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'Cosmopolis, 'Goon,' 'Laurence Anyways,' & 'Stories We Tell' Land On Canada's Top 10 Of 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2012 7:48 PM
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Earlier this week, all across Canada, film fans lined up at their local Canadian Tire, to vote their favorite movie that the country produced. Okay, that didn't really happen, but a panel of industry types all cast their votes for Canada's Top Ten, which as you might guess, celebrates the finest in nation's cinematic output in a given a year. And this year, quite a few high profile titles made the cut (with titles ranked alphabetically, not numerically).

Jay Baruchel Confirms 'Goon' Sequel In The Works

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 26, 2012 9:17 AM
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One of the more pleasant surprises of the year was Seann William Scott’s turn in the Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg-penned hockey comedy “Goon.” The Canuck laffer has spawned something of a cult, with the movie being a favorite in some corners of the internet, in addition to it doing strong business north of the border. Now it looks like we’ll get to see the continuing adventures of the Halifax Highlanders on the big screen.

Review: 'Goon' Is A Middling Sports Comedy Elevated By A Surprising Turn By Seann William Scott

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 30, 2012 2:55 PM
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It feels odd that "Goon," a brutal comedy based around the sport, from the pen of hockey-loving Apatow grads Jay Baruchel (star of "Undeclared" and "Knocked Up") and Evan Goldberg (co-writer, with Seth Rogen, of "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express"), would go on wide release in Britain this weekend, weeks before it hits theaters in North America. But nevertheless, go on wide release it has, and The Playlist was there to check it out.

In Theaters: 'Wrath Of The Titans' Will 'Bully' 'Mirror Mirror' & 'Goon'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 30, 2012 11:00 AM
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Hey y'all! How 'bout those "Hunger Games," huh? Obviously, everyone and their mom went last weekend to the child murder games, and we'll see if it has legs to keep going (we think it does), so if you have to catch up on that one, it is in theaters this weekend! If you already saw it, never fear, there are still creepy kid movies to be found in "Bully" and "Womb" (and "Mirror Mirror" does that count?) Fun! And if not, blockbuster season is officially open with "Wrath of the Titans." CGI-y! And for a nice change of pace, another entry in the classic hockey comedy canon, "Goon" hits U.S. theaters this weekend too. Won't you hit the ice with us?

Evan Goldberg Talks Hockey Pic 'Goon' & Reveals He's Writing A Horror Movie With Seth Rogen

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2012 11:04 AM
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Director Michael Dowse, the man behind "Fubar" and "Take Me Home Tonight," is no stranger to pushing the envelope. So it's no surprise that his latest effort, the hockey comedy "Goon," opens with a splash of blood and a tooth hitting the ice. While the real hockey world is currently wrangling with issue of concussions, in the stylized sports comedy "Goon," the hits are big, bad and brutal. We recently caught up with screenwriter Evan Goldberg (who co-wrote the film with Jay Baruchel) to talk about the film, and we started off by chatting about balancing the real-deal hockey in the movie with the bone-crushing fights and checks that pepper the story.

Green & Red Band Trailers & New Poster Drop For Hockey Comedy 'Goon'

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 11, 2011 1:54 PM
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Jay Baruchel to Write 'Baseballissimo' As 'Goon' Sells For Seven Figures

  • By Sam Price
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  • September 13, 2011 2:30 AM
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The awkward kid from "Undeclared" is doing something right. Both as actor and co-writer, Jay Baruchel's name is all over the hockey picture "Goon," a vaguely "Slap Shot"-ish comedy that, until it debuted at Toronto this past week, only had going for it some fairly uninspiring posters, a less than gut-splitting red-band trailer and the weird casting combination of Seann William Scott and Liev Schrieber to its name. But the picture's apparently uproarious, a bloody laugh-fest for the ages, and has exploded the hitherto staid conventions of the hockey picture (whatever they may be), at least until Kevin Smith aims to get his way and begins work on his apparently epic two-part swansong "Hit Somebody."

New Posters and Images Debut For 'Goon' (No, Not 'The Goon')

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 8:19 AM
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Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this week is "Goon," a hockey comedy co-written by Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen's writing partner Evan Goldberg, which, it should be noted, is not the David Fincher-produced animation adaptation of the Eric Powell comic book "The Goon" nor is it the two-part Kevin Smith hockey epic "Hit Somebody" (which will presumably be the "Che" of bawdy hockey comedies). What it is, as we noted when the red band trailer debuted, a mediocre-looking comedy about a hockey coach who recruits a thug (Sean William Scott) to stop a violence-prone opponent (Liev Schreiber), notable only for Schreiber's truly awesome mustache.

New Films By Guy Maddin, Bruce McDonald & Jean-Marc Vallée Lead Canadian Lineup At TIFF

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2011 2:47 AM
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The lineup for TIFF keeps growing as September grows closer and this morning the festival revealed their slate of homegrown films that will jostle for attention next month.

Watch: Liev Schrieber's Moustache Is Kind Of Bad Ass But Not Much Else In Trailer For 'Goon'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2011 5:22 AM
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So, a red band trailer for "Goon" -- which was presumably made for Russia given the subtitles -- has arrived, and while Michael Dowse has boldly proclaimed the hockey comedy to be like “ 'Raging Bull' on ice," that's unfortunately not the case. About as lunkheaded as its lead character, "Goon" wobbles all over as it skates through the two minutes plus of footage that we see. Kevin Smith needn't worry about this hockey comedy getting out of the gate before his gestating "Hit Somebody."
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