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Sundance '11 Review: 'My Idiot Brother' Is Apatovian, Pleasureable & A Real Surprise

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  • January 23, 2011 11:33 AM
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From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.“My Idiot Brother,” directed by Jesse Peretz, is in many ways a hard film to rationalize here at the Sundance film festival. It is a glossy comedy, albeit with a thin layer of surface grime provided by harsh language, brief nudity and other mature circumstances to take a bit of the gleam off. It is about as “independent” as a premature infant on a respirator. It does not introduce new faces and talents, nor does it show us talents we know doing something different. Instead, “My Idiot Brother” assembles a comedy dream team for a story of family and forgiveness, shows us people trying to be good, trying to be more than themselves, and has amazing comedy bits ranging from huge sight gags and ba-doomp-boomp! punchlines, to razor-sharp sentences that boomerang back after they’ve whizzed by and silent expressions that convey volumes. It is a clear heir to the Apatovian comedy trend of emotional journeys along roads pocked with potty-talk potholes, and yet it also has as much heart as, if not more than, the best of Apatow’s work. It may be slender, but it is also a sheer delight.

Mark Duplass Joins Alex Kurtzman's Directorial Debut 'Welcome To People'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 17, 2011 2:36 AM
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The prospects for screenwriter Alex Kurtzman's directorial debut, the drama "Welcome To People," continue to rise with actor-writer-director Mark Duplass now joining a cast which already excitingly boasts Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Pfeiffer.

First Look: Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Banks & Emily Mortimer In 'My Idiot Brother'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 10, 2011 2:47 AM
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9 New Photos From The Paul Rudd Comedy Premiering At SundanceWith the film set to premiere later this month at Sundance, Jesse Peretz's star-driven comedy "My Idiot Brother" has launched an official website featuring the first look at the band of actresses playing the sisters of Paul Rudd's protagonist including Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer as well as Rashida Jones who plays Deschanel's character's lesbian lover.

Olivia Wilde Joins 'Welcome To People' With Chris Pine & Elizabeth Banks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2011 8:41 AM
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After carving a successful screenwriting career penning blockbusters for such directors as Michael Bay (”Transformers”), J.J. Abrams (”Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible 3”) and Jon Favreau (”Cowboys & Aliens”) as well as producing television shows like “Fringe” and “Alias,” one half of the renowned writing duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci is set to venture solo into the world of directing with Kurtzman gearing up his directorial debut.

Review: 'Next Three Days' Is Paul Haggis Trying/Failing to Make Muscular Entertainment

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 16, 2010 5:20 AM
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The true test of any director's dexterity and creativity lies with their ability to successfully tackle a myriad of genres. It's enough to be "good enough" in one highly specified field, but to be able to grapple with different subject matters is truly remarkable. Certainly Danny Boyle is a great contemporary example of this, as he's been able to tackle disparate genres like the zombie thriller ("28 Days Later") and heady science fiction epic ("Sunshine"), all the while able to slip back into humanist dramas like "Slumdog Millionaire" and this fall's "127 Hours." (Steven Soderbergh is another notable, current example of an itchy genre experimentalist.)

Elizabeth Banks To Star Along Side Chris Pine In Alex Kurtzman's 'Welcome To People'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 11, 2010 2:07 AM
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After carving a successful screenwriting career penning blockbusters for such directors as Michael Bay ("Transformers") J.J. Abram's ("Star Trek," "Mission Impossible 3") and Jon Favreau ("Cowboys & Aliens") as well as producing television shows like "Fringe" and "Alias," one half of the renowned writing duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci is set to venture solo into the world of directing with Kurtzman plotting production on his directorial debut.

Early Look At Sam Worthington In Asger Leth's 'Man On A Ledge,' Ed Harris Rounds Out Cast

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 31, 2010 6:18 AM
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Here's an early peek at Asger Leth's feature directorial debut, "Man On A Ledge," a Summit Entertainment thriller set in New York starring Sam Worthington as the titular character, an ex-cop turned wanted fugitive.

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