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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).

Watch: Trailer For 'The Incredible Burt Wonderstone' Features Steve Carell, Jim Carrey & Lots Of Spray Tan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2012 8:56 AM
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While Steve Carell has been positioned as the next big comedy star, the projects he's chosen have been disappointments for the most part. For every "Crazy Stupid Love" there has been a "Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World," while an ambitious concept like "Dinner For Schmucks" (a remake of much better and excellent French film "The Dinner Game") may have done decently at the box office (barely) but wasn't exactly all that memorable. Now comes "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," another big idea comedy that unfortunately looks pretty tedious.

Fox Puts Steve Carell & Lisa Cholodenko Project 'Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' Into Turnaround

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 27, 2012 4:43 PM
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In case you're too immersed in the all-too-random minute breadcrumbs that possibly point to Thanos being the villain in "The Avengers 2," Patrick Stewart potentially nodding in the affirmative that he'll be Professor X again one day, or that webshooters are being retroactively retrofitted into old "Spider-Man" trailers, you may have missed that there's a regime change over at 20th Century Fox. Tom Rothman is out, and when Chairman and CEOs "step down" (euphemism), companies tend to take stock of their wares and decide what they can let go or kick to the curb.

James Gandolfini & Steve Carell Are 'The Bone Men'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2012 3:43 PM
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It seems that James Gandolfini and Steve Carell have got along smashingly on the set of "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." And while we'll have to wait until next Christmas for that movie to show itself, the pair are brewing up a project together that might see them take a step back in time.

New Images: 'The Way, Way Back' With Steve Carell & Sam Rockwell; 'Not Fade Away,' 'Flight' & 'Fun Size'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2012 5:17 PM
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So what happens when you win an Oscar? Your long-developing project gets the kick in the pants it needs to get made. And that's just what happened for "The Descendants" writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Originally set for director Shawn Levy ("Real Steel") in 2007, "The Way, Way Back" was first delayed by the WGA strike of that year, and was stuck in limbo before finally coming back to life last fall. After the pair took home an Oscar for the screenplay for "The Descendants," everything started moving fast, and with a pretty great cast on board.

Justin Theroux To Direct Will Ferrell & Steve Carell In 'Swear To God'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 9, 2012 9:55 PM
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Justin Theroux's career as a triple threat actor, director, and writer continues. Coming off another strong comedic turn in this year's hippie colony comedy "Wanderlust," Theroux is set to follow-up his underrated feature-film debut, "Dedication" with a new comedy called, "Swear To God."

Review: ‘Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World’ Is Too Apocalyptically Cute

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 19, 2012 8:59 AM
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“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” the directorial debut of writer Lorene Scafaria (she also wrote “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist”), has a premise that, if handled correctly, could really shake up romantic comedy conventions in new and exciting ways. It’s set during the final weeks of our planet’s life, as a killer asteroid rockets toward earth and the basic functions of society start to decay and fall apart. It’s sort of like “Melancholia” if the wedding section had been a screwball comedy, or maybe if you wanted “Armageddon” to be more like “Crazy Stupid Love.” And “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” while occasionally punctuated with poignancy and darkness, never fully engages with the niftiness of its concept. It’s ultimately too cute to really be about anything, a clever premise lost in a sea of apocalyptically bland romantic comedy conventions.

Watch: 3 Clips, New Images & More From 'Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World' With Steve Carell & Keira Knightley

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 18, 2012 9:17 AM
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This weekend sees the release of one of our most anticipated indie movies of the summer, “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World,” and Focus has began the final hard push with three new clips, eight new images, a couple of TV spots and a behind-the-scenes featurette for the film. Phew.

Watch: Steve Carell & Keira Knightley Search For Laughs In 2 Clips From 'Seeking A Friend For The End of the World'

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 25, 2012 9:17 AM
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In February, the first trailer for Lorene Scafaria's "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" debuted, and it's a "world will end in three weeks" story mixed with a darkly comedic tone that quickly pushed the film into our 10 most anticipated indie films of the summer list. Even the soundtrack avoids a heavy dose of melancholy, preferring a bounty of uptempo nostalgia, featuring the hits of yesteryear from the likes of INXS and The Beach Boys. So, you can imagine how curious we might be, now that Focus Features has released two new preview clips from 'Seeking a Friend,' to see if it matches with our enthusiasm. Sadly, they don't.

This Is Gonna Make You Cream: Two 'Anchorman 2' Teaser Trailers Arrive

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 21, 2012 11:53 AM
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"Hey America, isn't this an old-fashioned shot to the nutsack?" Now titled "Anchorman: The Legend Continues," as promised, a teaser-trailer for the "Anchorman 2" sequel has arrived a few days after the teaser-poster landed (teases!), and after a weekend when it played in front of "The Dictator.". Starring the beloved Channel 4 news team, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and David Koechner, if you had any concerns about the original team not fully reuniting for "Anchorman 2," you can now officially put them to bed.

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