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Review: 'Hell Baby' Starring Rob Corddry & Leslie Bibb

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 5, 2013 2:31 PM
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Hell Baby
There’s barely a movie inside of “Hell Baby,” the directorial debut of Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. In some ways, this feels like a relief: the two comedians, best known for “Reno 911,” have developed a reputation at the studios as script doctors for hire, though one look at the final products (“Night At The Museum,” “Herbie: Fully Loaded”) suggests a fidelity to structure and propriety, and only the illusion of laughs. Maybe a shucking of structure was all that was needed: “Hell Baby” seems to prove that their previous screenwriting gigs were acts of condescension at heart, and that these guys couldn’t have a stronger disdain for moving a plot forward.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For Horror Parody 'Hell Baby' Starring Rob Corddry Brings Boobs & Weed Jokes

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 12, 2013 2:16 PM
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Barring a “Shaun of the Dead” or two the horror-comedy sub-genre has recently mostly been littered with Wayans-involved stuff like the “Scary Movie” franchise or this year’s abysmal “A Haunted House.” Now “Reno 911!” and “Night At The Museum” (really) writing-acting duo Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant are making their entry into the pantheon with their directorial debut “Hell Baby.” A new red-band trailer has arrived below so make sure your boss isn’t looking and check it out.

L.A. Film Fest Review: 'In A World...' Directed By & Starring Lake Bell

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 18, 2013 11:01 AM
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Lake Bell, In A World
In a world... where female writers are scarce and female writer/directors even more so, Lake Bell has done both with panache in her feature debut, “In A World...” That the film itself is a meta-commentary on the persistent and open sexism in Hollywood is even more impressive. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s funny to boot.

Watch: The End Of The World Arrives With Trailer For 'Rapturepalooza' Starring Anna Kendrick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2013 5:25 PM
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Well, it's ambitions were certainly up there. First announced two years ago, we kind of totally forgot about "Rapturepalooza," but Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley had signed on for a comedy that was aiming to be something like "Zombieland" meets "The Big Lebowski." But judging by this new trailer for the movie, the filmmakers missed the mark...and then some...

Charlize Theron's 'Hatfields & McCoys,' Elias Koteas Joins 'The Killing,' Rob Corddry Lands ABC Comedy & More

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 29, 2013 6:50 PM
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Time for a TV news round-up now.....“Masters of Sex,” the upcoming Showtime series starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, looks to have bagged itself a new recurring cast-member. Wendi McLendon-Covey (“Bridesmaids”) already has established a recurring role in “Rules of Engagement” and more recently “Modern Family,” but she’s now set to do the same in "Masters of Sex" in which she’ll play the only female doctor in a male-dominated hospital, who will also serve as both a competitor and mentor for Lizzy Caplan’s character. Showtime have already given the show a 12-episode order, with it due to debut later this year on September 29th.

Review: 'Warm Bodies' Exhumes A Zombie Romance Without Much Of A Pulse

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2013 4:51 PM
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Credit where credit is due, “Warm Bodies” does at the very least bring a zombie to the big screen that we’ve never seen before: one seemingly caught in the grip of an existential crisis. When we first meet the undead R (Nicholas Hoult) he’s literally and figuratively shuffling through life. His decayed state has also robbed him of his memory (he can’t remember his name, hence the initial), he’s not quite sure when his zombie life began and his “hoodie would suggest I was unemployed.” This is part of the pleasingly sardonic opening to the movie (you can watch the first four minutes right here), but unfortunately, it’s a tone that eventually evaporates from “Warm Bodies” in favor of something far more conventional.

Sundance Review: 'The Way, Way Back' A Familiar But Crowd Pleasing Coming-Of-Age Tale From Co-Writers Of 'The Descendants'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 22, 2013 11:03 AM
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Back in 2012, “The Descendants” took home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, and most people were probably surprised to see Alexander Payne (a previous winner for “Sideways” and nominee for “Election”) flanked by Dean Pelton from “Community” and that dude from “Club Dredd.” For the first time in Payne’s career he had not collaborated with his usual co-writer Jim Taylor, but instead rewritten a previously existing screenplay by the aforementioned Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (which was in itself an adaptation of a novel).

Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry & Amanda Peet Go 'The Way, Way Back'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • June 22, 2012 11:16 AM
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Things are certainly looking up for “The Descendants” screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash following their Oscar wins for adapting Kaui Kurt Hemmings’ novel into the excellent Alexander Payne film. They’ve got a few big projects brewing in an action-comedy with Kristen Wiig, another collaboration with Payne, and their directorial debut in the dramedy “The Way, Way Back” – which continues to build an impressive ensemble cast.

Rob Corddry & Leslie Bibb To Star In 'Hell Baby,' The Co-Directorial Debut Of Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 21, 2012 1:15 PM
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Screenwriting duo and comedy mainstays Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon have increasingly become Hollywood's box office saviors, supplying the scripts for both “Night at the Museum” films as well as “The Pacifier,” and their success has allowed them a “one-for-them, one-for-us” status among the studios. Their more personal work has seen less fanfare however, ranging from the executive-mangled (“Let's Go To Prison”) to holistically mangled (“Reno 911: Miami”), but news arrives today that both men have decided to use their clout on their first co-directorial effort.

Trailer For 'Game Of Thrones' Season 2, 'Mad Men' Season 5 Poster & More TV Updates

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 5:07 PM
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With the Oscars now over, and putting a cap on the year in movies (for 2011 anyway) it seems now is as good a time as any to see what's happening on the small screen.

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