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Examining 'American Beauty' at 15: A masterpiece, or a farce?

Fifteen years ago this week, Sam Mendes’ film American Beauty arrived in U.S. theaters. In Florida, a film critic named Jay Boyar reviewed Mendes’ first full-length feature for the Orlando Sentinel—and he wrote that after seeing it, he “decided that the little satirical film would come and go without much fuss.”

However: “In the weeks since I saw the film, it has opened in a few places to ridiculously generous reviews,” Boyar mused. “Entertainment Weekly called it ‘bracing in its intensity’ and the New York Times praised its ‘eloquent flights of fancy.’ I’m sorry to say that even the usually reliable David Denby of The New Yorker seems to have popped his cork, proclaiming it ‘by far the strongest American film of the year.’

“So now I’m thinking,” Boyar concluded, “that American Beauty might be remembered for something else: The movie that caused a lot of movie critics to lose what was left of their minds.” (Sure enough, as Mariana McConnell wrote in CinemaBlend in 2008, “Though bestowed with the coveted Best Picture statuette, Sam Mendes’ 1999 debut is not the withering analysis of curdled society in suburban wasteland that the film was lauded as being. … Rather, American Beauty is an insipid spook story about a second adolescence, dressed up with ham-handed, unoriginal critiques.”) READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart reunite for 'American Ultra'; Plus, Marisa Tomei, more

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Adventureland co-stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart have signed on to play a couple in the action comedy American Ultra. Eisenberg’s stoner character Mike becomes the unwitting target of a government operation, disrupting his small-town life with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Stewart). Project X helmer Nima Nourizadeh is set to direct from a script by Max Landis (Chronicle). [THR]

• Kristen Stewart will also take on a small role in Tim Blake Nelson’s Anesthesia, an indie about a group of New Yorkers affected by a common philosophy professor. [Deadline]
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Casting Net: Channing Tatum in talks for 'Bad Romance'; Plus, Michael Fassbender, Bill Murray, more

Magic Mike star Channing Tatum is in early talks to produce and star in Bad Romance for writer and director Jonathan Levine (50/50). No details about the plot were revealed. Tatum can be seen next in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, recently bumped to a 2014 release, and 22 Jump Street. He also voices the part of Superman in The Lego Movie. [THR]

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Kristen Wiig's the 'Girl Most Likely' to sleep with the Glee Club -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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Don’t judge Imogene Duncan. If you were a lost, listless 30-something living at home with your estranged mother, of course you’d find yourself hopping into bed with your mom’s adorable 20-something boarder — especially if he happened to look exactly like Darren Criss.

The only downside: You’d then have to face the morning after, in which said parent — Annette Bening in full crazy Tiger Mom-mode — discovered the truth about your nocturnal activities. At least she reacts better than you’d think she would.

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'Girl Most Likely' stars Kristen Wiig, Darren Criss in dark comedy -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER

Kristen Wiig is no stranger to playing characters that are a bit of a mess.

And in her new film full of family dysfunction, Girl Most Likely, Wiig gets a chance to find the humor in some darkly comic situations. Wiig portrays Imogene, a once-promising playwright who now is in the middle of a nervous breakdown. Imogene finds herself in the custody of her wacky estranged mother (Annette Bening) and back to living at her mom’s house — which now has a few extra people in it, including Matt Dillon as the mom’s boyfriend as well as a cute young boarder played by Darren Criss.

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Kristen Wiig lets loose in 'Girl Most Likely' trailer

The new trailer for Kristen Wiig’s summer comedy puts us in a dysfunctional but hilarious family situation. A playwright who once seemed destined for great things, Wiig’s character, Imogene, finds herself in the midst of a breakdown. When her harebrained mother (Annette Bening) comes to the hospital and reluctantly assumes custody of her as she recovers, antics ensue in Girl Most Likely.

A cross-generational comedy (with a trailer soundtrack featuring a song from Now — Icona Pop’s “I Don’t Care” and a song from Then — Blondie’s “Dreaming”) about moving home again, it doesn’t look completely original — but it’s Wiig’s Bridesmaids‘s follow-up and is directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, the duo that helmed American Splendor. Toss in some exciting faces — Darren Criss and Matt Dillon, who seems to be riffing off his There’s Something About Mary character –  and the movie looks like a lot of raucous find-yourself-again fun.

The movie opens July 19. For now, check out the trailer here. READ FULL STORY

Kristen Wiig comedy 'Girl Most Likely' gets July release date

Remember that Kristen Wiig/Annette Bening comedy Imogene that we’ve all been waiting for? It’s finally nabbed a release date (July 19), and a new title — Girl Most Likely – Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions announced Thursday.

In Girl Most Likely, Wiig’s character, Imogene, is a playwright who hasn’t lived up to her potential. She gets dumped, fakes a suicide, and is forced to move home with her mother (Annette Bening), a gambling addict who lives on the Jersey shore where she meets a host of kooky characters while longing for her more glamorous New York life.

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Casting Net: 'Iron Man 3' lands new villain. Plus: Kate Beckinsale, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Annette Bening, Larry David, Jane Fonda

• Morgan Freeman is in talks to join the increasingly impressive cast of the older-men-on-a-bachelor-party-bender comedy Last Vegas, starring Michael Douglas and Robert DeNiro. [Deadline]

• Helena Bonham Carter and Kathy Bates have joined The Young and Prodigious Spivet, an English-language coming-of-age road film from Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, about a precocious 12-year-old boy (Kyle Catlett) en route from Montana to the Smithsonian Museum. Jeunet cowrote the script with regular collaborator Guillaume Laurant. [Variety]

• Larry David is in talks to star and Greg Mottola (Superbad) is in talks to direct an untitled comedy. Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm scribes Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer penned the screenplay, but the film will reportedly be partially improvised. [THR]

Check out project news for Anthony Hopkins, Annette BeningKate BeckinsaleNick NolteJane Fonda, Joel EdgertonJohn Cusack, Max Greenfield below:  READ FULL STORY

Film Independent Spirit Awards: Host Joel McHale reacts inappropriately to 'Black Swan,' '127 Hours,' and 'Winter's Bone' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Joel-McHaleImage Credit: Kyle Christy/IFCIt is fair to say Joel McHale was chosen to host this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards more for his comedy chops than his indie movie cred (although he was actually pretty good in Steven Soderbergh’s admittedly major studio-financed The Informant!). The Community star makes the most of that fact in the exclusive promo clip below, which finds him reluctantly watching a selection of nominated movies and reacting with amusing inappropriateness to the likes of 127 Hours, The Kids Are All Right, and Greenberg (“Oh, Greg Focker, will you ever get it right?”).

Check out the video and tell us what you think. Are you looking forward to the Film Independent Spirit Awards, which IFC will broadcast on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m.? Who would you like to see win? READ FULL STORY

Oscars Luncheon: James Franco, Nicole Kidman and other nominees prep for the main event

jesse-eisenbergImage Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.comOnce a year for the last 30, the current crop of Academy Awards nominees come together to break grilled shrimp on focaccia bread at the Beverly Hilton, smile for the class photo, and turn a deaf ear to demands for 45-second acceptance speeches and promises of a three-hour running time. But before the 151 contenders  (out of 190, which is a nominees luncheon record) could eat, drink and be merry yesterday, the most recognizable of their ranks fielded questions in the interview room, which yielded the following pearls of Oscar race wisdom.

“When I was 13, I had to go to bar mitzvahs every weekend and this is the same feeling. I have to put a suit on every weekend to go meet with a lot of Jews. The alternative where no one likes your movie is worse. I’ve experienced both and this is better.” — Jesse Eisenberg, Best Actor nominee, The Social Network READ FULL STORY

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