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Marion Cotillard Joins 'Mal de Pierres,' Dave Franco Joins James Franco's 'The Room' Movie & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2014 5:39 PM
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The Immigrant
We're halfway through 2014, and Marion Cotillard has already delivered two performances worthy of attention. She earned no shortage of raves for her turn in the Dardennes' "Two Days, One Night" (review here) and she shines in James Gray's "The Immigrant." And now, here's another project to put on your radar.

Alison Brie Is 'Sleeping With Other People,' Nic Cage Will 'Pay The Ghost,' Helen Mirren Sees 'Eye In The Sky' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 16, 2014 11:25 AM
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Joe, Nicolas Cage
After jostling with a couple different casting iterations, "Bachelorette" writer/director Leslye Headland has lined up Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas and Natasha Lyonne for "Sleeping With Other People." The story follows a womanizer named Jake (Sudeikis), and a serial cheater (Brie), who form a platonic relationship to overcome their chronic infidelity. The film is described as " 'When Harry Met Sally' but with assholes," and production will begin in June, with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay producing.

Review: 'Neighbors' With Seth Rogen & Zac Efron Is One Of The Funniest Studio Comedies In Recent Memory

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 7, 2014 6:02 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 went on 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 and excitement 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.

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.

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