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No movie explores the question of friendships between men and women quite like When Harry Met Sally . . . - the ultimate will-they-or-won't-they romantic comedy. The film turns 25 this month, but more than two decades later, it's recognized as one of the best onscreen love stories of all time. Beyond the fun back-and-forth chemistry between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, the movie is also loved for its unforgettable one-liners. From "I'll have what she's having" to "I would be proud to partake of your pecan pie," the film is packed with quotable moments, including those from one of the final, swoon-worthy scenes: "I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." To celebrate the film's anniversary, look back on the famous love story to remember why it's such a perfect romantic comedy! »
- Laura Marie Meyers
A parody that loves, knows and understands what it’s mocking, David Wain’s “They Came Together” (co-written with Michael Showalter) lovingly nuzzles up to the plots, clichés and tropes of the modern big-studio rom-com specifically, only to then slash at the jugular to spill their anemic, overly sweet blood. It knows how to mock cliché big things, like jokes about set-dressing and music video montages; it’s also wise about small matters, right down to the font and the framing device. Molly (Amy Poehler) is a lovable klutz who owns a small candy shop in New York; Joel (Paul Rudd) is a good, non-threateningly handsome man who happens to work for the candy mega-corporation that’s about to knock Molly’s tiny shop out of business. Any similarities to “You’ve Got Mail”—or “When Harry Met Sally,” or “Jerry Maguire,” or “Along Came Polly” or any one of »
- James Rocchi
We sat down with legendary When Harry Met Sally . . . director Rob Reiner to discuss his new romantic comedy And So It Goes starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton. He told us a little secret about trying to get Emma Watson to sign on for his new film, which has us wondering if Emma could be the new romantic-comedy queen. Plus, find out what Diane thought when she kissed Michael for the first time. »
- Matthew Rodrigues
Alexandros Avranas’ suicide drama claimed the Orpheus Award for best feature as the 8th Annual Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (Lagff) concluded over the weekend (June 8).
In other highlights at the awards ceremony at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, top documentary honours went to Spyros Teskos’ Crossed Lives, which contrasts and compares the political crisis in Greece with the country’s struggles during World War II.
Crossed Lives also won the Audience Choice Award.
Fox Filmed Entertainment nchief Jim Gianopulos took to the stage to present an honourary award to 12 Years A Slave producer Anthony Katagas. When Harry Met Sally co-producer Steve Nicolaides also received an honourary award.
Photo: Orpheus Awards hosts Christos Vasilopoulos and Chryssa Loucas. Photo by Alex Vacca.
In his continued attempt to make Harry Potter disappear, Daniel Radcliffe signed on to a lighthearted, Toronto-set romantic comedy titled The F Word for director Michael Dowse (Goon). Despite some good reviews out of last year’s Toronto film festival (including our 3.5 star take), The F Word had its title neutered in the United States, where it has been given the rather generic moniker, What If. Now, the film is getting ready to hit theatres and to amp up anticipation, a new trailer has been released.
Radcliffe stars as a lovelorn med school dropout named Wallace, who falls for a sweet girl named Chantry, played by Zoe Kazan. While he wants to initiate a relationship with her, Wallace is unhappy to find that she only wants to be friends, as she is currently in a long-term relationship with Ben, played by Life of Pi‘s Rafe Spall. Rounding out the »
- Jordan Adler
Twentieth Century Fox topper Jim Gianopulos and actress Tracy Spiridakos (“Revolution”) have been added as Orpheus Awards presenters at the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival’s closing night gala on Sunday, June 8.
Fest will screen a total of 29 features, docus and shorts, including 14 U.S. premieres and two world preems: Yiannis V. Lapatas’ docu “Passage Into History” and Konstantinos Mousoulis’ romantic thriller “Birthday Surprise.”
Over one third of the films showcased at Lagff’s are by women filmmakers.
“We are overwhelmed by the list of talented industry professionals that are joining us in 2014,” said fest co-founder Ersi Danou. “It is a testament that the festival is making »
- Peter Caranicas
One of the problems with romantic comedies that ask questions like “Can men and women just be friends?” or “Can friends have sex without it becoming romantic?” is that, no matter how subversive things might get along the way, the answer is almost always “No.” Movies like Friends With Benefits, When Harry Met Sally and No Strings Attached have tried to break the mold, but ultimately Hollywood romantic comedies always end up gravitating towards a happy ending where the couple falls into each other’s arms.
It would be nice to think that What If - a new romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) – will have the guts to break this pattern. Based on the new trailer, however, it seems likely to follow a more traditional formula. Radcliffe plays Wallace, ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
CBS Films has released the trailer for "What If," which is based on the Canadian stage play by T.J. Dawe. The film was directed by Canadian filmmaker Michael Dowse and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, Mackenzie Davis & Oona Chaplin.
"What If" is the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), who's been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Adam Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Mackenzie Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Rafe Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend? »
- Kellvin Chavez
As a genre, the romantic comedy has been coasting on fumes for several years. Its last really big box-office hit was Hitch, and that premiered in 2005. What was the last rom-com that you loved enough to see twice? Mine was Knocked Up – which came out seven years ago.
But despite the genre’s recent, sluggish track record, maybe Hollywood should stop trying to reinvent the wheel and instead double down on old-school convention. That seems to be the course of What If, a throwback to the likes of When Harry Met Sally that stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. Boy meets girl. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Starring Saif Ali Khan & Rani Mukerji, Hum Tum released on 28th May 2004. The movie not only gave a boost to the lead’s career graphs but also registered it’s name as a modern day classic in the history of Bollywood. Directed by Kunal Kohli under the Yrf banner, the animation used in the movie not only took the narrative forward but also won gazillions accolades with the cartoon characters, Hum & Tum becoming a cult craze. Today, Hum Tum completes 10 years of it’s existence in Bollywood and to celebrate this day, BollySpice brings you a look at the Top 10 Things that make Hum Tum what it is (in random order).
10. The Dialogues
One of the biggest strengths of the movie lies in it’s beautifully written dialogues by Kunal Kohli. Each one of them manages to touch your heart at some level or the other. At times, they make you laugh and at times, »
- Mehak Khurana
But prepping for his first romantic lead required more than just dropping his drawers. In the film, from director Michael Dowse (Goon, Take Me Home Tonight), Radcliffe, 24, had to get comfortable acting in modern times. After Harry Potter and period films such as The Woman in Black, What If — about a med-school dropout (Radcliffe) who falls for an already attached art director (Ruby Sparks’ Zoe Kazan) — is Radcliffe’s “first foray into the 21st century,” he notes. To prep, »
- Nicole Sperling
If you can assemble some of the best animated voice actors into a single room and put them in front of a live audience, why not ask them to do something crazy? That was our thought process as we planned what would become Vulture Festival’s “Animated Voices” panel, which featured Bob's Burgers and Archer actors H. Jon Benjamin, Lucky Yates, John Roberts, Larry Murphy, and Laura Silverman reading famous movie lines using their cartoon-character voices. They dove in, performing memorable scenes from Titanic, When Harry Met Sally, Pulp Fiction, and other classics, and it was a blast. You simply haven't heard the "I'll have what she's having" fake-orgasm scene until you've heard it done in the voice of Linda Belcher. »
- Abraham Riesman
After jostling with a couple different casting iterations, "Bachelorette" writer/director Leslye Headland has lined up Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas and Natasha Lyonne for "Sleeping With Other People." The story follows a womanizer named Jake (Sudeikis), and a serial cheater (Brie), who form a platonic relationship to overcome their chronic infidelity. The film is described as " 'When Harry Met Sally' but with assholes," and production will begin in June, with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay producing. Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul have joined Colin Firth in the thriller "Eye In The Sky." The story centers on London-based Madden (Mirren), set to remotely command a top secret drone operation to capture a group of dangerous terrorists from their safe-house in Nairobi, Kenya. The carefully planned mission suddenly escalates from a "capture" to a "kill" operation when Madden realizes that the terrorists are about to embark on a deadly. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Here's today's latest casting news: Halle Berry will star in Luis Prieto's thriller, Kidnap. Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, and Natasha Lyonne join writer-director Leslye Headland's comedy Sleeping with Other People, joining Alison Brie and Adam Scott. Veronica Ferres joins writer-director Nick Guthe's A Three Dog Life, which stars Salma Hayek and John Travolta. Hit the jump for more on each project. From screenwriter Knate Gwaltney, Kidnap is described as "a heart-stopping action thriller following a mother (Berry) who will stop at nothing to rescue her kidnapped son." Lotus Entertainment will shop the picture to buyers at Cannes. This marks the second collaborative effort for Lotus, Lorenzo di Bonaventura's production company, and Silver Reel, which currently have the remake of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance in development. We previously reported that Brie and Scott were in talks to join Sleeping with Other People, but now it looks like a done deal. »
- Dave Trumbore
Some of your favorite NBC comedy vets are teaming up to start "Sleeping With Other People." Former "SNL" star Jason Sudeikis, "Community's" Alison Brie and "Parks and Recreation's" Adam Scott are assembling for the upcoming comedy from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment. Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas and Natasha Lyonne will also star in the film from producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. "Sleeping" centers on two chronic cheaters -- played by Sudeikis and Brie -- who attempt a non-sexual relationship in order to conquer their lustful ways. The press release says it's "in the vein of 'When Harry Met Sally'...but with assholes." Leslye Headland ("Bachelorette") wrote the screenplay and will also direct. Principal photography starts next month in New York City. Sidney Kimmel will produce along with Gloria Sanchez Productions' McKay, Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum. "We all loved Leslye’s dark, honest, and bitingly humorous film 'Bachelorette, »
- Dave Lewis
Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas and Natasha Lyonne are joining the cast of Sleeping With Other People, Sidney Kimmel’s romantic comedy written and to be directed by Leslye Headland. The ensemble cast already includes Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, and Adam Scott. Im Global is selling international rights for the film in Cannes. Ske describes the project as an “edgy romantic comedy about a womanizer named Jake (Sudeikis) and a serial cheater (Brie) who form a platonic relationship to overcome their chronic infidelity in this witty, contemporary take on modern dating -- in the vein of When Harry Met Sally … but with assholes.
- Borys Kit
Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton have finally united on screen in the upcoming romantic comedy ‘And So It Goes.’ A brand new official trailer and poster have been released to showcase their chemistry in the latest film from ‘When Harry Met Sally… ‘ director, Rob Reiner. ‘And So It Goes,’ which was written by ‘As Good as It Gets’ scribe, Mark Andrus, is set to hit theaters on July 11. The film also stars Frankie Valli and Sterling Jerins. The following synopsis for ‘And So It Goes’ has been released: There are a million reasons not to like realtor Oren Little (Douglas), and that’s just the way he likes it. [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
The “______ with a heart of gold” trope is a longstanding one in the romantic comedy genre. The hooker with a heart of gold! The womanizer with a heart of gold! The criminal mastermind with a heart of gold! The murderer with a heart of gold! The disabled puppy with a heart of gold! Whatever, etc. All those hidden hearts need is a little love, affection and a long walk on the beach or two and — ding! — instant gold reveal. And after those plated hearts show themselves, what follows is romance and a bit of comedy and some good fun. Rom-coms have no problem introducing kinda-jerks, setting them up to meet the love of their life and then allowing them to be “worthy” of such love because they’re willing to change. In romantic comedies, you can be a total goddamn asshole and still get the girl (or the guy). That’s the charm, right »
- Kate Erbland
And So It Goes has debuted its first trailer.
The film centres around an ageing and antagonistic real estate agent (Douglas) who is forced to look after the granddaughter (Sterling Jerins) he never knew he had.
With the help of his long-suffering neighbour (Keaton), he begins to reverse the misanthropic habits of a lifetime.
And So It Goes will open in Us cinemas on July 11 and in the UK on July 18. »
It's been a long time since we've had the Rob Reiner that made "The Princess Bride," "When Harry Met Sally" and "Stand By Me." The filmmakers last two efforts were the barely seen "Flipped" and "The Magic Of Belle Isle," while "The Bucket List" was successful schlock. And that seems like that description will apply to "And So It Goes." Starring Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, it seems this movie will fill your quota of old people jokes that didn't make the editorial cut at Reader's Digest. As for the story, it follows a jerkstore real estate agent who has his life thrown into chaos when his estranged son drops a granddaughter he never knew existed on his doorstep. Uh oh! Surely lots of hijinks follows. Find out how below. "And So It Goes" opens on July 14th. [Vlicious] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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