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In Theaters: 'Argo' To The Mulitplex With 'Sinister,' 'Seven Psychopaths,' But Watch Out For 'Here Comes The Boom'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • October 12, 2012 5:08 PM
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Hello, In Theaters friends! I’m back (for a week)! Did you miss me? Doesn’t Emma take good care of you? She writes better headlines than I do. But I celebrate Cage’s Festival of Wigs more! Hope you all have your Oscar racing pants on because that one is underway! In fact, I will be giving out a few awards of my own... This week sees the release of TIFF darling “Argo,” Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage thrilla, the return of truly delightful twisted person Martin McDonagh with “Seven Psychopaths,” something called “Sinister,” Kevin James getting punched and falling down a lot in “Here Comes the Boom,” and Ayn Rand propaganda! Fun times to be had by all, even the psychopaths. There’s also a metric butt-ton of indie festival goodness making its way into local art houses and multiplexes so now might be time to catch up with the cool kids (by cool kids I mean film bloggers who go to all the festivals... whether or not they are cool is up to you!).

Review: Celebrity, Notoriety & Living In Public As 'Frankie Go Boom'

  • By James Rocchi
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  • October 10, 2012 7:34 PM
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'Frankie Go Boom' opens with a home video from a long-ago washed-out suburban childhood, as Bruce tricks his brother Frankie into a pitfall prank that's both caught on tape and a trap for the two of them; flashing forward to adulthood -- or something like it -- Frankie (Charlie Hunnam) has exiled himself from everything, holing up in Death Valley to write. And Bruce (Chris O'Dowd, with a solidly American accent) is just getting out of rehab, convinced that the "films" he makes -- really, just footage -- of disasters like the one that befell Frankie's wedding three years ago, mean he's a director, what with their huge online "hit" numbers…

Five Boners Is Great: Red Band Trailer For '3,2,1...Frankie Go Boom' Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 1, 2012 2:00 PM
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You would think that getting a ready-and-willing Lizzy Caplan into your bed and then not being able to get it up would be embarrassing enough, but what happens if a video of that encounter goes viral? That's the question at the heart of the upcoming indie comedy "3, 2, 1...Frankie Go Boom" and a red band trailer has dropped to give you taste of just how bad things get.

Exclusive: Lizzy Caplan Discovers Naked Tag In Clip From '3, 2, 1...Frankie Go Boom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2012 1:29 PM
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The sight of Ron Perlman in drag alone should inform you that "3, 2, 1...Frankie Go Boom" may just be the oddest comedy you see this year. But it also may be one of the funniest. Premiering earlier this year at SXSW where it picked up some good buzz, the sophomore feature from Jordan Roberts is a far cry from his Christopher Walken/Josh Lucas starring debut "Around The Bend," but you'll be glad for his radical shift in direction.

New Clips Arrive From Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie,' 'Hyde Park On Hudson,' 'Arbitrage' & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2012 1:35 PM
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Once upon a time, we were excited about every Tim Burton picture that came along, but that's been steadily chipped away over the last decade or so. "Big Fish" and "Sweeney Todd" have their moments, but from "Planet of the Apes" to this year's "Dark Shadows," we feel more and more dread about each coming Burton production, dread that's normally justified when we see the finished product.

Watch: Trailer For 'Frankie Go Boom' Starring Charlie Hunnam, Chris O'Dowd & Ron Perlman

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 8, 2012 4:27 PM
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Damn, the trailer for "3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom" looks strange. In a really good way. So how do we explain the madness therein? Let's go to the official synopsis which is brief: Frank Bartlett has been tortured, embarrassed and humiliated by his brother Bruce -- usually on film -- his entire life. Now that Bruce is finally off drugs and has turned his life around, things should be different. They are not.

Watch: Ron Perlman Kisses Chris O'Dowd In Clip From 'Frankie Go Boom'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2012 6:17 PM
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There are few comedies that will hit theaters this year as strange and odd as "Frankie Go Boom." And the first clip/teaser has arrived, in the wake of the film's Comic-Con appearance, and it gives you a pretty good idea of just how far out there this one is.

SXSW '12 Interview: 'Frankie Go Boom' Director Jordan Roberts On The Inspiration Behind Putting Ron Perlman In A Dress

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 13, 2012 1:57 PM
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We weren't sure what to expect of "Frankie Go Boom," the sophomore directorial feature from director Jordan Roberts. There were the helmer's diverse previous credits, from directing ensemble dramedy "Around The Bend," which starred Christopher Walken, Michael Caine and Josh Lucas, to writing the narration for the hit documentary "March of the Penguins." Then there was the film itself: with cast members like Chris O'Dowd and Lizzy Caplan, it seemed like it could be a post-Apatow comedy, but then came that teaser poster, of Ron Perlman in a dress. What on Earth was this thing?

SXSW '12 Review: Celebrity, Notoriety & Living In Public As 'Frankie Go Boom'

  • By James Rocchi
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  • March 11, 2012 3:10 PM
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"Frankie Go Boom" opens with a home video from a long-ago washed-out suburban childhood, as Bruce tricks his brother Frankie into a pitfall prank that's both caught on tape and a trap for the two of them; flashing forward to adulthood -- or something like it -- Frankie (Charlie Hunnam) has exiled himself from everything, holing up in Death Valley to write. And Bruce (Chris O'Dowd, with a solidly American accent) is just getting out of rehab, convinced that the 'films' he makes -- really, just footage -- of disasters like the one that befell Frankie's wedding three years ago, mean he's a director, what with their huge online 'hit' numbers …

No More Mr. Nice Guy: 'Bridesmaids' Star Chris O'Dowd Talks Being Bad In 'Friends With Kids,' 'This Is 40' & 'Frankie Go Boom'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • March 8, 2012 1:57 PM
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Anyone who crushed on Chris O'Dowd in "Bridesmaids" -- you know who you are -- might rethink things when they see the Irish actor in some of the new films he has in the pipeline. First up is his role as underachieving husband to Maya Rudolph in "Friends with Kids," in which the couple watches hopefully as two of their pals (played by writer/director Jennifer Westfeldt and Adam Scott) pair up for a breeders variation of the "friends with benefits" theme. Meanwhile, a married couple to whom they're close (played by Kristen Wiig and Westfeld's real-life partner Jon Hamm) have kids but then fall apart. "Maybe my character doesn't help out as much as he could," O'Dowd told The Playlist, "but he's a superhero compared to Jon Hamm." The actor then explained how working with friends helped the project, and where his upcoming characters fall on the nice guy-jerk spectrum.

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