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Sundance 2014: Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler give rom coms an 'Airplane!' twist in 'They Came Together'

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If Airplane! and You’ve Got Mail went on a blind date, got liquored up, and had a baby…that baby would look like David Wain’s rom-com spoof They Came Together. Making its world premiere on Friday night at Sundance and adding some star power to the tail end of the festival, the silly send-up of formulaic Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks meet-cute movies and their ilk reunites the gang from Wet Hot American Summer — with some new faces sprinkled in.

Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer had its debut at Sundance 13 years ago. And it’s good to see that Wain hasn’t grown up much since then. They Came Together feels like a movie made by a guy who still thinks like a 13 year old and that rapid-fire Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker sight gags and “Don’t call me Shirley”-style puns are the height of comedy gold. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that some of his old pals have become really famous since his cult summer-camp flick came out in 2001.

The film kicks off in typical genre style with Paul Rudd’s Joel and Amy Poehler’s Molly on a double date with Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper, recounting how they met. Rudd explains how if it were a corny movie he’d be the not overtly Jewish, handsome leading man. Molly adds that she’d be the adorable klutz leading woman. From there, it’s an 82-minute rat-a-tat riff-fest on every cliche you’ve ever seen Nora Ephron and company commit to celluloid.

Molly owns a small-business candy shop with a quirky, punny name (Upper Sweet Side); Joel works for a ruthless candy conglomerate that wants to put her out of business. Molly’s a single mom; Joel’s just been jilted by his icy girlfriend. But when they meet, it’s love-hate at first sight. How could it not be? They’re both dressed like Benjamin Franklin for a Halloween party…and they both like “fiction books”!

Some of Wain and cowriter Michael Showalter’s gags are real groaners. But most mildly land near the target, and a few hit the bullseye. It doesn’t hurt when you have folks like Rudd and Poehler selling them. Plus, when you’re throwing this much spaghetti at the wall, some of it’s gotta stick, right?

With a cast that includes Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Chris Meloni, Max Greenfield, and Michael Ian Black, They Came Together is never quite as laugh-out-loud funny as you want it to be. But if you’re a fan of Wain’s knowing brand of sophomoric slapstick silliness, his “When Joel Met Molly” satire will send you into “I’ll have what she’s having” fits of ecstasy.

Vince Vaughn says 'Delivery Man' is 'all about family and finding your way' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

This Thanksgiving, Vince Vaughn (The Internship) stars in The Delivery Man as David Wozniak, a man who discovers that as a result of a mix up at a fertility clinic, he is in fact the biological father of 533 children. Director Ken Scott is back behind the lens for this English version of his 2011 French-language farce Starbuck.

Below, get a behind-the-scenes look at the film with Vaughn, director Scott, and costars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother). The cast and crew talk about the premise of DreamWorks’ upcoming feel-good film and also discuss main character David’s motivation for wanting to seek out the children who were born as a result of his donation at a sperm bank in 1991.

Watch the exclusive video below:

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'Delivery Man' trailer: A thinking man's Vince Vaughn?

Vince Vaughn has yet another infantile comedy on the celluloid horizon — but “infantile” in this sense means something slightly different than his Old School and Dodgeball characters. Delivery Man features a rare glimpse at an introspective Vaughn as David Wozniak, a lovable loser with an unimpressed girlfriend Emma (Cobie Smulders) who struggles to find meaning and purpose in his life (a.k.a. delayed-twenty-something syndrome).

There’s a bit of a bait-and-switch going on in the trailer as the title suggests Vaughn’s character drives an actual delivery truck, but in this case, “delivery” is of the more, er, in utero variety. See for yourself in the trailer below:
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Vince Vaughn gets some shocking news in 'Delivery Man' teaser trailer

Delivery Man, starring Vince Vaughn as an unsuspecting sperm donor to the masses, is building anticipation super early by releasing a teaser trailer a full six months before its November release date.

The trailer below gives us a peek into the life of Vince Vaughn’s character — who finds out that his sperm bank donations have resulted in over 500 children who share his DNA. Writer and director Ken Scott is helming this remake of his own French-Canadian film, Starbuck. Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders co-star in the comedy, which opens November 22.
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Casting Net: Abbie Cornish cast to play Fellini's lover. Plus: Josh Holloway, Minnie Driver, Cobie Smulders

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Abbie Cornish, in a swift turn from starring in the upcoming RoboCop remake and Seven Psychopaths, has been cast to play the lead role of Betty, a veterinarian who falls for acclaimed Italian director Federico Fellini, in Fellini Black and White, also starring William H. Macy, Terrence Howard and Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage. Henry Bromell is directing from a script he also wrote. In the film, the Australian beauty falls head over heels for Fellini, played by Brazilian actor Wagner Maura, when he’s in Los Angeles for the 1957 Academy Awards, the year he won for sadly beautiful black-and-white dramedy Nights of Cabiria, about a prostitute with a heart of gold, played by his then wife  Giulietta Masina. Broadway star Nina Arianda is slated to play Masina. [Deadline]

Lost hothead hottie Josh Holloway is in negotiations to join Arnold Schwarzenegger’s action movie Ten, about U.S. Drug Enforcement Agents being murdered one-by-one. David Ayer is directing the thriller, based on Skip Woods’ broad adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel Ten Little Indians. Holloway would play a drug cartel member. [Variety]

Minnie Driver has been cast in the horror musical ensemble Stage Fright, about a musical theater camp stalked by a musicals-hating murderer. Directed by Jerome Sable from his own script and music, with lyrics co-written by Eli Batalion, the movie also includes Kylie Swanson and larger-than-life singer Meat Loaf. Meat Loaf may add some meaty spice playing a camp director-former Broadway producer, similar to his campy, bloody singing role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. [Variety]

The Avengers and How I Met Your Mother actress Cobie Smulders is in negotiations to join the cast of Vince Vaughn comedy Starbuck, about a guy who learns he’s fathered more than 500 kids as a sperm donor. Smulders will play Vaughn’s pregnant girlfriend. Ken Scott is directing from his own script, based on a French-Canadian comedy he co-wrote and directed, released last year. [THR]

• Jamie Bell and Connie Nielsen will be part of the cast of Danish director Lars Von Trier’s highly pornographic drama Nymphomaniac (this is a case where the film’s title really does say it all). Bell (Billy Elliot) and Neilsen (Boss) join stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard and Shia LeBeouf. The film focuses on Gainsbourg, playing a nymphomaniac named Joe who tells her life story, from birth to her first sexual experience on. [THR]

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