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Flipped (Blu-ray)Warner Home Video2010/Rated PG/Running Time 90 minsList Price: $35.99 – Now AvailableSitting down to watch Rob Reiner's latest, Flipped, the thought occurred to me, “when was the last time 'Meathead' made a really great movie?” The former All in the Family star turned director had a decent picture with the Jack Nicholson/Morgan Freeman team-up The Bucket List, but when you really think about it, the film was nothing more than two old guys talking and walking around. More than half the time the two veteran actors were actually chatting in front of a bluescreen and digitally inserted in locales such as Africa, France, Egypt and Hong Kong.I was a devoted fan of Reiner's early in his career when he made such great films as This Is Spinal Tap, The Sure Thing, Stand By Me and The Princess Bride. In time, he successfully took on more adult oriented material like Misery, »
Ah, the romantic comedy. Is there any genre more undone by the generic machinations of heartless hacks and unfunny “stars” in lead roles? The ingredients should be simple… two people fall for each other and face obstacles on the way to hopefully being together. Whether they get there or not is irrelevant. Make the romance heartfelt and believable and the laughs genuine and frequent and you’ll have a solid romantic comedy. Notting Hill, When Harry Met Sally, My Best Friend’s Wedding… when it works they’re more than just great examples of the genre. They’re great movies period. Heartbreaker works. In a couple there are three types of women. The happy ones, the unhappy ones who cope, and the unhappy ones who do not admit it. That last category is my stock in trade. My name is Alex Lippi. I am a professional couple breaker.” Alex Lippi (Romain Duris) works with his sister and »
- Rob Hunter
"Our Goal Is 'Annie Hall' Or 'When Harry Met Sally'," Film Likely To Shoot In April We've said it before, but the state of the modern romantic comedy is a pretty lamentable one. Contrived, lazy, laugh-free films such as "Leap Year," "Confessions of a Shopaholic" and "Valentine's Day" have tainted to the genre to the extent that when the decent, but flawed, likes of "(500) Days Of Summer" come along, they're treated like the second coming of Preston Sturges. The next person hoping to revitalize the romantic comedy is Apatow graduate Jason Segel. Having had a modest hit by co-writing… »
If anyone can make rom-com’s cool again, Jason Segel can. The man behind and in-front of the cameras on Forgetting Sarah Marshall, spoke to EW about the movie he’s currently writing, Five-Year Engagement, and explained that he wants to make it a classic.
“It is a romantic comedy. Our goal is Annie Hall or When Harry Met Sally and if we get within their stratosphere of substance, we will be happy. It really dissects relationships and aims to show how complicated they are over a long period of time. This is a five-year period and in that time things change and morph and the power dynamic shifts and people wane and eyes wonder and you question everything and this movie is about that in a funny way, I hope.”
While this production is still only in the rumour stage, mainly surrounding Emily Blunt being offered the lead female role, »
- Laura Stackhouse
Jason Segel, who is currently shooting his self-scripted Muppets movie, has already lined up his next project, a romantic comedy called Five Year Engagement which he hopes to shoot in April with co-writer Nicholas Stoller (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him To The Greek).
In a recent interview with Us magazine Entertainment Weekly, Segel described the feel of the movie.
“We will start shooting in April. It is a romantic comedy. Our goal is Annie Hall or When Harry Met Sally and if we get within their stratosphere of substance, we will be happy. It really dissects relationships and aims to show how complicated they are over a long period of time. This is a five-year period and in that time things change and morph and the power dynamic shifts and people wane and eyes wonder and you question everything and this movie is about that in a funny way, I hope. »
- Paul Heath
Jason Segel has announced that he is writing a romantic comedy entitled Five-Year Engagement. Talking to Entertainment Weekly, the actor admitted that he hopes to bring something new to the genre by creating a film that contains "substance". “We will start shooting in April. It is a romantic comedy. Our goal is Annie Hall or When Harry Met Sally and if we get within their stratosphere of substance, we will be (more) »
- By Jennifer Still
I miss the days of a good romantic comedy. Now it just feels like any asshole can slap together a so-called "romantic comedy" that millions of women will flock to. As a woman, I get it. Every great once in awhile some rom-com will come along and excite our interests. Anytime When Harry Met Sally is on television, I'll tune in. It doesn't matter what part it's at. Since it's so close to Christmas, I've been wanting to re-watch Love Actually. "To me, you are perfect." Le »
- Niki Stephens
It might be a while before we hear the pitter-patter of little feet around the home of Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Marshall (Jason Segel) on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother. Segel told EW that he thinks the producers will hold off on giving the couple a baby – mostly because he shouldn’t be trusted with infants, the actor admitted half-jokingly (at least, we think).
“They watched the way I reacted to the pregnancy scare and it terrified them so I don’t think they will do that again to me for awhile,” Segel said, while walking the red carpet »
- Lynette Rice
Looking for a perfect book to give? From David Baldacci's new thriller to a history of the Atlantic, Janice Kaplan picks 10 perfect books that any reader would want to receive. Watch Janice Kaplan on Good Morning America discussing her choices.
Some books are the literary equivalent of fine Champagne-delicious, much-desired, and appropriate for practically everyone. The choices on this list make great gifts, no matter what the recipient's interests. They'll broaden horizons, bring a smile-and last longer than that bottle of Cristal.
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Frank: The VoiceBy James Kaplan
Even those who've never downloaded a Sinatra song will be enthralled by this story of the smooth singer in the early years of his career. Sinatra seems more like the hero of a novel than a real-life star, but stories about his romances with stars from Lana Turner to Ava Gardner will keep fans humming along. »
- Janice Kaplan
“Tron: Legacy” is one of the most anticipated sci-fi sequels of the decade, so there’s obviously going to be a gazillion related articles on The Grid for you to sift through—certainly a daunting task for anyone who might not be a computer genius with “Flynn” as their surname.
But we here at NextMovie want to help you out by compiling the coolest ones in one place so you don’t have to overload your identity disc searching for them. Seriously, where else can you find Playboy models bearing “Tron”-themed body paint, ogle Olivia Wilde looking hotter than ever or find out what rising star Garrett Hedlund has to say about his Twitter imposter?
Don’t worry, you can thank us later but be sure to check out the links now from our “12 Days of Tron” promotion. End of line.
‘When Harry Met Sally’: Tron-Style: Remember that famous scene? »
- NextMovie Staff
Romantic comedy is a genre that has always stood on shaky ground with film critics. Some films like When Harry Met Sally and 500 Days of Summer shake critics out of their somewhat jaded shell and remind us what it is like to fall in love. Others like How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days and The Wedding Planner have a more…specific audience. The one element that ties all of these successful romantic comedies together is that whether the critics liked them or not, they were fun. The title of How Do You Know refers to a brief and sort of inconsequential conversation in the movie where Owen Wilson’s character asks his teammates, “How do you know when you’re in love?” He is mostly met with blank stares, and one says, “I use a condom with all the other girls.” I think the real question that comes »
- Rachel Kolb
It has been over a decade since the Muppets have headlined a movie for theaters (1999's Muppets From Space), but for fans of the furry felted ones, the wait is over. Disney has finally gotten its act together and will put Kermit and company back on the big screen next Thanksgiving.
In a press release issued by Disney, The Muppets Movie has been moved from its original Christmas 2011 release date to November 23, 2011. The movie is currently under production and is being directed by James Bobin from a script by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller.
According to the press release, the film will continue the Muppet tradition of having big-name stars appear in cameos. Among the stars confirmed for the movie are Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones, Alan Arkin, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Billy Crystal, and Wanda Sykes. Personally, I love the Van Damme cameo idea. I just hope they »
Oscar winner Billy Crystal was overwhelmed with emotion on Monday when he was honoured at a top New York arts school - because his father used to produce jazz concerts at the same venue.
The When Harry Met Sally star was the guest of honour at a benefit gala, organised by the New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, which saw pals Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams join in to pay tribute to the actor.
Crystal, a graduate of Nyu, reveals the accolade means more to him than most other awards - because he has family ties to the grounds of the Tisch School, which was previously home to The Plaza venue.
Explaining the personal connection, Crystal says, "It was a pretty great night. I was a graduate of Nyu. I was pre-Tisch.
"Each year they honour somebody and last night was my turn. It meant a lot to me because from 1949 to 1963, when he passed away suddenly, my father produced these great jazz concerts there every Friday and Saturday night. He'd do these jazz concerts and he really devoted his life to these musicians.
"After he died the building was sold to Nyu and when I went to Nyu, I'm (studying) in that building that I performed (in) for the first time during those jazz concerts at The Plaza."
And Crystal managed to convince school heads to spend some of their funds on repairing the historic venue.
He adds, "So they're gonna renovate this great old building, which means so much to me, and that's what the honour was last night." »
Billy Crystal has offered up his top tip to 2011 Academy Awards presenters Anne Hathaway and James Franco to make sure the biggest night in Hollywood is a success: "Look like you really want to be there".
The When Harry Met Sally actor has been handed the honour of hosting the Oscars an impressive eight times and he's confident the young stars will do a great job - as long as they remember to keep on smiling.
Speaking on U.S. talk show The View, Crystal says, "I always say make sure you look like you wanna be there. It's really important. It's the biggest job in showbusiness, you're the captain of showbusiness for one night... Your job is to really make it fun and just command that first six, seven minutes because it's your show."
And he has one other crucial piece of advice for Hathaway and Franco in order for them to stay comfortable and enjoy the lengthy ceremony.
He adds, "After the monologue, wear sneakers. It's such a long night."
The 83rd annual Academy Awards will be televised live from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on 27 February. »
The International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, announced nominations today for the 38th Annual Annie Awards™ recognizing the year’s best in the field of animation including best animated feature, television production, commercials, short subjects, video games and outstanding individual achievements.
Two years ago, Kung-Fu Panda swept the awards over Wall-e pushing Disney and Pixar to withdraw from the organization and making everyone else wonder if there is any point in caring anymore about the ceremony. Toy Story 3 and Tangled did get Best Picture nominations, but DreamWorks (who pretty much run the show) lead the nominees.
According to /film, Disney’s reason for withdrawing was rooted in the organization’s very loose membership requirements and the fact that DreamWorks seemed actively working to stack the deck in the studio’s favour. Disney-Pixar president Ed Catmull said earlier this year,
“After more than a year of discussions with the Asifa board, »
The International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood, announced the nominations and award recipients for the 38th Annual Annie Awards scheduled for February 5th at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles: 2010 Annie Award Nominations Production Categories Best Animated Feature Despicable Me – Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures How to Train Your Dragon – DreamWorks Animation Tangled – Disney The Illusionist – Django Films Toy Story 3 – Disney/Pixar Best Animated Short Subject Coyote Falls - Warner Bros. Animation Day & Night – Pixar Enrique Wrecks the World - House of Chai The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger - Plymptoons Studio The Renter - Jason Carpenter Best Animated Television Commercial Children's Medical Center - Duck Studios Frito Lay Dips "And Then There Was Salsa" - Laika/house ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ Winter Olympic Interstitial "Speed Skating" - DreamWorks Animation McDonald's "Spaceman Stu" - Duck Studios Pop Secret "When Harry Met Sally" - Nathan Love Best Animated »
- NIKKI FINKE
In case you haven’t noticed, “Tron” is everywhere these days.
Editors are Tron-ifying classic movie scenes, music fans are gobbling up Daft Punk’s soundtrack and collectors are scurrying to find the 1982 cult classic on DVD. Finally, this guy’s not alone.
We kick off “12 Days of Tron” – our countdown to the Dec. 17 release of “Tron: Legacy” — with this Tron-itization of a very memorable scene from the rom-com fave “When Harry Met Sally.” Have what we’re having and come back here everyday through opening for more “Tron” goods.
Photoshop Wizardry by Dustin Glick »
- Kevin Polowy
The full list of nominations for the 38th Annie Awards were announced today with Dreamworks’s How to Train your Dragon gathering up the majority of nominations including Best Feature, Animation, Character Design and Voice Work for Gerard Butler and Jay Baruchel, as well as Directing nominations for Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois.
Pixar’s Up took home the Best Animated Feature earlier this year at the 2009 awards and when the awards are announced next February Lee Unkrich and his team are up from a number of awards, along with Disney’s Tangled, but the recent decision of Disney to withdraw support for the awards may go some way to explaining the relatively few number of nods.
It has been a great year for animation as the films on the list below attest, and it’s nice to see Sylvain Chomet’s enchanting film The Illusionist scoring a point against the domination of CG here. »
- Jon Lyus
DreamWorks Animation's "How to Train Your Dragon" flew high above competition by nabbing 15 nominations for the 38th annual Annie Awards given by the International Animated Film Society, Asifa-Hollywood. ("How to Train Your Dragon" movie review)
"Dragon," featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill, and Craig Ferguson, will duke it out with Universal's "Despicable Me," Disney's "Tangled," Sony Pictures Classics' "The Illusionist," and Pixar's "Toy Story 3" for best animated feature. ("How to Train Your Dragon" interviews)
But there's controversy in the Annie Awards world. The Hollywood Reporter is saying that "Disney and Pixar announced they would no longer participate in the annual awards because of their concerns over how the event is judged."
Apparently, Disney was complaining that the Annie Awards has favored DreamWorks in recent years such as when "Kung Fu Panda" won 10 trophies and beat Pixar's "Wall-e" in 2008.
This year, DreamWorks Animation »
The month of December, January, and February pretty much means near-daily updates of award nominations and selections. The latest is for the 38th Annual Annie Awards, awarding excellence in the animation area. Leading the pack is How To Train Your Dragon, a film I recently re-watched and loved just as much as in the theater. Also getting big nods are Despicable Me, Tangled, The Illusionist, and Toy Story 3. Check out the full list below.
Best Animated Feature
* Despicable Me – Illumination Entertainment
* Tangled – Disney
* The Illusionist – Django Films
* Toy Story 3 – Disney/Pixar
Best Animated Short Subject
* Coyote Falls – Warner Bros. Animation
* Day & Night – Pixar
* Enrique Wrecks the World – House of Chai
* The Cow Who Wanted To Be A Hamburger – Plymptoons Studio
Best Animated Television Commercial
* Children’s Medical Center – Duck Studios
* Frito Lay Dips “And Then »
- Jordan Raup
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