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The cast of this summer’s independent comedy The Way, Way Back is insane: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet, and Rob Corddry… and none of them are the star of the film. That honor goes to Liam James, a young actor best known for roles on The Killing and Psych. He’s the main character in this sweet and hilarious coming of age comedy from Oscar-winners Nat Faxon & Jim Rash.

Faxon and Rash won an Oscar for writing The Descendants, but you likely know them best as Ben from Ben & Kate and Dean Pelton from Community. They pop up in this film too, which they wrote, and directed. The movie opens July 5. The first trailer is below. Read More »

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Since the world failed to end in 2012, 2013 seems to be the year we’re all laughing about what could have been. Paul Middleditch‘s Rapturepalooza is one of three post-apocalyptic comedies due out this year, along with Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen’s This Is the End and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End.

Like the others, Rapturepalooza features a talented (if somewhat lower profile) comic ensemble, including Craig Robinson as the Antichrist, Anna Kendrick and John Francis Daley as a young couple who want to destroy him, Rob Corddry as Daley’s father, and… is that Ken Jeong as God? Watch the red-band trailer after the jump.

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It’s no coincidence that the official website for author Isaac Marion includes glowing blurbs from both Stephenie Meyer and Simon Pegg. Marion’s novel Warm Bodies, and Jonathan Levine‘s film adaptation of same, owes as much to Twilight as it does Shaun of the Dead. It attempts to infuse some self-aware humor into a tale of star-crossed inter-species romance. Ultimately, however, the combination turns out to be less than the sum of its parts.

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Briefly: MGM may be primarily the home of remakes at this point (Red Dawn, Carrie, RoboCop, WarGames) but did you know it also makes sequels? The last film MGM put into production before bankruptcy temporarily silenced the lion was Hot Tub Time Machine, the comedy with John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke.

Now a sequel is coming together, with early talks taking place to bring the cast back together, and director Steve Pink in talks to return and possibly write with Corddry. Read More »

Both paranormal romances and zombie thrillers have abounded on the big screen in recent years, but next year’s Warm Bodies promises to do something a little different by combining the two subgenres.

Directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50) based on the book by Isaac Marion, the zom-rom-com follows an unlikely relationship between the handsome-but-undead R (Nicholas Hoult) and the very-much-alive Julie (Teresa Palmer). The promos we’ve seen so far suggest a movie that’s equal parts sweet and funny. Now the first four minutes have come online, giving us a better look at R and the grim, gray world he inhabits.

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The first trailer for Michael Bay‘s Pain & Gain is here. Mark Wahlberg stars as a bodybuilder who wants a better life, and so he teams up with ex-con Dwayne Johnson and Anthony Mackie to kidnap a rich businessman, played by Tony Shalhoub. But things don’t go so well, and everyone ends up experiencing more pain than anything else.

The film seems to have softened the guys so that they’re more movie-ready than the real dudes who inspired the story, but otherwise this looks like pre-Transformers Michael Bay — lurid, sweaty, colorful, and explosive. Check out the footage below.

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There’s a short new trailer for Warm Bodies, the zombie romantic comedy from director Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness), starring Nicholas Hoult as a zombie who falls for a human girl (Teresa Palmer). It’s the classic wrong side of the tracks romantic setup, complete with the girl’s father (John Malkovich) being a guy who is opposed — really, violently opposed — to the idea of their relationship.

Malkovich gets a bit more play in this trailer, which, despite being only one minute long, is probably more effective than the first longer spot for the film was. Read More »

We’ve been dying to know just how in the hell Michael Bay‘s Pain and Gain would turn out, because the $20 million black comedy sounds so far out of the Transformers director’s usual wheelhouse. While we’ll have to wait a few more months for a proper trailer to get a better sense of whether or not Bay actually nails the alleged “Pulp Fiction meets Fargo” tone, the first photos of Mark Wahlberg on set as bodybuilder-turned-kidnapper Daniel Lugo have hit the web. Wahlberg doesn’t exactly look Schwarzenegger-in-his-prime buff here, but he looks pretty beefy nonetheless.

The snapshots also offer a glimpse of Rob Corddry as another former bodybuilder, though I’m a little disappointed to report that the comedic star doesn’t look any more bulked up than usual.

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