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John C. Reilly (born 24.5.1965) John C. Reilly is an American film actor.

Childhood: John Reilly was born to an Irish-American father and Lithuanian mother; the fifth of six children. He was raised on Chicago and attended Brother Rice High School. Reilly went on to graduate from Chicago's DePaul University.

Film Career: In 1989, John Reilly made his film debut in Casualties of War. The Brian de Palma movie starred Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn. Another highlight of Reilly's early career was his role alongside Mark Wahlberg in Boogie Nights in 1997. The cult hit also starred Burt Reynolds, Heather Graham, Julianne Moore and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

A turning point for John C. Reilly's career came in 2002, when he was cast in three Academy Award-nominated films. Firstly was Chicago, a film adaptation of the popular musical. The film version starred Catherine Zeta Jones, Renee Zellweger, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah. The next film in the queue for awards was Gangs of New York. Despite featuring an all-star cast (including Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz), the Martin Scorsese-directed movie failed to win any Academy Award. The final film in Reilly's successful trilogy of 2002 was The Hours. Nicole Kidman brought home an Oscar for her performance and the film also starred Meryl Streep, Ed Harris and Julianne Moore.

In 2004, John C. Reilly worked with Martin Scorsese once more, in the Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator. The movie saw Reilly sharing screen time with DiCaprio once more, as well as Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Kate Beckinsale.

Two years later, Reilly showcased his comic talents in Talladega Nights: the Ballad of Ricky Bobby, which featured Will Ferrell. That same year, he worked with Woody Harrelson, Lindsay Lohan and Meryl Streep in Robert Altman's A Prairie Home Companion.

2007 saw John Reilly starred in the biopic parody Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, which took off a number of musical biopics, including those of Ray Charles and Johnny Cash.

Following this, John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell worked together once more, on Step Brothers. The film also featured Kathryn Hahn and Mary Steenburg and was written by Adam McKay (who also wrote Talladega Nights.).

Reilly has also worked in television, appearing frequently on Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! This led on to a spin-off series, Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule. Reilly has also provided his voice for an episode of The Simpsons (entitled 'Any Given Sundance').

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68th Cannes Film Festival - amfAR

John C. Reilly - 68th Cannes Film Festival - amfAR's Cinema Against Aids Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Thursday 21st May 2015

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68th Annual Cannes Film Festival

John C Reilly and Angeliki PAPOULIA - 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'The Lobster' - Premiere at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Saturday 16th May 2015

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68th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and John C. Reilly - A variety of stars were photographed as they attended a photo call for 'The Lobster' at the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France - Friday 15th May 2015

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Will Ferrell Star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

John C. Reilly - Photographs from the ceremony in honor of comedy actor Will Ferrell as he received a Star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 24th March 2015

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Will Ferrell Honoured With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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On the eve of the release of his latest movie Get Hard, Will Ferrell has been honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The unveiling ceremony took place on Tuesday on Hollywood Boulevard, and was attended by fellow comics John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon.

Reilly, who was Ferrell’s co-star in Step Brothers and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, led the speeches in front of the Hollywood Wax Museum, saying “maybe someday, in 50 years, people will look down on the sidewalk and say the things that we say today about some of these people: 'Who the f--- is this guy?’”

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Will Ferrell was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Inherent Vice LA Premiere

John C. Reilly - Inherent Vice LA Premiere at TCL Chinese Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 10th December 2014

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Life After Beth Review


While zombie rom-coms aren't original (see Shaun of the Dead or Warm Bodies), this take on the genre has such a deadpan tone that it feels refreshingly unpredictable. While the plot sometimes seems like it's going to spin completely out of control, writer-director Jeff Baena (who wrote I Heart Huckabees) holds it together with clever twists and turns and smart, witty dialogue. And the terrific cast helps balance the humour and horror with a hint of emotional depth.

It opens as soulful teenager Zach (Dane DeHaan) is grieving about his recently deceased girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza), who was killed by a snake bite. As Zach and Beth's parents (John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon) help each other get over the shock, they are startled when she arrives back home as if nothing happened. Utterly unaware that she's undead, Beth can't understand why Zach is looking at her strangely, while her parents become super protective, refusing to let her outside for fear that someone will spot a dead girl walking around. Then Zach begins to notice that Beth isn't the only person in town who has come back to life. And when he runs into old friend Erica (Anna Kendrick), Beth's jealousy seems to trigger a full-on zombie invasion.

By focussing on the warped relationships between the characters, the film keeps the audience both involved and entertained. The humour is a mix of bone-dry dialogue and riotously nutty visual gags that escalate as the story progresses. And there are constant wrinkles in the plot, such as how Beth conveniently can't remember breaking up with Zach before she died. Or how Zach's gung-ho brother (a scene stealing Matthew Gray Gubler) reacts to the growing threat of the walking-dead. And by combining real heart with silly comedy and even some genuine scariness, filmmaker Baena manages to make some sharp observations about both love and grief.

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'Life After Beth' Adds New Twist To Old Genre

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Zombie movies are as old as cinema itself, kicking off with 1930s hits like 'White Zombies' and 'The Devil's Daughter'. The genre came to mainstream prominence with George A. Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead' in 1968, after which the undead onslaught has been fairly unceasing. But a subset is just as venerable: the zombie comedy, or zom-com, can trace its roots back to 1941's 'King of the Zombies' and 1945's 'Zombies on Broadway'. More recent examples include Peter Jackson's 'Braindead' (1992) and 'Zombieland' (2009).

Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza star in 'Life After Beth'
Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza star in 'Life After Beth'

The most memorable recent zom-com is obviously Edgar Wright's 'Shaun of the Dead' (2004), which introduced a further sub-genre: the zom-rom-com. This paved the way for the likes of the Spanish romp 'Juan of the Dead' (2010), 'Warm Bodies' (2013) and 'All Cheerleaders Die' (also 2013).

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Guardians of the Galaxy Review


By refusing to follow the usual formula, filmmaker James Gunn has made Marvel's best-yet movie, a summer action-adventure that provides more cinematic fun than the rest of the year's blockbusters rolled into one. It's shamelessly entertaining, keeping the focus on sparky characters even as the action spirals into exhilarating set-pieces around them. And the best thing is that the film isn't actually about the big plot: it's about a group of people who should hate each other but instead come together as a team.

In a pre-logo sequence set in 1988 America, a young boy is kidnapped by aliens. Some 25 years later, Peter (Chris Pratt) has become an ace thief who roams the galaxy in search of cash. Curious and charming, he can get himself out of most scrapes, but when he collects a mysterious orb for a client he ends up as the target of two bounty hunters, the raccoon-like Rocket and tree-like Groot (voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel). And the villainously destructive Ronan (Lee Pace) sends his best fighter Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to get the orb for his own nefarious plan. Rounded up and thrown into prison, Peter, Gamora, Rocket and Groot stage a daring escape with the help of literal-minded muscleman Drax (Dave Bautista), then must work together to deal with this troublesome orb. So they contact Peter's mentor/nemesis Yondu (Michael Rooker) before taking on Ronan and his second-best fighter, Gamora's half-cyborg sister Nebula (Karen Gillan).

Gunn gives the film a look and tone unlike anything in the Marvel universe, with colourful ships, sassy humour and freewheeling action that propels the story and deepens the character at the same time. It also makes the most of the well-worn 1980s mixtape Peter uses as his own personal soundtrack. It's the kind of riotously thrill ride that makes us hold on for dear life, loving every twist and turn. And since it's so tightly focused on the characters, the action plot involving the orb merely adds texture around the edges. As do terrific actors like Glenn Close and John C. Reilly in small but pivotal roles.

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Guardians of the Galaxy - Featuette

The cast of forthcoming Marvel movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy'; Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper; talk about the new film in a short featurette.

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Life After Beth Trailer

Zach is a total mess following the sudden death of his girlfriend Beth and turns to her equally grief-stricken parents for support. However, when they stop contacting him, he becomes confused by their evasiveness and begins to suspect their daughter is still alive. Sure enough, there's a hole in the ground by her presumably previously occupied grave and she appears to have resurrected from the dead. Zach doesn't know what to think, but when he sees her looking just the same as she did before she died, he is overcome with emotion and decides to tell her everything that he wished he'd said before she passed. However, their happy ending is quickly cut short when Beth starts displaying increasingly erratic behaviour - such as biting and eating a man. Realising that she's a zombie complicates things for Zach, who'll give anything to keep her around but struggles to cope with her newfound brutality.

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New 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Trailer: What We Noticed

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Prepare to check out the new trailer for the upcoming summer blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, which is due to open from the end of July. James Gunn's visualisation of Marvel's lesser-known comic book series recruits a stellar cast in an outer space setting with jaw-dropping special effects and rib-tickling one-liners.

Chris Pratt takes the lead alongside Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Josh Brolin, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close Benicio Del Toro and Dave Bautista in what looks to be one of the action highlights of summer 2014.

In a nutshell, Pratt's adventurer, Peter Quill, gets stranded in space and unites a team of unlikely ex-con aliens in order to mount a defence against the cosmic threat of Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer

Peter Quill runs into some trouble when he discovers an unusual looking orb that happens to be hunted by the merciless admiral Ronan and his army of miscreants. He is an Earthling; an unusual race within his neighbourhood in which he grew up after being removed for his home planet as a child. Naming himself the Star-Lord, he likes to think he's one heck of a superhero - but he's about to meet his match (or should we say 'matches'?). After being arrested by Ronan's people, he is greeted by four other alien outlaws. First there is the enormous Drax the Destroyer who is determined to use his supernatural strength to avenge his murdered family; then there's cyborg Gamora, the daughter of Thanos (an even bigger villain in this story); Rocket, a psychotic gun-toting raccoon; and half-man half-tree Groot. They may be distrustful of each other, but they've got to stick together if they want to save the universe from certain annihilation.

Since when did superhero films have to be serious? Marvel apply comedy to comics with 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', which is based on the original comics by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. The movie has been directed  by James Gunn ('Super', 'Slither', 'PG Porn') and co-written by Nicole Perlman and is due for UK release on July 31st 2014.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer

Peter Quill is a fearless Earthling pilot who rather proudly proclaims himself to be an outlaw, going by the nickname Star-Lord. As a child, he was taken from his home planet and forced to live around various alien races, but even he is in for a surprise when he is captured by merciless hunters led by the evil admiral Ronan after he tries to make off with an extraordinary orb. It is during his imprisonment that he meets four other intrepid outlaws. There’s Drax the Destroyer, a man of muscle hellbent on avenging the tragic murders of his family; Gamora, a green-skinned cyborg who is the rebellious daughter of Ronan’s boss Thanos; Rocket, a genetically modified raccoon with incredible firearm dexterity; and Groot, a half-man half-tree creature who knows little about the technological world. Despite their reluctance, the five must join together to save the universe from Thanos’ dastardly plans.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy's Groot Appears Cast Favourite Following Q&A

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Guardians of the Galaxy, the latest film based on Marvel’s comic books, is due to be released in July. With fans already speculating about the film’s plotline and special effects, the cast and crew were happy to chime in with a special Q&A session on Facebook on Monday (19th May). The session followed the release of the film’s second trailer, following the shorter teaser trailer we saw back in January.

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Chris Pratt stars as Peter Quill in GoG.

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