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Movie Review: How to Be Single

1 hour ago | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Are you ready for a Girlfriends’ Night Out? Then grab your cute boots and a couple of tickets for How to be Single. I know, I know, another movie about single twenty-somethings trying to get by while living the dream in New York City. Possibly make some money. Probably don a chic new outfit in every scene. Definitely fall in love. Everyone gets something out of films like this, though: flirtation, tenderness, humor, naïveté, cheese, adventure, sex, city life, architecture, grit, glamour, and detachment amidst a concrete sea of millions of strangers. This has been a done a million times already, right? C’mon: When Harry Met Sally, Hitch, New Year’s Eve, Maid in Manhattan, Sex and the City, That Awkward Moment, and the list goes on and on and on….

Could How to Be Single bring anything new to the table? What could it show an audience that it hasn’t seen before? »

- Mandi Ruffner

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Review: 'How to Be Single' Starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Leslie Mann, Alison Brie and Anders Holm

10 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The romantic comedy is going through a bit of a dry spell. If it were a person, it would be at the stage of eagerly accepting blind dates set up by hopeful aunts or swiping right on everyone on Tinder. Whether it’s part of a general distaste with the genre or the larger movement away from mid-sized movies, the major studios aren’t releasing romantic comedies as frequently as they once were. Last year, the only one with a wide release was “Trainwreck,” which made $110 million on its filthy, funny script and the charm of its star — with only a little traditional romance. Read More: Dakota Johnson Learns 'How To Be Single' In New Trailer With Rebel Wilson, Allison Brie, Leslie Mann, And More Enter “How to Be Single,” with a title that indicates that, like “Trainwreck,” it may not fit the standard romantic comedy mold. Taking »

- Kimber Myers

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The Perfect Rom-Com, When Harry Met Sally returns to the big screen

8 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Hollywood rom-coms don’t get much better than 1989’s beloved When Harry Met Sally…, a movie that helped define the genre and paved the way for countless (and lesser) knockoffs.

Wisecracking Harry (Billy Crystal) and tightly wound Sally (Meg Ryan) hate each other when they first meet, but over time become platonic best friends.

However, their attraction to each other grows, leading to complications that threaten their friendship.

Director Rob Reiner and screenwriter Nora Ephron based the film on their experiences as divorced people thrust back into the dating world. Ephron spent years honing a script packed with memorable one-liners and, what was groundbreaking at the time, scenes featuring men and women having frank, funny discussions about sex.

It all comes together in the hands of the two leads. Crystal is at his charming best, but his Harry is also smug and emotionally aloof, while girl-next-door Ryan relishes playing a woman beset with insecurities. »

- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine

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Nora Ephron: The Last Interview and Other Conversations review – candour and wit

17 January 2016 5:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This collection of four interviews with the author and screenwriter from across her career is full of insight, energy and humour

On her death in 2012, the New York Times described Nora Ephron as a writer in the Dorothy Parker mould, “only smarter and funnier”. The Last Interview... brings together four encounters with Ephron: the first shortly after her essay A Few Words About Breasts had established her as the enfant terrible of the New Journalism; the last when she was a grand dame of the screenwriting world, with credits for hits including Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally... to her name.

Dubbed the “feminist with a funny bone”, Ephron speaks with native directness, candour and wit about the challenges of forging a career in traditionally male-dominated milieus, alongside childhood, ageing and the best way to cook a turkey. “It takes this huge amount of will and energy for anything to happen to you, »

- Lettie Kennedy

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American Idol Recap: Harry, What Do You Carry?

15 January 2016 9:56 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

This installment of American Idol is a special, supersized, two-hour audition episode, because the best thing to do with the part of the show where nothing really happens is … supersize it? All night, we ping-pong back and forth between Little Rock and Denver, the auditoriums and the audition rooms, Bearded Ryan and Ryan Classic. The continuity is all over the place, but wherever and whenever we are, Jennifer Lopez is taking a careful selfie or having a FaceTime conversation with someone who doesn't want her to talk. Maybe smizing over a Wi-Fi connection is her version of singing a lullaby to her twins? It'd work on me.Our first young hopefuls are a pair of hipsters from Provo, Utah, named Amber Lynn and James VIII. (Yes, those are Roman numerals.) They drove in together, and they're good ol' pals in that When Harry Met Sally… kind of way, except you »

- Dave Holmes

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The Definitive Romantic Comedies: 10-1

9 January 2016 4:55 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Well, we’ve finally reached the summit: the 10 most definitive romantic comedies of all time. Unlike the other sections of this list, there is not a movie here that approaches “bad.” As always, some are better than others, despite the order. But one thing is for sure: if you plan to have a rom-com binge-a-thon soon, this is where you start, no questions asked. In fact, after reading this, you should go do that and report back.

courtesy of reverseshot.com 10. Some Like It Hot (1959)

What’s funnier than men dressing in drag? Depends on who you ask. It’s Billy Wilder again with a fictional story of two musicians – Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon) – who witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre in Chicago and leave town. But, since the mob has ties everywhere, they need to disguise themselves as best they can: as women in an »

- Joshua Gaul

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Black-ish Recap: Best Friends for Never

6 January 2016 7:53 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Welcome back! Black-ish starts the New Year with an big question: Do spouses need to be best friends to have a healthy marriage? It's an intriguing one, right up there with "Men and women can't be friends because the sex part always gets in the way." Dre answers both with one best friend, Gigi Franklin (Tyra Banks).In an homage to When Harry Met Sally, three couples praise their respective spouses as their best friends, but Dre is quick to point out that Bow is not his. He and Gigi have known each other since they were 2 years old, so she holds the title of Dre's Bestie for Life. Gigi is a pop star with the looks of a model — ahem — but Bow isn't worried about any misconduct between her husband and his best friend. However, she does get jealous of their intimate friendship. Bow confesses to her »

- Nichole Perkins

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Notebook's 8th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2015

4 January 2016 6:41 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »

- Notebook

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Film Review: When Harry Met Sally

3 January 2016 2:54 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★★ Has the form of the romantic comedy ever been more perfectly expressed than in When Harry Met Sally (1989), rereleased in UK cinemas just in time for Christmas? Rob Reiner's film might not have been the first rom-com, but taking their cue from It Happened One Night (1934) and the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 40s, the dream team of director Reiner, writer Nora Ephron and stars Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal, fashioned a rom-com that to this day remains the gold standard for the genre.


- CineVue UK

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A Happy New (Twitterful) Year

2 January 2016 5:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

2016 is upon us. So far it's been a wash since a cold has attacked me without warning but while I sleep and stay hydrated (not simultaneously) and procrastinate here are some favorite tweets of the week. But the year started beautifully with two of our favorite film thinkers and Oscar historians Nick Davis and Mark Harris announcing new projects. Nick will be expanding his "Best Actress" section and Mark Harris will be celebrating 1966 movies all year as he preps for the 50th anniversary of those Best Picture nominees he celebrated in his first book "Pictures at a Revolution" which was on the Best Pictures of 1967.

Our first tweet is a perfect message for the "survey the greats" season we're in via filmmaker Guillermo del Toro. Our friend Nick has an interesting solution to this favorites versus perfection equation. He has two top 100s, greatest and favorites. He just wrote a »


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The WGA Names the 101 Funniest Screenplays of All Time

31 December 2015 5:13 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Let’s end the year with a celebration of the funniest comedy scripts ever written. The Writer’s Guild of America has chosen the 101 best laugh-getting screenplays. Keep in mind that this is all about the writing, not the cast or the director.

1.Annie Hall (1977)

2. Some Like it Hot (1959)

3. Groundhog Day (1993)

4. Airplane! (1980)

5. Tootsie (1982)

6. Young Frankenstein (1974)

7. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

8. Blazing Saddles (1974)

9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

10. National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

11. This is Spinal Tap (1984)

12. The Producers (1967)

13. The Big Lebowski (1998)

14. Ghostbusters (1984)

15. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

16. Bridesmaids (2011)

17. Duck Soup (1933)

18. There’s Something About Mary (1998)

19. The Jerk (1979)

20. A Fish Called Wanda (1988)

21. His Girl Friday (1940)

22. The Princess Bride (1987)

23. Raising Arizona (1987)

24. Bringing Up Baby (1938)

25. Caddyshack (1980)

26. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

27. The Graduate (1967)

28. The Apartment (1960)

29. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

30. The Hangover (2009)

31. The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

32. The Lady Eve »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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