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After perfecting her plain-girl act in Arrested Development, Mae Whitman (her?) is trying to shake it off in The Duff. She plays Bianca, a high school senior who’s dismayed to realize she’s considered the DUFF — Designated Ugly Fat Friend — to her prettier pals. In an effort to reinvent herself, she enlists the help of handsome popular jock Wesley (Robbie Amell).

It all sounds pretty silly, starting with the notion that Whitman is ugly and fat. But this is movie-land, where Rachel Leigh Cook was once considered freakishly repulsive because she dared wear overalls and glasses. And where we’re supposed to believe Amell, a 26-year-old former male model, is a typical teenager. Hit the jump to watch The Duff trailer.

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Joe Dirt 2

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Since his return to the screen, Arnold Schwarzenegger has dabbled not only in new projects, but in films that return the actor to well-known roles from his past. There’s Terminator: Genisys, of course, in which Schwarzenegger steps back into the metal skeleton of the T-800. And there are possible returns to Twins and Conan, as well. Now the actor says there’s a potential Running Man sequel in the offing — that would be a return to the comic/dystopian world of the 1987 adaptation of Stephen King’s early novel of the same title. Read More »

Jon Chu Toy Fair

There’s nothing like a nostalgia movie set during the decade you grew up in to make you feel old. The Nineties were my time. My teenage years. The films, music and culture of that decade have helped define who I am, which probably explains a lot about me. When it’s happening though, you never think you’ll see a time when the period you’re in will be looked back at with fond nostalgia. Until it happens, that is, and you realize how times have changed.

As time moves on, every era becomes a period film and the latest is the Nineties. Director Jon M. Chu, director of several Step Up movies, G.I. Joe Retaliation and the upcoming Jem and the Holograms as well as Now You See Me 2, has just sold a pitch to Focus Features for a Nineties-era dance film called Can’t Touch This. Read more about the Can’t Touch This movie below. Read More »

Inherent Vice UK trailer

Paul Thomas Anderson has given us an unexpected gift this morning, and if you live in London there are actually two gifts. For everyone, there’s a new Inherent Vice UK trailer, cut by Anderson himself. For those actually in the UK — and specifically, those in London or close to the city — the special gift is that this trailer heralds surprise screenings of the film which will take place this coming Wednesday. Check out the new trailer below, and get the screening info, too.

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Shawn Levy Forty Thieves

With Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb almost in theaters, Shawn Levy is looking for his next project. And he may have found one in Forty Thieves, a retelling of the classic folk tale Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Casting is already underway, with Liam Hemsworth (above), Dan Stevens, and Evan Peters all vying for the lead. Hit the jump for more on the Shawn Levy Forty Thieves movie.

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There's Something About Mary - farrelly brothers films ranked

Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly, better known as The Farrelly Brothers, are responsible for some of the biggest and most quotable comedies of the past twenty years. This week, they’re making their first sequel, which also brings them back to the film that made them famous: Dumb and Dumber. Dumb and Dumber To reunites Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels as idiots Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, and in so doing almost brings twenty years of comedy full circle.

To celebrate the release of Dumb and Dumber To, we’re ranked all 12 directorial efforts of the Farrelly Brothers. Theirs is a career that started with a bang and has since slowed down a bit. Still, their work is an impressive collection of films with unique and innovative plots.

Below, read our ranking of the films of the Farrelly Brothers. Read More »

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