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Welcome to the 41st season of Saturday Night Live! I’m your host (of these recaps), Emilie Sowers. I’m very excited to cover this upcoming season, which has the potential to be both a more stable year after the various cast shake ups of the past couple seasons, and a particularly exciting year as it will take place during an already bonkers election season, the sort of time during which, historically, SNL has really shone. Our inaugural season 41 episode will be hosted by and will feature the musical stylings of Miley Cyrus, a person who is universally beloved, not at all divisive, and who definitely won’t cause any Internet commenters to declare the decline of SNL/modern society/the entire world. Let’s dig in! Cold Open: A message for America from presidential candidate Donald Trump and his wife Melania. It felt like this was more important as »
- Emilie Sowers
Jacob Bernstein's Everything Is Copy, a documentary about his mother, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally…, Julie & Julia, Sleepless in Seattle), features anecdotes from the likes of Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Amy Pascal, Gay Talese, Rob Reiner, the late Mike Nichols and passages from Ephron's essays read by Lena Dunham, Reese Witherspoon, Rita Wilson and Gaby Hoffmann. For some, the film is mere hagiography, but others are "moved and inspired by this frisky, funny, and heartbreaking bio-doc." We're collecting reviews. » - David Hudson »
Sleeping With Other People is a forgettable, by-the-numbers romantic comedy that relies on tiresome clichés and unfunny sex jokes. The newest from writer/director Leslye Headland opens at Columbia University in 2002 where students Jake (Jason Sudeikis) and Lainey (Alison Brie) lose their virginity to each other one night. Jump ahead 13 years and horndog Jake is reintroduced having an angry confrontation with his current girlfriend over his serial inability to stay committed. Meanwhile, Lainey is having an affair with Matt Sovochek (Adam Scott), now a gynecologist married to pregnant Emma (Katherine Waterston). After over a decade of not having contact with one another, Jake and Lainey reconnect at a sex addiction support group meetings. They suddenly become platonic best friends, venting their frustrations over their sexual and romantic lives while falling for each other in the process.
I suppose the audience is expected to laugh at the assumed outrageousness of all the explicit dialog about sex, »
- Tom Stockman
Read More: 2015 Savanna Film Festival Announces First Wave of Lineup Including 'Room' and 'Truth' The Savannah Film Festival has announced the rest of its film lineup for its 2015 series, as well as the honorees for their Spotlight, Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star Awards. Olivia Wilde will be presented with the Spotlight Award on opening night for her contributions in films like "Meadowland," which has been added as a gala screening at the festival, "Her" and "Drinking Buddies." Meg Ryan, whose directorial debut "Ithica" screens at the festival, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work on films like "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle." Lastly, Alfie Allen will be awarded the Rising Star Award for his appearances in HBO's "Game of Thrones" and "Atonement." The festival has also announced "An Evening With Saoirse Ronan," gala screenings including »
- Aubrey Page
Both as warm and as no-holds-barred blunt as its subject, “Everything Is Copy” proves a stirring portrait of Nora Ephron by her son, writer-director Jacob Bernstein. Ephron passed away in 2012 at the age of 71 from leukemia, a fatal disease whose manifestation she kept secret from all but her closest confidants. That deliberate silence struck many, upon her death, as not only shocking, but something of a betrayal, given that Ephron had previously operated by her own mother’s motto that everything in life was fair-game fodder for her work. Whether Ephron truly believed that creed is the investigative through-line of Bernstein’s doc (which, following its New York Film Festival premiere, is slated for HBO in March 2016), and helps turn it not only a loving biography of a titanic talent, but a look at the way in which artists strike a balance between the personal and the private.
Like his mother a journalist by trade, »
- Nick Schager
The UK has seen a pretty awesome summer in 2013 compared to recent years. But as brilliant as constant sunshine is a welcome change to the usual rain in June or snow in April, some of us here at Digital Spy can't help but choose autumn as our favourite season of the year. And autumn has arrived today!
Sun is still around, a cool breeze is in the year, trees and falling leaves look like a beautiful painting, and we can start wearing cosy jumpers. So for those who love this time of year, DS has compiled a list of 12 great autumnal movies for the 12 equinox hours to get you in the mood.
While the time-travel elements may be confusing and make little sense, this underrated gem reunites Speed's Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in a film that really showcases the beauty of autumn throughout.
With much »
Now open and selling out shows in theaters in NY, California and Chicago, the award winning real-life romantic comedy documentary Meet the Patels is expanding its theatrical release to theaters in new markets nationwide this Friday, September 18, including New Jersey, North Carolina, DC, Boston, Philadelphia, Tampa, and Detroit.
Co-directed by Geeta and Ravi Patel, this hysterical and heartwarming documentary follows Ravi’s journey to find true love. Joined by their wonderful parents and fabulous commentary from Geeta, who is behind the camera and heard but not seen, the film is about family and about finding love be it for your parents, your sibling or your happily ever after romance.
We here at BollySpice loved Meet The Patels film and you can read our rave review here.
I was able to have a fabulous, funny and open in-depth conversation with Ravi and Geeta about Meet The Patels. Check it out!
To set the scene, »
- Stacey Yount
There’s a kind of headlong artist who works quickly, in an agitated state, not always knowing what he or she is going for but knowing when it’s gotten. That’s how I think of Leslye Headlong — sorry, Headland — writing the romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People. The story of a nonsexual but sexually charged friendship between a woman and a man, it feels as if it were streaming from the brain of someone who has seen When Harry Met Sally more than twice and is furiously reworking it to fit her own reality — adding lots more casual sex and emotional weirdness and roughening up the edges. Sleeping With Other People is a rare American non-homogenized rom-com, and it’s delightful even when you’re not sure what you’re watching.You are sure, however, that Alison Brie and Jason Sudeikis are adorable together. The movie’s first big »
- David Edelstein
I mean, you seem like the kind of guy who looked at books on vaginas and kind of figured out how everything worked pretty early on, so I'm sure you didn't have to worry."
For most folks, telling someone that they appear to know their way around the female anatomy would fall somewhere between flirting and highly questionable flattery. For writer-director Leslye Headland, this is small talk, casual conversation, easy-breezy coffee-klatch chit-chat. If anything, the woman behind the deconstructed romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People is more than comfortable waxing »
Other People’s Mousetraps: Headland Heads to Romcom
One of the most acerbically hilarious new voices in the American indie world is writer/director Leslye Headland, whose dark hearted 2012 directorial debut Bachelorette was a jagged counterpoint to the unoffending female comedy fantasies, something like Bridesmaids but more uneasily wicked. After writing 2014’s remake of About Last Night, she’s back with her sophomore effort, Sleeping with Other People, a romcom that borrows a bit heavily from When Harry Met Sally.
At times funny and sincere in its depiction of modern heterosexual romantic entanglements, Headland’s latest also becomes a bit too self-aware of its own conventions, and instead of reinventing them, sadly becomes a willing victim to its own fantastic monstrousness. Described playfully by the director as a ‘love grenade’ at the film’s premiere, Headland may very well launch bombs at formulaic interpretations of love, sex, and the whole damn thing, »
- Nicholas Bell
It's like When Harry Met Sally... but with Instagram comments, nerdy comedy shows, and a magician in a bow tie. Justin Willman and Jillian Sipkins wanted to share their unique love story at their wedding rehearsal dinner, and they decided to do it with a booze-filled parody of the Comedy Central show Drunk History. What follows is an epic tale of a photographer (Jillian) shooting a magician (Justin) at a few Los Angeles events, with the turning point in their relationship being a very short—and hilarious—Instagram comment. (Yes, you can start a relationship from an impulsive Instagram comment!) In the video, the real-life couple gets sloshed as they recount their courtship, while actors lip »
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Science of the Day: Speaking of Keanu Reeves, for Nerdist Kyle Hill looks into the plausibility of The Matrix, specifically how humans serve as batteries for the title virtual world: Movie Parody of the Day: Your kids have to learn about sexual pleasure sometime, right? Cookie Monster stars in Sesame Street's take on When Harry Met Sally, and they do go there with a parody of the "I'll have what she's having" bit: Filmmaker in Focus: Filmscalpel spotlights close-ups on eyes in Martin Scorsese movies: Online Film School: Learn what a Dutch Angle is from Fandor Keyrame and this illustrative montage of shots from famous...
- Christopher Campbell
Are you ready for a remake of When Harry Met Sally? Well, Sesame Street is giving you one. Sort of. The show is parodying the classic 1989 film starring Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in "When Cookie Met Sally," with Cookie Monster taking on the Billy Crystal role. And yes, they even put a kid-friendly spin on Meg Ryan's infamous fake orgasm scene, with Cookie Monster and Sally enjoying the desserts they waited oh-so-patiently-for in "a famous deli in New York City," in the clip above, which teaches a valuable lesson about patience. "Cookie was a monster who was totally out of control, Sally was a girl who was totally in control," the voice-over reads. "Could these two very different »
Sesame Street’s latest video parodies the famous 1989 movie “When Harry Met Sally,” complete with the hairdos and outfits from the original. The video opens by introducing Meg Ryan‘s character, Sally, and Cookie Monster, both of whom appear to be polar opposites: Cookie can’t control himself; Sally is a model of restraint. The majority of the spoof is set inside the deli in which the original film’s iconic fake orgasm scene takes place. In the parody, Sally teaches Cookie a lesson of patience when he tries to cut the line to get a sandwich. Also Read: 10 'Sesame »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Movie posters are designed to sell the film - but not sell the film out, surely?
Take this as a warning, movie marketeers: giving away all the best bits in the trailer is one thing, but ruining an entire movie with a single image is something else...
(And in case you hadn't guessed, be warned that this article contains spoilers.)
Spoiler alert: Hey look, just beneath Arnie's giant face - that's Jason Clarke's John Connor! And he's on fire! And looks like a Terminator! He couldn't secretly be a Terminator, could he?
2. Rocky IV
Spoiler alert: In Rocky IV, America's very own, um, Italian Stallion takes on the Soviet Union's very own Ivan Drago. Three guesses who wins. Okay, one guess.
Spoiler alert: If you were wondering whether Optimus Prime rides a gargantuan robot dinosaur at the very end of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, »
The brand new Sleeping With Other People trailer has just been released, and it’s just a little bit raunchier, and swearier than previous versions. The red-band promo has just gone live for the IFC Films movie, which is released Stateside later this month.
Here’s the synopsis:
Can two serial cheaters get a second chance at love? After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet by chance twelve years later and discover they each have the same problem: because of their monogamy-challenged ways, neither can maintain a relationship. Determined to stay friends despite their mutual attraction, they make a pact to keep it platonic, a deal that proves easier said than done. Fresh, funny, and full of witty insights about modern love, this hilariously heartfelt film “”is the rare rom-com that reminds us why we love them so much in the »
- Paul Heath
Can a man and a woman just be friendsc This is a well explored topic in the romantic comedy genre, of course most directly and most effectively in Rob Reiner's classic When Harry Met Sally... (have to get that proper punctuation in). And when something is a well explored topic on film, it means we must explore it yet again. Enter the subject of this article, Sleeping With Other People. This platonic male/female friendship centers on Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis). Both are sex addicts, and actually meet at a sex addict meeting, and they try to strike up a friendship. One without benefits. If you think this does not cause problems, you have not seen a movie before. But well-worn territory is fine if executed is right, which means this comedy basically needs to make me laugh. Based on this new red band trailer, which you can watch below, »
- Mike Shutt
The BFI will release a new 4K digital restoration of David Lean’s epic romance set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution, starring the late Omar Sharif alongside Julie Christie, on November 27.
The film, based on the novel by Boris Pasternak, won five Academy Awards and remains the eighth most successful film of all time at the Us box office (adjusted for inflation).
Doctor Zhivago will be one of the cornerstone theatrical releases for Love, the BFI’s major new project set to run from October to December that will centre on love stories in film and »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
While July 28th may be a light day in terms of the amount of horror and sci-fi titles making their home entertainment debuts, we do have an interesting assortment of films and TV to look forward to. Kino Lorber has dug up two classics—The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein and Cherry 2000 (starring Melanie Griffith)—which are being released on Blu-ray this Tuesday, and Scream Factory has another underrated genre gem getting the HD treatment as well—the horror western Ghost Town.
For all you MST3K fans out there, Shout! Factory is putting out another collection of campy films that you’ll be able to add to your collections this week and Bayview Entertainment also has a double feature of cult movies from Germany—Strangler of the Tower / Monster of London—arriving on DVD.
After the death of Victor Frankenstein »
- Heather Wixson
The deserted town the Brady family got trapped in on their way to the Grand Canyon is charming compared to the one in 1988's Ghost Town. On July 28th, Scream Factory will release Ghost Town on Blu-ray, and we've been provided with three copies to give away.
Ghost Town synopsis: "A dusty ghost town, seemingly abandoned, holds the lives of its original inhabitants in an animated netherworld for 100 years…
When a modern-day sheriff's deputy is lured to a desolate, spooky ghost town in search of a missing woman, he comes face-to-face with a malevolent spirit from the town's past. The spell of death and suffering over the undead townspeople must end to set them free from eternal pain. The horrors of a possessed outlaw, in a time-suspended dimension are only the setting for a frightening battle for the mind, nerves and flesh.
- Derek Anderson
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