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Clip joint: killer comebacks

14 December 2011 8:48 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Clip joint comes right back at you with a snappy selection of cinema's wittiest ripostes and most scathing putdowns

Like a slam dunk smash in tennis, or a sudden knockout in boxing, the ability to come up with a scathingly witty riposte to a rhetorical attack – to conjure a killer comeback – results in an instant win. The old saying about sticks and stones is all wrong: an acerbic remark can do more damage than a right hook, and the sting from an incisive jibe can last a lifetime.

The French use the term 'L'esprit de l'escalier' ('staircase wit') to describe the agony of coming up with a comeback when it's just too late. Of course, ever since the dawn of the 'talkies', movie stars have relied on screenwriters to supply them with urbane repartee, and a film without snappy dialogue would be about as much fun as an alcohol-free martini. »

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Hey, Toronto! Twitch Presents St. Elmo's Fire At The Tiff Bell Lightbox Tonight!

9 December 2011 7:16 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The Twitch-presented Back To The 80's series wraps up at the Tiff Bell Lightbox tonight with a screening of Joel Schumacher's Brat Pack classic St Elmo's Fire.The film that inspired the term "Brat Pack" in reference to its cast of rising young stars--Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Mare Winningham and Ally Sheedy--St. Elmo's Fire is essentially a spin on The Big Chill for the college crowd, focusing on a group of friends facing the difficult transition to adult life (with plenty of smooth eighties music in the background). Though this likely marked the moment when the genre transitioned from an organic movement into a more packaged and manipulated product, this is still one of the key films of the »

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'Princess Bride': New poster revealed for Jason Reitman's live reading

7 December 2011 12:40 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

His name is Jason Reitman. He is recreating The Princess Bride live on stage. Prepare to smile.

The Young Adult and Up in the Air filmmaker has created a phenomenon in Los Angeles with his first two live readings of classic movies, starting with The Breakfast Club (featuring Jennifer Garner, Aaron Paul, and Patton Oswalt in the roles originated by Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, and Anthony Michael Hall). His second installment was The Apartment, with Steve Carell, Natalie Portman, and Pierce Brosnan in the Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray parts.

Next Thursday, will mark the third film in »

- Anthony Breznican

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The great Christmas challenge: 12 hours of festive films

21 November 2011 6:39 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Movies24 is now scheduling back-to-back low-end Christmas films. What would happen when I went on a watching bender?

It's only November, but already film channel Movies 24 has transformed itself into Christmas 24. It now broadcasts nothing but Christmas films. Not classic Christmas films, either – these are all TV movies and Hallmark specials and straight-to-dvd anomalies.

It's enough to test even the most committed Christmas fan, so I set myself a challenge. Could I watch 12 straight hours of Christmas 24 without losing my mind? Here's a chronology of my travails.

9am-11am: Christmas Mail (2010)

A put-upon postman falls in love with a woman drafted in to answer all of Santa's letters. It sounds sweet, but in reality the woman can't get through a single line without giggling or staring vacantly into space, and the postman is the legal guardian of an annoying big-toothed orphan who likes to call spaghetti "missghetti". It's basically a big will-they-won't-they story. »

- Stuart Heritage

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The great Christmas challenge: 12 hours of festive films

21 November 2011 6:39 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Movies24 is now scheduling back-to-back low-end Christmas films. What would happen when I went on a watching bender?

It's only November, but already film channel Movies 24 has transformed itself into Christmas 24. It now broadcasts nothing but Christmas films. Not classic Christmas films, either – these are all TV movies and Hallmark specials and straight-to-dvd anomalies.

It's enough to test even the most committed Christmas fan, so I set myself a challenge. Could I watch 12 straight hours of Christmas 24 without losing my mind? Here's a chronology of my travails.

9am-11am: Christmas Mail (2010)

A put-upon postman falls in love with a woman drafted in to answer all of Santa's letters. It sounds sweet, but in reality the woman can't get through a single line without giggling or staring vacantly into space, and the postman is the legal guardian of an annoying big-toothed orphan who likes to call spaghetti "missghetti". It's basically a big will-they-won't-they story. »

- Stuart Heritage

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Natalie Portman And Steve Carell Join Jason Reitman’s (Staged Reading Of) ‘The Apartment’

17 November 2011 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Natalie Portman won an Oscar for Black Swan and then disappeared, primarily because she was pregnant and had her first child. Mama is making her first major public appearance since then tonight at the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, for Jason Reitman's staged reading of Billy Wilder's 1960 masterpiece, The Apartment. Portman will read the role of Fran, made famous by Shirley McClane. She'll star alongside Jk Simmons as Jeff, the role Fred MacMurray originated, as well as Collette Wolfe, Ken Jeong, Nick Kroll, Jake Johnson in the other roles. Oh, and the lead role of Cc Baxter, originally played by Jack Lemmon, will be played by a little up and coming actor named Steve Carell. Read more after the jump. Reitman himself has been tweeting [1] the casting of these readings, which was then picked up by Vulture [2]. This reading of The Apartment is an incredibly impressive follow »

- Germain Lussier

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See Judd Nelson as Santa in Hallmark's 'Cancel Christmas' -- Exclusive Clips

10 November 2011 8:05 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Yes, you read that headline right: The Breakfast Club’s Bender, Judd Nelson, is starring as Santa in the Hallmark Channel original movie Cancel Christmas, premiering Nov. 13. We’ve got three exclusive clips below, showing Nelson in full Claus costume and in the decidedly less festive clothing he dons when the Christmas Board of Directors gives him 30 days to change the hearts of privileged school kids and make Christmas less commercial — or lose it forever. Happy holidays!

Read more:

Jason Reitman gathers friends for ‘Breakfast Club’ live read

Justin Bieber gets molded in clay for ‘Santa Claus’ video

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- Mandi Bierly

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"American Horror Story" Recap 1.06: Blood, Swine, and Tears

10 November 2011 4:43 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Sufferin' sweetbreads - as though murders, miscarriages, and affairs weren't enough, this week American Horror Story hit us with suicide, an extremely disturbing school shooting, and evil pig-men. It was like watching Fox News! Okay, okay - maybe it wasn't that scary...

Ding-dong. Constance (Jessica Lange) answers the door of the Murder House to find the only thing worse than Mormon missionaries on her doorstep: a Swat team looking for Tate. It's 1994, and Tate just shot up Westfield High.

And they're going to make us watch it.

Sheesh.

Evan Peters as Tate

At the library, the group of students we met last week as ghosts barricade themselves in with a teacher when they hear shots in the hallway. Okay, I have to give a nod to Violet's ironic accuracy in dubbing the ghost kids "the Dead Breakfast Club", considering that they all died in the library. Judd Nelson Type says »

- Brian Juergens

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"American Horror Story" Recap 1.05: The Dead "Breakfast Club"

3 November 2011 4:08 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

This week American Horror Story ran the second half of its Halloween-themed two-parter, and I think I speak for all of us when I say thank God everything makes sense now, right?

Wrong. This show's still nutty as a fruitcake and twice as nauseating ... in the best possible way, of course.

While it did close the book on the Harmons' first Halloween in Murder House, this really could have been its own episode - the biggest takeaway from the two-parter is exactly how busy a night in that damned Victorian really is. It's like Grand Central up that piece - or the Brady Bunch bathroom, even.

Anyway, let's get to it - these bodies aren't going to unearth themselves! Except that they are.

We do a tiny rewind from last week's cliffhanger and learn that - as I suggested in my recap last week - Tate (Evan Peters) did indeed »

- Brian Juergens

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Field of (real-life) Dreams

2 November 2011 2:11 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

They loved the Kevin Costner film so much they bought the field, because if you build it, they will come. Hadley Freeman can think of some more 80s films that warrant the same treatment

Because I am now of an age that the French would describe as "certain", because I love movies a little too much and because I am incredibly tragic, I get a little overexcited when stories about movies from the past (ie, the 80s) leak into the modern-day real world. Just yesterday, in fact, a kind person tweeted me this link of a bunch of dudes in the New York Public Library paying charming homage to Ghostbusters, which is my favourite movie of all time. I'd like to thank this person now: thank you for making me snort and cry a little in the office, in front of my colleagues. Really. Thank you.

Proving that 80s movies »

- Hadley Freeman

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Morning Meme: "Akira" Casts Up, Dan Savage Offers Herman Cain a Deal, and Nph Lives In "A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas"

21 October 2011 6:13 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Zachary Quinto says that his gay ghost character on American Horror Story is a cross between his NoTORIous character and Sylar on Heroes. He'll also have a lesbian friend played by Kathleen Rose Perkins.

The American Family Association boycott of the Home Depot doesn't seem to be deterring the home improvement giant. "Our response on this has been and continues to be that we respect the diversity of all people and maintain an inclusive culture." Meanwhile, the Human Rights Campaign was completely unaware that there was a boycott happening, despite the fact that it's been reported on every major blog for months.

Perhaps the Afa realized they needed a new tactic, so they created the American Association of Religious Bigots, an award they bestow people they feel hate on Christians. Their first target is actually a bit of a surprise in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who expressed concern over »

- Ed Kennedy

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Daily Briefing. "Breakfast Club" Live and More

20 October 2011 12:57 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Jason Reitman will be staging a live reading of John Hughes's The Breakfast Club (1985) tonight at Lacma. The full cast, reading through the screenplay together for the first time, won't be known until they appear on stage at 7:30 pm. Update: At Vulture, Margaret Lyons notes that Reitman has tweeted the names of the cast. "Michael Chiklis will play the principal, Jennifer Garner will play the Molly Ringwald character of Claire, and Aaron Paul will play Judd Nelson's character, Bender. Aaron Paul! As Judd Nelson! They join Mindy Kaling (Ally Sheedy), James Van Der Beek (Emilio Estevez), Patton Oswalt (Anthony Michael Hall), and Jk Simmons (the janitor)."

"18 years after the sudden death of actor River Phoenix, Dutch director George Sluizer says he will finish Dark Blood, the 1993 drama that Phoenix was shooting when he died of a heart attack on Halloween night outside the Viper Room in Los Angeles. »

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Jason Reitman staging a "Breakfast Club" reading in L.A.

20 October 2011 11:17 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is inaugurating a clever new series called "Film Independent at Lacma" curated by Elvis Mitchell, in which a bunch of actors reenact a famous screenplay on the stage, with a really interesting first performance: John Hughes' classic script for "The Breakfast Club" spearheaded by director Jason Reitman. He's put together a very cool (if age-inappropriate) cast. According to The Hollywood Reporter and Reitman's Twitter feed, they include Reitman alums Jennifer Garner (in Molly Ringwald's role), Patton Oswalt (Anthony Michael Hall) and J.K. Simmons (as Carl the janitor), plus James Van Der Beek as Emilio Estevez's Andy, Mindy Kaling as Ally Sheedy's Allison, and "Breaking Bad"'s Aaron Paul as Judd Nelson's Bender.

The fact that the actors are all my age or older will certainly lend the reading an interesting feel: I suspect they've all got deep personal »

- Matt Singer

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Ology Asks 'Breakfast Club's' Ally Sheedy: What's Your Fave Teen Film Of Today?

17 October 2011 9:40 AM, PDT | Celebsology | See recent Celebsology news »

Psych's Fan Appreciation day on Oct. 6 was filled with more than just Psych-Os. It also included a surprising guest appearance from actress Ally Sheedy.

Ally wore a black, neck plunging dress and walked the 'green' carpet only speaking a little while heading back and forth between the photographers and the rest of the cast. Ally played Mr. Yang for the USA Network series between 2009 and 2010, and joined them to celebrate. 

John Hughes' 1985 The Breakfast Club is iconic. Many teen films have since reciprocated what Hughes portrayed in those five characters whether they were trying to or not. Many teen films have done extremely well since then so it was intriguing to know what Ally thought of them. When asked what film today resinated the most with teens and portrayed pop culture the best she simply stated, 'I like Mean Girls, personally. I like Mean Girls a lot. »

- Stephanie Webber

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Grizzly Flats and Believing the Unbelievable: A Movie Review

27 August 2011 4:00 AM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*full disclosure: a screener of this film was provided by director Anthony Frankhauser.

Director: Anthony Fankhauser.

Writers: Joe Benkis and Anthony Fankhauser.

Grizzly Flats was previously called Shadow People and this film stars Danielle De Luca (Necrosis), Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club), Maggie VandenBerghe (Hierarchy) and Ryan Karloff. These actors and characters inhabit a surreal world, which is inhabited by weird shapes and baby shaped gourds. There are elements of the strangeness here and the film makes some connections with the hallucinogenic properties of certain drugs. Not really a pro-drug film and not real an anti-drug film, Grizzly Flats is an interesting look at a bizarre world, not seen by this reviewer before.

Karloff plays Sylvain, a man with a portal to another dimension. Somehow this part time scientist has altered reality with help from a wood burning stove, vacuum tubes and air hoses. This critic needs to make one of these. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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Two And A Half Men – Season 8 DVD Review

19 August 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Alan (Jon Cryer), a broke chiropractor, lives with his brother Charlie (Charlie Sheen), a hedonistic, narcissistic, wealthy, jingle composer. Alan’s son Jake (Angus T Jones) stays over at the weekends (he’s the half) and we flit between shenanigans involving Charlie’s boozing and whoring and Alan’s fairly pathetic attempts at, well, most stuff.

*****

It is difficult to review this, or anything else involving Charlie Sheen, without considering his relatively recent meltdown (or whatever one might call what happened to him earlier in the year). He blew his top at Chuck Lorre, the producer and creator of this show, he fussed about his salary (c. $2m per episode), he consumed a lot of drink, he admitted to what seems to be a fairly lively coke habit and he made much of his tiger blood and winning. He embarked on a tour, hung out with shapely women and got sacked from this show. »

- Dave Roper

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Continues to Endure

10 August 2011 5:38 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – John Hughes’s creative peak in the 1980s was brought about by a great deal of writing in a very small period of time. According to legend, Hughes wrote the script for his 1986 cult classic, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” in only seven days while under the threat of a writer’s strike. He was gifted at churning out films, but his prolific nature caused him to noticeably repeat himself.

Like “Home Alone,” the box office monster that ultimately tarnished Hughes’s career, “Bueller” is an infectiously silly exercise in wish fulfillment. It lacks much of the insight that fueled his influential portraits of adolescent hell (such as his lovely debut, “Sixteen Candles”), opting for a cartoonish battle of wits between a smart-aleck student, Ferris (Matthew Broderick), and his vengeful principal (Jeffrey Jones). The film often plays like a Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner cartoon crossed with a Chicago travelogue, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Top 10 coolest gangs in film

5 August 2011 9:55 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

The best films are the ones that make you wish you were in them; the best characters make you wish you knew them. In this list we’re going to count down the gangs that we all wanted to be in - regardless of criminal affiliations, murderous tendencies and hairy feet. You know the groups I mean: those bands of characters who had the strongest friendships, the most epic experiences, delivered the most outrageous one-liners and triumphed in the face of adversity. Cool is an unquantifiable state, but each of the following ten groups of people have it in spades. There was just too much cool to include here, but these are my personal favourites.

10. The Breakfast ClubThe Breakfast Club (1985)

Which one were you? Judd Nelson, deliberately antagonising the teacher and everyone else? Ally Sheedy, sprinkling her pencilled countryside scene with dandruff snow? The characters from The Breakfast Club are timeless, »

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There's Something About Chanel Ryan

27 July 2011 9:37 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Actress/model Chanel Ryan tells us that since she made the decision to switch her focus full time to acting, she has been busy with a number of new 'genre' feature film projects.

"I Just finished shooting the comedy/horror film 'Bad Kids Go To Hell' in Texas and Wow was it Hot!," said Ryan. "We basically went straight from filming in Dallas to San Diego Comicon to unveil the teaser, and do a bit of promotion.

"'Bad Kids' started out as a best selling indie comic book series/graphic novel of the same name, written by Barry Bazza Wernick who is also the film's producer. Matthew Spradlin is the director.

"Fans of the series will be happy to know that since both writers were on set everyday, the project is staying true to the comic in production, script & mood...sort of a "Breakfast Club" meets 'The Grudge'. »

- Michael Stevens

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Web Series Throwing Stones Announces Season 2 Is a Go with Director Jon Keeyes at the Helm

27 June 2011 2:16 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

All you fans of the Saturday Schoolers at Blair High will be tickled to death to know the popular web series Throwing Stones has not only announced that Season 2 has been greenlighted, but they've nabbed veteran director Jon Keeyes to head the project.

And as if the news couldn't get any better, producers have claimed that the new season of Throwing Stones will transition from the psychological thriller style you’re used to into a no-holds barred slasher mode. As if Saturday detention wasn't crappy enough already. Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy never had it this bad.

From the Press Release

Popular indie horror director Jon Keeyes (Suburban Nightmare, American Nightmare) has signed on to direct the second season of the award winning teen horror web series Throwing Stones, which stars Chad Cox (Powder, The Good Guys), Cherami Leigh (Fast Food Nation, HBO's Temple Grandin), Rebekah Kennedy (Creature, Season of the Witch »

- Doctor Gash

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