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Parker Trailer Jason Statham

Jason Statham has made so many movies where he plays a gun-shooting, high-kicking criminal who lives by a strict moral code that the Jason Statham Movie has become a genre unto itself. Generally all of these movies have forgettable one word titles, like Crank, Safe, or Blitz, but that doesn’t end up mattering much, because you can just tell people that you’re going to see the new Jason Statham Movie, and they’ll know what you’re talking about. Jason Statham Movies generally have another thing in common, as well. They feature Jason Statham’s gruff charisma and high-impact fight scenes as their star, and offer up little else. Things like storytelling or supporting talent don’t really matter when you know that you can trot Statham out a couple times a year, have him go through the motions, and still turn a profit. Parker looks like it’s going to be a Jason Statham Movie with a couple more tricks up its sleeve, though. Instead of relying on the star power of Statham alone, director Taylor Hackford’s new film teams him up with big names like Jennifer Lopez, Michael Chiklis, and Nick Nolte (and Bunk from The Wire!). The results are impressive at first glance, with Statham obviously having immediate chemistry with Lopez especially.

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Let’s face it, we exist as a generation that has grown up on stoner comedies. There have been drugs in our movies since before we were off the teet. So we should have seen it all by now, right? Not exactly.

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Adrien Brody in HIGH School

It feels like forever since we first reported on John Stalberg Jr.’s HIGH School at Sundance back in January 2010, but such is life in the big city. The distribution game is a tough one and once a film is sold, it could end up on a shelf for any amount. Thankfully, Anchor Bay is bringing this one off the shelf and into theaters this summer. June 1, 2012 to be exact. For those who need some catch-up, it’s a film that yours truly called “a stoner comedy worthy of being mentioned in the same paragraph as both Dazed and Confused and the great John Hughes. It’s funny, unpredictable and filled with performances that are as bankable as they big name stars who’ve disappeared into them.” One of those great performances comes from Adrien Brody, who becomes the crazed drug-dealing legend known only as Psycho Ed. You get a little taste of his madness in this newly released green band trailer, which doesn’t quite get as wild as what we saw in the film’s red band trailer, but you get the idea. Between Brody’s brilliance and an equally immersed performance from Michael Chiklis (yeah, that is Michael Chiklis), it’s no wonder this film ended up on my Editor’s Picks list for 2010. And now you all get to see it, as well. So start with the trailer after the jump and mark June 1 on your calendars. We’ll keep you updated from there.

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Showtime Networks has a big presence in San Diego this year, from gigantic banners to multiple panels to a button campaign and several buses toting fellow nerds around the city. The crux of their advertising campaign this year revolvers around the idea that Showtime’s ‘heroes’ have more fun. Specifically we’re talking about Weeds, Californication, Dexter, and Nurse Jackie, shows that prominently feature some rather messed up main characters who are dysfunctional on some level. While each of these shows was represented on a panel (Dexter was on two), most of the information that was revolved focused on Hank Moody’s furthered adventures and the future of Dexter Morgan, so that’s what we’ll be talking about here. Plus those two shows are super awesome.

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One fall show that we’re eying is No Ordinary Family, starring Michael Chiklis, Julie Benz and Kay Panabaker. It’s all about a family who takes an ill-advised vacation and ends up in a nasty plane crash, only to find out later that they’ve got superpowers.

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HIGH School

Anyone who knows me or has spent time in or around Reject HQ knows that I’m not much of a stoner. I don’t have anything against it, per se. I just don’t derive the same pleasure from smoking the good Earth’s finest herbs and spices that others seem to get. However, stoner humor does have a way of getting to me — especially when it’s well executed.

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Eagle Eye

Speaking of long stories people shouldn’t subjected to, Eagle Eye came out in theaters on Friday. Let’s just say, the Logic Nazi on this project really screwed the pooch.

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Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan in Eagle Eye

We already brought you a private chat with Eagle Eye director D.J. Caruso, and now we’ve got video spots with the entire cast.

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The Shield Season 7 Giveaway

Our crazy “Free Friday” continues with another TV-related giveaway. And you can expect them to increase over the next few weeks, as the fall television season is just about to get up and running.

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Shia LaBeouf in Eagle Eye

In his quest to take over the world of cinema, Shia LaBeouf will next appear in Eagle Eye, a project that unites him with Disturbia director D.J. Caruso.

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Shia LaBeoufs Eagle Eye

Shia LaBeouf is at the point right now where he could do no wrong, and his films carry about the same odds of being a blockbuster as me never getting to bed Jessica Alba.

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