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10 reasons to love Paul Rudd

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On the surface, Paul Rudd is not fair. A man should not be allowed to be that handsome and that funny at the same time – it ruins the grading curve for the rest of us. One or the other, Rudd, pick a side, we’re at war. Wait, that’s not my line. Anyway, dudes should be seething with jealousy about Rudd’s success, but it’s really hard to do that. The man’s so damn lovable. Why is that, exactly? Well, let’s run down ten reasons why Rudd is comedy gold.


1. “Wanderlust” (2012)

More specifically, Paul Rudd talking to himself in the mirror and trying to psych himself up to engage in some wife-approved infidelity when he’s quietly freaking out about his entire life being swallowed up by a hippie commune. He’s good-looking enough to be an acceptable leading man for Jennifer Aniston (he’s done it twice now – both times playing a guy named George, although he was a gay love interest in The Object of My Affection), but he’s goofy enough to make a great everyman, too. Plus, there’s the fact that half the funny bits in this red-band trailer for the movie aren’t in the theatrical release – but director David Wain has promised there’s a director’s cut that’s wildly different and likely ten times funnier. Which means Rudd’s mirror conversation is probably crazier.


2. “Wet Hot American Summer” (2001)

Rudd is so likable, we even like him as a douchebag. In Wain’s ridiculously brilliant satire of summer camp and all ‘80s movies about summer camp, Rudd plays Andy, an absolutely obnoxious, self-centered and ruthless jerkwad lifeguard who cheats on his girlfriend and whose cooler-than-thou attitude is hilarious in its stupidity. Not to mention all the kids who apparently drown on his watch. Few movies allow themselves to be this mean to children, but Rudd’s game for it, and everyone needs to see this movie.


3. “Anchorman” (2004)

“They call me the Bri-man. I’m the stylish one of the group. I know what you’re asking yourself, and the answer is yes, I have a nickname for my penis. It’s called The Octagon, but I also nicknamed my testes. My left one is James Westphal, and my right one is Dr. Kenneth Noisewater. You ladies play your cards right, you just might get to meet the whole gang.” – Brian Fantana, Field Reporter for the Channel 4 News Team. Of course, 60% of the time, it works every time, but 40% of the time, you smell like Bigfoot’s dick.


4. “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” (2005)

Rudd’s just playing your average joe in Judd Apatow’s breakthrough comedy hit with all the ‘you know how I know you’re gay’ malarkey, but it’s the undercurrent of deep-rooted psychoses that splashes all over him when he meets Mindy Kaling, the ex-girlfriend he’s been pseudo-stalking, at the speed-dating event and his heartbroken obsession swallows him up that makes us love how nuts this guy is. He’s just this dude you know who gets way too into the girls he dates, and you’ve got to teach him how to chill. He’s pretty, but he ain’t perfect. But he knows you’re gay.


5. “The Ten” (2007)

More David Wain action, this one a compilation of short stories based on each of the Ten Commandments, with Rudd serving initially as the host and narrator for the interstitials, before we suddenly lose all pretense of that and just watch his life fall apart as he’s torn between his wife Famke Janssen and the allure of the young nubile Jessica Alba. A brilliant and crazy comedy that makes us realize we love Paul Rudd even when he’s being an adulterer. That’s charm writ large.

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Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

“Anchorman 2″ teaser trailers showcase the original Channel 4 news team

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He had a voice that could make a wolverine purr and suits so fine they made Sinatra look like a hobo. Ron Burgundy is back, folks, and we’ve got two teaser trailers for “Anchorman 2″ to prove it to you.

If you were concerned that our favorite Channel Four news anchor might have changed over the past eight years, then you fears have been in vain. He, Champ Kind, Brian Fantana and Brick Tamland are all the same lovable newsmen we came to know and love back in 2004’s “Anchorman,” and that’s going to be a major plot point in its upcoming sequel.

“We know these guys never deal well with change, and the good thing is that there’s a big blast of change coming, according to the regular timeline,” director Adam McKay said in a recent interview. “We’re going to be throwing a lot of innovation at them, and they’re not going to handle it well.”

And the times they are a’changing for the KVWN evening news team. McKay teased that “Anchorman 2″ will take place in the late 1970s at the start of the 24-hour news cycle when news stations were forced to start diversifying their news anchors. Considering we’re pretty sure Ron still thinks “diversity” is an old wooden ship, that doesn’t bode well for him.

Though McKay has come out and said that these trailers are more teasers for the upcoming movie and don’t include footage or plot points that will actually appear in it, we do hope that “Anchorman 2″ actually does have a witch subplot. Because that will be hilarious. Can this movie get a freaking release date already? We need to start a release countdown a.s.a.p.

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The 10 essential Steve Martin comedies

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Steve Martin is a marvelously unique talent, in that he cut his teeth on wacky prop comedy, hit the big time with brilliantly stupid movies, and has aged into being a fiercely astute intellectual who can run the gamut between smart and dumb humor with relaxed ease. Lately, some of his movie choices have been somewhat less than well-received, but they help fund his art collection and his ability to spend a lot of time out on tour playing his banjo with various musical outfits. He’s won Emmys and Grammys. He’s truly one of a kind, and we shouldn’t ever forget the fantastically funny movies he’s made in the light of the Sgt. Bilkos.

Here’s a rundown of ten essential Steve Martin comedies that should help you understand how great the man is – and this doesn’t include his interesting dramas like “Shopgirl” and “The Spanish Prisoner,” or his surprising cameos in “The Muppet Movie” or “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” As an addendum, if you can track down the VHS copy of Steve Martin Live!, you can see him at the peak of his brilliant stand-up career – although it’ll be much easier to find his albums – Let’s Get Small and Wild and Crazy Guy.


1. “The Jerk” (1979)

The breakthrough film he wrote remains one of the best film comedies of all time, constantly managing to be intelligent and dopey at the same time. The meandering saga of the dim-witted but good-hearted Navin R. Johnson, born a poor black child, as he wanders the country never stops being absurdly hilarious. Working for Jackie Mason at a gas station, becoming the target of a deranged M. Emmett Walsh, becoming carnival personnel, falling for Bernadette Peters whose young nephew wears a t-shirt that says “Bull Shit” on it, stumbling into unimaginable riches, being brought low by Iron Balls McGinty… every moment has something sublimely ridiculous about it. Despite being able to hire his own personal disco dancers, this comedy remains ageless.


2. “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” (1982)

This was a concept that wouldn’t work in lesser hands, but Carl Reiner had proven how well he understood Steve with “The Jerk,” and thus, splicing a bunch of old film noir flicks together around him to craft a ridiculous soft-boiled detective story works hilariously well. The adventures of Rigby Reardon and his mysterious and stunning bullet-sucking femme fatale Rachel Ward also include appearances by Humphrey Bogart, Vincent Price, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and every star from the 1930s you could think of, and it’s a pitch-perfect satire of all those beloved tropes. One of the best lines in the narration that exemplifies that: “Carlotta was the kind of town where they spell trouble T-R-U-B-I-L, and if you try to correct them, they kill you.”


3. “All Of Me” (1984)

Steve Martin’s gift for physical comedy is on full display in this fantasy comedy wherein he’s an attorney who has to share half of his body with the spirit of a rotten, eccentric malcontent played by Lily Tomlin. Arguing with himself in public, the right half of his body walking like a dignified woman and the left as his normal self – it’s got plenty of the zaniness that made him famous, but the deeper relationship between the two people in one body also marks the beginning of his maturation into more intelligent, realistic character work. Yes, even though he’s half-possessed by a ghost.


4. “Three Amigos” (1986)

While it was initially greeted with mixed reviews, the undeniable goofiness of this team-up of Steve Martin, Martin Short and Chevy Chase has endured as a beloved favorite. Three washed up cowboys from the silent film era journey to Mexico to work with the infamous (that means “more than famous!”) El Guapo, not realizing they have actually been called upon to save the innocent town of Santa Poco from the nefarious shenanigans of a criminal they believe to be a showman, and the result is funny hijinks with a bit less of a manic tone than some of Martin’s earlier comedies. Still, the plethora of weirdness is wonderful, such as when Chevy Chase’s Dusty Bottoms accidentally kills the Invisible Swordsman.


5. “Roxanne” (1987)

The maturation continues with a contemporized adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, featuring Steve playing C.D. Bales, a fireman somewhere in the Pacific Northwest who’s charming, smart, tough, quick-witted and eloquent, and yet sports a nose so cartoonishly large that it hinders his confidence with women – Daryl Hannah in particular – despite the fact that everyone in town loves the guy (and knows better than to bring up the schnoz). However, he woos her through a handsome and friendly, yet dopey fellow fireman passing the words off as his own. It’s romantic comedy with a much less obnoxious feel than much of what falls in this genre, showing just how well Martin can step into the shoes of a leading man without being boring.

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The 10 best Earth in distress movies (with video)

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What chance does our poor planet have against nature and aliens? Here are ten films featuring the Earth taking a licking (and sometimes not continuing with the ticking).


“Armageddon” (1998)

“Bad Boys” was great, but Michael Bay really got to flaunt his genius in what would be the first of his many large-scale sci-fi action adventures. No giant robots in this one, though; here it’s a giant hunk of space rock that’s threatening to collide with the planet, leaving it up to Bruce Willis and his crack team of oil drillers (including Ben Affleck, Owen Wilson, Will Patton, Steve Buscemi and Michael Clarke Duncan) to hop on the next shuttle and blast the Texas-sized thing into a bunch of much less-threatening smaller chunks. It’s the kind of life-or-death situation and seemingly insurmountable task that calls for at least one Aerosmith song on the soundtrack and a few tears from the lead singer’s daughter as she prays for Affleck’s safe return; luckily, the Ground Control to Willis’ Major Tom is played by Billy Bob Thornton, a fella you’d definitely want to have your back if this kind of crazy shit actually happened. And to think, first contact with the asteroid was established by Eddie Griffin and his dog.


“The Core” (2003)

A bunch of disturbances in the Earth’s electromagnetic field are making birds drop dead and random lightning storms wreck havoc; a geology professor (Aaron Eckhart) concludes it’s because the planet’s core has stopped turning, which launches a top-secret mission to drill into the center of the Earth and blow it to kingdom come, which will (in theory) jump-start its rotation. Stop your own brain’s rotation for 135 minutes and “The Core” is actually a lot of fun, thanks mostly to an enthusiastic cast (including Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo, Tcheky Karyo, Stanley Tucci and the skinny kid from “Road Trip”) that seems totally game for any kind of preposterous sci-fi nonsense. It’s really too bad about the birds — that little tourist kid is probably going to have nightmares about Trafalgar Square for the rest of his damn life.


“The Day After Tomorrow” (2004)

Al Gore finally gets to say “I told you so” before freezing to death in this environmental disaster flick. Some (okay, everyone) may have quibbled about the non-realism of the ultra-speedy climate apocalypse presented in “The Day After Tomorrow,” but scenes of Mother Nature laying waste to some of the world’s great cities are admittedly simply awesome to watch thanks to the film’s cutting-edge special effects (the initial flood that takes out NYC is especially awe-inspiring). “Day” is also commendable for its rather somber and downbeat tone, a far cry from the rah-rah patriotism of Roland Emmerich’s previous planet-in-jeopardy outing, “Independence Day”; after all, Jeff Goldblum’s laptop — or anything else, for that matter — probably isn’t going to be of much help in fighting extreme climate change. This is the middle — and definitely the darkest — installment in Emmerich’s unofficial “Destroy the Earth” trilogy, between “ID4″ and “2012.”


“The Day the Earth Stood Still” (2008)

It isn’t the threat of nuclear warfare but rather our own carelessness with the environment that prompts an alien race to threaten us with extermination in this tree-hugging update of the 1951 sci-fi film. Keanu Reeves is actually quite good as Klaatu, the extraterrestrial ambassador who comes to Earth with the imposing GORT, here a much more organic (and shape-shifting) menace than the clunky robot of the original; Jennifer Connelly works her two expressions (wide-eyed, vaguely erotic confusion and wide-eyed, vaguely erotic confusion) as the Princeton professor who tries to talk the handsome visitor out of pulling the trigger. Director Scott Derrickson’s big-budget remake never quite comes together, but it’s not without its apocalyptic pleasures, including a GORT (here an acronym for Genetically Organized Robotic Technology) who turns into a swarm of nanomachines that devours everything in its path — especially Giants Stadium.


“Deep Impact” (1998)

1998’s much more serious and somber disaster movie chronicles the attempts to destroy a seven-mile-wide comet (discovered by a teenage amateur astronomer played by Elijah Wood) that’s set to collide with the Earth and cause mass extinction; unfortunately, the nuclear bomb planted on the thing by the spacecraft “Messiah” (a join venture between the U.S. and Russia, notch) only succeeds in splitting it in two, which means there’s now a pair of 3.5-mile-wide comets en route to kill us all. “Deep Impact” was released in May and received praise for its (relative) scientific credibility; however, “Armageddon” had Bruce Willis, Aerosmith on the soundtrack and a Fourth of July weekend release date, so it ultimately made more money. Directed by Mimi Leder, a protege of Steven Spielberg’s; oddly enough, she’s barely been heard from since.

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“Anchorman 2″ will be set during shift to 24-hour news cycle

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Not much is known about the plot of “Anchorman 2,” but it seems like director and co-writer Adam McKay might have just given away a big detail from it.

In an interview with Empire, McKay revealed that the flick will be set at the end of the 1970s and will deal with the shift to a 24-hour news cycle. Somehow we doubt that Ron Burgundy will be happy with other news anchors trying to steal his spotlight.

“It’s right when all the news started changing with the 24-hours news cycle in ’78 or ’79,” McKay explained. “All of a sudden, local news stations diversified and had Latino anchors and African-American anchors, and any time you’re talking about diversity and the Action News team, that’s always fun to deal with.”

He continued, “We know these guys never deal well with change, and the good thing is that there’s a big blast of change coming, according to the regular timeline. We’re going to be throwing a lot of innovation at them, and they’re not going to handle it well.”

That’s pretty much in keeping with what we last heard about the film from McKay. He shared earlier this month that our favorite news team is in for a change.

“I’ll tell you we’re staying roughly period, and I would just say it’s the next stage in the development of American media and news. The fun of these characters is they confront change very poorly. [laughs] So they’ve got some more change coming their way. I can say that pretty safely,” he said.

It turns out that McKay and Will Ferrell have spent more time talking about “Anchorman 2″ recently than they have actually working on it. There have been some outlines written and ideas thrown around, but McKay said in this new interview that they’re going to spend the next few months really cracking down on the script.

“We’ve done about two percent! Half a percent? We’ve got five pages of story notes and chunks of story,” McKay said. “We’re holing up writing for the next three months.”

He did add that they have been talking about including a gang fight to rival the one in “Anchorman.” “We already have a couple of ideas for it,” McKay teased. Who’s to say whether these current ideas will remain in the film’s final form, but for now consider us pretty pumped.

“Anchorman 2″ is slated to start shooting at the beginning of next year and be release anywhere between Christmas 2013 and May 2014. The main cast is all expected to return.

Do you think that the rise of 24-hour news programs is a good time period to set “Anchorman 2″ in? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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