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January 22, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Jonah Hill and Taran Killam shots a series of promos for Hill's thrid hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live," but the best part of the video is unscripted. The "Wolf of Wall Street" costar pretends to sign Killam's tongue, but actually gets him with some of the ink. The other promo bits deal with Hill's three-peat as host and all the F-word usage in "Wolf," which has earned Hill a second Oscar nomination. Which is your favorite promo? The episode, with musical guest Bastille, airs at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 25 on NBC. Want more?
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April 13, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Zac Efron promised to strip off his shirt if he won the Best Shirtless Performance award at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, and Rita Ora made sure he followed through. "I don't know what to say," Efron told the crowd after his seriously impressive six-pack ran away with the award for his shirtless scenes in "That Awkward Moment. " British singer Ora ripped open his shirt and Efron, at first shy about flashing the audience, took it all the way off and flexed. The crowd at the Nokia Theater in L.A. went wild.
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March 12, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
“I'm too old for this [bleep],” says Jonah Hill. “Welcome to Earth, mother[bleep]er!,” says Channing Tatum. The “21 Jump Street” stars aren't being aggressive; they're just spouting classic action catchphrases (from “Lethal Weapon” and “Independence Day,” respectively). In their new action-comedy loosely inspired by the '80s Johnny Depp TV show, Hill coins a new one: “Let's make a baby.” Hill, who co-conceived the story with “Project X” writer Michael Bacall as “'Bad Boys' meets a John Huges movie,” stars as Schmidt, a young cop who...
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February 27, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
That "whoosh" you heard Sunday night during the Academy Awards telecast was me breathing a sigh of relief. Good judgment prevailed and "12 Years a Slave" deservedly won the Best Picture Oscar over a lousy script hidden behind amazing visuals ("Gravity") and a lousy script hidden behind amazing female performances ("American Hustle"). Somewhat similar to when "The Hurt Locker" conquered "Avatar," Academy voters seem to have taken a moment to think things over and voted with more than just their eyes.
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December 8, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) With “The Sitter,” director David Gordon Green (“Your Highness”) has delivered his second mediocre comedy of 2011, this time without the use of a Minotaur penis. As R-rated bad taste once again stands in for cleverness, pre-weight loss Jonah Hill stars as a smug, lazy jerk who ping-pongs between being a nice, confident guy and the kind of idiotic doormat who would endanger three children to buy cocaine for his almost-girlfriend (Ari Graynor, overdue for better jobs)
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October 1, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
 Well, that should bring the Oscars some younger eyes. “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Oscars on Feb. 24, thewrap.com reported Monday. MacFarlane also wrote, directed and voiced the title character of one of the year's big hits “Ted” and proved himself a relatively good sport while hosting “Saturday Night Live” in September. The best thing about this choice is that MacFarlane's actually a performer, comfortable in this setting. He hosted last year's roast of Charlie Sheen and knows how to work a crowd (as both a comic...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Zac Efron promised to strip off his shirt if he won the Best Shirtless Performance award at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, and Rita Ora made sure he followed through. "I don't know what to say," Efron told the crowd after his seriously impressive six-pack ran away with the award for his shirtless scenes in "That Awkward Moment. " British singer Ora ripped open his shirt and Efron, at first shy about flashing the audience, took it all the way off and flexed. The crowd at the Nokia Theater in L.A. went wild.
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March 15, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) Part action movie spoof, part coming-of-age comedy and mostly hilarious, “21 Jump Street” gives the genre of “unexpected remakes of not especially significant '80s TV shows” a good name. The cop drama that helped turn Johnny Depp into a heartthrob returns as a lightweight buddy movie, in which Channing Tatum's Jenko is the street smart partner to Jonah Hill's book smart Schmidt. Those specialties don't get them very far when the young cops return to high school and accidentally mix up...
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July 26, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) A movie called “The Watch” couldn't have worse timing. Just because 20th Century Fox changed the film's title from “Neighborhood Watch” to “The Watch” doesn't mean the comedy about an (eventually) gun-toting neighborhood watch group plays any better a few months after the death of Trayvon Martin. Unsettling at any time, especially one week after the tragedy in Aurora, Colo., is the image of a supposedly friendly young man (played by Jonah Hill)
SPORTS
June 20, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
OK, enough with the overtime games. I've complained about this to no end, but now I really mean it. I've aged, like, five years in the past week. And please, I wasn't young to begin with. I went from, you know, a touch of salt and pepper, to something a bit closer to … Bob Barker. OK, looks aside, my biggest problem is of course Game 4. It's one thing to get beat by a physical team, to lose against Tuukka Rask. It's quite another to lose because of two goals by Patrice Bergeron.
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January 22, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
Jonah Hill and Taran Killam shots a series of promos for Hill's thrid hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live," but the best part of the video is unscripted. The "Wolf of Wall Street" costar pretends to sign Killam's tongue, but actually gets him with some of the ink. The other promo bits deal with Hill's three-peat as host and all the F-word usage in "Wolf," which has earned Hill a second Oscar nomination. Which is your favorite promo? The episode, with musical guest Bastille, airs at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 25 on NBC. Want more?
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December 24, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) A truer American hustle, Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street" bests David O. Russell's "American Hustle" in an important department: "Wolf" zeroes in on greed and need and says in vivid, convincing fashion, "Baby, the hungrier you are, the easier it is for me to feed you crap. " No, that's not a quote from the movie. Like "Hustle," the three-hour "Wolf" features a great deal of voiceover and a main character who sees no fault in conning people.
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August 15, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) No, “Jobs” doesn't reach the heights of “The Social Network.” Few movies do. Yet this biopic delivers a powerful lesson via an OK movie: That people can change the world if they don't let others stand in their way. “Jobs” traces Apple founder Steve Jobs' (Ashton Kutcher) life from his college-aged days as an ambitious, brilliant dropout to the late-'90s era when he returned to the company that previously forced him out. At first, the casting seems questionable; Kutcher's good looks don't exactly scream “socially...
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August 12, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
In "Prince Avalanche," an artsy loner (Paul Rudd) and an immature doofus (Emile Hirsch) work together to repair roads in the middle of nowhere. Adapted from an Icelandic film, it's a slow and funny drama that director David Gordon Green says splits the difference between his quieter work ("George Washington," "All the Real Girls," "Snow Angels") and more crass studio comedies ("Pineapple Express," "Your Highness," "The Sitter").  At the James Hotel, the 38-year-old filmmaker - who recently completed directing...
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June 27, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) A by-the-book FBI agent. An all-over-the-place cop. Imagine the sparks that will fly if they become partners! Actually, you don't have to imagine. You've seen this dynamic in practically every buddy cop movie ever, just not with women as the buddies. The parts land square in the comfort zones for Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, who annoy each other and me in “The Heat,” which should have considered inverting the roles and allowing the actresses to play against type a la Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in “21 Jump...
SPORTS
June 20, 2013 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
OK, enough with the overtime games. I've complained about this to no end, but now I really mean it. I've aged, like, five years in the past week. And please, I wasn't young to begin with. I went from, you know, a touch of salt and pepper, to something a bit closer to … Bob Barker. OK, looks aside, my biggest problem is of course Game 4. It's one thing to get beat by a physical team, to lose against Tuukka Rask. It's quite another to lose because of two goals by Patrice Bergeron.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) No, “Jobs” doesn't reach the heights of “The Social Network.” Few movies do. Yet this biopic delivers a powerful lesson via an OK movie: That people can change the world if they don't let others stand in their way. “Jobs” traces Apple founder Steve Jobs' (Ashton Kutcher) life from his college-aged days as an ambitious, brilliant dropout to the late-'90s era when he returned to the company that previously forced him out. At first, the casting seems questionable; Kutcher's good looks don't exactly scream “socially awkward computer whiz,” and when Jobs...
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
That "whoosh" you heard Sunday night during the Academy Awards telecast was me breathing a sigh of relief. Good judgment prevailed and "12 Years a Slave" deservedly won the Best Picture Oscar over a lousy script hidden behind amazing visuals ("Gravity") and a lousy script hidden behind amazing female performances ("American Hustle"). Somewhat similar to when "The Hurt Locker" conquered "Avatar," Academy voters seem to have taken a moment to think things over and voted with more than just their eyes.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
 Well, that should bring the Oscars some younger eyes. “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Oscars on Feb. 24, thewrap.com reported Monday. MacFarlane also wrote, directed and voiced the title character of one of the year's big hits “Ted” and proved himself a relatively good sport while hosting “Saturday Night Live” in September. The best thing about this choice is that MacFarlane's actually a performer, comfortable in this setting. He hosted last year's roast of Charlie Sheen and knows how to work a crowd (as both a comic and a singer)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) A movie called “The Watch” couldn't have worse timing. Just because 20th Century Fox changed the film's title from “Neighborhood Watch” to “The Watch” doesn't mean the comedy about an (eventually) gun-toting neighborhood watch group plays any better a few months after the death of Trayvon Martin. Unsettling at any time, especially one week after the tragedy in Aurora, Colo., is the image of a supposedly friendly young man (played by Jonah Hill)
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