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It figures that Michelle Monaghan, one of too many underutilized actresses usually relegated to playing the hero's wife, would have to go shoestring in order to find a role that allows her to display the range of her talents. She's at her best as Army medic/staff sergeant Maggie Swann in writer-director Claudia Myers's Fort Bliss, a returning-soldier drama that answers the annoyingly ubiquitous "Can women have it all?" question with an exasperated "no." After a 15-month deployment, Maggie returns home to a young son who hardly remembers her. Comfortable living with his dad (Ron Livingston) and soon-to-be stepmother (Emmanuelle Chriqui), he'd much prefer to keep things as they are than honor his parents' agreement to have him go home with his mother. Maggie is ins »
If there’s no official rule against James Marsden landing the girl in his movies, it sometimes seems like there is a conspiracy against him. The Notebook. Enchanted. Superman Returns. He’s always getting left standing, as the odd man out. He even got squeezed out of the X-Men films, and one of the rare occurrences where he actually ended up with the girl was 30 Rock, where he ended up with a Lemon. Clearly, he’s just not good-looking enough.
Well, it seems like he’s finally going to catch a break—in a Nicholas Sparks film, no less!
In The Best of Me, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Guess who's back to romantic comedies? Chris Evans. After years of playing Captain America, Evans is romancing Michelle Monaghan in the trailer for Playing It Cool. He plays a screenwriter who wants to be writing heavier stuff, but his agent (Anthony Mackie) just wants a good romantic comedy script. Enter a woman so perfect in every way - except she's taken. What's a guy to do? I guess we'll find out when the movie is released sometime . . . in the future. There's no Us release date. Let's just hope this isn't as forgettable as The Nanny Diaries or What's Your Number? Front Page Image Source: Voltage Pictures »
The video layers lyrics over scenes from the movie, which follows two high school sweethearts who reunite after being separated for 20 years.
Marsden replaced original cast member Paul Walker in the movie, after Walker tragically died in a car accident in 2013.
The Best of Me will be released in the UK on October 15, and on October 17 in the Us. »
Can it be considered fantasy when someone with the face and charm of Chris Evans is unlucky in love? Maybe so, but Playing It Cool is sticking firmly in romantic comedy territory, as shown by its first trailer.The idea of the cynical romantic, burned too many times by love but perhaps willing to give it just one… more… chance is a well-used trope in rom-coms. So, perhaps is the idea that men and women – particularly those in some state of potential lust – have trouble just being friends.In this case, our love-blighted hero is a screenwriter who is sick of writing romantic comedies and really wants to graduate to action. Part of the problem is his own love life is a mess, and is further complicated when he meets the seemingly ideal Michelle Monaghan. Trouble is, she’s engaged to Ioan Gruffudd, so they decide to be pals. Good luck with that, »
Chris Evans doesn't just play Captain America in the Marvel movies. He also likes to star in quirky little romantic comedies. We've got a trailer for his upcoming flick Playing It Cool, and his Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-star Anthony Mackie is in it, too. The movie also features Michelle Monaghan, Aubrey Plaza, Topher Grace, Luke Wilson, Philip Baker Hall, Giovanni Ribisi, and Martin Starr.
This is the story of Me (Evans), a young man disillusioned by love, who meets a breathtaking young woman, Her (Monaghan), at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Only one problem: she’s engaged. Yet, he engages into a platonic relationship to be able to keep seeing her. Like a young Walter Mitty using the power of imagination and wild vignettes, He will stop at nothing to conquer Her heart.
Playing it Cool looks like an entertaining movie that I'd take »
- Joey Paur
Lady Antebellum knows a thing or two about love songs, and they've offered up their talents to the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation, “The Best of Me.” The film hits theaters Oct. 17, but fans can get an extended peek at it in the music video for Lady Antebellum's single “I Did With You.” The lyric video places the message of the song over scenes from Sparks’ 2011 story of high school sweethearts torn apart by family and separated for 20 years. When they come together again at a funeral, the old sparks rekindle. See video: James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan Give Love a. »
- Jason Hughes
Chris Evans is a rom-com writer who hates rom-coms in the first trailer for the upcoming rom-com Playing It Cool. Got all that? In the film, Evans plays a guy who hates commitment until he happens to meet Michelle Monaghan's character. Unfortunately, she's engaged to be married, although that doesn't stop the two of them from soon getting naked. Evans' character finally takes a stand to win her over with a very dramatic gesture at the beach, but it might not be enough. (Who can resist a romantic gesture at the beach?) Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, Topher Grace, Luke
- Ryan Gajewski
I’m just going to put this out there: romantic comedies are now really hard to write. I mean, as a creative endeavour, it’s a full-on cliché minefield. To correctly balance all the elements required – chemistry, tension, humour, romance – while avoiding the most well-worn cinematic devices, is monumentally difficult. A fool’s errand, some might say. And yet, still they appear, because still writers try to bring something new and fresh to the genre. Still we buy those tickets, and sit in the dark – hoping to be pleasantly surprised, but knowing we will probably be disappointed.
So, here we are again, with a new trailer for another daring attempt. The film is titled Playing It Cool in this preview, but was previously known as A Many Splintered Thing. Does it achieve the impossible dream? Is this film that most elusive of treasures – that mythic creature that continually slips our collective grasp? »
- Sarah Myles
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming romantic comedy "Playing It Cool," starring Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Wilson, Topher Grace, Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, and Phillip Baker Hall. Check it out below. Plot: This is the story of Me (Evans), a young man disillusioned by love, who meets a breathtaking young woman, Her (Monaghan), at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Only one problem: she's engaged. Yet, he engages into a platonic relationship to be able to keep seeing her. He will stop at nothing to conquer Her heart. The new movie is directed by Justin Reardon. A release date has yet to be announced. Trailer: »
Some new photos from the upcoming second season of Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" are up at TV Line. The shots confirm Ichabod makes it out of his coffin and finds Abbie as the pair set out to protect their not-so-sleepy town.
HBO has opted not to move forward with "The Normal Heart" and "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy's sexuality drama "Open". HBO reportedly wanted to re-develop the drama but ultimately Murphy opted against reconceiving the pilot.
The story was described as a multicharacter exploration of the complex, ever-evolving landscape of sexuality, monogamy and intimacy in relationships. Anna Torv, Scott Speedman, Michelle Monaghan and Wes Bentley starred in the pilot. [Source: The Live Feed]
USA Network has moved up the six-episode, sixth and final season of "White Collar" which was originally slated to air next year. Instead, the network plans to premiere the new season on November 6th this year. The »
- Garth Franklin
Voltage Pictures released the first trailer for Chris Evans‘ new romantic comedy “Playing It Cool” on Friday. See video: Chris Evans Talks Evolution From a Career-Launching Banana to Directorial Debut With ‘Before We Go’ The film, formerly called “A Many Splintered Thing,” follows a rom-com (Evans) screenwriter who's disillusioned in the ways of love — at least until he meets Michelle Monaghan. “Love is a downer,” he narrates, “but then I met this girl.” Also read: Chris Evans’ Directorial Debut ‘Before We Go’ Sells to Radius The romantic first meeting involves seducing strangers at a fancy party. ”You know what this seat is made out of? »
- Travis Reilly
Captain America: The Winter Soldier stars Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie are back together again, playing vastly different roles in the first trailer for Playing It Cool, formerly known as A Many Splintered Thing.
Chris Evans plays a screenwriter who is trying to write a romantic comedy, only he is hindered by the fact that he doesn't believe in love himself. That all changes when he meets "Her" (Michelle Monaghan), a young woman he falls for before realizing that she's engaged. Using the power of his imagination, the writer tries to conquer "Her" heart. Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, Ashley Tisdale, Patrick Warburton, Giovanni Ribisi, Topher Grace, Ioan Gruffudd and Luke Wilson round out the ensemble cast in director Justin Reardon's romantic comedy, which doesn't have a release date in place at this time. You can also check out the first photos from Playing It Cool below.
This is the »
“Hey, if that other guy can do it…” When Chris Evans talks about wanting to leave acting behind, maybe he’s talking about movies like Playing it Cool, once called A Many Splintered Thing. The romcom follows a screenwriter who just wants to write action, but is talked into writing a romcom… and somewhere along the […]
- Russ Fischer
Playing It Cool has released a first trailer.
The film centres around a screenwriter (Evans) whose agent wants to push him from doing action movies into rom-coms. Unfortunately, he is deeply suspicious of the concept of love.
He finally meets a wry and witty woman (Monaghan) who seems perfect for him, only to discover that she is engaged to her boyfriend (Ioan Gruffudd).
Playing It Cool is yet to announce a release date. »
This is the story of Me (Evans), a young man disillusioned by love, who meets a breathtaking young woman, Her (Monaghan), at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Only one problem: she’s engaged. Yet, he engages into a platonic relationship to be able to keep seeing her.
Like a young Walter Mitty using the power of imagination and wild vignettes, Him will stop at nothing to conquer Her heart.
On the heels of the successful Snowpiercer, it »
- Michelle McCue
Chris Evans has played a whole lot of dark and troubled characters onscreen, from reluctant time-traveler Captain America in "The Avengers" to the leader of a class war in the futuristic "Snowpiercer." This trailer for "Playing It Cool," which was originally known as "A Many Splintered Thing," is a refreshing change of pace for the handsome star, as he plays a screenwriter who's suspicious of love.
Naturally, this unnamed babe meets his match in a spirited, smart woman played by Michelle Monaghan, whose verve causes him to question everything he knows about love and friendship. Especially since - d'oh - she has a boyfriend. (We're also stoked to see an age-appropriate love interest!) "Playing It Cool" aims to address the hoary old chestnut of whether men and women can be friends, and we're curious to see the results. It's got a cute and quippy cast that includes Aubrey Plaza, Luke Wilson, »
- Jenni Miller
Captain America fans won’t have to wait long to see Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson reunite on the big screen. But, rather than in a superhero film, Chris Evans and Anthony Mackie will actually appear together next in the romantic comedy, Playing It Cool.
Previously titled A Many Splintered Thing, Cool looks to tackle the age-old question of whether a man and woman can just be friends. Chris Evans’ unnamed narrator, who doesn’t believe in love, falls for a woman played by Michelle Monaghan.
Though the two have an initial connection, Evans tries to just play the friend »
- Jonathon Dornbush
The first trailer for new romantic comedy Playing It Cool has arrived online, and you can view it below at your leisure.
A long-delayed film (it was filmed way back in 2012, and has had its name changed from A Many Splintered Thing), the film is directed by feature-debutant Justin Reardon and stars Chris Evans (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as a screenwriter who wants to write an action movie, but is being asked to write a rom-com instead. However, he doesn’t believe in love, and so struggles to find a story for it.
On paper, the film has a pretty impressive ensemble. Alongside Evans are his Winter Soldier co-star Anthony Mackie, as well Michelle Monaghan (True Detective), Aubrey Plaza (Life After Beth), Topher Grace (Interstellar), Luke Wilson (The Skeleton Twins), Philip Baker Hall (Magnolia), Giovanni Ribisi (Ted), Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four) and Martin Starr (Adventureland).
It certainly isn’t anything original or different, »
- Scott Davis
It seems today is the day when trailers for movies shot in 2012 and have been sitting on a shelf are finally arriving. In case you missed it, the first trailer for Susanne Bier's "Serena," starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, just dropped, and now comes the debut promo clip for "Playing It Cool" (which is either the international or new title as it was previously called "A Many Splintered Thing") and we're curious why this film has been collecting dust. Starring a pretty good (on paper at least) ensemble including Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, Luke Wilson, Philip Baker Hall, Giovanni Ribisi and Martin Starr, the sorta-meta Justin Reardon directed movie follows a screenwriter who wants to write an action film but is pushed by his agent to do a rom-com instead. The twist? He doesn't believe in love. Ruh-roh! Frankly, it looks like any number of standard, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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