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(*Note. B. Alan, here. Thank you for putting up with me throughout the year. I know you secretly love to hate me, and vice versa. I just wanted to introduce you to Robert Sean Shankstone (aka Rob-Sean or "Broke Bobby", as some call him). He is a good friend of Brian Balchack, and, as a family man struggling to make ends meet, we thought he'd offer a different take on the Top 10 lists being ponied up by our resident critics (all of whom have seen ten times the movies that Robert has). I also didn't want you to hate this Top 10 list because you saw my name at the top of the story. I am just the content publisher in this case. I have nothing to do with this piece. So, without further ado, here is Broke Bobby. We will be offering up plenty of contributing writers as we head »
When Glee first arrived on the small screen in the wake of the High School Musical phenomenon, it initially appeared that it would be satirising the genre while exploiting exactly what made it some popular in the first place. Whether that was the intent or not, it ended up only doing the latter and has creatively suffered ever since. Pitch Perfect feels a lot closer to what Glee could have been had it stayed true to that original course reached its full potential.
So here we get a protagonist (Anna Kendrick’s Beca) who prefers to produce and mix her own music and approaches the idea of performing with the a capella groups with a huge degree of cynicism. There’s also characters like the unashamedly blasé Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson), who calls herself that so “twig bitches like you don’t do it behind my back.” The super enthusiastic about a capella characters, »
- Joe Cunningham
The Golden Age of teen and tween adventure movies was found in the 1980s and 1990s. Many of our readers were brought up on the films of these decades, or were old enough to enjoy them as adults. Yet the people who wrote the stories and dialogue never became as famous as the directors or child stars.
While childhood wish-fulfillment epics like Gremlins (1984) and The Goonies (1985) made writers like Chris Columbus Hollywood mainstays, and John Hughes reigned as king of the coming-of-age films, not everyone was so lucky – even if their films still enjoy sizable cult followings.
But we can’t help but wonder: whatever happened to those writers that caught lightning in a bottle once, and never again? Never ones to leave stones un-turned, we’ve done the digging to answer the question: ‘80s & ’90s Cult ...
Click to continue reading ’80s & ’90s Cult Movie Writers: Where Are They Now? »
- Andrew Dyce
Screenwriters, actors and directors all do their best to try and capture the teenage experience, but it's a difficult one to replicate with any degree of authenticity. Teens can be both open and mercurial, stubborn and vulnerable and sometimes just a complete mystery, and their feelings and actions can only be understood if you've been through it yourself. For every John Hughes movie, the rare director to have captured that voice so perfectly, there are dozens more films that just don't quite get it. But for directors Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims, they wisely realized that teens themselves are the best subjects for the camera. They are the duo behidn the AFI Audience Award-winning "Only the Young." Produced by Derek Waters, the man behind "Drunk History," the documentary tracks the lives of a few kids in Southern Calinfornia as they go through the familiar ups and downs of love and life. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Molly Ringwald is developing a Lifetime series about a mom who moves back to her hometown and has to deal with some lingering social baggage from her high school days. According to Variety, Ringwald's character will be "evocative" of her characters in John Hughes movies, though it's not clear if that means she's rich and misunderstood, poor and misunderstood, or middle class and largely ignored. »
- Margaret Lyons
Chicago – “ParaNorman” better be included in any conversation of the best animated films of 2012 and the excellent Blu-ray from Universal, released today, makes that case even further than the theatrical one with a stellar collection of special features and beautiful HD transfer. I love this movie.
The team behind “Coraline,” also a must-see animated film from the last decade, have produced a wonderful gem about tolerance and individuality filtered through the films of the ’80s. It’s John Hughes meets John Carpenter in this tale of a boy who can see dead people and how his unique gift first demonizes him and then makes him the savior of his small town. Consistently smart, funny, sweet, and even thrilling, “ParaNorman” is a blast.
And the special features on the Universal Blu-ray are a wonder for fans of the film. The first movie in some time to fully employ the fantastic U-Control, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
In honor of the holiday weekend, Indiewire has decided to count down the top 10 grossing films where Thanksgiving itself factors into the film. While Thanksgiving might be an intensely popular time to go to the movies, it's not exactly a powerhouse of a film subject in itself. Only 7 films with Thanksgiving as a major plot or setting point have grossed over $20 million domestically, and only one of those films - last year's Adam Sandler comedy "Jack & Jill," which is distubringly the #1 exampe - was released in the past 10 years. If one adjusts for inflation, two classics from the mid-1980s are the clear winners: 1987's John Hughes comedy "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" (which took in $99.4 million in 2011 dollars) and Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters" ($85.5 million). Here's the top 10 (without adjusting for inflation). Note that the holiday is a more dominant theme in some films over others. »
- Peter Knegt
One week from today, everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving movie, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, turns 25 years old. By a certain logic, we should therefore make next Sunday’s Scenes We Love post devoted to the John Hughes classic. But that would make it late for the holiday this Thursday — on or before which many sites will post their obligatory write-up on the wacky road comedy, which stars John Candy and Steve Martin as unfortunate traveling companions on their way home for turkey day. Also an occasion and a beloved film like this deserve the eight days of celebrating. Unlike some other memorable and highly quotable works, this one is not the sort that we could include every single scene as a scene we love. Mostly, we just refuse to feature the famous “those aren’t pillows!” bit, and not just because of the homophobic aspect. It’s just really not that funny. Not »
- Christopher Campbell
It's been awhile since we chatted about a comedy in The JoBlo Sunday Night Movie Chat. You could even say it's been too long. Well, I'm going to fix that this week. With Thanksgiving coming up next week, there is really only one movie that really feels appropriate to discuss. This week we chat about the John Hughes classic, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles! For the past year, yours truly has been hosting The JoBlo Sunday Night Movie Chat every Sunday night at 7pm Est. We've chatted »
- James Orrell
Fresh from its Audience Award win at AFI Fest yesterday, the amazing and beautiful nonfiction teen movie Only the Young has a brand new trailer, and we’re happy to unleash it out into the world. Directed by newcomers Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims, a duo who can’t seem to get away from being called the filmmakers of tomorrow, this candid look at a trio of evangelical skate punks in a Southern California desert town is one of the most honest movies I’ve seen in a long time. And it deserves to be seen no matter any of your prejudices against documentary (you’ll often forget it is one), religious youth (you’ll forget all about Jesus Camp) or the plethora of lookalike skater films (beyond its skin, there are no similarities between this and 2011′s Dragonslayer). Believe me that you’ll fall in love with this movie, as »
- Christopher Campbell
Aubrey Plaza is known for her deadpan hilarity on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," but the actress has stuck to drama when choosing her film roles. Plaza tells Zap2it that it's a completely calculated move on her part, designed to avoid typecasting.
In "Safety Not Guaranteed," on DVD and Blu-ray now, Plaza stars as a newspaper intern charged with befriending a guy who took out a classified ad seeking a partner to time travel with him, and ends up falling for him instead of helping with the article her boss wants her to write.
Zap2it spoke with Plaza about the movie, her typecasting fears, her jerk costars (find out who below) and her next film, the comedy "The To Do List." Check out what she had to say:
Zap2it: What struck you about "Safety Not Guaranteed" that led you to sign on to the movie?
Plaza: Honestly, I just loved the story. »
Comedies honoring Thanksgiving are few and far between; in fact that goes for all of film, there just aren’t many that put Thanksgiving at the center, and that makes Planes, Trains & Automobiles a rare animal. To sweeten the pot it has Steve Martin and John Candy in their heyday under the guidance of the nostalgia king of film, John Hughes. The elements mix together to create one of the greatest comedies of the 1980s and one of the best films in the filmographies of Martin, Candy, and Hughes. A precious few films retain their appeal so well for so long, and it’s even harder for comedies whose effectiveness depends, at least in part, on the audience not expecting the comical outcome. That we can still laugh uproariously as Steve Martin grates under the friendship of John Candy speaks volumes to the very basic but resilient nature of Planes, »
- Lex Walker
Earlier this year, the first trailer for Struck by Lightning debuted, and it looked like a very promising screenwriting and big screen debut for "Glee" star Chris Colfer. He seems to have captured the voice of the current teenage generation, and that hasn't been done in a way that is accessible to all audiences very easily or often. Now a new trailer has arrived, and it continues to look spectacular, reminiscent of the fine work John Hughes turned in throughout the 80s. Colfer is joined by great talent like Rebel Wilson, Christina Hendricks, Sarah Hyland ("Modern Family") Allison Janney and more. This looks great! Watch it! Here's the new trailer for Brian Dannelly's Struck by Lightning originally from Yahoo: A personal raincloud can be deadly. After being struck and killed by lightning, high school student Carson Phillips recounts the way he blackmailed his fellow classmates into contributing to his literary magazine. »
- Ethan Anderton
Josh Schwartz makes his first full-feature film in Paramount/Nickelodeon.s .Fun Size,. a fun, teen comedy film that revolves around Halloween. The script by Max Werner was one of the Black List scripts of 2010, and now, it.s finally produced. Schwartz comes from the world of TV (.The O.C.,. .Gossip Girl,. .Chuck,. .Carrie Diaries.) brings his storytelling sensibilities to the big screen.
*** What made him choose .Fun Size. as his first full-feature film directing gig
*** Max Werner.s script
*** The John Hughes films
*** Perfect mix of drama and comedy
*** Chelsea Handler.s performance in the film
*** Johnny Knoxville.s character
*** The scene-stealer of the movie, the funny little kid, Jackson Nicoll
*** What is he going to be for Halloween?
She may only be 19 years old, but Victoria Justice already has a resume that includes singer, dancer, star of her own Nickelodeon TV show ("Victorious") and is making the leap to the big-screen for her first starring role.
Fun Size finds her character Wren forced to look after her annoying little brother the same night as Aaron Riley (Thomas McDonell) - the hottest guy at school, obvi - is having his big Halloween party and getting a ride there from two well-meaning nerds (Thomas Mann, Osric Chau) turns her and her bestie's (Jane Levy) plans upside down.
Justice recently touched down in Toronto to talk about starring in "The O.C" creator Josh Schwartz's directorial debut, which she likens to a John Hughes movie, her feelings about Halloween and what her fans can expect from Fun Size.
Watch our 1-on-1 with Victoria Justice after the jump. »
- Andrea Miller
Directed by Richard Bates Jr.
Screenplay by Richard Bates Jr.
Writer-director Richard Bates. Jr. draws on years of movie-watching for his audacious feature debut Excision. The most obvious influences for Excision is possibly Brian DePalma’s Carrie, Todd Solondz’s Welcome To The Dollhouse and Michael Lehmann’s Heathers. Toss in equal parts Gregg Araki, Dario Argento, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and John Hughes and an ending reminiscent of Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers - and Excision might just be the best “adolescent misfit” movie in a very long time.
Richard Bates Jr.’s dark domestic offbeat black comedy (a passion project converted from his 2008 short with the same name), is greased up with enough cultural references, sarcasm, graphic sex and bloody violence to turn John Waters into a preacher man. Yet despite the controversy stirred up earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, it is important to note that »
Victoria Justice is one of TV's biggest stars, but the actress will find out in two short weeks if she can be just as "Victorious" on the big screen. The Nickelodeon star headlines The First Time, about two teens who fall in love over the course of a weekend, which opens in limited release today. Then, next week (Oct.26), her Halloween movie Fun Size hits theaters -- it's about a teen who loses her brother while taking him trick-or-treating.
Victoria spoke with KidsPickFlicks about how she chose these roles to kick off her path to movie stardom. "When I first heard about The First Time, I became obsessed with the script and every character in the script," she says. "I thought I don't care about scheduling or whatever, I just wanted to be a part of this movie. I met with Jon [Kasdan, the writer/director], he's so funny, warm, friendly and intelligent."
- email@example.com (Tara the Mom)
Anthony Michael Hall is an actor who has undergone a pretty impressive transformation over the course of his career. While he started out as a teen playing geeks and nerds in John Hughes movies, as he aged he grew to a strong size and is now almost unrecognizable to his fans from the 80s. Also, unlike some of his Brat Pack cohorts, he has kept his acting career going, taking roles in movies like The Dark Knight and television shows like Community and Warehouse 13. And now he.s found a place in the next movie from Academy Award nominated filmmaker Bennett Miller (Moneyball). Variety has gotten word that Hall has joined the cast of the true life thriller, which already stars Steve Carell, Mark Rufallo, Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller. The script was written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman and tells the story of John du Pont, »
A new crowd-sourced side of Naval intelligence was explored on NCIS: Los Angeles when a diner blew up with four men inside.
The cold war days of recruiting cryptographers with a difficult puzzle in the newspaper was updated to the 21st century through a computer game called Wide Awake. It's a rather cool idea, except for the whole getting killed thing.
It was pretty obvious from the beginning that Astrid, not Hoffman, was the game's missing elite player. She definitely didn't make it easy for NCIS to find her. The most informative part of her character wasn't about her at all; it was about Kensi.
The back stories of the NCIS boathouse crew are given out slowly and only in tiny bits. In "The Fifth Man," we found out that Kensi ran away after her father's death and lived on the streets for a year. That explained why Kensi was »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Carla Day)
If I were to compile a list of my ten favorite movie experiences in the time I’ve been at EW, for number one — just edging out the night I spent drinking into the wee hours with Russell Crowe — I’d probably have to choose the first time I saw Boogie Nights at the 1997 Toronto Film Festival. It was a little like the first time I saw Pulp Fiction — Boogie Nights had that kind of virtuoso rock & roll Gen-x Scorsese dazzle, and it gave you that kind of brain-spinning cinematic high. Its writer-director, Paul Thomas Anderson, had taken on the »
- Owen Gleiberman
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