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Beloved Turkey: Vibes

28 November 2009 8:24 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Alexa from Pop Elegantiarum here to share a turkey for Thanksgiving. When Vibes arrived in theaters in 1988, I was predisposed to like it for a number of reasons. First, there was Cyndi Lauper in her first starring role. In the great Madonna/Cyndi debate of the mid-80s, I was firmly in Cyndi's camp. (Keep in mind that I was 12 years old at the time.) Second was her co-star, Jeff Goldblum, on whom I'd harbored a crush since watching his Seth Brundle awkwardly woo Geena Davis at the beginning of The Fly. (I chose to ignore the gallons of puss he spewed later in the film.) As an added bonus there was Julian Sands, whom I'd also mooned over since he swung from a tree in A Room with a View. Finally, add a zany Peter Falk, pathologically lying à la Vincent Ricardo, and you had the stuff of my cinematic dreams. »

- Alexa

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CBS snags Ums comedy

2 September 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

In a sign that the ice between CBS and NBC Universal is thawing in the wake of NBC canceling the veteran CBS Studios-produced drama "Medium" in May, CBS has picked up a comedy project from Universal Media Studios headlined and co-created by "Reaper" star Bret Harrison.

The untitled project, which has received a script commitment, marks one of the first forays into television for feature producer Scott Stuber, whose Stuber Prods. has been ramping up TV development during the past several months under former 20th TV comedy head Quan Phung.

The multicamera comedy, based on an original idea by Harrison, revolves around two district attorneys -- one in his 20s (Harrison), the other in his 40s -- and the woman between them.

"It's about smart, logical lawyers who realize that logic doesn't work well in the messy and emotional realities of life," Harrison said.

Harrison, who got his start in »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Eastman Adapting Scotch's Time of My Life

9 August 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Nicole Eastman ( The Ugly Truth ) is adapting Allison Winn Scotch's time-travel drama "Time of My Life" for Superb Entertainment and the Weinstein Company, reports Variety . The novel, published last year, centers on a woman with a beautiful house in the suburbs, a loving husband and a baby girl who wakes up seven years in the past with her previous boyfriend and a chance to do her life over. Eastman's credits include The Gilded Lily , a remake of the 1935 Claudette Colbert film from Universal; ABC pilot "The Girl Next Door"; Reese Witherspoon vehicle The Proposal ; and the adaptation of I'm Fine for Paramount and director Ken Kwapis. »

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He’s Just Not That Into You – DVD

14 June 2009 10:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

DVD Review

He’s Just Not That Into You

Directed by: Ken Kwapis

Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Justin Long, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper, Ben Afflleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Connolly

Time: 2 hrs, 3 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Due Out: June 2, 2009

Plot: Many adults are falling in and out of love in this ensemble flick. Gigi (Goodwin) is a blind idealist, Neil (Affleck) never wants to marry, and Anna (Johansson) doesn’t mind going after a married man. They’re all looking for what makes them happy, and of course, love has many different meaning.

Who’s It For? This is a poor man’s version of When Harry Met Sally and Love Acutally. That’s good company even if it can’t hit the level of either of those two films. You’ll find someone to identify with in this romantic dramedy.

Movie: At first it seems this movie is going to »

- Jeff Bayer

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[DVD Review] He's Just Not That Into You

7 June 2009 6:50 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Gigi loves Conor. Conor’s holding out for Anna. Anna’s dating Ben who’s married to Janine. Janine works with Gigi, Mary and Beth. Beth lives with Neil, Ben’s friend, who refuses to marry because he doesn’t believe in the concept. Meanwhile, Gigi consults Alex, Conor’s friend, on the secrets of what men really mean when they say enigmatic things like “I’ll call you.” If all of that sounds like the convoluted plot of a soap opera, you’re half right. What it is is the road map of He’s Just Not That Into You as it explores, somewhat shallowly, the twisting winding road of relationships.

Even as the other characters get a few minutes worth of detours each, the film primarily follows Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) as she receives crash course lessons from Alex (Justin Long) who takes her under his wing when he »

- Lex Walker

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Ken Kwapis Loves Whales As Much As Everybody Else

5 June 2009 7:33 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Everybody loves whales, right? They were the big stars of the Planet Earth series. They were the major plot point of Star Trek IV. They got Ellen DeGeneres to make hilarious whale noises in Finding Nemo. Isn't our love affair with whales pretty well-documented? "No!" cries Ken Kwapis. The He's Just Not That Into You director is in final negotiations at Warner Bros. to direct Everybody Loves Whales, based on a true story about three gray whales trapped under ice near a tiny Alaskan town. Variety isn't saying whether the story has a happy ending, but I mean, come on. The story sounds like something of a departure for Kwapis, who is known for sunny mainstream offerings like Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants as well as directing episodes of The Office. Well, the story will probably end happily, and might involve lots of wacky small-town characters so... maybe not a »

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Kwapis to Direct Whales at Warner Bros.

5 June 2009 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Warner Bros. is in final negotiations with Ken Kwapis to direct Everybody Loves Whales , reports Variety . The script, written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, is based on the story of three California gray whales found trapped in the Arctic ice in October 1988, when their plight created a media circus in the tiny Alaskan town. Besides directing He's Just Not That Into You for New Line, Kwapis has also helmed two other projects for Warner Bros. - The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and License to Wed . »

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Everybody Loves Whales, Right?

5 June 2009 1:14 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With the exception of those nasty guys with the harpoons on those Japanese ships, Everybody Loves Whales, right? So Warner Bros is in final talks with Ken Kwapis to direct a film of the same name, based on a true story of three gray whales trapped in the Arctic ice.Now everyone knows that saving the whales is basically a good thing (apart from those guys with the harpoons doing "scientific research") but in 1988 three gray whales trapped in the Arctic ice off Barrow, Alaska* were rescued  in a massive international effort - involving icebreaker ships from both the Us and Ussr (and this in the middle of the Cold War! Everybody loves whales!) carving a path back to open water and helicopters repeatedly dropping concrete blocks on the ice in an attempt to slushy-fy it.Kwapis is one of the lead directors on the Us version of The Office, »

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Ken Kwapis Believes Everybody Loves Whales

4 June 2009 5:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a story from The Hollywood Reporter, Ken Kwapis will be directing Everybody Loves Whales.

The screenplay follows three California Gray Whales that were trapped under ice at the Arctic Circle in October 1988. As the whales were rescued this became a global event as journalists decamped to the nearby Eskimo town of Barrow, Alaska. In addition to this, the U.S. and Soviet governments worked together to help the whales.

The family friendly screenplay was written by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler.

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Blu-Ray Review: Dull Special Features For Cute ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’

4 June 2009 5:16 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Ken Kwapis’ “He’s Just Not That Into You” is far from a romantic comedy masterpiece but it’s a decent genre entry with an immensely likable cast that will probably entice more than a few renters and maybe even a few buyers. They deserve a better Blu-Ray.

Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0 Like a night of speed dating, “He’s Just Not That Into You” is a mixed bag of hits and misses with enough quality acting and likable characters to recommend a rental but a film that ultimately doesn’t live up to the pedigree of its cast or the potential of its concept.

He’s Just Not That Into You was released on Blu-Ray on June 2nd, 2009.

Photo credit: WB

Ginnifer Goodwin (who steals the film overall) stars as Gigi and, considering she narrates the film and most of the characters spin off from her plot arc, the lead of the story. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Director Ken Kwapis hunts 'Whales'

4 June 2009 9:05 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Ken Kwapis is in final negotiations to direct "Everybody Loves Whales," an environmental family film project being produced by Anonymous Content's Steve Golin and Michael Sugar.

The script tells the story of three California Gray Whales that were found trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle in October 1988. The subsequent rescue attempt became a global event as scores of journalists converged on the nearby Eskimo town of Barrow, Alaska, and the U.S. and Soviet governments enjoyed a rare moment of collaboration.

In addition to the rescue attempt, the script by Jack Amiel and Michael Begler centers on a love story between a nonprofit aid worker and a journalist.

Jon Berg and Jesse Ehrman are overseeing for Warner Bros.

Kwapis, repped by UTA and Code Entertainment, last directed "He's Just Not That Into You," the New Line ensemble romantic comedy that grossed almost $94 million. He also directed Alcon's »

- By Borys Kit

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DVD Playhouse--June 2009

3 June 2009 12:41 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—June 2009

By

Allen Gardner

The International (Sony) An Interpol agent (Clive Owen) joins forces with a Manhattan D.A. (Naomi Watts) to bring down an arms dealing ring and a corrupt global banking cartel that’s funding them. Superlative thriller was oddly ignored by critics and audiences alike, but expertly blends intelligence (courtesy screenwriter Eric Warren Singer’s masterfully-crafted script) and full-throttle action (director Tom Tykwer stages one of the great film shoot-outs in New York’s iconic Guggenheim Museum), making this dynamite thriller reminiscent of the best work from masters such as John Frankenheimer and Robert Aldrich. Armin Mueller-Stahl is wonderful as a world-weary covert op. Bonuses: Extended scene; Featurettes; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby 5.1 surround.

The Jack Lemmon Film Collection(Sony) Five films from the two-time Oscar winning actor, focusing on his early career: Phfft! is a zippy comedy from 1954, one of Lemmon’s earliest films, in which »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Contest: Take Home He's Just Not That Into You on DVD

31 May 2009 8:01 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

He's Just Not That Into You will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 2, and you know we just have to celebrate this new romantic comedy. We have yet another contest running and we're giving away copies of this new DVD to our readers. These new DVD's will surely go fast, so be sure to enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

- He's Just Not That Into You DVD

to enter this big giveaway today.

Remember that really cute guy who said he'd call...and didn't? Maybe He's Just Not That Into You. An all-star cast looks for love and finds laughs in this savvy, sexy, right-now romcom. He's Just Not That Into You You sparkles with zingy aha moments any survivor of the dating wars will recognize. See it with someone you'd like to love.

Special Features

- Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director Ken Kwapis

- »

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Justin Long is intent on "Going the Distance" for New Line.

19 March 2009 | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Justin Long will be starring in the New Line romantic comedy "Going the Distance" which Nanette Burstein ("American Teen") is helming. Offspring Entertainment's Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will produce.   The story written by Geoff Latulippe tells of a man and woman in a long distance relationship who decide that perhaps dating other people closer to home would be more ideal. This marks Latulippe's first official screenplay.   Long was just in Ken Kwapis' "He's Just Not That Into You" alongside Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore and Kevin Connolly     »

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Justin Long is intent on "Going the Distance" for New Line.

19 March 2009 12:32 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Justin Long will be starring in the New Line romantic comedy "Going the Distance" which Nanette Burstein ("American Teen") is helming. Offspring Entertainment's Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will produce. The story written by Geoff Latulippe tells of a man and woman in a long distance relationship who decide that perhaps dating other people closer to home would be more ideal. This marks Latulippe's first official screenplay. Long was just in Ken Kwapis' "He's Just Not That Into You" »

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Justin Long is intent on "Going the Distance" for New Line.

19 March 2009 12:32 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Justin Long will be starring in the New Line romantic comedy "Going the Distance" which Nanette Burstein ("American Teen") is helming. Offspring Entertainment's Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will produce. The story written by Geoff Latulippe tells of a man and woman in a long distance relationship who decide that perhaps dating other people closer to home would be more ideal. This marks Latulippe's first official screenplay. Long was just in Ken Kwapis' "He's Just Not That Into You" »

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The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants Movie Review

4 March 2009 4:34 PM, PST | ScreenStar | See recent ScreenStar news »

Every girl's dream is to have a lifelong friend that you will always have. Well, that is what director Ken Kwapis created in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in 2005. Before it became a major motion picture, it was a nationwide best selling book. This movie will have you laughing and crying all throughout. In The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, we follow four teenage girls who have been friends since childhood. Each girl comes from a different background, but that is what makes them the best of friends, because together they make up one complete soul. They may be four different people but they are all like one person when you put them all together. You have shy, quiet Lena; athletic, pretty, confidante Bridget; short-tempered Tibby who marches to the beat of her own drum; and low self-esteem Carmen. As they are getting ready to take off for the summer, »

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"Madea" stomps "The Jonas Brothers." Disney concert film comes in second.

1 March 2009 | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

  The question whether Disney will go two-for-two with their concert flicks was answered this weekend as the "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience" finished in second place behind last weekend's top-spot-holding "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail." Last year, Miley Cyrus swarmed fans to cinemas with "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour," pounding opposition with a huge $31.1 million from a mere 683 venues. The powerhouse averaged $45,561 per theatre and ended off with a cool $65 million in the U.S. “Jonas Brothers” opened in almost double the amount of theatres, posting $12.7 million at an average of $9,992. Perry’s winning comedy showed a 60% change with $16.5 million grossed when compared to last weekend’s $41 million. The film starring Perry, Vanessa Ferlito, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Sofía Vergara, Derek Luke, Aisha Hunda, RonReaco Lee, David Mann and Tamela J. Mann has pulled in almost $65 million in just two weekends at play. »

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Women Continue to Flock to Hollywood's Female-Hating Chick Flicks

8 February 2009 11:52 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

"No, if he punches you in the face he is not that into you."

Photo: New Line Cinema Peter Travers at Rolling Stone opened his review of He's Just Not That Into You saying: Are women desperate or just desperately stupid? This is the misogynist question at the core of He's Just Not That Into You, a women-bashing tract disguised as a chick flick. I mean really, will women actually line up this weekend to see themselves treated as pawns in a man's stupid game? I hope not. Sorry Peter, but they did. As a matter of fact they lined up in droves and earned the film the #1 spot at the weekend box-office and an estimated $27.4 million despite several horrible reviews and what seems to be a growing hatred for today's female driven features, or chick flicks as we have all come to know them. Take this barb delivered by Sara Vilkomerson at the N. »

- Brad Brevet

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U.S. Audiences Are Just That Into You

8 February 2009 11:07 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With no Superbowl to distract audiences this weekend, the U.S. box office was immensely strong, helped by a great second weekend for Liam Neeson’s Taken.But more on that in a second – the no. 1 film this weekend was the ensemble rom-com, He’s Just Not That Into You, which pulled in a highly respectable estimated $27.5 million.Ken Kwapis’ film, which boasted a cute trailer and an appealing all-star cast including Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifers Aniston and Connolly, and Justin Long, boasted a per-theatre average of $8,650, and with Valentine’s Day coming next weekend, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t continue to do strong business.Speaking of strong business, Liam Neeson has a very particular set of skills: skills he has acquired over a very long period of time. Skills like punching people, and kicking people, and shooting people, and sometimes all three; skills that made »

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