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Ivan Reitman will receive a lifetime achievement award at CinemaCon, studios’ annual grip-and-grin with theater owners. Also read: ‘Draft Day’ Trailer Stars Kevin Costner as Gm of NFL's Cleveland Browns (Video) The director-producer has shown a penchant for creating mainstream comedy hits over the past four decades, having managed to excavate the funny side of Arnold Schwarzenegger in such films as “Kindergarten Cop” and “Twins.” Reitman also directed “Stripes,” “Dave” and the “Ghostbusters” filmes, along with producing “Old School” and Howard Stern's “Private Parts.” His latest venture, “Draft Day,” a sports comedy with Kevin Costner, premieres this spring. Reitman will be feted at a. »
- Brent Lang
Matthew McConaughey’s journey from rom-com stud muffin to Oscar-winning actor is officially complete. Six years ago, he starred in Fool’s Gold and Surfer, Dude. At Sunday night’s Oscars, he took home the Best Actor prize for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, the culmination of a string of career-rehabilitating roles that included Magic Mike and Mud. McConaughey was always a popular star, and his frivolous, formulaic romantic comedies likely served as golden handcuffs for several years of his career that left him in a creative rut. Give him credit for recognizing that and then actually doing something about it. »
- Jeff Labrecque
On a sunny May morning in northwest Atlanta, Will Ferrell ambles into the warehouse at 2282 Defoor Hills Road – a windowless, 31,000-square-foot behemoth that has been transformed, thanks to low rents and generous Georgia tax incentives, into a makeshift movie soundstage. The warehouse is typically home to moving companies, but today the tenant has a much higher profile: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a.k.a. the most hotly anticipated comedy of the year, and the most buzzed-about sequel in comedy history. Ferrell is starting his workday as the film's hero, »
You can put it down to luck, clever career management or a combination of the two, but there's no doubting that over the past three years Matthew McConaughey has pulled off a career comeback, a 'McConaissance', the likes of which Hollywood has rarely seen.
After a string of certified duffers - including Sahara, Fool's Gold and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past - McConaughey is now on a winning streak that could well culminate in him lifting the Best Actor Academy Award next month for Dallas Buyers Club. He's also one of the most in-demand A-listers around, with the likes of Steven Soderbergh, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linkater, William Friedkin and Christopher Nolan all casting him in prestige projects.
If McConaughey, the one-time shirtless, tussle-haired Texas Surfer, Dude, can turn things around so dramatically, surely there are other big name actors out there with a locker full of surprises? Digital Spy takes a »
We're very sorry in advanced for this very old and very overused Old School quote, but we don't see a way around not using it for this situation: "Snoop! Snoop-a-loop!...Bring your green hat!" Will Ferrell visited Reddit for one of their popular Ama session (Ask Me Anything) to promote and raise money for Cancer for College, which helps provide college scholarships to cancer survivors. Not only did we find out what Mark Wahlberg smells like, but we might have received a preview for Snoop Dogg's new project. And it involves one of our favorite Will Ferrell Saturday Night Live skits. In the middle of the Anchorman star's Ama, the rapper butted in under his Reddit username »
Comedy is one of the longest-running genres in cinema, producing numerous screen legends from The Marx Brothers to Madeline Kahn, as well as numerous classics, from The Gold Rush to Hot Fuzz. Fans of the genre thus look forward every year to the new crop of films, eager to see what they may bring, and this year is no different. Here are ten comedic features we’re looking forward to seeing in 2014, in alphabetical order.
1) Bad Words
Much of Jason Bateman’s career resurrection has centred around his ability to successfully play the comic foil. While his ability to do is deservedly lauded, as shows like Arrested Development would not work without his presence, it often leads to the actor garnering the less colourful roles in any given project, ending up as more of a reactive presence. Bad Words, however, seems poised to put Bateman on the other side, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
6 items from 2014
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