Kristen Wiig and Annette Bening may not be the most likely on-screen combo, but the two team up for comedic spills in the indie flick Girl Most Likely. The film, originally titled Imogene, screened at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival before getting picked up by Lionsgate for distribution.

Wiig stars as a playwright who stages a suicide in an attempt to win back her ex, only to wind up in the custody of her gambling-addict mother (Bening). The film co-stars Matt Dillon and Natasha Lyonne and is set for a limited run this July. No word as of yet whether the film will see release in Australia.

 

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12 years after the release of Monsters Inc., the film’s much anticipated follow-up (a prequel in this case) is set to hit cinemas later this year. Monsters University sets the audience back before Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sully (John Goodman) become professional scarers to the time they first met; at Monsters University. Pixar hijinks ensue.

The original was a box office smash, earning in excess of $550million, and time will tell if this fun-looking prequel has the fur and the scare to do the same. Monsters University is set for release June 21st.

 

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Roger Ebert: 1942 – 2013

Long time film critic Roger Ebert has passed away after a decade long battle with cancer.

The man known for his incredible 46-year career with the Chicago Sun-Times had been battling cancer of the thyroid and salivary glands, and faced a recurrence of cancer after a recent hip fracture. The long serving film critic had lost his lower jaw in 2006, losing his ability to speak and eat. Yet even under tough circumstances, Ebert continued to write his much loved movie reviews for the Sun-Times.

Known for his movie-critiquing partnership with Gene Siskel until Siskel’s death in 1999, Ebert continued on with At The Movies with Richard Roeper until 2008. Ebert was also the first film critic to receive a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.

Tributes have been flowing in from around the world of film, but perhaps, the best and most simple came from Steve Martin:

 

 

Roger Ebert was 70 years old.

 

ROGER EBERT

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