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"The Trouble with Bliss" is that it Doesn't Really Go Anywhere

It’s one thing to come of age in a time when the college degree you just spent four years pursuing is suddenly no longer the golden standard minimum to get that high paying job your parents always wanted for you, and it’s another thing entirely to completely lack the necessary ambition to do anything with your life after graduating from college. That’s the problem that Morris Bliss, played by Michael C. Hall of Dexter, in Michael Knowles’s The Trouble with Bliss. Morris struggles to find any real direction as an unemployed 30-something living with his widower father (Peter Fonda) while having various misadventures that keep him in a perpetual state of developmental purgatory. The film itself similarly squirms uncomfortably in its skin until Morris has an epiphany, but for the audience there’s no such revelation.

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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Looper' and More

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This week: Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a mob hit man who has a crisis of conscience when his latest target is his future self (Bruce Willis) in the sci-fi thriller "Looper," directed by Rian Johnson.

Also new this week is the latest David Cronenberg movie, "Cosmopolis," starring Robert Pattinson as a billionaire drifting through New York City in his limo, as well as the Blu-ray of "School of Rock," now available in stores everywhere.


Box Office: $66 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 94% Fresh

Storyline: Time travel has been invented but is banned and only available on the black market in this futuristic sci-fi thriller. The mob sends targets back in time 30 years to be killed by a waiting hired gun, a "looper" like Joe (Joseph-Gordon Levitt). Joe collects a lot of silver and life is good until the mob sends his future self (Bruce Willis) back through time for Joe to assassinate.
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2012 Revelation Perth International Film Festival: Official Lineup

Australia’s Revelation Perth International Film Festival will be holding it’s explosive 15th annual edition on July 5-15 with one of it’s most jam-packed lineups yet.

One of the most special events that Revelation will be holding is July 14‘s retrospective of the films of Jeff Keen, the pioneering British underground filmmaker who very sadly just passed away on June 21. Keen’s work has been having a major resurgence lately and Revelation is the latest organization to so boldly feature his breathtaking experimental film work, from classics like 1967′s Marvo Movie to modern films like Artwar (1993) and Joy Thru Film (2000). This is absolutely an event not to be missed.

Another staggering event this year is a very special live presentation of Crispin Hellion Glover‘s notorious underground films What Is It? and It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine. (Click film titles for Bad Lit reviews!) These very
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No Trouble With Bliss: An Interview With Michael Knowles

Actor, director, producer, screenwriter and father-to-be, Michael Knowles has his hands full—and blissfully so. With a laid-back demeanor, a healthy sense of humor and the occasional cigar, he wrote and directed the film adaptation of Douglas Light’s award-winning novel East Fifth Bliss. He navigates an artistic world that is truly indie, making films that he loves based on stories that he loves, and always—he insists—following his instincts....
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Dexter's Michael C. Hall Talks About The Trouble With Bliss

Michael C. Hall, already a well known face after playing David Fisher, the gay funeral director on the legendary HBO cable program Six Feet Under, and now currently hovering around bona fide cultural icon status due to his turn  as Dexter Morgan, the serial killer who kills other serial killers, on Showtime's hit series Dexter, switches gears in his new film, The Trouble With Bliss, from newcomer director Mike Knowles.Mr. Hall was kind enough to take time out of an early morning rehearsal schedule, on a Saturday no less, to talk to Twitch about the frumpy, troubled character he plays in this new ode to being middle aged, and directionless, in the Big Apple.Twitch - What was your approach to playing the character of...
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Interview: Michael Knowles Talks The Trouble with Bliss

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Interview: Michael Knowles Talks The Trouble with Bliss
People often struggle to find their true purpose with life, and what paths they should be following, as they feel pressure to live up to other’s expectations. This is certainly the case with the title character in the new drama ‘The Trouble with Bliss,’ which is now playing in select theaters. In the Michael Knowles-directed and written film, 35-year-old Morris Bliss (played by Michal C. Hall) struggles to find his identity, as he’s unemployed and lives with his father, Seymour (portrayed by Peter Fonda). With his father looking at him in disdain, Morris finds himself in a sexual relationship with 18-year-old Stephanie Jouseski (played by Brie Larson), the daughter of [ Read More ]
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The Trouble With Bliss

Director Michael Knowles aptly delivers a lighthearted comedy sure to become an indie favorite. It is, however, refreshing that The Trouble With Bliss (based on Douglas Light’s novel, East Fifth Bliss) is told without the heavy-handed philosophical musing that so often accompanies smart, independent films. Set in New York City and centered on Morris Bliss (played by Dexter’s Michael C. Hall) and his extremely colorful (though thankfully, not too quirky) cast of family, friends and love interests, Knowles’s third feature film is about the hilariously complicated art of growing up . as a grownup....
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Poll: What Film Are You Seeing in Theater This Weekend?: March 23-25, 2012

 What film are you seeing in theater this weekend and why? Now that you know what films are being released this weekend thanks to the March 2012 Theatrical Film Release Schedule, which shall it be?: 4:44 Last Day on Earth, Brake, Musical ChairsThe Deep Blue Sea, The Hunger Games, The Raid: Redemption, or The Trouble with Bliss. [...]

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What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week

What to See, What to Skip: New Reviews This Week
Opinions are all over the place this week for the latest releases. The guaranteed mega-hit "The Hunger Games" finally arrives in theaters and it has its fair share of fans, but also some detractors. Other films brave enough to open against that box office behemoth include: "The Raid: Redemption," the violent Sundance hit which is also provoking mixed reactions from our network; "4:44 Last Day On Earth," Abel Ferrara's apocalyptic drama starring Willem Dafoe; and "The Trouble with Bliss" starring Michael C. Hall taking a break from playing a serial killer on TV in "Dexter." Click through below for all the reviews for this week's new releases from the Indiewire network: "4:44 Last Day On Earth" Indiewire: A- With a cryptic, meandering style, Ferrara presents his surprisingly understated apocalyptic vision as a therapeutic process. The Playlist: C- But for all its arty posturing, there's...
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[Review] The Trouble with Bliss

Think of Michael C. Hall‘s character in The Trouble with Bliss as similar to Jason Segel‘s creation in the recent Jeff, Who Lives at Home. Minus the stoner part, that is. And minus the semi-interesting philosophical bent, too. Morris Bliss (Hall) lives out of his father’s (Peter Fonda, who’s lazily asked save it all for one scene) New York City apartment, cuddled up in his cornered-in bedroom that has a map full of tick marks of all the places he’s never been to — but, you know, the ones he will obviously have been to once he gets past 40 and finally realizes that impulsive globe-hopping isn’t the best activity to save for the golden years.

Morris has no job, no motivations, and no interests. (Well, I guess he reads, because the opening scene shows us his impressive book collection. Never mind that it’s hardly referred to again.
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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Hunger Games, The Raid: Redemption, 4:44: The Last Day on Earth

Just one big release hitting theatres this weekend, and it also happens to be the first true blockbuster of the year. The Hunger Games, based on the wildly popular books by Suzanne Collins, is expected to open to well over $100 million, and could potentially break some box office records. With that kind of pull, no one is even interested in competing with it, although there are still a handful of other movies hitting select theatres today including the heavily-hyped Indonesian action flick The Raid: Redemption. It's only playing on 15 screens this weekend, but you can follow this link to find out when it will be opening near you. What will you be watching this weekend? The Hunger Games The Raid: Redemption (limited) 4:44: Last Day on Earth (limited) Brake (limited) The Deep Blue Sea (limited) Musical Chairs (limited) The Trouble with Bliss (limited) October Baby (limited)

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Interview With Michael C. Hall On The Trouble With Bliss

Interview With Michael C. Hall On The Trouble With Bliss

People often struggle their entire lives to figure out who they really are, and what their true identity really is. This internal conflict is all to evident in the title character of filmmaker Michael Knowles' new comedy-drama, The Trouble With Bliss. Portrayed by Michael C. Hall, Morris Bliss is an emotionally stunted, unemployed man who has never fully gotten over his mother's death when he was a teenager. While dealing with problems many people would down up as juvenile, Morris realizes that the only person he has to please is himself.

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The Trouble With Bliss: Film Review

The Trouble With Bliss: Film Review
The Trouble With Bliss demonstrates that actor Michael C. Hall is far more convincing as a serial killer than a slacker. The Dexter star gives it his all in this indie comedy about a 35-year-old unemployed man coping with various romantic and life crises, but by the end of this terminally cute effort you’ll wish that he just stop moping and kill somebody already. Video: Comic-Con: Michael C. Hall Based on Douglas Light’s "East Fifth Bliss" -- the latest example of the sort of acclaimed novel that inevitably attracts filmmakers but doesn’t successfully make the transition to the

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Dexter’s Michael C. Hall on His Off-Season Indie, Real-Life Stalking, and Deb’s ‘Icky’ Unsisterly Feelings

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Dexter’s Michael C. Hall on His Off-Season Indie, Real-Life Stalking, and Deb’s ‘Icky’ Unsisterly Feelings
Michael C. Hall is in New York this month shooting Kill Your Darlings, the story of three Beat writers who got drawn into a murder trial when their mutual friend Lucien Carr stabbed David Kammerer. Hall, best known for playing a serial killer on Dexter, will be the one getting stabbed this time around; his co-stars include Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg, Ben Foster as William Burroughs, and Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac. But first up is this week's The Trouble With Bliss, an adaptation of Douglas Light's novel East Fifth Bliss. Hall takes the lead as Morris Bliss, an unemployed 35-year-old who lives with his father and meanders through life in the East Village. Vulture checked in with the actor to chat about stalking, underage sex, and Deb's icky love for Dexter.The Trouble With Bliss takes place in the East Village. Is that where you've been hanging out?
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The Trouble With Bliss Star Michael C. Hall Talks Going From Serial Killer To The Unspectacular

Nowadays we all know him as our friendly neighborhood serial killer, Dexter, but even Michael C. Hall himself admits .there.s more to acting than playing a serial killer.. In the upcoming release The Trouble with Bliss, Hall stars as Morris Bliss, a guy in his mid-30s who calls his widowed father.s (Peter Fonda) apartment his own and actually bunks down in what looks to be his childhood room. Oddly enough, rather than date someone his own age, Morris falls for an 18-year-old student (Brie Larson) who just so happens to be the daughter of an old high school pal (Brad William Henke). Morris is a pretty interesting specimen. He.s got hopes to make big moves, but seemingly lacks the motivation to do, well, much of anything . quite the opposite of Dexter. In honor of The Trouble with Bliss. March 23rd limited release, Hall took the time
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Review: 'The Trouble With Bliss' A Low-Key, No-Stakes Dramedy With Little Pull

When we first meet Morris Bliss (Michael C. Hall), he's in his bed enjoying some post-coital time with Stephanie (Brie Larson), a much younger high-school student. It's late in the afternoon and Morris is eager to usher Stephanie out of the house before his father Danny (Peter Fonda) comes home, but the attractive Stephanie knows that she wields the upper hand in the sexual dynamic and drags things out, peppering her middle aged lover with questions. We learn that he dreams of traveling to the places he's read about in books, with his destinations already pinned on a map. And through their banter, Morris is shocked to learn that Stephanie is actually the daughter of a former classmate. Now while ordinarily that might seem like a big deal, as we soon learn in "The Trouble With Bliss," Morris' "troubles" just really aren't all that serious.

Based on the novel by
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Exclusive 2-Minute Clip From The Trouble With Bliss has your exclusive first look at a clip from The Trouble With Bliss featuring Michael C. Hall and Lucy Liu. You can watch the clip using the player below! In theaters and On Demand Friday, March 23rd, the Michael Knowles-directed film tells the story of 35-year-old Morris Bliss (Hall), who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father (Peter Fonda), who treats Morris with a mix of disdain and exasperation. When he finds himself juggling a bizarre relationship with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter (Brie Larson) of a former classmate and the advances of his very forward neighbor (Liu), Morris realizes that even though...
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Latest MPAA Ratings: Bulletin No: 2214

First for news from last week's bulletin, the MPAA has upheld the Nc-17 rating for Killer Joe, which was given the film for "graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality." However, one of the films that also went in for appeal after last week's bulletin, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, came back with a win getting their R-rating knocked down to a PG-13, more on that below along with all the new MPAA ratings from Bulletin No: 2214. Air Collision Special Edition Rated PG For disaster action/peril, and some language. Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope Rated PG-13 For some sex and drug references, language and brief horror images. The Dead Undead Rated R For violence and language. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Rated PG For some rude humor. El Gringo Rated R For bloody violence, language and some sexuality. Mattie Rated
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'The Trouble With Bliss': Michael C. Hall is one sad lady killer -- Exclusive Video

'The Trouble With Bliss': Michael C. Hall is one sad lady killer -- Exclusive Video
In The Trouble With Bliss, Michael C. Hall plays a clueless 35-year-old unemployed man who can’t decide whether he’s waiting for his life to begin or end. He kills time at home in New York City where he lives with his increasingly exasperated dad (Peter Fonda), and his only excitement is a creepy sexual fling with a high school student (Brie Larson) who picked him up in a record store. A cast of colorful characters eventually lures him out of his malaise, but in this exclusive clip, he reluctantly explains the significance of each pathetic tack on the
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Cool Clicks: Cartoon Babes and Their Celebrity Counterparts

We scour the interwebs for the coolest movie news and more so you don't have to ...

You know, Christina Hendricks does look a lot like Jessica Rabbit! MTV Clutch turns hand-drawn into real-life with a gallery of 16 cartoon babes and their celebrity doppelgangers.

Can hooking up with Brad Pitt be hazardous to your career (at least last weekend)? The Wrap makes the argument as Angelina Jolie's leg-baring at the Oscars was ridiculed, Gwyneth Paltrow's documentary bit with Robert Downey Jr. bombed and Jennifer Aniston's "Wanderlust" didn't make very much money.

She was the girl with the faraway eyes in "Slumdog Millionaire" and the voice-of-reason girlfriend in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." Now, Freida Pinto brings the hot photoshoot for Esquire.

"Forget about it?" Never! Upon the 15th anniversary of "Donnie Brasco," Moviefone lists 25 things you probably didn't know about the now-classic mob movie starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.
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