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The action-comedy is theoretically one of the best movie genres ever, because it lets you laugh and watch stuff explode at the same time. The danger with them is, if the comedy gets too silly, the action scenarios don’t hit with any weight, and if the action sequences get too intense, it’s hard to find any humor in the life and death stuff happening on the screen. You have to skirt the line just right and maintain the perfect tone in order to make an action-comedy successful, and I’ll be a monkey’s uncle, but the new trailer for Hit and Run makes it look like writer/co-director Dax Shepard has hit the nail on the head. Hit and Run is the story of an ex-wheelman in the witness protection program (played by Shepard) who has left his wicked ways behind him and found himself in the incredibly fortunate situation of shacking up with Kristen Bell. Everything in his new life is just peachy – until his former cohorts find out where he is and start hitting people in the noses with golf clubs and demanding untold sums of money. Lots of chase scenes and yelling ensue.

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Back when he was getting his start torturing celebrities on the Ashton Kutcher produced MTV prank show Punk’d it would have been hard to predict that comedian Dax Shepard would get to where he is today. He’s gone from wearing silly fake mustaches and telling Justin Bieber that his dad died to starring in big Hollywood movies, getting engaged to the criminally hot Kristen Bell, and now even making features of his own. Deadline Milford is reporting that Outrun, a movie that Shepard wrote and directed himself, has been acquired for domestic release by Open Road Pictures. This isn’t just a little project that Shepard made in his backyard either, this is a big comedy with an ensemble cast. Shepard himself stars as an ex-getaway driver who must break out of jail to drive his girlfriend to L.A. so that she can get the job of her dreams, Kristen Bell is playing the girlfriend, Tom Arnold is playing a federal agent on their tail, Bradley Cooper is playing the leader of the gang Shepard used to be a part of, and somehow names like Beau Bridges, Kristin Chenoweth and David Koechner are all involved as well.

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The inaugural New York Hell’s Kitchen Film Festival kicks off next week on September 1, and in advance of ten days of films and fun, the festival has released their full lineup. The festival will open with Jay Duplass’ Kevin and will close with Craig Vivieros’ Lost in Italy (starring Glen Murphy and Ray Winstone). The festival’s centerpiece film is Josh Hyde’s Postales (an Official Selection at the Edinburgh and Shanghai International Film Festivals). In between those three framing films, the festival will show over 140 features and shorts, along with a number of interesting and unique panels. Duplass’ documentary Kevin is the director’s first foray into documentary features, and its opening night screening will be followed by a performance by Kevin Gant himself (a talented performer that both the Duplass brothers idolized as kids). Gant and Duplass will also participate in a Q&A moderated by Matt Singer. Other standouts in the NYHKFF schedule include a special 10th Anniversary Screening of Ken Park, with director Larry Clark and actress Tiffany Limos appearing for a Q&A following the film, along with screenings of Mike Petty’s Karaoke Man (starring James Denton), gay comedy Walk A Mile In My Pradas (starring Tom Arnold), and Sheron Dayoc’s Halaw (Special Jury Prize winner at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival). The festival has also put together a couple of very, very interesting panels (cough, cough, I’m on one, cough), which you can read more about after the break.

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Charles Matthau’s upcoming adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel Freaky Deaky was all set to be a star studded, A-list affair. First, it scooped up William H, Macy in a starring role. Solid, sturdy, that’s a good choice. Then it began filling out the ranks of its cast with big names put in supporting roles. Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Craig Robinson, they were all on board, and it was looking like this could end up being a big hit like one of Leonard’s other page to screen adaptations, Get Shorty. But then, suddenly, the entire cast dropped out of the pic and were recast with names that are more, uh… B-list. Uh-oh, that can’t be a good sign.

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Dax Shepard doesn’t know martial arts, but he wants to leave comedy behind in order to reinvent himself as an action star. How? By starring, writing, producing, and executive producing Brother’s Justice. This trailer proves that Joaquin Phoenix shouldn’t have tried to trick anyone with a fake documentary, because this honest look at Shepard attempting to get his fake movie made, getting in fights with Brazilian Jujitsu practitioner Bradley Cooper, and trying to get James Cameron on board looks far more entertaining (even if it might be less thought-provoking). If anything, it’s finally gotten Ashton Kutcher and Tom Arnold into the same flick. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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