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Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'Change-Up' Is Basically 'Face Off' With More Dick Jokes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2011 8:53 AM
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Body-swapping films are a little played out now, no? Jason Bateman had that same "Really?" reaction when he was pitched the idea for the upcoming "The Change-Up," telling Entertainment Weekly (print edition) recently, "But in the same sentence that I was told what the movie is about they said, 'But the guys who wrote 'The Hangover' wrote it and the guy who directed 'Wedding Crashers' is directing it.'"

'The Tree Of Life,' 'Drive' & 'Melancholia' Head Up Mouth-Watering 2011 Cannes Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 14, 2011 10:14 AM
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Almodovar, Paolo Sorrentino, Takashi Miike, The Dardenne Brothers & Lynne Ramsay; Also In Line-Up; 'Pirates 4,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2' & 'The Beaver' To Play Out Of CompetitionThis morning brought one of the moments on the calendar that every serious film lover awaits with bated breath: the announcement of the line-up for this year's Cannes Film Festival, still the most prestigious on the circuit. Year after year, some of the world's best directors hold off to debut their new films on the Croisette, and virtually every year brings at least one stone-cold classic -- along, of course, with the famous Cannes bombs. With last year's selection generally deemed to be the weakest in a while, has this year's batch (the 64th!) turned things around? We've heard the rumors for months now, and we knew that Woody Allen's latest, "Midnight in Paris," would be opening the festival on May 11th, but little solid fact otherwise. So -- how's it looking?

SXSW Review: Jodie Foster's 'The Beaver' Starring Mel Gibson Can't Quite Hit Its Tonal Sweet Spot

  • By The Playlist
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  • March 17, 2011 4:39 AM
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Tonight on the stage of the Paramount theater at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, director/actress Jodie Foster admitted that getting the tenor right for her new film "The Beaver" was the hardest endeavor of her career and it shows. Walking a tonal tightrope of voice -- light comedy, saddening depression, and reflective soul searching -- Jodie Foster's film is not quite a black comedy, a dramedy or a straight-up humanist drama. While an interesting (if not totally successful) exploration of mental illness and trying to escape and then face your inner demons, the film is surprisingly tame, lacking the fiercer bite we were hoping for.

'The Beaver' Pushed From March To May 6 Release Date

  • By The Playlist
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  • February 8, 2011 4:00 AM
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Originally scheduled for a March 23, 2011 limited release, right after its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, Summit Entertainment has pushed back the release of "The Beaver" to May 6.

Ryan Reynolds Is In Total Disbelief In First Look At 'Change-Up' With Jason Bateman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2011 10:34 AM
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Ryan Reynolds can hardly believe it...he's in a movie with Jason Bateman. OK, we're being a bit silly, but you'll understand the look on his face once you dig on the premise for "The Change-Up."

'The Beaver,' Greg Mottola's 'Paul' & Ti West's 'The Innkeepers' Added To 2011 SXSW Film Fest Sched

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 13, 2011 7:58 AM
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Conan O'Brien Documentary, 'Conan O'Brien Can't Stop' Added As WellAlright, it's 2011, people. Time to get in with the new. The Sundance Film Festival is just right around the corner, but not far off in March is the SXSW Film Festival, which continues to get better and better each year. While the opening night film has already been announced -- Duncan Jones' "Source Code" -- new editions to the line-up have been made including Jodie Foster's "The Beaver," starring persona non grata Mel Gibson, Greg Mottola's alien roadtrip comedy "Paul," starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop," a documentary that follows the behind-the-scenes of the talk show host's summer tour, among others.

27 Of The Most Underrated & Underappreciated Films Of 2010

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 28, 2010 6:17 AM
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Each year sees hundreds of movies released into theaters and inevitably, some will fall through the cracks. Our list of the underrated and underappreciated films this year not only highlights the solid, critically acclaimed pictures that for whatever reason never got a fighting chance, but also the imperfect pictures that still had a lot to admire, as well as the straight up guilty pleasures that, despite ourselves, put a smile on our face. At any rate, if you managed to catch up with all the Oscar pictures already and are wondering if there is anything else this year you missed that is worth catching up with, this is a handy guide to those films that deserved a bit more attention or recognition than they got.

Are Winona Ryder's Comments On Mel Gibson The Tip Of Iceberg? Comeback For Mel In Doubt

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 17, 2010 3:06 AM
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If there's anything Hollywood does best, it's protect their own. Many actors, directors and producers have interesting reputations for their offscreen behavior and as long as it doesn't make TMZ, everyone politely turns their heads and sweeps it under the carpet, particularly if you're a talent that brings in megabucks at the box office. That is unless you're Fatty Arbuckle or, moving forward many, many decades, Mel Gibson.

Mel Gibson Will Act Like A Crazy Person -- Legally -- When 'The Beaver' Opens On March 23, 2011

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2010 3:17 AM
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In what is the TMZ equivalent of "The Tree Of Life" trailer dropping today, following its official trailer release, Summit has now pegged the Mel Gibson comedy "The Beaver" for a March 23, 2011 release.

First Poster & Trailer For Jodie Foster's 'The Beaver' Starring Mel Gibson

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 4, 2010 5:25 AM
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As promised earlier this week, here is the first poster and trailer for the much-anticipated Mel Gibson-led dramedy, "The Beaver," directed by and co-starring Jodie Foster.

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