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2015 Sundance Predictions: Which Film is the Next Whiplash?

19 November 2014 9:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen RiverWinter’s Bone, Blue ValentineMartha Marcy May MarleneBeasts of the Southern WildFruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Mae Whitman Gets a Terrible Label in Trailer for 'The Duff' Comedy

18 November 2014 2:05 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Though Mae Whitman may have become known for being rather plain as Michael Cera's girlfriend Ann in "Arrested Development," the actress is anything but frumpy now. However, that hasn't stopped her from being labeled The Duff (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) in a new comedy from CBS Films. It's basically Mean Girls meets She's All That, however, it doesn't seem like it will have the surprising charm and hilarity or staying power of either. If this is supposed to be a trailer for a comedy, there should probably be more than just a couple solid laughs. At the very least Whitman seems like she could make it work. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Ari Sandel's The Duff, straight from CBS Films: Bianca (Mae Whitman) is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student body knows her as ‘The Duff’ (Designated »

- Ethan Anderton

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Rick Alverson’s Entertainment

12 November 2014 9:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It may be too early to call him an American cousin akin to the quasi-dark humor of Roy Andersson and Aki Kaurismäki, but is third film showcased a unique, well-developed, wry-tinged funny-bone. When you throw in his previous dramatic pair of films in The Builder (2010) and New Jerusalem (2011), it makes for an early filmography that would surely receive an unflattering grade of next to no bags of popcorn from the On Cinema at the Cinema critic duo. This is a good thing. Filmmaker by day, musician by night, Rick Alverson’s third feature film The Comedy, was among the best items of 2012′s Sundance Film Festival, suffice it to say that his fourth film, Entertainment, which was shot midway in the year, might contain more of that DNA. Gregg Turkington who co-wrote with Alverson toplines the pic which was photographed by cinematographer Lorenzo Hagerman (look for his stylistic flourishes in »

- Eric Lavallee

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James Franco's Top Five Film Roles

4 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

James Franco is a strange bird, and one who defies categorization. He effortlessly balances the careers of an actor, director, screenwriter, artist, musician, novelist, poet, and teacher simultaneously. Honestly, we don’t know where he finds the time. Does he have a Time-Turner or a flux capacitor? That’s got to be it, right?

Time-travel aside, whatever James Franco’s doing – Is he not sleeping? – it’s working, because he’s about to add another hyphen to his already multi-hyphenate name.

James Franco, stage actor.

Making his Broadway debut, Franco joins the cast of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men as George Milton. Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) joins Franco as George’s well-meaning best friend Lennie, a role that garnered O’Dowd a Tony Award nomination.

Cineplex is delighted to present National Theatre Live’s premiere of Of Mice and Men this Thursday, November 6. An encore performance will take place next Thursday, »

- Sasha James

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The Simpsons: 10 Worst Guest Stars Ever

4 November 2014 5:09 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The Simpsons is known for having had great guest stars over the years, continually snagging some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry (and elsewhere) and having them turn up on the show both as cameos and at times as actual characters.

In the early years you had Kelsey Grammer, Michael Jackson, Dustin Hoffman, James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Taylor, Phil Hartman, George Takei, Ringo Starr, Jon Lovitz, and many others. There were musical guests like The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Aerosmith, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Sonic Youth. In more recent seasons guest stars have included Daniel Radcliffe, Max Von SydowZach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen, Patrick Stewart, Edward Norton, Bryan CranstonBenedict Cumberbatch, Gordon Ramsay, Neil Gaiman, Michael Cera, Jeremy Irons, Cheech and Chong, Alyson Hannigan, Jodie FosterSacha Baron Cohen and, again, many others.

Many, many others.

There have literally been hundreds of guest stars on The Simpsons over the years, »

- Jay Anderson

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Christopher Meloni Leads Paramount Digital’s Courtroom Spoof, ‘Beef’

3 November 2014 3:37 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

For the third time, Paramount's digital studio is looking to strike gold with a reality TV parody. The first two attempts were both excellent; now, it's Beef's turn. Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: Svu's Elliot Stabler, among many other roles) is the star of a courtroom comedy that will combine heated arguments, guest stars, and cold cuts. If Burning Love is Paramount Digital's spoof of The Bachelor, and The Hotwives of Orlando is its take on The Real Housewives, then Beef is the studio's attempt to skewer Judge Judy. Meloni stars as Lou, a butcher who doles out justice from behind his deli counter. Want to air your grievances in front of him? Take a number. Once you reach the stand, be careful not to lose your head, or Lou will order you to cool down in the meat locker. As with Paramount Digital's other reality TV parodies, Beef »

- Sam Gutelle

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How Tavi Gevinson Went From Internet Stardom to Broadway Acclaim

31 October 2014 2:12 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Many people know and love Tavi Gevinson as the founder of the website Style Rookie, but now she is branching out even further. Until January 2015, Tavi is starring on Broadway in This Is Our Youth with costars Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin. We caught up with Tavi backstage at Manhattan's Cort Theater to find out about her role in the play and what it's like taking such an adventure with Michael and Kieran. »

- Allie-Merriam

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How Tavi Gevinson Went From Internet Stardom to Broadway Acclaim

31 October 2014 2:12 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Many people know and love Tavi Gevinson as the founder of the website Style Rookie, but now she is branching out even further. Until January 2015, Tavi is starring on Broadway in This Is Our Youth with costars Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin. We caught up with Tavi backstage at Manhattan's Cort Theater to find out about her role in the play and what it's like taking such an adventure with Michael and Kieran. »

- Allie-Merriam

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Michael Cera Has ‘Beef’ With Christopher Meloni in First Trailer for Digital Series (Video)

29 October 2014 2:07 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A courtroom comedy set in a butcher shop? Where else but on VOD. Paramount Digital Entertainment has premiered the first trailer for their series “Beef,” which stars “Law & Order: Svu” alum Christopher Meloni as Lou, a butcher shop owner who also acts as judge and jury for anyone in the neighborhood who has “beef” with someone. See photos: ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Season 2 Character Posters: The Ladies of Litchfield Among the plaintiffs and defendants who stop by for Lou's judgment are Michael Cera as a waiter who screams profanities involuntarily, and Lizzy Caplan as one half of a couple. »

- Linda Ge

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John Oliver rants about the sugar industry on 'Last Week Tonight'

27 October 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Halloween is fast approaching, and John Oliver has a few words to say about the consumption of sugar that's about to take place. After Oliver got a tiny rant out about the "sexy John Oliver" Halloween costume, Oliver soon went into his rant du jour: sugar. Lamenting the "$2.2 billion of candy" that consumers will spend this Halloween, Oliver grew more incensed by reports that the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar a day, adding up to 75 pounds of sugar per year. "Holy shit, 75 pounds of sugar! That's like eating Michael Cera's weight in sugar every single year!" Oliver said. »

- Teresa Jue

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John Oliver Takes On the Sugar Industry for Halloween

27 October 2014 6:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver reflected on some of America's scary sugar statistics in honor of Halloween. He pointed out that Americans eat 75 pounds of sugar annually, which he refers to as "Michael Cera's weight in sugar every single year." That was just one of a host of facts about sugar that Oliver discussed on the episode, which focused on not only the negative effects of sugar, but how food and beverage companies don't want to reveal how much sugar they add to their products. The Fda is attempting to propose new labeling regulations so that nutrition labels reflect

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- Lorena O'Neil

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J.K. Simmons: The friendly face behind this year's scariest movie villain

10 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

"I remember when I first met J.K. Simmons, I just sort of told him, 'Remember how you were in Oz? I want to make that guy look like the teacher in Mr. Holland’s Opus." —Whiplash director Damien Chazelle Terence Fletcher, the intimidating music teacher in Whiplash, isn't a sadistic member of the Aryan Brotherhood, like Oz's Vern Schillinger. But for Miles Teller's high-school drum prodigy, Fletcher is practically evil incarnate, a bully whose primary methods of motivation are tossing chairs and playing cruel psychological mind games. He wants his school's jazz ensemble to be the best in the country, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Broadway Box Office: Nathan Lane and James Earl Jones pack 'em in. Mia Farrow? Not so much

6 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

It's Only a Play doesn't open until this Thursday, but the backstage comedy revival is already minting money for its producers at Broadway's Schoenfeld Theatre. The star-studded show—featuring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, and Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint—grossed an impressive $1.25 million for the week ending Oct. 5, according to figures from the Broadway League. That's a remarkable haul for a non-musical—and actually exceeds the potential earnings for the venue (thanks mostly to premium tickets sales and high demand). Another star-studded revival, Kaufman and Hart's You Can't Take It With You (starring »

- Thom Geier

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Things I Learned From Watching The Hostel Trilogy In One Sitting

18 September 2014 8:52 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

There are moments in my life where I make extremely unwise decisions and I will be the last to admit it when I’ve made a mistake.  However, this is an instance where I will scream from the rooftops how much of an idiot I am.  I’m the type of person that likes to watch franchises all at once.  When it’s Halloween, I’m that asshole that stays inside all day to watch every single Halloween film ever made in a row.  Well, at least whatever ones will be playing on AMC that night, but I digress.  For whatever reason, I felt compelled to sit through all three Hostel films one right after another.  All this proved is that yes, I’m really into masochism.  I’m not going to sugarcoat it; I hated Hostel when it first came out. I really, really hated Hostel.  I felt the »

- BJ Colangelo

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15 Young Adult Novels Turned Into Movies

16 September 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Maze Runner will finally hit theaters this Friday, September 19th.

Published in October 2009 and based upon the first book in a bestselling series by James Dashner, the novel became a New York Times Best Seller and captured the imaginations of readers around the world. Fans have described it as a combination of Lord of the Flies, The Hunger Games, and the legendary television series Lost.

Books to film – especially young adult adaptations – are big bucks at the box office. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga franchises have collectively grossed more than $5 billion at the worldwide box office, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the 10th highest-grossing film of all time.

Over the weekend, Variety reported:

The 20th Century Fox release racked up a strong $8.3 million across five markets last weekend, with debuts that compared favorably to another young adult hit, “Divergent.” “The Maze Runner” is »

- Movie Geeks

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Hollywood Heads to Broadway

16 September 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.

The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.

Michael Cera (Arrested Development) and Kieran Culkin, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson Talk Ya Appeal of Their 'This Is Our Youth' Broadway Debut

14 September 2014 10:40 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Michael Cera is excited to be staying put for a while. He just made his Broadway debut in Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, which opened on Thursday to rave reviews, and before reveling at the opening night party at the Bowery Hotel, Cera reflected on his first theater experience. "Just the thought of knowing where you’re going to be for the next few months is something I never got used to, from working in film and television," Cera told The Hollywood Reporter while sitting on a brick-lined patio of one of the hotel’s upstairs suites. "There’s this ephemeral

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- Suzy Evans

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Theater Review: The Unexpected Greatness of Michael Cera, in This Is Our Youth

11 September 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Michael Cera, he of the turtle face and pipe-cleaner arms, has cornered the market on screen nerdism to the point you would think there was nothing left for him to mine from the indignations of the socially awkward. Turns out, given material deep enough, there is. He’s found that material in Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, and under Anna D. Shapiro’s superlative direction uses it to fuel an unforgettable performance, the more so for marking his New York stage debut. As the overliteral, quasi-Asperger’s lost-soul 19-year-old Warren Straub — Cera is 26 but passes just fine — he digs so far into the character’s drugged-out disappointment you see only the shadows of it rippling the surface. Surprisingly that’s enough; he’s a triumph.The rest of the production—which also stars Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson — does not quite live up to that level, but then »

- Jesse Green

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Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin Debut On Broadway; Off-Broadway ‘Booty’ Star Is Born

11 September 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

No play ever celebrated arrested development quite so amusingly as Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth, a shambling off-Broadway hit from 1996 now revived starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and an ingenue named Tavi Gavinson, all making their Broadway debuts. The production is the latest transfer by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, and as staged by Anna D. Shapiro, it’s typical of that celebrated troupe in its physicality combined with thoughtfulness.

The time is the 1980s and the setting is the apartment of Dennis (Culkin), who passes the time selling weed and coke while waiting for his life to happen. When his equally vacant but much milder friend Warren (Cera, of Juno and Arrested Development) shows up with $15,000 stolen from his possibly mobbed-up father, the boys consider several options: using the money to score a major drug deal and make even more money; return it before Warren’s father discovers »

- Jeremy Gerard

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Matt Damon To Star In Kenneth Lonergan's Third Film 'Manchester-by-the-Sea'

9 September 2014 12:20 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Matt Damon just agreed to be the A-lister in Kenneth Lonergan's third film, Manchester-by-the-Sea. The two will reunite for the first time since Margaret, Lonergan's second feature which was shot in 2005 but released until 2011.

Also written by Lonergan, Manchester-by-the-Sea tells the story of a Boston plumber (Damon) who is forced to return home after he learns that his brother has passed away. There he finds himself trust into the care of the man's 16-year-old son but finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past.

The project is being financed by OddLot Entertainment (Draft Day, Ender's Game). Sources say that the film will be tonally similar to You Can Count On Me, Lonergan's critically acclaimed directorial debut, which starred Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney.

Most recently, Lonergan's play This Is Out Youth has gotten a revival on Broadway. (A decade a go, Damon starred in the play, »

- Laura Frances

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