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Adaptations: Mike White Gets ‘Good Luck Of Right Now,’ Wentworth Miller Hired For A 'Se7en'-Esque 'Scare Me'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • March 24, 2013 12:49 PM
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A little bit of "writers hired to adapt things" news this Sunday afternoon. DreamWorks has hired Mike White (“School of Rock,” the recently-cancelled “Enlightened”) to adapt the latest novel from Matthew Quick, author of “Silver Linings Playbook.” Quick’s “The Good Luck of Right Now” will be published Spring 2014 and is about a man who takes care of his mother with dementia and falls for a librarian who believes she and her brother were once abducted by aliens.

Seth MacFarlane Says He Won't Host The Oscars Again, 5 Suggestions For Who Could Replace Him

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2013 1:30 PM
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While you can continue to debate the merits of Sunday night's Oscars hosted by Seth MacFarlane (as we have already done), the bottom line is the Academy got what they wanted by hiring the edgy, younger skewing, "Family Guy" creator. The ratings for the show were up in 2013 with 40.3 million viewers tuning in, the highest figure since 41.3 million turned on their televisions to see if "Avatar" would win Best Picture. (It didn't.) Anyway, if the Academy wants to go with the same gameplan next year, they'll have to find someone else.

Watch: Will Ferrell's Weird Super Bowl Ad You Probably Didn't See

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 1:42 PM
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In case you were in a coma, you know that last night was the Super Bowl and lots of things happened. Beyoncé dominated the half time show, the power went out, and some football was played between a smorgasboard of advertising. Studios rolled out spots for their 2013 heavyweights including "Iron Man 3," "Oz The Great And Powerful," "Fast & Furious 6," "The Lone Ranger" and "Star Trek Into Darkness," while big name directors like Jon Favreau, Jake Scott and Carl Erik Rinsch lent their talents to game day product spots. But here's one ad you probably didn't see.

Watch: The 5 Highlights Of The 2013 Golden Globe Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 14, 2013 12:27 PM
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It's a good morning to be a Los Angeles pharmacist, as, Hollywood is just this moment waking up with their worst hangover of the year. Yep, it's the morning after the Golden Globes, and what the Hollywood Foreign Press Association lacks in respect or prestige, it makes up for in free-flowing booze and raucous partying. And so long as you don't take it too seriously, it can make for pretty entertaining viewing, something proven last night.

Watch: Ryan Gosling & Will Ferrell Are 'Knife Guys'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2013 10:21 AM
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This weekend "Gangster Squad" is hitting theaters, and we strong suggest that you catch up with some of these classic gangster movies instead, instead of sitting through the star-studded disappointment. But at least the promo cycle for the movie has allowed a bit of late night comedy to get made.

Will Ferrell And Kevin Hart Attached To Star In The Comedy ‘Get Hard’; Warner Bros. May Acquire

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 7, 2012 7:03 PM
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For years, at least in some circles, comedian Kevin Hart was known as the uppity Smart Tech Customer who almost clapped up Jay (Romany Malco) in Judd Apatow's “The 40 Year Old Virgin.” The scene is hilarious, now a classic in some circles (definitely around The Playlist watercooler), and Hart stole the show. The dimunitive comedian (5'2") has since shot up. His 2011 stand-up comedy documentary “Laugh at My Pain” turned Tinstletown heads when it earned $2 million dollars in its first week of limited release. It was one of the most solid per screen averages of the year and the film, produced for only $750,000, eventually grossed $7 million. Clearly there was an audience out there for Kevin Hart that Hollywood was just waking up to.

Will Ferrell, Liam Neeson, Nick Offerman & Alison Brie Join 'Lego: The Piece Of Resistance'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 9, 2012 1:55 PM
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Ordinarily, toy brand + celeb voice = us falling asleep. But, it's Lego and we pretty much like everyone who is coming on board a lot, and the guys directing it are solid too. So, color us optimistic. And really, how can you not like these latest additions?

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: 'The Campaign' Is A Laughless And Cowardly Political Comedy

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 8, 2012 10:59 AM
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There’s always been something insidious about the MPAA ratings system. It has allowed filmmakers to more directly label films as if they were products off the supermarket shelf -- “The Dark Knight Rises” is going to be PG-13, because it’s about a character kids wear on their jammies. “American Pie” is going to be R-rated, because they’re going to talk about sex a whole lot. But sometimes, you wonder if the PG-13 and lower ratings are designed to rescue filmmakers from themselves, forcing them to find creative ways to tell certain stories without the benefits of explicit content. Unfortunately, that train of thought is absent from “The Campaign,” a proudly vulgar idiot festival that wears its sophomoric R-rating on its sleeve, infusing a ripe satirical comedic idea with nonsensical foul content in lieu of character, story and comedic resonance.

Watch: Will Ferrell Is Inconsolable About R-Patz/K-Stew Break Up On 'Conan,' Calls Her A 'Trampire'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 3, 2012 1:59 PM
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All snark aside, the recent personal life revelations about "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, and its implications on her real-life relationship with co-star Robert Pattinson, have made sad reading, just as it's always sad to hear that any nice-seeming young couple are having difficulties. There's always many facets and sides to such a story, and as enticing as the gossip can be, we've all been in similar situations ourselves, on any number of angles, and it's hard not to feel for all involved.

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