Hugh Hefner

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As much as we all might mock James Franco for his seemingly never-ending work flow of wackiness – movies, television, dunder-headed adaptations of classic novels, soap operas, books, art installations, screaming about shit, and so on and so forth – the multi-hyphenate certainly seems to be interested in mixing things up in a big way. He also appears to have a hefty interest in classic Hollywood and offbeat stories from that era (this is, after all, a guy who directed a biopic on Sal Mineo), so why not give him a meaty role in an era-appropriate film that he can excel it, if only because he’s done it before? Variety reports that director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) is now on board to direct Warner Bros.’ long-gestating biopic about Hugh Hefner, Playboy founder, raconteur, and major man about town. While Dobkin seems like a bit of a strange fit – he also directed The Change-Up – the director has recently taken a turn into the dramatic with the upcoming The Judge, and the film will be bolstered by a screenplay by Peter Morgan, who has penned such historically-set films as Rush and Frost/Nixon. A mix of high and low? Comedy and drama? How could Franco not be at the top their list?

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As the year winds down to a close and with award season is already underway, everyone is looking back on all the fine performances in cinema over 2009. But to truly recall all the great performances, we have to slag through some pretty awful ones.

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The sporadically funny movie from Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore of ‘The Whitest Kids U’ Know’ proves the difficulty of transitioning from the world of sketch comedy to narrative filmmaking.

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Kevin Carr talks breasts, diarrhea, Zach Cregger’s butt and Duck Tales inspirations with Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore of Miss March.

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Anna Faris leads the pack (or, rather, hutch) in The House Bunny

A movie about a Playboy bunny: good. A PG-13 rating: bad. Anna Faris as said Playboy bunny: good. Overblown collagen lip injections: bad. Cameos by the Girls Next Door: good. An attempt at acting by Hugh Hefner: bad.

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Neil is grumpy this week, and Kevin takes full advantage of his weakness for the show.

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Anna Faris in The House Bunny

Any movie that involves a trip to the Playboy Mansion and a cast of relatively hot, somewhat nubile actresses is going to attract some attention from the fellas, including my very manly self. That said, I have some observations to make.

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