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Exclusive: Jason Segel Talks Potential Of More ‘Muppets’ Films, ‘Five Year Engagement’ & More

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • November 10, 2011 12:24 PM
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Sony Want Jason Segel & Reese Witherspoon To Make A 'Sex Tape' With Nicholas Stoller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 27, 2011 7:17 AM
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With the duo of Nicholas Stoller and Jason Segel scoring big with "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," looking to have a family hit on their hands with "The Muppets" and likely to find big success next spring with "The Five-Year Engagement," Sony is eager to jump on their bandwagon.

'Take Shelter' Director Jeff Nichols Talks 'Mud,' Hopes To Have Michael Shannon In Supporting Role

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 13, 2011 7:55 AM
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Shannon Studying Ulysses S. Grant And Other Generals For His Zod Role In 'Superman'Things are looking pretty good for Arkansas filmmaker Jeff Nichols. A quick summer shoot for his sophomore offering "Take Shelter" (starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain) lead to it being sold to Sony Picture Classics before even playing the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The quiet, occasionally startling meditation on marriage and fatherhood received rave reviews during its time at both the former festival and Cannes, picking up two prizes from the Croisette on its way out. But Nichols didn't bask in the glory for too long, as he was already busy setting up his third feature, the Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon-lead "Mud."

Matthew McConaughey & Reese Witherspoon Will Get Dirty In 'Mud' For Director Jeff Nichols

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 5, 2011 8:53 AM
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Are we witnessing the renaissance of Matthew McConaughey? That would certainly appear to be the case. The actor seemed to be stuck in a rut of terrible rom-coms (see every movie he did with Kate Hudson) and failed tentpoles ("Sahara"), and we wondered what happened to the actor who charmed us in "Dazed & Confused" and impressed in "A Time To Kill." Well, the actor woke up one morning and decided to line up an array of solid film projects. This year has already seen "The Lincoln Lawyer" become a sleeper hit and favorite with critics and he's been busy lining up auteur-driven projects with Richard Linklater's "Bernie," William Friedkin's "Killer Joe" and Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" all coming. And now he's throwing his weight behind one of the best young American directors working right now.

Reese Witherspoon To Star In Disney's 'Wish List'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • August 2, 2011 1:21 AM
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It can be puzzling how A-list actresses make their choices, but you just have to remember that most of them get paid a lot of money to make movies that aren't very good. Take Reese Witherspoon. Since her well-deserved Oscar for "Walk the Line" in 2005 her box office record has been up and down, as for every "Four Christmases" or "Water For Elephants," there was a "Rendition" or "How Do You Know" -- and none of them have exactly been a critical darling. She keeps finding employment because her movies bring in the bucks, even if nothing she's made in the last few years has had any real substance.

Reese Witherspoon Might Ruin A Bachelor Party In 'Who Invited Her?'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 8, 2011 2:36 AM
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With "The Hangover Part II" and "Bridesmaids" cleaning up at the box office expect to see an uptick in wedding party based movies, each with a slightly different twist. If there is anything Hollywood is great at, it's taking something audiences find fresh and funny and then bombarding them with it.

Weekend Box Office: 'Rio' Defeats 'Madea' Before The Summer Onslaught Begins

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 24, 2011 4:56 AM
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Hollywood doesn’t really recognize the seasons as clearly as you. Which is why even though you’re in school, summer begins in May, and even though you still have a full month of spring, that period usually closes in Hollywood around this time every year. In 2011, “summer” is beginning even earlier with next week’s release of “Fast Five,” sure to be the year’s biggest opener, which means that “Rio” effectively gets its licks in before the hot season begins, scoring a second straight weekend at #1 with a $26 million take.

Kelly Macdonald Replaces Reese Witherspoon As Lead Of Pixar's 'Brave,' First Concept Art Revealed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 28, 2011 2:11 AM
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Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane Also In Voice CastConsidering the run the studio have been on recently ("Ratatouille," "Wall-E" and "Up" all in quick succession), it's a little sad that we're facing such a gap of original material from Pixar -- "Toy Story 3" came last year, and, much worse, "Cars 2" this year. But we're now heading toward the light at the end of the tunnel: 2012 will see "Brave," formerly known as "The Bear & The Bow," and shows the company once more moving into new territory -- with its first fairy tale, and its first female lead (the delay in the arrival of the latter being something that they've faced criticism for recently).

Watch: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon & Christoph Waltz In 'Water For Elephants' Trailer

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 16, 2010 2:01 AM
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Yesterday, a trailer debuted on the Apple website. A trailer that film fans have been waiting for for years. A period drama, with modern-day sequences, with a heartthrob in the lead role, and clearly aiming for a certain lyrical quality. A film that Fox Searchlight will release next spring. A trailer that blew our goddamn minds.That trailer, as you may have noticed, was not "Water For Elephants."

Review: 'How Do You Know' Is An Uneven But Ultimately Pleasant Experience

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • December 15, 2010 8:17 AM
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With a recent influx of middling romantic comedies, it's easy to forget how different the genre used to be. Now very polished and only a success if it stars 40 different actors/actresses each with three minutes of screen time, movies including "Green Card" and "Crossing Delancey" showed a different side of things. Instead of drowning audiences in star power, they offered a down-to-earth and complex female individual with an unfortunate penchant for choosing the wrong guy. It was easy to figure out who to root for, but there was something more to it. It may have been the comfortable aura the movies had about them, or the fact that their protagonists looked more like real people than, say, Jessica Alba or Jennifer Garner. James L. Brooks did it even better, delving into all characters and really seeing what made them tick. It's easy to forget him; while he's not a stranger to romantic comedies he's more like a visitor, making a film once every few years before going back into hiding. His peak was with 1997's "As Good As It Gets," which garnered two Oscars for its leads along with a slew of other nominations, but 2004's "Spanglish" was largely ignored and forgotten. He returns six years later with the regrettably titled "How Do You Know," a typically pleasant diversion from the usual fare but not without its problems.

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