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In recent times, Adam Scott has sparkled in pop-culture for two masterful performances as manicured, modern cornholios in the Will Ferrell-endorsed comedies Step Brothers and Eastbound & Down. In the former, his character coached an obnoxious wife and kids in a caravan acapella of “Sweet Child of Mine,” while faithfully rocking a Bluetooth headset. In the latter, Scott was a delusional assistant to an assistant of a Major League Baseball team who brags to Kenny Powers that his black AmEx can purchase fellatio from the Jonas Brothers. Ironically, Scott’s character proceeds to offer sex—even with “the kids”—to recruit Powers, a karma-deal that snorts the iconic wind from Powers’s mulleted sails.

On Party Down, one of the strongest and most left-field cable series to debut last year, Scott has managed to be just as funny and biting as the lead amongst a stellar ensemble cast. His character, Henry Pollard, is an out-of-work actor riding out his prime and the recession as an L.A. caterer, a role fleshed out with drama, depression and romance. But I was still surprised to see Scott’s performance in the upcoming indie, The Vicious Kind, which recently earned him an Independent Spirit Awards nom for Best Male Lead. He’s in serious company with Jeff Bridges and Colin Firth for playing a construction worked named Caleb Sinclaire. A self-righteous, aimless man with an estranged father (J.K. Simmons) and a misogynistic albeit amusingly bleak worldview, Caleb sinks to new lows in making a hate-play on his innocent brother’s weary girlfriend (Brittany Snow).

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The Vicious Kind Movie Trailer and Clip

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Here’s a little indie starring Adam Scott, J.K. Simmons, and I guess I should continue, Brittany Snow, that a growing number of people are on the lookout for. Entitled The Vicious Kind and executive produced by sometime-gangster Neil LaBute, the film sees the irreverent, dry-witted Scott in a more serious role compared to those in Step Brothers and the addictive Starz series Party Down. (That said, fans of Party Down witnessed a glowing coal rock of dramatic potential during the actor’s debut season.)

The movie recently nabbed two Independent Spirit Awards, one for Best Screenplay, and one for Scott’s performance, placing him—with some surprise—alongside other notable noms/Oscar locks Jeff Bridges and Colin Firth. Find out what Vicious is about and watch Simmons commit attempted murder in the encouraging, amusing, if hipster-hirsute trailer below.

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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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Actor J.K. Simmons has revealed to MTV that he will return to play the Daily Bugle publisher J. Jonah Jameson in the fourth Spider-Man film. According to Simmons, the role will be similar in scope to that seen in the first three Spidey films:

We’ve definitely brainstormed ideas for Triple-J, but I have no desire to make Triple-J more of the focus of those movies. The amount that I did in 1, 2 and 3, is just exactly right. Like be the wolf. Come in, blow in, do a week, blow out, be the comic relief, and hit the road. And let Tobey and everybody else do the heavy lifting.

Simmons also revealed that shooting is scheduled to begin in 2010, meaning the film will probably be released in summer 2011.

I’m a huge fan of Mr. Simmons, all the way back to his Law & Order days, but I thought that his J. Jonah Jameson in the films was a bit too much of a caricature for my tastes. The Jameson from the comics always struck me as a bit more complex, tortured, and/or nuanced than the cartoon-like Jameson from Sam Raimi’s series. None of that reflects on Simmons of course; I’m certain he’ll continue to make the best out of what little he’s given. But either way, it’s not like audiences really seem to care about the quality of these films anyway.

Discuss: Are you looking forward to Spider-Man 4?

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JK Simmons, probably best known for playing J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man films, told IESB that the last time he talked to Tobey Maguire, the Spider-Man star was still open to the possibility of returning for a fourth film.

“I spoke to Tobey in, I guess it was February… sort of awards season time,” said Simmons. “and, y’know, he’s certainly amenable to doing some more and hopefully we’ll be able to get everybody back and make another good one.”

A lot of people say that they can’t imagine Spider-Man without Tobey or Kristen, but I say that’s easy. On the other hand, I’m not sure anyone could replace JK Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. The studio has supposedly checked in with Simmons to say they want him back for a sequel, but Sony still has no idea when it’s going to happen or who would be directing it. Simmons admits that if Sam Raimi weren’t involved in some capacity, he would have to reconsider his options.

“But if he’s involved, hopefully directing or at least as a producer then I’m pretty confident that it would be something that I want to do.  Plus they pay money.”

Jewno

/Film reader Sheryl Z pointed us towards this trailer for a very well done Juno parody titled Jewno. The title tells you everything. Written by Daily Show scribe Rob Kutner & Sheryl Zohn, and directed by Stephen J Levinson for The Shushan Channel, Jewno tackles almost every possible Jewish joke (and then some) in the context of a story about of a Jewish teenager who gets pregnant. And yes, that is JK Simmons reprising his role from the original Jason Reitman film.

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New Juno Movie Poster

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Fox Searchlight has released a new poster for Jason Reitman’s Juno (which as yout already know, I loved loved LOVED). The poster that was released last month was a film festival exclusive. I’m glad they came up with something a little more attractive. I’m still not digging the orange and white stripe theme, and wish they did more with the hand drawn theme (see logo). The new poster features a quote from Roger Ebert:

“A Fresh, Unusually Intelligent Comedy With Dialogue So Quick And Funny You Feel The Actors Are Preforming It On A High Wire.”

Check out the new poster after the jump.

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Juno: Four Video Clips

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Here’s the standard recap: I saw Juno at the Toronto Film Festival and in my review I said that it was “the best movie of the year (so far)” and it is this year’s “Little Miss Sunshine”. You may as well find another website to read if you want to avoid an overload in Juno news in the next couple months before the film is unleashed upon the world. Festival screenings have pushed the film to a 9.1 rating on IMDb, and 100% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

I now present you with four new video clips from Juno for your viewing pleasure after the jump.

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