Curb Your Enthusiasm

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Welcome back to This Week In DVD! Has anyone seen our brother column, This Week In Blu-ray? I’m worried it may have been abducted and diddled against its will… As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Eighth Season Larry David’s divorce from Cheryl is finalized, and he finds himself heading for New York City after a characteristically disastrous social interaction. Typical Larry. Some viewers are unable to find the humor in David’s character and shenanigans and instead see nothing but frustration… and that’s an understandable reaction. He speaks his mind at all times, and while I don’t always agree with him I do find his complete lack of social skills refreshing and often hilarious. Plus, Michael J Fox and those damn girl scouts had it coming anyway.

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Larry David has reigned as the king of cable comedy for quite a few years now due to the continued success of his HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm. His largely improvised look at what it’s like to be a rich, curmudgeonly Hollywood type getting in fights with everyone, everywhere he goes, is a comedy goldmine, and has proved that his network success with Seinfeld was in no way a fluke. To this point though, David hasn’t been able to successfully make the transition to being a feature film presence. When David takes a film role, more often than not, we end up with something like Whatever Works, the Woody Allen film that was probably his least acclaimed work of the past decade. But, if news being reported today is to be believed, Larry’s luck might be about to change. THR has a report that David is currently in negotiations to star in a new comedy from Superbad director Greg Mottola, that’s coming from a treatment by Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, and David Mandel – all writers who David is familiar with from their work on Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Reportedly, the still-untitled comedy is going to be largely improv-based – much like David’s current television work – with a loosely scripted plot that’s being kept under wraps used as a framework for heat-of-the-moment riffs.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a collection of news that fell through the cracks, will make you crack up, or that’s addicted to crack. How can movie news be addicted to a controlled substance? It’s unclear, but it’s a harsh world out there when the sun goes down. We begin tonight with the vague news that Ghostbusters (the original) will be hitting theaters again in October. No, not a version of Ghostbusters III that’s been secretly filming for the past year amidst empty press releases. The original flick will play. But when? Where? The movie’s Facebook page is short on answers, and when I checked with Columbia/Sony, so were they.

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming movie The Dictator, wherein he plays a crazy, bearded zealot who finds himself adrift in the United States, just keeps on adding awesome names to its cast. Already it had names like Anna Faris, John C. Reilly, John Mantzoukas, and even Ben Kingsley set to take part, and now it’s added Larry David’s permanent houseguest Leon to the mix. If you haven’t managed to see any of David’s HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, first, shame on you, and second, you need to know that one of the biggest revelations to come out of that classic show is the powerful comedic prowess of J.B. Smoove. This guy has got the goods. Just look at that name. He showed up for about five minutes as a cab driver in Date Night, and completely stole that movie away from rock solid comedic actors like Steve Carell and Tina Fey. I can’t imagine what he’s going to do when paired up with the insanity of a Sacha Baron Cohen production. Early word is that Smoove (I love typing that) is set to play a character named Usher. No details are known about who the character is, but does there really need to be? His name is Usher, it’s going to be funny. [THR]

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No one knows what the hell they’re selling, but we’re hoping that someone’s buying.

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AwkwardOffice

Prepare to cover your eyes, as we reveal the kings of the awkward laugh. Don’t. Look. Away. Wimps.

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The combination of Woody Allen’s return to New York City and Larry David’s presence as the lead in his new film never pays off as it should.

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Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood

Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood join the cast of Woody Allen’s latest film, and the universe stops to ponder just exactly where things started to go wrong. Signs point to the Duckbilled Platypus.

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