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You know the character, she sweeps into the life of the repressed sadsack hero in a whirlwind of rainbow coloured hair and life affirming minor law breaking and her quirky attitude helps the mopey leading man to discover that life really is worth living. Yes, we’re talking about that mainstay of offbeat indie romcoms, the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
While the term may have been coined by critic Nathan Rabin (who has since had a complex relationship with his own concept) in reaction to Kirsten Dunst’s needlessly whimsical turn as Orlando Bloom’s lover-saviour in Cameron Crowe’s dire Elizabethtown, the Mpdg has been around a lot longer, pretty much as long as there have been quirky indie films. Hell, the likes of Goldie Hawn made a whole career out of playing these kind of male fantasy untethered free spirits.
As Rabin noted, the problem with all »
- Jack Gann
Teen comedies have a reputation for being lousy. That's probably due to the large number of them that are lousy. So when one rises above the mediocrity, teens notice it, adults notice it, and before you can put the "duh" in "dumb," you've got yourself a cult favorite. That's what happened late in the summer of 2000, when Bring It On hit theaters and we all gladly joined the cheertatorship. The sunny, slightly satiric take on rival cheerleading squads boosted Kirsten Dunst's career, made Gabrielle Union a rising star, and introduced us to Peyton Reed, future director of Ant-Man. Oh, and it came out 15 years ago this week, which means it's time to put down the pom-poms and admit it: You're Old®...
- Eric D. Snider
Lizzy Caplan showed up at the Tastemaker screening of Sleeping With Other People in Los Angeles, Calif., Monday night in a classy black frock. Lizzy Caplan’s Premiere Look Caplan, who co-hosted the premiere with her Bachelorette costar Kirsten Dunst, looked glam in a black Proenza Schouler Resort 2016 number that featured an abstract tropical print. […]
- Chelsea Regan
Brr ... it's cold in here! It's been 15 years since "Bring It On" hit the big screen in 2000 -- don't worry, we feel old too -- and we're celebrating the movie milestone by taking a look back at the film's cast to see what they've been up to for the last decade and a half. The flick told the story of two very different cheer squads -- the Toros from Rancho Carne High School and the East Compton Clovers -- who throw down after it's discovered one has been stealing routines from the other for years. As Torrance Shipman (Kirsten Dunst) tries to come up with some new and original routine for her squad, the Clovers (led by Gabrielle Union's Isis) plan to take the Toros out in the ultimate spirit showdown at Nationals. Since starring in the beloved flick, Kirsten went onto steal the screen in a number of »
- tooFab Staff
15 years ago today, the Toros stepped out onto the football field and put some serious cheer back into the atmosphere. To steal a phrase from the film: Bring It On's the poo - so take a big whiff.
A Hollywood star from the age of 12 thanks to her breakthrough role in Interview with the Vampire, Dunst's star was burning brightly when she led the Toros as Torrance Shipman. Two years later, she went on to land her biggest role as Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi's three Spider-man films.
In recent years, she's reinvented herself as a critical darling, winning Best Actress at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for Melancholia, »
Since directing the teenage thieving romp The Bling Ring, director Sofia Coppola has been pretty low key on the filmmaking front. While she was initially slated to direct an adaptation of The Little Mermaid at Universal, she fell away from the project back in June this summer. And the only definitely project she has coming […]
- Ethan Anderton
It has been a couple of years since Coppola directed 2013’s The Bling Ring, although she has been behind the camera since with the upcoming Bill Murray Christmas special A Very Murray Christmas for Netflix, which is set to be released in December. And while Dunst was a little vague on the full details on their next project, she did confirm it is in the works, saying “There’s also talk of a third film with Sofia Coppola in 2016.”
No details on which project the duo will re-team for, but it could be Fairyland, an adaptation of the memoirs of Alysia Abbott, called Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father. Their previous collaborations were 1999’s The Virgin Suicides and 2005’s Marie Antoinette.
Dunst can »
- Scott J. Davis
A few years have passed since Sofia Coppola's last film, the celebrity obsessed youth bauble "The Bling Ring," and things have been mostly quiet for the filmmaker. She's got the upcoming Netflix Christmas special starring Bill Murray, however the biggest chatter Coppola might've received was regarding her exit from Universal's "The Little Mermaid." And while it's not clear what the filmmaker's next feature might be, it seems she might be re-teaming with her lead actress from "The Virgin Suicides" and "Marie Antoinette." Read More: Kirsten Dunst's 13 Best Performances, From Child Vampire To Manic Pixie Dream Girl While there's no direct quote, Town & Country recently caught up with Kirsten Dunst and noted that, "There's also talk of a third film with Sofia Coppola in 2016." So if this happens, what could it be? Well, Coppola hasn't really attached herself to anything in quite some time, but either she's got something new. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Town & Country recently spoke with Kirsten Dunst and indicated that: "There's also talk of a third film with Sofia Coppola in 2016."
This has immediately raised the question as to what the project might be as, not including the upcoming Netflix Christmas special starring Bill Murray which has already been shot, it's not clear what the filmmaker's next film might be.
Coppola was previously linked to co-writing and potentially directing an adaptation of Alysia Abbott's "Fairyland: A Memoir Of My Father" about a young woman and her bisexual father in San Francisco during the start of the AIDS crisis. No word if that's still the case. »
- Garth Franklin
T-t-t-t-Torrance! For teenagers in the 2000s, Kirsten Dunst was the epitome of cool after she played perfectly perky cheerleader Torrance Shipman in the uber-popular flick, "Bring It On." And it turns out, the role wasn't too much of a stretch for the actress! "When I was 16 and did 'Bring It On,'" she tells Gotham magazine when asked which role is closest to her own character. "I was that girl. It was like me being in high school as myself. It wasn't a stretch at all." "I was a cheerleader, my best friend was a cheerleader," she continues. "I wasn't in competitions, but I watched them on TV." While the teen queen seamlessly played the head cheerleader, Dunst says growing up in the spotlight wasn't always easy. But, she credits her mother for keeping her grounded. "The influence of how I was raised was the best career advice, because »
- tooFab Staff
If you've watched a romantic comedy over the last decade or so you'll no doubt have encountered the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.
The term, coined by film critic Nathan Rabin regarding Kirsten Dunst's character in Elizabethtown, refers to a stock female character who exists only to serve a male protagonist. Think Natalie Portman in Garden State and Kate Hudson in Almost Famous.
Author John Green is keen to dismantle the character: The Fault in Our Stars's Augustus Waters is a flip on the notion (meet the Manic Pixie Dream Boy), while Cara Delevingne's Margo Roth Spiegelman makes a bid to break the mould in Paper Towns.
Whether the movie adaptation of Paper Towns is successful in its ambitions is up for interpretation, but Green is eager to push against the Mpdg in his work.
Speaking to Digital Spy, he described the Mpdg as "a very lazy trope »
The first season of the FX miniseries “Fargo” was a hit, both with fans and the industry that lauded it with an astounding 18 Emmy nominations.
So how did series creator Noah Hawley approach season two of the series based on the 1996 Coen brothers movie? He headed back to the drawing board — sort of.
“It is a complete reinvention,” Hawley said during the show’s presentation Friday at the Television Critics Association. “It is a completely new story. It evokes the things you remember from the movie and at the end of the first year.”
Season two goes back in time to 1979 and focuses on police officer Lou Solverson, who was played by Keith Carradine in the first season and is now played by Patrick Wilson. A naturally good person, Lou and his partner Hank (Ted Danson) find more than they bargained for when they investigate a shooting at the Sioux Falls diner. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Jason Schwartzman, King Louis XVl to Kirsten Dunst's Marie Antoinette in Sofia Coppola's royal portrait and frequent Wes Anderson star (The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel) has turned his ear to Mozart.
Roman Coppola, Alex Timbers and Jason are the creators of Mozart In The Jungle. Lola Kirke, who will soon be seen in Noah Baumbach's wittily wonderful screwball coming-of-age trip, Mistress America, opposite Greta Gerwig, stars with Gael García Bernal (great in Pablo Larrain's No), Saffron Burrows and Hannah Dunne (of Baumbach's Frances Ha).
I ran into Jason this afternoon after lunch at Narcissa in the East Village as he was filming the latest installment of his Amazon series which also stars Malcolm McDowell and Bernadette Peters. He knows Narcissa for breakfast and is as enthusiastic »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
FX has set the premiere dates for the debut of the highly-anticipated new drama The Bastard Executioner as well as the next installments of the Emmy and Golden Globe winning limited series American Horror Story and Fargo, it was announced today by Chuck Saftler, President of Program Strategy and COO, FX Networks. The Bastard Executioner will air Tuesdays at 10 Pm on FX beginning September 15th. American Horror Story: Hotel debuts on October 7th, with the new season of Fargo airing Mondays at 10 Pm FX beginning October 12th. FX has also debuted new posters for each series.
The 10-episode first season of The Bastard Executioner from Kurt Sutter, the Creator/Showrunner of the hit FX series Sons of Anarchy, debuts on FX on September 15th with a two-hour premiere. The Bastard Executioner is a blood-soaked, medieval epic that tells the story of Wilkin Brattle (Lee Jones), a 14th century warrior, whose »
The cabler is expected to make the announcements Friday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills.
“Bastard” will make its TCA debut this afternoon with casts members and creatives Paris Barclay, Brian Grazer, Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal and Sutter. The 10-episode drama follows newcomer Jones, who plays Wilkin Brattle, a warrior knight in King Edward I’s charge who is spiritually tortured and broken by the ravages of war, thus vowing to lay down his sword. However, when violence finds him again, he is forced to pick up the bloodiest sword of all.
“American Horror Story: Hotel” will debut Oct. 7.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Get ready to shout “Bastard!” — but not in an angry way.
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FX has set the premiere date for The Bastard Executioner, the highly anticipated period drama from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter — and scheduled the returns of its hit anthology franchises American Horror Story: Hotel and Fargo, the network announced on Friday.
The Bastard Executioner will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 10/9c.
American Horror Story: Hotel kicks off its stay on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 10/9c.
Fargo, meanwhile, returns Monday, Oct. 12 at 10/9c.
Is it fall yet?! FX has us counting down the days until the leaves change and Starbucks unleashes the Pumpkin Spice Latte on the world. Why? Because we finally know when American Horror Story: Hotel and Fargo season two will premiere! Lady Gaga's TV debut as Hotel's star will go down on Wednesday, Oct. 7, while highly anticipated second season of Fargo, which is actually a prequel starring Patrick Wilson, Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson and Jesse Plemons, will debut Monday, Oct. 12. Are we excited? You betcha! And Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter's new series, The Bastard Executioner, also got a premiere date: Tuesday, Sept. 15, and it will have a two-hour premiere. Plus, the network »
Because why Not make Disney's Tower of Terror ride into a movie, they're making Disney's Tower of Terror ride into a movie. Or at least, they're trying (allegedly). Ever since the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies made 9 billion gajillion dollars at the box office, Walt Disney Pictures has been searching desperately for their next amusement park ride-turned-blockbuster movie franchise, and the results have been...bad. They've been bad, you guys. I'm not going to sugarcoat this. Cases in point: "The Haunted Mansion." (Bad.) "The Country Bears." (Bad.) "Tomorrowland." (Bad.) But they're not giving up! Those intrepid Disney executives are going to find the next mega-hit franchise if it kills them. They are literally sweating over this. Pools of sweat, everywhere. They are drowning in it, people. Help Them. A few other things you need to know: 1. The project was first rumored in 2009. 2. Tim Burton's frequent screenwriter John August ("Big Fish, »
- Chris Eggertsen
At the age of 33, Kirsten Dunst has spent nearly all of her life working in Hollywood. "What people expect of an actor is totally ridiculous," the Spider-Man star muses in the latest issue of Town and Country magazine, looking absolutely stunning on the cover in a pale blue Prada empire waist top and a pink button-down shirt while seated on the beach. Those unrealistic expectations were eventually what led Durst to, as the magazine describes, her ''addiction to people pleasing" and she entered rehab in 2008 for depression. "It's unfair that an artist is expected to speak really well in public and have skin tough enough to withstand sometimes really hurtful »
Roll call! The cast and crew of Bring It On took it back to Rancho Carne High School this week, spilling to MTV News for the movie's 15th anniversary. Stars of the flick, such as Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford, and Gabrielle Union, as well as director Peyton Reed and screenwriter Jessica Bendinger, dished on the months they spent filming the beloved 2000 cheerleader movie in California, and revealed some juicy secrets along the way. Dunst, who was just 17 at the time of production, may have [...] »
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