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Man Up review: Simon Pegg and Lake Bell's rom-com is a winner

28 May 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Ben Palmer; Screenwriter: Tess Morris; Starring: Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Olivia Williams; Rory Kinnear; Running time: 88 mins; Certificate: 15

Cupid's arrow takes a circuitous route before finding its mark in Man Up, a truly rib-tickling rom-com that delivers the heady buzz of a great first date. But it's American actress Lake Bell (doing a fine English accent, here) who looks set to win viewers' hearts, more so than leading man Simon Pegg who generously acts as her 'straight man' - albeit slightly dizzied by the whirlwind of weird that Bell creates around him.

Bell, who also impressed with her 2013 writing/directing debut In a World..., stars as Nancy, vaguely depressed at still being single and incorrigibly goofy at 34 years old. However, judging by the way she tucks into a baguette on a crowded train, simultaneously complaining about her love life, she's not overly self-consciousness either. Sharon Horgan (recently seen in »

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Tribeca: Lake Bell on Going Full-On British for 'Man Up' and Fooling the Film's Crew

23 April 2015 10:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Interview: Lake Bell Wants to Vanquish 'Sexy Baby Talk' Via Her Directorial Debut 'In a World...' Lake Bell proved she's a pro at accents in her directorial debut "In a World...," which won her the Screenwriting Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and made her one of the most promising new filmmakers on the scene. In that winning comedy, Bell played an aspiring voiceover artist struggling to make a name for herself in a male-dominated industry. She's back showing off her impressive vocal range in the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere "Man Up," a romantic comedy in which she's tasked with playing a British lass who thinks she's done with dating until she meets a man (Simon Pegg) who mistakes her for his blind date. The film is directed by Ben Palmer, who made "The Inbetweeners Movie," and written by first-time screenwriter Tess Morris. Indiewire sat down »

- Nigel M Smith

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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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The Rom-Com Is Dead: 11 Offensive Cliches we'll be glad to see expire

13 February 2015 1:23 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Happy Valentine's Day, single people! Isn't it depressing? And we all have the demented romantic comedy genre to thank for our feeling of unfulfillment (along with, you know, assorted other factors). But good news! The traditional rom-com has been dying a protracted death for the last five or six years. Sure, the genre still exists. An argument could be made that the genre lives on in its purest form with the recent spate of rom-coms starring African-American actors ("Think Like a Man," "About Last Night," etc.) Recent films like Jenny Slate's "Obvious Child," Lake Bell's "In A World...," Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Don Jon," "Silver Linings Playbook" and even the zom-com flick "Warm Bodies" could also certainly be categorized as such -- and yet what they all have in common is their failure to follow the once tried-and-true template of their star-driven predecessors. The conventional, old-fashioned studio romantic comedy, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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