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Music, All Shook Down John C. Reilly to Perform with Lavender Diamond at the Chapel

John C. Reilly to Perform with Lavender Diamond at the Chapel

So Lavender Diamond, the musical vehicle of L.A.'s nectar-voiced Becky Stark, is playing at new Mission venue the Chapel tomorrow night (Tuesday, Dec. 11). The bill also includes local folk singer Jessica Pratt, whom we've been writing a bit about…
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Film, "Wreck-It Ralph": Are We at the Movies or an Arcade?

"Wreck-It Ralph": Are We at the Movies or an Arcade?

It's hard out there for a videogame villain: always being attacked, never given the benefit of the doubt, and forever pigeonholed into a role no one wants to see you escape. Such is the fate of Wreck-It Ralph (John C.…
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Film, "Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie": Apocalypse of the Id

"Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie": Apocalypse of the Id

The Turin Horse not excepted, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, a comedy, is the most startlingly apocalyptic film of the year. As in their Adult Swim Awesome Show, the abiding aesthetic is free-associative channel-surfing, owing something to the public-access…
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Film, "Cedar Rapids": An Innocent Insurance Salesman Cuts Loose

"Cedar Rapids": An Innocent Insurance Salesman Cuts Loose

Fresh from Sundance, Miguel Arteta's amiable Cedar Rapids is a mild comedy of embarrassment, set in the dark heart of Middle America and starring sitcom secondario Ed Helms (The Office's obnoxious angry salesman Andy Bernard) as Tim Lippe, a prematurely…
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Film, Cyrus

Cyrus

In Cyrus, a freakishly engrossing black comedy about excessively mothered men and the women who enable them, the excellent John C. Reilly plays John, a middle-aged editor who lives like a stalled graduate student in his cluttered Los Angeles cottage.…
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Film, <i>Cirque du Freak</i> tries to get in on the vampire trend and fails

Cirque du Freak tries to get in on the vampire trend and fails

Like the ominous fingernail moon early on in Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant, the bloodsucker trend is again in a waxing phase thanks to the mass cult followings of the Twilight saga and HBO's True Blood. However, the only…
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Film, Men Will Be Boys

Men Will Be Boys

I haven't seen much at the movies in the past two years that has given me as much unbridled comic pleasure as the sight of Will Ferrell as the win-at-any-cost NASCAR driver Ricky Bobby, calling on Jesus, Tom Cruise, and…
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Film, Supermarket Sweep

Supermarket Sweep

The screenwriter Steven Conrad writes movies about success and self-fulfillment in America — how we define it, the price we pay for it, and what it looks like depending on where you're standing. In Conrad's The Weather Man, the central…
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Music, Let's Get Killed <i>Walk Hard</i>: The first biopic to address bad tripping with the Beatles and slicing your sibling in half

Walk Hard: The first biopic to address bad tripping with the Beatles and slicing your sibling in half

This has been the year of the high-concept music movie. The last quarter of 2007 alone gave us a mixed bag of Ian Curtis' photogenic emotional crash (Anton Corbijn's Control), Kurt Cobain's audio musings over visuals of the Northwest (A.J.…
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Film, Hock the Line

Hock the Line

As an actor, John C. Reilly is the opposite of Mr. Cellophane. He doesn't disappear into a role, roles disappear onto him — the unlikely porn sidekick of Boogie Nights, the inadequately adequate family man of The Hours, the cutup…
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Culture, Stage A <i>Moon </i>for the Miscast

A Moon for the Miscast

Director Edward Hall's new production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire recently opened at New York's Roundabout Theater Co. with Natasha Richardson in the role of Southern basket case -- sorry, belle -- Blanche DuBois and John C. Reilly…
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Film, Crooked as They Come

Crooked as They Come

The most crucial piece of equipment in Hollywood is obviously not the movie camera. It's not the casting couch, either, nor the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud or the personal trainer. It's the Xerox machine -- which was preceded by carbon paper.…
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