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Hey, Toronto! Twitch Presents Sean Penn Getting Stoned! Fast Times At Ridgemont High At The Tiff Bell Lightbox Tonight!

18 November 2011 9:18 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The Teen Comedy edition of the Twitch-presented Back To The 80's series continues at the Tiff Bell Lightbox tonight with the Cameron Crowe scripted, Amy Heckerling directed Fast Times At Ridgemont High.Based on a book by Cameron Crowe (which he wrote after posing as a student at his old high school to see how times had changed since his own teen years) and directed by Amy Heckerling (Clueless), Fast Times assembles a fabulous young ensemble cast--including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates, Sean Penn (as über-stoner Jeff Spicoli) and, in small roles, Eric Stoltz, Nicolas Cage, Forest Whitaker and Anthony Edwards--for a chaotic, hilarious, free-flowing ode to the chaos and drama of teenage life. Chronicling a year in the lives of two star-crossed »

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Die Laughing: 50+ of the Most Hilarious Horror Movies

28 October 2011 6:34 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

It's that time of year again - pumpkins line porches, bags of candy fill the drugstore shelves, and children everywhere are encouraged by their parents to ring the bells of strangers' houses and demand handouts.

Halloween season also is the one time of year where it's pretty much impossible to avoid horror movies. If you're a horror fan like I am, there's really no change in your viewing habits because you were probably going to be watching Suspiria and The Abominable Dr. Phibes tonight anyway. But if you're only a seasonal horror fan, it can be a bit daunting to navigate the sea of bloody entertainments that flood the airwaves this time of year.

To that end, we've put together a list of over 50 horror movies that are as funny as they are scary (whether intentionally or by accident). Hopefully with the list below as a reference, even the most »

- Brian Juergens

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Fast Times At Ridgemont High and Dazed And Confused Blu-ray Reviews

24 September 2011 6:37 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Universal has been releasing Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Dazed and Confused together for a while now. I guess it makes sense. They’re both “party” films in that it’s hard to imagine Fast Times having the impact it did without Sean Penn’s Jeff Spicoli character, and Dazed and Confused second half is virtually one long party. Universal has embraced that, often selling both with pot jokes. Fast Times follows a group of teens (including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Penn, Judge Reinhold and more) as they look for love and deal with sex in high school, while Confused follows a set of juniors (including Jason London, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey and Adam Goldberg) as they are about to become seniors and become rulers of the school. Our reviews of both Fast Times and Dazed and Confused on Blu-ray follow after the jump. First, it should be »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Blu-ray)

8 August 2011 8:40 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Starring: Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Phoebe Cates

Director: Amy Heckerling

The Scoop: (1982) Cameron Crowe may be best known now as the director of films like "Almost Famous," but this is his first major contribution to Hollywood. He wrote this after going under cover at a local high school for Rolling Stone. The coming of age comedy has become a cult classic thanks to star-making turns from a number of future Hollywood powerhouses including Penn.

Special Features: Commentary, behind-the-scenes featurette, trailer

Rated R, 90 min. | Watch the trailer »

- NextMovie Staff

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JoBlo's Geek Chicks Podcast: Creepy Van. Free Candy.

5 August 2011 2:01 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Click above to Listen Now! Want to hear some scary campfire stories? We don't have any but we do think that collecting serial killer memorabilia is a little f*cked up. Although, I did get a letter from that Zodiac man. He seems like a nice guy. Speaking of guys, The Change-up will never be as cool as Vice Versa. There's no way you can top Judge Reinhold acting like a 12-year old Fred Savage. Also, poor Jaci, she can still smell Vegas in her luggage and it stinks of old smokey shame. »

- Niki Stephens

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This week's new DVD & Blu-ray

22 July 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Fast Times At Ridgemont High

This week Universal is releasing a selection of teen movies on Blu-ray, including American Grafitti, Dazed And Confused and Animal House.

Hidden among them is 1982's Fast Times, one of the most authentic and painfully funny accounts of those difficult teenage years. Directed by Amy Heckerling, it's perhaps more notable for Cameron Crowe's script. In the late-70s, having already lived the Rolling Stone-writing adventures that formed the movie Almost Famous, the young-looking, 22-year-old Crowe went undercover at a San Diego high school, and the resulting book also yielded his first screenplay. The movie is great for spotting actors in before-they-were-famous roles: while Jennifer Jason Leigh and Judge Reinhold take the leads, talented newcomers like Forest Whitaker, Eric Stoltz, Anthony Edwards and Nicolas Coppola (later Cage) show up in the background. But the movie is stolen by a young Sean Penn, delivering perhaps the »

- Phelim O'Neill

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Our Favorite Speeches: 'Stripes'

18 July 2011 6:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

We started the "Our Favorite Speeches" column with Animal House, and now we're back with another classic comedy clip from my childhood: Bill Murray's motivational speech to his motley crew of soldiers in Ivan Reitman's 1981 military farce Stripes. By this point Murray had already mastered his own style of confident hucksterism, and his skill at owning the screen is never more apparent than when he's simply "rambling." The following clip may not be as iconic as Murray's delivery of "Dat's the fact, Jack!," which shows up a bit later in the film, but it does offer a young Bill Murray at the top of his goofy game. You'll also spot old friends like Harold Ramis, John Candy, Judge Reinhold, and John Diehl as members of John...

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Ten Awesome Movie-Star Cameos in Pop Videos

4 July 2011 12:08 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

To celebrate our newly unveiled Music section, we’re dusting off some of the older posts dedicated to that area of things, starting with this early offering from yours truly, which was about article number five after I joined what was then ObsessedWithFilm. Great to see I haven’t developed in any way…

Rumour has it that actors all want to be rock stars, the same way that musicians seek the “next level” of their career by turning their hand to acting. Whether that’s strictly true or not is a matter for debate, but what is certain is that the two trends have often combined to make both cinematic music videos (just ask 30 Seconds to Mars), but also to offer the magical sight of some of the world’s greatest acting talents (I’m not saying that’s true of everyone down below) getting their glam on in those videos. »

- Simon Gallagher

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Sean Penn Channels Jeff Spicoli at Guys Choice 'Fast Times' Reunion (Video)

9 June 2011 12:06 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sean Penn might have a couple of Oscars under his belt, but he's still Spicoli after all these years. The "Milk" actor was on hand for Spike TV's "Guys Choice" awards on Saturday with several of his castmates from the 1982 classic "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," which was inducted into the Guy Movie Hall of Fame. Surrounded by Forest Whitaker, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus and "Fast Times" director Amy Heckerling (as well as Robert De Niro, who bestowed the antlered trophy), Penn revisited his surfer/stoner character Jeff Spicoli, delivering the »

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Image/Video of the Day: Fast Times at Ridgemont High Cast Reunite

9 June 2011 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

In honor of the film's 30th anniversary this year, the cast of Fast Times at Ridgemont High reunited at Spike TV's Guy Choice Awards back on June 4th. The actual awards ceremony airs on TV tomorrow night, but Spike was cool enough to put most of the highlights on their website, including this one. Unfortunately none of the main actresses were available, but it's still cool to see some of the main players back together again, as well as Sean Penn try on the voice of Spicoli one last time. Featured in this image, we have: From left: Taylor Negron (the pizza delivery guy); Forest Whitaker (Charles Jefferson); Amy Heckerling (director); Brian Backer (Mark "Rat" Ratner); Judge Reinhold (Brad Hamilton); Robert Romanus (Mike Damone); and Sean Penn (Jeff...

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Guys Choice Awards: Blake Griffin, Judge Reinhold and more talk man-crushes

6 June 2011 5:13 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

It was a guys' night out on Saturday (June 4) at Spike TV's annual "Guys Choice Awards." Among the honorees of the evening were "Funniest Mother F***er" Jim Carrey, "Rookie of the Year" Blake Griffin and "Brass Balls" recipient, Keith Richards.

Zap2it was on the red carpet asking a few of the attendees about some of their biggest man-crushes. It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it.

We can think of plenty of guys who have a man crush on L.A. Clipper, Griffin, but when we spoke with the him, the athlete revealed a soft spot for teammate DeAndre Jordan. The two arrived, walked the carpet and sat together during the show. Dare we call them "dates?"

"Reno 911's" Tom Lennon and Ben Garant were amped to present the "Manvention of the Year" award for 3D Japanese pornography... or something. [Related: Stay tuned for our "Being a Girl at Guys Choice" perspective post coming later this week.]

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Sean Penn to reunite with 'Fast Times' cast

4 June 2011 1:10 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sean Penn will reunite with the director and cast of his breakout film Fast Times at Ridgemont High at tonight's Spike TV's Guys' Choice Awards. The coming-of-age drama is to be inducted into the network's Guy Movie Hall of Fame, and Robert De Niro will present the cast with the award. The event will see Penn reunited on stage with the likes of Judge Reinhold, Brian Backer, Forest Whitaker and Robert Romanus, as well as the film's director Amy Heckerling. Jennifer Jason Leigh is said (more) »

- By Tom Ayres

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Penn And Fast Times Cast To Reunite At Awards Show

3 June 2011 4:01 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sean Penn will reunite with his Fast Times At Ridgemont High castmates and director on Saturday when the high school comedy is inducted into the Guy Movie Hall of Fame at Spike TV’s Guys Choice Awards.

Penn, who played stoner icon Jeff Spicoli in the 1982 film, will reportedly join co-stars Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer and Forest Whitaker, and director Amy Heckerling at the event in Los Angeles, according to

Robert De Niro will present the cast with trophies. »

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Hey Bud! Guys Choice Awards to Reunite 'Fast Times' Gang

3 June 2011 3:56 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

The cast of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" will reunite to party at the Guys Choice Awards. Jeff Spicoli would most definitely approve.

Sean Penn, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Forest Whitaker and director Amy Heckerling will be present at Spike TV's Guy Choice Awards to witness "Fast Times" being inducted into the Guy Movie Hall of Fame, according to Inside TV.

Hopefully, they'll play Sammy Hagar's title song as they approach the stage. Or at least Billy Squier's "Fast Times (The Best Years of Our Lives)."

Bummer, though, that Stacy and Linda won't be able to make it, as Jennifer Jason Leigh is in New York starring in a Broadway production of "The House of Blue Leaves" and Phoebe Cates is unavailable.

We wonder if Phoebe still has that red bathing suit? We wonder that quite often, actually...

The Guys Choice Awards will air on Spike TV on Friday, »

- Bryan Enk

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'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' reunion? Spike to honor film with Guys Choice Award

3 June 2011 2:53 PM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn may have called it quits, but they'll still both be on hand for Saturday's taping of the Spike Guys Choice Awards.

Johansson is signed on to present (along with Justin Timberlake, Jason Bateman, Eva Mendes and more), but now EW is reporting that Penn will be on hand to be inducted into the Guy Movie Hall of Fame.

"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" will reportedly be honored at the testosterone fueled award ceremony. Penn will be joined by director Amy Heckerling and castmates Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer and Forest Whitaker.

If you thought this couldn't get any cooler, you'd be wrong. The award will be doled out by none other than Robert De Niro, who will also be presenting Keith Richards with the coveted Brass Balls award.

Zap2it will be on the red carpet (and backstage!) catching all the action on our »


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TVLine Items: Spike Reunites Fast Times Gang, Glenn Beck's End Date, and More News to Know

3 June 2011 12:04 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Fast Times at Ridgemont High will be inducted into the Guy Movie Hall of Fame at Spike TV’s 2011 Guys Choice spectacle, which means– whoa, Mr. Hand! — we’re getting a mini-reunion of the cast from the seminal ’80s flick.

Sean Penn — yes, Academy Award winner Sean PennJudge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Forest Whitaker (another Oscar winner!), and director Amy Heckerling will all take the stage to accept the honor from film vet Robert De Niro, reveals. Among the Mia, Jennifer Jason Leigh is busy on Broadway, while Phoebe Cates is “unavailable.”

Spike’s Guys Choice bash airs Friday, »

- Megan Masters

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Spike TV's 'Guys Choice' to reunite 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' cast onstage, honor Keith Richards -- Exclusive

3 June 2011 6:23 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

In the mood for some tasty waves, a cool buzz, or at least a mini-reunion of the cast of Fast Times at Ridgemont High? EW has learned that the legendary high school comedy will be inducted into the Guy Movie Hall of Fame at Saturday’s taping of Spike TV’s Guys Choice event, with Fast Times cast members Sean Penn, Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer, Forest Whitaker, and director Amy Heckerling appearing together onstage in Los Angeles to accept the honor. (Alas, Jennifer Jason Leigh is busy starring in the Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves and Phoebe Cates is unavailable. »

- Dan Snierson

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Bodyswap? Dull, Pets Bodyswap? Hot

24 May 2011 9:59 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The body swap comedy formula is getting another go around the yard - this time with pets according to Variety.

New Line Cinema and Mandalay Pictures are developing "Furry Friday", a live-action family film which aims for a four-legged take on the classic body-swapping comedy. This time instead of a mother-daughter swapping minds, it's a dog and a cat.

David H. Steinberg ("Puss in Boots") has been brought onboard to rewrite the script's first draft by Cathy Schulman ("The Illusionist") and Adam Stone ("Limitless"). The latter two will produce the film.

We've seen many versions of the bodyswap formula before, including the Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman-led "The Change-Up" opening this Summer. From two versions of "Freaky Friday", to Steve Martin and Lily Tomlin in "All of Me", Guy Pearce and Claudia Karvan in "Dating the Enemy", Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron in "Like Father, Like Son", Rob Schneider »

- Garth Franklin

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New this Week: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,’ and ‘Vanishing on 7th Street (DVD)’

18 May 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger TidesJohnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane

Movie of the Week

Pirates of the Caribbean: on Stranger Tides

The Stars: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Ian McShane

The Plot: Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too.

The Buzz: Who dares to release a film on the same day as the next Pirates film? No one dares. Well, slight correction — Woody Allen dares, but Midnight in Paris is a limited release. Really looking forward to that one too…but back on task…

I will admit my bias, as I absolutely adored the first three Pirates films, but that aside, this film’s first trailer knocked my socks off. Though it be a mere trailer, it had it all: Jack Sparrow (the »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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'Beverly Hills Cop' Turns Heat Back On With Blu-ray

17 May 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Has it really been 27 years since Eddie Murphy became a mega-star with a little comedy called "Beverly Hills Cop?"

The movie became the highest-grossing film of 1984—yes, making even more than "Ghostbusters"— and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. And of course you couldn't escape the comedy's radical soundtrack, which featured hits like the Pointer Sisters' "Neutron Dance," Glenn Frey's "The Heat Is On" and the ubiquitous synth theme "Axel F."

This Blu-ray debut is simply the best the movie has ever looked or sounded at home.

"Beverly Hills Cop" could have been a drastically different movie with Mickey Rourke or Sylvester Stallone in the lead (both were considered), but the role of Axel Foley ultimately went to the rising "Saturday Night Live" star Murphy, who was already on a big-screen tear with 1982's "48 Hrs" and '83's "Trading Places." But "Cop" would be his solo star-making vehicle. »

- Robert DeSalvo

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