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The Brink premiere react: Great cast can't overcome unfunny satire

It’s tough not to feel at least some level of disappointment after watching The Brink’s premiere. With such a talented cast on screen and a relatively unique plot and structure for a comedy, HBO’s new political satire has a lot going for it. Unfortunately, its attempts to make all of that satire actually funny fail as often as Tim Robbins’ Walter Larson asks for a drink in the premiere.

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Watch the first teaser for HBO's The Brink starring Jack Black

“That’s no gay pride parade,” are the first words we hear uttered by Jack Black’s character Alex Talbot while driven through the restless streets of Islamabad, Pakistan. HBO released a teaser for its new comedy The Brink on Friday, which also stars Tim Robbins and Pablo Schreiber. The one-minute clip also depicts Robbins—playing U.S. Secretary of State Walter Larson—in a compromising bedroom situation and Schreiber’s Zeke Tilson (excellent name) profanely expressing his excitement to be conferenced in with POTUS.

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See the 'Thanks for Sharing' poster with Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo

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We’re addicted to stories about sex addiction.

The ailment gets the romantic dramedy treatment in Stuart Blumberg’s directorial debut Thanks for Sharing, a multi-character story about three sex addicts in therapy and their attempts to live in the world. Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo lead the ensemble cast as Phoebe and Adam, a new couple just trying to make things work in spite of Adam’s addiction.

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Nine things you didn't know about 'Bull Durham' -- the greatest sports comedy ever made

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Like The Shawshank Redemption and Tommy Boy, Bull Durham is one of those movies that always seems to be on TV. It doesn’t matter whether it’s two in the afternoon or two in the morning, somewhere in the outer reaches of cable, Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon can be found bickering about baseball and who’s taking whom to bed.

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