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    Review: 'Our Idiot Brother' A Breezy, But Uneven Attempt To Replicate The Judd Apatow Touch

    Judd Apatow's smash hits of "The 40 Year Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" (not to mention the countless other successful comedies stamped with his producer tag) have spawned a good handful of imitators but few ever get the formula right. What Apatow does so well -- evidenced as far back as "Freaks & Geeks" and "Undeclared" -- is effortlessly find true character moments in the midst of even the raunchiest gags. For example, in "The 40 Year Old Virgin" when Andy returns home after his "bag of sand" gaffe and walks around his house yelling in frustration, it's both hilarious and true -- we've all had those moments where we've said or done something completely mortifying that we can't change. And Apatow excels at building his stories in a way that makes the usually large ensemble of players feel effortlessly real, with their choices and reactions organically born from situations that arise. That influence is clearly stamped on Jesse Peretz's "Our Idiot Brother" a film that takes an Apatow regular in Paul Rudd, surrounds him with a great ensemble, and strives admirably but unevenly to replicate the comedic and dramatic tones Apatow does so well.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Geena Davis in Conversation with Pat Mitchell

    Check out this conversation of two female media icons from the Paley Center for Media.

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    'The Raven' Teaser Poster Drips Blood; 'Straw Dogs' Characters Get Their Own One Sheets

    Update: "The Raven" poster removed at the request of Relativity Media.

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  • Caryn James
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    Dominic West and Romola Garai in the Swirling Journalism Drama "The Hour"

    Straight from the era of Good Night and Good Luck, BBC America’s absorbing series The Hour adds spies and romance to its glamorized, nostalgic look at what now counts as old-timey television journalism, with truth-seeking reporters battling timid network chiefs, women producers battling sexism, everyone drinking and smoking day and night. This swirling drama - impeccably cast with Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw and Dominic West – is a greatly entertaining soap opera with an undertone of serious commentary (much like TV journalism today).

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    Director Lone Scherfig Talks About "One Day," Anne Hathaway, and "The Way We Were"

    One Day has a rigid structure that some directors would find impossible. Emma and Dexter - played by Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess - live through two decades of tumultuous friendship and love, although we only see them on July 15th each year. But this romantic drama plays to Danish-born director Lone Scherfig’s strengths.

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    David Letterman Knows Who His Real Enemies Are (Video)

    You've probably heard that some renegade crackpot on a jihadist website issued a death threat against David Letterman recently. On last night's show, Letterman turned the situaiton into a joke - actually a Leno joke - about all the people who hate him.

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    Top Caribbean Filmmakers to participate in Toronto Incubator

    Frances-Anne Solomon, CEO of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution, the region’s premier film marketing and distribution entity, this week announced that 15 top Caribbean filmmakers will participate in CTWD's highly effective Market Incubator Program. The Program, now in its second year, trains Caribbean content creators in the all-important packaging and marketing of films, and will take place as part of the CaribbeanTales Toronto Film Showcase, from Sept 7-17tth at Harbourfront Centre.

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    Alexander Skarsgård Headed To Brit Marling & Zal Batmanglij's 'The East'

    Swede Alexander Skarsgård first made his talent known on this side of the ocean as Sgt. Brad 'Iceman' Colbert in HBO's "Generation Kill" but these days he's better known as the devilishly handsome Eric Northman on "True Blood." Though he's yet to make a major presence on the big screen, he's got a few projects hitting theaters in the next little while that should bring more attention to the actor from those who don't watch the vampire series. Next month he'll be one of the main antagonists in the "Straw Dogs" remake and later this fall, he'll appear opposite Kirsten Dunst in a brief role in Lars Von Trier's "Melancholia" while next summer he'll yell "H5!" (or something) in the bloated blockbuster "Battleship." And while he's trying to get the viking pic "The Vanguard" off the ground over at Warner Bros. he's making a smart play for his next movie role.

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    "The Beaver" Damns the American Sitcom Family With a Very Special (Major Depressive) Episode

    This review was originally published May 5, 2011. It is being reposted for the home video release.

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    "Win Win" is a Hilarious Comedy with a Very Winning Ensemble Cast

    This review was originally published on January 23, 2011, from the Sundance Film Festival. It is being reposted for its home video release.

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