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The Lego Batman Movie Trailer


Everyone knows how committed Batman is to his cause, he spends his days in the Batcave plotting different ways to save Gotham from the constant threat The Joker and his other cronies currently hold over the city. The one person who knows Batman better than anyone is his butler Alfred but his ageing helper has grown increasingly worried about his master's current mental state.

Wishing to find a new outlet and possibly offer some joy to Bruce's life, Alfred revokes Batman's Batcave computer privileges in an attempt for the caped crusader to bond with his adopted son. Batman is far from enthused and literally knows nothing about the kid who's living in Wayne Manor but when Dick accidentally stumbles upon the Batcave and all of Batman's elaborate toys, he can't believe his luck! First job is to find a suitable costume and young Dick takes no time re-working a Reggae style outfit.

Now Batman has found a side-kick, how will the two get on and find a way to save the city from The Joker who's planning on taking over control of Gotham.

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The Lego Batman Movie - Teaser Trailer


As ever, Batman is busy protecting his beloved Gotham city and The Joker is up to his usual tricks causing chaos for our hero. 

As The Joker's rule over the city strengthens, Batman realises that he must loosen up slightly and be open to teaming up with some equally skilled heroes. Following on from the first Lego movie, this film centres on Batman's character. The Lego Batman Movie will see many of the characters from the first movie make reappearances.

The Lego Batman Movie will be released in US cinemas from February 2017 and will see Will Arnett will voice Batman and Zach Galifianakis as The Joker.

Michael Cera Does 'Dejected Teen' Really Well In 'This Is Our Youth'


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Michael Cera is proving his worth on the stage in a new production of Kenneth Lonergan's critically acclaimed This Is Our Youth. The show opened at the Cort Theatre on Thursday (September 11) and critics were unanimous in their praise for the young star, best known for Juno and Superbad.

This is Our YouthMichael Cera [R], Tavi Gevinson [centre] and Kieran Culkin [L] at the photocall for 'This is Our Youth' [Getty/CIndy Ord]

Set in New York in 1982, This is Our Youth follows 48 hours in the lives of three young souls. Cera plays Warren, a 19-year-old who has just stolen $15,000 from his abuse father. Warren's buddy Dennis (Kieran Culkin) is a drug dealer who puts the stolen cash to good use while Jessica (Tavi Gevinson) is the love interest, who Warren years for.

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Michael Cera Pulls A Beyonce, Releases (Really Good) Surprise Album


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Um, did anyone else not know that Michael Cera is a musician? Outside of Scott Pilgrim, I mean. Not only that, he’s actually really good, if his new indie album, True That, is anything to go by. Cera pulled a Beyonce and released the album on his Bandcamp without any prior announcement. Those who want to get acquainted with Cera’s musical talents can buy True That for $7 or stream it for free.

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Did I mention you can stream it for free? [Getty/Larry Busacca]

Oh and did we mention it’s really very good? Cera relies a lot on dissonance, which sorts itself into melody later in the songs and it’s a really engaging listen. It’s a quiet, chilled out mix of songs with some (dare we say it?) Sufjan Stephens influences and plenty of cinematic references, probably to remind us of Cera’s day job.

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A Week In Movies: Oscars Too Close To Call, Lupita Rules The Red Carpet, Godzilla Crushes San Francisco, And Veronica Mars Is Back


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The Oscars 2014

All eyes are on Hollywood this weekend as the Academy Awards take place this Sunday night. The least predictable Oscars in years, there are multiple possible winners in most of the major categories, as Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle vie for Best Picture and Alfonso Cuaron and Steve McQueen contend for Best Director. We relive some of the the biggest upsets in Oscars history here.

Other too-close races include actor (Matthew Mcconaughey vs Chiwetel Ejiofor), supporting actor (Jared Leto vs Barkhad Abdi) and supporting actress (Lupita Nyong'o vs Jennifer Lawrence). The only sure thing is Cate Blanchett for Best Actress. And that Gravity will mop up all the technical awards. Here is more detail on the best supporting actress Oscar battle between jennifer lawrence and lupita nyong'o being too close to call.

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A Week In Movies: Gravity And 12 Years A Slave Lead Oscar Nominations, Filming Goes To The Wire On Captain America 2


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After the glamour of the essentially irrelevant Golden Globes on Sunday, the biggest movie news this week was the Oscar nominations announcement on Wednesday. As expected, 12 Years a Slave and Gravity got another big awards-season boost, while American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska move into pole position, bumping Inside Llewyn Davis and The Wolf of Wall Street out of the spotlight. For now. For those who need to catch up on these titles click here for 12 Years a SlaveGravityAmerican HustleDallas Buyers ClubNebraskaInside Llewyn Davis and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Awards contenders continue to dominate cinema screens in both America and Britain, although distributors are sneaking smaller films in as alternative programming. In the US, audiences can catch the high school comedy G.B.F. or the British period romance Summer in February, while in the UK offbeat options include Michael Cera in the Chilean road trip Crystal Fairy and the cheeky Penn & Teller documentary Tim's Vermeer. To read our reviews click here for  G.B.F.Summer in FebruaryCrystal Fairy and Penn & Teller documentary Tim's Vermeer.

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'House Of Cards' Heralds New Era Of TV With Emmy Nomination


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How do you stop piracy? Do you offer up exclusive content, only available on physical purchases? Do you appeal to the box-set culture, or do you try and exert limitations that make it impossible? All these have been tried, but none of these have worked, and there’s one simple reason: you can’t stop piracy.

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But what you can do is make it pointless. With low-costing, subscription-free on-demand streaming services becoming ever-popular – Netflix being the golden child of a generation – watching content when it suits you is no longer illegal, and no longer does it cost loads of money.

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It’s Only The Beginning For ‘This Is The End’: Critics Praise Seth Rogen’s Comedy


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Seth Rogen's comedy This Is The End has received favourable reviews from critics. Released in U.S. cinemas today (28th June) it has already been moderately successful in the U.S 

Of the numerous critics who praised the fim, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said the film is "just one great big goofy joke". Those more critical have said the film, whilst amusing, is a collaboration of bodily functions, "grossness" and "middling". Put in even simpler terms the film embodies the crude humour in which Rogen thrives. 

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This Is The End has proved popular in America as this L.A. mural detailing some of the main actors shows.

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Seth Rogen Gets Back Into The Groove With 'This Is The End'


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If you’ve been keeping up on your film news at all this year, Seth Rogen’s apocalyptic comedy This Is The End should have been a big bleep on the radar. Not only does it feature pretty much everyone you can think of on the Hollywood comedy circuit (seriously, you have Michael Sera acting opposite Jason Segel, Rogen, James Franco, Emma Watson, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and cameos from practically every big comedian of the past five years.) The cast list goes on and on.

 

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A Week In Movies: Cavill Replaces Cruise, Juno Temple Is Magic, Tom Hardy As Sir Elton?


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Some were shocked and others relieved when news broke this week that Tom Cruise has dropped out of starring in Guy Ritchie's new Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie. Like Mission: Impossible, it's based on a 1960s TV series about a secret espionage agency. Now Henry Cavill (soon to be seen as the Man of Steel) has emerged as the front-runner to replace Cruise as spy leader Napoleon Solo.

Meanwhile, Juno Temple arrived to talk about her role as a mentally disturbed young woman in the upcoming film Magic Magic. She stars opposite Michael Cera, and mentions a wrenching confrontation as her favourite scene in the film, which was screened as part of the Director's Fortnight at Cannes.

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'Arrested Development' Spurs Illegal Download Flurry


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Arrested Development has spurred a development that could get people arrested. It’s also landed us the award for ‘most laboured pun’, which we’re pretty happy about. Despite the entire show being released on streaming service Netflix, the show has been illegally downloaded using the torrent method.

100,000 people either ignored the fact they could get a free one-month Netflix trial and watch the whole season cost free, or they simply didn’t know it. The fact that is was available in its entirety, on a streaming service, has meant less illegal downloads, though. Game of Thrones, for instance, showsn on HBO in America and Sky Atlantic in the U.K, reached millions of downloads, as did shows like The Walking Dead, Lost and Breaking Bad. Arrested Development has received a mixed reception since coming back from the dead. It was cancelled for low ratings, despite being one of the most popular shows of its generation. Seasons one, two and three were all highly rated, and developed a cult following, which lead to this long-awaited return. Perhaps the method of watching it, with many people binging on season 4, and the weight of expectation have dragged it down into mediocrity.

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Video - Michael Cera Admires Juno Temple's Stamina In Cannes Interview About 'Magic Magic'


'Arrested Development' star Michael Cera is interviewed at the Cannes Film Festival about his new movie 'Magic Magic' in which he plays a character called Brink. He talks about learning Spanish for the role and his admiration for co-star Juno Temple's physically exhausting scenes.

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Arrested Development – Back To Its Best?


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You’ve all probably binge-watched Arrested Development now, haven’t you; you consumer-obsessed bunch of popcorn eating, sleeping-bag-clad television addicts. But was it back to its best?

It’s not up to you, really. Sure you’ve watched it, but we have to let the experts decide whether something was good or not. The Telegraph – they’re experts, and they don’t think it’s back to the Arrested best. “Whether or not it was worth the wait depends largely on how tickled you are by the words ‘Steve Holt!’ or ‘motherboy’,” they write. “Embracing the impenetrably self-referential joke-within-joke formula that got it taken off the air in the first place, the new series makes no concessions whatsoever to new viewers.” The Hollywood Reporter were more impressed with the return of this cult classic. Not only is there a real brilliance to how the episodes are constructed,” they write, “but after a slow-ish start (as creator Mitch Hurwitz and his writers no doubt had to get their mojo back, but also because the structure is incredibly intricate and, at first glance, there seems to be a disjointed feeling to them), the comedic payout begins to multiply with each succeeding episode.”

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Michael Cera Didn't See Other Acts As Much As He'd Have Liked On New Arrested Development


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The cast of Arrested Development were in London town yesterday for the premiere of the eagerly awaited new season and Michael Cera stopped to talk to reporters on the red carpet to explain a little about how the series had been filmed and what we could expect from the 15 new episodes, which air on Netflix on May 26th.

“It does pick up where the last series ended off, then catches up to the present day and goes from there,” he told ITN news. Cera did say that it was a shame that he didn’t get to see more of the other actors during filming, commenting “It was so much fun. The thing is the way this season was structured, everyone was doing other jobs and everyone was out of town and everyone’s got an episode that belongs to their character, so there was less overlap with the other actors than the old show regretfully. But there were a few scenes where we got to be together and those were so surreal and overwhelming.”

He was coy on the prospects of a feature length Arrested Development film however, answering a question about it with “I don’t know the only time I hear about that is when people ask me about that … so yeah sure why not.”

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Can The New Arrested Development Really Live Up To The Hype?


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May 26, 2013. An important date for Arrested Development fans, as that’s the date when the new series of the show, starring Jason Bateman and Michael Cera shall be unleashed, exclusively on Netflix. The show’s producers have slowly been drip-feeding tiny bits of advance information through to avid fans of the show, including single-character advertising posters and a brief clip of Buster and Lucille doing what they do best (Lucille taking advantage of her youngest son, basically…)

Whilst the actual plot hasn’t really been given away, what we do know is that each of the 15 episodes is going to feature a different character and all 15 will be available to stream in their entirety, all on the same day. Prepare for an Arrested Development marathon, folks… Originally only ten episodes were ordered, though that was later upped to 15, with a focus on different members of the Bluth family and their associations (some characters will get more than one episode dedicated to them). A recent feature from Entertainment Weekly suggests that it will be rare to see all nine of the central characters together at the same time, though there is one scene in Lucille’s penthouse, which was recreated specifically for the new season.  

Whether or not this new experimental approach to Arrested Development will work and live up to the hype, of course, remains to be seen. There’s every possibility that series creator Mitch Hurwitz has totally lost the plot and we’re all going to be terribly disappointed come the end of May 

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Michael Cera - Netflix's Los Angeles Premiere of Season 4 of "Arrested Development" at TCL Chinese Theater. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 29th April 2013

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Rihanna Smacks Cera In Raunchy Comedy 'This Is The End' (Trailer)


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Rihanna smacks Cera - yes, Michael Cera - in Seth Rogen's raunchy new comedy 'This Is The End' and it's a real good smack. A new red band trailer for the movie was released earlier this week, which features the R&B superstar whacking the indie-actor and cursing at him after he makes a move at a party thrown by James Franco. Moments later, the celebrities are all faced with an apocalypse, which kind of makes things a whole lot more complicated.

You've probably come to realise that the movie is packed full of hip young actors and actresses, and the supporting cast list includes the likes of Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, Mindy Kaling, Danny McBride, Kevin Hart and, wait for it, Emma Watson. And they're all playing themselves. A pre-production rumor suggested Daniel Radcliffe would also form part of the cast, though it never came to fruition.

It's looking likely to be standard Rogen fare - he co-wrote the movie with his long-time friend Evan Goldberg, whom he wrote Superbad and Pineapple Express. Made on an modest budget of $25 million, it's likely that 'This Is The End' will be another success for the comedy-writing duo.

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The Bluths Are Back In Town! Nearly... Arrested Development Return Date Announced


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That’s it folks, the wait is over. The moment that we have all been weeping in tense anticipation for has finally arrived. Well, actually, it hasn’t arrived yet, but we know when it will arrive so that’s a huge weight off of everybody’s minds. In the absence of a drum roll, allow us to cut to the chase. The Bluth family are back. Netflix have finally announced the return of Arrested Development, starring Michael Cera and Jason Bateman. We all knew it was going to happen… sometime… and now we know when.

15 (count ‘em!) new episodes of the show have been commissioned by Netflix, the online streaming service and Cinemablend reports that they’re going to be launched into the big wide world on May 26, 2013, for all to see (well, all of you who pay your Netflix subscription, that is). That’s a whole episode more than we were originally promised, meaning that AD fans have even more reason to celebrate and look for excuses to be placed in a medically-induced coma between now and May 26.

The plotline for the new series has been kept well and truly hidden. Better hidden than George Bluth Sr. was in the loft all those weeks… What we do know, however, is that they have some seriously high calibre guest stars in the pipeline, including Kristen Wiig, Ben Stiller, Carl Weathers and Conan O’Brien. 

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Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera Launch YouTube Comedy ‘Jash’ At SXSW


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Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, SXSW, YouTube, Google… is this the hippest thing the comedy world has ever seen? If it isn’t, it’s got to be a close second, surely. The Hollywood Reporter have spoken to comedian Sarah Silverman about the new Google-funded YouTube comedy channel that she and comic actor Michael Cera have launched, named Jash. 

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“We each have pages within Jash and we each can curate those pages," Silverman told The Hollywood Reporter. "This is what we think is funny. It may not be your cup of tea, but there’s no testing involved, there’s no second-guessing of what a 14-year-old boy would like. It’s just a place to do stuff and fail or not fail.” The Pair are joined by Tim Heidecker, Reggie Watts and Eric Wareheim in their new venture, which launched at the annual South By South West arts and technology festival in Austin, Texas. 

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Michael Cera - Celebrities at the Sundance Film Festival Salt Lake City Utah United States Friday 18th January 2013

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Arrested Development Returns! 14 New Episodes In May, And A Movie On The Way?


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The cult comedy Arrested Development was cancelled 6 years ago on Fox, however after the cast reunited in 2011 at the New Yorker Festival, creator and writer Mitchell Hurwitz announced that he was going to write a fourth season of the comedy, to precede a film. Filming began for the fourth season last summer, and it is only now that Hurtwitz has begun to reveal a little about this new season.

Speaking to the Detroit Free Press, Hurwitz said: "The bigger story is the family has fallen apart at the start of our show. They all went their own way, without Michael holding them together, so they're left to their own devices, and they're not the most successful devices... Each individual [episode] kind of depicts what happens in 2006 as the Bluths fled from the law on the Queen Mary [an event which ended the third season]." 

As screen rant notes, judging by the recently released episode titles, it seems that each one will focus on a member of the family, with most characters having 2 episodes dedicated to them. 

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Michael Cera Los Angeles, California, United States Michael Cera goes shopping for canned tuna and tomatoes at Gelson's Supermarket Tuesday 8th January 2013

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Michael Cera and Tony Danza - Michael Cera and Tony Danza Los Angeles, California - are filmed eating frozen yogurt and visiting a comic book store in West Hollywood. Wednesday 12th January 2011

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Review


OK
So uber-hip that young audiences will adore it, this hyperactive film can't decide whether it's a comic book or a videogame. Sure, it's visually whizzy and often very funny, but filmmaker Wright loses the story in the scuffle.

In Toronto, Scott (Cera) is a 22-year-old geek in a rock band. His bandmates (Webber, Pill and Simmons), sister (Kendrick) and flatmate (Culkin) tease him for dating a teenager (Wong), but she's the band's biggest fan. Then he meets Ramona (Winstead), who is literally his dream girl, and to win her hand he has to defeat her seven evil exes in outlandish battles. These include an action movie star (Evans) and a top music promoter (Schwartzman). And one (Routh) is member of a band fronted by Scott's own evil ex (Larson).

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Michael Cera - Wednesday 18th August 2010 at Empire Leicester Square London, England

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Michael Cera and Bob Dylan Tuesday 17th August 2010 Michael Cera arriving back at his hotel, having spent the afternoon promoting her new movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Michael stopped off at a bookstore, and bought a copy of 'Chronicles Volume One' by Bob Dylan. London, England

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Michael Cera - Tuesday 27th July 2010 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre Hollywood, California

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Michael Cera and MTV - Sunday 6th June 2010 at Mtv Movie Awards Universal City, California

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World Trailer


From the director of Hot Fuzz and Shaun Of The Dead comes Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

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Youth In Revolt Review


Weak
Maybe this would work if you saw it before any other Michael Cera movies. Or any other quirky, over-written rom-coms. But after all that have gone before, this feels strangely awkward and unconvincing. And rather insufferably smug.

Nick Twisp (Cera) is a 16-year-old who feels out of sync with the world. He has a summer job in a caravan park, where he instantly falls in love with Sheeni (Doubleday), the fiercely protected daughter of religious nutcases (Walsh and Place). Sheeni is like a female version of him, only sexy and smarter, and he creates an imaginary alter ego named Francois Dillinger to give him the confidence to seduce her. But of course things go wrong from the start.

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Youth In Revolt Trailer


Nick Twisp is an average 16 year old boy, obsessed with the opposite sex yet he never has any luck finding a girl of his own. Whilst on holiday with his unpredictable parents Nick finds a new girl who he feels is right for him, Sheeni. Now the only thing standing in his way is the undeniable fact that, nice guys never get the girl.... there's also a another small problem Sheeni already has a boyfriend. 

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Paper Heart Review


Excellent
An ingenious blending of rom-com and doc, this charming film worms its way under our skin from the start, keeping us laughing as it explores love and relationships from a strikingly original angle.

Performance artist Charlyne Yi and her friend Nick (Johnson) decide to make a documentary examining why Charlyne doesn't believe she's capable of falling in love. Nick follows her around the country talking to people about relationships. And he also photographs her regular life, during which she meets the actor Michael Cera at a party and starts a tentative relationship. Nick is a bit overexcited by this turn of events, and starts pushing them to fall in love so his film will have a great finale.

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Paper Heart Trailer


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Michael Cera Wednesday 16th September 2009 out and about during the 2009 Toronto Film Festival Toronto, Canada

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Michael Cera Tuesday 15th September 2009 signs autographs during the 2009 Toronto Film Festival Toronto, Canada

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Year One Review


Weak
The filmmakers and cast find a few great laughs in this flimsy premise, but the whole film is so underdeveloped that it hardly seems to be up there on screen at all.

In a prehistoric woodland village, the goof-off Zed (Black) isn't a very good hunter, while the smart-but-shy Oh (Cera) isn't the best gatherer. After breaking the community's one rule, they're banished, heading off over the mountains. There they run into the biblical world, linking up with Cain (the hilariously slippery Cross), Abraham (Azaria) and Isaac (Mintz-Plasse) on the way to Sodom to rescue their enslaved semi-girlfriends (Raphael and Temple).

But a nasty soldier (Jones), scheming princess (Wilde) and flamboyant high priest (Platt) are in their way.

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Arrested Development: Season Two Review


Essential
Season Two is when Arrested Development transcended simply being television's funniest show and became its very best. Its humor became richer and its savage cultural references became slyer and nastier. If the brilliant comedy's first season was enough to forever classify Arrested as a perennial classic, then its second season established the show as one of the great, edgy arbiters of pop cultural significance. No subject was too sacred to be humorously eviscerated by Arrested Development writers, and no uncomfortable human characteristic too dark to be viciously lampooned by their ever-complicated story arcs.

Arrested Development was always an ingenious cross between crisp satire and loopy human cartoon, but season two hit a stride from the start; the season opener, "The One Where Michael Leaves," picks up exactly where the first season left off, and enriches the already-complicated plot with hysterical new wrinkles. Family patriarch George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor) has broken out of prison and escaped to Mexico, while well-adjusted middle son and our nobel hero Michael (Jason Batemen) has made a decision to break from the family entirely. As usual, he keeps getting sucked back in for a variety of reasons: with George Sr. on the lam, Michael must prove his innocence in connection with his father's shady business deal with Saddam Hussein (yes, it just keeps getting deeper), and he would also need money to post bail if he were unfairly arrested. But as complicated as Arrested can get, its themes always remain truly simple -- more than any other reason, Michael returns because his family needs him, and Michael himself has a need to be needed.

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Arrested Development: Season One Review


Essential
Arrested Development is the defining television comedy of the decade. Its influence can be traced through several of the more popular network comedies that debuted since its sad, premature cancellation, most specifically shows like The Office, My Name is Earl, and especially 30 Rock. Created by the now-cult comedy legend Mitch Hurwitz, the show completely redefined what a "sitcom" could and should be -- shot on a single handheld camera, written as a quasi-documentary with a deadpan narrator (a fabulously matter-of-fact Ron Howard), focusing on a family that is barely likable, and telling stories so ridiculous they strain credibility. Yet the show is oddly endearing -- these characters are so fully actualized and the writing so brilliant that every element of the show works seamlessly.

The series made such a mockery of the traditional, homogenized three-camera sitcom with cheap sets and canned laughter, to the point that very few of them even exist anymore. Most TV comedies now chase after the off-the-wall genius of Arrested Development, with its sly, easy-to-miss references to every aspect of current pop culture, and its uncanny knack for testing the devotion (and the memory banks) of its viewers with severely high-risk inside jokes. The show was a bold concept, a sharply radical turn from the ordinary, and the funniest damn program to appear on television before or since its three-season run.

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Michael Cera - Sunday 18th January 2009 at Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah

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Michael Cera - Friday 16th January 2009 at Sundance Film Festival Park City, Utah

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Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist Review


Good
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist is a high school fantasy for indie rock nerds.

Imagine if back when you were 17, instead of playing CDs in your bedroom and dreaming about getting up the nerve to talk to a girl or guy, you played bass in a punk band that performed gigs in New York City. After your show, you hopped around the Lower East Side with a cute girl who knew all your favorite I-liked-'em-first bands, and who could get you into any club in town. You and she and your buddies partied until dawn with nary a care for the consequences, the law, or your parents.

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Juno Review


Excellent
Ellen Page plays a quirky teenager in Jason Reitman's Juno but she does so in a way I've rarely witnessed before. She's not rebelling from medication like Natalie Portman in Garden State, nor is she just a normal, shy girl who is externally quirky like Tina Majorino in Napoleon Dynamite. Her peculiarities aren't her definition like Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club, and she's not flippantly cute and brazenly poetic like Zooey Deschanel in Paul Gordon Green's All the Real Girls. Page's Juno MacGuff certainly has hints of all these characters, but what we witness of her comes from somewhere far off-screen. Remarkably, the world we're watching doesn't revolve around her.

When this Argento-loving firecracker gets knocked up by Paulie Bleeker (the invaluable Michael Cera), her rhythms don't change much; a big cookie consumed simultaneously with a lamb kebob seems like something she'd eat even if her hormones weren't all akimbo. After chatting up an ex-pill popper/current pro-lifer, her attempts to procure an abortion are thwarted by the thought of her baby's tapping fingernails and the sterilized miasma of the clinic's waiting room. Hastily, she opts for an old-fashioned, at-birth adoption with no frills. Her parents, played lovingly by J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney, are concerned but surprisingly level-headed, even if they wished she had just gotten a DUI instead of getting knocked up.

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Michael Cera

Date of birth

7th June, 1978

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Actor

Sex

Male

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1.75


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