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Watch: Steve Carell Deals With 'Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' In New Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2014 1:00 PM
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Looks like somebody has a case of the Mondays. The cherished children's book "Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst is headed to the big screen, and it looks like it will live up to the title in more ways than one.

April Fools: The 10 Best Movie Idiots

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 1, 2014 3:00 PM
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The 10 Best Movie Idiots
Inspired in part by the Roman festival of Hilaria and the medieval Feast Of Fools, the first of the fourth month brings April Fool’s Day, a celebration of jokes, pranks and hoaxes around the world. It probably hasn’t escaped your attention, thanks to the prevalence of weak LOLs, thin hoaxes, and people complaining about the weak LOLs and thin hoaxes on social media.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2015 Best Actor Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 10, 2014 2:49 PM
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Premature Oscar Predictions: Actors
In an effort to cut off the head and put a stake in the heart of the awards season for a few months, last week saw us running down a few of the Best Picture possibilities for the 2014/2015 Oscars. Namely, the movies that are likely to dominate discussions in the back six of the next twelve months.

Watch: 2 New Trailers For 'Anchorman: The Legend Continues' Starring Will Ferrell & Steve Carell

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 23, 2013 4:46 AM
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Now, these are more like it. Only earlier today, we were talking around the Playlist water cooler about how the marketing for "Anchorman: The Legend Continues," which has involved a slightly underwhelming teaser trailer, Will Ferrell shooting 70 (!) in-character Dodge Durango ads, and as of yesterday, a Ben & Jerrys flavor called "Scotchy Scotch Scotch," has risked turning Ron Burgundy from the central character of the funniest pure comedy of the 00s to a corporate pitchman whose new movie was looking worryingly disappointing.

Ron Burgundy To Release Leather-Bound Book Of His Own, While Details Emerge About Proposed 'Anchorman' Broadway Show

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 14, 2013 3:04 PM
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It was bound to happen: Ron Burgundy, the egotistical news anchor played by Will Ferrell in 2004's"Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" and this winter's "Anchorman: The Legend Continues," will have his own leather-bound book (undoubtedly smelling of rich mahogany). According to Rolling Stone, a new book supposedly authored by Burgundy will be out on November 19th. But that's not all: the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, which features Burgundy and his fellow newscasters on the cover, also offers some insight into the film's plot as well as revealing what would have been had the film come to fruition in its original form: as a lavish Broadway musical.

5 TV Comedy Actors Turned Movie Stars (5 More Who Floundered)

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 12, 2013 12:29 PM
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With "Grown Ups 2" starring "SNL" alumnus Adam Sandler and "King of Queens" star Kevin James opening this weekend, and "The Way Way Back" with Steve Carell of "The Office" fame out since last week, your local multiplex will soon be playing a choice of films with star actors who originally made their names in TV comedy shows. All three of these guys have carved out the kind of big-screen success that means we arguably now associate them more with movies than with television, but that's a trick that many have tried and only few have really pulled off.

Review: 'Despicable Me 2' Starring Steve Carell & Kristen Wiig

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 2, 2013 1:00 PM
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The original "Despicable Me," released back in 2010 by Illumination Entertainment (a mini-Pixar that would go on to release "Hop" and "The Lorax") was, at its best, an easily forgettable trifle with a handful of hummable songs by Pharrell Williams. It concerned a super-villain named Gru (Steve Carell), who adopts a trio of adorable orphans in an attempt to get back at his arch nemesis, a villain named Vector (Jason Segel). Of course, the orphans melt his evil black heart and he decides to give up the villainous lifestyle to be a stay-at-home-dad. It was pat but it was over pretty quickly and the characters had a nice Charles Addams-by-way-of-Hanna-Barbara look to them. But in no way was the story something that cried out for a follow-up. This is a sequel that's even less necessary than "Monsters University;" often times it feels like the movie can't even justify it's own existence while you're watching it. Rudderless and inane, "Despicable Me 2" goes through the motions until it finally sputters and runs out of gas.

Weekend Box Office: 'Oz' Continues To Rule, 'Burt Wonderstone' Far Less Than 'Incredible'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 17, 2013 11:32 AM
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While it should be more than clear that "Oz the Great and Powerful" won't match the billion dollar haul of Disney's "Alice In Wonderland" – tears of sadness, Disney – still, this remains prime real estate for a family film as kids celebrate their spaced-out spring breaks. As such, 'Oz' has performed strongly on the weekdays, news that offsets the decent-but-unspectacular overseas returns. The film is on pace to rack up somewhere between $600-$800 million (probably the low end of that), which doesn't blow the doors off compared to a $300 million plus investment by the studio. But this is Disney we're talking about: there are ancillary earnings up the wazoo here.

'Once' Helmer John Carney Hired To Direct Steve Carell In Drama 'Dogs of Babel'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 3, 2011 2:45 AM
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Making the leap from TV comic to big-screen star has always been a tricky route -- one flop can put you right back to square one, and conversely, the temptation to take every project that comes your way, risking over-exposing yourself, seems to be a common one. There's no denying that Steve Carell's had some missteps since breaking out of "The Daily Show" and "Anchorman" -- "Evan Almighty," "Get Smart," "Dinner for Schmucks" -- but crucially, most of his films, even the less well-received pictures, have performed relatively well at the box office, and he's now a bona-fide A-lister.

Steve Carell To Turn 'Heat' Vibed Heist Flick 'Conviction' Into '48 Hours' Style Romp

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2011 11:02 AM
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Getting your script picked up in Hollywood can be both a blessing and a curse. You can see your vision realized as it should be on the big screen or you can see it ripped apart, rewritten, retooled, dumped, re-acquired and re-imagined until it barely resembles the thing you first wrote. For Black List approved Jonathan Herman, he's seeing his work get a makeover.

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