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Music, All Shook Down 5 Music Videos With Hilarious Comedian Cameos

5 Music Videos With Hilarious Comedian Cameos

Ever since Paul Simon put Chevy Chase in the simple (but now-classic) video for 1987's "You Can Call Me Al," and Bobby McFerrin followed suit the following year by bringing Robin Williams into the clip for "Don't Worry, Be Happy", musicians…
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Film, "Prince Avalanche": Two Guys Paint a Road, and Paul Rudd Has a Mustache

"Prince Avalanche": Two Guys Paint a Road, and Paul Rudd Has a Mustache

Prince Avalanche There are neither princes nor avalanches in David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche, but there are miles and miles of burnt forest through which uptight, self-styled woodsman Alvin (Paul Rudd) and his girlfriend's boorish younger brother Lance (Emile Hirsch)…
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Film, "Admission": Tina Fey Breaks Even

"Admission": Tina Fey Breaks Even

Future sociologists researching early 21st-century cultural anxieties surrounding adoption and surrogacy will probably find a lot to work with in Tina Fey's oeuvre, particularly the 2008 feature Baby Mama and the final season of 30 Rock, and now in director…
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Film, "This Is 40": Long, Aimless, and Worth It

"This Is 40": Long, Aimless, and Worth It

Sadly, country songwriters stand as nearly the only entertainers in our popular culture who craft memorable art on the subject of marriage, the state in which just less than half of Americans spend the majority of their lives. A few…
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Film, "Wanderlust": Hollywood Menagerie Keeps Film Fresh

"Wanderlust": Hollywood Menagerie Keeps Film Fresh

"There's no one way to live our lives," hopes the displaced, adrift couple at the center of Wanderlust. Shopping between the prefab identity options available to them—stressed urban professionalism; suburban McMansion soul death; rural counterculture—George and Linda (Paul Rudd and…
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Film, "Dinner for Schmucks": Mental disability as comedy

"Dinner for Schmucks": Mental disability as comedy

In Steve Carell's first few episodes of the American version of The Office, his character, Michael Scott, hewed closely to the template created by the series' British mastermind, Ricky Gervais. Scott, like David Brent before him, was cruel and obtuse,…
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Film, Paul Rudd on "Dinner for Schmucks" and playing himself

Paul Rudd on "Dinner for Schmucks" and playing himself

When last I saw Paul Rudd, in person, it was March 2009 in the lobby of the Four Seasons in Austin. It was 3 in the morning, hours after I Love You, Man had its premiere at the South by…
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Culture, Bookcap

April Book Events: Mark Rudd, Cori Crooks, Chris Carlsson, and more

Wednesday, April 22 Before you embarrass yourself, here are some clarifications. Mark Rudd is an antiwar activist, and no known relation to bromantic comedy actor Paul Rudd. SDS is the abbreviation for Students for a Democratic Society, an American activist…
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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, Big Daddies

Big Daddies

Paul Rudd wears the constant look of glazed-eye amusement; everything seems to tickle him, even that which annoys or frustrates or disappoints him. He's frat-boy handsome and therefore almost anonymous when he stands in a movie-star lineup; in Neil LaBute's…
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Film, It's a ... Hit!

It's a ... Hit!

A few friends of mine who've adored Judd Apatow's Knocked Up at early screenings have nonetheless voiced a similar complaint: There's no way pin-up-pretty Katherine Heigl would end up with soaked-in-bongwater Seth Rogen, not even while drunk on a gallon…
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