18 items from 2014
For a very specific demographic, the ultimate news was just announced: Lindsay Lohan will appear on Watch What Happens Live! The episode will air next Thursday, April 17, EW has confirmed.
Fans of the show know this has the potential to be quite the memorable episode. Not only is the live program proudly booze-soaked (a tradition they will obviously (right?) forgo for the evening), but the program’s cheeky charm thrives on Cohen asking the guests just-this-side-of-inappropriate questions. »
- Erin Strecker
Why are more and more Americans falling under the sudsy spell of South Korean dramas? One theory: These shows tend to come in self-contained 16- to 20-episode seasons, making them easily digestible. Another: If you don’t speak Korean, watching one demands your full attention (subtitles!), meaning you get sucked in that much more quickly.
And then there are the dramas themselves — endearingly theatrical and kooky, with a sweetness that can be tough to find in grittier American fare. “Their portrayal of love is a little more PG,” says Jacqueline Sia, senior content manager of massive international TV library DramaFever. »
- Hillary Busis
Vampire Academy is finally headed to home video, so if you missed it in theatres you'll be able to sink your teeth into it on Blu-ray and DVD soon enough! Read on for details.
From the Press Release
Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company announced today the Blu-ray™ and DVD release of Vampire Academy based on the best-selling novel by #1 New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Fantasy Author, Richelle Mead. Director Mark Waters, known for films, Freaky Friday and Just Like Heaven, is best recognized for his work on the 2004 hit Mean Girls starring Lindsay Lohan. His brother and Vampire Academy Writer Daniel Waters was acclaimed for his Heathers screenplay which received an Edgar Award in 1990. His other past projects include Batman Returns and Demolition Man.
- Steve Barton
With the release of the latest teen sensation Divergent starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James this Friday, it seems only fitting to examine the phenomena that is the Ya (Young Adult) movie adaptation and why they continue to increase in popularity and box-office success. Whether the setting be fantastical, dystopian, futuristic or magical, there is clearly something entrancing about these literary tales being projected on the silver screen which keeps bringing audiences back for more and more…
Big screen adaptations of beloved young adult novels date back decades; films such as the original Narnia tales, Freaky Friday, The Princess Bride and particularly The Outsiders were huge successes because they were able to teleport readers into a visual representation of the worlds and stories they held so dearly. In modern times however things are a little different. Creatively, cinema is running on empty; the vast majority of releases filling multiplexes are either adaptations (be that novel, »
- Chris Haydon
In Contention very minor new details emerge on Meryl Streep's Ricki & the Flash (which we were just discussing)
Empire Brad Pitt is doing yet another World War II movie after that upcoming tank drama. This will be his third in a handful of years.
THR reports on casting for Monster Truck, which is described as having a "Transformers meets Gremlins vibe". Yikes. »
- NATHANIEL R
Mean Girls may now be one of the Internet’s favorite movies — just look at Twitter whenever the film airs on cable — but it was anything but a surefire hit while in production.
“It was my first movie. I was pretty young,” Rajiv Surendra, who portrayed mathlete Kevin G. in the film, tells EW. ” had worked on really big films that had been shot in Toronto. I remember asking her, ‘How do you think this movie is going to fare?’ and she said, ‘Come on. It’s called Mean Girls and it’s starring Lindsay Lohan. It’s going straight to DVD. »
- Erin Strecker
All pointers for unexpected body swaps with family members below were gathered from the latest iteration of Freaky Friday, because Lindsay Lohan. Try to avoid switching bodies before your mother’s second wedding, if you can. Don’t let your daughter plan your second wedding. She’ll cancel the fish. Don’t try to befriend your daughter’s enemy. It’ll only end with you on the ground with your shirt over your head or in the middle of a test-cheating scandal. Get revenge on teachers who have it out for your daughter just because you rejected them for the prom. Don’t have hidden piercings that you wouldn’t want anyone to find out about. Take advantage of the credit cards under your new identity, and do cut your hair and get a new piercing, just to balance out that hidden piercing. Don’t kiss your mother’s fiance, just »
- Nadia Chaudhury
Body swap movies come out all the time. Freaky Friday laid out the modern formula in 1976, and after a few dormant years, the story returned in the mid-1980s and has popped up in theaters every few years since. There was, in fact, a weird glut of five body-switching movies within eight months over fall 1987 and summer 1988: Like Father Like Son, the Italian film Da grande, Vice Versa, 18 Again!, and the biggest hit of the bunch by far, Big. Beyond that, there were two remakes of Freaky Friday (1995 and 2003), early-1990s comedies and dramas like Switch and Prelude to a Kiss, family comedies like Wish Upon a Star (1996) and A Saintly Switch (1999), and the gross-out comedy The Change-Up in 2010. There are many more, too, American and foreign alike, but they all tend to have two things in common: they all deal with two (or more) people magically exchanging personalities, and »
- Daniel Carlson
Sure, we all love admiring Kate Upton's sexy supermodel curves and jamming to Selena Gomez's pop hits. But did you know that the two beauties were actually the same age?! Believe it or not, they were both born in 1992. Other surprising celeb duos who are the same age include Mad Men star Jon Hamm and charismatic Dallas Buyers Club Oscar winner Jared Leto. Both men were born 1971, which is startling since the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman barely looks 30! Madonna and Freaky Friday actress Jamie Lee Curtis also share the same birth year (1958)—who do you think looks younger? »
A strong antagonist makes for the most compelling stories. Especially in the world of superpowered heroes, a villain needs to work on many different levels or the movie falls flat. Here are 10 actors who were up for the role of a hero in a movie or television series, but were ultimately cast as the villain. With the exception of two entries on this list, all of the actors auditioned and or screen-tested for their respective parts. Though they didn’t get the part they initially wanted, they got the part they deserved, and gave audiences performances to remember.
With three films as the Asgardian trickster Loki under his belt, it’s hard to imagine Tom Hiddleston as any other character in the Marvel universe. However, before donning the golden horns, the actor originally auditioned for…
- Eli Reyes
Jamie Lee Curtis' most recent roles have been on Fox's New Girl (playing Zooey Deschanel's mom) and CBS' NCIS (playing Mark Harmon's love interest), so it makes sense that the Freaky Friday star would pursue a larger role on the small screen. Curtis will co-star in an as-yet-untitled high-concept medical drama from David Marshall Grant on CBS about quadruplets (three men and a woman) who lived The Truman Show by growing up on a reality show. Curtis' role sounds not unlike Anjelica Huston's in The Royal Tenenbaums (a character I've always wished had her own movie) -- Caroline is the family matriarch and a high-powered doctor who heads a hospital. Curtis has proved herself a great comedic actress throughout her career, so it should be a treat to see how her easygoing charisma translates into more serious material. [h/t Deadline]
- Inkoo Kang
Summit has optioned the John Corey Whaley tome “Noggin” with Temple Hill coming on to produce.
Jamie Linden will pen the screenplay adaptation. The story follows a 16 year-old whose head ends up in a freezer after he dies. Five years later, he is brought back to life, but his head has been reattached to another person’s body. The coming-of-age tale has a “Freaky Friday” meets “Frankenstein” feel.
“Noggin” will be published by Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books in April. Whaley’s award-winning novel “Where Things Come Back” was previously optioned by the Gotham Group.
Lionsgate president of production Erik Feig and director of production and development Jeyun Choi will oversee the project for the studio. Temple Hill senior VP of production and development Tracey Nyberg will oversee for the company.
Linden’s past credits include “We Are Marshall” and “Dear John.” He is currently writing “Flight Before Christmas,” which »
- Justin Kroll
Lohan starred as homeschooled Cady in the 2004 high school comedy, which marks its 10th anniversary this year.
However, Waters explained that Lohan was originally meant to play Plastics leader Regina George, after working with her on 2003's Freaky Friday.
"Her energy is a very aggressive, testosterone-laden energy, and that's exactly what I knew I needed for Regina George," he told Vulture.
"When I gave it to her, she was like, 'I f**king love Regina George! This is exactly the part I want to play.' So we did a read-through, and we were trying to look for somebody to play the role of Cady, but frankly, we didn't find anyone we liked who felt strong enough to go up against Lindsay."
However, Paramount bosses wanted to place Lohan in the »
"Vampire Academy" director Mark Waters is what you'd call a specialist at movies for and about adolescents. His resume includes the iconic high-school comedy "Mean Girls" as well as "Freaky Friday," "The Spiderwick Chronicles," and the upcoming film adaptation of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (the comic, not the TV show). To direct the adaptation of Richelle Mead's best-selling series (about teen vampires at boarding school), Waters -- who once again collaborated with his screenwriter brother Daniel Waters -- decided to stick with the fundamental truth about teens - they take romance and friendship as seriously as life and death. Here's what Waters had to say about vampires, Ya-based movies, and hot Russian actors.
Moviefone: What attracted you to direct "Vampire Academy"?
Mark Waters: It's funny, the whole genre of Ya books being adapted has this thing about them that made them all a little tedious to me; they »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
Sure, you may have scored highly on Vulture's Mean Girls quote quiz, but do you really know everything there is to know about the Tina Fey–penned high school comedy? With the tenth anniversary of Mean Girls fast approaching this spring, we thought it was high time to rope in its director Mark Waters to separate fact from fiction, clarifying long-held rumors about the movie and dishing on things you'd never even thought to wonder about. Who was originally cast in the movie, and in what roles? Which actors did Paramount want to nix? And what Mean Girls secrets have you likely never noticed? Let Waters (who has another teen comedy, Vampire Academy, opening this Friday) be your guide behind the scenes with these ten juicy stories about the movie.Lindsay Lohan didn't want to play the lead. Waters and Lohan first worked together on the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday, »
- Kyle Buchanan
When director Mark Waters gave us the high school satire Mean Girls in 2004, he probably didn’t expect that nearly every line of dialogue in Tina Fey‘s script would be immortalized in GIFs, memes, and everyday conversation for the next decade. Where does one start when choosing the ever-fetch Lindsay Lohan film’s finest attribute? Could it be “queen bee” Regina George’s (Rachel McAdams) fearsome reign over the popular Plastics clique? What about impish outsider Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and her best friend Damian (Daniel Franzese), a polo-wearing cynic who is deemed “too gay to function”? What of Amy Poehler‘s turn as a vapid, fabulously tracksuited “cool mom”? Or the shrill, worried bleat of Gretchen Wieners (Lacey Chabert)? All are acceptable answers.
- Louis Virtel
Los Angeles, Jan 25: Actress Lindsay Lohan has denied dating rumours and insists that she is single at the moment.
The actress, who was recently linked to model Christian Arno Williams, confirmed that she does not have a boyfriend, reports contactmusic.com
"I do not have a boyfriend, that can be confirmed," Australian radio station Kiis 1065 quoted Lohan as saying.
- Leon David
Director: Hwang Dong Hyuk.
Running Time: 124 minutes.
Synopsis: A 74 year-old woman becomes her 20 year-old self after a visit to a mysterious portrait gallery.
Body swap comedies seem to write themselves, don’t they? A person switches bodies or ends up younger/older than they truly are and hilarity is bound to ensue. This is certainly true of genre classics such as Big and Freaky Friday, but what many recent films in this bizarrely popular sub-genre have failed to address is the dramatic impact of such an event. Miss Granny, under the direction of Hwang, attempts to mix both elements at their absolute broadest and gives us a surprisingly successful effort.
The set-up is very simple, Oh Mal Soon (Na Moon Hee) is an elderly lady with »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
18 items from 2014
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