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TV Dial: Danny McBride, Jody Hill & Annette Bening Line Up HBO Gigs; 'Under The Dome' Gets Second Season & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 30, 2013 11:04 AM
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Big-screen success has been elusive for the comedic duo, but that hasn’t kept Danny McBride and Jody Hill from creating one of the most iconic comedic characters in Kenny Powers on the HBO series “Eastbound & Down.” Though that show is winding down with its final season airing later this year, McBride and Hill are sticking around on the famed cable network. Deadline reports that the two creative partners are developing another comedy series for the network, described as their “look at high school.” The final season of “Eastbound & Down” arrives in September, just in time for the MLB playoffs.

Watch: Comic-Con Reel For 'Veronica Mars' Brings First Trailer & Goes Behind The Scenes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 20, 2013 12:14 PM
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Veronica Mars
So, you paid for this, guys. After a hotly publicized, debated and massively successful Kickstarter campaign, "Veronica Mars" has gone from beloved former TV show to fan-enabled movie, and now the first peek of what everyone put their hard earned toward is here.

5 TV Comedy Actors Turned Movie Stars (5 More Who Floundered)

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 12, 2013 12:29 PM
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With "Grown Ups 2" starring "SNL" alumnus Adam Sandler and "King of Queens" star Kevin James opening this weekend, and "The Way Way Back" with Steve Carell of "The Office" fame out since last week, your local multiplex will soon be playing a choice of films with star actors who originally made their names in TV comedy shows. All three of these guys have carved out the kind of big-screen success that means we arguably now associate them more with movies than with television, but that's a trick that many have tried and only few have really pulled off.

Watch: Kristen Bell Grows Up At The Swimming Pool In Trailer For 'The Lifeguard'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 8, 2013 2:16 PM
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Sometimes life knocks you down, you have to move back in with your parents and get a job as a lifeguard. Okay, so maybe that's not the trajectory most trouble young folks take, but in "The Lifeguard," it's the path that Leigh, played by Kristen Bell, takes in the feature debut from writer/director Liz W. Garcia ("Wonderfalls,""Cold Case").

Review: Neil Labute-Written ‘Some Girl(s)’ Starring Adam Brody, An Acerbic Yet Toothless Satirical Dramedy

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 28, 2013 4:55 PM
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Some Girl(s)
For the sake of argument, let’s agree that the Neil LaBute narrative unfolds like this: the provocative playwright turned filmmaker stormed the indie world in 1997 with his disturbing, brusque and scathing critique of the male psyche “In The Company of Men.” LaBute's controversial, piquant, sometimes pungent plays and films continued along a purposefully challenging and similar path -- often about the battle of the sexes with a deeply cynical mind -- until the mid aughts when he attempted to go in a new direction: 2006 brought his gonzo and much-reviled remake of "The Wicker Man," 2008 saw a racially charged thriller starring Samuel L. Jackson ("Lakeview Terrace") and 2010 saw an African-American-centered remake of the British comedy "Death at a Funeral." While LaBute had already experimented with directing material he had not written (“Nurse Betty,” “Possession”), this latter period lacked focus and arguably dissolved away at the auteurial stamp making for anonymous works.

Congratulations? Over 90,000 People Gift $5.7 Million To Warner Bros. For The 'Veronica Mars' Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2013 10:41 AM
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Okay, the headline isn't quite accurate -- it's actually the show's creator Rob Thomas who is getting the $5.7 million from the highly publicized and grounding breaking Kickstarter campaign for the "Veronica Mars" movie. It's nearly three times the $2 million he was initially seeking, but perhaps more importantly, with the campaign over, and it being wildly, hugely successful, the question now becomes: Did Warner Bros. just get away with having customers pay for their movie?

A 10-Year Reunion Will Get The Gang Back Together In 'Veronica Mars,' Plus More Plot Details From The Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2013 9:18 AM
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Yes, the "Veronica Mars" movie is real and actually happening. And we'll leave the debate regarding the Kickstarter campaign behind for now, and focus on the film itself. Expectations are sky high for creator Rob Thomas who admits he has toyed with the idea of tweaking the show, but ultimately concluded that he has to "give the people what they want," and he's now revealed a few key morsels that fans of the show will undoubtedly scrutinize and obsess over as the movie heads into production this summer.

Watch: Trailer For 'Writers' With Logan Lerman, Lily Collins, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly & Kristen Bell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 8, 2013 1:24 PM
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Trying to get noticed amongst hundreds of films is tough, and though it premiered last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, the indie dramedy "Writers" didn't make much of a splash. And while there hasn't been much heard about the film since then, a trailer has wormed its way online, giving a pretty extensive look at the film.

Review: 'Hit And Run' Would Be A Fun Action Comedy If It Weren't For All That Comedy

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 22, 2012 2:02 PM
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The fact that Charlie Bronson is the name of Dax Shepherd’s protagonist in the Shepherd-co-directed, Shepherd-written and Shepherd-starring “Hit and Run” tells you everything you need to know about the film. Particularly considering the film’s Bronson, a former getaway driver in deep trouble with a colorful gang of criminals, isn’t even using his real name. No, Bronson is the name he chose to gift himself upon entering witness protection, feeling his own name was unsatisfactorily macho. It’s also a reference upon a reference upon a reference -- he’s chosen to name himself after the British criminal who renamed himself Charles Bronson, whom we’ve already seen in the film “Bronson.”

Take A Look At Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Kristen Bell, Logan Lerman & Lily Collins In 'Writers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2012 12:01 PM
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Sometimes, movies can spend years being put together (ahem, Terrence Malick), while on the other hand, they can occasionally be knocked out in no time flat. Welcome, to "Writers," the indie flick which shot back in the spring, and is gearing up for a World Premiere at TIFF in the fall.

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