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Watch: First Trailer For 'The Skeleton Twins' Starring Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2014 8:08 AM
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The Skeleton Twins
While Kristen Wiig has already played her breakout role in "Bridesmaids," and has used that opportunity to forge her own path in Hollywood, including lining up a new directorial gig, we've been waiting for her "Saturday Night Live" co-star Bill Hader to get his shot. He's certainly lined up no shortage of small roles in a number of movies (everything from "Superbad" to "The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby"), but in "The Skeleton Twins" he co-stars with Wiig with pair leading the dramedy.

Kristen Wiig To Make Directorial Debut On New Comedy, Reteaming With 'Bridemaids' Co-Writer Annie Mumolo

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 11, 2014 6:42 PM
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Bridesmaids
Witnessing character integrity in Hollywood, whether it’s relative or otherwise, is pretty rare. You’ve got the Edgar Wright’s of the world bailing on his compromised Marvel project, but that’s far few and between. Then you’ve got Kristen Wiig. Her career skyrocketed after the Judd Apatow-produced “Bridesmaids,” a starring vehicle she co-wrote and developed for several years, but you didn’t see her cynically doubling down with a sequel all of a sudden. In fact, quite oppositely, the comedienne basically questioned the entire notion and asked, “why do we actually need a sequel to this?” Not something Universal really wanted to hear, but something that made sense to the actress considering that story was told and told well – it didn’t merit a sequel. The world essentially became her oyster and Wiig had lots of options and most actors see this as a kind of opportunity check that you only have so long to cash.

Review: 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Is A Satisfying, If Slightly Inferior Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 2:59 PM
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How To Train Your Dragon 2
For most of their history, which has now lasted over 15 years ("Antz" and "The Prince Of Egypt" both debuted in 1998), DreamWorks Animation seemed to be content with making a quick buck and raising a cheap laugh. Some of their output was better than others (the original "Shrek" at one end of the scale, "Shark Tale" at the other), but even the better films paled in comparison to the output of arch-rivals Pixar, however profitable they are. These days, things have changed. For one, the company's films aren't all that profitable ("Rise Of The Guardians," "Turbo" and "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" all disappointed financially). But for another, the quality gap has closed, with Pixar hitting something of a creative rut, and DreamWorks putting out films that are as good as or better than their rivals. Well, one film, at least: 2010's "How To Train Your Dragon," which took an unpromising premise and turned it into something funny, exciting and emotionally satisfying in a way that relatively few of their films are.

Amber Heard Joins James Franco's 'Adderall Diaries,' Kristen Wiig Teams With Zach Galifianakis & Owen Wilson & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 16, 2014 3:54 PM
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 Kristen Wiig. Amber Heard
James Franco continues to work a mile-a-minute, and "The Adderall Diaries" is gearing up. Coming aboard the project are Amber Heard, Ed Harris, Christian Slater, Cynthia Nixon and Jim Parrack, in the movie based on Stephen Elliot's memoir about "a young man navigating the unstable terrain of truth and identity."

Cannes Review: 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' With Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2014 10:37 AM
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How To Train Your Dragon 2
For most of their history, which has now lasted over 15 years ("Antz" and "The Prince Of Egypt" both debuted in 1998), DreamWorks Animation seemed to be content with making a quick buck and raising a cheap laugh. Some of their output was better than others (the original "Shrek" at one end of the scale, "Shark Tale" at the other), but even the better films paled in comparison to the output of arch-rivals Pixar, however profitable they are. These days, things have changed.

Review: Reserved & Quiet 'Hateship Loveship' Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte & Hailee Steinfeld

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2014 8:01 AM
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Hateship, Loveship
Following the smash success of "Bridesmaids," Kristen Wiig has actively subverted the obvious expectations of the career choices that would follow a hit film. The actress has largely gravitated toward small-scale projects ("Girl Most Likely," "Friends With Kids"), in roles that still fit within her wheelhouse, but also allow an opportunity for Wiig to exercise the kind of acting chops that more mainstream fare doesn't afford very often. But "Hateship Loveship" is Wiig's most atypical role and turn to date, leading an ensemble cast in a drama about a family adrift in the wake of death, and the one woman who manages to keep them from completely splitting apart.

Exclusive: Kristen Wiig & Nick Nolte Share Secrets In Clip From 'Hateship Loveship'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 11, 2014 10:00 AM
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Hateship, Loveship
The pain of loss, the resentment of failure and the hope of a new life are the dramatic elements that come together in "Hateship Loveship," a minor key story about the lingering effects of death on one family, and the stranger who helps them get put back together.

Tom Hardy Joins Musical 'London Road,' Ryan Reynolds Visits 'Woman In Gold' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 4, 2014 9:00 AM
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He may have starred in two of the worst blockbusters of recent years -- “Green Lantern” and “R.I.P.D.” -- but don’t hold that against him, given the right film and role (like in this year’s “The Voices”) Ryan Reynolds can shine. Deadline reports Reynolds will stay in the arthouse world with a role in the Helen Mirren-starring “Woman In Gold” alongside Daniel Bruhl, who’s in negotiations with The Weinstein Company.

Watch: “The 50 Greatest Vaginas of the 20th Century” Plus Gag Reel And Other Unrated Clips From ‘Anchorman 2’

  • By Joshua Encinias
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  • March 17, 2014 9:40 AM
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Anchorman 2
If you thought the long awaited follow-up to “Anchorman” played it too close to the chest, then the upcoming “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues The Unrated Cut” might be for you. The sequel felt too long and heavily relied on jokes from the original. But by the looks of these clips, a lot of original humor didn’t make it past the editing room.

Watch: Kristen Wiig & Guy Pearce Feel 'Hateship Loveship' In Trailer For Romantic Drama

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2014 9:37 AM
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Hateship, Loveship
While Kristen Wiig has done her share of logical post-"Bridesmaids" roles in films like "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" and "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty," she has also used the opportunities presented by the hit comedy to try and stretch her acting wings. And she dials it way down for "Hateship Loveship," a romantic drama which finds her sharing the screen with Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte and Hailee Steinfeld.

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