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Interview: Writer Tess Morris Talks 'Man Up' Starring Simon Pegg & Lake Bell And Her Favorite Rom-Coms

29 May 2015 7:04 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Recently, the so-called demise of the romantic comedy has been well-documented. Aside from a few outliers and indie gems, it’s been a long time since there was a big romantic comedy hit of the kind that were commonplace in the 1990s and early 00s, and even longer since there was one that could sit with “When Harry Met Sally,” “Four Weddings And A Funeral” and the other films at the top of the genre.  Thank god then for “Man Up." The film, directed by “The Inbetweeners Movie” helmer Ben Palmer, stars Lake Bell as Nancy, thirtysomething and single, who is mistaken for the blind date of fortysomething divorcé Jack (Simon Pegg), and decides to roll with it, leading to an evening of drunkenness, dancing and possibly more. As our review from Tribeca revealed, it’s one of the best films of its kind in years, funny, sweet and refreshing, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Simon Pegg interview: Man Up, Tintin 2, rom coms, directing

27 May 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Pegg chats to us about rom coms, Man Up, writing, Tintin 2, visiting Andy Serkis on The Jungle Book set, directing, and more...

Before he heads off to make the next Star Trek film, Simon Pegg is back in UK cinemas this weekend for the really rather good romantic comedy, Man Up. He co-stars with Lake Bell in the movie, and ahead of its release, he spared us some time to chat about the film, and what he's up to next...

It's an interesting sign of the times that BBC Films, which started out making movies that couldn't be made really, back with Truly Madly Deeply....

Another South Bank movie!

True. Back then, BBC Films was making niche films that were struggling to get made anywhere else. And here, with Man Up, a rom com seems to have become one of those niche films.

Absolutely, yeah. You make a very good point. »

- simonbrew

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Hanks and Ryan Take Forever to Realize That Men are from Seattle and Women from Baltimore

24 May 2015 3:12 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Sleepless in Seattle': Meg Ryan 'Sleepless in Seattle' review: Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in an affair to forget In Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Red, the last installment of his "Three Colors" trilogy, the word "magic" is never bandied about. No need to. Magic is just about everywhere in that lyrical tale about love and fate. On the other hand, the word "magic" seems to crop up every other minute in writer-director Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle. Ephron and fellow Oscar-nominated screenwriters Jeff Arch and David S. Ward (plus an uncredited Delia Ephron) were apparently trying to create screen magic through the power of suggestion. If you repeat it often enough... Following in the footsteps of Claude Lelouch's 1974 hit And Now My Love, with added touches borrowed from Leo McCarey's 1957 romance classic An Affair to Remember (itself a remake of McCarey's own 1939 Love Affair), Nora Ephron »

- Andre Soares

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Watch The First Trailer For Nancy Meyers’ The Intern With Robert De Niro & Anne Hathaway

13 May 2015 6:40 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

From writer/director Nancy Meyers (It’S Complicated, Something’S Gotta Give), watch the new trailer for ‪The Intern‬ starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway.

De Niro stars as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).

The film’s cast also features Rene Russo (“Thor”), Anders Holm (“Workaholics”), Andrew Rannells (“Girls”), Adam Devine (“Pitch Perfect”), Celia Weston (“No Reservations”), Nat Wolff (“The Fault in Our Stars”), Linda Lavin (“Wanderlust”), Zack Pearlman (“The Inbetweeners”), newcomer Jason Orley, and Christina Scherer (“Living with Uncle Charlie”).

Meyers also produced the film, with Suzanne Farwell. Celia Costas served as executive producer.

Meyers’ behind-the-scenes creative team is headed by Oscar-nominated director of photography Stephen Goldblatt (“The Prince of Tides, »

- Melissa Thompson

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Our Film Critic Isn't On Board with The Film Critic

12 May 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

It may be true that Argentinian filmmaker Hernán Guerschuny was formerly a critic, but his innocuously agreeable meta rom-com does nothing to dispel the myth that it's a job only for self-important, cine-hating blowhards keen to sharpen their knives and sink careers. (We'll take offense so you don't have to.) Professorially bearded curmudgeonly reviewer Víctor Tellez (Rafael Spregelburd) rules the Buenos Aires blurb roost, imagining his days as an art film with internally narrated asides in French. His disdain for crowd-pleasing formula is so patronizing (When Harry Met Sally should've started unhappily after the last kiss, he believes) that his own corporate-interested editor condemns him as a "terrorist of taste." He's annoyed by his teenage niece' »

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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate

1 May 2015 6:36 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Why 1980 Was the Best Year in Movie History

27 April 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others?  History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies?  So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »

- Richard Rushfield

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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Alex Garland of 'Ex Machina' follows others who took a writing-to-directing leap

11 April 2015 | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Alex Garland, screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Never Let Me Go,” makes an impressive directorial debut with cerebral sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” (in theaters today), but Garland waves off the achievement of leaping to directing as “just next in a continuum.” “The truth was that there was no epiphany moment about directing, because I just don’t dignify the directing role the way we’re supposed to,” the British filmmaker told The Dissolve. “There are a few people — like Woody Allen, he’s an auteur, and I’m cool with that. But for me, directing is about collaboration.” Whether directing is a logical next step or a hard-sought achievement for screenwriters, it’s often done by telling studios, “Hey, here’s my next screenplay. You can have it as long as I get to direct.” Preston Sturges — at the time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood — is noted for »

- Emily Rome

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New Jurassic World Clip Arrives

10 April 2015 2:02 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

High hopes abound for Jurassic World - shark-eating dinosaurs! Chris Pratt! Shark-eating dinosaurs! - although the doubts accrued by some dud sequels and the passing of time won't properly disperse until it's revealed itself to the world in June. Here, although short on dino business, is a first extended clip from the film showing off its two lead characters, Pratt's dinosaur specialist Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard's park operations honcho Claire Dearing. Click below to watch it in full. Truth be told, the early chemistry between the pair shows room for further sizzle as the film progresses, and even Pratt struggles to land some of these flirty clunkers. That said, no-one's here for When Harry Met Sally romcom beats. It's ruddy Jurassic World. It's the dinosaurs we're after and Colin Trevorrow and Universal are keeping their powder dry on that count.“There is no shortage of awesome [real] dinosaurs, »

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The Comedians: Is FX's Satirical Comedy 'Gonna Be Good'?

9 April 2015 7:33 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Billy Crystal and Josh Gad star as fictionalized versions of themselves in TV’s latest Hollywood satire. But is it any good?

Truth be told, it’s hard to judge FX’s The Comedians after one episode. Then again, it’s not exactly encouraging that the pilot’s closing punchline is the reveal of a transgendered director as portrayed by perpetual guest star Steven Weber.

The series finds Crystal coerced into starring alongside Gad on a sketch show he initially conceived as a one-man vehicle. The City Slickers star isn’t excited about working with a modern-day comic who considers »

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‘The Comedians’ Review: No Punchline In Billy Crystal & Josh Gad Series

8 April 2015 2:34 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

I guess the idea of teaming the star of When Harry Met Sally with the star of The Book Of Mormon for a real FX show about a fake FX show looked like a great idea in someone's email. But the resulting series, The Comedians, sure doesn't work on the small screen. As my video review above  says, Comedians just creaks along in search of itself, both as a real show starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad and as a fake show about a real show. It’s adapted from a Swedish series… »

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Review: Billy Crystal and Josh Gad in toothless TV satire 'The Comedians'

8 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In 2012, when Billy Crystal returned to host the Oscars for the first time in years, he seemed surprised when so many of his jokes — many of them of the same type he deployed so effectively in his '90s hosting heyday — got a muted response from the audience. Again and again, his face seemed to be saying, They all laughed at this stuff before! What's changed?  Crystal certainly hadn't, but the culture had changed around him. What had killed in the '90s was mostly dying in the '10s. Timing is everything in comedy, including the era in which you tell certain jokes. I thought of that Oscar night a lot while watching "The Comedians," the new FX comedy (it debuts Thursday night at 10) co-starring Crystal and Josh Gad as fictionalized versions of themselves, reluctantly teaming up to star in a show-within-a-show when fictional FX executives decide that Crystal »

- Alan Sepinwall

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10 Young Actresses Who Could Be The Next Meg Ryan

8 April 2015 8:10 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With movies like When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, French Kiss, and many more, Meg Ryan became America’s sweetheart and the face of the romantic comedy in the 1990s. While she occasionally took a grittier, more serious role, like in Courage Under Fire, she consciously cultivated her public persona — for instance, she reportedly was offended by the offer to play Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. While Ryan is still very much working, and still endearing to boot, there hasn’t been an actress in recent years that has really dominated the rom-com genre like she once did. Drew Barrymore came close for a minute. It looked like Renee Zellwegger might step into that role for a bit, and the same for Reese Witherspoon. Katherine Heigl and Kate Hudson gave it a shot, and Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone both seem like they could »

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‘The Good Wife’s’ Robert & Michelle King Launch TV Production Company

7 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Robert and Michelle King, the duo behind “The Good Wife,” have launched a new production company, King Size Productions, announced Tuesday.

Liz Glotzer of Castle Rock Entertainment will run King Size Productions, which will be based at CBS Television Studios.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Liz,” the Kings said of Glotzer, who has served as president of Castle Rock since 1996. “Not only does she have spectacular taste, she has years of experience working with wonderful feature writers — many of whom are now looking to explore TV. That background, plus having the producing skills to help us move our own projects forward, makes this the perfect match.”

Glotzer joined Castle Rock at its inception in 1987, and during her time there, the company produced over 90 films including “When Harry Met Sally,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,” “A Few Good Men,” “Best in Show,” “The Polar Express” and “Miss Congeniality. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Upfronts: USA Network Grabs ‘SmackDown,’ Loads Up on Scripted Development

7 April 2015 8:32 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

USA Network is doubling down on WWE, bringing “SmackDown” over from Syfy next year as part of an effort to hike the volume of live programming on NBCUniversal’s flagship entertainment cabler.

The move of “SmackDown,” a slew of development projects, new programs featuring the Chrisley clan and summer scheduling announcements were unveiled Tuesday morning at USA Network’s press upfront gathering held at 30 Rock’s Rainbow Room.

USA Network president Chris McCumber made it clear in his presentation that the cabler is shifting the focus of its original programming to court a millennial audience. He noted that the generational shift of millennials now making up the largest component of the 18-49 audience is well under way. USA’s new shows are built around stories and characters that exhibit “bravery, optimism, self-reliance and hope” — all themes that resonate with millennials, per McCumber.

Alex Sepiol, USA’s senior VP of scripted programming, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Eric Kripke Hero Drama, Rob Reiner Spy Thriller, The Rock Reality Series in Development at USA Network

7 April 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The man who created Supernatural has turned his attention to a superhero.

Eric Kripke’s Amped, a drama that follows a neurotic man who takes a pill and becomes incredibly strong and powerful, is one of several projects on USA Network‘s 2015-2016 development slate.

Kripke will pen both the Vertigo comic book on which Amped is based and the series itself, which he’ll also executive-produce.

Related Cable Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?

Other potential series the cable channel announced Tuesday include:

* The Tap, a 1969-set spy thriller set at Yale University, »

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Vin Diesel, Meet Your Newest Superfan: Helen Mirren

30 March 2015 8:04 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

You might know Helen Mirren from the Red movies or When Harry Met Sally 2 or anything to do with the queen of England, but what she really wants to do is co-star in a Fast and Furious movie. "My claim to fame is I always do my own driving — I was on Top Gear, and I did [my lap] in a very good time," she told Yahoo! "I keep putting it out there, and they never ask me. I’ll be in Fast and Furious 8. I have to say Vin Diesel is brilliant. I love Vin Diesel. He’s a great guy, smart — I love him. It’s partly because of him I’d like to be in one, but also the driving." We're pulling for you. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Mindy Project: Mindy Kaling Dishes Finale's Ex Summit, Flaky Danny, Her 'Hopeful & Cheerful' Take on Renewal

24 March 2015 6:55 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Dudes, dudes everywhere but nary a dad in sight.

That could very well be an unofficial synopsis of Tuesday’s Mindy Project season finale (Fox, 9:30/8:30c), which finds the pregnant Dr. L grappling with visits from a collection of her exes and wondering why Danny bails on a very important relationship milestone.

Still, series creator/star Mindy Kaling tells TVLine, those who want Baby Castellano’s folks to hurry up and figure it all out might not be disappointed — after all, didn’t You’ve Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally and pretty much every »

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'Pretty Woman': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Julia Roberts Classic

23 March 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

No one expected much from "Pretty Woman" when they were making it. It was a modestly-budgeted romantic comedy whose stars were Richard Gere (then in the depths of a career slump) and Eric Roberts's kid sister. But when the movie was released, 25 years ago this week (on March 23, 1990), the project was transformed from overlooked stepsister to box office royalty. Mirroring her on-screen Cinderella makeover, Julia Roberts went from little-known ingenue to queen of Hollywood. Plus, the film saved Gere's career and (along with 1989's "When Harry Met Sally") revived the romantic comedy genre in Hollywood.

A quarter-century later, "Pretty Woman" remains a fan favorite, one you've seen a million times on cable. Even so, there's much you may not know about the movie -- the difficulties in casting (Gere and Roberts weren't anyone's first, second, or third choices), crises on the set, what was left out of the final film, »

- Gary Susman

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