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The 31 Best Comedies on Netflix Right Now

23 October 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Who doesn't love to laugh? Whether your taste runs to R-rated raunch, classic yuks or witty British humor, you'll find something hilarious to stream on Netflix.

Right now, there are movies starring Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jack Black, Goldie Hawn and a nice selection of films showcasing the comedy chops of Joan Cusack. (Availability subject to change, so get streaming now!)

1. "The Addams Family" (1991) PG-13

Everyone's favorite macabre family is wonderfully portrayed by Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci as Wednesday. Spooky fun, just in time for Halloween.

2. "The Bad News Bears" (1976) PG

Walter Matthau is a grumpy hoot as a reluctant little league coach, Tatum O'Neal is great as the tomboy pitcher and the Bears (including a young Jackie Earle Haley) are perfectly, awfully bad.

3. "Bernie" (2011) PG-13

Jack Black stars in the real-life story of a mortician who ends »

- Sharon Knolle

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What to Watch This Week: 'Chef,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'In A World...'

29 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

New on DVD and Blu-ray

"Chef"

Jon Favreau wrote and directed this delicious comedy about a chef named Carl Casper, who quits the biz to start a food truck with help from fellow chef Martin (John Leguizamo) and Carl's son Percy. Sofía Vergara plays Carl's ex-wife, with Dustin Hoffman as Carl's former boss, Scarlett Johansson as the hostess of the restaurant, and Oliver Platt as a food critic whose mean tweets kicked off this whole business.

"The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology"

This Blu-ray box set includes both the theatrical version and the extended director's cut of "The Exorcist," "Exorcist II: The Heretic," "The Exorcist III," and the two prequels, "Exorcist: The Beginning" and "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist." Although this set doesn't boast a whole lot of extras, »

- Jenni Miller

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Here's What's New on Netflix for October 2014

25 September 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Looking for what's new on Netflix streaming for October 2014? You've come to the right place.

We've rounded up the best TV shows and movies arriving soon. So take some time to peruse this list, and maybe block off a weekend or two so you can binge-watch Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries" or something.

Here's a much larger rundown of what subscribers can expect in September, courtesy of Netflix. All title dates are subject to change.

Available October 1

"Annie" (1982)

Based on the Depression-era comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," this adaptation of the smash Broadway musical follows America's favorite urchin (Aileen Quinn) as she captures Daddy Warbucks' (Albert Finney) heart with her unquenchable optimism. In the meantime, Annie must try to dodge the treacherous head of the orphanage (Carol Burnett). Directed by John Huston, Annie features the hit song "Tomorrow."

"Annie: A Royal Adventure" (1995)

Annie, the charming orphan with a head full of red curls, »

- Tim Hayne

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In a World... director Lake Bell takes over The Emperor's Children

27 August 2014 6:53 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lake Bell has signed on to direct The Emperor's Children.

The In a World... director has replaced Noah Baumbach on the adaptation of Claire Messud's novel.

The Emperor's Children centres around three entitled but struggling young people orbiting the career of a successful journalist in the months surrounding the 9/11 attacks.

The introduction of two more members of their circle threatens their delicate equilibrium.

Baumbach wrote the screenplay and was formerly attached to direct the film.

Bell also wrote and starred in her 2013 directorial debut, voiceover comedy In a World...

Imagine Entertainment's The Emperor's Children is yet to announce any castings. »

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Lake Bell Will Direct 'The Emperor's Children'

26 August 2014 5:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Actress Lake Bell, who made her directorial debut last year with the hit indie comedy In a World..., has signed on to direct The Emperor's Children for Imagine Entertainment. It isn't known if Lake Bell has plans on starring in the film as well.

Noah Baumbach wrote the screenplay adaptation back in March 2010, when he was attached to direct. Before that, Ron Howard was circling the project in July 2007.

The story is based on Claire Messud's novel that follows an educated but unsuccessful group of friends in their late 20s, who follow the life of a successful journalist, in the months leading up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The inclusion of two more members threatens the group's stability.

Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing for Imagine Entertainment, although it isn't known when production will begin.

As an actress, Lake Bell most recently starred in Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Million Dollar Arm, »

- MovieWeb

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Lake Bell to Helm The Emperor's Children

26 August 2014 4:16 PM, PDT | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Lake Bell, who made her directorial debut with 2013's In a World..., has lined up a new directing project in The Emperor's Children, says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter. The film, based on the novel by Claire Messud, has been adapted for the screen by Noah Baumbach (Kicking and Screaming, Frances Ha), who was previously planning to helm. »

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Lake Bell to Direct ‘The Emperor's Children’ for Brian Grazer, Imagine

26 August 2014 4:15 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

A year after her directorial debut “In a World…” debuted to strong reviews, Lake Bell has landed a plum assignment behind the camera, as she's set to direct “The Emperor's Children” for Imagine Entertainment, TheWrap has learned. Noah Baumbach adapted Claire Messud's bestselling 2006 novel about a trio of Brown University graduates who are approaching their 30s with trepidation as they struggle to realize the lofty expectations held for their personal and professional lives. The novel was set in New York in the months leading up to and following 9/11. Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing on behalf of Imagine. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Albert Brooks & More to Voice Illumination's Animated Pets Project

16 June 2014 8:48 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Earlier this year, we got word that comedians Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart would be lending their voices to an Untitled Pets Movie, an animated comedy from Illumination Entertainment, the same company behind Despicable Me. Now the voice cast has expanded with even more great comedic talent. The Wrap reports stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress, "Saturday Night Live" cast member Bobby Moynihan, In a World... lead Lake Bell and "The Office" regular Ellie Kemper will also voice characters in the film that Universal has slated to open on February 12th, 2016. But the real treat is Albert Brooks is in talks as well. For those who missed our initial report on this project, the story follows a quick-witted terrier rescue (Louis C.K.) who gets agitated when his master brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). But things get worse when the two dogs find themselves stuck in the streets of New York City, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Tom Hardy and Lake Bell Are Topless on the Cover of Esquire

15 April 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Check out Brit babe Tom Hardy and indie dream queen Lake Bell topless on the dual cover of Esquire's May issue, which hits newsstands April 22. Hardy's got the experimental, one-man drama "Locke" coming out this week. Meanwhile, Lake Bell, who wrote and directed last year's feminist comedy "In A World...," will soon appear opposite Jon Hamm in Disney's "Million Dollar Arm." In Bell's cover story, she opens up about acting, directing and "Million Dollar Arm," while giving her two cents about marriage: "Marriage is traditionally old-school in many respects. It is highly antiquated, and, that being said, beautiful."  Regarding directing, which she's done for film and TV ("Childrens Hospital" on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim), she says, "If I write something and I'm going to put in all that love and energy, I want to direct it. As an actor, you have access to the trenches -- to a myriad of different sets. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Exclusive: Alison Pill, Alex Karpovsky & More Join Adult Swim's 'Dinner With Friends With Brett Gelman and Friends'

8 April 2014 4:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Adult Swim has made a stir attracting quality guest stars for special event programs of late, including Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, and Amy Poehler -- and that's just for Adam Scott's "The Greatest Event in Television History." Now, they'll be broadcasting their first celebrity dinner party with a late night twist. "Dinner With Friends With Brett Gelman and Friends" premieres Thursday, April 24th at midnight, and Indiewire has exclusive photos as well as the full list of cast members/dinner guests.  Joining Gelman for the half-hour special he co-wrote with director Jason Woliner ("Eagleheart") are Dale Dickey ("Justified," "True Blood"), Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Melamed ("A Serious Man," "In a World..."), Alison Pill ("The Newsroom"), Lance Reddick ("The Wire," "Fringe"), Anthony Atamanuik ("30 Rock," "Broad City") and Alex Karpovsky ("Girls").  The scripted comedy special invites guests to "a lively night of dining, showbiz chit-chat, and psychological torture." Gelman, a »

- Ben Travers

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Exclusive: Alison Pill, Alex Karpovsky & More Join Adult Swim's 'Dinner With Friends With Brett Gelman and Friends'

8 April 2014 4:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Adult Swim has made a stir attracting quality guest stars for special event programs of late, including Jon Hamm, Paul Rudd, and Amy Poehler -- and that's just for Adam Scott's "The Greatest Event in Television History." Now, they'll be broadcasting their first celebrity dinner party with a late night twist. "Dinner With Friends With Brett Gelman and Friends" premieres Thursday, April 24th at midnight, and Indiewire has exclusive photos as well as the full list of cast members/dinner guests.  Joining Gelman for the half-hour special he co-wrote with director Jason Woliner ("Eagleheart") are Dale Dickey ("Justified," "True Blood"), Gilbert Gottfried, Fred Melamed ("A Serious Man," "In a World..."), Alison Pill ("The Newsroom"), Lance Reddick ("The Wire," "Fringe"), Anthony Atamanuik ("30 Rock," "Broad City") and Alex Karpovsky ("Girls").  The scripted comedy special invites guests to "a lively night of dining, showbiz chit-chat, and psychological torture." Gelman, a...

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- Ben Travers

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Watch Captain America: The First Avenger's 'Honest Trailer'

1 April 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Screen Junkies have posted their latest 'honest trailer' - a four minute or so piece of film criticism using the 'In a world...' voiceover style. And this time round they have their flubber-coated shield's sights on Captain America: The First Avenger, just ahead of its sequel's North American release this Friday. Watch the video below, in which they address...

-Steve Rogers' alter ego...The Human Torch from Fantastic Four.

-Captain America's origin story effectively being 'steroids.'

-And ultimate Frisbee!

'German Capote' might be there best 'honest name' yet.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is out now in the UK and opens this Friday (April 4th) in North America, with Marvel veterans Evans, Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Cobie Smulders (Agent Maria Hill), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola) and Maximiliano Hernandez (Agent Jasper »

- Oliver Davis

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Watch: The History Of Movie Trailers Explained In 15 Minutes

26 March 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Wow, this is cool. The folks at Filmmaker Iq have put together a fascinating 15-minute video history of the best bit of movies: the trailers (click through for more supporting material). There's material on the very earliest trailers (100 years old last year, apparently), the more experimental trailers of the '60s (yes, everything really was experimental then) including an amazing one for “Dr. Strangelove,” and the rise of modern blockbuster trailers—which, just like the modern blockbuster itself, date back to Steven Spielberg's “Jaws.” It also takes us right up to the latest in trailer technology, the “Inception” braaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhm, and gives a shout-out to Don Lafontaine, one of the most recognizable trailer voices around: but not, sadly, to the other Mr “In A World...”, Hal Douglas, who passed away recently. Nevertheless, check it out—it's great. [via No Film School] »

- Ben Brock

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Watch Frozen's 'Honest Trailer'

14 March 2014 5:08 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Screen Junkies have posted their latest 'honest trailer' - a four minute or so piece of film criticism using the 'In a world...' voiceover style. And this time round they have their icy glare on Disney's recent musical Frozen. Watch the video below, in which they address...

-how Disney have finally learned how to make Pixar movies.

-those strange half-rock/half-gnome troll-like things.

-And...wait, since when did Elsa's magical powers include 'creation of life'!?

"We are about to pooooork." I love that one.

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- Oliver Davis

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R.I.P. Hal Douglas, The Voice Of Movie Trailers

13 March 2014 10:26 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

He didn't walk the red carpet, and you probably didn't know his name, but Hal Douglas rubbed shoulders with the biggest stars on the planet, helping bring the vision of directors to audiences around the world, and made a lasting impact on the moviegoing experience. He was the iconic voice and narrator of movie trailers, and at the age of 89 he has sadly passed away. "In a world..." may have become a cliche, but that's only because Douglas made it sound so good, and through thousands of promos, he excited, romanced and intrigued ticket buyers to line up the next weekend and come back to the cinema. One of the best in the business, Douglas' talent was in being both familiar and always compelling, and we'll have to get used to whoever comes along to fill his very big shoes, which worked for over four decades in the biz. [Deadline] »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Voice Behind Your Favorite Movie Trailers Goes Silent

13 March 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Hal Douglas, the voiceover artist known for his iconic narration in trailers for films including "Forrest Gump," "Philadelphia," and "Lethal Weapon," died Friday at his home in Virginia. He was 89.

Douglas popularized the use of the phrase "In a world..." in his narration, becoming one of the most recognizable voices in film. He also frequently lent his vocals to TV commercials and series. Though his booming voice and go-to catchphrases were sometimes mocked as cliche, Douglas was widely respected in Hollywood, and even poked fun at himself in the trailer for Jerry Seinfeld's 2002 documentary "Comedian."

Before he hit it big in his narration niche, Douglas trained as a pilot and spent three years in the Navy. He then studied acting at the University of Miami before moving to New York to pursue the craft further. Douglas picked up some extra cash doing radio and voiceover work, becoming a sought after talent, »

- Katie Roberts

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Exclusive Cybergeddon Clip: Tommy Runs Out Of Space

11 March 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The cyber thriller Cybergeddon will be available on DVD on March 18. To mark the occasion, we have an exclusive clip to share with you. It features Canadian actress Missy Peregrym (Reaper and Rookie Blue) as Agent Chloe Jocelyn. Watch her chase down a cyber perp named Tommy. Not only is Tommy good at hacking, but apparently he's also good at running up, down, and over things. Too bad for him Chloe has a gun. Cybergeddon follows the story of agent Chloe Jocelyn as she investigates a slew of seemingly unrelated cyber attacks with fellow agent Frank Parker and incarcerated master hacker Chase 'Rabbit' Rosen. Chloe and her team must crack the worldwide cybercrime ring led by Gustov Dobreff before it is too late. In a world...

[Read the whole post on twitchfilm.com...]

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2014 Independent Spirit Award Winners: '12 Years a Slave' Takes Best Picture

1 March 2014 8:31 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The night before the 2014 Oscars was a big one for 12 Years a Slave as it took home five wins at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards including Best Picture, Director (Steve McQueen), Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Screenplay (John Ridley) and Cinematography (Sean Bobbitt). However, don't take this to mean 12 Years is a lock at the Oscars as its strongest competition in categories such as Picture and Director, those being Gravity and American Hustle, weren't among the "independent" nominees. Some likely Oscar winners were among the list of winners as Dallas Buyers Club co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto took home Best Actor and Supporting Actor respectively. Cate Blanchett took home yet another Best Actress prize for her work in Blue Jasmine and 20 Feet from Stardom won Best Documentary, proving even the Spirit Awards weren't going for The Act of Killing, though that doesn't diminish the impact of Joshua Oppenheimer's film. Some »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch 300's 'Honest Trailer'

26 February 2014 12:36 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Screen Junkies have posted their latest 'honest trailer' - a four minute or so piece of film criticism using the 'In a world...' voiceover style. And a congratulations! is in order, as not only is this their 50th ever video; this is also Spaaaarta!

That's right, before the release of the 300 sequel (annoyingly not entitled 301), they're talking...

-Zack Snyder's overused bag of visual tricks.

-That mutant Persian goat thing.

-And lots of homoerotic imagery...

Wait a second...Michael Fassbender was in that movie!?

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- Oliver Davis

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Watch Thor: The Dark World's 'Honest Trailer'

5 February 2014 3:16 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Screen Junkies have posted their latest 'honest trailer' - a four minute or so piece of film criticism using the 'In a world...' voiceover style. This time, they're thundering down on the latest Thor movie.

In their deconstruction of the 'filler-before-the-next-Avengers-film,' they talk...

-The All-Seeing Idris Elba,who misses a vast enemy attack fleet infiltrating Asgard.

-The wacky sidekick's wacky sidekicks.

-And the end sequence's similarities with video game Portal.

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- Oliver Davis

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