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CATFISH
Good narrative-driven documentaries are hard to come by, for reasons that should be fairly obvious. It’s one thing to be a talented filmmaker; it’s another entirely to be lucky one. If we’re meant to believe that Catfish is 100% authentic—and we are—then directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are the luckiest talented filmmakers in the world. Because the story featured here is unbelievably perfect. (Keyword being “unbelievably”.) To what extent Catfish is real or staged remains unclear, but thematically, it would be awfully fitting if it were all a ruse. Just as the troubling and deeply compelling Facebook-enabled internet relationship that unfolds over the course of the film proves itself too good to be true, so too it seems is the reality that these filmmakers are presenting to us. And that, in many ways, is what the film is all about: the steadily blurring line between reality and fiction. There’s a whole lot more to it than that, certainly, but delving into other aspects of the film would require spoiling plot details that I dare not give away. So I’ll just say this: Real or fake, it doesn’t matter. This is a story that’s timely, meaningful, and incredibly well told. It deserves to be seen and discussed.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Secrets Revealed: Exclusive Interview with the Filmmakers.

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DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS

Nope, that’s not a still from an unlikely adaptation of Haruki Murakami‘s novel A Wild Sheep Chase, though I might actually love to see Steve Carell play the nameless protagonist of that story and Jemaine Clement the very odd Sheep Man he encounters at a remote homestead.

No, that’s a new still from Dinner for Schmucks, and I’m mainly pointing it out because, the more I think about it, I actually do really like the idea of a Carell / Clement pairing based on Murakami. But I suppose I’ll take Dinner for Schmucks instead. We briefly saw Clement in this getup in the film’s second trailer, which nicely summarized the conceit of a bunch of rich jerks who invite ‘idiots’ to dinner to make fun of them, and the ambitious young exec (Paul Rudd) who is caught up in the scenario.

This photo is part of a collection of new images over at MTV, a couple of which bolster the image of the film as a collection of insane characters. (It’s also a remake of a French comedy, Le Diner de Cons, but shhh. Don’t tell anyone.) See the full image after the break. Read More »

Dinner for Schmucks Runs From Inception

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As July approaches, it seems that all of the studios in Hollywood are becoming more scared of Christopher Nolan‘s Inception. To be honest, I don’t think anyone knows how much money Nolan’s sci-fi action film will make. It’s heady like Memento, packs some crazy imagery/special effects, but packs a PG-13 rating (not that the PG-13 rating stopped The Dark Knight, but Inception isn’t a sequel and doesn’t feature Batman).

A couple weeks back, Disney announced they would be moving The Sorcerer’s Apprentice up to Wednesday, July 14th, giving it a couple days before the Chris Nolan mindfuck hits multiplexes. And now Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks have announced they are moving back the release of Dinner for Schmucks by one week, from July 23rd to July 30th. Variety even cites studio sources as claiming that “the July 30 frame is a less competitive date for adult films and gives “Dinner” more distance from “Inception” (July 16) and “Salt” (July 23).”

Dinner For Schmucks Movie Trailer #2

Dinner For Smucks

Paramount Pictures has released the second movie trailer for the Steve Carell/Paul Rudd comedy Dinner for Schmucks. The film, helmed by Jay Roach (the director of the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents films), tells the story of a rising executive who “succeeds” in finding the perfect guest, an IRS employee, for his boss’s monthly event, a so-called “dinner for idiots,” which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoon.

The film is a remake of the french comedy film Le Diner de Cons. The movie co-stars Ron Livingston, Bruce Greenwood, Jemaine Clement, Stephanie Szostak, Jeff Dunham, Rick Overton, and Zach Galifianakis. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Dinner For Schmucks Movie Trailer

Meet The Smucks
Paramount Pictures has released the first movie trailer for the Steve Carell/Paul Rudd comedy Dinner for Schmucks. The film, helmed by Jay Roach (the director of the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents films), tells the story of a rising executive who “succeeds” in finding the perfect guest, an IRS employee, for his boss’s monthly event, a so-called “dinner for idiots,” which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoon. Here si the official plot synopsis:

“Dinner for Schmucks” tells the story of Tim (Paul Rudd), a guy on the verge of having it all. The only thing standing between him and total career success is finding the perfect guest to bring to his boss’ annual Dinner for Extraordinary People, an event where the winner of the evening brings the most eccentric character as his guest. Enter Barry (Steve Carell), a guy with a passion for dressing mice up in tiny outfits to recreate great works of art. From Jay Roach, director of “Meet the Parents” and “Meet the Fockers” comes an unforgettable feast about two unlikely friends and one very memorable dinner.

The film is a remake of the french comedy film Le Diner de Cons. The movie co-stars Ron Livingston, Bruce Greenwood, Jemaine Clement, Stephanie Szostak, Jeff Dunham, Rick Overton, and Zach Galifianakis. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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George Miller may have a new Mad Max movie brewing, but before that happens he’s got to finish a film that is the polar opposite of the action sequel: Happy Feet 2. (I guess it’s kind of an action sequel, too.) Elijah Wood and Robin Williams are returning to the roles they voiced in the original film (Mumble and Ramon, respectively) and will do the voice work in Australia early next year. Miller again wrote the script; hopefully he gets all the dancing out of his system before making Mad Max. Actually, scratch that. I think Max could probably cut a mean rug. [THR]

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Sacha Baron Cohen has Dinner for Schmucks

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Variety has officially announced Sacha Baron Cohen’s next project, a follow-up to Borat based on another one of his Ali G show characters, Bruno. One problem, didn’t we report this months and months ago? Didn’t we also hear that production on the film had already begun? We had reports of a Bruno sighting at the LA World Trade Week. Did that not happen?

But Variety does have one new Cohen casting announcement: Sacha is set to star in a DreamWorks remake of the french comedy film Le Diner de Cons. Dinner for Schmucks will be directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers), based on a script by David Guion and Michael Handelman. Roach was a producer on Borat and is also producing Bruno.

The French film focused on a weekly dinner party held by a Paris publisher who challenges his friends to bring the biggest idiot. According to Variety,  “Cohen will play a character blessed with such extraordinary schmuckiness that he can destroy the personal life of anyone with whom he comes in contact.” Filming will begin sometime after Bruno is in the can.

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