8 items from 2012
Note - This review was originally published on April 27th. Struck By Lightning is now available on iTunes and VOD.
Spoiler alert: This review discusses plot details for the film Struck by Lightning.
Not many teen comedies bother trying to take an honest look at the real and sometimes insurmountable obstacles faced by even the best and brightest during the tumultuous high school years.
Then again, not many teen comedies begin by killing their main character off in the first 90 seconds.
Struck By Lightning, directed by Brian Dannelly and written by and starring Glee star Chris Colfer, isn't your typical teen movie. It isn't even your atypical teen movie – you know, the anti-establishment screeds spawned by the brilliant (and possibly even dangerous) Heathers that made the '90s a renaissance of outsider teen entertainment. But while everything from The Craft to Drive Me Crazy to Never Been Kissed delighted in »
Glee's second episode of the season was a sequel. Sort of. "Britney 2.0" saw the gang trying to help Brittany S. Pierce after her fall from the top of the Cheerios pyramid. But was it worth it to revisit Brit-Brit? Or should Glee just leave Britney alone once and for all?
Join our Round Table of TV Fanatic staff members Leigh Raines and Miranda Wicker - along with TV Fanatic readers Suzanne Davis and Suzanne Brown - as they dish on all things Brittany/Britney and those pesky love triangles. Read on and then sound off below!
What was your favorite scene from "Britney 2.0"?
Suzanne D: I liked when Puck yelled at his brother. He's dreamy and Baby Puck totally needed that kick in the behind.
Leigh: I'm so biased because I am a huge Kate Hudson fan. I randomly loved the heart to heart she had with Rachel. »
- email@example.com (TV Fanatic Staff)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Glee’s much hyped second Britney Spears tribute episode aired Thursday. This episode was always going to be a challenge in regards to musical numbers – all the most loved Britney songs were quite rightfully covered in the first Britney tribute. So instead of focusing on the singer’s career highlights, this episode attempted to replicate some of Britney’s more troubled moments, with nods to the head shaving incident, Britney attacking the paparazzi with an umbrella and her much criticised 2007 VMAs performance. It even included a shout out to Chris Crocker’s viral “Leave Britney alone!” video. Moreover, the first Britney tribute is probably one of the episodes that come to mind when any fan is asked to recall a really awful episode of Glee and in my opinion the start of the show’s decline. Was the second tribute better than the first? Marginally – it could hardly be worse. »
- Susan Brett
Yes, those are two different songs. The first is a hard-rocking single from Aerosmith’s 1993 album Get a Grip; the second is a bit of pop fluff by Britney Spears, best known as the theme from the 1999 teen movie Drive Me Crazy. Mashed together and stripped down, they form a low-key super song that sounds just lovely when performed acoustically by Jacob Artist and Melissa Benoist — a.k.a. Jake Puckerman and Marley Rose, two of McKinley High’s newest students.
- Hillary Busis
American Reunion hits theaters this week, and as the original American Pie was released in 1999, we got to thinking about our favorite flicks from the same year. From She's All That to The Virgin Suicides, it was an amazing year in cinematic history. So check out pics from some of our favs and see if you're a '90s movie guru! Question 1 of 5Name that movie: Go The Mod Squad Detroit Rock City Drive Me Crazy »
Between appointing Supreme Court justices and serving as commander-in-chief for the armed forces, you would think that the President would rank making a cameo appearance in the film adaptation of an obnoxious yet universally beloved TV series as among the least of his priorities. But this is not the case, if Entourage star Adrian Grenier is to be believed. Yesterday, the Artist Formerly Known as Vince posted a photo of himself and the President on his Facebook page, with a message reading, "I promised to make the Entourage movie if he would do a cameo. He agreed. Seriously." Rather than express disappointment with the President's decision to appear in an Entourage movie rather than a remake of the 1999 Grenier/Melissa Joan Hart teen rom-com Drive Me Crazy, fans went haywire over the announcement. "Such a cool president, can you imagine Gingrich on entourage? Scary," [...] »
The film is based on the novel "How I Created My Perfect Prom Date" by author Todd Strasser :
"...'Nicole Maris' (Melissa Joan Hart) and 'Chase Hammond' (Adrian Grenier) live next door to each other. Nicole lives with her divorced mother and Chase's mother died, , making them two teens living with their single parents. However, they are worlds apart. Nicole is up on the latest fashions. Chase, on the latest protest. She wouldn't miss a pep rally or basketball game with her scheming socialite friends. He can usually be found in a dark coffee room with his friends who don't care what they wear.
"Nicole wants a dream date with the star basketball player, but right before it was certain they were going together, he falls in love with a cheerleader. »
- Michael Stevens
DVD or Blu-ray? Redbox or Netflix? Streaming? Whatever your poison, here's the break down on all the week's new releases. Moviefone's Pick Of The Week "The Ides of March" What's It About? Ryan Gosling stars as an idealistic consultant that gets swept up in the presidential campaign of Governor Mike Morris (co-star and director George Clooney). Through their tough battle trying to secure the Democratic nomination in Ohio, Gosling gets a crash-course in how real politics work. See It Because: 'March' doesn't really tackle sweeping issues, but instead zeroes in on the much more personal conflict of making ethical compromises in the name of "the greater good." It's a tight, little drama about moral dillemas, featuring fantastic supporting players like Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Plus, you know, Clooney and the Gos. Also Available on Red Box DVD and Blu-ray Also Available "Abduction" Taylor Lautner's abs make their action movie debut, »
- Eric Larnick
8 items from 2012
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