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Michael Douglas to Star as Hank Pym in Marvel’s Ant-Man!

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Michael Douglas has stepped into some of the biggest–or should that be tiniest?–shoes of his career. The two-time Academy Award-winning actor will join director Edgar Wright and Paul Rudd in Marvel’s "Ant-Man," hitting theaters July 31, 2015. That means Paul Rudd will be playing Scott Lang.

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Wanderlust – Just Seen It Movie Review

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After he loses his job, George and his wife Linda must moves from NYC to live with his brother in Atlanta. But on their drive south, they discover a commune right out of the 1960s. Deciding to leave the rat race behind, George and Linda give the commune life a try in WANDERLUST.

Starring Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Alan Alda and Malin Akerman.
Directed by David Wain.
Written by David Wain and Ken Marino.
Produced by Judd Apatow, Ken Marino and David Wain.
Genre: Comedy.

DVD: Dinner For Schmucks Absurd Comedy Is Just Mean Enough!

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Dinner for Schmucks is an American remake of a much darker French farce called Le Diner de Cons [loosely translated, The Dinner Game]. It is built around the idea that Tim Conrad [Paul Rudd] can win a promotion not because of a brilliant idea he pitches at a board meeting of Fender Financial, but by bringing the most spectacular guest to a very special dinner – a dinner where each of the company’s top executives befriends a person of “extraordinary talent” and brings them to said dinner. The catch is that “extraordinary talent” is a euphemism for “idiot.” If Tim can bring the most the spectacularly idiotic person to the dinner, he can gain his promotion.

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Smartly Idiotic Dinner for Schmucks is The Funniest Film of the Summer!

DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS

Dinner for Schmucks is an American remake of a much darker French farce called Le Diner de Cons [loosely translated, The Dinner Game]. It is built around the idea that Tim Conrad [Paul Rudd] can win a promotion not because of a brilliant idea he pitches at a board meeting of Fender Financial, but by bringing the most spectacular guest to a very special dinner – a dinner where each of the company’s top executives befriends a person of “extraordinary talent” and brings them to said dinner. The catch is that “extraordinary talent” is a euphemism for “idiot.” If Tim can bring the most the spectacularly idiotic person to the dinner, he can gain his promotion.

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Movie News: Production Round-Up Week of 6.2.10

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Ever wanted to write your own movie and didn’t know how to go about getting started? There is a great company called ScriptShark that I had the pleasure of coming across back at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con that offers screen writing seminars in both Los Angeles and New York City for those who are a bit daunted by their lack of movie industry savvy. These interesting and informative seminars allow the aspiring screenwriter to delve deeper into the business demands of a screenwriter’s career, and pursue the practical skills and understanding every aspiring screenwriter needs to know in order to position and promote themselves and their screenplay effectively.

ScriptShark offers information and knowledge about such essential things as:

* Career planning & goal setting
* The best ways to secure representation
* Understanding your screenplay from a producer’s POV
* How to take charge of your career
* Defining genre & market breakdown
* Creating a catchy, clear, and focused logline
* Turning your basic idea into a gripping pitch

If you are seriously interested in getting your screen writing career off the ground, then check out ScriptShark.

Meanwhile let’s take a look at some upcoming projects from some people already established in the entertainment industry.

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BLU-RAY NEWS: I Love You, Man Comes to Blu-ray/DVD August 11

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On August 11th, Paramount Home Entertainment will release I LOVE YOU, MAN on DVD and Blu-ray.  The I LOVE YOU, MAN DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The Blu-ray disc is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese subtitles. Both discs include the following special features, in high definition on Blu-ray as noted:

  • The Making of I Love You, Man (HD) – An 18-minute feature with cast interviews and a special look behind-the-scenes of the film’s most outrageous moment
  • Outtakes (HD) – Hilarious alternate versions of scenes with Paul Rudd and Jason Segel
  • Extended Scenes (HD)
  • Deleted Scenes (HD)
  • Gag Reel (HD)
  • Commentary by director John Hamburg and actors Paul Rudd and Jason Segel
  • Red Band Trailer (HD) – Blu-ray exclusive

MOVIE REVIEW: Monsters vs. Aliens 3-D: Dreamworks Catches Pixar With Homage to B-Movies!

The premise is simple: to stop and alien invader, the U.S. military releases its force of five captured monsters. The catch? It’s not as simple as they thought.

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Although it took a veritable legion of writers [okay... five] to come up with the final script for Monsters vs. Aliens, like the group that pieced together Casablanca, these guys did good. Monsters vs. Aliens is the best 3-D CG B-movie monster mashup ever! [Okay... it’s the first 3-D CG B-movie monster mashup. Your point is...?]

It all begins when Susan Murphy [voiced by Reese Witherspoon] is hit by a meteor and grows to 49.5 feet tall. Before she knows it, she’s been abducted by the military and placed in a top-secret prison along with The Missing Link [Will Arnett], B.O.B. [Seth Rogen], Insectosaurus and Dr. Cockroach [Hugh Laurie] – who represent, in the same order, The 50-Foot Woman [Attack of the 50-Foot woman], The Creature From The Black Lagoon, The Blob, Godzilla/Mothra and The Fly. The alien[s] in question would be Galaxhar [Rain Wilson], a bored, four-eyed purple [might be] people eater who is looking for a little excitement. The plural would be his clones…

The human element comes mainly from Susan, who’s engaged to a rather full-of-himself cable weatherman with ambition, Derek Dietl [Paul Rudd]. Unfortunately, Derek is also not happy with the new Susan. Stephen Colbert does a great job voicing an overconfident but easily confused President of the United States, and Kiefer Sutherland gives just the right amount of humanity to balance the extremely hawk-ish warden/guardian of the monsters’ prison, General Warren R. Monger. There’s even a wistful bit of philosophy from the “you can’t home again” school of thought.

Monsters vs. Aliens is a fast-paced, laugh-filled ride. For the second week in a row, I’ve seen a movie where the trailer, good as it is, does not contain the best bits in the movie. Not only that, but the 3-D is amazing – though there are only a very few blatant gags, including one just a few minutes in. It’s as though directors Conrad Vernon and Rob Letterman are telling us, “our 3-D could do lots these gimmicky gags, but we really don’t need to do that to tell our story.”

While the script might be a bit jokier than, say, the average Pixar film, there are character moments that would not be out of place in one – and the animation is, for the first time right up to the Pixar level. Then there’s that wonderful 3-D. It seems that each new 3-D film outdoes its most recent predecessor and that’s the way it is here. Part of the fun of seeing the screening I attended was in hearing the little kids in the audience gasp as the world of the movie drew them in. Even the mom next to me was entranced. Yes, MvsA works as an homage to B-movie monsters; as a coming of age story [Susan’s a late bloomer, eh?], and as a wild romp for the kids.

I thoroughly enjoyed Monsters vs. Aliens – and the audience gave it a standing ovation. Good thing I’d decided on my grade before they started standing [and blocking the screen while stuff happened onscreen during the credits...].

Final Grade: A+