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Steven Rales Staffs Indian Paintbrush

9 December 2010 11:29 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Indian Paintbrush, the film financing/production arm of billionaire industrialist Steven Rales, is staffing up. Rales this fall brought in Mark Roybal to run the company, and the longtime president of Scott Rudin Productions has added two creative executives: Overbrook Entertainment executive Jeff Sommerville has signed on to be senior  veep and Focus Features executive Michael Pruss will be vice president of production. Sommerville started at Industry Entertainment and was an associate producer on The 25th Hour, while the British-born Pruss worked on such Focus projects as Milk and the Anton Corbjin-directed The American. He also set up The Song Is You with Bill Condon, Cruise of the Gods with David Guion & Michael Handelman, and True Crime with Brett Ratner. Indian Paintbrush is currently in discussions to finance Moon Rise Kingdom, the next film from director Wes Anderson that has Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton in talks to star. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Dinner for Schmucks Review

5 August 2010 11:51 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Dinner for Schmucks Directed by: Jay Roach Written by: David Guion & Michael Handelman (screenplay), Francis Veber (film Le Diner de Cons) Starring: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston A confession: I am not the easiest person to make laugh. I’m like a comedy death-star, sitting impenetrably through most of what loosely passes as humor, but I am vulnerable to a very specific attack pattern. I also habitually see films on weekday afternoons, where it is not uncommon for attendance to be in the single digits. This is not the proper viewing experience for something like Dinner for Schmucks. Be that as it may, its silences hung like ripe fruit throughout the overlong, often laugh-less endeavor. What I found probably most disappointing, though, was that the premise (you know, the title) is crammed into the last thirty minutes of a nearly two-hour film. The »

- Colin

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Dinner For Schmucks review

3 August 2010 9:44 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

What happens when you unite comedy talents such as Paul Rudd and Steve Carell in the same movie? Ron finds out...

Dinner For Schmucks is one of those movies where the set-up tells you exactly how the movie's going to start, what twists and turns the plot is going to take along the way, and how the whole thing will end. It's not the most original story (even the original French version, Le Diner De Cons or The Dinner Game, isn't a very original story). However, the joy of most movies isn't the destination, but the journey.

Paul Rudd plays Tim, a financial analyst who wants to make the big time and climb his way to the seventh floor, where the executives, movers, shakers, and general money-makers reside. He catches the eye of his boss, Fender (Bruce Greenwood), after coming up with a brilliant plan to get his foot in »

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Dinner for Schmucks | Review

30 July 2010 9:27 AM, PDT | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Director: Jay Roach Writers: David Guion, Michael Handelman, Francis Veber (Source Material) Starring: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stephanie Szostak, Jemaine Clement, Zach Galifianakis, Larry Wilmore, Jeff Dunham, Andrea Savage, Kristen Schaal, Ron Livingston, Bruce Greenwood Based on the 1998 French film The Dinner Game (Le Dîner de Cons), Dinner for Schmucks follows the story of Tim Conrad (Paul Rudd); a rising executive in a venture capital firm itching to move up to the next floor. Tim wants to impress his art curating girlfriend Julie (Stephanie Szostak), who is currently running the show for artist Kieran Vollard (Jemaine Clement), so she will finally agree to marry him after his countless attempts. After impressing the C level execs. during an important board meeting, Tim's boss Lance Fender (Bruce Greenwood) invites him to join his monthly executive dinner party called "Dinner for Winners" along with yes men colleagues Williams (Larry Wilmore) and Caldwell (Ron Livingston »

- Dave Campbell

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Movie Review: Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

30 July 2010 3:07 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Paul Rudd and Steve Carell in Dinner for Schmucks

Photo: Paramount Pictures Dinner for Schmucks has a couple of amusing minutes, but for the most part it is a wretched slog of unfunny moments edited together making any seasoned moviegoer wonder just what convinced Steve Carell and Paul Rudd to become a part of this mess. Admittedly, I did experience laughter. One specific example came late in the film's 110-minute running time when I leaned over to a friend sitting next to me and whispered, "I'm actually laughing right now." About a minute later the same joke was still carrying on and I whispered once again, "I'm not laughing anymore."

Dinner for Schmucks is a remake of the 1998 French film Le Diner de Cons, of which I haven't seen, but based on the descriptions I've read it sounds almost exactly the same. However, there is one glaring difference... it's 30 minutes shorter. »

- Brad Brevet

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Dinner for Schmucks Review

30 July 2010 3:00 AM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Director: Jay Roach Writers: David Guion, Michael Handelman Cinematographer: Jim Denault Starring: Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Stephanie Szostak Studio: Paramount Pictures You may say he’s a dreamer, but he’s not Dinner for Schmucks is pure, sharp, unrelenting cheese. Based on the classic French comedy Le Diner de Cons written by Francis Veber, the idea of a group of high-powered execs holding a monthly competition for who can find the “most special person” promises straight-forward hilarity. Tim (Paul Rudd), a financial analyst aspiring to the 7th floor at his firm, is dating a gorgeous art museum curator »

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Film Review: Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd Serve ‘Dinner for Schmucks’

29 July 2010 10:23 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The third of the Steve Carrell Seasonal Movie Trilogy debuts with the uneven but absurd comedy “Dinner for Schmucks.” Paul Rudd, now the go-to actor for straight-man-yuppie-turned-wild-dude joins a strong cast, including the ubiquitous Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement (”Flight of the Concords”), and Bruce Greenwood.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Paul Rudd portrays Tim, an up-and-coming financial analysis who risks humiliation in an important meeting in the company’s executive suite, and through that risk convinces his boss Lance Fender (Bruce Greenwood) to take a chance on his ability to bring in an important and wealthy client (David Williams as Müeller). To do this, though, there is one more important test – to find a schmuck or idiot to bring to Fender’s dinner table, so that he and his boardroom can amuse themselves through the idiocy presented.

After being informed of the plan, Tim’s comely girlfriend Julie (Stephanie Szostak) condemns the dinner, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Slideshow: 23-Image Photo Gallery of ‘Dinner for Schmucks’

29 July 2010 4:58 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Summer comedy gets a stellar cast and lots of laughs in the new film “Dinner for Schmucks,” starring Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, Bruce Greenwood and Kristen Schaal. Directed by Jay Roach (”Meet the Parents”), this fun film is a mixture of absurd characters and hilarious situations.

Paul Rudd plays a financial analysis named Tim who wants to climb the corporate ladder in his company. One of the requirements for that promotion is to provide a “schmuck” or “idiot” for his boss’s dinner party, a collection of weirdos designed to entertain and out-do his co-workers. Steve Carrell plays Barry, the candidate for the dinner that Tim literally runs into.

Click “Next” and “Previous to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images Merie Weismiller Wallace/Dw Studios for © 2010 Dw Studios LLC.

Dinner1: Steve Carrell is »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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"Dinner for Schmucks" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Do Steve Carell and Paul Rudd Get?

27 July 2010 2:16 PM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

I was expecting .Dinner for Schmucks. to be a malicious movie. Its premise involving businessmen bringing .idiots. to a special dinner to be made fun of signified cruelty. So to my surprise, not only is the film funny, it also has a great, big heart.

Injecting the film with its much-needed humanity is the perfect pairing of Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. The comedic duo grounded the film in reality while making audiences laugh out loud.

Rudd stars as Tim Conrad, an ambitious and good-looking guy who is on the verge of asking his beautiful, long-time girlfriend, Julie (Stephanie Szostak) to marry him. Tim works at Fender Financial where his boss, Larry Fender (Bruce Greenwood), has noticed his business acumen.

In order to join the company.s elite club, Tim must first attend the upcoming monthly dinner at Fender.s mansion. But there.s a catch. Each guest must bring »

- Manny

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Steve Coogan to Appear in Cruise of the Gods Film Version

21 July 2010 11:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Steve Coogan could be set to reprise his role in Cruise of the Gods, a one-off BBC comedy-drama, featuring such acting-talents as David Walliams and Rob Brydon. La Times are reporting that Focus Features are now looking to develop a remake, tentatively titled The Great Beyond.

Synopsis: Andy (Brydon) is a struggling actor who has never quite reached the success of his first role as Romak in sci-fi series Children Of Castor. When he finds himself as a hotel porter he decides it time to go on that fan-club cruise he’s been putting off for a while. Whilst there he meets Nick (Coogan), his co-star from the TV series. Nick is now a Hollywood success staring in Sherlock Holmes…In Miami. This is the story of the cruise and the surprising events that happen along the way.

Dave Guion and Michael Handelman are attached as writers / directors, most recently »

- Jamie Neish

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Is Steve Coogan Heading Off To The Great Beyond?

21 July 2010 4:13 AM, PDT | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

Looks like Steve Coogan isn't giving up on his movie career just yet, despite a number of false starts.

The Brit comic, last seen on the big screen in Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief, is apparently eyeing up a movie remake of his one-off BBC comedy-drama, Cruise Of The Gods.

Originally aired in 2002, it told the story of a group of actors from a once-famous sci-fi show who reunite on a cruise with their fans only for long-buried petty jealousies and unresolved rivalries to rear their ugly heads once more. It starred the likes of Rob Brydon, David Walliams and James Corden, but at present only Coogan has signed up to reprise his role in the remake which is tentatively going by the title, The Great Beyond.

David Guion and Michael Handelman, who penned the upcoming Steve Carell/Paul Rudd comedy Dinner For Schmucks, have been named as the screenwriters. »

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Steve Carell on The Late Show with David Letterman as well as new images from 'Dinner for Schmucks'

21 July 2010 3:10 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out new images from Paramount Pictures' "Dinner for Schmucks" as well as some pics of Steve Carell, in town to promote the film, presenting a special gift during his "Late Show with David Letterman" appearance. The intricate mouse diorama, a hobby his character hones in the film, is a replica of the show's set and was created by the Chiodo Brothers, the cinematic magicians behind the 16 dioramas seen in the film. Don't miss "Dinner for Schmucks." The film helmed by Jay Roach, opens on July 30th and stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Zach Galifianakis, Jeff Dunham, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston, Stephanie Szostak and Lucy Davenport. David Guion and Michael Handelman wrote the screenplay based on the Francis Veber play "Le Diner de Cons." »

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Steve Coogan Off To The Great Beyond?

20 July 2010 9:07 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

In 2002, the BBC aired a comedy drama called Cruise of the Gods that was one part Galaxy Quest and one part Triangle/Howard’s Way. The basic conceit was that a group of actors from a once-famous sci-fi show reunite on a cruise with their fans and the old jealousies and issues raise their ugly heads once more. Now it looks like Focus Features is looking to remake it as a film, with original star Steve Coogan set to reprise his role and a working title of The Great Beyond.Gods featured a wealth of British comedy talent, with Rob Brydon, David Walliams, James Cordon and even Brian “it’s a puppet!” Conley (who appeared as himself in a cameo) aboard alongside Coogan. Their fictional show, The Children of Castor, was a fictional, cheese-laden 1980s post-apocalyptic adventure and the cast end up with very different careers. A couple are still successful, »

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'Dinner For Schmucks' Scribes Step Up To Direct 'Cruise Of The Gods'

20 July 2010 7:15 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Focus Features will give Dinner For Schmucks scribes David Guion and Michael Handelman their shot at matching director's chairs. The duo just got set to write and direct Cruise of the Gods, a remake of the 2002 BBC comedy about a fan cruise held in honor of The Children of Castor, a fictitious 1980s post apocalyptic sci-fi TV series. The cast is the guest of honor, but they've got mixed feelings, specifically dependent on whose career stalled with the series, and who went on to bigger and better things. The comedy's being shepherded by Focus execs Michael Pruss and Kahli [...] »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Trailer: Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in comedy Dinner for Schmucks

16 July 2010 1:15 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

The Trailer has arrived for new comedy Dinner for Schmucks, from Paramount Pictures, Spyglass Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures.

Based on Francis Veber's 1998 film Le Diner de Cons, the new movie stars Steve Carell and Paul Rudd and is directed by Jay Roach from a screenplay by David Guion and Michael Handelman.

Dinner for Schmucks tells the story of Tim (Paul Rudd), an up-and-coming executive who has just received his first invitation to the "dinner for idiots," a monthly event hosted by his boss that promises bragging rights (and maybe more) to the exec that shows up with the biggest buffoon.  

Tim's fiancée Julie finds it distasteful and Tim at first agrees to skip the dinner. But then he bumps into Barry (Steve Carell) - an IRS employee who devotes his spare time to building elaborate taxidermy mouse dioramas - and quickly realises he's struck idiot gold.

Tim can't resist, »

- David Bentley

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New 'Dinner for Schmucks' clip in high definition and standard!

15 July 2010 10:58 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We have yet another great clip in from the eagerly anticipated "Dinner fo Schmucks" starring Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Zach Galifianakis, Jeff Dunham, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston, Stephanie Szostak and Lucy Davenport. This is a "Back Brace" clip. The Jay Roach-helmed comedy unspools on July 30th via Paramount Pictures. Written by David Guion and Michael Handelman based on the Francis Veber play "Le Diner de Cons." Don't miss this one! “Dinner for Schmucks” tells the story of Tim(Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss’ annual Dinner for Extraordinary People »

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: All Expenses Paid ‘Dinner For Schmucks’ Flyaway Package, 50 Movie Passes

14 July 2010 2:22 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Incredible flyaway package! In our latest VIP edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have the chance to win a three-night flyaway trip to Fort Lauderdale for the new film “Dinner for Schmucks”!

Dinner for Schmucks” stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stephanie Szostak, Jemaine Clement, Zach Galifianakis, Lucy Punch, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams and Ron Livingston from director Jay Roach and writers David Guion and Michael Handelman.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Coogan to star in remake of TV comedy

14 July 2010 8:56 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Steve Coogan is reportedly in talks to star in a feature film version of his 2002 BBC comedy one-off Cruise of the Gods. Screenwriters Michael Handelman and David Guion confirmed that they are working on a big screen adaptation of the special. The original version starred Rob Brydon as Andy Van Allen, an actor unable to move on from his brief success in an '80s science-fiction show. Coogan played Nick Lee, Van Allen's former co-star who has since established a successful acting career. Gavin & Stacey comedian James Corden also appeared as an obsessive fan of the series. Handelman explained: "Cruise Of The Gods was never shown here [in the Us], so we are (more) »

- By Morgan Jeffery

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'Dinner for Schmucks' interview videos with Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and more!

13 July 2010 2:55 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out interviews with the stars and filmmakers of Paramount Pictures' "Dinner for Schmucks." We have videos with Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingson and filmmaker Jay Roach. The David Guion and Michael Handelman written film based on the Francis Veber play "Le Diner de Cons," opens on July 30th and is rated PG-13 for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language. Amy Sayres, Jay Roach, Jon Poll, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald produce. “Dinner for Schmucks” tells the story of Tim(Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss’ annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings »

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New 'Dinner for Schmucks' images and a new Zach Galifianakis clip!

11 July 2010 11:50 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out a new clip with Zach Galifianakis from Paramount Pictures' "Dinner for Schmucks." The eagerly anticipated comedy opens on July 30th and stars Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Zach Galifianakis, Jeff Dunham, Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston, Stephanie Szostak and Lucy Davenport. Jay Roach helms from the writing by David Guion and Michael Handelman based on the Francis Veber play "Le Diner de Cons." Produced by Amy Sayres, Jay Roach, Jon Poll, Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Catch it in theaters on July 30th. Rated PG-13 for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language. “Dinner for Schmucks” tells the story of Tim(Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss’ annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner »

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