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The weather is finally getting warmer, and that means more time outside. But you can always set aside part of your day for a little bit of Netflix. Thankfully, there’s not a mass exodus of TV shows and movies leaving Netflix, but we’ve picked out some of the ones you might want to watch before they disappear from the library, including a bunch of James Bond titles, an animated series that will disappear from streaming for months, arguably Michael Mann‘s best movie, and more. Read More »

Funny Or Die has released an unofficial sequel to the John Hamburg comedy I Love You, Man. The six minute video short is titled “Jason Segel & Paul Rudd Meet Rush“, which stars all of the aforementioned actors and rock band. Watch the video embedded after the jump.

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the films at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

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Sure, the film’s trailer may consist of your typical comedy gags like awkward gay jokes and talking about farts, but get past that, and you’ll find a surprisingly honest movie that does an expert job of exploring the intricacies of building and maintaining modern male friendships. And it does so in some truly hilarious ways. This here is a comedy that knows how trivial its story is, so instead of wasting time (like so many romantic comedies before it) trying to establish to some sort of gimmicky central plotline, it takes the route of many successful dramas before it and puts the focus on what matters most: the characters. It’s still a rather predictable and lighthearted film, mind you, and the final ten minutes seem more intent on rushing through your typical rom-com tropes than actually working out a satisfying resolution, but even so, the film is one of the funniest you’ll see this year and easily warrants a purchase.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Commentary by director John Hamburg and actors Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, deleted and extended scenes, outtakes, an 18-minute Making of featurette, and the Red Band Trailer.

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In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the criteria for getting chosen for the Criterion Collection, and reflect on the state of I Love You, Philip Morris. Special guest Alison Willmore from IFC and the Indie Eye blog joins us this evening, and reports from the SXSW film festival.

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Box Office: Summit Scores a Nice Hit With Knowing


It was another good weekend for Summit Entertainment. The distributor behind last year’s meteoric hit Twilight has scored a solid hit with the Alex Proyas-directed Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage. Despite shaky word-of-mouth and negative reviews, the sci-fi thriller got a solid 9% bump on Saturday for a $9.7M second day, and it will likely finish its opening weekend with a possible $24.8M.

As a production company, Summit is responsible for some monster hits, including commercially and/or artistically successful films like Once (Oscar nominee for Best Picture), American Pie ($102..5M domestic), Memento (Oscar nominee for Best Original Screenplay: Chris Nolan), Mr. & Mrs. Smith ($186.3M domestic) and In the Valley of Ellah (Tommy Lee Jones nominated for Best Actor). But as a distributor, they got off to a slow start.

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i love you man

John Hamburg’s latest film, I Love You, Man, is a paean to the joys of male friendship. But as celebratory as it is of the emotional intimacy between males, it’s also firmly rooted in the unique challenges of male bonding in modern American society. It’s hard out there for your typical male, the movie seems to say, and male friendship can only be won and kept through hard work and at least a little bit of luck.
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Nicolas Cage in Knowing

For the last few weeks, Summit’s Knowing, starring Nicolas Cage, has appeared to be the likely winner of the upcoming box office weekend. But, my sources tell me that I Love You, Man, the new comedy starring Paul Rudd (Role Models) and Jason Segal (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) has surged in the latest pre-release industry tracking.

In the spirit of March Madness, I’m calling for the upset. I Love You, Man may not actually be a Judd Apatow movie, but it sure does look like one in trailers and commercials. The movie reportedly “rocked the house” at the South By South West Festival last week, and the buzz is very positive. I am calling for $21.5M, which would be above industry expectations. Writer/director John Hamburg is at the helm with the likable Rudd and Segal in tow. He previously wrote Meet the Parents (brilliant) and its sequel Meet the Fockers (a lot less brilliant). He also wrote the cult hit Zoolander, which I hated, but has a loyal core of fans.

Meanwhile, tracking suggests that Knowing will open strongly. The reviews are generally negative (21% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), but Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times has published a rave, saying that “Knowing is among the best science-fiction films I’ve seen — frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome.”
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I Love You, Man Movie Trailer

Dreamworks has released the official movie trailer for Along Came Polly director John Hamburg‘s new comedy I Love You, Man, which stars Paul Rudd as a newly engaged guy sets out to find the perfect “Best Man” for his wedding. The film costars Jason Segel, Jaime Pressly, Andy Samberg, Jon Favreau, and Rashida Jones. I’m a big fan of many of the actors involved, but I just didn’t find the trailer all that funny. I also wasn’t a fan of Along Came Polly either. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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You can watch the trailer in High Definition on Yahoo. I Love You, Man is scheduled to hit theaters on March 20th 2009. SXSW announced last night that the movie would be the opening night film of the 2009 SXSW Film Festival (I’ve included the press release after the jump.
Read More » captured footage of a fight between Jason Segel and former Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno on the set of I Love You, Man. During the scene, Segel decides he can take Ferrigno and insults him right to his face. But You don’t want to see the former Hulk when he’s angry! Pretty funny, check out the clip below.

I Love You, Man stars Jason Segel as a newly engaged guy sets out to find the perfect “Best Man” for his wedding. Written and directed by John Hamburg (Along Came Polly, writer of Meet The Parents), the film costars Paul Rudd, Jaime Pressly, and Rashida Jones. I Love You, Man is scheduled to hit theaters on January 29th 2009.

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