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Cannes Review: Ari Folman's Part-Animated 'The Congress' Is Overstuffed And Overwritten, But Sort Of Fascinating

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 16, 2013 7:21 AM
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Ari Folman's "The Congress" aka "Robin Wright at The Congress" aka "Reviewer's Nightmare" (last title mine) opens the director's fortnight at Cannes this evening and screened for a group of alternately beguiled and baffled press this morning. Evoking Miyazaki and perhaps on-form Gilliam in its best moments, and lurching oddly into "Southland Tales" territory in its worst, it is a film we'd be happy to call a fascinating muddle, were it not a little overstretched to really support even that summation. At the very least, however, should your copy of "Pink Floyd's The Wall" have worn out through overuse, we can see "The Congress" having a similar kind of life as a late-night stoner mindfuck.

Jon Hamm Eyes An 'Epic Fail'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 30, 2012 9:59 AM
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Despite being the lead of one of the most critically-acclaimed -- and arguably the best -- drama on TV right now and being the kind of handsome they don’t make anymore, Jon Hamm hasn’t yet invaded the silver screen -- outside of “The Town” and "Friends With Kids" -- in a big way. But he's working to change that, with the baseball drama "Million Dollar Arm" among some other percolating projects, and now a project that would see him using his toolbox of funny.

Watch: Trailer For 'A Young Doctor's Notebook' Starring Jon Hamm & Daniel Radcliffe

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • November 12, 2012 12:43 PM
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Over in the U.K., Sky’s television channels are beginning to challenge the traditional powerhouses (BBC, ITV and Channel 4) when it comes to commissioning original comedy and drama. They’ve moved a lot quicker in producing strong comedies by attracting the likes of Chris O’Dowd, Armando Iannucci and Steve Coogan (who provided the channel with brand new Alan Partridge content), Charlie Brooker and Ruth Jones over to their channels, and they’re slowly starting to do the same with original drama.

First Look At Jon Hamm & Daniel Radcliffe In Brit TV Miniseries 'A Young Doctor's Notebook'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2012 12:51 PM
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Quickly announced earlier this year, we had pretty much entirely forgotten about the Jon Hamm and Daniel Radcliffe team-up in the miniseries "A Young Doctor's Notebook." But not only has it already shot, it airs next month in the U.K. and fresh images have been unveiled for your eyeballs.

'Lars & The Real Girl' Director Craig Gillespie To Massage Jon Hamm's 'Million Dollar Arm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2012 9:11 AM
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After the disappointing returns for the unfortunately underrated "Fright Night," followed by his exit on "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies," director Craig Gillespie is dusting himself off and picking himself up. This summer he got attached to direct Will Ferrell in "The Flamingo Thief," and now he's headed to the baseball diamond with Jon Hamm.

Watch: Jon Hamm & Adam Scott Star In 'The Greatest Event In Television History' With Paul Rudd, Gus Van Sant & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 10:24 AM
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Maybe we should watch Adult Swim more often instead of going to bed early, but thankfully we live in the wonderful world of YouTube. Late last Thursday night, the network aired "The Greatest Even In Television History" and featuring a gallery of our favorite people, and while it's a pretty awesome concept, it's even better because it lives up to the promise.

Videodrome: The Best Recent Music Videos Including Frank Ocean, Grizzly Bear, Bloc Party & Taylor Swift

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 5, 2012 4:02 PM
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After a bit of a break for the summer months, it's time for the return of Videodrome, our semi-regular showcase for the best music videos around. Since the form has given the world game-changing helmers in both the blockbuster and arthouse realms, it's always important to keep an eye on promos, and indeed, one could argue that there's more invention to be found in the short form than there is in features. So, without further ado, the five best music videos we've seen in the last few weeks. As ever, any tips and suggestions are more than welcome.

Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes & Many More Join Larry David's HBO Movie 'Clear History'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • September 14, 2012 9:03 AM
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Last month, the plot for Larry David's upcoming improvised comedy was revealed, ending what was an unusual amount of secrecy for the creator of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm." At the time, the project still lacked a name and only had confirmed the casting of Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton and David himself. With HBO stepping in over the summer to release the film, the project is taking shape for a fall shoot and is putting together its cast, roughly about half of Hollywood.

Watch: Lena Dunham Directs & Stars In New Yorker App Promo With Jon Hamm & Alex Karpovsky

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2012 9:21 AM
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It seems that the folks in the New Yorker's marketing department want to live in a world where hipsters walk around with a rolled up copy of the latest edition of the magazine in their back pocket. Or, better yet, on their iPhone. Two years ago they enlisted Roman Coppola to direct a short film about using the New Yorker iPad app -- it starred Jason Schwartzman and it was pretty awesome. And now they've raised the game a bit more, signing on a couple of high profile Emmy nominees to give everyone a fresh look at their new iPhone app.

Plot Details Revealed For Larry David/Jon Hamm/Greg Mottola HBO Improv Comedy

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 6, 2012 10:40 AM
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A J.J. Abrams-esque level of secrecy has never been fully associated with “Curb Your Enthusiasm” mastermind Larry David, but as details on both his series and upcoming HBO feature have heretofore remained under wraps, the comparison could hold more weight than initially thought. However, it seems the comic has relented a little on that front, as the storyline for his improv-comedy has been revealed to much delight for those anticipating the return of David's unique brand of humor. Minor spoilers below!

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