Bateman Has Some 'Bad Words' For His Directorial Debut

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • July 11, 2012 10:42 AM
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“Arrested Development” is finally making its way back before cameras thanks to Netflix, so that means that the cast will be too busy for other projects in the near future, right? Wrong. Jason Bateman is planning on taking the lead role in the Andrew Dodge’s 2011 Black Listed indie comedy “Bad Words.” He’ll play a bitter thirtysomething (despite being 43) who exploits a loophole to enter a kids' spelling bee. Not content with simply starring in the film though, Bateman has lined this up to be his debut feature as a director.

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