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    TIFF '11 Review: 'The Oranges' Delivers A Grove Of Big Laughs

    The indie ensemble comedy genre is fraught with pitfalls, from high concepts that just don't deliver, to outrageous storylines that can't sustain their own frenzied energy. For every "Little Miss Sunshine" there are countless more that attempt to create that film's almost intangible alchemy but falter somewhere along the way. "The Oranges" could have gone either way - with Julian Farino a mostly TV director ("Entourage," "How To Make It In America") making his sophomore film with a grab bag cast including Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Alia Shawkat, Adam Brody and Leighton Meeste,r we really had no idea what to e...

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    Alia Shawkat Books Dayton/Faris' 'He Loves Me' & 'Brass Teapot' Starring Juno Temple

    With rumors of an "Arrested Development" film refusing to die, stars of the defunct Fox show continue to ride the wave of the cult classic. Jason Bateman and Michael Cera have obviously made the most of their time on the Ron Howard-narrated show, but another star is beginning to spread her wings as ...

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    Bill Hader Drops More Casting On 'The Hand Job' Starring Aubrey Plaza

    SNL Funnyman Says Andy Samberg, Alia Shawkat, Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Donald Glover & More Will Star In Film Written By His WifeEXCLUSIVE: We haven't been shy in expressing our infatuation with comedic actress Aubrey Plaza. Though she doesn't have too many notches on her belt, her turns in "Funny People," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" and "Parks and Recreation" are extremely impressive, displaying a young talent with a knack for comedic timing and wit. Whether it's keeping up with Seth Rogen's deadpan, dry deliveries in Judd Apatow's last picture or actively (and abrasively) berating Michael Cera in Edgar Wright's underrated gem, Plaza d...

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    Review: 'Cedar Rapids' Provides A Trickle Of Laughs Instead Of A Torrent

    On paper, "Cedar Rapids" sounds like a no brainer. The Frank Capra-esque premise is familiar: a small town man is sent off to the big city where he struggles to adjust to the fast pace and shifty morals of metropolitan life. And when you line up a stacked roster of talent that includes John C. Reilly, Anne Heche, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Sigourney Weaver, Alia Shawkat, Rob Corddry and Stephen Root, the movie should pretty much just write itself. Figuratively speaking, that is. But unfortunately, Miguel Arteta seems to have literally taken what was probably a great treatment and hoped that his actors and actresses could do the rest with unfortunate...

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    Trailer & Poster For 'Cedar Rapids' Starring Ed Helms & John C. Reilly

    Hot off the presses as a 2011 Sundance Film Festival entry arrives the trailer and poster for "Cedar Rapids," Fox Searchlight's new salesman roadtrip film with "The Hangover" star Ed Helms in his first big shot since that 2009 breakout movie. Directed by Miguel Arteta ("Youth In Revolt," "Chuck & Bu...

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