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Sex, booze and stupidity: fratboys on film, from Animal House to Goat

23 September 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The hijinks celebrated in Animal House are depicted as more sinister in Goat – but in other movies there’s recognition than fratboys have evolved, too

The frathouse comedy is almost as much of an all-American institution as fraternities themselves. In 1978, National Lampoon’s Animal House became one of the most profitable movies of all time and Hollywood realised that there was gold in them there locker rooms. Animal House’s uproariously wacky tone, however, couldn’t have been further removed from Goat, the dark drama starring Nick Jonas about a fraternity’s brutal hazing ritual. Out in the Us this Friday, it’s an indication of how America’s attitude has changed towards fraternities, from harmless hijinks to something much more sinister.

After Animal House grossed $141m, having been made on a $3m budget, cinemagoers couldn’t move for snobs and slobs battling in subgenres from sports comedies (Caddyshack, Ski School »

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‘The Edge of Seventeen’ Critical Roundup: Reviewers are Charmed By Hailee Steinfeld’s High School Film

17 September 2016 3:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Edge of Seventeen” is a new coming-of-age dramedy that channels John Hughes’ films such as “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles.” The film stars Hailee Steinfeld as Nadine, a high-school teen whose life gets even more unbearable when her best friend, Krista, starts dating her older brother. Directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, the picture premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and has so far charmed critics.

IndieWire’s David Ehrlich gave the film an A-, calling the it an “instant high school movie classic.”

“‘The Edge of Seventeen’ isn’t just a welcome relief, it’s a genuine lifesaver. Pick a god, any god, and thank them for this movie. More directly, thank Kelly Fremon Craig, whose directorial debut confronts millennial teens with the same authenticity and verve that helped ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ jumpstart a revolution when it crash-landed into the ’80s.”

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- Liz Calvario

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‘The Edge Of Seventeen’ Is An Instant High School Movie Classic — Tiff Review

16 September 2016 8:14 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If movies stopped going to high school, that’s probably because high schoolers stopped going to movies. It was barely a decade ago that we were still basking in the afterglow of the golden age of teen comedies (The French Kiss New Wave), a magical time when all the hair was spiky, all the songs were performed by pop-punk cover bands, and all the graduating seniors were actually in their early 30s (so that Drew Barrymore could more easily slip inside their ranks).

But then the internet happened, emerging from a pubescence of its own, and the Ya boom followed not long after that. Suddenly, high school life was only squeezed on screen in between wizard duels and vampire love affairs, the ghoulish horrors of those hallways made literal through newfangled mythology.

Save for the occasional John Green adaptation and a few standout indies (“Juno” and Gia Coppola’s exquisitely »

- David Ehrlich

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‘Roadies’ Cancelled After One Season at Showtime

16 September 2016 1:05 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Showtime has cancelled “Roadies” after one season, Variety has learned.

Hailing from super group Cameron Crowe, J.J. Abrams and Winnie Holzman, the dramedy that stars Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino revolves around the lives of the road crew for an arena-rock touring band.

Insiders close to the show tell Variety that though the series will not be returning for a second season, the experience of creating the show was “amazingly positive” for all parties invovled.

Crowe penned a blog today, thanking the “Roadies” team and viewers. He wrote: “Thanks to Showtime and J.J. Abrams for the opportunity to make the one and only season of ‘Roadies.’ My mind is still spinning from the giddy highs of working with this epic cast and crew. Though we could tell a thousand more stories, this run ends with a complete ten-hour tale of music and love.”

Despite the mega-talent both on screen and behind the camera, “Roadies »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Horror Highlights: New American Murder Song Ep, Voyeur, Q&A with Z Nation Composer Jason Gallagher

31 August 2016 10:05 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Details on American Murder Song‘s third Ep, The Reckoning, kicks off today’s Horror Highlights. Also: Jennifer Blanc-Biehn joins the cast of Voyeur and a Daily Dead Q&A with Z Nation composer Jason Gallagher.

American Murder Song’s The Reckoning Details: Press Release: “1816, The Year Without A Summer, was an infamous year. A natural disaster blew its vengeance over the American northeast until every damn thing was froze, and the ground became death. Trapped indoors, Mary Shelly penned her classic novel Frankenstein. Two hundred years later, cult film composers Terrance Zdunich (Repo! The Genetic Opera) and Saar Hendelman (The Devil’S Carnival franchise) are resurrecting that fateful year as the setting for a bitter new batch of murder ballads. Prepare thyself for American Murder Song’s third extended play album, III. The Reckoning.

On American Murder Song’s first Ep, I. Dawn, Terrance and Saar led listeners through »

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Mel Gibson and Sean Penn Teaming Up for Unlikely Roles in 'The Professor and the Madman'

3 August 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Both Mel Gibson and Sean Penn broke out big in the summer of 1982. Gibson soared as a haunted loner in action thriller The Road Warrior and Penn stood out as a stoned high school student in the goofy comedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Both had already shown their skills -- Gibson in Mad Max and Gallipoli, Penn in Taps -- and the roles they played in the following years showed the wide range of their dramatic talents. Thanks to the popular Mad Max and Lethal Weapon series, Gibson became known as an action star. He balanced that out with roles in intense dramas and light comedies, and eventually turned to filmmaking, winning two Academy Awards for Braveheart. His latest directorial project, the wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge, is due for release on November 4.   For his...

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Mel Gibson, Sean Penn Set To Star in ‘Professor and the Madman,’ About the Creation of the Oxford English Dictionary

2 August 2016 7:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Mel Gibson is having a busy year in 2016, with his new action film “Blood Father” set for commercial release next month and his latest directorial effort “Hacksaw Ridge” to be in theaters by November. Now, The Hollywood Reporter announces that Gibson and actor Sean Penn will star in a new film entitled “Professor and the Madman.” Gibson acquired the film rights to Simon Winchester’s book of the same name back in 1998, and now it will soon see the light of day.

Read More: Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Emerges as Surprise Awards Contender

“Professor and the Madman” is a tale of two obsessive men trying to complete a project larger than both of them, infusing madness and genius together in the process. Gibson stars as Professor James Murray, a man who in 1857 set out to compile the Oxford English Dictionary, one of the most ambitious projects ever conceived at the time. »

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Cameron Crowe on ‘Roadies': Why Music Fans Need to Put Down Their Phones

24 June 2016 3:24 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

“For me, it’s just cool to be a middleman to some characters that people might relate to,” said writer-director Cameron Crowe, whose characters have included the likes of the quintessential stoner Jeff Spicoli in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” the boombox-hoisting Lloyd Dobler in “Say Anything,” the driven agent Jerry Maguire in the movie that bears his name and the teenaged rock journalist William Miller (based on Crowe’s own adventures) in “Almost Famous,” for which he won a screenwriting Oscar. Crowe’s new cast of characters is on display in the Showtime series “Roadies,” his first foray into episodic television and. »

- Steve Pond

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'Roadies': TV Review

20 June 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Cameron Crowe has all the bona fides — let's get that out of the way right up front. His backstory as a music journalist is legendary, he has more and better stories about rock 'n' roll than you will ever have and among his many films are two that stand out for music fans as cutting right to the emotional bone of why they even listen in the first place — Singles and Almost Famous. And, yes, he did Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Say Anything, which also were fueled by music and, well, other fine films as well.

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- Tim Goodman

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Review: ‘Roadies’ Needs Direction, But Life on the Bus is Fun With Cameron Crowe

17 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Cameron Crowe is a writer defined by his early success. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Say Anything,” “Almost Famous” and “Jerry Maguire” are all landmark films that, no matter what comes next for the man behind them, will remain indisputable classics for the rest of time. Yes, even after unmitigated disasters like “Vanilla Sky” and “Aloha,” Crowe’s early films remain untarnished.

So it’s almost too fitting that the music journalist-turned-filmmaker kicks off the next phase of his career — a television show he’s created, directed and co-written — by using a legendary rock band, past it’s prime but looking to recapture the magic, as an allegorical device for, well, everything; just as it’s fitting that “Roadies” exemplifies the best of Crowe’s earnest exuberances, as well as the potholes he should now know how to avoid.

Even with both in the mix, the new Showtime drama is mostly a fun ride. »

- Ben Travers

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Review: ‘Roadies’ Needs Direction, But Life on the Bus is Fun With Cameron Crowe

17 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cameron Crowe is a writer defined by his early success. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” “Say Anything,” “Almost Famous” and “Jerry Maguire” are all landmark films that, no matter what comes next for the man behind them, will remain indisputable classics for the rest of time. Yes, even after unmitigated disasters like “Vanilla Sky” and “Aloha,” Crowe’s early films remain untarnished.

So it’s almost too fitting that the music journalist-turned-filmmaker kicks off the next phase of his career — a television show he’s created, directed and co-written — by using a legendary rock band, past it’s prime but looking to recapture the magic, as an allegorical device for, well, everything; just as it’s fitting that “Roadies” exemplifies the best of Crowe’s earnest exuberances, as well as the potholes he should now know how to avoid.

Even with both in the mix, the new Showtime drama is mostly a fun ride. »

- Ben Travers

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'The Last Face': Sean Penn’s Passion Project Ripped To Shreds On Twitter After Cannes Debut

20 May 2016 7:26 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Though Sean Penn is best known for his storied acting career, garnering acclaim for performances in films like "Milk," "Mystic River," "Carlito's Way," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," but he's also received acclaim for his directorial work dating back to his 1991 debut film "The Indian Runner." His 2007 film "Into The Wild," an adaptation of Jon Krakauer's book of the same name about Christopher McCandless's trek in the Alaskan wilderness, was nominated for a slew of awards and was a commercial success. But his latest film "The Last Face," about the head of an international aid organization (Charlize Theron) falling in love with a relief doctor (Javier Bardem) amidst war-torn Africa, just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to some of the worst reviews of his career. Though Olivier Assayas' "Personal Shopper" received a few boos and Nicolas Winding Refn's "The Neon Demon" a highly polarized »

- Vikram Murthi

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Let Her Be Horny: Talking Cinema with Amy Heckerling

13 May 2016 1:02 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Amy HeckerlingThe films of Amy Heckerling reveal a heart guarded and tender, a penchant for the past without a whiff of the maudlin. Who could forget her debut, Fast Times at Ridgemont High? Directed from Cameron Crowe's script, the 1982 film gave us frank portrayals of sexuality and the detailed minutiae of growing up, suspended in the hazy tedium of high school, all without condescension or patronizing. Totally righteous. Heckerling proved attuned to the particulars of comedy with her next feature Johnny Dangerously (1984), a waggish send-up of the 1930s gangster comedy. In its cheeky beginning, a 1935 title card reveals itself to be a real material object that crumbles when car crash obliterates its façade. With a darkened lash line, a young Michael Keaton puts forth his best James Cagney as the titular mobster whose identity and status are known to all but his ailing ma and brother, a rising assistant Da. »

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Bad News For Those Waiting For Clueless: The Musical To Finally Get Here

13 May 2016 10:32 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s a forgone conclusion that, in addition to your favorite film franchise being rebooted, it.s going to have a broadway musical made about it as well. Such has been the case with the likes of School of Rock and Legally Blonde. Such will be the case with the likes of 1995's Clueless. Amy Heckerling, who wrote and directed the original film, also handled the musical adaptation, and while she says the stage version is coming, it.s not coming nearly fast enough for her taste.   Amy Heckerling is responsible for some incredibly popular films, including the Look Who.s Talking series and the 1980s classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. However, one of the films at the top of the list has to be her modern retelling of Jane Austen's Emma, Clueless. Entertainment Weekly spoke with the writer on the eve of a retrospective of her greatest films, »

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NYC Weekend Watch: Amy Heckerling, J.G. Ballard, Noël Coward & More

12 May 2016 6:28 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Metrograph

Spend “A Weekend with Amy Heckerling” when Johnny Dangerously and Fast Times at Ridgemont High screen this Saturday, while Look Who’s Talking and Clueless show on Sunday. All are on 35mm.

For “Welcome to Metrograph: A-z,” see a print of Philippe Garrel‘s The Inner Scar on Friday and Sunday; André de Toth‘s »

- Nick Newman

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How Amy Heckerling Got Out Of Director Jail By Making The Films She Wanted To Make

12 May 2016 1:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Now approaching her fourth decade in the film industry, Amy Heckerling admits to not previously considering the possibility of a retrospective to show off her films. That is, until New York City's newly opened Metrograph theater approached her about a weekend-long look back at her work. "I never thought about it," she said. "'Oh, is that what you do when you retire and crap?'" Heckerling is, thankfully, not retiring any time soon. The filmmaker behind such modern classics as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Clueless" and "Look Who's Talking" has seen a career punctuated by some high highs and very low lows, a few of which almost ended her time in entertainment for good. But Heckerling is nothing if she's not resilient, and it's been both her ability to bounce back and her sometimes stubborn desire to do things her way that have kept her making movies (and TV, »

- Kate Erbland

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8 Stoner Flicks and the Actors Who Make Them Totally Rad, Dude

20 April 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Spending a night in with a stoner flick has been many-a college undergrad’s right of passage since, well, people have been getting stoned! On this April 20, 2016—a national holiday for those who indulge—we’ve rounded up eight of our favorite stoner movies and the actors that make them awesome, man. 1. “Up in Smoke,” Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong (1978)This 1978 stoner classic is the one that started it all and made Marin and Chong kings of the stoner brand. The first of their string of stoner buddy comedies, “Up in Smoke” follows Cheech and Chong as they unwittingly smuggle a van full of weed from Mexico to Los Angeles. 2. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” Sean Penn (1982)Two-time Oscar winner Penn made his leading man debut as protagonist Jeff Spicoli in this high school classic about boys and girls behaving badly in the California sun. His performance is very...method. »

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Interview: Jen Burry talks ‘Alienated’

1 April 2016 5:37 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The late Taylor Negron (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Last Boy Scout) stars in Alienated, invading cinemas and VOD this March via Gravitas Ventures. From writer-director Brian Ackley comes an intoxicating, edge-of-the-seat science-fiction chiller tells the story of a married couple that is forced to confront their fatal relationship issues while on the brink of a possible alien abduction. Alienated has (so far) won 12 awards, including three for Best Feature, several Best Actor awards (including honours for the late Negron), and Best Director for Ackley. We chatted to co-star Jen Burry about the film…

Do you remember how you got involved in Alienated?

I had taken a workshop with Princeton Holt several years prior and we kept in touch over the years. Then one day he emailed me and told me he had a script he wanted me to read. That was it!

Is it rewarding to see it »

- Phil Wheat

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The missing middle by Anne-Katrin Titze

29 March 2016 10:24 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Caroline Suh, Dr. Stacy Smith, Robbie Meyers, Mary Harron and Amy Heckerling Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In our conversation the Fast Times At Ridgemont High and Clueless director Amy Heckerling brought up the loss of the middle (which conjured up for me an image of Alicia Vikander from Alex Garland's Ex Machina), Amy Pascal, and that Paramount's Sherry Lansing in particular was helpful to her. The Epix preview screening and panel on Caroline Suh's The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem was hosted by Christine Baranski, Maria Bartiromo, Joanna Coles, Katie Couric, Cristina Cuomo, Natasha Lyonne, Alec Baldwin, Baz Luhrmann, Marlo Thomas and Elle Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

Epix president-ceo Mark Greenberg introduces Robbie Myers Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Anne-Katrin Titze: The film is called The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem. Where do you see the starting points to a solution?

Amy Heckerling: I don't know. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Round-Up: Sharkansas Women’S Prison Massacre Blu-ray, We Go On World Premiere, Alienated Release Details

23 February 2016 8:05 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre on Blu-ray will debut courtesy of Scream Factory on May 3rd. Also in this round-up: release details for We Go On and Alienated.

Sharkansas Women’s Prison Massacre: Press Release: “Get ready for a wild ride when Dominque Swain (Skin TraffikAlpha Dog) and Traci Lords (Cry Baby, Not of this Earth) come face to face with the deadliest prehistoric man-eaters nature has ever spawned when the uproarious Sharkansas Women’S Prison Massacre Blu-ray™ debuts May 3rd, 2016 from Scream Factory™.  Directed by cult filmmaker Jim Wynorski (Chopping MallThe Return of Swamp Thing), this high-camp, creature-feature also stars Cindy Lucas (America Pie Presents: The Book of Love), Christine Nguyen (Get Him to the Greek), Corey Landis (Chrysalis), John Callahan (Falcon Crest) and Amy Holt (Dinocroc vs. Supergator).

Available for the first time on Digital, On-Demand, DVD and Blu-ray, Sharkansas Women’S Prison Massacre Blu-ray and »

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