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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.

'Mad Men' Actress Abigail Spencer Joins McG's 'This Means War'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 3, 2010 7:00 AM
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Known for playing one of the many females that led to the destruction of Don Draper's marriage on "Mad Men" thanks to his no good cheating ways, Abigail Spencer has joined the cast of McG's action romantic comedy, "This Means War" which centers on two lifelong best friends (and spy operatives) who wage an epic battle against one another after they both fall in love with the same woman.

Angela Bassett Joins McG's 'This Means War' With Chris Pine, Tom Hardy & Reese Witherspoon

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 30, 2010 2:52 AM
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Set Photos Leak From Location In VancouverWhile filming is already well underway in Vancouver, Canada and has been for several weeks now (since September 13), Angela Bassett ("What's Love Got To Do With It?") has joined the cast of McG's action/romance spy comedy "This Means War."

First Look: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon & Christoph Waltz In 'Water For Elephants'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 24, 2010 3:21 AM
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Yes, this is the film "Inglourious Basterds" breakout star and Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz chose to do over David Cronenberg's psychosexual drama about the story of friends-turned-rivals Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, "A Dangerous Method." We didn't understand it then; we still don't understand it now.

Danny McBride Attached To Long-Gestating Comedy 'Used Guys'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 15, 2010 2:11 AM
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'Little Miss Sunshine' Helmers Still On Board Way, way back in 2006, Jim Carrey and Ben Stiller were all set to star in a sci-fi comedy called "Used Guys," to be directed by "Meet the Parents" director Jay Roach. The project was set in a future run by women, where cloned male slaves are traded like cars. The film was only a month away from shooting when Fox canned the project, citing a rising budget of over $100 million (thanks to the futuristic sets), so Carrey and Roach jumped ship, and a few years passed with no apparent movement.

James L. Brooks Forced To Cut Extra F-Bombs To Score PG-13 Rating For 'How Do You Know?'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 12, 2010 3:06 AM
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After losing an MPAA appeal to defeat a R-rating, Columbia Pictures will be recutting James L. Brooks' upcoming romantic comedy "How Do You Know" starring Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd.

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