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Blu-Ray Review: Anna Faris Shines in ‘The House Bunny’ But Average Blu-Ray

23 December 2008 9:53 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “The House Bunny” never quite comes together as a consistent comedy but its charismatic and talented star, Anna Faris, and an ensemble willing to follow her bubbly lead should help viewers get over the rough spots in the screenplay.

Sony mistreats fans of the film with a purely average Blu-Ray, but renters are likely to be surprisingly satisfied with the film itself, even if there’s not much to the home release besides it.

Anna Faris doesn’t get nearly the credit she deserves for being a completely fearless comedienne with nearly perfect comic timing. She may not always choose the best projects for her talents (“Just Friends,” Waiting…,” “My Super Ex-Girlfriend”), but she’s almost always the best thing about those career missteps. Her comic thumbprint is all over “The House Bunny,” a movie not only conceived and spearheaded by her but one that instantly feels like it »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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No Pushover

17 October 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Chi McBride made his acting debut in the 1992 TV movie Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation and has worked regularly ever since. So it seems fair to ask if that job opened the door to other opportunities. McBride lets loose a long, deep laugh. "Yeah, they were sending me offers after Revenge of the Nerds III! In fact, I changed my number and moved several times because every time I opened my door, there was some producer standing there trying to get me to do his picture!" He waits a moment before ending with a perfectly deadpan "What are you, goofy?" It's the kind of no-nonsense response you might expect from one of McBride's characters: honest, blunt, and hilarious. He brings these qualities every week to the ABC comedy Pushing Daisies as Emerson Cod, a private investigator partnered with Ned (Lee Pace), a lovesick pie-maker who can raise the dead. »

- Jenelle Riley

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The House Bunny Movie Review

21 August 2008 8:00 PM, PDT | MoviesOnline.ca | See recent MoviesOnline news »

Anna Faris has been really one of my favorite comedienes in recent years. She has really only been shown as the ditzy girl with the kind of mouth agape humor but thats her strong point and she plays it to a "T". Of course she is mainly known for all the work she has done in the Scary Movie franchise. She has also been a part of a couple ensemble films like Waiting. But up until now she hadn't been the leading lady outside of Scary Movie. So how does it play out? Read on. The story goes by a rather simple storyline that really isn't too inventive at all. Anna Faris plays Shelley, a 27 year old »

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Feature: An Appreciation of Anna Faris

21 August 2008 12:56 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

By R. Emmet Sweeney

Anna Faris may finally be getting her due. After years of fearless and sparkling work in lowbrow spoofs and indie doodles, she's starring in and executive producing a big Hollywood comedy, "The House Bunny." Whether it's worthy of her talents is yet to be seen, but it definitely heralds a new stage in her circuitous career, one in which she can start calling her own shots. If given the chance, she's capable of out-dumbing Judy Holliday and out-ditzing Carole Lombard, or at least give them a run for their heiress money.

With the Apatow boys dominating the comedy circuit, there's been little room for feisty female comediennes. Apatow's art is based on absurdist riffs on macho man-children, the women serving as sullen straight gals. There are some exceptions, of course (Kathryn Hahn's sex-starved wife in "Step Brothers," Molly Shannon's boozehound in "Talledega Nights"), but »

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