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When Harry Met Sally... (1989) Food for Thought

29 August 2014 2:15 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Anne Marie here on the 25th anniversary of a genre classic.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that any romcom made after 1989 owes large thematic debts to When Harry Met Sally… From the Meet Cute to the Bickering Couple to the Final Romantic Gesture (usually involving holidays and/or running), When Harry Met Sally… set a template that has defined an entire genre, and--depending on who you ask--killed that genre as well. But despite the cliches, Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s Oscar-nominated comedy script continues to sparkle 25 years later, because it is not a movie about romantic gestures. It is a story about people; their observations, their oversights, and most importantly, their food.

Watching When Harry Met Sally… for the first time, you’d be forgiven for thinking New Yorkers do nothing but eat and argue. As Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) meet, separate, meet again, fall into friendship, »

- Anne Marie

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New York Film Festival sets special screening of 'Spinal Tap'

26 August 2014 10:41 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The 2014 New York Film Festival will host a series of special events, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced in a press release today. A number of films will make their U.S. premieres at the festival, in addition to an anniversary screening that will turn the whole festival up to 11. While dates have yet to be announced, This Is Spinal Tap will receive a 30th-anniversary screening. In 1984, Rob Reiner’s mockumentary satirized the lifestyle of rock musicians and has since been a staple of movie history.

Star and writer Christopher Guest will attend the screening, through no other members »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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‘This Is Spinal Tap’ Gets Anniversary Screening at New York Film Festival

26 August 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2014 New York Film Festival will present a special screening of “This Is Spinal Tap” in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary, with writer-star Christopher Guest on board to appear at the event.

The screening of influential mockumentary “Spinal Tap” — the latest in a string of Nyff anniversary fetes that has in previous years included “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “The Princess Bride” and “Dazed and Confused” — comes on the heels of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the org that presents Nyff, giving its annual Chaplin Award to Rob Reiner, the movie’s director (as well as the helmer of “Princess Bride”).

Prior Nyff anniversary screenings have attracted the attendance of multiple cast members and creatives from the projects being screened; only Guest has so far been confirmed for the Nyff event. Date of the screening remains to be announced

Spinal Tap” joins a roster of Nyff special events that »

- Gordon Cox

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Watch The Princess Bride Re-Imagined As A Horror Movie

26 August 2014 9:19 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It's amazing what a bit of clever editing, some title cards, and a hint of slo-mo can do. In this recut trailer for The Princess Bride, these elements blend to turn a romantic fantasy that was fit for children of all ages into a horror movie in the vein of Single White Female or Dressed To Kill. In 1987, Rob Reiner brought us The Princess Bride, an adaptation of a fairy tale penned by William Goldman. Robin Wright starred as Buttercup, a beautiful--if demanding--princess who'd won the eye of a loyal and dashing farmboy Westley (Cary Elwes). But their love was thwarted when the selfish and vile Prince Humperdink swept in and stole Buttercup away to be his own bride. Everyone knows that Westley returns as the Dread Pirate Roberts to rescue Buttercup from her crooked, crowned captor! But what the trailer above asks is, what he didn't? What if instead »

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What If review: Daniel Radcliffe gets trapped in the Friend Zone

20 August 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Michael Dowse; Screenwriter: Elan Mastai; Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis, Rafe Spall, Megan Park Running time: 102 mins; Certificate: 15

Can men and women ever be 'just friends'? Director Rob Reiner asked the question in 1989 with When Harry Met Sally and we knew the answer then, just as we do from the very beginning of What If. After all, much of the comedy springs like the sweat of desperation from Daniel Radcliffe's brow as he tries to contain his feelings for Zoe Kazan (aka Ruby Sparks), playing the typically cute, clever but kooky heroine who keeps him dangling.

Wallace (Radcliffe) is a med school dropout, which might imply issues around commitment, except that he's split from his long-term college sweetheart and can't get over it. That is until he claps eyes on cartoonist Chantry (Kazan) at one of those cosy, dimly lit parties that only exist »

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Diane Keaton to Receive Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Icon Award

18 August 2014 5:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Zurich Film Festival is to honor Diane Keaton with its Golden Icon Award.

The award, which is in recognition of lifetime achievements, will be presented to the thesp on Oct. 1.

See Also: Film Review: ‘And So It Goes

In a statement, the festival’s directors, Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri, said: “Her longevity is a testament to her ability to consistently reinvent and challenge herself, explore new creative avenues, and her overall prowess as one of the greatest actresses of our generation.”

Keaton won the best actress Academy Award for “Annie Hall,” and was Oscar nominated for “Reds,” “Marvin’s Room” and “Something’s Gotta Give.”

Keaton will present her latest film, “And So It Goes,” in Zurich. The romantic comedy, directed by Rob Reiner and co-starring Michael Douglas, plays in the Gala Premieres section.

The festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, runs Sept. 25-Oct. 5.


- Leo Barraclough

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Diane Keaton to receive Zurich award

17 August 2014 11:49 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Us star of Annie Hall to present new film And So It Goes at the festival.

Us actress Diane Keaton is to receive the Golden Icon Award at this year’s Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5).

The Oscar-winning star of Annie Hall, Manhattan and The Godfather trilogy will also present her latest film, And So It Goes, at the festival. The romantic comedy, directed by Rob Reiner and co-starring Michael Douglas, has been selected to screen in the Gala Premieres section of the Zff, which announced several other titles last week.

The award will be presented to Keaton at the Cinema Corso on Oct 1.

Keaton has starred in more than 60 features and won the Best Actress Oscar in 1978 for her role in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. She has since received three further Academy Award nominations for leading roles in Reds (1981), Marvin’s Room (1996) and Something’s Gotta Give (2003), winning a Golden Globe for the latter.

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TV News: Leftovers, Thrones, Reiner, Kills

13 August 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Leftovers

HBO has announced that it has renewed Damon Lindelof's drama series "The Leftovers" for a second season.

Though debuting to just 1.7 million viewers who watched the premiere live in June, the series has pulled its biggest ratings from time-shifting, encores and streaming and now grabs nearly eight million weekly viewers once all platforms are taken into account. [Source: The Live Feed]

Game of Thrones

One more obvious difference between George R.R. Martin's books and HBO's TV adaptation "Game of Thrones" is that the latter on occasion delivers some gay sex involving characters only suggested as gay in the books. Martin himself recently explained why he never wrote any gay sex into the novels:

"Because none of the viewpoint characters are gay, there are no explicit gay sex scenes in the early books. A television show doesn't have those limitations. Will that change? It might. I've had letters from fans who »

- Garth Franklin

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‘It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's’ Kaitlin Olson Books Recurring Role on ‘New Girl’

12 August 2014 2:36 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Kaitlin Olson has landed a recurring role on Fox's “New Girl.” Olson will play Ashley, returning guest star Rob Reiner‘s fiancee and Jess's (Zooey Deschanel) high school nemesis. Since Reiner plays Jess's dad, you do the math about how well that will go over in sitcom-land. Also read: Fox TV Sells ‘New Girl’ Cable Rights to TBS, MTV The arc begins in the upcoming season's Episode 3, airing in late September. Olson and Reiner won't be the only stars guesting on the episode: Michaela Watkins (“Trophy Wife”) will reprise her role as Schmidt's (Max Greenfield) boss, »

- Tony Maglio

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'It's Always Sunny' star Kaitlin Olson to recur on 'New Girl'

12 August 2014 2:27 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Jess’ father is returning to New Girl, and he’s bringing a fiancé with him!

EW has confirmed that Kaitlin Olson is joining the Fox comedy as Ashley, the fiance of Rob Reiner’s Bob Day and the high school nemesis of Jess and Cece. First appearing in episode three, Olson will have a recurring role.

New Girl returns Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. on Fox. »

- Samantha Highfill

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New Girl Scoop: It's Always Sunny's Kaitlin Olson Joins Cast as Jess' Nemesis — and [Spoiler]'s Fiancée

12 August 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘s Kaitlin Olson is about to cause a perfect storm on New Girl.

The actress is set to recur in Season 4 of the Fox comedy as Ashley, Jess and Cece’s onetime high school nemesis who is now engaged to Jess’ father Bob (returning guest star Rob Reiner), TVLine has learned.

Related New Girl Promotes [Spoiler] to Series Regular

Olson, who joins previously announced Season 4 Newbies Jessica Biel and Reid Scott, will debut in Episode 3, which is slated to air in late September.

New Girl‘s fourth season kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 9/8c.

Related storiesRatings: Teen Choice Awards Steady, »

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'Always Sunny' Star to Romance Rob Reiner on 'New Girl'

12 August 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New Girl is plotting a May-December romance for its fourth season. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Rob Reiner will again reprise his role as Jess' (Zooey Deschanel) father. And he's returning with a fiancee. That lucky lady will be played by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia star Kaitlin Olson. She's booked a recurring gig on the Fox comedy as Ashley — a woman who isn't just the future Mrs. Bob Day, she also happens to be Jess and Cece's (Hannah Simone) high school nemesis. The storyline will be introduced during the third episode of the upcoming season, set

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- Michael O'Connell

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Movie Review – What If (2013)

6 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

What If, 2013.

Directed by Michael Dowse.

Starring Zoe Kazan, Daniel Radcliffe, Adam Driver, Mackenzie Davis and Rafe Spall.


Failed medical student Wallace meets art designer Chantry at a party after a failed relationship. There is an immediate connection and they become great friends, but should they risk their friendship for something more?

I think it was Echo (he of the Bunnymen) that stated, quite without irony, that people are strange. And there are few better cinematic examples this year of how flawed we all are than the screwed up characters featured in Michael Dowse’s What If‘.

Adapted from the stage play Toothpaste & Cigars, by T J Dawe and Michael Rinaldi, Elan Mastai adapts this into a screenplay actually worth paying attention to. More than your average rom-com? Well, yes and a bit no. The no portion does little to astound the audience, anymore than it creates any kind of new or original ideas. »

- Steve Leadbetter

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Luke Wilson Heads For Meadowland

30 July 2014 5:01 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

First announced earlier this year, Olivia Wilde is both producing and starring in the psychological thriller Meadowland. She's now joined in the cast by Luke Wilson, along with Elisabeth Moss and Natasha Lyonne.The scant synopsis of the film we have so far sees Wilde playing a character called Sarah. She's a mother who, following the disappearance of her son, finds her healing process "taking an unforseen turn" as she "goes down an unexpected and dangerous path towards acceptance". Wilson will play her husband, a New York cop. Lyonne and Moss's roles haven't been revealed yet, although Moss's character is apparently called Christa.The film stems from an original screenplay by Chris Rossi, a newcomer with a handful of short films under his belt (and a voice credit as "Tiberium Trooper" in Command & Conquer 3). Reed Morano is the director, making her debut in the chair after working as a cinematographer »

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Box Office Weekend: Lucy at the Box Office with Diamonds

28 July 2014 2:43 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

While critics may be saying relatively the same thing about these films, things are shaping up very differently at the box office for the two big releases this weekend. Lucy, getting slightly worse reviews than its competition Hercules, nevertheless took the first-place spot with $43.9 million – more than enough to be make money against its $40 million budget. Hercules took second with $29.8 million, but the Dwayne Johnson vehicle has a much bigger debt to pay off, still needing to cover over $70 million of its $100 million production costs (and could be doing better overseas).

The rest of the box office is a mixed bag; third place went to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes with $16.8 million, which became a domestic success this weekend by crossing its $170 million costs. The Purge: Anarchy dropped off from its debut week, but it still made a splash, earning $10.5 million and ensuring the low-budget terror franchise will »

- Seth Paul

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Lucy Destroys Hercules at the Box Office

27 July 2014 8:32 PM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" action film we up against Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" action film at the box office this weekend, with "Lucy" coming out a clear winner with $44 million in domestic earnings. "Lucy" is directed by Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element). The film had the biggest opening of any film in his career and earned nearly four times as much as his "Colombiana" action film, starring Zoe Saldana. "Lucy" cost $40 million to make, which means that it's already profitable. And with an international release still on its way, the new movie will be a major hit for everyone involved. It has a 58% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. "Hercules" had to settle for second place with a $29 million opening. That's a disappointing result for a movie that cost $100 million. But with another $29 million coming from international box office, "Hercules" has a good chance of ending up with a total »

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And So It Goes Movie Review

26 July 2014 1:31 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: And So It Goes Director: Rob Reiner Starring: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins, Scott Shepherd and Rob Reiner People can be so stuck in their ways, and be unwilling to change their opinions and views on the people and situations around them, that they often times unfortunately refuse to change their personalities and decisions, even if a new outlook would surely improve their lives. That lack of interest in exploring how new ideas and outlooks can truly improve life is one of the main driving forces in director Rob Reiner’s new romantic comedy, ‘And So It Goes.’ While a forced and unexpected shift in the family dynamic of  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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Box Office: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Lucy’ to Slay ‘Hercules’ With $45 Million Opening

26 July 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brain is beating brawn at the box office as Scarlett Johansson’s “Lucy” outperformed Dwayne Johnson’s “Hercules” on Friday.

Lucy” opened to a higher-than-anticipated $17 million and is headed toward a strong $45 million debut weekend. Meanwhile, “Hercules” grossed $11 million on Friday on track for a $30 million launch.

Johansson plays the titular femme fatale in Luc Besson’s actioner from Universal. She’s a drug mule who turns superhuman when she mistakenly ingests a drug that gives her access to increasingly more and more brain power at the expense of her humanity.

The actress is a formidable threat to Johnson, the quintessential action star, as she’s proven capable of seamlessly alternating between indies and action pics, from an alien in “Under the Skin” to Black Widow in the “Avengers” and “Captain America” movies. Johansson has the highest grossing film of the year in the U.S. so far with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Exclusive sneak peek at And So It Goes with Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton

25 July 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Michael Douglas is back being a cad in this weekend’s romantic comedy And So It Goes. No, friends, this isn’t a very obscure reference to Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five.” Instead, “and so it goes” suggests that life goes on, no matter what gets thrown at you.

In the film, Oren’s (Douglas) big stumbling block later in life comes in the shape of his granddaughter (Sterling Jerins), for whom he’s now suddenly responsible. This wouldn’t be such a bad thing, but Oren is an insensitive, impolite, insolent realtor set in his ways.

Diane Keaton co-stars in And So It Goes as Douglas’ quick-witted and skeptical love interest. Rob Reiner, the director of When Harry Met Sally and Stand By Me, directs.

Watch an exclusive glimpse into the film, featuring interviews with Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, and Rob Reiner, below: »

- Sasha James

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Social Media Buzz: ‘Lucy’ to Out Muscle ‘Hercules’ at the Box Office

25 July 2014 2:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? We analyzed this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson faces off against two foes as Hercules: Scarlett Johansson goes one-on-one with The Great One as ass-kicking sci-fi star “Lucy” and Kellen Lutz, who played the same role in “Legend of Hercules” earlier this year. The “Twilight” favorite fought his way to an $8.8 million opening. It seems certain that WWE’s most electrifying man in all of entertainment will win the “Hercules” battle, but who will win this weekend’s war?

The Atlas-sian shoulders of Johnson have carried the weight of the marketing campaign. »

- Tobias Bauckhage

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