There's a lot more to Josh Radnor than "How I Met Your Mother." Best known for playing Ted Mosby on the hit CBS sitcom -- which is heading into its eighth season -- Radnor has done quite a good job of stepping away from the series in recent years. In addition to signing a book deal with Simon & Schuster in January, Radnor wrote, directed and starred in two well-received Sundance films: "happythankyoumoreplease" and "Liberal Arts."
"The regularity of the show is rare to have as an actor," Radnor told HuffPost Entertainment. "It's certainly as good and pleasant of a day job as you could hope to have. Now that I'm doing this other stuff, however, it feels like the show and the other creative things in my life are more in balance."
Out on Sept. 14 in limited release, "Liberal Arts" stars Radnor as Jesse, a college admissions worker at a crossroads in his life. When his second-favorite professor (played by Richard Jenkins) retires, Jesse heads back to his college and embarks on a relationship with Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen), a student at the school.
Radnor and Olsen sat down with HuffPost Entertainment to discuss the new film, why being nice is such a rarity in 2012, and which movies are best to watch on an airplane.
You guys have a pretty nice meet-cute in the film. How did you meet in real life?
Josh Radnor: I got 45 pages [of the script] to my agent and she happened to be Lizzie's agent.
Elizabeth Olsen: I just started working with her, and ... you tell the story. It happened to you.
Radnor: She just declared, "I have your Zibby: Elizabeth Olsen." I think they were just cutting "Martha Marcy May Marlene."
Olsen: I had just started working. I was snuck a script early on.
Radnor: I said [to my agent], "You didn't give her the script?" She said, "No, no, I didn't give her the script."
Olsen: I expressed interest in it, but at the same time she was trying to play it really cool for me. Because she didn't want to shove anything onto him. She wanted him to think he was making the choices.
Radnor: She tricked me.
Olsen: We ended up sitting down for an hour and a half and read through the whole script.
Radnor: We actually met for coffee earlier. We met in November, and I read with you after Sundance. Because I remember saying, "What's it like to be the It-Girl?"
Olsen: How many times have I had to answer that question this year? I was like, "Really?"
Radnor: When are you not going to be "it"?
Olsen: I don't know.
Radnor: Maybe it's tag. You just have to find another ingenue and tag them.
Lizzie, after you read the script, what made you want to sign on?
Olsen: I loved the way Josh writes. There is a style to it and it's intelligent and funny, but it's honest. I just did three psychological thrillers back-to-back-to-back. I was really tired of that because that was further away from me. I thought Zibby was someone completely relatable to my life. I just always wanted to rush things, grow up sooner, couldn't understand why someone older couldn't make a change. There's something really honest and great about her. Also, I wanted to say those words really badly. The words on the page were so much fun to say out loud. That's a really simple thing to say about wanting to do a script, but I feel like that rarely happens.
"Liberal Arts" is a very earnest movie, which makes almost makes it an outlier compared to what's produced nowadays. Why do you think that is?
Radnor: I think the word "earnest" kind of has a negative connotation on some level. I think one of the things that's happened is that being cynical is somehow conflated with being sophisticated. I think that's problematic, to say the least. I don't think evil people or negative people are inherently interesting all the time. People who are good people getting better at being themselves -- to me, that's something that's really interesting to watch. I went to college with really good people and had really excellent teachers and met some fascinating folks and I think those people are worthy of our attention. They're going through something. As they say, "Everyone's fighting a great battle." I think just attacking something with great sincerity feels kind of brave in this day and age, but I feel like that's what I want to do.
Olsen: I also feel there has been a draw in the last five years to tell a story about "the little man" -- someone quirky and awkward who doesn't fit in. I think to be able to tell a story that's universal hits home more than "the little man." Like, "I'm so quirky! I'm awkward, but it's funny because it's weird!" That's the story being told.
Radnor: There are certain films that studios used to make in the '70s and '80s that they've abandoned. They are films that I care about. I'm interested in real people going through things that feel vital and feel of their time. I want the film to have a timeless quality to it. When I go to movies and I love the movie, it's because it feels like it articulated something about how we're living now, and also gives me some insight into my own life. I feel actually altered after having seen it.
You bring up this chasm between art and commerce in the film by discussing the Twilight books...
Radnor: It's called a vampire novel. We're not sure what it is [laughs].
Right. You don't actually mention Twilight in the film or David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, which plays a prominent role. Is that another way to keep the film timeless, so when there's another trilogy of vampire books in fifty years, "Liberal Arts" can still resonate?
Radnor: We mentioned Wordsworth, Keats, Blake, Beethoven, Wagner. These are the public domain names that are already canonized. With the modern books, in the same way that I don't name the college, I wanted it to be everyone's college. If I say, "This is my favorite book," I want you to bring your favorite book to it. The minute you start naming things, peoples' opinion makers click on and they say, "I didn't like that book!" and they fold their arms and you've lost them for the whole movie. So I decided to keep that a little more general. And I have a little fun with that when it comes to the vampire book, because it rewards everyone knowing what book you're talking about.
In the film, your characters disagree about whether something successful like "Twilight" has value to the reader or viewer. How do you feel about popular entertainment?
Radnor: I'm of the opinion, especially for young people, that given the landscape of entertainment options -- they can have their faces buried in all those machines -- I think there's something kind of sweet and touching about someone who's sitting there with a book. With bound pages with writing on them. Whether that's Harry Potter or Twilight. I used to read a ton of Stephen King when I was a kid -- which is funny, because I really hate horror movies -- but I used to tear through those. I found my way to all sorts of other literature because I got the experience of being told a story through a book. I think it's OK to read for pleasure, but I was interested in this debate: What's the purpose of reading? Is it to nourish us or entertain us. For me, the very best books are the ones that do both of those things at the same time.
Olsen: I think anyone can do whatever they want. I would never pass judgment on anyone for getting enjoyment out of anything they read or watch, but I like reading for nourishment.
What about films?
Olsen: I see everything. I'll be the first one at the worst reviewed romantic comedy. I love it all.
Radnor: There's a difference between what you're going to see opening weekend versus what you're going to watch on an airplane. I think there's something to be said for a great airplane movie.
Olsen: "What's Your Number?" Great airplane movie.
Oh, that's a great cable movie, too. It has been on HBO for weeks.
Radnor: Some movies don't play well in the theater, but have this fantastically long life on television. It depends where you're seeing it on some level. What the altitude is.
Josh, what did you learn on "happythankyoumoreplease" that helped with making "Liberal Arts"?
Radnor: The first one was such beautiful, naive experiment on my part. I surrounded myself with amazing people who really had done this a lot, so I was being educated as I went. It just took me a while, but then I was up and running, like, "Oh, I get this." After the first movie, what I realized about shooting a movie is that you're trying to gather as much raw material as you can, so you can get in the editing room and play. I realized on some level what I was doing when we were shooting, so I would have the film more in my head. How it was going to cut together. So, A) you don't have to waste time; you can just shoot what you need. But also you can just shoot. For instance, the opening sequence with the quick shots of Jesse. We had shot a scene of him interviewing a girl -- it was a fully written scene with a really lovely actress who did it. But it somehow wasn't playing -- we couldn't get the opening right. I had this idea: I said to the costume designer, "Bring me a bunch of shirts and different ties and we'll just shoot me improvising these scenes." I had it as a back-up; I thought maybe it'll be funny. We ended up opening the movie with it.
Lizzie, what was Josh like as a director?
Olsen: I think it's impossible, first off, to direct a movie. I can't imagine having written what you directed, having to be so close to the material, and then being the lead of a film. I feel like that's too many hats for one person. But he was so incredibly organized and prepared that you never felt like there wasn't someone steering the ship. It's really hard to be on a set when someone isn't a captain. It's really difficult and frustrating. Even if we did butt heads at times.
Radnor: Very few times.
Olsen: Very few, but even if you do, at least there's someone who cares enough to say something against you.
Radnor: And something good always comes out of that.
Olsen: I always think it's good to have a conversation about two different opinions. Always having multiple opinions is a good thing, because then you can have a conversation and learn something from the conversation. The scary thing is when people don't have an opinion or don't know what they're doing. He was always specific and always knew exactly what he needed in order to get the day.
After watching Josh, would you ever want to direct yourself?
Olsen: No. I like being part of projects from the beginning. I like putting people together. I like putting a team together that works well together. I like talking to writers about rewrites, from my character point of view. But directing a movie, I would have no idea how you do that. I could direct a scene in scene study class for theater.
Radnor: Check in a few years. Let's see if you're prepping a film.
Olsen: I would like to produce. In a way of putting something together; creating a project with a group. I would never trust myself with a movie and other peoples' money. Are you kidding me? It's so much pressure. I think it's scary.
Is it very difficult to direct yourself?
Radnor: It is. But I surrounded myself with a great team of people who function as these external eyeballs. Jesse Hara, he's a dear friend -- we grew up together -- and he's my producer now. He really has a sense of what I'm going for. He had to encourage me to not undershoot myself. I actually read this interview with Ben Affleck. He called Warren Beatty and Robert Redford and different people who directed themselves and said, "What's your one bit of advice?" And they said, "Make sure you get enough coverage on yourself." Because you start looking at the clock, and you've given everyone else a lot of takes, and it's time for you and you say, "OK, two or three takes, let's go. Let's move on." They reminded me, "Give yourself enough time." My director of photography, Seamus Tierney, who I've worked with twice, has a really great eye. Every once in a while, I think we'd be moving on and he'd say, "You might want to do another one." I would trust that. You get different eyes on it. The script supervisor was terrific on this. You figure out who you can ask opinions from.
'Bachelorette' (Sept. 7)
Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher star as the three worst bridesmaids this side of Kristen Wiig in "Bachelorette." Based on the stage play by director and writer Leslye Headland, the hilarious film debuted on video on demand and iTunes in early August and earned nearly $500,000 during its first weekend.
'The Words' (Sept. 7)
The Fareed Zakaria story? "The Words" stars Bradley Cooper as an author who stole the work of another man (Jeremy Irons). Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid and Ben Barnes co-star in the CBS Films release.
'Finding Nemo 3D' (Sept. 14)
Find Nemo again, this time in three dimensions.
'Resident Evil: Retribution' (Sept. 14)
The fifth (!) "Resident Evil" film has the tagline "Evil Goes Global." OK, then. Milla Jovovich once again stars, while Michelle Rodriguez returns to the franchise for the first time since the original "Resident Evil" in 2002.
'Liberal Arts' (Sept. 14)
If you believe the strong reviews "Liberal Arts" received after it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, Josh Radnor's second film is a major leap from the "How I Met Your Mother" star's directorial debut, "happythankyoumoreplease." In "Liberal Arts," Radnor stars as a college admissions officer who falls for a student named Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen).
'The Master' (Sept. 14)
"The Master," Paul Thomas Anderson's first feature since "There Will Be Blood" in 2007, is already one of the most discussed films of the year. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix star as a religious zealot and his protege, respectively, in a story that reportedly mirrors L. Ron Hubbard's formation of Scientology in the 1950s. Oscar buzz is already humming around "The Master," which should also become one of the most discussed films of 2013 by the time awards season comes to a close next year.
'Dredd' (Sept. 21)
Karl Urban is the law in this gritty reboot of the popular comic "Judge Dredd." Expect fanboys to be out in force for this one: The hyper-violent "Dredd" debuted at Comic-Con in July to mostly high praise.
'End of Watch' (Sept. 21)
Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena star as L.A.P.D officers who stumble onto a drug ring in "End of Watch," the latest cops-and-robbers thriller from David Ayer ("Training Day"). Go ahead and google what the term "end of watch" means if you want some insight on where this film might end up.
'Perks of Being a Wallflower' (Sept. 21)
Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and Emma Watson star as three Pittsburgh teens coming of age with the help of David Bowie and The Smiths in Stephen Chbosky's adaptation of his own seminal novel.
'House At the End Of the Street' (Sept. 21)
A rising superstar isn't a rising superstar unless they've got an oft-delayed horror film coming out <em>after</em> they hit the big time. Enter "House At the End Of the Street" with "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence.
'Trouble With the Curve' (Sept. 21)
Clint Eastwood returns to the screen for the first time since "Gran Torino" in 2008 for "Trouble With the Curve." The film -- directed by Eastwood protege Robert Lorenz and not the acclaimed actor/director himself -- focuses on the relationship an aging baseball scout (Eastwood) has with his daughter (Amy Adams). Justin Timberlake co-stars and takes off his shirt. Just FYI.
'Hotel Transylvania' (Sept. 28)
Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Cee-Lo Green, Steve Buscemi and many more provide voices in "Hotel Transylvania," an animated comedy about what happens when Dracula's daughter (Gomez) falls for a mere mortal (Samberg). Sandler voices Dracula.
'Looper' (Sept. 28)
Rian Johnson's twisty sci-fi action thriller stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a mob hitman tasked with killing his future self (Bruce Willis). Gordon-Levitt -- who also starred in 2012 films "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Premium Rush" -- spent hours in make-up each day to look like a younger version of Willis. Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels and Emily Blunt co-star.
'Won't Back Down' (Sept. 28)
"Inspired by actual events," "Won't Back Down" tells the story of two mothers (Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal) who attempt save the the school that their children attend. This marks Davis' first major role since losing Best Actress to Meryl Streep at the 84th annual Academy Awards.
'Frankenweenie' (Oct. 5)
Tim Burton's second feature of 2012 (the first was the derisible bore "Dark Shadows") is based on his own 1984 short film of the same name. "Frankenweenie" tells the story of a young boy named Victor Frankenstein, who brings his recently deceased dog back from the dead. Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Christopher Lee and Martin Short provide the vocal talent while Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O performs one of the songs on the film's soundtrack. This one will be huge with the Hot Topic crowd.
'Pitch Perfect' (Oct. 5)
Elizabeth Banks produced this a capella comedy, which stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Anna Camp as an all-female singing group trying to defeat their male counterparts at a college choir competition. Judging from the trailer, "Pitch Perfect" looks like "Bring It On" with songs, so it should be awesome.
'Taken 2' (Oct. 5)
Liam Neeson still has a very particular set of skills in "Taken 2."
'The Paperboy' (Oct. 5)
Lee Daniels' "The Paperboy" stars Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron, John Cusack and 2012 It-Boy Matthew McConaughey, but you'll probably want to see this fever dream because Kidman's character pees on Efron's character. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/30/nicole-kidman-paperboy-urination-efron-lee-daniels_n_1555386.html" target="_hplink">Yep</a>.
'Sinister' (Oct. 5)
Because "Paranormal Activity 4" doesn't come out until the middle of October, "Sinister" is here for all your haunted house needs. Ethan Hawke stars in the low-budget horror film, which debuted to strong reviews at SXSW back in March.
'Argo' (Oct. 12)
Ben Affleck directs and stars in "Argo," a drama about how the CIA used the guise of a fake film to extract six Americans from Iran during the hostage crisis. (The story is so unbelievable, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Caper" target="_hplink">it could only be true</a>.) Warner Bros. is so high on "Argo," they moved the film from its original September release date to October to take advantage of growing Oscar buzz. Affleck's latest will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.
'Here Comes the Boom' (Oct. 12)
Paul Blart: Ultimate fighter? Kevin James goes boom in "Here Comes the Boom," which looks like "Warrior" mixed with a Happy Madison comedy.
'Seven Psychopaths' (Oct. 12)
A rogues' gallery of character actors (Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson) star in Martin McDonagh's follow-up to the critically acclaimed "In Bruges."
'Nobody Walks' (Oct. 12)
Co-written by Lena Dunham, "Nobody Walks" tells the story of an impetuous young girl (Olivia Thirlby) who moves to Los Angeles to finish her student film, but gets caught between a suburban married couple (John Krasinski and Rosemarie DeWitt).
'Alex Cross' (Oct. 19)
It's Tyler Perry like you've never seen him before! The cottage industry drops his Madea drag for the time being to play the title character in "Alex Cross." A grotesquely jacked Matthew Fox co-stars as the film's antagonist, while Edward Burns provides support as Cross' possibly doomed partner. The film is based on the James Patterson novel "Cross." Morgan Freeman previously played Cross onscreen in "Kiss the Girls" and "Along Came A Spider."
'Killing Them Softly' (Oct. 19)
Brad Pitt reunites with his "Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" director Andrew Dominik for the more succinctly titled "Killing Them Softly," a crime drama based on the 1974 George V. Higgins novel "Cogan's Trade."
'Paranormal Activity 4' (Oct. 19)
Fourth verse, same as the first, second and third. At this rate, count on "Paranormal Activity 5" to hit theaters in October of 2013.
'Chasing Mavericks' (Oct. 26)
Based on a true story, "Chasing Mavericks" follows Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston), a California high school student in search of the massive waves known as mavericks. Gerard Butler is Jay's onscreen spirit guide, while one-time "O.C." nemesis Taylor Handley plays one of the film's bad guys. The trailer for "Chasing Mavericks" is aces, though that might have something to do with the outstanding use of Gym Class Heroes' hit single "Fighter."
'The Big Wedding' (Oct. 26)
<strong>UPDATE</strong>: "Big Wedding" has moved to April of 2013. A night of too many stars? Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Robin Williams, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Amanda Seyfried and Topher Grace star in "The Big Wedding," which surprisingly isn't a sequel to "New Year's Eve."
'Cloud Atlas' (Oct. 26)
"Cloud Atlas" has one of the year's best trailers and casts (Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Sturgess, Jim Broadbent). However, can Andy and Lana Wachowski (back behind the camera for the first time since "Speed Racer") and Tom Tykwer bring David Mitchell's sprawling 2004 novel to life on the big screen? That question is one of the biggest of 2012, and its answer will go a long way to deciding whether or not "Cloud Atlas" becomes a major Oscar player next year.
'Fun Size' (Oct. 26)
Director Josh Schwartz ("The O.C." and "Gossip Girl") makes the leap to the big screen with "Fun Size," a Halloween-set one-crazy-night movie that could recall the shaggy charm of "Adventures In Babysitting."
'The Sessions' (Oct. 26)
Formerly titled "The Surrogate" (as well as "Six Sessions"), "The Sessions" is an Oscar contender under any name. The film is a true-story account of a man (John Hawkes) stricken with polio who hires a sexual surrogate (Helen Hunt) to help him lose his virginity. Both Hawkes and Hunt are already among the favorites for Best Actor and Actress, respectively, and supporting star William H. Macy could have a shot at a nomination as well.
'Flight' (Nov. 2)
Robert Zemeckis' first live-action film since "Cast Away" in 2000 casts Denzel Washington as a hero pilot who may have been drunk when he safely crash-landed a tumbling airliner. "Flight" is set to close the New York Film Festival in October, and could be on the short list for Oscar. Regardless of awards bona fides, it's good to have Zemeckis back with the living after his sojourn to the uncanny valley for films like "Polar Express" and "A Christmas Carol."
'The Man With The Iron Fists' (Nov. 2)
RZA. Russell Crowe. Kung-fu. Be there.
'Wreck-It Ralph' (Nov. 2)
It's "Toy Story" for video games! "Wreck-It Ralph" tells the story of a video game villain (voiced by John C. Reilly) who wants to become a hero. The charming trailer -- which features real video game characters from the past -- sets "Wreck-It Ralph" up as the type of kids' movie that adults will love too.
'This Must Be The Place' (Nov. 2)
The long-delayed "This Must Be the Place" stars Sean Penn as a rock star-cum-Nazi hunter looking for the man who killed his father. But it's funny?
'Skyfall' (Nov. 9)
Or: "James Bond Rises"? Sam Mendes directs the latest Bond, which sort of looks like "The Dark Knight Rises" in all the best ways. Fingers crossed, however, that villain Javier Bardem doesn't ever speak through a ridiculous mask.
'Lincoln' (Nov. 9)
Steven Spielberg's epic historical drama "Lincoln" casts Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president. Translation: Here's your Best Actor frontrunner.
'Breaking Dawn Part 2' (Nov. 16)
The final installment in the "Twilight" franchise will also provide fans with the chance to remember stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in better times. Ah, memories.
'Anna Karenina' (Nov. 16)
Following "Pride and Prejudice" and "Atonement," director Joe Wright teams with Keira Knightley for a third novel adaptation with "Anna Karenina." The melodrama should be an Oscar player in all categories, and might provide Knightley with her first Academy Award. After all, Oscar voters love the young ingenue. (See also past winners Natalie Portman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron.)
'Life of Pi' (Nov. 21)
Like Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," "Life of Pi" comes from an acclaimed auteur (Ang Lee), is in 3D, and opens just before Thanksgiving. Twentieth Century Fox is likely hoping the similarities don't end there: "Hugo" went on to earn 11 Academy Award nominations and $184 million in worldwide grosses. Can Lee's adaptation of Yann Martel's best-selling novel turn the same trick?
'Silver Linings Playbook' (Nov. 21)
David O. Russell's last film was the crowd-pleasing, Oscar-winning drama-comedy "The Fighter." The Weinstein Company is betting that lightning strikes twice with "Silver Linings Playbook," a drama-comedy about a man (Bradley Cooper) recently released from a mental institution who forms a relationship with one of his parents' neighbors (Jennifer Lawrence). Robert De Niro and Chris Tucker co-star in this adaptation of Matthew Quick's 2008 book.
'Red Dawn' (Nov. 21)
When this long-delayed remake of "Red Dawn" was first conceived in 2008, stars Chris Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson weren't actually stars. So, this one has that going for it, which is nice.
'Rise of the Guardians' (Nov. 21)
Not to be confused with "The Guardians of Ga'Hoole" (or the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy"), "Rise of the Guardians" imagines a world where Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and other "Guardians" watch over the children of Earth and protect them from evil. Featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman and Jude Law.
'Playing For Keeps' (Dec. 7)
Because, this fall, one sports-themed Gerard Butler-led drama isn't enough.
'Hyde Park on Hudson' (Dec. 7)
Bill Murray, Oscar winner? It could finally happen thanks to "Hyde Park on Hudson," a historical drama that stars Murray as Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Murray's "Rushmore" co-star Olivia Williams as Eleanor Roosevelt and Laura Linney as Margaret Suckley, FDR's cousin and secret lover. Scandal! Roger Michell ("Notting Hill") directs.
'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' (Dec. 14)
Your precious is back. Peter Jackson returns to Middle-earth for the first of three "Hobbit" films.
'Les Miserables' (Dec. 14)
Tom Hooper's last film, "The King's Speech," won Best Picture. Will his follow-up, an adaptation of "Les Miserables" do the same? If the 90-second teaser trailer has any say in the matter, "Les Miserables" very well might. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Samantha Barks star in the musical, which features <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/life/movies/news/story/2012-05-28/les-miserables-singing/55253056/1" target="_hplink">all the actors singing live</a>. In case you needed an added jolt of gotta-see.
'Jack Reacher' (Dec. 21)
Tom Cruise gets his vigilante on "Jack Reacher," an adaptation of Lee Child's best-selling "Jack Reacher" book series.
'This Is 40' (Dec. 21)
Judd Apatow returns to the world he created for "Knocked Up" to check-in on the lives of Pete and Debbie (Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann) as they turn 40. The "This Is 40" trailers make the film seem like another winning dramedy from Apatow, who continues to cast his features to perfection: In addition to Rudd and Mann, Albert Brooks, Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Lena Dunham and John Lithgow all co-star. No word yet whether original "Knocked Up" stars Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl will appear.
'Zero Dark Thirty' (Dec. 21)
Kathryn Bigelow's follow-up to "The Hurt Locker" focuses on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Because simply being the next "Kathryn Bigelow movie" wasn't enough? Stop being such a show-off, "Zero Dark Thirty"!
'The Impossible' (Dec. 21)
Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star as a couple torn apart by the 2004 Thailand tsunami in "The Impossible." The film seems like a sneaky Oscar dark horse -- especially if the complete feature packs as much of an emotional wallop as its stellar trailer.
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