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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: Clip & 5 TV Spots, 1-Minute Trailer & New Pics From ‘The Way, Way Back’ With Sam Rockwell & Steve Carell

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 13, 2013 5:54 PM
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With a release date of July 5th and it being a summer comedy and all, we’re getting a lot of fun stuff from “The Way, Way Back.” We already have a few photos, the soundtrack and our review from Sundance. Now, there are five TV spots, a 1-minute trailer and a clip from the indie coming-of-age tale for your perusal.

Watch: First Heartwarming, Charming Trailer For 'The Way, Way Back' With Sam Rockwell & Steve Carell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2013 1:31 PM
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Sometimes, a familiar story well told is more than enough, and that seems to be the case with Fox Searchlight's "The Way, Way Back." Premiering at Sundance in January where it was quickly snapped up in a big deal, our man on the ground called it "a crowd pleaser...that entertains and still has a personal stamp." And judging by the first trailer, it seems that's about spot on.

Steve Carell & James Gandolfini's 'The Bone Men' Becomes 'Bone Wars,' Heads To HBO

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2013 9:39 AM
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Even though the result of their first collaboration, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," wasn't so incredible, it seems the unlikely pairing of gritty character actor James Gandolfini and comic lead Steve Carell will continue beyond the magician comedy. Last fall, it was reported the duo were putting together a paleontology comedy (they really seem to love the high concepts). That project has now found a home, and a few plot details have surfaced.

New Images From Sundance Hit 'The Way, Way Back' & Sequel 'The Raid 2: Berandal'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2013 1:37 PM
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Today is April 1st. Some folks are coming down from Easter chocolate hangovers and a good chunk of the internet are trading April Fools' Day gags while Hollywood seems to be taking it a bit easy. So forgive the random mash-up of images, but that's just the way things are going today...

Tina Fey & Steve Carell's Reunion On 'Mail Order Groom' Will Have To Keep Waiting

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 29, 2013 10:41 AM
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When Tina Fey and Steve Carell teamed up for the 2010 box-office hit “Date Night,” it seemed like a no-brainer to get the two stars back together again and indeed, almost immediately Warner Bros. locked up the two for “Mail Order Groom.” It’s been a twisty three years since and though it seemed closer to happening this year, the comedy has hit another road bump.

Weekend Box Office: 'Oz' Continues To Rule, 'Burt Wonderstone' Far Less Than 'Incredible'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 17, 2013 11:32 AM
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While it should be more than clear that "Oz the Great and Powerful" won't match the billion dollar haul of Disney's "Alice In Wonderland" – tears of sadness, Disney – still, this remains prime real estate for a family film as kids celebrate their spaced-out spring breaks. As such, 'Oz' has performed strongly on the weekdays, news that offsets the decent-but-unspectacular overseas returns. The film is on pace to rack up somewhere between $600-$800 million (probably the low end of that), which doesn't blow the doors off compared to a $300 million plus investment by the studio. But this is Disney we're talking about: there are ancillary earnings up the wazoo here.

Sorry, Meryl Streep Won't Be In 'Anchorman 2,' But Greg Kinnear & Josh Lawson Join

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 15, 2013 3:12 PM
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About a week ago, word start burbling around the interwebs that Meryl Streep was looking to cameo in "Anchorman: The Legend Continues." Speaking with Shortlist, Steve Carell said about his "Hope Springs" co-star: "Meryl Streep told me she was a huge 'Anchorman' fan and she’d love to have a cameo in the sequel. That could be really funny. There are going to be plenty of great cameos in this movie." And while that notion is a fun one to think about, alas, it has not come pass.

Video: Steve Carell Talks 'Burt Wonderstone,' Trying To Identify With Jerk Characters & The Egos Of Show Business

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 14, 2013 6:49 PM
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Last week we rolled out some of our interview with Steve Carell, the star of this weekend's upcoming magician comedy, "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." Carell spoke to us about getting the band back together for "Anchorman 2" and his somewhat surprising dramatic turn as an eccentric millionaire schizophrenic for Bennett Miller's dark drama "Foxcatcher" coming later this year.

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