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Owen Wilson spotted with mystery girl

30 December 2009 12:35 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Wedding Crashers star Owen Wilson has been seen with a mystery girl swimming in the sea in Los Angeles. Wilson, who’s kept a relatively low profile since his reported suicide attempt in August 2007, appeared in good spirits as he enjoyed some downtime during the holidays In 2010, Wilson will be back in the spotlight appearing in Little Fockers, the third movie in the successful Meet The Parents franchise. In 2011, he’ll reprise his role as Lightning McQueen in Cars 2. »

- Ellie Pratt

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: It has been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan, who started it as a household name with the label of a modern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: Its been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan who started it as a household name with labels of a moodern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit cartoon series »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

17 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

17 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can »

- Garth Franklin

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First Behind the Scenes Look at Dinner for Shmucks with Paul Rudd and Steve Carell

17 December 2009 2:10 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

For some reason, we haven't heard much about the upcoming Dinner for Shmucks starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, so this bit of news comes as a pleasant surprise. The film is a remake of the French comedy Le dîner de cons (which has a not-so-nice title when translated), and will be directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Meet the Parents). The last we reported on Shmucks was in 2007, with Sacha Baron Cohen attached to star. Obviously, those plans fell through, but I honestly think it's for the better. Finally, we're going to get a chance to see Rudd and Carell together again after The 40 Year Old Virgin and Anchorman. The cast also features Zach Galifianakis and Ron Livingston. MTV has a short clip featuring the pair chatting about the film, check it out after the break --- along with a look at the film's plot. According to Wikipedia, »

- Devindra Hardawar

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Steve Carell And Paul Rudd Serve Up An Exclusive First Look At 'Dinner For Shmucks'

16 December 2009 2:30 PM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

One of the hot comedies to look forward to next summer is "Dinner for Shmucks," the latest from "Meet the Parents" director Jay Roach. In today's episode of "Behind the Screen," stars Steve Carell and Paul Rudd took MTV's Josh Horowitz behind the scenes for a look at how things are coming along. I could tell you what the movie's about, but why don't we let Carell and Rudd do that for me...

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- Adam Rosenberg

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Paul Rudd And Steve Carell Invite You To 'Dinner For Schmucks'

16 December 2009 3:41 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'Who's the real schmuck in this?' Rudd asks about the cast, which also features Carell and Zach Galifianakis.

By Larry Carroll, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Paul Rudd and Steve Carell on the set of "Dinner for Schmucks"

Photo: MTV News

Look up the word "schmuck" in the dictionary and you'll learn that it comes from the Yiddish "shmok," meaning "A clumsy or stupid person; an oaf" or — more literally — male genitalia. It probably goes without saying that you wouldn't want to break bread with a bunch of them.

Look up "Dinner for Schmucks," and you'll see it's an upcoming film starring Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and "Hangover" breakout Zach Galifianakis. In essence, three funny dudes who anybody would be lucky to sit down to a meal with. And when we visited the set recently, we got an appetizing tease of what promises to be a tasty meal.

"I play this guy Tim, »

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Stiller Launches Charity Campaign For Haiti Schools

4 December 2009 4:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Ben Stiller is using his comedy skills for a serious cause - he's selling colourful headbands to raise money for schools in Haiti.

The funnyman is offering the silly accessories as part of his newly-launched Stillerstrong campaign, which pokes fun at cycling star Lance Armstrong's Livestrong wristband fundraiser.

The Meet the Parents star has kicked off his goodwill endeavour by filming a homemade video and begging the Tour de France champion to wear one of the headbands to support the charity.

He says in the clip, "This is a message for my buddy Lance Armstrong! I've always been inspired by you and what you do with the Livestrong organisation is incredible. It's awe-inspiring, as you are! And you've inspired me to do something to help other people. So in this holiday season, I was thinking about what I could do and I recently went down to Haiti for the first time and I visited a school called the Ceverine Community School. They need to build additional classrooms and get access to clean drinking water.

"I've come up with an idea to raise money that I think is going to blow people away - it's pretty original. It's called the Stillerstrong headband. Basically I'm gonna sell these headbands for 500 bucks a pop. All the money goes to the school. I was thinking I would get celebrities to wear them, like you - maybe you could wear one during your next bike race? You could just put it on your quad so when you're going up a mountain we'll see it just expanding!"

Fans can log on to Stillerstrong.org to make donations in aid of Stiller’s partnership with Save the Children. »

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Everybody’s Fine Review — John’s Take

3 December 2009 10:05 PM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Around 3/4 of the way through Everybody’s Fine — the new dramatic comedy from Kirk Jones that functions as a remake of the Italian film Stanno tutti bene — Robert De Niro’s character Frank Goode has a conversation with a female truck driver as he hitches a ride to visit one of his grown children who have dispersed themselves across the country. The driver acknowledges that she lost her husband to alcoholism, while Goode mentions that he’s “lost” his wife as well.

Actually, Goode has lost everybody important to him. His wife has passed away, and she was the one who the children (played as adults by Drew Barrymore, Sam Rockwell, Austin Lysy and Kate Beckinsale) felt more comfortable communicating with; in her absence, he learns nothing new about his family and almost all threads have been severed. His journey to reacquaint himself with them is motivated by loss and the impending fear of death, »

- John Cooper

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[DVD Review] Four Christmases

3 December 2009 1:45 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Taking a full year to make its DVD and Blu-ray debut, Four Christmases proves to be as confusing a holiday release in 2009 as it was in 2008. Even if the name “Four Christmases” leads you to believe the film will make for good Christmas Eve viewing, you’d be wrong. Its name begs for a mid-November release but its actual plot makes it suitable for release in any month of the year, because it’s not really about Christmas at all. It’s about a relationship and how spending time with your family and the family of your significant other offers insight into how they’ve become the person they are. The fact that the events of these films take place around Christmas is a fluke, any major holiday would suffice.

Brad (Vince Vaughn) and Kate (Reese Witherspoon) live the ideal yuppie life: they maintain a joint apartment decorated in modern swag, »

- Lex Walker

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Four Christmases DVD Review

2 December 2009 7:18 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Pop quiz: what’s big, bloated and rapidly losing comic edge? If you guessed Vince Vaughn, you’re close. But instead of ripping on Vaughn, the man, let’s pick on his films: a steady stream of increasingly mediocre “comedies” of which Four Christmases falls perfectly in line. Gone are the days when Vaughn acted in smarter comic fare like Swingers and The Wedding Crashers. Now he seems perfectly willing to act in any witless big studio offering. (In fact, between this and Fred Clause, he’s basically cornered the market on non-classic holiday entertainment). The thing is Vaughn, the man, is so damn likable (well, I like him), that audiences are willing to fork over big money for these movies. Maybe Vaughn signs on board these lukewarm scripts because he believes he can save them with his improvisational comic riffs. Unfortunately, not even his skill at that can save this Christmas. »

- Harrison Pierce

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Conspiracy! Greengrass Says No More Bourne And Call Of Duty Director To Now Direct Movies.

1 December 2009 10:55 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

If there's one thing I love, it's good old fashioned conspiracy theories. Nothing like making a bunch of stuff up to make yourself feel better and give those around you a reason to think you're even more insane than they had imagined.Two stories broke today that have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Or do they?First up, is the so not news of a director not doing a movie he was never attached to direct in the first place. Huh? The trades has more:Paul Greengrass has opted out of helming another installment of Universal Pictures' successful Jason Bourne franchise, and Matt Damon's participation is not sealed. That's a blow for the studio looking to assemble another sequel to one of its most important franchises, but hardly a fatal one. Hollywood's top franchises, including the long-running James Bond series and Warner Bros.' Batman pics, »

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Exclusive: Robert De Niro and Kirk Jones for 'Everybody's Fine'

1 December 2009 9:10 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

For his roles in such '70s and '80s classics as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull and Goodfellas, Robert De Niro has been revered as the master of Method Acting. But of late he has been more closely associated with animated family fare (The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Shark Tale), thrillers that failed to deliver thrills (Hide and Seek and 15 Minutes) and slow plodding dramas (City by the Sea and Men of Honor). Even his recent reunion with Al Pacino in Righteous Kill failed to spark with audiences.

For much of this decade, many De Niro-led films have neither ignited the box office nor drawn critical kudos. But there have been a few notable exceptions. As Frank, the curmudgeonly soon-to-be-father-in-law in Meet the Parents, De Niro struck gold. The sequel, Meet the Fockers, raked in almost $280M in international ticket sales. And What Just Happened? »

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Jessica Alba To Star In Comic Adaptation The Insiders

26 November 2009 2:08 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

After a slew of bad films like The Eye, Awake and The Love Guru, you.d think Jessica Alba would opt to lay low for a bit. I.m not talking off the radar low, but at least out of the spotlight where she can hone her acting skills and establish some sort of positive reputation. Apparently nobody has given her any advice along these lines, because Alba is picking up projects left and right. There.s the third Meet the Parents film, The Killer Inside Me, An Invisible Sign of My Own and, the newest addition, The Insiders. According to ICv2 (via Pajiba), Alba nabbed the rights to bring the Belgian graphic novel series The Insiders to life. Don.t worry, Alba isn.t taking this project on solo, she.s actually in good company with her Sin City director, Robert Rodriguez. Mabrouk el Mechri (Jcvd) will direct and »

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Hoffman Says No To Fockers

24 November 2009 12:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Dustin Hoffman will be absent from the Meet The Fockers sequel - he's refused to sign up for the latest installment of the comedy franchise.

The actor, who played Ben Stiller's dad in the 2004 follow-up to Meet The Parents, was rumoured to be returning for a part in the upcoming third movie, Little Fockers.

But Hoffman has not signed up to act alongside confirmed stars Jessica Alba and Robert De Niro in the latest film because of scheduling issues, according to reports.

Barbra Streisand is yet to confirm whether she will return as Stiller's mum. »

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Dustin Hoffman Doesn't Want Any Little Fockers

20 November 2009 12:57 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Focker down! It looks like the third Meet the Parents film, Little Fockers, will be short one Focker. According to EW.com, Dustin Hoffman said no to reprising his role due to scheduling difficulties and because the role is far too small. I always thought it was understood that Hoffman and Barbra Streisand weren.t returning as Bernie and Roz Focker at all, but apparently, .a very funny cameo. was in the works. Hoffman agreed to participate in the scene but plans crumbled due to salary disagreements, scheduling troubles or both. EW points out that Streisand will still be in the film and has a .prominent role.. I wonder if Roz.s screen time was always considered .prominent. or if it had to be adjusted after Hoffman.s departure. It sounds like Hoffman, a two-time Oscar winner, was just being snooty about his arrangements, but if the role of Roz »

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Dustin Hoffman balks at cameo in ‘Little Fockers’

20 November 2009 10:52 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

Dustin Hoffman, the legend, the icon, is not a Focker.

If the rumors are true, Dustin Hoffman is reportedly out of the next entry in the Meet the Parents saga: Little Fockers.

Hoffman was given a mere cameo as Focker father Bernie. Cameos usually don’t sit well with Oscar winners so the 72-year-old balked and told producers to do the film without him. How will Little Fockers proceed? Just have Barbara Streisand who plays the mother Focker (we had to do it) return. Streisand is expected to have a larger role.

No official word from Hoffman’s handlers or Universal on the issue.

Little Fockers is due out on July 30, 2010.

The film will star Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson and Jessica Alba.

Source: EW

Related posts:New set pics from ‘Little Fockers’ releasedThose ‘Little Fockers’ find their directorLaura Dern joins the cast of ‘Little Fockers

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