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It's no secret that the last few years have been a bleak time for romantic comedies. I don't know what happened to girls just standing in front of boys asking them to love them or why Tom Hanks isn't shutting down Meg Ryan's shop anymore; I just know that this genre isn't as good as it used to be. To help matters, I've picked out 11 great romantic comedies that you can stream on Netflix - 11 movies that are either old favorites, gems you may have never seen, or semirecent movies you missed for whatever reason. Get ready to fall in love again! »
The mainstream movie world hasn’t been too kind to romantic comedies in recent years, mostly eschewing the kind of charming fare that Nora Ephron, Tom Hanks, and Meg Ryan built their careers on (at least, the humorous and heartwarming side of their careers) in favor of chemistry-less offerings that fail to do anything new and films that are stuffed to the gills with multiple intersecting storylines, all the better to divert attention from a lack of sweetness and humor in each individual story. The golden age of the meet-cute rom-com – basically, the nineties – fizzled out long ago, gone the way of scrunchies and AOL chat rooms, and audiences hungry for original love stories with laughs to spare have been forced to look beyond the multiplex. And the snappy, smart, and undeniably sweet “Man Up” fills that gap with ease, a new wave rom-com unafraid of old school trappings. All »
- Kate Erbland
With movies like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, French Kiss, and many more, Meg Ryan became America’s sweetheart and the face of the romantic comedy in the 1990s. While she occasionally took a grittier, more serious role, like in Courage Under Fire, she consciously cultivated her public persona — for instance, she reportedly was offended by the offer to play Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. While Ryan is still very much working, and still endearing to boot, there hasn’t been an actress in recent years that has really dominated the rom-com genre like she once did. Drew Barrymore came close for a minute. It looked like Renee Zellwegger might step into that role for a bit, and the same for Reese Witherspoon. Katherine Heigl and Kate Hudson gave it a shot, and Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone both seem like they could »
As far the annals of horror thrillers are concerned, 1991.s The Silence of the Lambs has a firm place among the best of all time. However, a recent interview with the film.s director brings up the rather Starling.err, startling revelation that Jodie Foster was not the actress he initially had in mind for the lead role. In fact, she was not even close. In a fascinating interview at the Austin Film Festival with fellow filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, The Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme discussed the casting process for the film.s main character, the young, fresh-from-Quantico FBI Agent Clarice Starling. It turns out that Jodie Foster was nowhere on Demme.s radar, as he had names like Meg Ryan, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Laura Dern on the short list in front of her. Yes, it may seem like blasphemy now. Pitting a smart, relatable heroine, played »
A longer episode of Community season 6 uses every second to create what may well be an instant classic...
This review contains spoilers.
6.14 Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing
Back when Arrested Development packed its bags and hauled its airplane staircase over to Netflix for a fourth season, many complained that the lack of restriction in terms of airtime had hurt the new episodes, some of which ran up to almost twice the length of the traditional 22-minute spots that episodes had occupied on Fox.
As a kind of eternally college-aged spiritual cousin of that show, Community hasn't yet run into such criticisms in its “age of Yahoo”, but if it does, Queer Studies & Advanced Waxing will probably be the first one to get it. At 31 minutes, this is the longest episode the series has ever produced, »
By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.
In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.
Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a »
A review of this week's "Community" coming up just as soon as I do a baby bird monologue... So far this season, "Community" show has taken advantage of the move to Yahoo to make the episodes a few minutes longer, let them breathe, let subplots and running gags feel fully-developed, and not have to rush through things like the Portuguese "Gremlins" trailer or the payoff to the Dean's relationship with the Japanese teen. They didn't feel padded in the way that many "Arrested Development" season 4 episodes did, but they clocked in at something more closely resembling the platonic ideal of a network sitcom episode length. Directed by Oscar Winner Jim Rash and his longtime collaborator and fellow Oscar Winner Nat Faxon, "Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing" was the longest episode by far, clocking in at close to 31 minutes. It was also the first to feel too long, even though I »
- Alan Sepinwall
Tom Hanks hasn't forgotten any of his famous lines! The Oscar-winning actor stopped by the "Late Late Show" with James Corden on Monday, where the two acted out every single one of Hanks' beloved movies in just eight minutes -- and it's pretty impressive. Check out the clip above to see Tom and James recreate memorable moments from "Forrest Gump," "Big," "Toy Story" and more! The "Captain Phillips" star was Corden's very first guest on his "Late Late Show," and the two definitely made James' cable debut one to remember. Our favorite moment has to be when Corden throws on a blonde wig, while breaking down into tears, to play Meg Ryan in the "You've Got Mail" bit. We also love that the 58-year-old actor still seems so incredibly passionate about all of the amazing movies he's made over the years. What do you think about Hanks and Corden's movie montage? »
- tooFab Staff
Read More: James Corden Wows Audiences As New Host of 'The Late Late Show,' According to Twitter Ever wondered what Tom Hanks' decades-long career would feel like compressed down to under seven minutes? Hanks and Corden decided to try their hand on it during Corden's first show as host of "The Late Late Show." Featuring numerous iterations Corden's best attempts at various American regional dialects (not to mention his best Meg Ryan impression, three times over), and more props than you might have imagined possible, this clip is a rapid-fire sprint that leaves both actors and audiences rather breathless. Highlights include: Corden as the Mona Lisa, Wilson, and Madison (Daryl Hannah's pink mermaid from "Splash," in case you were wondering) -- though Hanks' loose-limbed turn as Woody might just have been the crown jewel atop it all. Check out the video for some serious showmanship from both parties. »
- Rosie Narasaki
Last night saw the debut of James Corden as the newest Late Late Show host, as the British actor, who was last seen on the big screen in the 2014 musical Into The Woods, stepped in to take over from Craig Ferguson in the post-Letterman time slot, following Ferguson’s decision to step down from the role. Corden’s first guests included Jupiter Ascending‘s Mila Kunis and two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks.
Recreating Hanks’ filmography can be a challenge, as the performer has worked in a wide range of films over the years, from comedies such as Turner & Hooch to dramas such as Philadelphia, and even animated fare, such as the Toy Story films. Corden, however, took on that challenge last night, with Hanks in the studio to lend a helping hand. The resulting video, in which Corden dons the same wig to play everyone from Meg Ryan to Daryl Hannah, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
James Corden helped Tom Hanks reenact every one of his movies in less than seven minutes in an impressive start to the new “Late Late Show” on Monday. Hanks, Corden’s first guest, was game and great in going through a ton of classic comedies and dramas. The live-to-tape segment opened with “Forrest Gump” and closed with all three “Toy Story” movies. While there were many great moments throughout, the “Big” scene may have been the best of all. Playing opposite the beloved leading man, Corden took on everyone from Meg Ryan to cop-dog Hooch, to Meg Ryan again. It’s worth a watch. »
- Tony Maglio
To mark the occasion, Digital Spy has unearthed 25 fascinating facts about the beloved 1990 film. Read on to find out why Vivian is a Disney princess, how Superman himself Christopher Reeve almost played Edward and the film's straight-to-the-point title in China.
1. The original script for Pretty Woman was titled $3,000 and was a dark drama about prostitution in La. Vivian was a drug addict trying to go clean to save up money for a trip to Disneyland. Disney-owned Touchstone Pictures developed the idea into a more conventional romantic comedy, meaning Vivian is something of an edgier Disney princess.
Pretty Woman turns 25!
Can you believe it? It's been 25 years since the Gary Marshall romantic comedy first swept us off our feet. This year marks the silver anniversary of the movie that catapulted Julia Roberts into superstardom when it first premiered in 1990. The whole world fell for Roberts' irresistible smile and Et got to see it first on the set a year earlier.
At just 21 years old, Roberts was cast as Vivian Ward, a hooker with a heart of gold who is romanced by Edward Lewis, a millionaire tycoon played by Richard Gere. "He's really supportive, giving actor," she told Et in 1989. "It's so nice to be there with someone who, I feel like when I feel good about my work he'll support that."
The original title of the film was $3,000, referring to the price for a night with Julia's character. For her part »
13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards
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7.80 The Lego Movie
6.96 Big Hero 6
6.51 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
6.40 American Sniper
- Jeff Bayer
It is hard to believe that on Saturday the Independent Spirit Awards will be celebrating their 30th anniversary in that giant tent erected each year on the Santa Monica beach. I remember as a young producer of movie coverage at Entertainment Tonight attending one of the earliest Spirits gatherings in 1988 at the 385 North Restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard. It was so intimate they actually sat me at a table near the stage with Jodie Foster, Meg Ryan and her then-husband De… »
Yeah, yeah. I get it. I'm not supposed to like The Wedding Ringer. Rotten Tomatoes says it's rubbish, plus it's a sort-of-romantic-comedy that sticks to its formula and adds nothing to cinema. So derivative is it, it actually shares 15 characters with the title of The Wedding Singer. Where next? The Wedding Swinger? The Wedding Dinger? Don't bother registering the URLs, I'm ahead of you.
The Wedding Ringer, though, shares a bit in common with The Hangover films (don't run away yet), and a bit in common with that Jennifer Lopez movie where she organises weddings for other people, but never one for herself. Don't worry. Just teasing. I know what it's called. It's called... (two ticks)... The Wedding Planner! See? It's all planners, ringers and singers.
This one centres on two men. One of them, »
The hotly-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie is finally released in cinemas today (February 13) to coincide with Valentine's Day this weekend, and it's got our minds racing about just one thing....
The most ridiculously silly orgasms in movie history, obviously!
Virginal, apple pie-bonking Jim Levenstein can't believe his luck when his history tutoring with sexy Slovakian exchange student Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) turns into something more. So excited is Jim, however, that he barely contains himself at her touch, only lasting a few more seconds on second go, until he, er, explodes again.
Sadly Stifler (Seann William Scott) had previously coerced Jim to set up a webcam in his room so they can all watch the frisky teenage pair, but he unwittingly »
This article was originally published in February 2014. We are rerunning it with Valentine's Day coming up. Twenty-five years ago, When Harry Met Sally revolutionized the romantic comedy. Sure, this film genre had been around since the earliest days of cinema, and had once been the domain of giants like Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch and Stanley Donen. But Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s 1989 hit, with its slick, highly quotable back-and-forth between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, as well as its oddly self-reflective quality, felt like something strange and new — the Star Wars of romantic comedies. It wasn’t just a romantic comedy, it was a rom-com. We’ve been living in its wake ever since, and Valentine's Day seemed like a good time to look at the 25 intervening years and pick our favorites.A couple of caveats: We focused only on American and British rom-coms. In part, this was »
- Bilge Ebiri,David Edelstein
The flirtation between Selena Gomez and DJ Zedd keeps heating up!
The 22-year-old "The Heart What It Wants" singer announced her highly anticipated collaboration with the 25-year-old producer/DJ on Monday, posting this cute photo of her wrapping her arms him on Instagram. She even went so far as to call him the Harry to her Sally, referencing the beloved on-screen couple in Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan's classic 1989 rom-com When Harry Met Sally.
"Harry to my Sally. #Feb22 #Iwytk," she initially captioned the pic, before curiously deleting the When Harry Met Sally reference.
Photos: Selena Gomez and DJ Zedd Can't Keep Their Hand Off Each Other
"Iwytk" presumably is the abbreviation for their new song together, which is reportedly called "I Want You to Know." It's set to drop on Feb. 22.
"The new Zedd-Selena »
Keira Knightley.s devotion to the pout has always dogged her career, but her recreation of one of the most famous scenes in movie history will have people forgetting all about her go-to facial position in a jiffy. The scene in question comes from When Harry Met Sally... and that.s all you need to know. Enjoy! Delightful. I think we can all admit that Keira handled that with aplomb. Even Meg Ryan would have been impressed. It.s just a shame that we didn.t get to see the Brit who played Billy Crystal.s role. Surely Patrick Stewart was made for that part, no? However I think we can all admit that this homage was topped off delightfully by Dame Judi Dench.s rather marvelous cameo. That was simply the cherry on top of the icing that was already on the cake. This rather ingenious video was the »
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