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Review: 'Odd Thomas' Starring Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe And Addison Timlin

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 28, 2014 4:00 PM
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It's strange how intermittently bestselling novelist Dean Koontz has been adapted, and how those adaptations—from the early Ben Affleck joint "Phantoms" to the Jeff Goldblum starring psychological thriller "Hideaway"—have been almost uniformly horrible. Koontz doesn't have the way with characters or the homespun prose of his contemporary Stephen King, but he sells almost as many books. And most are written in a singularly straightforward, cinematic style that should make big screen adaptations easy and accessible (his late '90s techno-thriller "Dark Rivers of the Heart" was the best movie James Cameron never made). So calling "Odd Thomas" the best Dean Koontz adaptation yet feels like damning it with faint praise, but it's true. Too bad it's barely getting released. Koontz's string of bad luck continues.

'Young Adult' Star Patton Oswalt Talks Transforming For The Film & How His French Bulldog Helped Get Him The Job

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 14, 2011 2:15 PM
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Going into “Young Adult,” Jason Reitman’s new dark comedy, you kind of already have a sensation that Charlize Theron is going to dazzle you as the boozy, emotionally stunted author of a series of young adult novels who returns to her hometown in an effort to woo a former beau.

"Assholes Don't Actually Change": Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody Discuss The Ugliness Of 'Young Adult'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 27, 2011 5:17 AM
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Director, Writer & Comedian Patton Oswalt Discuss Black Dramedy At Secret Pop-Up Screening In ChicagoParamount's 2010 Oscar strategy worked in spades: avoid the early fall circuit, keep things hidden until the last minute (December release) and keep them anticipating. This approach garnered "True Grit" ten Oscar nominations and a massive $250 million worldwide gross, and seven nominations and $129 million worldwide cume for "The Fighter." Not too shabby at all. For Jason Reitman's "Young Adult," Paramount seems to be employing a slightly similar tactic.

The Amazing Race: Will Veterans Or Newcomers Win Out In The Supporting Categories?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 7, 2011 6:56 AM
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In contrast to the Best Actor & Actress race, which we've examined in the last few weeks, the supporting categories are looking much more open. A-list movie stars like Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Penelope Cruz and Cate Blanchett, who've all figured in recent years, are mostly absent from contention, and only a few performances have really planted a flag in the category, with some initially strong contenders already starting to slip away.

Johnny Knoxville & Patton Oswalt Co-Star In Upcoming David Gordon Green Produced Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 4:38 AM
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As far as comedy team-ups go this is pretty inspiring, though we have to say, the pairing of Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt is also kind of strange too.

Melanie Lynskey, T.J. Miller, Patton Oswalt & More Join 'Seeking A Friend At The End Of The World'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 18, 2011 9:35 AM
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This business moves fast. We'd barely finished hitting 'publish' on a post about "Community" star Gillian Jacobs joining the Steve Carell/Keira Knightley comedy-drama "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World," and our inbox pinged with a press release from Focus Features, who recently acquired the film. As it turns out, Jacobs wasn't the only actor to come on board the film recently.

Patton Oswalt Joins 'Odd Thomas'; Lauren Weedman Gets A 'Five Year Engagement'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 8:51 AM
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Eva Longoria Rolls With Billy Bob Thornton In 'Baytown Disco'Okay, a few bits of casting here because time is precious and sometimes you gotta use one stone to make a few lemonades or something like that, got it?

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