It’s no secret that Judd Apatow likes to cast people over and over again in his movies. Large chunks of The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Funny People all feature the same actors, not to mention those populating the many films he’s produced too. His currently-untitled next directorial feature, rumored to be called This Is Forty, goes one step further, casting Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann as the exact same characters they played in Knocked Up. Plus, Variety is now reporting that three more Apatow alumni are joining the cast, which already includes Albert Brooks and Megan Fox. They are Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids), Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture and Apatow’s upcoming HBO show Girls) and Charlyne Yi (Paper Hearts, Knocked Up). Wyatt Russell (Cowboys & Aliens) has also been cast.

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Mean Magazine has created a new series of online short films called CineMash, which lets celebrity talent mash up their favorite scenes from classic movies. In past weeks we’ve posted Sid and Nancy starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and directed by Marc Webb (the director of 500 Days of Summer), Cheech & Chong enter the computer world of Tron to settle a heated debate about the price of cannabis, and the cult action flick Point Break starring Reno 911′s Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant and Human Giant’s Aziz Ansari and Rob Huebel.

Last week, while we were caught in the Comic-Con madness, we missed the latest cinemash release — Channing Tatum (GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Charlyne Yi (Paper Heart) play “an appealingly off-beat couple wax romantic and can’t stop moving to the music as they mix intimacy and hilarity in a scene from the megahit movie” Dirty Dancing.. The short is written by Paper Heart writer/director Nicholas Jasenovec and Kashy Khaledi and written by Jasenovec and Yi. Watch it now after the jump.
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Party Down; Episode 104; Investor's Dinner

Over the last decade, Martin Starr has brought a unique ruckus to comedy on TV and in the movies. As an actor, he portrays characters that have settled into their aloof, awkward skins by way of deep thought, nerdy diversion, and hilarious observation. Poofs of weed smoke often chip in. While plagued with girl problems, his characters typically win over audiences until they are subtly recognized as the coolest, smartest dudes on screen.

It was under the guidance of Paul Feig and Judd Apatow—as the lanky, bespectacled and beloved teenager Bill Haverchuck on Freaks and Geeks—that Starr set this precocious M.O. in motion. And it’s a personal belief that had Freaks not been brutally axed in ’00 during its lone season, Haverchuck would have gone on to land a bevy of moist females. Of course, Freaks is now forever renown for launching a bevy of careers, including those of Starr, Seth Rogen and James Franco. And for being one of the best fucking things ever. Starr has notably followed up with memorable roles in Knocked Up—beard fail—and in the recent, terrific Adventureland, an ’80s time-capsule that stays with you like the killer kiss on a Ferris Wheel that didn’t happen and will not.

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Paper Heart Movie Trailer

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Paper Heart was one of the most talked about films going into Sundance 2009, and ended up winning the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. The film starts out as a documentary.Charlyne Yi does not believe in love. Paper Heart follows Charlyne as she embarks on a quest across America to explore the  the one subject she doesn’t fully understand.But the film is also partly a scripted, telling the blossoming relationship between Charlyne and real life boyfriend Michael Cera. Will Charlyne be transformed into a true believer? The answer is more complicated than what you might expect.

The film’s trailer was attached to 17 Again, and is now available online thanks to Apple. Overture Films will be releasing the movie in theaters on August 7th. I think this film is actually quite clever, and that most people that screened the film at Sundance almost completely missed (or should I say, didn’t even notice) the story’s multi-layered story (read the spoiler section of my review ONLY after you have seen the movie). Check out the trailer after the jump and tell me what you think in the comments below.

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Sundance Movie Review: Paper Heart

Paper Heart was one of my most anticipated films going into Sundance. A quasi-documentary with meta elements, It’s definitely not a mockumentary because some of the interviews and situations are very real. In a few ways Paper Heart is a great companion piece to Mark Webb’s 500 Days of Summer, which is also being shown at the Sundance Film Festival.

Comedian/actress Charlyne Yi has never been in love and is not even sure if she is capable of loving someone. And the concept of the documentary is born, as Yi goes on an across country journey to try to further understand the concept of love. Along the way she interviews married couples, newly weds, divorcees, a gay couple, a romance novelist, scientists, a married judge and lawyer, a psychic, a group of young children, and even some of her friends – Seth Rogen, Demetri Martain and more. And Li also meets real-life boyfriend Michael Cera, playing himself, and begins to develop a relationship that may or may not lead to true love. Will Charlyne be transformed into a true believer? The answer is much more complicated than what you might expect.

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Paper Heart Video Clips

Paper Heart is one of the most talked about films going into Sundance 2009. Charlyne Yi and her real-life boyfriend Michael Cera were able to make the film completely under the radar. I have been able to secure five video clips from the strange meta-love story, in which both of the stars play themselves. Here is the details from the Sundance plot synopsis: “Even though Yi doesn’t believe in love, she bravely embarks on a quest to discover its true nature — a journey that takes on surprising urgency when she meets unlikely fellow traveler, actor Michael Cera.” You can read the extended plot synopsis and watch the clips after the jump. As always, please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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2009 Sundance Film Festival Competition Films Announced

The Sundance Institute has announced the first half of the line-up for the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Included in the first press release are the films in competition in the Drama and Documentary segments. 3,661 feature-length films were submitted this year, which is 37 more films than last year. For the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, 118 feature-length films were selected including 87 world premieres, 19 North American premieres, and 4 U.S. premieres representing 21 countries with 42 first-time filmmakers, including 28 in competition. Before we get into the full list, I would like to point out some of the films that particularly interest me. Also, now should be the time for me to admit that I focus more on English-language films, so my foreign picks will probably be lacking.

The Wrestler screenwriter Robert Siegel makes his directorial debut with Big Fan, which stars Patton Oswalt as a parking garage attendant and hardcore New York Giants football fan who struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player. Michael Rapaport also stars. I loved the humor that Siegel brought to The Wrestler, and with Oswalt in the lead – this one is a no brainer.

The Office star John Krasinski makes his directorial debut with a big screen adaptation of David Foster Wallace‘s book Breif Interviews with Hideous Men. The story follows Julianne Nicholson as a doctoral candidate in anthropology who “tries to remedy the heartache” of being dumped with little explanation, by interviewing men about their behavior. Krasinski, Dominic Cooper and Timothy Hutton also star.

In Cold Souls, Paul Giamatti stars as a famous American actor who in the midst of an existential crisis, “explores soul extraction as a relief from the burdens of daily life.” Okay, doesn’t have the best plot description but Giamatti is involved, as well as David Strathairn, Emily Watson, and Lauren Ambrose.


Emmy Rossum stars in Adam Salky‘s feature directorial debut Dare, about “three very different teenagers discover that, even in the safe world of a suburban prep school, no one is who she or he appears to be.” IMDB also provides a different teaser synopsis: “The good girl, the outsider and the bad boy…like you’ve never seen them before.” This is a feature length adaptation of Salky’s 2005 short film which was met with acclaim at film festivals. I’m a sucker for coming of age films.

Everyone is talking about Paper Heart, the film that Michael Cera made under the raydar with his girlfriend Charlyne Yi. The film is apparently a meta-love story with the stars playing themselves (?). The pre-festival hype aside, I would see this film based on Cera’s involvement alone.

Teeth star Jess Weixler returns to Sundance opposite Jason Ritter in a big screen adaptation of Peter and Vandy, the Drama Desk Nominated Best Play that was lauded for its “almost embarrassing intimacy and killer comic timing.” The film tells the story of a contemporary Manhattan love story, told out of order, with no beginning and no end. Festival programer Geoffrey Gilmore says that “One of the themes” of this year’s festival is “the kind of new-generation love story,” … a new “way of telling love stories right now by a new, younger generation that’s different, that’s fresh, that’s original.” This and the Cera film Paper Heart seems to fit into this statement.

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Jeff Daniels stars as the title character Arlen Faber, a reclusive author of a groundbreaking spiritual book awakens to new truths when two strangers enter his life. The film also stars Kat Dennings (Nick and Norah), Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Wackness), and Lauren Gram. The film was formerly titled “The Dream of the Romans“, which is a much better title if you ask me.


In Good Hair, Comedian Chris Rock turns documentary filmmaker when he sets out to examine the culture of African-American hair and hairstyles. I’m not sure if it will be good, like many of Chris Rock’s films, but I’ll always be there for anything the guy creates.

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Documentary filmmaker R.J. Cutler was given unprecedented access for a film titled “The September Issue“. Cutler and crew shot Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and her team over the corse of nine months as they prepared the 2007 VogueSeptember issue, widely accepted as the “fashion bible” for the year’s trends. I’ve always been interested in the world of journalism, even if the Fashion world might be a very different realm. And I must admit that The Devil Wears Prada has me very interested to catch this one.

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You can read the full press release (which includes a listing of all the films announced today) after the jump.

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