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'Tim and Eric' star Tim Heidecker talks about his new movie, 'The Comedy'

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Writer-director Rick Alverson’s new movie is called The Comedy and stars funny man Tim Heidecker. But the film is actually a semi-improvised drama about a New York slacker-type who spends a good deal of screen time hanging out with pals played by Eric Wareheim and LCD Soundsystem singer James Murphy. So what’s up with the title? “You can interpret that as being sarcastic but I don’t think it’s purely a ‘F— you,’” says Heidecker, who together with Wareheim stars on the Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! “We talked a lot about the way these characters almost exclusively communicate through their own wit.”

While the film may be deliberately short on belly laughs it is long on footage of Heidecker’s own naked, and rather cuddlesome, stomach. “I said to the director before we shot it, ‘This guy’s supposed to be a hipster. Shouldn’t I get really skinny?'” says the actor. “He was like, ‘No, I think you’re just like a guy that drinks too much Pabst. We’ll go that direction.’ At a Q&A someone was like, ‘Why would I want to watch some fat guy?’ I was like, ‘I’m not Dom Deluise!’”

Below, Heidecker talks more about The Comedy — which can be seen in select cinemas over the next month and is also available on VOD — and why he wrote a 13 minute song about the Titanic.
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Hugh Jackman pokes fun at Daniel Craig in Britannia Awards clip -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Was Daniel Craig last in line for the role of James Bond? In a video shot for the Britannia Awards, airing Sunday at 8 p.m. on BBC America, Wolverine himself has a bit of fun at Craig’s expense. As two makeup artists get Jackman ready for primetime, he jokes about Jude Law, George Clooney and others being the first choices for Bond. He also riffs on the award Craig will receive on Sunday — British Artist of the Year. You can almost see the air quotes around “artist.” Check out the clip below, which will air as part of Sunday’s show, as well as a few exclusive shots of Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, Daniel Day-Lewis, and more at the event.

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'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul joins 'Need For Speed' movie -- EXCLUSIVE

Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul is going places in the movies — fast.

The two-time Emmy winner, who co-stars in the new film Smashed, has signed on as the lead in DreamWorks’ upcoming feature film Need For Speed.

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'Friday Night Lights' filmmaker Peter Berg rips Mitt Romney for plagiarism

The author of the book Friday Night Lights is a vocal Mitt Romney fan, and at recent campaign appearances the Republican presidential candidate has been using the inspirational phrase from the TV adaptation: “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

But that expression isn’t in the book, and Peter Berg, who directed and co-wrote the screenplay for the 2004 movie, and went on to create the 2006-2011 TV series, has released a scathing letter to Romney, telling him to cut it out.

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'The American Scream' trailer: Get ready to fall even more in love with Halloween -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

There is no finer sight for a trick-or-treater (or accompanying parent) than the neighborhood haunted house. Lots of folks these days hang a puffy spider or stick a witch in a tree or spread that cottony web across a front door. But the real heroes of Halloween are those who transform their humble abodes into something epically terrifying. The new documentary The American Scream, which premieres on the Chiller Network on Oct. 28 and is now playing in theaters in select cities, chronicles the herculean efforts of three passionate home haunters living within a stone’s throw of one another in an idyllic New England neighborhood. Directed by Michael Stephenson, whose last effort was 2009’s terrifically amusing Best Worst Movie about the making of Troll 2, it won Best Documentary after premiering at Fantastic Fest last month in Austin, Texas.

Check out the exclusive trailer of The American Scream if you dare…. (If you dare root for guys who remind you of your salt-of-the-Earth fathers. If you dare succumb to all the nostalgia of the season. If you dare consider taking your own 4-year-old to her first haunted house this year and risk her complaining of nightmares and asking to sleep in the big bed just this one more night.) READ FULL STORY

'The Inbetweeners Movie': Co-writer Iain Morris on his U.K. comedy and erotic uses for sliced ham

Which raunchy comedy concerning a quartet of male friends and their alcohol-fueled misadventures in a warm foreign country grossed $71m when it was released in the U.K. last year? Surprisingly, the answer is not The Hangover Part II—which garnered a comparatively meager $53m—but The Inbetweeners Movie, a big screen spin-off of a U.K. sitcom about four hapless teenagers.

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Check out the trailer for animated Graham Chapman biopic 'A Liar's Autobiography' -- VIDEO

We haven’t heard much from Monty Python comedy team member Graham Chapman recently. Although, as directors Bill Jones and Ben Timlett point out in the production notes for their new animated Chapman biopic A Liar’s Autobiography, that’s mostly because the troubled funnyman has been dead since 1989.

Before his demise, however, Chapman recorded an audio version of his memoirs — also called A Liar’s Autobiography — and will thus be heard in the film alongside the freshly recorded voices of his fellow Pythons Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam.

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Michael Clarke Duncan, 'Green Mile' Oscar nominee, dies at 54

Michael Clarke Duncan, who received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1999’s The Green Mile, has died, EW confirms. He was 54.

The actor, who most recently played Leo Nox on Fox’s Bones spin-off The Finder, suffered a heart attack in July that kept him in the intensive care unit for over a month.

The 6 -foot-4 Duncan made a name for himself by playing roles that called for someone of his massive size — like bodyguards and bouncers. His role in 1998’s Armageddon was among his first exposure to mainstream audiences, who quickly fell in love with Duncan’s charming demeanor. He went on to appear in The Green Mile as death row inmate/healer John Coffey, the role that earned him his Oscar nomination. He also appeared in The Whole Nine Yards, Sin City, Daredevil, and many television shows, including Chuck and The Finder.

A statement from his rep is below:

Michael Clarke Duncan passed away this morning in Los Angeles, said his fiancée, Reverend Omarosa Manigault. The Oscar-nominated actor suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered.  Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date.

Joss Whedon talks 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' TV series -- plus 'The Avengers' back in theaters Labor Day weekend

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A day after widespread reports that ABC green lit a television series pilot about the top secret S.H.I.E.L.D. organization featured in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, Whedon has confirmed he’s on board to at least consult on it, though he won’t be the showrunner.

“The S.H.I.E.L.D. show kind of dropped in my lap, and I love working in TV,” Whedon told EW.com on Thursday, without revealing any more details. “I get to really build a show with people I really trust and love. What we’re building is entirely autonomous from The Avengers. It’s gotta be a show that works for people who haven’t seen the Marvel movies. It will please Marvel fans, I think.”
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Joss Whedon on board for 'Avengers' sequel, working on Marvel-based TV show

Joss Whedon will suit up once more to write and direct the sequel to The Avengers, EW has confirmed.

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. PT: Marvel Studios has released the following statement: “Joss Whedon has signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television through the end of June 2015. As part of that deal, Whedon will write and direct Marvel’s The Avengers 2 as well as help develop a new live action series for Marvel Television at ABC. He will also contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel’s cinematic universe.”

Earlier on Tuesday, during a conference call about Disney’s quarterly earnings, Disney chairman Bob Iger revealed that Whedon would return for the second installment of the film that has grossed nearly $1.5 billion worldwide since opening just over three months ago. Iger also said Whedon is working on a live-action TV series based in the Marvel universe for ABC, but had no further details.  READ FULL STORY

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