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Miguel Arteta Takes On 'Alexander & The Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Bad Day' With Steve Carell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 13, 2013 1:15 PM
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While Miguel Arteta hasn't yet had a big screen smash hit with his features efforts "Youth In Revolt" and "Cedar Rapids," he has established himself as a director in firm command of comedy, with credits on the small screen that include "New Girl," "Enlightened," "Nurse Jackie," "House Of Lies" and more. And we can only imagine those skills have helped him land the job on one of Disney's next efforts aimed at kids.

'Bridesmaids' Star Rebel Wilson To Lead Miguel Arteta's 'Unicorn Store'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 14, 2012 3:40 PM
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While larger than life guys like Kevin James and Seth Rogen can command leading roles in movies, when it comes to women, the playbook isn't the same. Sure, women are allowed to be funny too, but generally only if they’re deemed skinny and attractive enough first. Hell, they even cast Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones. But the tide is changing...

'Cedar Rapids' Director Miguel Arteta To Run Down The '47 Rules Of Highly Effective Bank Robbers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2012 6:49 PM
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It has been a while since we've heard anything from "Cedar Rapids" helmer Miguel Arteta. After his comedy for Fox Searchlight came and went without much fanfare, he's largely been working in the television world, helming episodes of "The Big C," "How To Make It In America," "American Horror Story," "Enlightened," "House Of Lies," "Nurse Jackie" and the pilot for "The Sex & The City" prequel/spinoff "The Carrie Diaries." But it looks like the helmer is making a return to the feature film game.

'The Carrie Diaries' & 'Arrow' Lead New Series Pickups At CW

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 14, 2012 1:42 PM
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Long a go-to place to reach teen-aged viewers, The CW (formerly known as The WB for you old timers) has made an impressive pick-up of five new drama pilots to turn to series for its forthcoming slate of shows. While the network that’s become commonly associated with “Gossip Girl” and the revamped “90210” regularly adds a few new teen-friendly scripted series every year, the addition of these five new shows is a new record for the network.

How Alexander Payne And Jim Taylor Contributed To 'Cedar Rapids' And Nine Other Things We Learned

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 16, 2011 2:15 AM
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Director Miguel Arteta Really Loves Michael Cera, Compares Him To Peter Sellers & MoreFilmmaker Miguel Arteta’s comedy “Cedar Rapids” is on the big screen in limited release this week and will expand into approximately 90-some screens this weekend. It’s the story of a low level insurance agent sent to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for a major convention where he’s expected to compete for the top prize in the industry: the beloved Two Diamond Award. Ed Helms, who also produced the film, plays Tim Lippe the naive, boob of a salesman who gets in way over his head when he meets a group of colleagues that may or may not be in line to become his best friends.

Review: 'Cedar Rapids' Provides A Trickle Of Laughs Instead Of A Torrent

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2011 5:58 AM
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On paper, "Cedar Rapids" sounds like a no brainer. The Frank Capra-esque premise is familiar: a small town man is sent off to the big city where he struggles to adjust to the fast pace and shifty morals of metropolitan life. And when you line up a stacked roster of talent that includes John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat, Rob Corddry and Stephen Root, the movie should pretty much just write itself. Figuratively speaking, that is. But unfortunately, Miguel Arteta seems to have literally taken what was probably a great treatment and hoped that his actors and actresses could do the rest with unfortunately middling results.

Bummer: Miguel Arteta Gives Us The Rundown On Many Of His Failed Projects

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 10, 2011 4:45 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: With "Cedar Rapids" opening this weekend, director Miguel Arteta has proven himself as a keen observer of subtle comic stories with a light touch. Of course, even with a body of work like his ("Chuck and Buck," "Youth In Revolt") there are bound to be a few films that fall by the wayside. When we talked to Arteta recently, we found that many of the projects he was considering were actually dead, as he's currently devoting his energy into the new HBO show "Enlightened."

Details On 'Fat Man' The Film 'Cedar Rapids' Director Miguel Arteta Wants To Make With Adam Sandler

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2011 6:27 AM
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Bear in mind, this is not anywhere close to happening -- and is pretty much a wishlist sort of thing -- but its a pretty good reminder that optioned projects can continue to be talked about, even if it takes a while to get off the ground.

Trailer & Poster For 'Cedar Rapids' Starring Ed Helms & John C. Reilly

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Hot off the presses as a 2011 Sundance Film Festival entry arrives the trailer and poster for "Cedar Rapids," Fox Searchlight's new salesman roadtrip film with "The Hangover" star Ed Helms in his first big shot since that 2009 breakout movie. Directed by Miguel Arteta ("Youth In Revolt," "Chuck & Buck"), the film also co-stars John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr. (Sen. R. Clayton 'Clay' Davis from "The Wire") Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat, Rob Corddry, Stephen Root and more.

Miguel Arteta's 'Cedar Rapids' Starring Ed Helms Set For February 11th Release

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 28, 2010 3:41 AM
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James Gunn's "Super" Starring Rainn Wilson & Ellen Page Slotted For April 1, 2011After the underwhelming Michael Cera-led adaptation of "Youth In Revolt" early last year, director Miguel Arteta's next directorial effort, the road-trip comedy "Cedar Rapids" starring Ed Helms of "The Office" and "The Hangover" fame, has somewhat fallen off the radar. However, the film has now been handed a February 11th release date which may mean a premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival. It also appears the film will start out in limited release.

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