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If you've grown attached to the teen comedy "Awkward." -- airing Tuesdays on MTV -- you'll be glad to see a charming new face looking back at you this season.
Nolan Funk, the 26-year-old Vancouver native who shot to fame as Hunter Clarington on "Glee," has joined the cast of "Awkward." as mysterious new student Collin James. Sure, 26 seems a little old to be playing a high-school student, but that window closes pretty quickly, so why not take advantage of it while you still can?
Now in its third season, the show has been a hit with fans and critics alike, and Funk's role as a prep-school transfer student coincides with the arrival of Anthony Michael Hall ("The Breakfast Club," "Sixteen Candles") as crazy creative writing teacher Mr. Hart.
"I love the show; I think it's so smart, witty and cool," Funk tells Zap2it. "I just really wanted to be part of it. »
"Winston's Birthday" is not a "New Girl" episode about Winston (Lamorne Morris). Not surprisingly, this most-neglected of roommates remains neglected, even though it is indeed his special day. But that's what happens when everything else happens all at once.
What exactly was more important that Winston having a birthday?
Jess and Nick and Bob
"Winston's Birthday" picks up only a few hours after the last episode left off. Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) are still in bed and still pretty darn happy about their sex. Nick even gets up to make Jess breakfast! She doesn't have to eat the soft pretzel that shared the bed with them!
Unfortunately for the new lovers, Jess' dad, Bob (Rob Reiner), picks this morning to show up unexpectedly for Cece's wedding. Jess manages to hide her recent indiscretion, but a sudden job opportunity leaves Nick alone with Bob for a day.
Of course, »
The "New Girl" episode called "Winston's Birthday" isn't really about Winston's birthday. Not directly anyway -- so much happens on that single day that Winston (Lamorne Morris) kind of gets a little lost in the shuffle. Think "Sixteen Candles."
Note: If you've never seen "Sixteen Candles," a) what's wrong with you, and b) you might want to get on that before watching this episode.
Want to know more about "Winston's Birthday"? Check out these five "New Girl" spoilers.
2. Nick is a guy who has a soft pretzel in his bed. Keep that in mind as you observe what he prepares for a "romantic" breakfast.
3. Schmidt's college -- and recently rediscovered -- girlfriend Elizabeth (Merritt Wever) has thin walls in her bedroom and a neighbor »
In lieu of the hate I will probably receive for this I would just like to state that John Hughes is a personal favorite of mine as both a director and writer. This list is by no means intended to be a hate fest just to slam the dearly departed. If anything it will probably make you appreciate Hughes all the more.
No director is perfect (I think) and each has their flaws. By highlighting them and discussing them I think you come to appreciate the individual better as an artist who despite his/her personal and professional failings was still able to produce captivating and entertaining works of art. If anything it can probably give the fans of Hughes out there something to shoot for. If you were indeed looking to pick up where Hughes left off in the teen drama genre then you would do well to avoid »
- Raymond Keith Woods
Issue #7 of Lunchmeat is now on sale via The Meat Market, and rather than do a typical review, we thought we'd post this post-mortem and include a look at a few pages from it. Check it out!
Hey, all you tape-heads out there riding the digital waves—Lunchmeat 7 has hit the savage streets featuring more “Blood! Terror! Babes! Monsters!” With its glossy slick and sick four-color cover and rock 'n roll junk zine interior, editor-in-chief Josh Schafer has concocted another delightful collection of analog things from genres past, forever exploring the landscape of the ravenous revival of VHS.
This issue is filled with reviews of flicks not available yet on DVD or Blu-ray, highlights of which include Tombstone Territory, The Shout, Madhouse Mansion, and Project Nightmare, none of which I remember ever renting in my VHS youth at Video Video or Video Magic in Old Bridge, NJ. But that’s »
- Heather Buckley
John Hughes is best known for expertly crafting tales of adolescent growing pains in movies like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink. His 1985 fantasy sci-fi hybrid Weird Science was another one of his '80s teen flicks but since it isn't as frequently referenced as the other movies in his considerably successful oeuvre, it makes sense that someone would be tempted to remake it.
According to Deadline Hollywood, the movie's original producer Joel Silver is doing just that and with Michael Bacall on script duties, considering he's penned Project X and the surprise hit remake of 21 Jump Street, expect something a lot racier and explicit than Hughes' version. Weird Science is all hormones and wish fulfillment as it tells of two unpopular, nerdy boys (Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith) who conspire to use their considerable brain power to create the perfect woman (Kelly LeBrock) who turns »
- Andrea Miller
Deadline is reporting that Universal is planning to remake Weird Science, John Hughes' 1985 movie about a couple of high-school geeks who make a sexy woman with their computer and then learn some valuable life lessons. Though it's rarely considered on the same level as the other Hughes movies of the era—The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off—it's still considered a classic by those of us who were at just the right age and computer skill-level to appreciate its plot. Some genuinely funny shit happens in Weird Science, particularly the »
Exclusive: Universal Pictures and Silver Pictures will remake Weird Science, the 1985 ultimate nerd wish fulfillment comedy that was written and directed by John Hughes. The film will be produced by Joel Silver, who made the original with Hughes at Universal. Michael Bacall will write the script. He scripted the sleeper hit Project X for Silver Pictures and wrote the script for 21 Jump Street, another 80s-centric property that became a hit for Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Now, the knee-jerk reaction would be concern about messing with any film by Hughes, who made this comedy right when he was in that wheelhouse of transitioning from screenwriter of Mr. Mom and National Lampoon’s Vacation to director of teen-angst comedies like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club (which preceded Weird Science) and Pretty In Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (which followed Weird Science). This film will attempt to carve out »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
In 1985, John Hughes' Weird Science , his third movie as a director, was a huge stepping stone in the launch of the '80s Brat Pack with Anthony Michael Hall following his appearances in Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club , as he was joined by Ilan Mitchell-Smith and a fresh-faced 20-year-old youngster named Robert Downey Jr. It was the seventh film produced by the slightly older 33-year-old Joel Silver. The high concept premise involved two nerdy high school students who are inspired by the movie Frankenstein to create the perfect woman with superpowers using their computer to make the school jocks and bullies jealous. In 1994, the movie's concept was relaunched as a television show by the fledgling USA cable network. Kelly LeBrock played the perfect woman in the original »
The promos Awkward Season 3 tell us that “Change Blows” - and once I checked in to see where we find everyone in the new season of the 2013 People’s Choice Award-winner for Favorite Cable TV Comedy, that phrase may be an understatement.
Last season’s ‘who will Jenna choose’ story is over and Jenna (Ashley Rickards) and Matty (Beau Mirchoff) are solid, while Jake (Brett Davern) spent the summer with his new love, Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed).
But, never fear, things are anything but calm as our gang faces new challenges.
I recently spent some time on the Awkward set in Los Angeles to find out what we can expect with the new season, discovering there’s lots of fun (and heavy) stuff to come!
A Darker Awkward: Big themes like death and identity are big parts of the new season, but don’t expect the humor to be overshadowed. »
- email@example.com (Jim Halterman)
Molly Ringwald gave us The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Pretty in Pink, so when she releases a jazz album (Except Sometimes, out today), everyone had better listen to it. That's called respect. Also, the music is fun! And she covers "Don't You (Forget About Me)." Vulture spoke to Ringwald, who started singing as a toddler with her jazz musician father, about recording the Simple Minds classic, watching Pretty in Pink with her 9-year-old daughter, and accidentally glorifying teen pregnancy — first with For Keeps, then with The Secret Life of the American Teenager. (Side note: Ringwald does watch Homeland, and she personally appreciates all the jazz.)Whose idea was it for you to record “Don't You (Forget About Me)”? That was mine. Really? I’m surprised.Why? Well, it's not that you’ve distanced yourself from The Breakfast Club, but I’d just imagine you’d get, I don’t know, »
- Patti Greco
One of the most indelible moments from John Hughes's high school classic "The Breakfast Club" was when the various teenage weirdos were walking away from their unforgettable day in detention, with their voiceover reminding us of what a profound experience they had all gone through. The song that played over this moment was Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)," which besides being incredibly on-the-nose, totally worked. Now one of the stars of "The Breakfast Club," Molly Ringwald, has produced a jazz cover of the song for her new album, "Except Sometimes." Ringwald told a Huffington Post blogger that: "I really think the reason why we did it was because when we recorded the album, it really wasn't that long after John Hughes had passed away and he was on my mind a lot," she said. (For those playing at home, Hughes also directed Ringwald in "Sixteen Candles »
- Drew Taylor
Over the weekend, Dave Shelton — an award winning writer, cartoonist, and voice actor, with a varied resume that includes Everybody Loves Raymond, National Lampoon, Tweety And Sylvester and Against Type — and Tami Zorge hosted the world premiere of his pilot Professor Creepy’S Scream Party at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.
The “Garage TV” pilot, which was shot in only one day and edited in one more, is a live action variety show that is billed as a retro mash up of sixties kids shows, horror hosts, and dance shows. Picture the Hilarious House Of Frankenstein meets Vampira meets American Bandstand, with a Vincent Price-esque mad scientist as host. How does that not pique one’s interest?
The event is a testament to how hard work can pay off. The pilot process was described to me as a Living In Oblivion-esque experience, with financiers backing out, the lead actor »
- Andy Greene
"The Host" hits theaters this week, and for many fans it's a chance to see whether the popular Stephanie Meyer novel can become a pop culture phenomenon like "The Twilight Saga" did before it.
But for other film buffs, "The Host" represents something else: The continuing development of star Saoirse Ronan, who famously earned an Oscar nomination for 2007's "Atonement" at the age of 13. Will "The Host" finally turn her into an A-lister and ensure that she avoids the child star curse ... or will she become the latest of Oscar's children to experience their biggest career highlight before being legally able to drive?
Personally, we think Ronan has the goods to become a legit superstar ... but Hollywood can be a tough town, for kids and grown-ups alike. Here's a look at some of the kids in the past who have earned Oscar nods and what ended up happening to them. »
- Scott Harris
From the final episodes of Spartacus to the season finale of Pretty Little Liars... from the premiere of of Mad Men to the return of Awkward... I've enjoyed a full week with your favorite TV shows and now it’s time to empty out my Notebook.
And just a reminder that I’ll be moderating the Teen Wolf panel on March 30th at WonderCon, so leave me a comment here with questions or tweet me @JimHalterman. Will I see you there? (For details, go to the WonderCon website.)
Spartacus: War Of The Damned There are only three episodes left of the bloody good series and tonight’s “Separate Paths,” (10p.m. on Starz) is a doozy. Having already it, there are multiple emotional and physical moments that are as intense as any drama you’ll find on television. It’s obvious creator Steven S. DeKnight is not holding back with »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Halterman)
It pains us to bring you this fun bit of trivia because for whatever reason video of this event was never aired and is not online, though there are images that prove its existence and two of its stars are in a movie that comes out this weekend called Admission, which makes this all the more topical. Those stars would be Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, who first met back in 2004 while taping a lost (but insanely awesome-sounding) VH1 show called Soundtracks Live, based on the Ucb Theatre show where a group of up-and-comers reenact popular movies with live music. Rudd and Fey were both in the reenactment of Sixteen Candles, and there were also shows for Pretty in Pink and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The assortment of names featured in this thing is pretty astounding -- keeping...
- Erik Davis
Paul Rudd and Tina Fey run in adjacent comedy circles but not necessary the same one. So it was revealed on their press tour for the upcoming Admission that they first met filming a failed pilot for Soundtracks Live, a show based on a Ucb Theatre show in which a cast would recreate a film with a live soundtrack. What they didn't mention was everyone appeared in this pilot, as is apparent in these Flickr photos by Brandi Ediss for their version of Pretty in Pink and Sixteen Candles. Besides Rudd and Fey, the list of funny people included Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Michael Ian Black, Will Arnett, Ken Marino, and more. See the best photos below; can you guess who they're supposed to be? We'll give you one: Jack McBrayer is Duckie!Sixteen Candles Pretty in Pink »
- Jesse David Fox
Our pick of some of the actor's most memorable performances. What would you add to the list?
John Cusack, star of The Paperboy (read Peter Bradshaw's review here), is one of the few 80s teen stars to have made a genuinely successful transition to adult cinema. From early supporting roles in Sixteen Candles and Stand By Me, through critically acclaimed turns in The Grifters and The Player, to parodying his 80s-self in Hot Tub Time Machine, he's consistently sought out roles that play to his strengths as an actor.
Here are some highlights from his film career, including recommendations from @guardianfilm Twitter followers @Hollywdbabylon, @owenkeats, @missalison, @workdick, @Daniel_Moores, @mwarrilow and @grantcollinson.
What would you add to the list?
- Adam Boult
Paul Weitz’s new film Admission turns an inside eye on a subject near and not-so-dear to many of us- the college admissions process. At the heart of it is Portia Nathan (played by a more serious Tina Fey than we are used to seeing), a Princeton admissions officer whose world is suddenly thrown for a loop when a routine visit to an alternative school forces her to cross paths with a teacher (Paul Rudd) who thinks he may have found the son Portia gave up for adoption in college. Portia finds herself bending the rules, both official college rules and rules she has imposed upon herself to help this boy (Nat Wolff) get into Princeton, while falling into an oddly sweet relationship with his teacher. The film also stars a hilarious Lily Tomlin as Fey’s feminist, fire-breathing mother. At the press day for the film Admission, Collider was »
- Samantha Cheirif
This week's episode of The Carrie Diaries had it all. "Hush Hush" featured Manolo Blahniks, Cosmopolitans, make ups, break ups betrayals.
Oh, and don't forget a grand gesture from a hottie in a red sports car, the quintessential 80s romantic move. Hell, I'd take that move in 2013!
Yes, it's true, Sebastian gave Donna her walking papers. The break-up was oddly civil, but Donna insisted they keep it on the down-low for a few days so she could save face. Good thing Carrie was in NYC instead of the lock-in at Castlebury High because Sebastian was ready to make his move and nothing could hold him back! What did you expect after Sebastian ogled Carrie all night at the dance? Boy, doesn't wanna waste a minute!
Mouse and Maggie being the loyal best friends that they are were all into the idea of the grand gesture. What girl hasn't dreamed of it? »
- email@example.com (Leigh Raines)
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