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AOL Original’s new series Making a Scene with James Franco debuts this Wednesday, and it features James Franco doing what he does best: art-like mini-projects that require more than a sentence to explain. Despite a title that sounds like something dry and conversational and hosted by James Lipton, the 10-episode first season actually showcases Franco & Co. taking a variety of famous scenes from famous movies, mashing them up, and staging the result. The key is that they won’t have total control over what they’ll be enacting.
“The idea was to turn over some of the creative process »
- Keith Staskiewicz
Find out which A-list guest start are coming to 'The Mindy Project' in Season 3!
The Mindy Project — aka the most underrated comedy on TV — returns tonight for their fourth season, and the powers-that-be at Fox are gifting fans with 22 minutes of pure bliss. We've already seen the first episode back (Ahem… six times!) and we can confirm that this is one of the best episodes of the entire series.
Now that Mindy (Mindy Kaling) and Danny (Chris Messina) are a full-on t-shirt-sharing couple, we get to see an entirely new side to each of these characters. Brace yourselves for a whole lotta feels, because in the Season 3 premiere, you're going to discover a secret side of Danny and it is, without a doubt, one of the »
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Over the years there have been many romantic comedies that tried to subvert their own genre – from When Harry Met Sally to No Strings Attached. Despite pages upon pages of wry commentary and gentle mocking of romance tropes, however, even the most meta-humorous of these romcoms have a tendency to snap back into formula by the time they reach their closing chapter. Men and women can be just friends, and they can be just friends with benefits, but not as far as Hollywood is concerned.
The number of well-known romcoms where the guy doesn’t get the girl (or vice versa) can probably be counted on the fingers of one hand, and based on the trailer it doesn’t look like Playing it Cool (formerly titled A Many Splintered Thing), a new romcom starring Chris Evans ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
Fear of commitment is one of those topics that pops up a lot in the world of romantic comedies. Jerry Maguire (1996) shows Tom Cruise struggling to say "I love you" in a convincing fashion, and in When Harry Met Sally (1989) Billy Crystal makes terrible excuses to leave early in the morning after each date. Failure To Launch (2006) spelled it out more bluntly than perhaps we needed – in Hollywood, men are afraid of love. Love is a scary business. Even so, it rarely comes with a health warning.
So I Married An Axe Murderer is that rare film. It suggests that the lead character is right to be terrified of commitment. In fact, running away might just save his life. This is a tricky idea to get right, because the audience »
Anne Marie here on the 25th anniversary of a genre classic.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that any romcom made after 1989 owes large thematic debts to When Harry Met Sally… From the Meet Cute to the Bickering Couple to the Final Romantic Gesture (usually involving holidays and/or running), When Harry Met Sally… set a template that has defined an entire genre, and--depending on who you ask--killed that genre as well. But despite the cliches, Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s Oscar-nominated comedy script continues to sparkle 25 years later, because it is not a movie about romantic gestures. It is a story about people; their observations, their oversights, and most importantly, their food.
Watching When Harry Met Sally… for the first time, you’d be forgiven for thinking New Yorkers do nothing but eat and argue. As Harry (Billy Crystal) and Sally (Meg Ryan) meet, separate, meet again, fall into friendship, »
- Anne Marie
Coming from Goon director Michael Dowse, What If (previously titled The F Word) tackles that age old question: can a man and a woman be just friends? When Harry Met Sally asked it, and it was about time it was thrown out into the open again, this time with a witty, yet melancholy, hard candy shell, hiding a gooey romantic comedy at it's centre. When Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe), still struggling to get over his break up from a year previously, meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan), he immediately falls for her, but is hampered by the fact that she has a boyfriend, Ben (Rafe Spall). Willing to have nothing to do with her ever again, Wallace finds life doesn't have the same plan, as a random encounter between the pair blossoms into a full blown friendship, with the spectre of their growing mutual attraction to each other looming large in the background. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The film marks a departure for Radcliffe, who in recent years has played a wizard, a widowed lawyer haunted by a woman in black, Allen Ginsberg and a warped version of himself who fires a condom onto Diana Rigg's head in Extras.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Radcliffe confirmed that he recently rejected an approach to reprise his role as Harry Potter for Universal Orlando's theme park, but refused to definitively say "never" about going back to the role.
"I would never say never… the hypothetical thing people come up with is if a book was written one day and the story was continued at an age you were appropriate to do it, »
Can men and women ever be 'just friends'? Director Rob Reiner asked the question in 1989 with When Harry Met Sally and we knew the answer then, just as we do from the very beginning of What If. After all, much of the comedy springs like the sweat of desperation from Daniel Radcliffe's brow as he tries to contain his feelings for Zoe Kazan (aka Ruby Sparks), playing the typically cute, clever but kooky heroine who keeps him dangling.
Wallace (Radcliffe) is a med school dropout, which might imply issues around commitment, except that he's split from his long-term college sweetheart and can't get over it. That is until he claps eyes on cartoonist Chantry (Kazan) at one of those cosy, dimly lit parties that only exist »
The age-old dilemma: can guys and girls really just be friends, no sexual tension involved. That is just one question Daniel Radcliffe, star of new rom-com What If, tackled at this week’s press conference. Read on for more details.
Question: Were you actively looking for a rom-com. You seem to be someone shifting from genre to genre – were you looking for something to tick off?
Daniel Radcliffe: Yeah, it’s interesting. I was having this conversation with a friend of mine the other day…as actors, the only time we talk about genre is when we’re promoting a film or when we’re talking to journalists, because I don’t think it’s something that factors into my thought process when I’m picking a film. You’re not thinking “Oh, I want to do a romantic comedy, only show me romantic comedies from now on”. You »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
It's sweltering. You're stuck on public transportation. But wait - what's this? A full-service day spa in the middle of the NYC subway system? Improv Everywhere earned internet infamy with flash mob pranks such as the No Pants Subway Ride and When Harry Met Sally in Real Life, both of which made people stop in their tracks to watch something bizarre happen. This time, however, Improv Everywhere is supplying a less abstract public service: relief from the heat. Setting up a pop-up spa on a subway platform where the temperature hovered around a humid 95 degrees, the group filled the station »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Chicago – “What If” is a really bad title, but that is the least of the film’s concerns, apparently, as the old can-man-and-women-be-friends canard rears its indecisive but predictable head (snicker). This time it’s interpreted through Harry Potter and Elia Kazan’s granddaughter, if this is to be believed.
Whenever the man and woman friend question pops up in a romantic comedy, it’s almost certain that the couple are made for each other, which makes the exercise in speculating the question futile. The victims in this one are Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, and they are game to tackle the mush-mouth dialogue, but as it leads to its inevitability, the speeches and banter gets increasingly annoying. This is a new generation “When Harry Met Sally…,” but it finds no new territory in the subject, and chooses to go high concept to make up for its lack of natural authenticity. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
I suppose we’re obligated to refer to What If as a millennial variation on When Harry Met Sally. It too asks, somewhat disingenuously (since the outcome is never really in doubt), whether men and women can be just friends. It too shows two characters dancing around their obvious attraction for each other as things get more and more complicated. It too has its fair share of wiseass snark, though it also has an earnestness that’s all its own — whenever it threatens to break into moments of full-on romantic wish-fulfillment, something pulls it back down to Earth.Despite that title, What If isn’t a fantasy. Rather, let’s call it a romantic daydream — the kind that gets interrupted by the harsh reality of other people. It starts off with a thoroughly plausible meet-cute. Heartbroken med-school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) and goofy animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan) meet one night »
- Bilge Ebiri
Arriving in theatres this week, in the Us at least (in Canada it hits on August 22nd), is The F Word, the new romantic comedy from director Michael Dowse. Titled What If in the states, the film stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as Wallace and Chantry, respectively. The two young adults meet one night and feel an instant chemistry between them, leading to a new friendship. Wallace, having been burnt recently by a particularly bad relationship, is looking for love and falls head over heels for his beautiful new friend. There’s just one problem: Chantry is currently living with her longtime boyfriend.
Charming, clever and full of great performances from the entire cast, The F Word is a thoroughly enjoyable romantic comedy that should definitely please those who have been jaded by the genre lately. Our very own Sam Woolf gave the film a 4/5, saying in his review »
- Matt Joseph
Last month we asked whether or not the rom-com could be saved. 25 years on from "When Harry Met Sally," the genre has become anemic, though there are bright spots, like this weekend's "What If," an imperfect, but still enjoyable attempt to twist the formula (here's our review). And while the upcoming "Love, Rosie" isn't a total reinvention, it does look to at least have a broader scope than most of these kinds of movies usually do. Lily Collins and Sam Claflin star in the film about two British childhood friends who are inseparable, even as they grow into adulthood. School, pregnancy, and other obstacles in this crazy thing called life, find them split apart, though Rosie's torch still burns for her best friend. The problem? He's married, and she's got a child from another man. Can she get back with the person who was right for her all along? You'll »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The C Word: Dowse’s Latest a Joy Despite Censor Scramble
Don’t let the marketing snafu and the hopelessly generic title fool you into thinking that What If is the forgettable rom com it’s being offered up as. Directed by Canadian director Michael Dowse, the man behind the Fubar films and the equally underrated Goon (2011), the film premiered last fall at the Toronto Film Festival as The F Word and has since been retooled to meet the constrictions of the MPAA rating system and snag a PG-13 rating. While this was an ill-advised move since the film isn’t designed for the bauble headed teens hungry for more heteronormative confirmation about what adolescent romance should look like, Dowse’s final product prevails as an enjoyable jaunt through a stale genre. Ultimately ending up exactly where we think it will, the journey there is always fresh and never contrived, »
- Nicholas Bell
This rom-com is really an updated take on When Harry Met Sally . . . for millennials. Meaning, can a guy be friends with a babe without trying to boff her? Luckily, Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan spin sweet magic out of blah-blah-blah clichés. I like when that happens.
In this Toronto-set fable, Radcliffe plays Wallace, a med-school dropout, dumped by his Gf and – ouch! – living with his single-mom sister. Kazan, radiating smarts and seductive appeal, plays Chantry (great name), an animator Wallace sparks to at a party. She has a boyfriend, Ben (Rafe Spall). If she didn't, »
Canadian director Michael Dowse is not the sort of filmmaker that seems well-suited to handle a twee romantic comedy like What If, but he is qualified for a ribald look at 20-something relationships like The F Word, which happen to be the same film. Titles, like book covers, shouldn’t be used to judge a film itself, but the name change from The F Word (which the film premiered as at the Toronto International Film Festival) to What If is indicative of the competing sensibilities at play in Dowse’s latest. Transitioning here to the friend zone from the penalty box, Dowse’s 2011 film, Goon, was a piss and vinegar-fuelled story of a lunkhead bouncer rising to minor fame as a hockey enforcer, its secret weapon being a surprising sweetness to compliment the small stakes. As implied by its original, MPAA feather-ruffling title, What If carries over Goon’s gently raunchy spirit, »
- Sam Woolf
It has been 25 years since "When Harry Met Sally," the ultimate can-men-and-women-be-just-friends romantic comedy, hit theatres, and as we've recently discussed, few films of that sort have matched it in that time. But lately Hollywood has been taking a crack at that unique premise with mixed results, most notably with "Friends With Benefits" and "No Strings Attached," both released within months of each other and both not very good. So "Goon" and "Fubar" director Michael Dowse has a high bar to reach with "What If," and while the movie doesn't even make it to the same ballpark as the Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan classic, there's enough pleasure and small charms within its modest ambitions that it succeeds in putting an enjoyable spin on what has often proved a tired concept. While authenticity might be too strong a word, "What If" presents a world that feels inhabited by real characters in a real city (the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's been over two years since filmmaker Nora Ephron passed away. The director of films like Sleepless in Seattle and writer of When Harry Met Sally was one of the best known female filmmakers in the business. When Ephron left this world, she left behind in incomplete screenplay. As we reported in 2011, she was working on bringing a big screen adaptation of Lost in Austen, a British mini-series which is essentially a modern, time-traveling take on Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice. Now that film may see the light of day as The Wrap reports "Portlandia" co-creator Carrie Brownstein will now finish the script. For those not familiar with the British series, here's the official synopsis: Amanda Price is sick of the modern world. She yearns for the romance and elegance found in the books by her favorite author, Jane Austen. But she's about to get a rude awakening as one fateful evening, »
- Ethan Anderton
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