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In Theaters: 'Taken 2' & 'The Paperboy' Are 'Butter' In The Mouths Of 'Frankenweenie' Who Haunts 'Wuthering Heights'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • October 5, 2012 6:01 PM
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Halloween is still a few weeks away, but, like the drug stores that erect candy aisles in August, the studios are rolling out the thematic material a little early. A reinterpretation of "Frankenstein" for kids (it's never too early to start them on the classics) is complemented by the horror-movie-of-the-week and a number of films that delve into more realistic terrors, like the demise of healthcare or the drug problem in the United States. Also, a Sarah Palin surrogate sculpts with butter. Spooky.

Review: 'Butter' Tries To Carve Up Edgy Laughs But Goes Soft By The End

  • By James Rocchi
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  • October 4, 2012 5:00 PM
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A political satire set in the competitive world of butter-carving at the Iowa State Fair, the script for "Butter" was so ballyhooed and praised that it wound up on The Black List, the annual underground buzz list of unproduced screenplays based on a straw poll of agents, development executives and insiders. (As a side note, we must say that The Black List is only interesting as a barometer of quality insofar as you trust agents, development executives and insiders to be able to tell good from bad, which much of Hollywood's output suggests is not actually the case.)

Watch: Olivia Wilde Works Her Magic In Clip From 'Butter'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 3, 2012 9:03 AM
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After hitting the festival circuit last year, the political satiric comedy “Butter,” starring Jennifer Garner and Olivia Wilde, will finally hit theaters this Friday. In order to help get the word out, The Weinstein Company have dropped a saucy new clip from the film, which you can see below.

'Butter' Soundtrack Features Jonsi, Raphael Saadiq, Imani Coppola & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 26, 2012 1:21 PM
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Lakeshore Records will release the original soundtrack to the Weinstein Company comedy "Butter," starring Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone and Hugh Jackman, digitally on October 9th. The synopsis? When her husband (Ty Burrell) is unceremoniously asked to step down after taking first prize for fifteen years as the master Butter Carver at the Iowa State Fair, the limelight-seeking, ultra-competitive Laura Pickler (Garner) takes on a 12-year-old, African-American (Yara Shahidi) butter sculpting prodigy in a butter carving contest of epic proportions.

Watch: Hugh Jackman Confesses In New Clip From 'Butter'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 31, 2012 4:14 PM
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Around this time last year, "Butter," directed by Jim Field Smith from a Black List-approved screenplay by Jason Micallef, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival to generally warm reviews. The film, which takes place in the highly specific world of professional butter carving (not that cliché again) and stars Jennifer Garner and Hugh Jackman, is finally slated to begin its theatrical rollout very soon. In anticipation of said release, a brand new clip has hit the Internet, courtesy of the exclamation-point-heavy Entertainment Tonight site. And it features Hugh Jackman being goofy and Southern. So, of course, we love it.

Sexy Olivia Wilde & Buttoned-Up Jennifer Garner Face Off In New 'Butter' Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 24, 2012 4:35 PM
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Even though the politically minded Weinstein Company comedy "Butter" didn't exactly light up the film festival circuit last year, this writer, for one, is still mildly intrigued. A political satire using a butter sculpting competition in Iowa to lampoon the 2008 political race between Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama, a lot of critics have compared Jennifer Garner's uptight character in the film to House of Representatives Republican Michelle Bachman, and that should at least be worthy of some laughs, no?

Watch: Jennifer Garner, Olivia Wilde, Rob Corddry & More Spread New 'Butter' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2012 2:17 PM
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At one time kicked around as a potential awards contender last fall, when it emerged that the politically charged, quirky indie comedy "Butter" didn't quite have the same juice as something like "Little Miss Sunshine," The Weinstein Company pushed the movie to their 2012 calendar. And now, almost a full year since it debuted on the festival circuit, it's headed to theaters and the first trailer has dropped. And you know what? It looks pretty delightful.

Weinstein Company Move 'Scary Movie 5' From April 2012 To January 2013 Due To Not Having Made It Yet; 'Butter' Churns On October 5th

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 16, 2012 11:37 AM
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David Mackenzie's 'Tonight You're Mine,' Ensemble Drama '30 Beats' & Ice-T Hip-Hop Documentary 'Something From Nothing' All Get Release Dates Too

First Look At Olivia Wilde As A Stripper In 'Butter' With Jennifer Garner & Hugh Jackman

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 15, 2011 11:44 AM
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Right before “Butter” premiered at the Telluride Film Festival this past September, The Weinstein Company had ambitions that the film might become a dark horse Oscar contender, exciting the left-leaning Academy with its sharp digs at a Michele Bachmann/Sarah Palin-like character played by Jennifer Garner. Well, it’s November, and "Butter" wasn't quite an across the board hit at Telluride and Bachmann is now a non-factor in the Presidential race.
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Watch: Jennifer Garner Campaigns For Her 'Butter' In Clip From Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 1:23 AM
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Well, this is a bit surprising. Even though it was reported just a couple of weeks ago that The Weinstein Company were going to give "Butter" a one-week Oscar qualifying run in October before a wide release in 2012, the sudden launch of a website for the film, complete with a clip from the movie (below via ComingSoon) and an accompanying viral Twitter account, perhaps point to a bigger release than previously intended. Or maybe a much more concerted Oscar or Golden Globes push. Either way, it's our biggest look at the film yet, and it seems perfectly primed for the build-up to next year's presidential election.
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