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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
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, »
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 »
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… »
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
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 »
“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
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
The man who created Supernatural has turned his attention to a superhero.
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, »
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
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 »
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
Ansel Elgort identifies more with the brother-sister relationship he shares with Shailene Woodley's character in Insurgent than the romantic relationship he shared with her in The Fault in Our Stars. The actor scored two different covers for Seventeen's April 2015 issue, and in the magazine, the movie star debated whether guys and girls can really be friends. Yes, the themes of When Harry Met Sally... live on. "If a woman is really pretty, it's kind of hard. I'm not going to lie. Actually, that's not true," Elgort said. "Me and Shailene have a really platonic relationship. I've never once wanted her sexually, which is nice. But for me, if a person is someone I'm attracted to, and »
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7.80 The Lego Movie
6.96 Big Hero 6
6.51 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
6.40 American Sniper
- Jeff Bayer
“Star Wars: Episode X — The Importance of Being Earnest”? This mash-up is the stuff of nerd dreams. Though Oscar Wilde and residents of the galaxy far, far away would appear to have little in common, he and Princess Leia might get along well. At least, that’s what the U.S.-Ireland Alliance posits by having Stephen Fry present an award to actress Carrie Fisher at the Alliance’s 10th annual Oscar Wilde Awards. Emcee J.J. Abrams will present to Stephen Colbert while Garrett Kelleher will do the honors for artist Colin Davidson.
Over her long career, Fisher has proved that she’s more than just her gold bikini. Her resume boasts a string of comedic turns post-“Star Wars,” including the wry Marie in “When Harry Met Sally” and April in “Hannah and Her Sisters.” Fisher demonstrated her chops through memorable guest stints on shows including “Sex and the City” and “30 Rock. »
- Marianne Zumberge
"Fifty Shades of Grey" is not a good movie. The script is clunky, the tone is inconsistent. Jamie Dornan is a snooze-fest. Its source material was poor literature, even as harlequin and romance writing traditions go, and the film's loyalties to the book's structure and characters is a real detriment. The film -- now a massive box office success after its opening weekend -- does have its redeeming qualities. For one, Dakota Johnson is a trooper, providing some much-needed fun to the frequently strained story. Also, even and especially as large-scale release geared toward women, "Fifty Shades" treats sex differently than many commercial dramas and rom-coms (and not just because of the Bdsm). For all its controversies, the film purposely eschews some of the book's pitfalls to hint at a much more complicated tale about the bedroom and consenting adults. Below I outline some things the "Fifty Shades of Grey »
- Katie Hasty
Happy Valentine's Day, single people! Isn't it depressing? And we all have the demented romantic comedy genre to thank for our feeling of unfulfillment (along with, you know, assorted other factors). But good news! The traditional rom-com has been dying a protracted death for the last five or six years. Sure, the genre still exists. An argument could be made that the genre lives on in its purest form with the recent spate of rom-coms starring African-American actors ("Think Like a Man," "About Last Night," etc.) Recent films like Jenny Slate's "Obvious Child," Lake Bell's "In A World...," Joseph Gordon-Levitt's "Don Jon," "Silver Linings Playbook" and even the zom-com flick "Warm Bodies" could also certainly be categorized as such -- and yet what they all have in common is their failure to follow the once tried-and-true template of their star-driven predecessors. The conventional, old-fashioned studio romantic comedy, »
- Chris Eggertsen
The hotly-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie is finally released in cinemas today (February 13) to coincide with Valentine's Day this weekend, and it's got our minds racing about just one thing....
The most ridiculously silly orgasms in movie history, obviously!
Virginal, apple pie-bonking Jim Levenstein can't believe his luck when his history tutoring with sexy Slovakian exchange student Nadia (Shannon Elizabeth) turns into something more. So excited is Jim, however, that he barely contains himself at her touch, only lasting a few more seconds on second go, until he, er, explodes again.
Sadly Stifler (Seann William Scott) had previously coerced Jim to set up a webcam in his room so they can all watch the frisky teenage pair, but he unwittingly »
This article was originally published in February 2014. We are rerunning it with Valentine's Day coming up. Twenty-five years ago, When Harry Met Sally revolutionized the romantic comedy. Sure, this film genre had been around since the earliest days of cinema, and had once been the domain of giants like Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch and Stanley Donen. But Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s 1989 hit, with its slick, highly quotable back-and-forth between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, as well as its oddly self-reflective quality, felt like something strange and new — the Star Wars of romantic comedies. It wasn’t just a romantic comedy, it was a rom-com. We’ve been living in its wake ever since, and Valentine's Day seemed like a good time to look at the 25 intervening years and pick our favorites.A couple of caveats: We focused only on American and British rom-coms. In part, this was »
- Bilge Ebiri,David Edelstein
The flirtation between Selena Gomez and DJ Zedd keeps heating up!
The 22-year-old "The Heart What It Wants" singer announced her highly anticipated collaboration with the 25-year-old producer/DJ on Monday, posting this cute photo of her wrapping her arms him on Instagram. She even went so far as to call him the Harry to her Sally, referencing the beloved on-screen couple in Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan's classic 1989 rom-com When Harry Met Sally.
"Harry to my Sally. #Feb22 #Iwytk," she initially captioned the pic, before curiously deleting the When Harry Met Sally reference.
Photos: Selena Gomez and DJ Zedd Can't Keep Their Hand Off Each Other
"Iwytk" presumably is the abbreviation for their new song together, which is reportedly called "I Want You to Know." It's set to drop on Feb. 22.
"The new Zedd-Selena »
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