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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.

SXSW Review: Dated, Deeply Unfunny 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Can't Conjure Comedy Magic

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 8, 2013 9:25 PM
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Steve Carell and Olivia Wilde in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
There are some movies that seem hopelessly outdated, either because of their subject matter or filmmaking style (or both), and they're usually marked by having the unfortunate luck of cashing in on some zeitgeist-capturing craze or cultural moment slightly past its expiration date. But "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," a new "comedy" that stars Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey as bickering magicians, feels completely unmoored from societal trends and things that people are generally interested in. It seems to be trying to send up the Las Vegas showmen of the '60s and '70s while simultaneously trying to satirize the David Blaine and Criss Angel-style illusionists of the world, whose own mini-moment passed eons ago.

Exclusive Video: Steve Carell Talks About His Dramatic Turn In 'Foxcatcher'; Says He's Glad 'Anchorman 2' Didn't Happen Sooner

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 5, 2013 4:51 PM
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Exclusive: Steve Carell Talks The Dramatic Role Of 'Foxcatcher' & 'Anchorman 2'
Who needs "The Office"? Steve Carell's going to have a big 2013. Coming later this year is the Sundance indie hit "The Way, Way Back," he's reprising his voice role in "Despicable Me 2" and landing in theaters very soon is "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," in which he stars as a magician in crisis alongside Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi. 'Wonderstone' will premiere even sooner at the SXSW Film Festival, which kicks off this week.

Watch: 10 Clips From 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Try To Conjure Comedy Magic

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • March 5, 2013 9:16 AM
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On paper, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” sounds like a no-brainer. A magician send-up starring Steve Carell, Jim Carrey and Steve Buscemi? Where do I sign up, right? But when the first trailer for the movie dropped last December, it left a lot to be desired. Now, with its release date two weeks away, Warner Bros has premiered 10 new clips online, giving us more of a taste of what to expect from the magician comedy. 

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Actor Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 27, 2013 2:45 PM
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As part of our steady quest to go cold turkey from the Oscar season over the next few days, we've been running down some of our possibilities for the films that will be elbowing each other for awards in 2014. Yesterday, we looked at Best Picture, and today, we turn to Best Actor, won this year by Daniel Day-Lewis.

Lisa Cholodenko Won't Direct 'Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,' But Steve Carell Still On Board

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 22, 2013 1:22 PM
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With credits that include "The Kids Are All Right," "Laurel Canyon," "High Art" and "The L Word," Lisa Cholodenko didn't always seem like the obvious choice to co-write (with Ron Lieber) and direct "Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day." But she's been developing the vehicle for a while, first at Fox and then at Disney who picked the project up when it went into turnaround. But as the movie continues to move forward, Cholodenko has decided she won't get behind the camera after all.

Universal Moves Ahead With FBI Wedding Comedy Starring Steve Carell

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 14, 2013 9:23 AM
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Since leading “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” to box-office success, and being the best in the U.S. version of “The Office” for multiple seasons, Steve Carell has had a patchy record on the big screen, ranging from successes like "Date Night" to things no one saw like "Dan In Real Life." With the release of the magician comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and “Anchorman: The Legend Continues” later this year, the former 'Office' star may be at the start of a string of hits, and Universal want in.

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