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Review: Zach Braff's Uneven But Sincere 'Wish I Was Here' Co-starring Kate Hudson, Josh Gad And More

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 16, 2014 6:01 PM
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Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff
In the ten years since its release, Zach Braff’s debut “Garden State” has gone from Sundance darling to sleeper hit to pop culture pariah. The film still has its fans but the opposition seems to have grown louder, as every stylistic tic and soundtrack-cue has become a subject of easy derision. Between that film’s cooling reputation and the outcry when Braff turned to Kickstarter to help with funding for his latest, the actor-turned-filmmaker has faced the kind of backlash normally reserved for actor-directors who steal their source material and apologize with skywriting. Which is a shame, because Braff seems like a good dude and, like him or not, you can’t argue that his sensibility hasn’t connected with a lot of people. During the first 30 minutes or so of “Wish I Was Here,” the actor/director/writer’s long awaited follow-up to “Garden State,” I was fully prepared to toss my cred out the window and admit that, while it won’t win back his haters, dammit it works. Unfortunately, after a brisk and engaging first act, the film becomes bogged down by an overabundance of subplots and increasingly maudlin dramatic turns that threaten to sink the entire affair.

Watch: Pop Up Trivia Trailer For Zach Braff's 'Wish I Was Here'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2014 4:24 PM
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Wish I Was Here
Crowdfunded, completed, premiered at Sundance and now ready to hit theatres, Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here" now just has to get you to buy tickets. And to do that, the folks at Focus Features have given you another way to watch the trailer.

Watch: 10 Minute Interview With Richard Linklater On 'Boyhood' Plus Updates On 'Limpet' & 'Larry's Kidney'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2014 12:38 PM
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Boyhood
"That thing has been in development for over three years. Interesting how the week I have a film coming out someone decides it's a good idea to promote this. Not sure what they hope to gain," "Boyhood" director Richard Linklater told Indiewire about the brewing remake of "The Incredible Mr. Limpet," one that he also recently said "wasn't happening." So take this next bit of info with a grain or three of salt.

Watch: Kevin Hart Helps Josh Gad Get Hitched In First Trailer For 'The Wedding Ringer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2014 9:20 PM
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The Wedding Ringer
"This is one hell of a whirlwind," Kevin Hart told USA Today about his upcoming comedy "The Wedding Ringer." "It's a modern-day bromance with two guys who feed off each other really well." And that's pretty much all you need to know. Well that, and the fact that yes, Hart continues to be an unstoppable comedy hit machine, and with "Think Like A Man Too" getting set to top the box office this weekend, Sony is wise enough to already start the promo machine for his next movie. Once that isn't coming out until next year...

Watch: New Trailer For Zach Braff's Kickstarter Funded 'Wish I Was Here' Floors It

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2014 9:47 AM
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Wish I Was Here
A decade has passed since "Garden State," but Zach Braff still loves indie music and soundtracking lifechanging moments. He's back with his sophomore feature, "Wish I Was Here," and following The Shins-powered teaser, a brand new full-length trailer is here to deliver your requisite amount of quirk for the week.

Adam Sandler & Kevin James Team For 'Pixels,' Berenice Bejo Prepares For 'After The Storm' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2014 9:05 AM
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I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry Kevin James Adam Sandler
In rather shocking news, an Adam Sandler produced movie is also going to star Adam Sandler. And sit down for this one — he might even worked with some pals he's worked with before.

'Thor 3' Hammers Down Writers, Matthew Goode Meets For 'Batman Vs. Superman' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 9:40 AM
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Thor: The Dark World
While Marvel is starting to branch out their cinematic universe with "Guardians Of The Galaxy" this summer, and "Ant-Man" in 2015, that doesn't mean they're abandoning the staples. Earlier this week, the ball got rolling on "Captain America 3" with directors Anthony and Joe Russo tapped to return, and that's not all the news Marvel had.

Sundance Review: Zach Braff's Kickstarter-Funded 'Wish I Was Here'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 19, 2014 2:21 PM
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  • 12 Comments
Wish I Was Here
In the ten years since its release, Zach Braff’s debut “Garden State” has gone from Sundance darling to sleeper hit to pop culture pariah. The film still has its fans but the opposition seems to have grown louder, as every stylistic tic and soundtrack-cue has become a subject of easy derision. Between that film’s cooling reputation and the outcry when Braff turned to Kickstarter to help with funding for his latest, the actor-turned-filmmaker has faced the kind of backlash normally reserved for actor-directors who steal their source material and apologize with skywriting. Which is a shame, because Braff seems like a good dude and, like him or not, you can’t argue that his sensibility hasn’t connected with a lot of people.

Josh Gad Heads To 'Gilligan's Island,' James Franco Is 'The Fixer' & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • December 18, 2013 11:35 AM
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James Franco
Amid all the insane speculation about the awards chances of a half-dozen movies that are probably all coming out this month, it's nice to be reminded that there is life after January. There are always films on the way and here's news on five of them, new projects all.

Review: Animated Fairy Tale 'Frozen' Is A New Disney Classic

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 27, 2013 2:51 PM
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  • 31 Comments
For much of the past decade Walt Disney Animation Studios was suffering from something of an identity crisis. The studio's bread and butter—traditional, hand-drawn animation—was falling out of favor with audiences once again. The Disney Renaissance, which began with "The Little Mermaid" and continued through some of the studio's biggest hits, was flagging. The animation was still peerless, but obscene micromanagement from Michael Eisner and a defeated staff, who felt that the studio was paying more attention to Pixar than them, led to increasingly lacklustre material. Audiences preferred the more technologically advanced 3D computer animation that studios like DreamWorks Animation were churning out regularly and the question of what a Disney animated movie was, exactly, remained in the balance. Thankfully, with "Frozen," that riddle seems to have been solved.

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