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The 'Top Five' comedies about comedians

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Comedies about comedians aren’t always the greatest films. They tend to try too hard, without ever being as captivating as a real, live, quality stand-up set. So when a comedy about a stand-up comedian succeeds, it’s not just an accomplishment in the world of movies—it’s also one in the world of comedy.

Chris Rock’s Top Five (out Dec. 12) is the latest film focused on a comedian, and it’s already getting good reviews: The film currently has a 92-percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and EW gave it an A-. But while Top Five is undeniably a comedy, other films about the profession aren’t as clear-cut: Martin Scorsese’s King of Comedy and Judd Apatow’s Funny People are more dramatic, contrasting the hilarity of comedians’ work with the darker parts of their real lives.

Whether it’s roaringly funny or not, though, a good film about a comedian won’t try to simplify the profession. Instead, it’ll portray comedy as an art just as complicated and personal as any other—hopefully while making the audience laugh at least a little. Here, on the occasion of Top Five‘s release, are five such films. READ FULL STORY

Mae Whitman takes on Bella Thorne in exclusive trailer for 'The DUFF'

Every group of friends has a DUFF—a designated ugly fat friend. At least, that’s what Wesley (Robbie Amell) tells Bianca (Mae Whitman) in the upcoming comedy, The DUFF … right after he lets it slip that she’s the DUFF of her circle. So, now what?

In the comedy, from director Ari Sandel, Bianca enlists the help of Wesley to essentially de-DUFF herself and then overthrow the leader of the plastics school, Madison (Bella Thorne). Bianca’s other source of wisdom? Ken Jeong, obviously.

EW has an exclusive first look at the newest trailer for the film, set to premiere during tonight’s Pretty Little Liars Christmas episode, which airs at 8 p.m. on ABC Family.

The DUFF hits theaters February 20.

It's 'Lights! Camera! Mayhem!' in 'Why Don't You Play in Hell?' clip

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We haven’t yet had the pleasure of seeing Why Don’t You Play In Hell?, the new movie from Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono whose theatrical release is currently expanding around the country. However, the project’s synopsis is certainly intriguing:

There’s a war going on, but that won’t stop the inexperienced but eager wannabe film crew The F— Bombers from following their dreams of making the ultimate action epic. Ten years ago, yakuza mid-boss Ikegami led an assault against rival don Muto. Now, on the eve of his revenge, all Muto wants to do is complete his masterpiece, a feature film with his daughter in the starring role, before his wife is released from prison. And The F— Bombers are standing by with the chance of a lifetime: to film a real, live yakuza battle to the death… on 35mm!

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'They walk. They talk. They kill.' Director Stuart Gordon talks 'Dolls'

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Stuart Gordon shot his first film, 1985’s much beloved gorefest Re-Animator, in Los Angeles but then decamped to Italy to shoot Dolls, his second movie and second terror tale. While there, Gordon was also taken down a peg, or 12, by a local craftsman. “They didn’t shoot sound in Italy, they weren’t used to that,” says Gordon, whose other directing credits include From Beyond, Castle Freak, and 2005’s William H. Macy-starring Edmond. “I remember there was one day when I was shooting something and there was a carpenter hammering in the background, working on another one of our setshammering and sawing. I said, ‘Please stop that.’ And he said, ‘Senor Fellini always lets me work when they’re shooting.’ I said, ‘Well, I’m not Fellini.’ And he said, ‘That’s for sure!”

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Oh, hi Mark! Watch the trailer for cult film doc 'Room Full of Spoons'

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Pretty soon there may be more films about cult movie The Room than people who actually saw the hilariously awful movie when it was originally released in 2003. We exaggerate—but not by much. James and Dave Franco are set to star in a big-screen adaptation of Room star Greg Sestero’s book The Disaster Artist while Sestero’s fellow cast member Robyn Paris recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a mockumentary called The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? And that’s not all! Grab your cutlery, folks, because a trailer for a real documentary about writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau’s passion project called Room Full of Spoons has just been released. You can check out the clip below.

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EW's 'Mean Girls' reunion: The cast looks back on the 2004 hit

One sure sign of a film’s legacy: Does it inspire its own holiday?

If you happened to be anywhere near the Internet on Oct. 3, you probably noticed an outpouring of nostalgia for 2004’s Mean Girls. The reason? A throwaway line uttered by Lindsay Lohan’s Cady: “It’s October 3rd.”

That may seem a pretty slim thread to hang an entire day on, but it’s indicative of the fervent fan base for this new-classic teen comedy. Written by Tina Fey and directed by Mark Waters (Vampire Academy), Mean Girls stars Lohan as a high school student at a new school who infiltrates the Plastics, a group of nasty popular girls led by queen bee Regina (Rachel McAdams) and her underlings: insecure Gretchen (Lacey Chabert) and dumb-as-a-stump Karen (Amanda Seyfried). The film became a surprise sleeper hit, earning $129 million worldwide and gaining an even bigger following on DVD. In the decade since, Mean Girls has joined Clueless and Sixteen Candles in the teen-comedy canon.

For its 10th anniversary, EW invited the film’s female leads to our own little pep rally, where they talked about their memories, behind-the-scenes magic, and what they think their characters would be doing now. READ FULL STORY

Get hypnotized by this clip from sci-fi film 'LFO'

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What would you do if you discovered a sound frequency that allowed you to hypnotize people? Well, if you’re a fan of science fiction, movies you might compel them to watch the new film, LFO. Written and directed by Antonio Tublen, this sci-fi-comedy stars Patrick Karlson as an amateur sound engineer who makes just such a discovery and, according to the official synopsis, uses it to “indulge in his most megalomaniacal fantasies.”

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Key and Peele's first film together is about a cat

After working separately on a few films, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have finally settled on their first joint project. And it was a cat that brought them together.

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Scare yourself silly with a clip from 'Housebound'

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How good is the low budget New Zealand horror film Housebound?

Well, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has hailed it as “Bloody brilliant!”—and the man knows what he’s talking about, having started his career with such minimally financed but fabulous splatterfests as 1987’s Bad Taste.

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'Summer of Blood' star Onur Tukel talks laughs, gore, and topless scenes

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In the new horror-comedy Summer of Blood, Onur Tukel plays a schlubby, self-obsessed Brooklynite called Erik who, after rejecting his girlfriend’s marriage proposal, becomes a veritable sex magnet when he is bitten by a vampire. The result is partly a Woody Allen-esque comedy about commitment—and partly an out-and-out bloodbath.

“If you’re making a horror film, you have to make it about fear,” says Tukel, who also wrote and directed the movie. “I’m 42 years old right now and my biggest fear is commitment and marriage. So I thought I would make a film about those things.”

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