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Film, "The Five-Year Engagement": Trivial Fare Offers Flashes of Honesty

"The Five-Year Engagement": Trivial Fare Offers Flashes of Honesty

The Five-Year Engagement is as comfy and cute as the bunny costume Tom (Jason Segel, who co-scripted with director Nicholas Stoller) wears at the New Year's Eve party where he first meets Violet (Emily Blunt). The movie opens here in…
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Calendar, Night&Day Worthy of Lebowski

Worthy of Lebowski

It's obvious that Jason Segel has a face for comedy. He's got a lumpy, sad-sack mug with a dozen inflections to register disappointment, confusion, and self-doubt. But as the basement-dwelling hero in Jay and Mark Duplass's new quest movie, Segel…
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Film, "Jeff, Who Lives at Home": Endearingly Illustrates Man-Child

"Jeff, Who Lives at Home": Endearingly Illustrates Man-Child

It's obvious that Jason Segel has a face for comedy. He's got a lumpy, sad-sack mug with a dozen inflections to register disappointment, confusion, and self-doubt. But as the basement-dwelling hero in Jay and Mark Duplass' new quest movie, Segel…
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Film, "The Muppets": Reboot Can't Quite Get Its Act Together

"The Muppets": Reboot Can't Quite Get Its Act Together

Desperately trying to appeal to not just the Gen-Xers who grew up with Kermit, but also the tykes who've never heard of Jim Henson, The Muppets has none of the easy confidence of the original TV show or movie. The…
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Film, "Bad Teacher": Unfunny Comedy Shows Women Can Be Terrible, Too

"Bad Teacher": Unfunny Comedy Shows Women Can Be Terrible, Too

From Tad Friend's New Yorker profile of Anna Faris (which Jezebel.com reblogged under the headline "Hollywood Insiders Admit Hollywood Hates Women") to the glass-ceiling-shattering pressure assigned to Bridesmaids (which has thus far outgrossed every previous Judd Apatow project since Knocked…
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Calendar, Night&Day Riff Riffs

Riff Riffs

As Sketchfest proves every year, stand-up comedians can do a lot more in a live setting than just rattle off a bunch of jokes. Events like Celebrity Autobiography, the Shit Show, and Game Show Explosion! have found comedians making the…
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Music, All Shook Down Last Night: Jason Segel, Fred Willard, Rachel Dratch, More at Sketchfest

Last Night: Jason Segel, Fred Willard, Rachel Dratch, More at Sketchfest

Celebrity Autobiography w/ Rachel Dratch, Laura Kightlinger, Laraine Newman, Steve Schirripa, Jason Segel, Fred Willard, Dayle Reyfel and Eugene Pack SF Sketchfest Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 Cobb's Comedy Club Better than: Reading Suzanne Somers' poetry alone. One of the great…
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Film, Eternal Flame

Eternal Flame

Just as we thought the "bromantic comedy" had overstayed its welcome, the genre reaches its high point with I Love You, Man. The subtext is finally the text — it's right there in the title. The movie delivers an absolutely…
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Film, Sad Sack Extraordinaire

Sad Sack Extraordinaire

Jason Segel is responsible for two of the most cringe-inducing, hands-in-front-of-your-face moments in the recent history of television, both of which occurred during the sole season of NBC's Freaks and Geeks, on which Segel played bright-eyed burnout Nick Andopolis. On…
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Music, All Shook Down Apatow Underlings to Create New Muppets Movie

Apatow Underlings to Create New Muppets Movie

In further proof that Judd Apatow's extended crew runs shit like they're the Wu-Tang of Hollywood, Disney has enlisted writer/actor Jason Segel and director Nick Stoller to helm the next Muppets movie. Segel and Stoller wrote and directed the…
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