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Weekend Box Office: 'The Croods' Notches Best Animated Opening Since November

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 24, 2013 11:33 AM
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Normally, we’re besieged by animated fare during all months, but not so far in 2013. The only animated film of the year thus far was “Escape From Planet Earth,” a production from The Weinstein Company that was treated like a last minute dump, posting numbers that only counted as a hit compared to the film’s small budget and meager ad campaign. Before that, DreamWorks kept “Rise of the Guardians” active in over 3,000 sparsely-attended engagements, though over the holidays it seemed kids would rather toss snowballs around than watch a weirdly oppressive, vaguely non-denominational holiday movie. Which meant that all Fox had to do was not embarrass themselves with “The Croods,” supplying the kids market with a 3D diversion that stands as the second biggest opening of the year, far ahead of the middling 'Guardians' debut.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? Gain 'Admission' To 'The Croods' & 'Olympus Has Fallen'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • March 22, 2013 5:35 PM
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This weekend's release docket may inspire even the most cynical of cinephiles to wax a little nostalgic about their younger days. The reminiscence upon past events, eras and moments which we paint with the strokes of simplicity and unadulterated joy is one we all deign to indulge in once in a while. And with so many vehicles to quench that thirst so close at hand, we recommend dropping all pretense and just letting the nostalgia wave crash over you in the darkness of the theaters. Stories are here to spark memories of your first love, your transition to adulthood, your successes and failures as a young adult, your first hostage crisis in the White House.

'Admission' Granted: 20 Great College-Set Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 21, 2013 3:59 PM
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Ah, the college experience. Success through opportunity! Or uh, something like that. For many, it's the first real taste of unchaperoned freedom, mixed in with girls, guys, sex, parties, experimentation and if you’re lucky, a bit of higher learning, too. Like the high school film, the college movie is a tried and true genre, and ironically, generally less mature than high school pictures which are mostly centering on coming-of-age, outsider blues and the like. These themes can be similar in college movies, but with much less adult supervision, the genre tends to get wilder, crazier, more vulgar and more unhinged. Though that’s obviously relative depending on the era.

Review: 'Admission' With Tina Fey & Paul Rudd A Low-Stakes Drama Mixed With Toothless Social Satire

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 19, 2013 9:57 AM
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Some people don’t seem to realize that the type of stories being told in film needs to change. Small-scale tales of middlebrow intimacy and minor dramatic conflict used to have a home in the cinemas, where they would play to audiences who didn’t have a surplus of entertainment options. Today, the problem isn’t that these stories are no longer relevant commercially or creatively -- they still are -- but that they lack the incisive filmmakers necessary to guide them properly to the big screen. Case in point: Paul Weitz’s toothless, sleepy “Admission,” which portrays the topsy-turvy life of a Princeton admissions officer who has to cope with widening standards and new methods of evaluation in regards to new students.

Watch: College Applicants Are Wacky In New Trailer For 'Admission' With Tina Fey & Paul Rudd

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2012 3:20 PM
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To be sure, applying to college is a frenzy of emotions for high school graduates each year, but we can't remember when it was depicted as being this....wacky....as it is in the trailer for "Admission." The film, directed by Paul Weitz ("Being Flynn," "About A Boy"), is a dramedy promising both laughs and perhaps tears, in a movie we're not quite ready to buy a ticket for just yet.

Watch: Trailer For Paul Weitz's 'Admission' Starring Tina Fey & Paul Rudd

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2012 10:28 PM
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"30 Rock" is ending, which means Tina Fey will be taking a swing at feature films. So far she's had mixed results with "Baby Mama" in the miss column, and "Date Night" in the hit column. As for "Admission"? Well, let's take a gander shall we?

Michael Sheen Joins Paul Weitz's 'Admission' With Paul Rudd & Tina Fey

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 27, 2012 11:41 AM
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While the fourth season of NBC’s “30 Rock” was arguably its weakest, one of the highlights was Michael Sheen’s four episode arc as Wesley Snipes – Liz Lemon’s boyfriend who she kind of hated. So for anyone who enjoyed seeing Tina Fey and Michael Sheen together as a couple on screen will be pleased to hear that they’ll be together once again in “Admission.”

Paul Rudd Looking To Step In For Owen Wilson In Paul Weitz's 'Admission' With Tina Fey

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 14, 2012 9:38 AM
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As yet, Tina Fey hasn't quite found the same rock-solid success in the cinema world as she has on television with her Emmy-laden work on "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock." She wrote and co-starred in a minor teen classic "Mean Girls," and made small waves with "Baby Mama" and "Date Night," but that indelible role that makes her a fully fledged movie star -- her "Elf," her "40 Year Old Virgin" -- is yet to appear, presumably because she's busy nine months of the year running and starring in one of the funniest shows on television.

Owen Wilson Eyes 'Admission' With Tina Fey

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2012 3:40 PM
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With Paul Weitz's "Being Flynn" beginning its limited rollout in theaters this weekend, the helmer isn't wasting any time getting to this next pic. The project, titled "Admission," has been brewing for over a year now, with Tina Fey attached to star, and it was just over a week ago that the director said he still intends to make it his next film. And it seems the wheels are starting to turn.

Paul Weitz Says Princeton Pic 'Admission' Could Be Next; Still Wants To Bring 'Elric' To The Big Screen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 10:37 AM
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Predictable has never been an adjective you could use to describe Paul Weitz. After cutting his teeth on the sex comedy "American Pie," the helmer explored different genre paths, tackling dramedy ("About A Boy," "In Good Company"), satire ("American Dreamz") and fantasy ("Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant"). And this spring, he'll deliver what is arguably his most dramatic film yet in "Being Flynn," starring Paul Dano and Robert De Niro. We recently got a chance to chat with Weitz, and as usual, the projects on his upcoming slate are as diverse as they come.

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