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With the all-seeing eye of the internet watching every single movie production in existence (even the one your parents are making right now), it’s incredible when something flies under the radar. It’s even more incredible when it’s from an Oscar winner and fan favorite. Still, it seems that the new James L. Brooks romantic comedy How Do You Know completely flew under said radar until some promotional materials ended up in the Reject carrier pigeon drop this morning. Romantic Comedies have been sorely lacking these days. The studio formula seems to include cramming as many names and as little heart into them as possible, so seeing Brooks’s name involved in the directing game again is something to celebrate. Plus, with Paul Rudd squaring off against Owen Wilson, there’s something else there to celebrate.

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Dinner For Schmucks takes a while to get going, but once the laughs do start coming, they reach all the way back from the land of the absurd and fly out at a brisk pace. It’s as if all of The Funny had been frustratingly bottled up for the first half of the film and is now allowed that sweet, sweet freedom to run rampant all over the theater. Tim (Paul Rudd as Paul Rudd) is inches away from getting that corner office after taking a leap of faith and impressing his boss (Bruce Greenwood). It’s all his, if he can impress the entire executive staff on Saturday night at a dinner party where each colleague brings the biggest idiot they can find. The rest of the group makes fun of them, and someone goes home with a prize. Tim’s girlfriend who won’t say yes to his frequent marriage proposals, Julie (Stephanie Szostak), hates the idea, but Tim sees a sign from God when he crashes his car into dead mouse hobbyist Barry (Steve Carell). He’s destined to go to this party.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr is all giddy because he’s been invited to a “Dinner for Winners” (though no one has the heart to tell him it’s really a Dinner for Schmucks). He also puts on his 3D glasses to take a gander at some furry spies in Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Finally, he squeals with excitement about the new Zefron film, but then weeps uncontrollably because Universal didn’t screen it in advance for him.

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Party Down

When only 74,000 people watch your second season finale, you can’t exactly count on being renewed. Such is the case for the creators of Party Down, the latest in a long line of great comedy shows canceled before they were able to reach their prime. After two gloriously offbeat seasons, Starz has decided not to renew the Adam Scott and Ken Marino-led show. And while it disappoints me, as a fan of the show, to see it go, it’s clear that this was the inevitable endgame.

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Explore the mind of a man who would defraud the Native Americans, help keep sweatshops open and cuddle up nice and close to politicians while showing how his actions played a role in the collapse of the housing market.

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Dinner for Schmucks

Typecasting can be a dangerous thing for an actor. Roles start to blend together, and soon studios will only hire them (and audiences will only accept them) for that single character type. This trend is usually most visible in the careers of character actors, but sometimes it happens with the leads too.

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Paul Rudd and Zach Galifianakis are in final negotiations to star in the upcoming Paramount comedy Will, the second film from the team that brought you Little Miss Sunshine.

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This week, Bethany discovers that she’s not the only thing wet and hot this summer.

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While none of us are man enough to say, we think that ‘I Love You, Man’ was pretty cool, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t find 5 things to break up over.

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As you may know, the Paramount Pictures comedy I Love You, Man has hit theaters today. And in addition to Cole Abaius’ positive review of the film, we also wanted to give you a sneak peak via a few clips, just in case you are still on the fence.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

With Neil hobnobbing at SXSW and getting swamped with festival coverage and all those awesome parties, Kevin punts the show with two special guests: Chris Alexis from 7mpictures.com and Kristin Dreyer Kramer from NightsAndWeekends.com.

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Kevin Carr reviews this week’s new movies: Knowing, I Love You, Man and Duplicity.

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Make no mistake. I Love You, Man is a romantic comedy. It’s just a platonic one.

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Paul Rudd and Jason Segel talk to us about male bonding, improvising and being two of “Comedy’s New Legends.”

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Courtesy of the fine people at Vanity Fair is a gallery titled “Comedy’s New Legends,” which features some beautifully-inspired photography of whom VF considers to be the important cultural heroes of contemporary comedy, with a brief discussion of how and why they have attained that status.

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Somehow this day would not be complete without a little puking scene. Why? Because that is how we roll here at FSR… always classy. Also classy is this new redband clip from the upcoming Paramount Pictures release I Love You Man, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.

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Many of you may not know this yet, but the international headquarters of FSR is on the move — we are headed to sunny Austin, Texas. And besides challenging the staff at Ain’t It Cool News to a wrestling match, we are also excited about the prospects of having three great film festivals — SXSW, Austin Film Fest and Fantastic Fest — right in our new back yard. And to kick off this year’s round of Austin-based festivals, we are bringing in a team of Rejects to help cover South by Southwest in March. And it looks like we’re going to need it, as the folks at SXSW sent over the first round of awesome film-related panels for their 2009 conference. Among these panels is the return of Jeffrey Tambor’s now infamous actor’s workshop, a visit from some folks in porn and the cast of the opening night film I Love You, Man. Check out the full set of details below: As if opening the 2009 festival with I Love You, Man wasn’t enough, SXSW takes great pleasure in announcing that writer/director John Hamburg (Along Came Polly) will be in attendance for a special panel with cast members Paul Rudd (The 40 Year Old Virgin), Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Rashida Jones (NBC’s The Office). They will join him at SXSW Film Conference for a spirited look behind the scenes of I Love You, Man, and an insight into their particular brand of comedy. So expect to be engaged, […]

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We got a tamer look at I Love You, Man a while back, and now we get almost the same trailer…except this one talks about Kissing the Bunny.

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Dreamworks’ upcoming animated film Monsters vs. Aliens is shaping up to be their funniest release yet. Sure it’s directed by Rob Letterman, the writer/director of the abysmal Shark Tale, but the man seems to have learned a lot since then.

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The folks at Dreamworks Pictures have released the first teaser trailer for the film I Love You, Man starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. The film follows the story of a newly engaged man desperately searching for a best man for his wedding.

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