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The Duff review: A sharp, internet-savvy high school comedy

5 April 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Ari Sandel; Screenwriter: Josh A Cagan; Starring: Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Allison Janney, Running time: 101 mins; Certificate: 12A

"It was just me, in a dress," Mae Whitman's teenage tomboy Bianca notes in voiceover, as she trades in her sloppy plaid shirts and baggy jeans for a cute Lbd. We've seen this moment before, the She's All That transformation where the so-called awkward girl turns miraculously into a hottie, and this knowing aside is one of many small-but-truthful twists that elevate The Duff from the nightmare it could have been.

An internet-savvy rom-com adapted from the novel by teen wunderkind author Kody Keplinger, The Duff sounds horrifying in concept. A high schooler played by the appealing, petite Whitman is horrified to learn that she is "the Duff" (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her two effortlessly gorgeous BFFs, and sets out to overhaul her image in order to »

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Easter TV movie guide: Friday April 3 - Easy A, Fast Five, Valkyrie

3 April 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Hocus Pocus – 1.15pm, Film4

Cast a spell over your Easter celebrations with this black comedy from Disney, staring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as three witches resurrected on Halloween by a group of children, only to cause havoc in a quest for immortality.

The Mummy – 6.35pm, ITV2

Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah star as adventurous archaeologists who accidentally awaken the 3,000 year old Imhotep in this rei-magining of the classic Universal monster movie.

Easy A – 9pm, E4

Channel your inner John Hughes with this '80s-at-heart high school comedy starring Emma Stone as isolated teen Olive, who lies about her sexual exploits in a bid to get noticed without considering the consequences.

Fast Five – 9pm, Film4

This fifth outing for the Fast gang goes up a gear as Torretto (Vin Diesel) and co put together a plan to steel $100 million from a Brazilian drug lord that will set them for life. »

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5 must-watch April cinema releases: Avengers, Fast & Furious 7

1 April 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Though Avengers: Age of Ultron is probably the one film marked in everyone's diary this month, April also has some big treats in store for cinephiles.

There's the chance to revisit a sci-fi classic on the big screen, bid an emotional farewell to Paul Walker and catch a teen flick that's drawing comparisons with Mean Girls and Easy A.

Release diary: What movies are coming out in 2015?

Digital Spy rounds up the five films you have to see this April...

Blade Runner

Release date: April 3

Why you should see it: If you've never seen Blade Runner on the big screen before then this re-release (courtesy of the BFI) is a chance to immerse yourself in Ridley Scott's bleak vision of a future Los Angeles. Blade Runner's stunning practical effects mean it's barely aged a day, and still holds up as a true sci-fi classic.

Fast & Furious 7

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Re-Viewed: 10 Things I Hate About You celebrates its 16th birthday

31 March 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Released just four years after 1995's disarmingly smart Clueless became a teen sleeper hit, 10 Things I Hate About You shared some of its sly, sidelong perspective on high school dynamics, not to mention its literary pedigree. Today marks 16 years since the film's Us release date, meaning 10 Things has officially come of age, but its modern day screwball romance and salty humour hasn't aged a day.

Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew is a less widely-read source text than Jane Austen's Emma, and 10 Things is by necessity a looser adaptation than Clueless - Shrew's much-discussed ending, which concludes that women must learn to be subservient to their husbands, wouldn't fly even as irony in the present day.

Only the skeleton of Shakespeare's plot remains, and proves just how timeless the rom-com conventions which he originated have become. The overprotective father of pretty, popular high schooler Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) forbids her from dating »

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Amanda Bynes Returns to Twitter, Shares Possible Self-Portrait Sketch

17 March 2015 5:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Amanda Bynes returned to Twitter on Monday after a near three-month hiatus - sharing what appears to be a hand-sketched selfie with her fans. "Hey my loves! Here's a drawing I did! ily :D" the former child star, 28, wrote in her first post since Jan. 13. While Bynes doesn't describe the sketch as a self-portrait, the person in the drawing does share a resemblance to the Easy A actress. Hey my loves! Here's a drawing I did! ily :D pic.twitter.com/qvV0weUZmS— amanda bynes (@amandabynes) March 17, 2015 Bynes shared a similar sketch on social media this time last year, Tweeting another potential self-portrait, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Amanda Bynes Returns to Twitter, Shares Possible Self-Portrait Sketch

17 March 2015 5:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Amanda Bynes returned to Twitter on Monday after a near three-month hiatus - sharing what appears to be a hand-sketched selfie with her fans. "Hey my loves! Here's a drawing I did! ily :D" the former child star, 28, wrote in her first post since Jan. 13. While Bynes doesn't describe the sketch as a self-portrait, the person in the drawing does share a resemblance to the Easy A actress. Hey my loves! Here's a drawing I did! ily :D pic.twitter.com/qvV0weUZmS— amanda bynes (@amandabynes) March 17, 2015 Bynes shared a similar sketch on social media this time last year, Tweeting another potential self-portrait, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Penn Badgley Says Blake Lively Was His Best (And Worst) On Screen Kiss

12 March 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Penn Badgley is getting super candid about a former flame! The "Gossip Girl" alum appeared on "Watch What Happens Live" Wednesday, where he opened up about one former co-stars/ex-girlfriend. During the show, a viewer called in to ask the 28-year-old who his best and worst on screen kiss has been, and the star gave quite the surprising answer!  "It's hard to say, on-screen kisses are not really that real. I'd say best, I'll say it was Blake (Lively) because we actually had a relationship at the time," he revealed.  "And then the worst? Maybe Blake, after we broke up." "I would think that would be hard after you break up with someone and you're still playing love interests," host Andy Cohen laughed.   But the actor insisted it wasn't awkward.    "We were constantly professional to be honest. And I think we should both pat ourselves on the back for getting through that, »

- tooFab Staff

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Amanda Bynes to stay under conservatorship

25 February 2015 9:20 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Amanda Bynes will remain under the conservatorship of her mother. The 28-year-old actress is ''doing well'' under the care of Lynn Bynes - who was put in charge of her affairs for the second time last November after the 'Easy A' star underwent a stint in a psychiatric hospital - and a judge ruled at a hearing yesterday (24.02.15) that the arrangement will continue until the next hearing on June 23. Her attorney David Esquibias told 'Access Hollywood': ''I am glad the arrangement is continuing. The legal process is working in Amanda's favour. She's doing well.'' The hearing comes a few weeks after it was ruled Amanda will not be charged with driving under the influence (DUI). The troubled actress was arrested in the early hours of September 28 2014 but the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office have now opted not to press charges but ''after much deliberation and review'', »

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‘The Duff’ is a mildly entertaining comedy with confused identity politics

24 February 2015 5:43 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Duff

Written by Josh A. Cagan (based on a novel by Kody Keplinger)

Directed by Ari Sandel

USA, 2015

The Duff takes the geek-gets-a-makeover high school formula and tweaks it mostly muddled results. A few naturalistic romance scenes and the efforts of its very able leads, buoy this into watchable territory. However overall this is a film plagued by confusion and several nonsensical plot twists.

Bianca (Parenthood’s Mae Whitman) lacks style and popularity, but living in the orbit of her two popular best friends, fashionista Jess (Skyler Samuels) and athlete Casey (Bianca Santos), she barely notices. The film opens with a Breakfast-Club-esque voiceover from Bianca about how high school used to be broken down into the jock, the nerd, the criminal, the princess, and the basket case, but now that it’s the 21st century, geeks rule the world, jocks play video games, and most of the old social stratifications no longer exist. »

- Claire Hellar

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Weekend Report: Moviegoers Flee From 'Fifty Shades'

22 February 2015 12:00 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Coming off a massive holiday weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey plummeted 74 percent in its second outing. Still, the movie easily held on the top spot this weekend with $22.3 million.Among the new releases, McFarland, USA and The Duff did solid business, while Hot Tub Time Machine 2 flopped.Fifty Shades of Grey's 74 percent drop is steeper than the second weekend declines for The Fault in our Stars, Valentine's Day, and all five Twilight movies. It's the second-biggest decline ever for a movie playing at over 3,000 locations; the worst belongs to the Friday the 13th remake, which fell 80 percent on this same weekend in 2009.Adapted from an immensely popular book and opening on Valentine's Day weekend, Fifty Shades of Grey was always going to be fairly front-loaded. Still, the movie's horrible reviews (25 percent on Rotten Tomatoes) and weak word-of-mouth ("C+" CinemaScore) surely contributed in some way.Fifty Shades has now earned $129.2 million, »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Friday Report: 'Fifty Shades' Plummets, 'Hot Tub' Drowns

21 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

It was a tough day at the box office on Friday. Fifty Shades of Grey collapsed heading in to its second weekend, while comedy sequel Hot Tub Time Machine 2 bombed.It wasn't all bad news, though, as The Duff and McFarland, USA slightly over-performed against very modest expectations.Fifty Shades of Grey added $8 million on Friday, which is off a massive 74 percent from its opening day. Without a Valentine's Day boost, the movie could wind up earning less than $24 million for the three-day weekend. Fifty Shades now seems poised to earn less than the original Twilight movie ($192.8 million) over the course of its run. At the start of its second weekend, Kingsman: The Secret Service fell 49 percent to an estimated $5.3 million. That result is essentially twice as high as A Good Day to Die Hard and This Means War at the same post-President's Day point. For the weekend, Kingsman should wind up around $17 million. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Forecast: 'Fifty Shades' Set to Spank 'Hot Tub' Sequel This Weekend

19 February 2015 4:31 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Coming off one of the busiest weekends in years, the box office is going to quiet down significantly this coming weekend.Hot Tub Time Machine 2, McFarland, USA and The Duff are all opening in at least 2,500 theaters, though it would be surprising if any of these took in over $15 million this weekend. Therefore, the top three spots should once again belong to Fifty Shades of Grey, Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.Coming off a massive $85.2 million debut, Fifty Shades of Grey seems poised to take a dive this weekend. Word-of-mouth is mixed, die-hard book fans likely already made it out last weekend, and romantic movies tend to fall hard coming off Valentine's Day. About Last Night (2014), Endless Love and Valentine's Day all fell at least 70 percent on this same weekend, while the Twilight sequels and The Fault in our Stars had similar second weekend drops. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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2015 Oscar Previews: Part 2

18 February 2015 2:26 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees.

The Best Actor Nominees

Steve Carell - as John du Pont in Foxcatcher

Age: 52

Previously Best Known For:

The Office

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

None

Interesting Fact: Owns and operates the Marshfield Hills General Store in Marshfield, Massachusetts where he has a summer home.

Bradley Cooper - as Chris Kyle in American Sniper

Age: 40

Previously Best Known For:

The Hangover

Silver Linings Playbook

Previous Oscar Nominations/Wins:

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role 2013- as Richie Dimaso in American Hustle

Nomination - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role 2012 - as Pat in Silver Linings Playbook

Interesting Fact: Had to miss his graduation commencement at Georgetown University because he was filming Wet Hot American Summer.

Benedict Cumberbatch -  as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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The Duff Review

18 February 2015 11:37 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Mae Whitman is one of those enormously talented young actors that has been waiting in the wings for a lead role for some time. The 26-year-old already has 119 IMDb credits to her name, breaking out in the mid-1990s with small turns as George Clooney and Bill Pullman’s daughter in One Fine Day and Independence Day, respectively. She has chops for both comedy and drama, and is able to squeeze out droll laughs as the nondescript Ann Veal on Arrested Development and then break your heart as the insecure Mary Elizabeth in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Whitman has such tremendous ability on the screen that it is a pity her first major leap above the marquee is in such a mediocre film. The Duff, based on Kody Keplinger’s novel, is a silly, clichéd and rarely convincing high-school comedy – perhaps because Whitman is too fresh and beautiful »

- Jordan Adler

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Best Supporting Actress: Is Emma Stone upset talk just silly at this point?

17 February 2015 6:17 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

This year's Best Supporting Actress race has pretty much been settled since the equivalent honor was handed out at the BAFTA Awards earlier this month, but indulge as we pay tribute to some of the other nominees will you? In any other year Emma Stone might be Oscar night's upset special. A talented ingenue who has delighted audiences and the industry for a number of years with great roles in "The Help," "Superbad" and "Easy A," she's the sort of contender the Academy usually wants to anoint on Oscar night. In "Birdman" she gives an underrated turn (yes, we realize that it sounds ridiculous to call an Academy Award nominee "underrated") as a daughter who sill hasn't figured herself out, but has enough street smarts to realize her father may be in a very strange place. If there is any sort of upset Sunday night, Stone would be a part of it. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Duff’ With Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne

15 February 2015 12:06 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new “Mean Girls”- and “Easy A”-like comedy “The Duff” (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) starring Mae Whitman, Bella Thorne and Ken Jeong!

The Duff,” which opens on Feb. 20, 2015 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Allison Janney, Bianca Santos, Robbie Amell, Skyler Samuels, Romany Malco, Agnes Mayasari, Nick Eversman and Gabriela Fraile from director Ari Sandel and writer Josh A. Cagan based on the novel by Kody Keplinger.

To win your free “The Duff” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of »

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Annie gets Blu-ray release date

8 February 2015 7:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The hard knock life comes home this March with the Us Blu-ray and DVD release of Annie landing on March 17th. The remake of the classic musical, Annie 2014 is a modern re-telling of the tale with new and old songs combined to add a new slant on the original tale.

Produced by Will Smith (Focus) and his Overbook Entertainment company and directed by Will Gluck (Easy A), Annie (Oscar Nominee Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild) is a spunky upbeat foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York. Everything is about to change when hard-nosed tycoon Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained) takes her in and believes he’s her guardian angel, but Annie’s sun-will-come-out-tomorrow outlook on life just might mean its the other way around.

Alongide Wallis and Foxx are Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), Bobby Cannavale (Chef) and Cameron Diaz »

- Scott J. Davis

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Birdman Blu-ray details announced

6 February 2015 8:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has this week officially announced the Blu-ray details for the Academy Award nominated film Birdman, due for release on February 17th, details of which you can view below.

The film, which has garnered nine Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, was included in hundreds of top 10 lists across the globe for 2014 (including Flickering Myth’s own list), and has already won multiple awards through the awards season over the last few months.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s extraordinary film stars Golden Globe winner Michael Keaton (Batman), Edward Norton (Fight Club), Emma Stone (Easy A), Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) and Amy Ryan (Escape Plan).

Special Features:

Birdman: All-Access

A Conversation with Michael Keaton and Alejandro G. Iñárritu

Gallery: Chivo’s On-Set Photos

Technical Specs:

English DTS-hd Master Audio 5.1

English Descriptive Audio 5.1

Spanish Dolby »

- Scott J. Davis

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Amanda Bynes Shows Off New Blonde 'Do During Rare Public Appearance

2 February 2015 1:15 PM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Amanda Bynes switched up her look ... again! It's been almost two months since we've seen any photos of the "Easy A" star, and she debuted her new blonde hair on Saturday in West Hollywood, Calif.  Wearing ripped denim jeans, a white T-Shirt and a checkered button-down, the 28-year-old actress seemed to be enjoying her day of shopping with a friend.The troubled star has been switching up her look a lot lately, posting pics on Twitter after each major mane makeover. Back in November, Bynes dyed her hair purple before switching it to dark brown over Christmas. Amanda seems to be getting her life back on track after a recent stint in a psychiatric facility. In fact, she recently learned that she won't be prosecuted for her September 2014 DUI arrest.According to TMZ, the Los Angeles city attorney thought he couldn't sell the case to a jury because the Adderall »

- tooFab Staff

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Your Cheat Sheet to All of the Oscar-Nominated Movies

15 January 2015 2:02 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

The Oscar nominations have been announced and these are officially the best movies of the year. Apparently. We guess. The Academy nominated them for Best Picture, so they must be.

In case you don’t have time to watch all eight movies between now and Oscar night, Feb. 22, we’ve drafted up this cheat sheet, so you’ll at least be able to pretend that you’ve seen them:

American Sniper

Warner Bros.

Who's In It: Phil from The Hangover, Bradley Cooper; that girl from that movie, I think she dated Jude Law? Sienna Miller; plus, it was directed by Clint Eastwood (if you don’t know who he is, ask your dad).

What's It About: The most lethal American sniper in U.S. military history, based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (watch the trailer here).

Other Nominations: Cooper for Best Actor, Film Editing »

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