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Will Ferrell is the ‘Muhammad Ali of Improv’

Will FerrellWill Ferrell is the "Muhammad Ali of improv."

The comedian stars in Matt Piedmont's Casa de mi Padre, a Spanish language Mexican telenovela, and although the motion picture was a huge challenge for Will, the director says he rose to the occasion beautifully.

"For Will it was surely a Heart of Darkness in that he pulled off something almost impossible that surely caused him night sweats: having to act in a very specific Northern Mexican accent in a language he does not speak. He is the Muhammad Ali of improv and we tied one hand behind his back and threw him to the lions covered in barbeque sauce. For me it was pure joy and a grand psychedelic trip down a crazy rabbit hole, like being strapped to a rocket ship of love made of liquid lightning."

Will stars as the brother who must save his family's ranch from an evil, cigarette-smoking drug lord (Gael Garcia Bernal), and rescue his brother (Diego Luna) from a life of crime and Matt revealed he was delighted his feature film directorial debut was an R rated Spanish language satire.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: August 25, 2009

DescriptionHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Adventureland: DVD, Blu-ray
  • American Son: DVD
  • Children of the Corn: Blu-ray
  • Duplicity: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fighting: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Goodbye Solo: DVD
  • The Informers: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Last Days of Disco: DVD
  • Rudo y Cursi: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Sunshine Cleaning: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Trouble the Water: DVD

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Diego Luna Prepares for Directorial Debut

Diego Luna moves behind the camera in his next projectMilk actor Diego Luna is set to make his directorial debut with Abel.

The family drama will be produced by Canana Films (company Luna started with best friend and fellow thespian Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal) and co-produced by John Malkovich‘s Mr. Mudd production company.

Luna’s Just Walking co-star Jose Maria Yazpik is set to star in the film, which is told from a child’s perspective.

No word yet on a release date.

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In Theaters This Weekend: May 8, 2009

Star Trek

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

  • Next Day Air (R): starring Donald Faison, Mike Epps, Wood Harris (directed by Benny Boom)
  • Star Trek (PG-13): starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana (directed by J.J. Abrams)
  • Adoration* (R): starring Rachel Blanchard, Scott Speedman, Katie Boland (directed by Atom Egoyan)
  • Julia* (R): starring Tilda Swinton, Ezra Buzzington, Kate Del Castillo (directed by Erick Zonca)

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Preview Sean Penn in the Trailer for Milk

Last month, we told you about Milk, a biopic about the first openly gay man elected into a public office.

Now we’re getting our first chance to see as Harvey Milk in this feature from Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting).

Based on those 2.5 minutes, I’m going to make an early prediction and utter the words “Oscar nomination” for Penn.

- also starring Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco and Emile Hirsch - opens this November 28.

In Theaters This Weekend (5/2)

Made of Honor

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend: