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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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    movie review: CEDAR RAPIDS

    One of the things I admire most about director Miguel Arteta’s films (including Chuck & Buck and The Good Girl) is that he shows such compassion for his characters. That’s why I was thrown off by Cedar Rapids, at first. The screenplay, by newcomer Phil Johnston, seems to be making fun of its naïve, ...

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    Bummer: Miguel Arteta Gives Us The Rundown On Many Of His Failed Projects

    EXCLUSIVE: With "Cedar Rapids" opening this weekend, director Miguel Arteta has proven himself as a keen observer of subtle comic stories with a light touch. Of course, even with a body of work like his ("Chuck and Buck," "Youth In Revolt") there are bound to be a few films that fall by the wayside....

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    Oscar Watch: Bening Could Beat Portman, Exclusive The Kids Are All Right Video, Tribute Q & A

    Annette Bening is a classy theater actress who came late to movies--she was almost 30 when she took her first lead role in Milos Forman's Valmont. She went on to work for future husband Warren Beatty on Bugsy and Love Affair, and had three Oscar-nominated roles, in Stephen Frears' The Grifters, Sam...

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    Tribeca Film Likes "Janie Jones"

    David M. Rosenthal's "Janie Jones" has been picked up by Tribeca Film for a release this summer, it was announced today. A 2010 Toronto International Film Festival premiere, the "rock n' roll road trip drama" stars Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola, and was inspired by writer-director Rosenthal'...

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    Shane Black In Talks To Direct 'Iron Man 3'

    After an overstuffed and generally underwhelming “Iron Man 2” and with director Jon Favreau officially out the door, we weren’t sure we wanted to sit through the contractually obligated third installment of the blockbuster franchise. However, Marvel might be about to change our minds.

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    New Look: David MacKenzie's On-The-Fly Music Fest Rom-Com 'You Instead'

    Director Also Eying Adaptation Of Toby Litt's Sci-Fi Novel 'Journey Into Space'Remember the rom-com David Mackenzie was shooting on-the-fly at the Scottish music festival, T In The Park, which follows the lead singer of an indie Scottish band who finds himself handcuffed to the vocalist of a big US ...

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    "Something Was Protecting This Movie" - Mark Wahlberg & David O. Russell Discuss 'The Fighter'

    In the perpetual buzz of awards season, "The Fighter" has certainly made its amount of noise. The film was nominated for six Golden Globes (and took home two of them for Melissa Leo and Christian Bale), and now it's in the running for seven Oscars, including Best Picture. Back in January, we covered director David O. Russell's discussion with fellow filmmaker Spike Jonze at the MOMI in New York, but after the jump find part two -- if you will -- West coast style. Perhaps a bit more laid back (with the slight exception of Russell, who still donned a bow tie and tux having just come from the WGA awards) and with celebrity cameos to boot (Mark ...

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    J.J. Abrams/Jonathan Nolan TV Show 'Person Of Interest' Gets A Pilot

    Plus 'Twilight: Eclipse' Helmer David Slade To Direct Pilot For 'R.E.M.'With the stigma of working in TV long since eroded, it seems that there's no big-screen producer, director or writer these days without a TV series or two on the go; only yesterday saw James Mangold and Philip Noyce join big na...

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    New Images & Clips From Cary Fukunaga's 'Jane Eyre' Starring Mia Wasikowska

    Focus Features is starting the last big push for Cary Fukunaga's upcoming film as new photos and two first look video clips have been unveiled of his revisioning of Charlotte Brontë's "Jane Eyre" starring break out stars Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.

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