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Watch: New Trailer For 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2' Gets Served Up

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 3, 2013 9:59 AM
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
One of the biggest, most pleasant surprises of 2009 was "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Loosely based on the slim children's book by Judi and Ron Barrett, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (who at the time were best known for their cult TV series "Clone High"), and produced by the relatively unproven Sony Animation, it seemingly came out of nowhere and totally delighted just about everyone who saw it. Of course, an unexpected hit always leads to a more expected follow-up, so this fall we're getting "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," whose new trailer just dropped online.

The 10 Most Promising Network Shows For Fall 2013

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 16, 2013 1:01 PM
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This week concluded the yearly "up-fronts," where advertisers and affiliates convene in New York City so that the various networks can trot out their exciting new fall products. It brings an end to "pilot season," in which initial episodes are furiously produced and then handily judged, and kicks off the excitement for the following fall. (Even though, as we're becoming increasingly aware, the traditional notions of when shows are supposed to air and how long they're supposed to be are blurring considerably.) Out of all of the new shows – dozens and dozens of hours of freshly scripted content – we have chosen the ten shows that we find the most promising; five hour-long dramas and five sitcoms. Don't change that dial.

Review: 'What's Your Number?' Squanders All Goodwill Toward Anna Faris & Chris Evans In 100 Minutes

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • September 29, 2011 2:01 AM
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You will enjoy “What’s Your Number?” only if you’re mentally deficient and/or consider looking at Chris Evans’s V-shaped lower abs for 100 minutes a good use of mental energy (note that these aren’t mutually exclusive). Don’t get us wrong: we can appreciate a mindless romantic comedy--and a nice set of abs--with the cosmo-craving crowd, but we actually need something resembling romance and/or comedy if that’s what we’re promised. And if we want to gape at Evan’s chiseled torso, we’ll just loop the reveal scene from “Captain America” over and over again, thank you very much.

'Curb Your Enthusiasm' Star J.B. Smoove Bags A Role In Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 6, 2011 1:39 AM
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Star's Brother Erran Baron Cohen To Compose The MusicMore or less everyone involved in long-running HBO comedy "Curb Your Enthusiasm" has done pretty well out of it outside of the day job: creator/star Larry David toplined a Woody Allen film (albeit a terrible one...) and bagged a supporting turn in "The Three Stooges," Jeff Garlin's become a Pixar stalwart second only to John Ratzenberger, while Cheryl Hines got to make her directorial debut on "Serious Moonlight." But perhaps the biggest breakout seems to be the actor who's behind one of the most seminal supporting characters on the show: J.B. Smoove, who's played Leon Black on the last couple of seasons of the sitcom.

Anna Faris Will Provide Organic Food To 'The Dictator' Sacha Baron Cohen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 4:13 AM
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With three funny ladies in contention for the part, there was no doubt whoever landed it would be good for the role, it was just a matter of who it wound up being.

Kristen Wiig & Anna Faris In The Mix For Female Lead In Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2011 12:47 PM
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Gillian Jacobs Also In Contention; Jason Mantzoukas In Negotiations For Sidekick RoleWith Sacha Baron Cohen's next new character comedy "The Dictator" due into theaters a year from now, guess they better get around to casting it right? Well, a trio of very funny ladies are leading the pack to star opposite Cohen in the film.

Watch: Anna Faris Falls In Love, Mid-Season Replacement Sitcom Style, In 'What's Your Number'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 26, 2011 12:54 PM
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As It Turns Out, Martin Freeman & Anthony Mackie Are Also In The Cast Anna Faris is an extremely talented comedienne. There's no denying that. Ever since her early appearances in the "Scary Movie" franchise, she's shone, even with material that's generally far beneath her. But every time it looks like she's heading for the A-list -- the surprise success of "The House Bunny," for instance, or demonstrating her range in "Brokeback Mountain" -- the next few projects tank, and she's reduced to playing straight woman to talking CGI animals in "Yogi Bear."

Rewind: The Week In Movies, April 11-17

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 17, 2011 4:44 AM
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It was a busy week at The Playlist, with announcements for "Man Of Steel" and "The Dark Knight Rises," a few big trailer premieres and, our biggest thrill, the announcement of the Cannes '11 lineup. We decided to cull together the ten news stories this week that generated the heaviest debate, so if you missed anything, feel free to click away.

Anna Faris To Star In Stalker-Roommate Comedy, Will Take Less Crazy Lead Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2011 10:35 AM
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Lots of buzz is building around Anna Faris these days. She was recently the subject of an extensive -- if somewhat early, and kind of random -- profile in the New Yorker that looked over her career, chatted about the making of the forthcoming "What's Your Number?" and even got her opinion on past films like "Observe and Report" and "My Super Ex-Girlfriend." The actress is the executive producer on "What's Your Number?" and is working hard to get projects suited to her sensibilities instead of waiting for the right script to land on her doorstep.

Infamous 'Observe And Report' Vomit Sex Scene Still Divisive, Anna Faris Uncertain She'd Do It Again

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2011 3:20 AM
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Also Hated 'My Super-Ex Girlfriend' & Was Glad It BombedWhile critics and audiences pretty much agreed that Jody Hill's "Observe and Report" was an unfunny misfire, perhaps the lasting "legacy" of the movie was the very uncomfortable sex scene between Ronnie (Seth Rogen) and Brandi (Anna Faris). If you haven't seen the film, the sequence finds Ronnie, a security guard at a mall taking Brandi, a salesgirl out on a date. After more than a few drinks, shots and even a handful of pills, Brandi and Ronnie return to his place and she is very clearly sick and intoxicated, vomiting before they even get in the door. Cut to the bedroom where Ronnie is having sex with Brandi, pausing when he notices she's passed out -- followed quickly by the punchline, with Brandi saying: "Why are you stopping, motherfucker?" (you can watch the scene here). It's a pretty divisive moment in an already fairly black comedy and at the time, some likened the scene to date rape, with others defending the sequence in the name of comedy or weakly offering that Brandi gave her consent.

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