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WATCH: Jonah Hill Hosts A Fantastic SNL with Surprise from Leonardo DiCaprio

Jonah Hill hosted Saturday Night Live this week and stands as one of the best hosts of the season so far--though the best moment of the evening was a surprise visit from Leonardo DiCaprio during Hill's monologue.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 26, 2014 12:46 PM
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Indie Spirit Nominated 'Crystal Fairy': Michael Cera and Gabby Hoffmann Take a Psychoactive Voyage

"Crystal Fairy," which recently scored Indie Spirit nominations for the John Cassavettes Award and Best Female Lead (Gaby Hoffmann), was written and filmed while director Sebastian Silva and Michael Cera were in Chile waiting for production of their film "Magic Magic" to continue. A film of spontaneous perfection was born. It is not neat but it seems to be driven from a genuine impulse. Because it's 2013, this spontaneity comes with a healthy dose of irony and cynicism, but the film moves from flashes of heartfelt despair to abounding joy and back again.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 29, 2013 1:48 PM
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Netflix's Revived Cult Favorite 'Arrested Development' Brings Baggage

"Arrested Development" is not a sitcom that suits TV-love-at-first-sight. Like many of the better television shows, it's based on layers. Any series that rewards serious, devoted, eagle-eyed fans would bring an onslaught of criticism upon its return. Is the wrath that has met Netflix's revival of the canceled series simply a product of viewer investment in the initial iteration of the series? Or does it hold merit as a valid criticism of this installment?
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 1, 2013 4:29 PM
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WATCH: Michael Cera's Directorial Debut 'Brazzaville Teen-Ager' Premieres on YouTube (VIDEO)

YouTube comedy collective JASH premiered Canadian actor Michael Cera's directorial debut "Brazzaville Teen-Ager," a dramatic short film that represents a slight -- keyword: slight -- departure from the "Arrested Development" star's endearingly awkward shtick.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2013 2:23 PM
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Berlin: Content Nabs International Rights to Sundance Award-Winner 'Crystal Fairy,' Starring Michael Cera

Content has acquired international rights for "Crystal Fairy," Chilean director Sebastian Silva's slacker comedy starring Michael Cera that premiered opening night at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2013 11:55 AM
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Sundance Review Roundup: Sebastian Silva's Drug-Fueled and Off-Kilter Slacker Comedy 'Crystal Fairy,' Starring Michael Cera

Critics are weighing in from Park City on Sebastián Silva's 'Crystal Fairy & the Magic Cactus and 2012,' starring Michael Cera, one of three Sundance Fest opening night offerings. The effectiveness of Cera's casting is up for debate -- some reviewers find it a refreshing shake-up from the young actor's usual "nice-guy routine," while others claim it clashes with Silva's comedic leanings. Review roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 18, 2013 11:32 AM
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