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Watch: 2 Clips, Featurette And New Pics From 'Neighbors' Starring Seth Rogen & Zac Efron

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2014 3:07 PM
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Neighbors
Yes, "Neighbors" is foremost a comedy about two man-children who face off against each other and get into man-children-esque hijinks. But there is a thematic kernel underneath it all too. We know, we don't want to take away from the red band zaniness of the movie either, but hear us out.

Watch: Zac Efron Breaks Out His Robert De Niro Impression In 2 Clips From 'Neighbors'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2014 2:06 PM
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Zac Efron, Neighbors
It was thanks to SXSW that "Bridesmaids" built some early buzz in 2011 before landing in theaters, becoming a runaway hit and an Oscar nominee, and Universal is hoping the same will happen this year with "Neighbors." The studio brought their upcoming comedy to Austin last weekend, and by all accounts, you'll bust a serious gut. Our own review stated, "we laughed until we ached. Then we laughed some more" and two clips have dropped to give you a taste of what's coming.

SXSW Review: ‘Neighbors’ Starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron & Rose Byrne

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 8, 2014 11:43 PM
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Neighbors
The last time Universal screened one of their big summer comedies at South by Southwest, it turned out to be "Bridesmaids"—a movie that not only proved to be a massive financial success (and a breakthrough for its cowriter/star Kristin Wiig) but a critical one as well, even earning an Academy Award nomination for its screenplay. So a fair amount of anticipation greeted tonight's "work-in-progress" (although look, it seems totally finished) screening of the new Seth Rogen/Zac Efron comedy "Neighbors." And while "Neighbors" doesn't come close to capturing "Bridesmaids'" emotional honesty, it could have a chance of one-upping that film in the box office. Simply put, "Neighbors" is one of the funniest, most visually inventive studio comedies in recent memory.

James Franco To Direct Movie About The Making Of Tommy Wiseau's Cult Favorite 'The Room'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 11:10 PM
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The Disaster Artist James Franco
There are movies that are bad, and then there's "The Room." Like a modern day "Plan 9 From Outer Space," Tommy Wiseau's 2003 passion project went from horribly reviewed, self-released indie to something of a contemporary cult classic, with the movie still screening frequently, often with audience participation encouraged with everyone shouting out memorable lines ("You are tearing me apart, Lisa!") and throwing spoons at the screen (if you've seen it, you know what that means). And now, "The Room" is getting a touch of James Franco.

Drinking Games & Bonding: Watch The Red Band Trailer For '22 Jump Street'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 16, 2013 12:51 PM
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22 Jump Street
Ordinarily, we're wary of sequels especially for comedies (we love you Will Ferrell, but "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" has a huge bar to hit), but we'll say this: the first red band trailer for "22 Jump Street" made us laugh. A lot.

Rosemarie DeWitt Joins 'Poltergeist' Remake, Adrien Brody Is 'Banking On Mr. Toad' & More

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 23, 2013 4:07 PM
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It’s a tale of new beginnings, goodbyes and do-overs in this casting roundup. If there’s one constant in Hollywood it’s that things are always changing and that’s still true of this latest casting news which features updates on horror movies, literary adaptations, musicals and more.

James Franco Lining Up To Direct 'The Sound And The Fury,' Wants Jon Hamm For The Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 5:24 PM
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The Sound And The Fury James Franco Jon Hamm
Well, that didn't take long. Less than a week after bailing on directing "The Garden Of Last Days" James Franco has another directorial effort in the works, it's yet another literary adaptation and he's rounding up friends and colleagues to take part.

Review: 'Now You See Me' Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher & Mark Ruffalo

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 5:02 PM
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David Copperfield once famously quipped to Johnny Carson, that the difference between a trick and an illusion is "about $40,000." And certainly, in recent years magic has gone from something defined by either birthday party tricksters or arena selling professionals, into a piece of slick entertainment that also includes legitimate street performers, reality show stars and much more. (In fact, one of the best in the world right now might be a guy you never heard of named Apollo Robbins). And it's against this new face of the industry where "Now You See Me" starts (as partially seen in the opening four minutes that dropped online), with a group of random performers -- ranging from the skyscraper theatrics of J. Daniel Atlas (Jesse Eisenberg) to the mentalism hustle of Merritt McKinney (Woody Harrelson) -- individually and mysteriously brought together by a shadowy figure for what becomes the ultimate illusion.

Watch: Isla Fisher Swims With Piranhas In Opening 4-Minutes Of 'Now You See Me' Plus Motion Poster & New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2013 5:34 PM
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You don't see movies about magic or featuring magicians too often at the movies, and while this spring's "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" was either very magical or funny, this summer Louis Leterrier's "Now You See Me" is hoping to cast a spell. It's a summer movie without superheros or toys to back it up, but could its sleight of hand turn it into a big hit?

New Images From 'Now You See Me' Bring The Magic

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • April 12, 2013 1:19 PM
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After getting the new “Now You See Me” trailer two days ago, a boatload of new images from Louis Letterier’s magician thriller have arrived (or should I say they have magically appeared?). And they look awesome, with flames coming out of Morgan Freeman’s forehead, Dave Franco performing an intense card trick, and a graffiti-ed stage set. I repeat – FLAMES coming out of Morgan Freeman’s forehead!!

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