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Paul Rudd Is A Smiley Moron In First Poster For 'Our Idiot Brother'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 10, 2011 8:00 AM
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Even though the film received respectful, rather than rave, reviews on its Sundance bow (our own review was one of the more positive), you can't cast Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Emily Mortimer, Rashida Jones, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, T.J. Miller, Adam Scott and Kathryn Hahn in a comedy together without leaving us begging to see the finished film, and that's why we've been firmly looking forward to "Our Idiot Brother" all year long.

Watch: TV Sneak Peeks For J.J. Abrams' 'Alcatraz,' Jonathan Nolan's 'Person Of Interest' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 20, 2011 8:14 AM
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Steven Spielberg's 'Terra Nova,' Liz Meriwether's Dreadful Looking 'New Girl,' 'Napoleon Dynamite' Cartoon' & Jonah Hill's 'Allen Gregory' Also Get Previewed'Wait a minute. A post with trailers for televisions shows? Believe it, friendo. The small screen, not so long ago considered an ancient artifact in the face of big screen spectacles and online entertainment, has rebounded in a huge way as a place where creativity is allowed to shine. HBO and AMC have been clearing the path and now it looks like old standbys like Fox and CBS are rolling the dice on some ambitious fare, so let's get to it shall we?

The Small Screen: Zooey Deschanel Sitcom 'The New Girl' Gets Series Order From Fox

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2011 1:45 AM
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J.J. Abrams' Series 'Alcatraz' Also Picked Up, But Mark Romanek's 'Locke & Key' Is DeadWith so much big-screen talent migrating to television, we're starting to cover more TV news here at The Playlist: while our heart will always be with the cinema, its upstart little cousin has wiped away any stigma that once remained, and in general, there's more good scripted comedy and drama around, both on network TV and on cable, than ever before. The current season is coming to a close over the next few weeks, which means that the networks will start unveiling their line-up for the coming 2011-12 season, and word's already started to leak with regards to the top-rated network, Fox.

Watch/Listen: The National For 'Win Win'; Zooey Deschanel For 'Winnie' & Mark Ronson For 'Arthur'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2011 4:09 AM
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A few bits of music/movie news to bring you into the weekend. First off, as we reported last year, The National have recorded a brand new song for the solid Tom McCarthy directed dramedy "Win Win" starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan. The film goes into wider release this weekend and Prefix have uncovered the video for the tune, "Think You Can Wait." It's a mashup of clips, behind-the-scenes footage and band rockin' out so it gets the job done. Totally anecdotal, but "Win Win" got hearty applause from the audience we saw it with, so might be worth your $10 this weekend.

TV News: James Mangold & Phillip Noyce Direct Pilots; Zooey Deschanel In Talks For Fox Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2011 4:02 AM
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Deschanel's HBO Adaptation Of The Groupie Memoir 'I'm With The Band' No Longer HappeningTwo directors who had some decently performing movies (though not outright blockbusters) last summer will be making a detour to the small screen before locking in their next feature project.

Sundance '11 Review: 'My Idiot Brother' Is Apatovian, Pleasureable & A Real Surprise

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  • January 23, 2011 11:33 AM
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From our reviews correspondent over at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, James Rocchi.“My Idiot Brother,” directed by Jesse Peretz, is in many ways a hard film to rationalize here at the Sundance film festival. It is a glossy comedy, albeit with a thin layer of surface grime provided by harsh language, brief nudity and other mature circumstances to take a bit of the gleam off. It is about as “independent” as a premature infant on a respirator. It does not introduce new faces and talents, nor does it show us talents we know doing something different. Instead, “My Idiot Brother” assembles a comedy dream team for a story of family and forgiveness, shows us people trying to be good, trying to be more than themselves, and has amazing comedy bits ranging from huge sight gags and ba-doomp-boomp! punchlines, to razor-sharp sentences that boomerang back after they’ve whizzed by and silent expressions that convey volumes. It is a clear heir to the Apatovian comedy trend of emotional journeys along roads pocked with potty-talk potholes, and yet it also has as much heart as, if not more than, the best of Apatow’s work. It may be slender, but it is also a sheer delight.

First Look: Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones, Elizabeth Banks & Emily Mortimer In 'My Idiot Brother'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 10, 2011 2:47 AM
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9 New Photos From The Paul Rudd Comedy Premiering At SundanceWith the film set to premiere later this month at Sundance, Jesse Peretz's star-driven comedy "My Idiot Brother" has launched an official website featuring the first look at the band of actresses playing the sisters of Paul Rudd's protagonist including Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer as well as Rashida Jones who plays Deschanel's character's lesbian lover.

Watch: Trailer For 'Your Highness' Promises Big Laughs, Bigger Special Effects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2010 8:58 AM
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David Gordon Green isn't fucking around. A new trailer for his upcoming medieval stoner comedy "Your Highness" has arrived and while it's just as funny (though not as raunchy) as the red-band spot that hit last month, it definitely gives us a look at more of the whizz-bang digital effects that look very good, especially for a not-so-serious quest picture.

Watch: Flat-Out Awesome Red-Band Trailer For David Gordon Green's 'Your Highness'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 17, 2010 1:34 AM
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Considering we're huge fans of pretty much everyone involved, it's almost surprising that we've been cautious of the upcoming fantasy-comedy "Your Highness." But with David Gordon Green's previous studio comedy, "Pineapple Express," being far from a home-run, and a near-six month release delay, signs were beginning to stack up that the film could be yet another expensive, indulgent misfire from Universal. However, our man on the floor of New York Comic-Con flipped for the footage shown there, calling it "excellent, funny [and] thrilling," and now the rest of us have been able to catch up with what he was talking about, with the first widely available footage from the film making its way on to the internet, in the form of a red-band trailer on IGN.

First Look At 'Winnie The Pooh'; Zooey Deschanel To Sing Theme Song

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2010 4:13 AM
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Will Hit Theaters On July 15, 2011It was one of those days yesterday. Just a short while after we posted our initial report on the upcoming 2D, hand-animated "Winnie The Pooh," Disney went ahead and dropped some new images, plot synopsis and a bunch of details about the film. So this is a bit of catchup post.

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