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Review: R-Rated, Extended Cut Of 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 2, 2014 11:00 AM
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Earlier this week, Paul Rudd visited “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” to welcome Fallon to his new gig as host and, ostensibly, to plug the rerelease of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” which begins a weeklong run in an extended, R-rated cut this weekend. When the always-excitable Fallon asked Rudd what the longer cut was like, Rudd paused and said, “It’s just weird.” This is the easiest way to describe the new version of “Anchorman 2,” an oversized comedy so shapeless and bizarre that it borders on being experimental. Gone is any sense of pacing or propriety; in its place is sheer, go-for-broke goofiness. It doesn’t always work, but it’s probably the most fascinating thing being released in theaters this weekend.

Kristen Stewart & Julianne Moore Team For 'Still Alice,' Seth Rogen's 'Sausage Party' Gets Voice Cast & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2014 10:21 AM
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Still Alice Kristen Stewart Julianne Moore
Riding high from the Sundance Film Festival off strong notices for her performance in "Camp X-Ray," Kristen Stewart isn't wasting a moment. The actress has lined up a new project, one that will see her working alongside a pretty solid cast of players.

Sundance Review: Dark Dramedy 'The Skeleton Twins' Starring Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 27, 2014 12:08 PM
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Skeleton Twins, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig
For whatever reason, comedians have never gotten the same respect as their dramatic counterparts — that is, until they take on more serious material. The road to respect is littered with actors making the transition from comedy to drama (think Steve Carell in "Little Miss Sunshine" or Bill Murray in "Broken Flowers") and latest pair to cross over are former-”SNL” stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, who both deliver impressive turns as a pair of depressive siblings in the dramedy “The Skeleton Twins.” Centering on Maggie (Wiig) and Milo (Hader), the film opens with their concurrent, unsuccessful, suicide attempts. Maggie is a dental assistant living in the small New York town she grew up in, while Milo is a struggling actor in LA whose recent breakup sent him off the deep end.

Adam Driver Joins Martin Scorsese's 'Silence'; Kristen Wiig & Alexander Skarsgård To Star In 'The Diary Of A Teenage Girl' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2014 3:07 PM
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In his relatively short time kicking around the movie world, Adam Driver has done it right, logging time with Clint Eastwood ("J. Edgar"), Noah Baumbach ("Frances Ha"), Steven Spielberg ("Lincoln") and the Coen Brothers ("Inside Llewyn Davis"), all while maintaining his day job as Hannah Horvath's grunting boyfriend on "Girls." So what's the next box he's going check off on his movie director bucket list? Martin Scorsese.

Check Out 13 Iconic & Fake Life Magazine Covers From 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' Plus 3 Clips

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2014 12:32 PM
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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
With Ben Stiller's ambitious, big-budget romance/adventure/fantasy/remake "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" now in theaters, it's kind of curious that one of the central components of the film has gone somewhat undiscussed: Life magazine. The once iconic weekly news magazine was a major force in photojournalism and reporting, bringing Americans images and stories from the around the world they might not have seen elsewhere, all while maintaining a pulse on the culture at home. In the film, the transition from Life from print to digital plays a crucial part, and throughout the movie, viewers are shown artwork from past issues, but here's the thing: they're all fake.

Review: Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' Co-Starring Kristen Wiig

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 27, 2013 10:28 AM
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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
In a colorless and unremarkable New York apartment, the shy, anonymous Walter Mitty stares at the eHarmony dating page of his co-worker Cheryl (Kristen Wiig). Debating whether or not to make the online first move, Walter eventually daydreams about a spectacular manner in which to impress her. But back in reality, the question remains: can the timid man send the social networking equivalent of a hello to the girl he has a crush on? If he does have the chutzpah to do so, will the complexities of life and fate manage to interfere? Will Walter be able to seize the day and “just do it” like Nike might have asserted him to do a few decades ago?

Watch: New Trailer For 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Takes To The Skies

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2013 5:41 AM
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How To Train Your Dragon 2
In the age of quick turnaround sequels, the four year wait for "How To Train Your Dragon 2" seems like an eon. But now a bonafide franchise—not only with a big screen followup, but a small screen offshoot too on Cartoon Network—DreamWorks is ready to cash in the success of the first movie. But can movie magic erupt like so much fire from the dragon's belly twice?

Review: 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues' Starring Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2013 10:05 AM
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Anchorman: The Legend Continues
Heading into "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," the question shouldn't be whether or not the sequel can top the original, because the answer is already obvious: it can't. When "Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy" arrived, it was Will Ferrell's first stab at leading a movie on his own, and the box office results spoke to his multiplex popularity at the time: it was middling. But everyone knows the narrative by now, with 'Anchorman' catching much more fire on DVD, and becoming in the nine years since, nothing short of a relentlessly quotable contemporary comedy classic.

Sundance First Look: Zombie Aubrey Plaza In 'Life After Beth' & Bill Hader And Kristen Wiig In 'Skeleton Twins'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 5:07 PM
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Life After Beth, Aubrey Plaza
Funny people doing funny things... It's not all gritty, kitchen sink drama at Sundance this year, with some good (supernatural) laughs to be found.

Watch: Ben Stiller Escapes Reality In 3-Minute International Trailer For 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2013 11:16 AM
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Stuck in a rut, lonely and watching life pass him by, Walter Mitty needs a change. And he gets one in Ben Stiller's updated remake of "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty," his rousing, life-affirming take on the classic 1939 story and 1947 film, that will either win over your heart or drown it in sentimentality, depending on how this all plays out for you.

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