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Watch: New Trailer For Ben Stiller's 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' Arrives

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2013 12:15 PM
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The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
When the first trailer arrived for "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" this past summer, it took many by surprise. Ben Stiller's remake of Danny Kaye's 1947 musical fantasy looked like it had it's own unique magic, one that got many talking about its Oscar potential. This past weekend, that theory got tested as 'Mitty' made its world premiere at the New York Film Festival to decidedly mixed reviews, and far from the sort of raves that would sustain a picture through the awards season. That being said, there is still a long haul to go and Fox isn't stopping yet.

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

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 5, 2013 7:17 PM
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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? (Bear with me.)

TIFF Review: 'Hateship Loveship' Starring Kristin Wiig, Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 11, 2013 10:50 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. Aside from this winter's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty," 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.

Kristen Wiig & TV On The Radio Frontman Tunde Adebimpe Will Make A 'Nasty Baby'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 14, 2013 8:34 PM
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You've got to hand it to director Sebastian Silva... he has certainly defied all expectations. After scoring a little arthouse hit with 2009's festival fave "The Maid," Silva didn't cash in those chips for something mainstream, but instead pivoted around and let his freak flag fly. He teamed up with Michael Cera for two movies that dropped this year, the druggy road trip "Crystal Fairy" and the Polanski-esque thriller "Magic Magic." His next move? How about a comedy about two gay men looking to have a baby?

Kristen Wiig & Guy Pearce Experience 'Hateship Loveship' In First Look At TIFF Ready Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2013 3:07 PM
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Hateship, Loveship
Do you remember the film "Return" starring Linda Cardellini, directed by Liza Johnson? No? Well, with TIFF around the corner now might be a good time to catch up with indie movie — a solid, modest portrait of one woman breaking down— as Johnson is moving on to bigger things with "Hateship, Friendship." It's headed to Toronto and the first images from the effort are here.

Review: 'Girl Most Likely' Starring Kristen Wiig, Darren Criss, Annette Bening & Matt Dillon

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 16, 2013 5:56 PM
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Girl Most Likely
In 2011's "Bridesmaids," former 'SNL' star Kristen Wiig crafted the perfect vehicle for her comedic talents. The screenplay (which she co-wrote with fellow Groundling Annie Mumolo) allowed the comedienne to display her comedy chops and also flex some previously unseen dramatic muscles. Her character in the film was kind of a screw up who blamed others for her problems and for all the film's broader moments, there was still a core of emotional truth. In the year since that film's runaway success the actress has no doubt had countless paycheck roles lobbed at her. But so far she's only appeared onscreen in a supporting role in "Friends With Kids" (alongside many of her "Bridesmaids" costars) and now "Girl Most Likely" (formerly "Imogene"), the latest from filmmakers Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer-Bergman ("American Splendor," "The Nanny Diaries").

Watch: 4 Clips From 'Girl Most Likely' Starring Kristen Wiig & Annette Bening Plus New Images

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • July 15, 2013 10:36 AM
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Girl Most Likely
“Girl Most Likely,” which premiered at TIFF last year as “Imogene,” will finally be released theatrically this weekend. It’s understandable if this news surprises you, seeing as how we’ve seen very little marketing from the film so far starring Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening. For the most part, we enjoyed the film, even if it had its share of problems. A trailer was released over two months ago, but despite starring Wiig, we haven’t heard or seen much else regarding the film. What’s the deal? Well, with a week to go, the marketing spring is underway for the movie with four clips unleashed on the interwebs, which you can check out below.

Review: 'Despicable Me 2' Starring Steve Carell & Kristen Wiig

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 2, 2013 1:00 PM
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The original "Despicable Me," released back in 2010 by Illumination Entertainment (a mini-Pixar that would go on to release "Hop" and "The Lorax") was, at its best, an easily forgettable trifle with a handful of hummable songs by Pharrell Williams. It concerned a super-villain named Gru (Steve Carell), who adopts a trio of adorable orphans in an attempt to get back at his arch nemesis, a villain named Vector (Jason Segel). Of course, the orphans melt his evil black heart and he decides to give up the villainous lifestyle to be a stay-at-home-dad. It was pat but it was over pretty quickly and the characters had a nice Charles Addams-by-way-of-Hanna-Barbara look to them. But in no way was the story something that cried out for a follow-up. This is a sequel that's even less necessary than "Monsters University;" often times it feels like the movie can't even justify it's own existence while you're watching it. Rudderless and inane, "Despicable Me 2" goes through the motions until it finally sputters and runs out of gas.

Don't Stop Believing: Watch The Brand New Trailer For 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2013 1:11 AM
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And yes, "Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy" is still the balls, an unrelentingly quotable and flat out hilarious comedy that pretty much launched Will Ferrell and the rest of the Channel 4 News team. But nearly a full decade has passed, and much has changed, and as one bartender once said, possibly in Spanish: "Ladies can do stuff now and you're going to learn how to deal with it." And well, we'll just learn along with Ron and the gang as their back.

Watch: Kristen Wiig Is The 'Girl Most Likely' In Trailer For The New Comedy From The Directors Of 'American Splendor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2013 7:00 PM
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Girl Most Likely, Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening
Kristen Wiig exploded after the massive success of "Bridesmaids," but unlike Melissa McCarthy, we have yet to see the cinematic rewards be reaped. Her only notable post-'Bridesmaids' turns were a small part in "Friends With Kids" and another little bit in "Friends With Jolly!," but by the end of year, she'll be back on radars thanks to "Anchorman: The Legend Continues" and "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" alone. But before both of those, another one of her indie films will be hitting the big screen.

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