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This week’s Parenthood tackled four story lines, but only two of them really belonged in the same episode: the Joel/Julia divorce papers one, and the Hank/Sandy/Ruby/Sarah/watching Fast Times at Ridgemont High one. Those two plot threads — one that explored a marriage on the verge of officially, legally, ending, and another that examined former spouses still dealing with their baggage while trying to effectively co-parent their daughter — both pointed to the same truth: that once you start a family, that family bond remains in place.After Sandy objected to Sarah’s decision to show Ruby the TV-edited version of Fast Times at Ridgemont High — an objection that, by the way, seemed excessive, especially the part about it “glorifying sexual promiscuity” — Hank fled the scene so he could do some Asperger’s-style pacing with Max. (Was it surprising that Sandy said to Sarah, in a condescending tone, »
- Jen Chaney
A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I object to the edited-for-tv version of "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"... There's a lot I could talk about with "These Are the Times We Live In." I could discuss another great Sarah/Amber bonding scene, and about how poor Amber got stuck with extreme ends of the kid spectrum with relatively easy toddler Nora and... Max. I could talk about how much I enjoyed Hank joining Max in pacing around the kitchen, and then how good Ray Romano and Betsy Brandt were in the scene where Hank told Sandy he has Asperger's. (And also how the tables neatly turned by episode's end in terms of Sandy and/or Sarah feeling threatened by each other.) I could note that Natalie has turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to Drew. Or I could observe »
- Alan Sepinwall
Is there an official petition we can sign in protest of NBC’s spoiler-filled “Next week on…” promos?
I realize that might be a bit excessive, but there’s no better example of the Peacock Network ruining a climactic moment than Thursday’s episode of Parenthood, which found Joel and Julia finally taking a baby step toward reconciliation.
Even though we Joel/Julia fans were cheering at our TV screens (and/or wiping that darn dust out of our eyes) when Joel finally fought for his wife, didn’t we all know this moment was coming? Aside from the dialogue, »
This is the 10th post in a series covering the most outrageous moments in underground film history. You can follow the entire series here.
Film: The Beaver Trilogy
Director: Trent Harris
A chance meeting in the parking lot of a Salt Lake City, Utah, news station resulted in an enormously beloved — and outrageous — underground film.
Filmmaker Trent Harris was working as a news cameraman in 1979 and testing out some new gear when he met an affable young man known only as “Groovin’ Gary.”
After a few minutes of chatting on camera, Groovin’ Gary launches into several celebrity impersonations, such as John Wayne and Sylvester Stallone, and invites Harris to visit Gary’s hometown of Beaver to videotape its allegedly talented residents.
Off-screen, Gary arranges for a talent show at the Beaver high school for Trent to videotape for a possible TV special — with Groovin’ Gary as the special’s main star, »
- Mike Everleth
Quentin Tarantino has tapped Jennifer Jason Leigh to play Daisy, the female lead in his much-anticipated Western, The Hateful Eight. Sources close to the production confirm reports that the Fast Times at Ridgemont High actress is in talks to join the cast, which also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern. In the film, a bounty hunter and stagecoach full of shady post-Civil War characters find shelter from a blizzard in a desolate country inn, where they encounter even more suspicious figures. Daisy is the mysterious prisoner handcuffed to the rugged bounty hunter played by Russell. »
- Jeff Labrecque
With production set to begin almost exactly two months from now in Colorado, Quentin Tarantino is putting the finishing touches on his cast for his Western The Hateful Eight. It now appears that Tarantino has settled on his female lead, and it will be none other than Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Synecdoche, New York actress Jennifer Jason Leigh. The story follows a group of passengers on a stagecoach that get caught and trapped in a blizzard in Wyoming, where they’re forced to confront the ratcheting tension that develops. The Wrap reports that Leigh will be playing the character of Daisy Domergue, a woman wanted for murder who is due to hang for her crimes. The role was played by Amber Tamblyn during Tarantino's live-read of the script. More after the jump. Leigh marks an unexpected and welcome addition to the Hateful Eight ensemble. The actress has been doing excellent work for years, »
- Adam Chitwood
Quentin Tarantino.s Western The Hateful Eight is only a couple of months away from the start of production and his female lead has officially been cast. Jennifer Jason Leigh (Fast Times At Ridgemont High, Last Exit To Brooklyn, Miami Blues) has landed the much sought after role. The Wrap reports that Michelle Williams, Hilary Swank, Robin Wright, and Demi Moore were among those going after the part. Still no word on that Jennifer Lawrence rumor that sounded too good to be true. The Hateful »
- Graham McMorrow
Following in the footsteps of such d.p. brahmins as Gordon Willis, Vilmos Zsigmond, Vittorio Storaro and Conrad Hall, John Bailey will be the 27th recipient of the American Society of Cinematographers’ Lifetime Achievement Award. He’ll receive the kudo at the 29th Annual Asc Awards on Feb. 15 at the Hyatt Regency Century City.
Bailey, whose credits include “Ordinary People,” “The Big Chill,” “As Good As It Gets” and the upcoming “A Walk in the Woods,” is not only still active in his discipline — not always the case with past Lifetime award recipients — but is quite active in the showbiz community as a mentor, scholar and ambassador for the profession. His blog, “John’s Bailiwick,” is one of the more distinguishing features of Asc’s website, he has lectured at UCLA and is currently fulfilling VP duties at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he oversees the »
- Steve Chagollan
To make the return to late night study sessions a little less painful, Trailers From Hell has partnered with Barnsdall Art Park Foundation to present a screening series of classic and cult films set in high school (including Tfh Guru Allan Arkush’s Rock ‘n’ Roll High School).
Here's the official lowdown from the fine folks at Barnsdall: Adolescent angst. Raging hormones. Twisted teachers. Barnsdall Art Park Foundation and Joe Dante’s Trailers From Hell present “School Nights,” an outdoor fall film series celebrating the beloved high school movie. It was a “time to remember” (or one to forget). Relive the wonder and terror of your teen years with these five essential films.
Join us on the lush west lawn of Hollyhock House. We have »
- TFH Team
Stargazers crumble into dust or become zombies in Thom Eberhardt’s 1984 cult classic film, Night of the Comet. With adult supervision seemingly eradicated, surviving sisters Regina and Samantha have fun with their newfound freedom and their adventures are captured in next week’s UK Blu-ray / DVD release of Night of the Comet, complete with an abundance of special features.
Night of the Comet will be released on a dual format Blu-ray and DVD in the UK from Arrow Video on September 22nd. We have the official synopsis, list of special features, and a look at the cover art:
“It Was The Last Thing On Earth They Ever Expected.
Life can be tough when you’re a Valley girl. First, there’s making sure you’re on time for pep squad practice. Then there’s having to live under the same roof as your bitchy stepmother who, you suspect, is making »
- Derek Anderson
Former Saturday Night Live costars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig reunite to play suicidal estranged siblings in the new movie The Skeleton Twins—which is and isn’t a comedy, according to EW’s favorable review. What is 100 percent pure comedy: Hader taking EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test.
Watch the video and read the transcript below to hear about his first celebrity crush, his first line of dialogue in a high school production, how he could tell if a writer was new to SNL, and what music failed to impress girls when he was young.
EW: Who was your first celebrity crush? »
- Mandi Bierly
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Arrow Video is excited to announce the UK Blu-ray and DVD release of Night of the Comet, the 80s cult-classic which since its initial release in 1984, has gone on to amass a legion of loyal fans with its hugely entertaining riff on the apocalyptic sub-genre of movies, paying homage to such classics as The Omega Man and The Last Man on Earth. In fact, this might be the most purely entertaining depiction of the aftermath of a catastrophic event, not just in movie history but possibly... well, ever. The movie will make its UK Blu-ray debut on 22nd September 2014 in a newly restored transfer with a host of extra features including interviews with stars Kelli Maroney, Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran and Mary Woronov. The disc will also feature audio commentaries with writer/director Thom Eberhardt, stars Kelli Maroney and Catherine Mary Stewart and production designer John Muto. Alongside this, »
This video supercut of "Arcades in Movies" was created by the Huffington Post. It features a lot of movies from mid-70s to the mid-90s, which was the golden age for arcades.
Back when I was a kid I wanted to own an arcade. I thought it would be such a fun job. Oh, how the times have changed. If I wanted to go to and arcade today, odds are I'd have to go to a Dave and Buster's.
Movies in the super cut via /Film:
“Rancho Deluxe” (1975) “Jaws” (1975) “Jaws 2″ (1978) “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1978) “Dawn of the Dead” (1978) “Midnight Madness” (1980) “Bustin’ Loose” (1981) “Death Wish II” (1982) “Rocky III” (1982) “Tron” (1982) “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” (1982) “Jekyll and Hyde… Together Again” (1982) “The Toy” (1982) “Joysticks” (1983) “WarGames” (1983) “Twilight Zone: The Movie” (1983) “Strange Brew” (1983) “Nightmares” [segment 'Bishop of Battle'] (1983) “Never Say Never Again” (1983) “High School U.S.A.” (1983) “Rumble Fish” (1983) “Footloose” (1984) “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock »
- Free Reyes
Madonna's kids are heading back to school!The 56-year-old singer took to Instagram to share a sweet photo of her son Rocco taking his younger siblings, Mercy and David, to their first day of classes."Dis how we do! Spicoli takes his little bro and sis to the Lycee! #proud," she captioned the cute candid.In the pic, 14-year-old Rocco has his arms around his younger siblings, both 8, who are sporting huge grins for the camera. Rocco has been channeling Sean Penn's character Jeff Spicoli from "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" lately, something not lost on his mom ... who was once married to him! The family family seemed to enjoy their summer, spending some quality time together in Europe. While away, Madonna celebrated her 56th birthday with a lavish roaring 20's party in Cannes.Click "Launch Gallery" below to see more photos from her birthday bash, including pics »
- tooFab Staff
Madonna's children are ready for another exciting school year! The Material Girl shared an adorable twitpic of her oldest son, Rocco Ritchie, taking his younger siblings, David Banda and Mercy James, to their first day of class! "Dis how we do! Spicoli takes his little bro and sis to the Lycee! ❤❤❤❤❤❤ #proud," the pop star wrote. If you're wondering where that nickname came from, the 14-year-old has been channeling Sean Penn's character Jeff Spicoli from 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The proud mom even posted a photo of the teen imitating her ex-husband in the hit film. Other celebs like Brandi Glanville, Molly Ringwald and Candace »
In a crazy turn of events, Keanu Reeves is 50 years old. To honor the actor's five-decades-old milestone, we're celebrating one of his best movies, "Point Break," and explain why it fits its year of release, 1991, so perfectly.
Prior to the early '90s classic, Reeves hadn't really ventured into action movies and was best known for playing a pretty boy, high school stoner in "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" (1989). "Point Break" would change all that. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"), the movie paired Reeves with an established star and co-heartthrob, Patrick Swayze, fresh off hits like "Road House" (1989) and "Ghost" (1990). Together, they would create a surfing bromance too good to be true.
Set against the backdrop of the coastal Los Angeles area, "Point Break" captured the surfing culture of the region, while simultaneously depicting the criminal underbelly of the city. Los Angeles had long been the bank robbery capital of the world, »
- Jonny Black
Back-to-school: that well-worn term that means fresh school supplies, new classes, old friends and falling leaves. Students stock their lockers again in August and September after a refreshing summer (remember summer break? Do you?). But for those who have graduated high school... well, high school was a trial by fire. If you "Can't Hardly Wait" to head to "Animal House," you've gotta take a load of "Brick." You can't go "Old School" until you've learned "The Perks of Being a Wall Flower." You haven't achieved "Higher Learning" without having started out "Clueless." To get to "22 Jump Street," you have to have attended "21 Jump Street," you know? HitFix staffers traveled back in time to explain how flicks like "Mean Girls," "Easy A," "Carrie," "Three O'Clock High," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "The Breakfast Club," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" and "The Faculty" are secretly the most traumatizing and mortifying films, because of those high school life lessons. »
- Katie Hasty
Rocco Ritchie Channels Sean Penn
Ritchie’s Jeff Spicoli costume included a Hawaiian shirt tied up around his waste to make it into a crop top. Though Ritchie’s hair isn’t quite as long as Penn’s was in the 1982 movie, he wore his blond locks similarly tussled for the homage to the actor.
Madonna, who divorced from Penn in 1989 after 4 years of marriage, posted the snap as a tribute on Penn’s 54 birthday.
In the years since their split, Madonna and Penn have maintained a friendly relationship. Earlier this year, Penn brought his »
Madonna is feeling nostalgic!The 56-year-old singer took to Instagram this week to share a new pic of her son Rocco channeling her ex-husband Sean Penn's classic "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" stoner, Jeff Spicoli."Jeff Spicoli is alive and well in the South of France! #boom #fuzzy," she captioned the cute candid.In the pic, 14-year-old Rocco is showing off his stomach in a Hawaiian shirt, just like Spicoli himself. He's even rocking the character's sun-kissed, flowing blonde locks! Madonna and Penn were married from 1985 to 1989 and have been on good terms for years. They were even spotted together a number of times, including during a trip to Haiti. The "Vogue" songstress celebrated her 56th birthday over the weekend, posting some pics from her 1920s-style soiree. Madge looked the belle of the ball in a beaded flapper dress and a sparkling headband. Click "Launch Gallery" below to see »
- tooFab Staff
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