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Chris Cooper & Wanda Sykes Feature In Newly Released 'Muppets' Photos From D23

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • August 21, 2011 3:52 AM
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One of the most anticipated moments of Disney’s D23 Studio Presentation today at the Anaheim convention center was the presentation of “The Muppets,” which is nearing its November 23rd release date.

First Look: Ed Helms & Jason Segel In The Duplass Brothers' 'Jeff Who Lives At Home'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2011 4:08 AM
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Plus Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig & Adam Scott In 'Friends With Kids'Lots of Toronto first looks coming down the wire today, so we'll keep it brief, but two of the more anticipated comedies that'll bow at the festival just had their first official stills released. First up is "Jeff Who Lives At Home," the second mainstream picture from The Duplass Brothers, who became indie favorites with films like "The Puffy Chair" and "Baghead," proving to be standouts of the so-called 'mumblecore' scene, before getting to work with bigger names and budgets on last year's excellent "Cyrus."

Will Jason Segel Be Leslie Mann's Personal Trainer In Judd Apatow's New Film?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2011 8:18 AM
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Judd Apatow is currently in the midst of shooting his "Knocked Up" spinoff, the formerly titled "This Is Forty," and thus far, he's done a pretty good job of keeping the plot details under wraps for now. What we do know is that it will pick up with Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) five years after the events of the first film, assembling a cast of mostly new faces like Megan Fox, Albert Brooks, Lena Dunham, Chris O’Dowd, Wyatt Russell, Ryan Lee, Melissa McCarthy and Annie Mumolo with the only returning actor from "Knocked Up" thus far being Charlene Yi, who played the quirky Jodi. However, it looks like Apatow might be trying to keep some more of returning folks a secret, though photogs on the set of the film may have given it away.

Review: 'Bad Teacher' Only Deserves A Mildly Passable Grade

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 23, 2011 2:56 AM
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After the critical and commercial success of "Bridesmaids," and an escalation in the discussion of women's place in comedy both in the more niche-y blogosphere and in mainstream popular culture (illuminated most wonderfully earlier this year in a gonzo episode of "30 Rock"), "Bad Teacher," about a foul-mouthed, irresponsible, self-centered, drug-addled teacher (who also happens to be a woman) seems particularly well-timed. And while the comedy is periodically laugh-out-loud, shoot-soda-out-of-your-nose funny, it also ultimately feels like a missed opportunity; like a substitute that breezes out of your life a semester too soon without ever making much of an impact.

Watch: Full Trailer For 'The Muppets' Is The Best Yet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 18, 2011 3:31 AM
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It's not been a banner year for The Playlist's inner child. We've been spoiled in recent years, admittedly, but even the better kids flicks of the year so far, like "Rango" and "Kung Fu Panda 2," seem aimed at adults more than children, drawing on the Western and martial arts genres, but neglecting the sense of inner wonder that's so necessary, leaving "Super 8" as the only film that's really scratched that particular itch.

Mindy Kaling, Chris Parnell & Jim Piddock Join Increasingly Awesome Cast Of 'Five-Year Engagement'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 26, 2011 1:30 AM
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For the last few years, Hollywood's holy grail has seemed to be the R-rated relationship comedy -- it seems that every other script on the annual Black List is an attempt at the genre, and the summer is stuffed with examples. But only this morning, with the trailer for "What's Your Number?," we've seen that things aren't as simple as taking the traditional romantic comedy template and liberally sprinkling the words "fuck" and "vagina" over it -- there's an alchemy to the blend of crudity and heart that few have mastered.

Max Winkler Talks Jason Reitman's 'Whispers In Bedlam,' 'The Adventurer's Handbook' Still Waiting

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 4, 2011 6:39 AM
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Winkler and Matt Spicer Also Sell 'The First Man' To Paramount Starring Johnny KnoxvilleFledgling filmmaking duo, director/writer Max Winkler and producer/writer Matt Spicer might not be household names at the moment, but if the frequency with which their names keep appearing in the film trades continues, the up-and-coming duo are going to be a familiar force to be reckoned with. The two have their debut feature film, "Ceremony" (which Winkler wrote and directed, Spicer produced) coming to theaters on April 8th starring Uma Thurman and Michael Angarano, and two big name writing projects- "The Ornate Anatomy of Living Things" and "The Adventurer's Handbook" -- sold to studios, both with serious buzz surrounding them.

'Community' and 'Mad Men' Star Alison Brie Joins Nicholas Stoller's 'Five-Year Engagement'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 3, 2011 1:37 AM
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Emily Blunt Confirmed As Female Lead Opposite Jason SegelAMC's "Mad Men" is pretty much the best drama series on television; "Breaking Bad" might give it a run for its money, but we reckon the period piece has the edge. While it's more divisive (including within the staff of The Playlist) NBC's "Community" is, for this writer, the best comedy on television -- with an ambition and, generally speaking, a level of execution (the show can be patchy occasionally) above even the excellent "Parks and Recreation" and "30 Rock." And there's one person that links the two: 27-year-old actress Alison Brie.

Jason Segel Joining '80s-Era Comedy, 'Undercover Cop' For DreamWorks

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 3, 2011 11:54 AM
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Steve Zaillian's Film Rites company is on a major roll (as is the Academy Award-winning writer himself). The production banner has "The Cold Light of Day," starring "Superman"-to-be Henry Cavill, and "Red Riding Hood" coming out later this year (the former with Summit, the latter with Warner Bros.), they inked a first-look, two-year producing deal with DreamWorks last spring and most recently they're working on the English-language adaptation of the Spanish sci-fi time-travel pic, "Time Crimes," at the studio as well.

Watch: Sidney Fife & Peter Klaven From 'I Love You, Man' Finally Meet Rush

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2011 8:17 AM
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Ok, so "I Love You, Man" wasn't quite the laff-out-loud comedy we were hoping for, but it provided some good gags and gave Paul Rudd yet another trademark line: "Slappa da bass!"

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