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Hating on Zach Braff has become the cool thing to do. The reason being the actor/director took to Kickstarter in April to fund his next movie, Wish I Was Here. It was a polarizing move because many people felt Braff had enough clout to get traditional funding. He agreed, but decided he’d rather make the movie outside the system. Support and money poured in, as did criticism of the plan. Braff has remained steadfast in his decision, and is lining up a fantastic cast for the film. So far he’s got Anna Kendrick, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Jim Parsons and Josh Gad.

Braff stopped by Sirius XM earlier this week and not only did a little defending, he revealed he off-handedly explained the entire crowd funding avenue to Woody Allen. Allen, whose last few films have all been set in Europe because it’s easier for him to get funding there, was apparently quite taken by the idea. Braff also revealed that Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell approached him to write a song for the film. Read more, and listen, to the segments below. Read More »

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‘The Internship’ Trailer #2: Google Crashers

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Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are old pros when it comes to crashing weddings, but weaseling their way into the youthful, tech-oriented culture at Google proves a different matter in The Internship.

The Shawn Levy-directed comedy stars the duo as slick salesmen who learn their jobs have become obsolete in the Internet age. In an attempt to bounce back, they land internships at Google, but find themselves totally out of their element as they compete against younger, brainier, more computer-savvy types. The second trailer has just landed, and you can see it after the jump.

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Briefly: Ashton Kutcher made his big bow as Steve Jobs at Sundance, in the film once called jOBS and now wisely re-formatted as Jobs. The film was picked up by Open Road and quickly set for an April 19 limited opening. But audiences are going to have to wait longer to see Kutcher do his best take on the Apple co-founder.

That April date was chosen, presumably, because it is the anniversary of the founding of Apple, though not a particularly sexy one. (The 37th.) The distributor has decided that taking more time to market the film is a good idea. Whether any cuts or other changes will be made remains to be seen. A new date hasn’t been set at this point for the film directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matthew Whitely.

Jobs also stars Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons and Matthew Modine. Germain reviewed the film at Sundance, saying it “feels slight because it tries to do too much.” [THR]

Finding the right balance between fact and fiction is a tough trick for any “based on a true story” movie to pull off, but at least the subjects of, say, Lincoln (or Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, if you prefer) aren’t actually around to comment on their portrayal. For movies about public figures who are still alive and well, criticism from their real-life subjects often comes with the territory.

Two upcoming biopics about controversial figures have recently come into view, and it appears that the people depicted in them aren’t so thrilled with Hollywood’s versions of events. In a series of emails, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak called Joshua Michael Stern‘s jOBS “totally wrong,” though he expressed his hopes that the film would at least be “fun and entertaining.” Meanwhile, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had much harsher words for Bill Condon‘s The Fifth Estate, which he blasted as a “massive propaganda attack.” Read their comments after the jump.

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Once the initial disbelief at Ashton Kutcher‘s casting in Joshua Michael Stern‘s jOBS wore off, it became apparent that the Two and a Half Men star looked the part of late tech guru Steve Jobs, if nothing else. But there’s a wide gap between mimicking Jobs’ hairstyle and outfits and actually embodying his persona.

Sundance Film Festival attendees will get to see how Kutcher really fares when jOBS makes its world premiere as the Sundance Film Festival’s closing night film later this month, but the rest of us won’t have too much longer to wait either. Open Road Films has just picked up the biopic with plans to release it theatrically this spring. More details after the jump.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito have made it pretty clear over the past couple of years that they’d be up for a sequel to Ivan Reitman‘s 1988 comedy Twins. Now that dream is inching closer to reality.

Back in March, we learned that the film was being developed as Triplets, with Eddie Murphy as a potential third member of the mis-matched set. At the time, it was just an idea floating around, but now Universal and Montecito Picture Co. are taking a step forward with the hiring of writers Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) and Ryan Dixon for the movie. More details after the jump.

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It wasn’t so very long ago that CG animation felt cutting-edge and new, but these days it’s become so ubiquitous we hardly even notice it anymore. Instead, what feels fresh again are more traditional animation methods. DreamWorks Animation’s Me and My Shadow combines CG and hand-drawn animation to tell the story of “the world’s most boring human” Daniel (voiced by Book of Mormon‘s Josh Gad) and his bored shadow (voiced by Bill Hader), who longs for a more exciting life.

The shadow finally gets his chance, albeit not necessarily in the way he’d hoped. When events in the shadow world put Daniel’s life in danger, Shadow Dan breaks the rules and takes control of his person. The two then set off on an adventure to stop the shadow villain and his nefarious plans to take over the human world. Check out the adorable first poster after the jump.

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The very first pictures from Joshua Michael Stern‘s indie Steve Jobs biopic jOBS confirmed what we already more or less knew: that Ashton Kutcher can look a lot like the late tech guru in the right outfit. Now a more recent batch of set photos offers glimpses of some of the rest of the cast as well, including Josh Gad as Apple co-founder Steve WozniakAhna O’Reilly as Jobs’ girlfriend Chris-Ann BrennanLukas Haas as Apple employee Daniel Kottke; and Dermot Mulroney as former Apple CEO Mike Markkula. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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