11 items from 2017
In 2009, Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds propelled “The Proposal” to nearly $165 million at the U.S. box office. The summer before, Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher spun a profit with “What Happens in Vegas,” which earned $80 million on a $30 million budget. In 1998, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan amassed $115 million for “You’ve Got Mail,” while Julia Roberts and Richard Gere pulled in $152 million for “Runaway Bride” a year later.
Read More: 11 Great Movies That Prove Indie Film Saved the Romantic Comedy
All of this is to say that there was once a time when the romantic-comedy genre was a slam dunk when it came to turning a profit at the box office. But in the age of superhero movies and big-budget tentpoles, there’s hardly room for rom-coms. And yet the genre never really died, it just went indie.
The last several years have made one thing very clear: Indie film is the savior of the rom-com. Click through the gallery for 11 great films that prove why.
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- Zack Sharf
“Homecoming” is an adaptation of the fictional podcast of the same name from Gimlet Media, which launched this past November. The podcast is about staffers at a secret government agency where some are desperate to rejoin civilian life. Written by Esmail, the political thriller centers on a caseworker at a secret government facility, her supervisor and a soldier. Roberts is in talks to play the government caseworker.
When “Homecoming” was first announced in early development, Variety reported that the project would be a star vehicle before it hit the marketplace. Should Roberts sign on, the series will surely become a hot package with much interest across networks.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Lakeshore Entertainment Group — which has financed the “Underworld” franchise — has closed its fourth iteration of its revolving credit facility with partners recommitting to over $250 million for another five years.
JPMorgan again led the deal as sole bookrunner and administrative agent, alongside Bank of America and all existing capital partners, which provides a further five-year agreement. According to the company, the transaction never made it to the open capital markets, because Lakeshore’s current group of 10 banks all recommitted early to the new facility, most in amounts exceeding their prior commitments.
Lakeshore was launched in 1994 by CEO Tom Rosenberg. Producer Gary Lucchesi has been president since 1998. Its notable releases include “Runaway Bride,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “The Lincoln Lawyer,” “The Age of Adaline” and “The Boy.”
The company has one television show airing in January (Paramount TV’s “Heathers”) and plans to have another in production by the end of 2017.
The renewed »
- Dave McNary
Julia Roberts, the Hollywood actress with a huge fan following across the globe has been chosen as the Most Beautiful Woman of 2017 by the People’s magazine. And this feat, she has reportedly managed it for the 5th time.
She had apparently mentioned that she would be bragging about this accomplishment to her dear friend George Clooney.
Julia Roberts rose to fame with Pretty Woman co-starring Richard Gere. Since then she has been a part of many films such as Sleeping With The Enemy, The Pelican Brief, My Best Friend’s wedding. Notting Hill, Runaway Bride, Erin Brockovich and »
Radar has acquired movie rights to Ross’ upcoming memoir “Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages.” The book is co-written by sportswriter Don Yaeger and will be published May 9 by Hachette Books.
The book centers on the final game of the series against the Cleveland Indians, during which the 40-year-old Ross became the oldest player to homer in a Game 7 of the World Series.
The Cubs won the game 8-7 in 10 innings. Ross had announced that he would retire at the end of the season following a 15-year career in Major League Baseball.
Radar has titled the movie project “Teammate: My Life in Baseball. »
- Dave McNary
Everyone loves a love story. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as there is a fairy tale happy ending. Though in this week’s episode of Madam Secretary, there’s no such thing as a fairy tale ending. The whole modern-day Romeo and Juliet thing is an interesting take on political marriages. Usually, a union like this doesn’t last for very long. Or so I’ve heard. At least Juan-Luis and Soledad are smitten with each other instead of having to learn how to love. That is until the latter got all Runaway Bride on her husband-to-be. I completely understand why she
Madam Secretary: Love Meets Politics and Heartbreak for Jay and Daisy »
The untitled university project — formerly titled “Controversy” — centers around the Junior Counsel of a prestigious Illinois school that must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a young co-ed accuses several star football players of sexual assault. From the football coaches and boosters who wield outsize influence, to a university administration under siege, the series explores the type of high-profile controversy all-too familiar on today’s college campuses, as well as the corrosive, dangerous nature of institutional power.
Wilson will play Constance Hawthorne, the dignified but fierce head of Uci Board of Trustees. Panjabi will play Jourdan Price, the crisis management consultant brought in to help with the scandal.
Previously announced, Austin Stowell will also star in the Fox pilot as the central character, Matt Kincaid, the Junior Counsel of the university.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Remember when the original "Bennifer" called it quits on their relationship and engagement? And did you know Julia Roberts was almost a real-life "Runaway Bride"? The actress and fellow stars Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez are among several celebs who canceled their wedding plans. The list also includes Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sienna Miller, Jude Law, Demi Moore and Nick Cannon. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez: The two started dating after meeting on the set of their film Gigli, a box office bomb, in 2002. He appeared in her "Jenny From the Block" music video. The two got engaged »
With Valentine’s Day quickly creeping up on us all, now is the perfect time to start thinking about all the ways romantic interactions can go horribly wrong and to plan your strategy for ending them as quickly as possible.
Luckily, the Twitter hive mind is making sure we’re not alone in our Runaway Bride-light antics. With #HowToEscapeADate, the always-reliable tweeting masses are giving us some fantastic tips for self-rescue that we really wish had been there when that dude kept high-fiving us over dinner.
No matter what he's talking about, bring the conversation back to your cat. »
- Lydia Price
After Disney Channel's The Descendants was the top cable TV movie of 2015, a sequel was quickly ordered, with the beloved characters from the first movie all set to return, along with a few new characters as well. Today we have the first poster and trailer for Descendants 2, which offers our first look at Uma, the daughter of Little Mermaid villain Ursula, played by China Anne McClain. We also have a photo that features Uma alongside two more new characters, Harry (Thomas Doherty), the son of Peter Pan villain Captain Hook and Gus (Dylan Playfair), the son of Beauty and the Beast villain Gaston. Here's what director Kenny Ortega had to say about these new characters, and how they fit into the story.
"The Isle of the Lost is an island that houses the most infamous villains, so it seemed natural for a pirate gang including the offspring of Ursula, »
Here at Et, we love an anniversary -- whether it’s the 20th anniversary of Scream or Clueless, 10 years in the life of The Hills or the magical time making No Doubt’s Magic Kingdom 20 years later. And as we settle in 2017, it’s time to look ahead at all those upcoming moments that will have you saying, “I remember when…”
Here’s a brief look at our favorite TV and film milestones of 2017:
While fans are crying over Mandy Moore’s Golden Globe-nominated performance on NBC’s hit new series This Is Us, it was just 15 years ago that they cried over her performance in the weepy adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about a girl with cancer who falls in love with a rebellious classmate.
11 items from 2017
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