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'Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus': Michael Cera heads south -- VIDEO

Things are about to get trippy for Michael Cera, judging by the trailer for his latest indie film.

“Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus” is the tale of a young American traveling through Chile with little else on his mind than drinking the juice of the San Pedro cactus. He meets a girl named Crystal Fairy (Gaby Hoffmann) who joins him and his friends on their quest.

Check out the video below for language barriers, a Manic Pixie Dream Girl and Michael Cera doing some calisthenics:

'Magic Magic' trailer: Michael Cera is all kinds of creepy

Michael Cera is done being Mr. I’m-so-awkward-and-nerdy-that-I’m-cute guy. This Friday, he plays a cocaine-loving version of himself in This Is The End, and come Aug. 6, you can watch him play the ultimate creep when Magic Magic, which already hit the festival circuit, hits DVD.

The trailer for Magic Magic follows a young woman, played by Juno Temple, who decides to vacation in a small town in Chile. What follows is a lack of cell phone reception, hypnotism, and the real kicker, sadism. As the trailer puts it,”When her vacation began she had no idea there was no way out. Now some secrets were never meant to be revealed.”

Watch the unsettling trailer for Magic Magic below: READ FULL STORY

'This is the End' premiere: Seth Rogen & Co. debate whether they have what it takes to survive the apocalypse

In This is the End, James Franco and Seth Rogen try to get through the apocalypse with a little help from their famous friends. The world is literally imploding, which really puts a damper on the killer shindig Franco was hosting. Rihanna is there, Mindy Kaling is horny, and Michael Cera is totally out of control. The cast — which also includes Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Emma Watson — plays caricatures of their own public personas, an experience Rogen, who co-wrote and co-directed with Evan Goldberg, found cathartic. “The studio was a little freaked out by the notion of it, but we like referential meta humor like Seinfeld or the Garry Shandling Show,” Rogen said. “I think it is a risk, but it is always something I thought was really funny. The actors were psyched so we just kind of went for it.”

Watching warped versions of these Hollywood stars go all Lord of the Flies on each other begs the question: Which of them have the skills to survive the end of times, when pure Darwinistic instincts take over? At last night’s premiere in Westwood, Calif., the cast was brutally honest about their chances should hell open up, the sky start to fall, and a demon-penis (Yes, demon-penis) attack humanity.

Bottom line: It doesn’t look like the post-apocalyptic world will have any jesters. Read below for the cast’s thoughts on what survival skills might keep them alive when the fit finally hits the shan:


Cannes: Directors Fortnight lineup announced

The Directors Fortnight announced its full lineup on Tuesday, including nine short films and 21 features which will run parallel to the Cannes Film Festival in May. Notable selections include the Ruairi Robinson’s sci-fi film Last Days on Mars, starring Liev Schreiber (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Romola Garai (The Hour), and Olivia Williams (Rushmore), and Sebastian Silva’s thriller Magic Magic, about a tourist in Chile who starts to experience a metal breakdown, with Juno Temple (Killer Joe) and Michael Cera (Arrested Development).

Avant-garde Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Holy Mountain) will return to the Festival with a film about his life, and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) will show her short Swimmer. Jodorowsky is also the subject of a documentary in the lineup, about his aborted version of the film Dune, which would go on to be directed by David Lynch.

Running from May 16 to May 26, the Directors Fortnight is now in its 45th year. It was started in 1969 by the French Directors Guild, who continues to manage the selections to this day. A handful of films presented in this category are even eligible to compete for the Camera d’Or prize, denoted on the list with an asterisk. Ari Folman’s (Waltz with Bashir) hybrid live action and animated feature The Congress, based on Stanislaw Lem’s The Futurological Congress and starring Robin Wright and Jon Hamm, will open the sidebar.

Check out the full selection below.


'This is the End' red-band trailer: Rihanna slaps a coked-out Michael Cera -- NSFW VIDEO

It’s the end of the world. What do you do?

Well, if you’ve been kind to others, you get lifted up to heaven. But if you’ve been partying at James Franco’s house and, in Michael Cera’s case, smacking Rihanna’s butt and blowing cocaine in McLovin’s face, you probably won’t be greeted at the pearly gates anytime soon. Plan B? Camp out at Franco’s house with the likes of Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and Jay Baruchel, obviously. Because if you don’t, you could end up like Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling, or even Jason Segel … dead. Hey, it’s the end of the world. Celebrities die too.

In the new red-band trailer for This is the End, the apocalyptic comedy featuring celebrities playing “themselves,” a Hollywood party goes downhill fast after a gaping hole in Franco’s front yard claims the lives of numerous celebs. What follows is, quite simply, the end of the world, featuring four-legged demons, a very angry Hermione, and exactly one Milky Way.

Check out the red-band trailer for This Is The End below: READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2013: Michael Cera charms in 'Crystal Fairy'

What is illustrious Arrested Development alum Michael Cera doing on a Chilean beach, tripping on hallucinogenic cactus juice with a band of South American brothers while a blithely nekkid Gaby  Hoffmann cavorts nearby? Beats me, but I’m glad he’s there. Crystal Fairy — the title refers to the name preferred by Hoffmann’s New Age-y character — tastes a little of Y tu mamá tambien, with its sandy ramble of an outing. (That in itself is a good thing.) But the flashes of absurdist humor, druggy space-time perceptions, and low-keyed empathy are the bright work of New York-based Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva. (Seek out his 2009 Sundance award-winner The Maid — so good.) It’s no accident that Cera’s character, a cloddish, insensitive American guy out for an exotic (and low-budget) South American Adventure, keeps referring to The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley’s account of his own drug-induced revelations that inspired generations of college-age seekers to turn on and tune in. Crystal Fairy is shot through with sharp, fleeting insights about beauty, spontaneity, and the human hunger to connect. Plus, at the old-man age of 24, Cera has honed his expressive deadpan — shading from incredulity to aggression to bewilderment and back to comedic — to even more mature advantage, and the director recognizes the extra laughs of putting such a grating gringo in among gentler Spanish-speaking locals. Hoffmann, meanwhile, wanders around in the altogether with phenomenal hippie aplomb.


Sundance 2013: 4 feature films added to festival slate

With Golden Globe nominations finally out, the Sundance Film Festival is revealing more of its 2013 slate, including four more feature films announced Thursday: 1993 Robert Rodriguez favorite El Mariachi for the From the Collection screening, new music documentary Muscle Shoals, Michael Cera-starring Magic Magic in the Midnight movie section, and Los Angeles-based Wrong Cops as part of New Frontier designated films.

“With the addition of these four films, the 2013 Sundance Film Festival will present an even more well rounded program of independent films. Each adds to the festival in exciting, challenging and entertaining ways,” said the festival’s director John Cooper in a statement. The fest runs Jan. 17-27 in Park City, Utah, with the tally of feature-length films being presented now at 119, with 103 of them world premieres, and 27 in competition.

Here’s a quick look at the added movies, taken directly from Sundance’s own descriptions. The Sundance Collection at UCLA (The Collection), showcasing El Mariachi, is a film preservation program established in 1997 dedicated to movies supported by the Sundance Institute:


'End of Love' trailer: A struggling actor/dad with famous friends like Michael Cera

“Once upon a time there was a little boy named Isaac. He made everyone’s dreams come true.”

That’s the opening line in the trailer for Mark Webber’s The End of Love, a Sundance film that Webber wrote and directed and filled with his actor friends, like Michael Cera. But it’s not a fairy tale and it’s hardly a romantic comedy; it’s the polar opposite of both. Webber plays a version of himself, an actor struggling to be a dad to his two-year-old son — played by Webber’s real son, Isaac — after his wife dies. “It’s inspired by elements of his life. He does have loss in his life, and it’s about how you deal with it, but also how you process it while having someone to take care of,” Sundance chief programmer Trevor Groth told EW last November. “It’s very intimate.”

(Don’t worry: Isaac’s real mom, actress Frankie Shaw, is alive and well, though the breakup of her relationship with Webber inspired the screenplay.)

Jennifer Aniston, Michael Cera, and, you know, Katharine Hepburn: Is it bad when an actor is always the same?

jennifer-aniston-ceraImage Credit: Kerry HayesLately, I’ve been hearing a lot of bellyaching from readers about actors who, you say, essentially give the same performance in film after film. The prime offender — as, according to this criticism, she has been for years — is Jennifer Aniston, who is accused of never having grown past her performance as Rachel on Friends: same cheerleader- next-door sexy wholesomeness, same silky straight goddess-of- shampoo-commercial hair, same lonely-princess aura. But in the last year or so, a lot of folks have been singing a similar song about Michael Cera, with his flat turtle stare and high school girl’s voice and 21st century Woody Allen neurotic-nerd patter. I hear what you’re saying (let’s agree right now that there’s some truth to it), but what’s amusing, and at times infuriating, about all this she/he is always the same! high dudgeon is the absolute, outraged presumption that if an actor doesn’t vary his or her personality very much (or, in fact, at all) from movie to movie, then that’s automatically a bad thing.

I have two words to say in disagreement with that idea: Katharine Hepburn.

Okay, you know the next line, so let’s all say it together out loud: Jennifer Aniston is no Katharine Hepburn!

There, do you feel better? Well, Jennifer Aniston certainly is no Katharine Hepburn, and no one else is either. But you get my point, which is not about the relative merits of The Break-Up and The Philadelphia Story but about the principle at stake. READ FULL STORY

Michael Cera, old soul

Just because I think Youth in Revolt is less than daisy fresh as a coming-of-age story doesn’t mean I don’t dig the unique comedic talents of the movie’s star, Michael Cera. And in thinking about what makes Cera so arresting a screen presence, I keep coming back to the notion of contradiction: He looks so young (he is so young) and vulnerably, virginally mid-chrysalis, with that pale skinny bod and cute chickpea head. Yet Cera possesses the expert comic timing and physical stillness of a man of experience. And certainly of a seasoned character actor. Very few young performers know how to convey hormonal frenzy and accompanying romantic confusion as well as he does, just by standing still and speaking in a soft, clear voice; even fewer know how to demonstrate what’s simultaneously funny and tender about such male emotional disarray.

Cera’s got that going on. The challenge, should he care to rise to it as he enters his 20s, is how to play guys who are no longer stuck pining for young women – they’ve Done It – but now face the (inevitably hilarious) challenges of sustaining relationships with chicks.

Your turn: Do you like the species known as Michael Cera Dude?

Image credits: Doane Gregory (l); Bruce Birmelin

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