One bit of advice that commonly gets doled out at weddings is the warning / reassurance that the first year of marriage is the toughest, since the couple are still adjusting to being shackled together for all eternity. That certainly seems to be the case in I Give It a Year, directed by Brüno scribe Dan Mazer.

After a beautiful ceremony, newlyweds Nat (Rose Byrne) and Josh (Rafe Spall) come home to realize that something’s not quite clicking in their relationship. To complicate matters, a couple of very appealing outs present themselves in the form of Josh’s “too perfect” ex (Anna Faris) and Nat’s dashing new client (Simon Baker). Stephen Merchant, Minnie Driver, and Jason Flemyng also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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All too often, “romantic comedies” wind up being neither romantic nor comedic. But if the recent casting is any indication, I Give It a Year seems to have the latter part down, at least. Rose Byrne and Anna Faris have joined Rafe Spall and Simon Baker in the film, written and directed by Borat scribe Dan Mazer. Byrne and Spall are set to play newlyweds trying to navigate their rocky first year of marriage, while Faris and Baker have been cast as “strong supporting characters.”

Though Byrne’s racked up lots of experience as a dramatic actress, she’s recently demonstrated a real knack for comedy in Get Him to the Greek and Bridesmaids. Her next big-screen appearance, in Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, will see her back on the more serious end of the spectrum.

Faris’ last several films (What’s Your Number?, Take Me Home Tonight, Yogi Bear, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakel) haven’t all been winners, but I’m still rooting for her to turn things around. She’ll next star in The Dictator (which Mazer exec produced) and Movie 43. [Variety]

After the jump, Seth Cohen dumps Veronica Mars. The nerve!

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At the end of this first weekend of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival there have been two major buys. One was made by Paramount for Like Crazy, one of the most-praised films at the fest so far. (Look for our review tomorrow morning.) And on the other side of the spectrum, LionsGate and Roadside Attractions have teamed up to buy J.C. Chandor‘s debut feature Margin Call, which has garnered some of the poorer reviews of the fest. Read More »

Jeremy Irons Joins the Cast of Margin Call

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The financial drama Margin Call, which started shooting a couple of weeks ago in New York City, has assembled quite the all-star cast. The latest addition to writer/director J.C. Chandor‘s picture is Jeremy Irons. What started off sounding like a so-so film that is being made quickly to jump in on the very topical financial crisis now has such line-up of talent that it could be impossible to ignore. Very curious to see a trailer, but for now we’ve just got the info on the whole cast breakdown. Read More »

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The film Margin Call, essentially sounding like a dramatization of our recent economic crisis, has come together very fast. We first heard about it at Cannes, when sophomore writer/director J.C. Chandor and his producers lined up Kevin Spacey and Zachary Quinto as part of the cast. (Quinto is one of the producers, so he lined himself up, technically speaking.) Now we’ve got many more names, including Demi Moore, Paul Bettany and Simon Baker. Read More »

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