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Shaun Says Love & Other Drugs Is Sexy, Classy But Predictable

29 December 2010 3:57 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

When searching for directors who craft unerringly human romantic comedies that never patronise their viewers, who do we turn to?

The list can be counted on one hand; Cameron Crowe (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything, Jerry Maguire), Woody Allen (Annie Hall, Manhattan), perhaps even Kevin Smith (Chasing Amy), and most recently Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). What we certainly don’t expect is for Edward Zwick, best known for his impressively mounted epics and actioners (Glory, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond, Defiance), to come out with this refreshingly honest, if occasionally too treacly stab at the genre.

We meet Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he is a lowly, albeit charming, electronics store employee in the mid-90s. Having dropped out of medical school, he instead decides to become a pharmaceutical representative, lobbying doctors through various means to prescribe his favoured brands of medication. In this »

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Six 28-Year-Old Films That Deserve a Sequel More Than ‘Tron’

17 December 2010 4:05 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There have already been a surprising number of modern sequels and remakes made from the movies of 1982. Films like The Thing and Conan The Barbarian have remakes coming down the pipe while the Rocky franchise has been continued, and The Dark Crystal and Mad Max franchises have both been promised a latter-day continuation. There’s a lot of rich material there, and this weekend sees Tron: Legacy come out almost three decades after the film it’s following. Of course Tron deserves a sequel because of its large cult appeal and the potential expansiveness that the universe always held. However, there are several other films from 1982 that may even be more worthy to get the way-too-late-in-the-game sequel treatment. Here’s six of ‘em. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982) Why? Not only did it make about as much as Tron, it also has the same sort of cult status. Plus, it’s about time the world saw a »

- FSR Staff

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'Fast Five' trailer: So fast! So furious!

15 December 2010 8:44 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Oh holy god, people, the first trailer for Fast Five is here and it looks incredible. And by incredible, I mean fast. And by fast, I mean furious. It’s a complete compliment when I say that Fast Five looks like the ultimate Fast and the Furious movie that has ever been made and ever will be made. Besides featuring franchise stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, the film also marks the return of 2 Fast 2 Furious’ Ludacris and Tyrese. (Also, Sung Kang’s character is in the movie, even though he died in Tokyo Drift. Incredible! Insane! Fast! Furious!) Dwayne Johnson »

- Darren Franich

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Exclusive: drunken zombie horror in Roger Christian's 'OctoberfeAst'

12 December 2010 4:19 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Roger Christian, art director on Alien and Star Wars and a director in his own right (The Dollar Bottom, Black Angel, Battlefield Earth), is set to liven up Germany's most famous beer festival by unleashing hordes of the undead on the perennial booze-tourists at Munich's Octoberfest. The director provides this synopsis...

"When a group of English lads go to the beer festival for the drink and the women, they bite off more than they can chew; chemicals sprayed underground to neutralise the millions of gallons of urine has the unfortunate side effect of literally waking the dead. Long-buried in ancient crypts below the site and in the hospital morgue, the zombies arise..."

A horror-fest erupts as the unprepared revellers battle the undead hordes unleashed on them. Christian describes the project as "In the vein of Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland" and promises that the film will embrace "the comedic »

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Jennifer Jason Leigh Files For Divorce From Noah Baumbach

23 November 2010 8:38 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh filed for divorce from husband and writer/director Noah Baumbach after five years of marriage. According to “The Hollywood Reporter, Leigh listed “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce. The 48-year-old actress worked for Baumbach on his films “Greenberg” and “Margot at the Wedding” since their marriage in 2005 and recently appeared on the cable TV series “Weeds.” Leigh remained best known for her roles in “Single White Female,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Short Cuts.” »

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Jennifer Jason Leigh Files For Divorce From Noah Baumbach

23 November 2010 8:38 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh filed for divorce from husband and writer/director Noah Baumbach after five years of marriage. According to “The Hollywood Reporter, Leigh listed “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce. The 48-year-old actress worked for Baumbach on his films “Greenberg” and “Margot at the Wedding” since their marriage in 2005 and recently appeared on the cable TV series “Weeds.” Leigh remained best known for her roles in “Single White Female,” “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Short Cuts.” »

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Jennifer Jason Leigh Files for Divorce From Noah Baumbach

23 November 2010 5:42 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Director Noah Baumbach and actress Jennifer Jason Leigh are splitting up after nearly five years of marriage. The couple wed in 2005. Leigh, 48, and Baumbach, 41, had worked together on "Margot at the Wedding"(2007) and "Greenberg" (2010), which Leigh also co-wrote. In a Los Angeles Superior Court filing, Leigh cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the break up. The couple's infant son was born seven months ago. Leigh is seeking physical custody of the child. Leigh is best known for her roles in "Single White Female," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," and "Georgia." Baumbach »

- Brent Lang

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What Movie/TV Show Best Represents Your State?

12 November 2010 10:47 AM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

Is "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" the quintessential California movie? Does "No Country For Old Men" best represent Texas? Reddit user subtonix put together this map of the U.S. assigning each state the movie subtonix thinks best represents it. As a response, blogger Andrew Shears tried the same exercise with TV shows, coming up with a map in which California gets "Baywatch" and "Walker, Texas Ranger" is assigned, natch, to Texas. A sample:


- Alison Willmore

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What movie best represents each state?

28 October 2010 8:45 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

New York: Taxi Driver. California: Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Ohio: Gummo. Oh boy, do I like this game. Redditor Subtonix put together a map of what films best represent each state, and it’s a fun — if challenging — endeavor. Let’s take a look:

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A few of these are definitely un-eff-withable. Hoosiers for Indiana is a solid yes; The Ice Storm for Connecticut is an inspired — and perfect — choice. (Mystic Pizza would also have been acceptable.) Others, though, are a little more open for debate. Washington conjures The Ring for me, and I might go Hairspray over Pink Flamingos for Maryland, »

- Margaret Lyons

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Sean Penn's most unforgettable on-screen looks

25 October 2010 3:30 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Sean Penn likes to switch it up. Or rather, the characters he plays on-screen have a tendency to sport drastically different looks that gain instant iconic status thanks to their audacity and defining particularities - think Spicoli, the ultimate surfer burnout brah from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Penn's latest Omg look sits somewhere between The Cure's Robert Smith and a cranky Goth mom, what with the teased bird's nest of hair, all-black outfit, wan complexion and ruby pout. Penn is all gloomed up for his part in This Must Be The Place, currently filming in New York, wherein he plays an aging rock star who's out to avenge his father's execution at the hands of an ex-Nazi war criminal living in the States.

By the looks of it, I think it's safe to say Penn is no Tommy Lee.

But the release of this picture makes it the perfect »

- Andrea Miller

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Eric Stoltz on Back To The Future

19 October 2010 12:18 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

What is Eric Stoltz’s take on being the Marty McFly that never was in Back To The Future? Someone’s just asked him that very question…

Last week, video footage of Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly in Back To The Future appeared online for the first time. We've got it here in case you missed it.

We said in that piece that we had some sympathy for Stoltz, as it's easy to look back now and say that he wasn't working in the role, given just how familiar many of us have become with Marty McFly in the guise of Michael J Fox. Furthermore, it's hard to blame an actor for basically being miscast.

Moviehole, however, got to talk to the man himself, and got him chatting about Back To The Future. Conceding that his career would have taken a very different turn had he finished filming the role »

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Interview: Director Greg Berlanti of Katherine Heigl’s ‘Life as We Know It’

5 October 2010 3:23 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The romantic comedy gets another variation with the new release, “Life As We Know It,” with Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel playing opposites who need to attract when thrust into a childcare situation that they didn’t anticipate. The film is directed by Greg Berlanti, who is also the screenwriter to the upcoming “Green Lantern” movie.

Greg Berlanti made a splash in 2000 by writing and directing the cult favorite “The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy,” catching much of the cast (Zach Braff, Timothy Olyphant, Nia Long and Jennifer Coolidge) right before their breakout popularity. He went from there to produce popular TV like “Dawson’s Creek,” “Everwood” and “Brothers & Sisters,” and premiered a new show in this fall’s season, “No Ordinary Family.”

In film, he is involved in both writing and producing the new “Green Lantern” film, slated for release in 2011, and is involved in preproduction for “The Flash. »

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Con-Tamination Halloween Horror Show Hosts "The Lost Boys" on 10/16

26 September 2010 6:38 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

October is such a fun month for all of us horror fans! Con-tamination is having a one-night event/party on October 16th which will have some of the Lost Boys as guests, not only that but the movie will play too! If you are in or around the St. Louis area this is a can't miss! I'm in Alabama and I'm gonna try and make it!  Check out the goods below and add October 16th to your plans!

From the Press Release:

                               Contamination Halloween Horror Show Hosts “The Lost Boys” –

                                            Brooke McCarter, Billy Wirth and G Tom Mac

                                                               One Night Only!

What:   Contamination hosts its first ever Halloween Horror Show featuring the famed actors from the 80’s cult classic vampire       movie,      The Lost Boys on October 16th from 6pm to 1am at the Firebird! Brooke McCarter, Billy Wirth and musician G Tom Mac will hit                 St. Louis with a night of music and fan appreciation. »

- brians

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Heart Singer Nancy Wilson Files For Divorce From "Jerry Maguire" Director Cameron Crowe

24 September 2010 2:31 AM, PDT | | See recent iCelebz news »

Heart rocker Nancy Wilson has filed for divorce from husband of 22 years, director Cameron Crowe. The 56-year-old musician cites irreconcilable differences as reason for their split.

Wilson filed the papers Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The date of their separation is listed as June 15, 2008, People magazine reports.

She is seeking joint physical and legal custody of their children - twin boys William and Curtis, born January 2000. She also wants the court to grant her spousal support from the filmmaker.

Crowe is best known for producing, writing and directing the Tom Cruise hits "Jerry Maguire" and "Vanilla Sky." He also wrote the 1982 teen comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."


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Clip joint: the Louise Brooks bob

22 September 2010 9:21 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This week we're getting snippy, cutting a swathe through the best film clips that give a nod to the Louise Brooks bob

Georg Wilhelm Pabst's Pandora's Box (1929) owes its iconic status not to its plot – a lurid morality tale – but the subversive sheen of its star. Louise Brooks's screen presence redefined the proverbial fatality of the femmes. Here was no temptress hell-bent on destruction but a girl whose spontaneity and unrepressed sexuality proved too hot to handle for the leering males around her.

The message was much aided by a boyish bob which, in its angular minimalism, posed an affront to cliches of femininity. "The girl in the black helmet", she was called, the gritty hue of her barnet more redolent of the dominatrix's leather boot than the flowing locks of the damsel in distress.

Brooks's haircut was a piece of fashion and, as such, has been sported »

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Jeff Probst blogs the 'Survivor: Nicaragua' premiere

16 September 2010 4:47 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Hello Survivor fans! Hello Jimmy Johnson!! Hello Wednesday night!!

Episode one of our 21st season is complete and it turns out Wendy’s husband was right. More on that later…

I’m very curious to see how the audience responds to having Jimmy Johnson on the show. If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably old enough to know that Jimmy is one of the most successful football coaches in the history of the game — both college and the NFL. Even if you’re younger, but still a football fan, then you no doubt know him as one of »

- Jeff Probst

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On DVD: The Best High School Movie You Haven't Seen

15 September 2010 5:10 PM, PDT | Movieline | See recent Movieline news »

A big festival hit but otherwise a brash indie too grim and severe to really break out in theaters, Antonio Campos's Afterschool is one of the best movies ever made about high school -- that is, it nails the experience to the wall with a gutter spike. I'm not talking about the fun but fantastical high school movies you're thinking of, like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but the movies that capture the lostness, the social combat, and the pubertal angst, movies like Gus Van Sant's Elephant, Lindsay Anderson's If..., Shunji Iwai's All about Lily Chou-Chou, and Tim Hunter's River's Edge. (I'd throw in Park Ki-hyeong's moody K-horror epic Ghost School Trilogy and Frederick Wiseman's High School, but maybe that's enough adolescent hallway dread already.) »

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Top Ten Tuesday: Essential 80′S

14 September 2010 10:28 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

With the release of Easy A not more than a week away, we here at Wamg thought that we would have a little fun with one of the topics in the film… 80’s movies. You know ‘em, you love ‘em, you’ve seen them a million times on your television set, and you know ‘em by heart. These are our quintessential 80’s flicks…

Honorable Mention: Teen Wolf

Many movie fans seem to forget that Michael J. Fox had two box office hits in 1985. While Back To The Future is an enduring classic , we shouldn.t overlook the success of the more modestly  budgeted, Teen Wolf. In it Michaels. character Scott Howard has some similarities to Marty McFly. He.s an average high school student who pines for the better life( with the queen of the drama club and his lackluster basketball team). One day Scott discovers that his journey to »

- Movie Geeks

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Back to School! Top 20 Campus Comedies

9 September 2010 3:53 PM, PDT | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Now that school bells are a-ringin', it's time to study up on the 20 best schoolyard laughfests of film and TV, and best of all, no quiz!

20 Memorable Campus Comedies20. 'The Breakfast Club' (1985)

Writer/director John Hughes hit the high-school angst nail on the head with this mostly comedic, sometimes bittersweet look at five high school students serving detention. Best line: "Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a »

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[DVD Review] Addicted To Her Love

1 September 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

The subject of drug use isn’t a novelty in cinema, having been dealt with as far back as The Man with the Golden Arm in 1955, but Addicted to Her Love distinguishes itself with a harsh, unrelenting realism. Director Elliot Lester makes good use of his talented young cast to tell the bleak story of what happens when directionless youth fights ennui with narcotics. Originally titled Love is the Drug (which is actually a better title for this film) it explores the phenomenon of undisciplined, unsupervised, upper-class youth with too much time and money on their hands, similar to 2002’s Better Luck Tomorrow did, but combines it with the stark reality of drug addiction, like a suburban version of Panic in Needle Park.

Our story starts in prestigious Harvard High School, which is a repository of spoiled rich brats. One of the few exceptions is Jonah Brand (John Patrick Amedori »

- Rob Young

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