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The seminal teen flick “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” is celebrating its 35th anniversary on Sunday.
Not only did the coming-of-age tale set in Southern California launch the careers of director Amy Heckerling and writer Cameron Crowe, the comedy catapulted Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, and Judge Reinhold into stardom.
And in 2005, “Fast Times,” which was based on Crowe’s 1981 book chronicling his adventures going undercover at a San Diego high school, was selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Ironically, “Fast Times” had to overcome many obstacles during production and almost failed to get released.
Among the early difficulties the production encountered was finding a director for the comedy, which also featured future best actor Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Nicolas Cage — billed as Nicolas Coppola — as well as Eric Stoltz and Anthony Edwards.
- Susan King
Matt Edwards Jul 28, 2017
Heading into UK cinemas this week, The Big Sick is a reinvigorating romantic comedy. It has a brilliant cast of characters, a unique pitch (boy meets girl, boy loses girl, awkward situations and a medically induced coma ensue) and a balance of drama and comedy that means you never know whether to brace yourself for a broken heart or split sides. A breath of fresh air, it’s the sort of film regular cinema goers need. It’s also the sort of film that needs regular cinema goers; it needs those that see it and enjoy it to shout about it, to tell people that it’s worth paying attention to.
Chicago – Actor Jeremy Piven came home to Chicago on May 13th, 2017, to moderate the Gene Siskel Center Renaissance Award tribute to actor Kevin Spacey. Piven, who grew up in nearby Evanston, Ill., has forged a diverse career in Hollywood, and is most well-known for portraying super-agent Ari Gold in the HBO series “Entourage.”
Each year, the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the art of film by honoring a filmmaker who advances that artform. Kevin Spacey was the latest Renaissance Award honoree, and Jeremy Piven moderated a conversation with the Oscar-winning actor.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Piven was born in New York City to Byrne and Joyce Piven, who became top acting teachers when they moved to Evanston, opening the Piven Theatre Workshop. After training at »
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Say Anything is an easy film to like. Ex-rock journalist Cameron Crowe, known for two screenplays about teenagers caught up in the fast lane, has written and directed (for the first time) a surprisingly gentle comedy about teens that concerns itself with values and love.
The characters are all likeable too. No real villains here — only people who make mistakes in the name of love. All this amiability blunts the edge Crowe obviously wants »
- THR Staff
Robin Bell Apr 18, 2017
This article contains spoilers for Vanilla Sky.
Memorable moments - it seemed to be what Cameron Crowe had a knack for creating. Lloyd Dobler stood with a ghetto blaster held aloft in Say Anything, the 'Show me the money' or 'You had me at hello' scenes from Jerry Maguire, the singalong of Tiny Dancer or the imminent plane crash in Almost Famous. It also seemed Cameron Crowe could do no wrong on the wave of the success of those films, but then there came a film which, instead of creating memorable moments, everybody seemed to want to forget all about.
It seemed to really rub people up the wrong way upon release. Was this because it wasn't what they »
“I don’t wanna take up a ton of your time, but I’m gonna kill myself. I just thought an adult should know.”
“The Edge Of Seventeen could be the teen movie we’ve been waiting for”, said Vanity Fair. The coming-of-age dramedy starring Hailee Steinfeld as a high schooler who has to cope when her best friend falls for her brother is currently available on Blu-ray from Universal.
Everyone knows that growing up is hard, and life is no easier for high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson).
The film also »
- Tom Stockman
Romance radio host Delilah says she fields thousands of requests and dedications from her devoted millions-deep radio following who tune into her nationally syndicated show nightly. February is a particular busy time for the “Queen of Sappy Love Songs,” who is also known for advice-giving, as she highlights love songs and stories all month long.
“I really do think that putting expectations on a holiday is setting yourself up for failure,” Delilah, 56, tells People exclusively. “A lot of times, in our culture and our society, we put romantic love somehow on a higher plane than self-love and friendship love. You can’t do that. »
- Katherine Richter
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