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Pick Hit: Raunchy R-Rated Comedy 'Neighbors,' Starring Rogen, Byrne & Efron, that Even Critics Love (RED BAND TRAILER)

Universal Pictures smartly debuted "Neighbors," a raunchy, R-rated comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron as the titular domestic warmongers, at SXSW 2014, where it picked up great word-of-mouth from festival-goers and critics alike. But the best thing in the movie is Rose Byrne. The films opens May 9. Read review, roundup and see Red Band trailer here.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 18, 2014 5:17 PM
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The Highs and Lows of the Meaningless 2014 MTV Movie Awards, from Shirtless Efron to Wahlberg's F-Bombs (VIDEOS)

"Welcome to the Satanic Cult Awards, ladies and gentleman!" was how host Conan O'Brien kicked off the MTV Movie Awards 2014 on Sunday night, and though it was a show filled with highs and lows, O'Brien was among the highs.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 14, 2014 2:21 PM
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Seven TV Spots to Watch for This Super Bowl Sunday (CLIPS)

During Sunday's Superbowl XLVIII on FOX, major studios will be unveiling new trailers and exclusive first-looks at some of 2014's biggest movies. Celebrity appearances also abound in the evening's commercials, including a Ford spot starring James Franco. Teaser for that ad, clips and a heads-up for must-watch spots here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • January 30, 2014 2:54 PM
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Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: Flat 'Parkland' Revisits JFK Assassination

A seminal event in America's recent past - the assassination of JFK - is reconstructed in writer-director Peter Landesman's competently made but one-dimensional dramatization, using a hefty ensemble cast that includes Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and Marcia Gay Harden.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • September 1, 2013 8:23 AM
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Your Week in Streaming: A Bad Teacher, Zac Efron in Tighty Whities, Pasolini's Marxist Jesus and More (TRAILERS)

From Pasolini to Welles, and new films by Hannah Fidell and Kat Coiro, here are some of the best films available across VOD platforms this week.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 26, 2013 5:30 PM
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Video Highlights of the MTV Movie Awards: Aubrey Plaza Stage Crashes, Bradley Cooper's Smooching Skills, Trailblazer Emma Watson and More

You can count on the MTV Movie Awards to be noisy, lively, silly and awkward, and Sunday night was no exception. Check out the full list of winners and highlights below, including Aubrey Plaza stage-crashing Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen and Zac Efron going pantless to present the Best Shirtless Performance, Emma Watson being adorably flustered by her win as MTV Trailblazer, and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 15, 2013 1:32 PM
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