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Tribeca Review: 'A Good Old Fashioned Orgy' Is A Good New-Fashioned Slob Comedy

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 1, 2011 6:20 AM
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The slob comedy, an invention of the American counterculture of the sixties and seventies that tore down movies’ perception of onscreen propriety, has miraculously survived in various forms since Bill Murray and his “Saturday Night Live” cronies started smirking on the big screen. Every time someone thinks that the influence of “National Lampoon’s Animal House” can no longer be felt, a film like “The Hangover” emerges, tapping into the zeitgeist and pulling in record-breaking numbers, further establishing the modern onscreen male as proprietor of snark, juvenile tomfoolery, and general bad behavior.

Vince Vaughn Vehicle 'Insane Laws' May Find A Home At Universal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2011 11:33 AM
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"The Break-Up," "Couples Retreat," "Four Christmases," "The Dilemma" -- these are all part of a very successful, if mediocre cloth that Vince Vaughn has been cutting some big checks from lately, and while we wish he would latch on to something more interesting, it's no surprise that another project is bubbling up in the same arena as those predecessors.

David O. Russell Likes Scarlett Johansson For The Role Of Elena In 'Uncharted'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 1, 2011 5:34 AM
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Says That Buddy Action Pic 'Two Guns' Won't Happen Until After 'Uncharted'Despite the film still without a script (back in December writer/director David O. Russell said it was half done and he's still working on it) casting ideas and story details continue to come fast and furious for "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" for what promises to be one of the most high profile video game adaptations of all time.

David O. Russell To Rewrite & Direct Action Comedy '2 Guns,' Vince Vaughn Attached To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2011 2:52 AM
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Back in the fall, "2 Guns," an action-comedy with Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson was announced....and then sort of forgotten. The project was in pretty early stages and while Wilson, at least for now, no longer seems to be in the mix, things are moving forward with some very impressive talent.

Review: 'The Dilemma' Chooses Wacky Hijinks Over Intelligent Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2011 3:07 AM
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Overrated screenwriter Allan Loeb is curiously one of the most in-demand writers in Hollywood right now, and we're beginning to understand why. His screenplays tend to sell high-concept work which makes executives and producers feel good about themselves, but the actual execution undermines whatever originality and vigor the original premise may have had, keeping things safe for mainstream audiences to embrace without thinking too much, which makes studio heads happy. But if you look closer, Allan Loeb seems to be writing the same script over and over with entire plots hanging on one character struggling to tell somebody the secret he's holding. Exhibit 1: "The Switch" spent nearly half its running time with Jason Bateman agonizing over whether or not to tell Jennifer Aniston that it's actually his sperm she used to have a child. Exhibit 2: In "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" Shia LaBeouf could have avoided a world of hurt he had just been honest with his girlfriend, Carey Mulligan, about what he was doing with her Dad. Which brings us to Exhibit 3: "The Dilemma." Once again, a character grapples for the majority of the film's running time with a should I?/shouldn't I? situation, in this case it's whether or not to tell his best friend that his wife is cheating on him. Yes, "The Dilemma" is another one of those movies where you're going to wait for somebody to stop acting like an idiot and do what most normal people would do without hesitation. It's pretty painful.

Hi-Ho Silver: Ten People Who Could Play 'The Lone Ranger' Opposite Johnny Depp's Tonto

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 29, 2010 6:29 AM
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It's been in the works for a few years now , but Jerry Bruckheimer's Johnny Depp-toplining new version of classic pulp character "The Lone Ranger" is finally moving forward with Gore Verbinski, who previously worked with the producer and the star on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy, being officially announced as director on Tuesday.

Watch: Electric Cars Aren't Gay In The International Trailer For 'The Dilemma'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2010 2:21 AM
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While the battle for comedic free expression has been won on the back of a pretty dumb joke, the international trailer for Ron Howard's "The Dilemma" plays it safe and doesn't reference the "electric cars are gay" joke at all, but actually, surprisingly, did make us chuckle more than the first spot for the film did.

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