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9 Greatest Full-Episode TV Tributes to Movies

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As The Onion has pointed out, full-episode parodies of movies can be a sure sign that a TV show is running out of steam and ideas. And, historically, they're right. (See: Almost any '90s comedy series that ever did a Halloween episode homage to cheesy horror movies.)

But there are a select few shows that have consistently brought the goods when it comes to film satire, using movie plots as a springboard to create something special with their own characters instead of just covering for a lack of originality with 23 minutes of "Hey, look at us making references to this thing you loved!" Get More »

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'Engagement' Showcases Rise of NBC's Thursday Night Stars

Alison Brie and Chris Pratt in The Five-Year Engagement
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Is it a coincidence that NBC Universal's goofy and charming new rom-com "The Five-Year Engagement" is studded with actors from its Thursday-night lineup? Even "30 Rock" boss Jack Donaghy couldn't come up with a better plan.

Emily Blunt and Jason Segel are the stars, of course, as you can see from the ads featuring their enormous(ly lovely) faces on billboards, buses, and bus stops everywhere. Over the course of the movie's 124 minutes, viewers soon find themselves treated to appearances by some of the funniest young actors on the scene. Get More »

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The Claws Are Out With The Cast Of 'Community' as 'X-Men'

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Those waiting for NBC to announce the return of "Community" will have to hang tough while executives figure out when to air the remaining episodes and if the college-themed comedy will drop out of their primetime lineup.

In the meantime, the show's massive cult following can enjoy some new artwork by 27-year-old Israeli artist Aviv Or that depicts the entire cast as "X-Men" comics characters, courtesy of Buzzfeed.

That's Hawthorne (Chevy Chase) instead of Ian McKellan as Magneto, Winger (Joel McHale) lookin' buff as Cyclops with Perry (Gillian Jacobs) in full Phoenix regalia by his side. Storm, Nightcrawler, and Professor X are there, and Donald Glover can totally get over not being Spider-Man now that he's replaced Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Get More »

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Will Jake Gyllenhaal Get the 'Way, Way Back' Going?

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Sometimes, it takes a little star power to get your film back on track.

Jake Gyllenhaal might be shedding his action star image for "The Way, Way Back," a project written and directed by the guys behind the George Clooney family dramedy "The Descendants."

This original script focuses on a teenager and one transformative summer that helps him learn how to deal with his effed-up family, which includes a bully of a stepdad. Get More »

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Exclusive Q&A: Eric Christian Olsen Does His 'Thing'

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Eric Christian Olsen must be brave. In his decade-plus film career, he's donned the unflattering bowl cut of Lloyd in "Dumb and Dumberer," laid his unnaturally small nipples bare for ridicule on "Community" and now, in the new thriller "The Thing," he'll run screaming from a vicious, body-snatching alien.

All in a day's work.

We had a chance to talk to Olsen about the merit of remakes, watching friends and co-workers die grotesquely onscreen and, well, his nipples. Get More »

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TV Stars We Wanna See Become Movie Stars: Final Poll Results!

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After 10 days and nearly 350,000 votes, we can finally declare a winner of our TV Stars We Wanna See Become Movie Stars poll.

You really want to see "Supernatural" star Jared Padalecki become the next big thing to hit the silver screen. Really, alot. Which is especially cool since we landed an interview with the big winner so he could thank each and every one of you.

Padalecki, who has played demon hunter Sam Winchester on the hit CW series for the past six years, edged out second place finisher Yvonne Strahovski (super-spy Sarah Walker on NBC's "Chuck") for the title. The two combined to dominate the voting, between them earning over 91-percent of all votes cast. Get More »

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POLL: TV Stars We Wanna See Become Movie Stars

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In recent years, movie stars have begun migrating to television, taking over shows like "Damages" (Glenn Close), "Nikita" (Shane West and Maggie Q) and "CSI" (Lawrence Fishburne). Which is cool, but their absence means there's a gap in the movie world that someone needs to fill.

Well, turnabout is fair play.

Here's the deal: we've come up with a list of the 10 up-and-coming young television actors that we'd love to see become movie superstars. Your job is to review their qualifications and let us know via our amazing internet polling capabilities which of them you most want to see on the big screen. Get More »

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Exclusive Q&A: Alison Brie, Eliminating the Competition With Deadly Force

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As far as we're concerned, Alison Brie can do no wrong.

She has the small but pivotal role of Trudy Campbell on "Mad Men," arguably the best drama on TV, and she's among the primary cast of  "Community" on NBC, arguably the best sitcom to air in years -- unless you're among the NextMovie staff, where we accept no arguments. (It is. Case Closed.)

Now Brie appears in "Scream 4," the latest tongue-in-cheek slasher from horror auteur Wes Craven, playing "Scream" veteran Neve Campbell's greedy and overbearing publicist Rebecca.  As she tells NextMovie, "[Rebecca] is pretty cold, she's missing that sensitivity chip. She's not as wholesome a character as I usually play."

Read on for Brie's shocking "Scream 4" spoiler (we're pretty sure she's kidding... we think) and how she needs your help to achieve her next career goal. Get More »

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'Community' Effort Makes 'Avengers' of Troy and Abed

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The "Avengers" movie is still a year and a half away, but with the recent release of a new trailer for "Thor," interest in the Marvel mash-up has been piqued around the Internet, of late (as if the Internet needed any excuse to get buzzy about a comic book movie directed by Joss Whedon). The latest indication of the franchise's cache is a nifty illustration over at The Hollywood Reporter casting the characters from NBC's much-lauded comedy "Community" as Earth's mightiest super-team. Get More »

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