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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

31 December 2010 5:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Five

31 December 2010 5:23 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Factory

Opens: 2011

Cast: John Cusack, Jennifer Carpenter, Ksenia Solo, Mae Whitman, Sonya Walger

Director: Morgan O'Neill

Summary: An obsessed cop is on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, New York. When his teenage daughter disappears, he drops any pretension and professional restraint he might have to get the killer.

Analysis: Shot almost three years ago now, Dark Castle had originally planned to release this thriller back in late 2009. However for reasons unspecified, it has been sitting on a shelf for some time and keeps getting delayed. In cases like these, the most obvious reason is usually the correct one - it stinks (eg. "Case 39"). The company certainly has had its fair share of box-office duds lately including "Whiteout," "Ninja Assassin," "The Losers," "Orphan" and "Splice".

Yet Cusack generally has good taste in projects, his last venture into horror was the surprisingly effective Stephen King »

- Garth Franklin

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Your next box set: Freaks and Geeks

31 December 2010 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Freaks and Geeks set a high value on realism: it contains just about every embarrassing teenage experience you can think of

The pilot episode of Us comedy teen drama Freaks and Geeks opens with a footballer having a deep and meaningful with his pretty cheerleader girlfriend. "Ashley," says the jock, "it's just . . . I love you so much it scares me." They start making out as Starbucks-lite music wafts in.

But things are not what they seem. Suddenly the camera darts beneath the tiers of seats, the music switches to Van Halen, and we find ourselves at a stoner party happening under the stand. "God, I Hate high school," says Lindsay Weir, the show's heroine, setting the tone for what is to come.

Set in 1980-81 at McKinley High School in a (fictional) suburb of Detroit, the series follows Weir as she migrates from star "mathlete" to the "freak" crowd, while »

- Priya Elan

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"Undeclared" Ep. 17, "Eric's Pov"

30 December 2010 11:48 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

"Undeclared" is now airing on IFC, and we thought we'd take this opportunity to revisit the show that further cemented broadcast television's inability to recognize the genius of Judd Apatow. Every week, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore will be offering their thoughts on two more episodes.

Episode 17

Eric's Pov

Written by Judd Apatow & Nicholas Stoller

Directed by Jon Favreau

"I'll tell you something, buddy -- there is nothing as good as the love of a good woman. Except ecstasy. Wanna do some ecstasy?" -- Rex

Alison: As you pointed out last week, Matt, around this time in its life cycle "Freaks and Geeks" was busy wrapping up loose ends and providing a little closure for the characters of which we'd become so fond. By contrast, the last episode of "Undeclared" spends half its runtime with Eric (Jason Segel) who isn't even a main cast member, and the other half on »

- Alison Willmore

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'How I Met Your Mother' preview: Doogie Howser grows a beard

28 December 2010 2:25 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

You could never accuse "How I Met Your Mother" of being particularly forthcoming with its preview images.

The Jan. 3 episode, "Bad News," finds Marshall (Jason Segel) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) heading to a fertility expert played by guest star... Neil Patrick Harris.

Yes, Nph gets a double billing, playing Barney and "Dr. Stangel." But is this a joke or another doppelganger? Either way, it's a step in the right direction for the pregnancy-challenged couple.

 

The real question at this point is which of the two is causing the hold up. Judging by facial expressions, we're going with Lily. Or perhaps this is just Jason Segel breaking character at the sight of Nph in Steven Keaton beard:

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- editorial@zap2it.com

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Emily Blunt Interview on Gulliver's Travels

27 December 2010 9:41 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Check out the latest interview with actress Emily Blunt on her role in the comedy “Gulliver’s Travels” by director Rob Letterman (Monsters vs Alien, Shark Tale) and starring Emily Blunt (Charlie Wilson’s War, The Wolfman), Jason Segel (Despicable Me, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up) and Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom, Year One, Tropic Thunder). Click Here for more photos, news and videos from Gulliver’s Travels. Synopsis: Jack Black stars in the 20th Century Fox adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels with this fantasy-filled comedic production. This take on the timeless tale revolves around a shipwrecked journalist (Black) who discovers an island in the heart of the Bermuda [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Segel Owes Eccentric Mum For Quirky Humour

27 December 2010 5:36 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Funnyman Jason Segel's quirky humour is all thanks to his mother's unorthodox parenting techniques - she had odd ways of punishing her young son.

The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star's mum would make her son watch depressing movies like Being There if he wanted to skip school and she once humiliated him after he was caught stealing a kiss from a classmate on a cinema trip.

Segel recalls, "It was right during puberty time... and you're in a darkened theatre, so I ended up kissing the girl sitting next to me, who was in my class and I got in trouble, I got suspended.

"When I came home my mom wouldn't speak to me but she had drawn pictures of me everywhere with the word 'Pervert' underneath.

"I had a little of that growing up and it makes you funny - I promise."

But he adds, "I also wore a Superman cape under my clothes until I was 12 years old... In my little kid brain, it was just in case." »

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[Review] Gulliver’s Travels

27 December 2010 9:20 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s tempting to copy and paste a review from a film critic I admire, after all in this modern day adaptation of Jonathan Swift’s Guilliver’s Travels, it’s an act of plagiarism that is the catalyst for Gulliver’s troubles. He finds himself on assignment in Lilliput, a land of 6-inch humans speaking in British accents. For this to be a true modern day adaptation, with the satirical objectives of Jonathan Swift’s original, Gulliver would have to find himself transported to a modern day mini-Middle East. So dangerous a mix, a producer with that pair of balls (and perhaps stupidity) might as well hire Mel Gibson to play Gulliver, but this isn’t atomic Swiftian satire so much as a fun family-friendly 3D comedy.

As far as family friendly diversions go, particularly around this season of Oscar bait and mediocre studio counter programming, this is a »

- John Fink

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Jason Segel Clears Up The Muppets Movie Rumors & Jack Black Reveals His Cameo

27 December 2010 7:08 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

For the first time in more than a decade, a new Muppets movie is in production. Titled simply The Muppets (formerly The Greatest Muppet Movie of All Time!!!), the new movie is a labor of love for producer, co-writer, co-director and star Jason Segel, who first pitched the idea to Walt Disney Pictures in 2008 with his Forgetting Sarah Marshall director, Nicholas Stoller, co-writer of the movie's screenplay. In a recent interview with MTV, Segel confirmed the new title and cleared up a couple of the rumors that have been surrounding the movie in recent months.

Next Showing: The Muppets opens November 23, 2011

Link | Posted 12/27/2010 by BrentJS

Jack Black | Jason Segel | Jason Segel Muppet Movie »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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Jack Black's Gulliver's Travels: Major Box-Office Flop

26 December 2010 6:39 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jack Black, Gulliver's Travels Jeff Bridges-Garrett Hedlund's Tron: Legacy Down 54% Opening at a low no. 7 this Christmas weekend, 20th Century Fox's Gulliver's Travels, directed by Rob Letterman, and starring Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, and Jason Segel, grossed a paltry $7.2m at 2,546 locations as per studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The adventure fantasy's average was a mediocre $2,828 per site, even considering that Gulliver's Travels has been out for only two days (it opened on Saturday) — but especially considering that about half its take came from pricier 3D houses. No official numbers are available regarding Gulliver's Travels' budget — not that those are to be believed, anyhow — but estimates range from $90-110m according to boxofficespy.com. At no. 8, Darren Aronofsky-Natalie Portman's Black Swan earned $6.6m, down -21.3% despite the addition of 507 theaters on Wednesday. (True enough, some of that box-office boost »

- Zac Gille

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New Gulliver’s Travel Movie Delivered Lots Of Laughs With Jack Black

26 December 2010 3:33 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

New Gulliver's Travels movie delivered lots of laughs with Jack Black. 20th Century Fox released their new comedy,adventure flick "Gulliver's Travel" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out yesterday,and thought it was pretty funny. However,it got a little ridiculous at the end. Overall,though,it was pretty good. The movie stars: Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Jason Segel, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, James Corden, Catherine Tate,and Chris O'Dowd. "Gulliver's Travels" revolved around character Lemuel Gulliver (Jack Black) who is a low confident,mail room worker that has a major crush on a girl in the office named Darcy Silverman (Amanda Peet). In a failed attempt to ask her out on a date, he winds up applying for a writing/traveling job. »

- Andre@ontheflix

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Box office summary. 'Little Fockers' outguns 'True Grit.' 'Gulliver's Travels' flops.

26 December 2010 4:23 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Universal Pictures' comedy "Little Fockers" topped the box office on Christmas weekend, turning in an estimated $34 million from 3,546 theaters. Despite being mauled by critics nationwide, holding a 11% positive rating on RottenTomatoes.com, the Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro comedy averaged $9,620 per theater. Pic is budgeted at $100 million and helmed by Paul Weitz. Daily gross breakdown for "Little Fockers" Friday: $5.1 million Saturday: $14.6 million Sunday: $14.3 million In second, the Coen brothers western drama "True Grit" turned in a very solid $25.6 million from 3,047 locations. Thanks to a leading cast of Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin andBarry Pepper, not to mention an admirable performance from newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, the critically-acclaimed pic drew in an average of $8,402 per venue. In third, Disney's "Tron: Legacy" showed a 54% change in its sophomore weekend, after topping the charts last week. Joseph Kosinski's panned sci-fi adventure added $20.1 million for an estimated domestic gross of over $88.2 million thus far. »

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Box office summary. 'Little Fockers' outguns 'True Grit.' 'Gulliver's Travels' flops.

26 December 2010 4:23 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Universal Pictures' comedy "Little Fockers" topped the box office on Christmas weekend, turning in an estimated $34 million from 3,546 theaters. Despite being mauled by critics nationwide, holding a 11% positive rating on RottenTomatoes.com, the Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro comedy averaged $9,620 per theater. Pic is budgeted at $100 million and helmed by Paul Weitz. Daily gross breakdown for "Little Fockers" Friday: $5.1 million Saturday: $14.6 million Sunday: $14.3 million In second, the Coen brothers western drama "True Grit" turned in a very solid $25.6 million from 3,047 locations. Thanks to a leading cast of Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin andBarry Pepper, not to mention an admirable performance from newcomer Hailee Steinfeld, the critically-acclaimed pic drew in an average of $8,402 per venue. In third, Disney's "Tron: Legacy" showed a 54% change in its sophomore weekend, after topping the charts last week. Joseph Kosinski's panned sci-fi adventure added $20.1 million for an estimated domestic gross of over $88.2 million thus far. »

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Jack Black: Jason Segel Is One Of The Funniest Guys Around

25 December 2010 4:14 PM, PST | Fox All Access | See recent Fox All Access news »

Jack Black seems to have become one of America’s favorite comedians. Black’s family movie, Gulliver’s Travels, also starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, opened in theatres today. 

 Black is not only starring in the movie, but is also the producer.  In other words, he has a lot of say with regard to the making of this film.  So when it came to casting, Black decided to cast fellow funny guy Jason Segel, who he thinks is one of the funniest comedians around. (Click on the on the audio player to hear Jack Black) Jack Black   Follow us on Twitter:http://twitter.com/Foxallaccess Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fox-All-Access/165263159779

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Gulliver's Travels: One Bad Trip

25 December 2010 2:00 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

I had hoped that a modernization of Jonathan's Swift classic Gulliver's Travels would be an opportunity to introduce a younger audience to the tale. I was skeptical but optimistic when Jack Black, the king of butt-crack humor, was cast in the title role in the 2010 version. Black plays Lemuel Gulliver, a mail room clerk for a big-city newspaper. His career and love life are stalled until a coworker tells him he's already hit his peak. Spurred on to make a change, Gulliver accidentally signs up for a writing assignment from the travel editor, his crush Darcy (Amanda Peet). Alarmingly, the assignment is in the Bermuda Triangle, and after embarking on the dangerous-sounding adventure, Gulliver ends up in a monster storm and wakes up on the island of Lilliput. As the story goes, he's the tallest man among a populace of tiny people and is imprisoned as a beast until he proves useful to the Lilliputians. »

- Shannon Vestal

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Morning Meme: John Barrowman Needs a Manny, Richard Chamberlain Advises Actors To Stay Closeted, and Ricky Martin "Shine"s

24 December 2010 5:39 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

This interview with John Barrowman is just a sea of quick quotes worth reading, from his feelings on critics, the fact that he’s expecting seven more years of Torchwood and living six months a year in Hollywood, to his wealth and the fact that he’s still trying to convince Scott to adopt. Well worth the read.

I’ve been curious about Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Broadway production of The Book of Mormon. Vogue calls it “hands down, the filthiest, most offensive, and—surprise—sweetest thing you’ll see on Broadway this year, and quite possibly the funniest musical ever.”

I really don’t know what to say about the Skinimax-style video for Enrique Inglesias’ “Tonight.” Boobs, lesbian sex, bondage, but somehow almost no beefcake. The video is definitely Nsfw.

Good news about the upcoming Muppet movie: Michael Cera is not playing Walter, the new Muppet. Lady Gaga »

- Ed Kennedy

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Jason Segel and Jack Black Record Christmas Duet

24 December 2010 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Co-stars for the upcoming Gulliver's Travels, Jack Black and Jason Segel, have released a video and song for the holiday season; check out the animated music video inside. The two comedic actors have recorded an updated version of the 1977 hit 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth.' The original song was made famous by David Bowie and Bing Crosby. Both actors have music backgrounds and their take on the song is a good mix of each of their respective musical backdrops. Here's the music video, courtesy of Collegehumor.com: »

- Keven Skinner

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Gulliver's Travels Movie Review

23 December 2010 8:18 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Gulliver’s Travels Director: Rob Letterman Starring: Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Amanda Peet, Chris O’Dowd, Billy Connolly, T.J. Miller Review by: Joe Belcastro This has been said in previous columns, but it needs to be put out there once more. When it comes to fam-friendly flicks, Twentieth Century Fox can do wrong according to audiences. And box office receipts solidify this. So no matter which path this review of Gulliver’s Travels takes, it really doesn’t have any influence when it comes to the above mentioned tag-team. With that being said, we’re going to give it our best shot to guide you - the reader - down [...] »

- joe

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Gulliver's Travels – review

23 December 2010 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jack Black stars in a defanged version of Jonathan Swift's 18th-century satire. By Peter Bradshaw

To make a faithful version of Swift's 18th-century satirical fantasy Gulliver's Travels, you'd probably need to get Tim Burton to team up with Ken Loach. Or maybe get Michael Winterbottom to make something with the witty, freewheeling, questing spirit of his Tristram Shandy film A Cock and Bull Story. As it happens, this moderate new Hollywood version is directed by Rob Letterman, whose previous credits include Shark Tale and Monsters Vs Aliens and co-scripted by Shrek writer Joe Stillman. As is traditional with Gulliver adaptations, the third and fourth sections of the book are entirely missed out – that is, the sections with the Struldbrugs, the Yahoos and Houyhnhnms – and all we get is the first two tales, in which Gulliver first visits Lilliput, where everyone is very small, and then (briefly) Brobdingnag, where they are very big. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Jason Segel: Revenge Is A Dish Best Served On The Big Screen

23 December 2010 3:18 PM, PST | Fox All Access | See recent Fox All Access news »

Jason Segel is one of the hottest comedic stars in film and television today. Long before starring in the hit CBS series, How I Met Your Mother, and his roles in movies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Knocked Up, Segel starred in two short lived television series, NBC’s “Freaks and Geeks” (co-starring at the time unknown actors James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Linda Cardellini), and Fox’s ”Undeclared” (co-starring Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel).  What do these shows have in common? They were created by director/writer Judd Apatow, who is behind movie hits including Knocked UpThe 40 Year Old Virgin, as well as other films which Segel has starred in.       Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared were great shows that never seemed to catch on with audiences. Segel told us that when both television shows were canceled, Apatow made it his mission to prove the networks made the »

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