Garry Marshall Revisited One Year After his Death

(Welcome to What Women Watch, a series exploring what modern women are watching, and loving, on the big and small screens. In this edition, we examine the work of the late Garry Marshall and the fingerprints he’s forever left on the romantic comedy.)

I don’t like to call them chick flicks.”

It has been one year since we lost Garry Marshall and the world has felt a little darker for it. Marshall is one of those filmmakers that has felt more like a comforting friend – Pretty Woman was my late grandmother’s favorite movie and I have probably seen it more times than Cinderella. It’s still my favorite fairytale. When my husband leaves (and since he’s in the military, that is quite often), it is the first movie I watch. During the stressful times when he is gone, I also find myself watching Marshall’s other films, like Runaway Bride or Valentine’s Day, not because they are masterpieces of American cinema, but because, while the other half of the bed is cold, those movies keep me warm.

That may sound hokey, but I mean that with all sincerity. While the world is ready to cringe at anything that feels too…well anything just feels, Garry Marshall offered sincerity in spades. He never shied away from it, his films were heartwarming for the sake of being heartwarming and for that I am forever thankful.

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The Layover Trailer

If you thought we’d gotten past the point where romantic comedies were about two women throwing away their friendship just so they can hook up with a hot guy while on vacation, think again.

The Layover follows two best friends, Alexandra Daddario of San Andreas and Kate Upton of The Other Woman, as they run away from the stress of their life by taking a quick vacation. However, when a hurricane forces them into a layover in St. Louis, they meet a handsome man (Matt Barr), and neither one of them is willing to give up the pursuit. Cue the ridiculous competition where these women commit atrocities against each other just so they can get some.

Watch The Layover trailer below if you dare. Read More »

aladdin remake

The other day, it was reported Disney and filmmaker Guy Ritchie were having trouble finding their stars for Aladdin following a worldwide search. The news was a bit of a surprise considering they met with over 2,000 actors, looking for unknowns of Middle Eastern or Indian descent to play Aladdin and Jasmine in the musical. Producer Dan Lin previously said “we’re not here to make Prince of Persia,” to put worries about whitewashing to rest – although we later heard a rumor both ridiculous but believable that Tom Hardy was looked at for the villianous role of Jafar.

At the D23 Expo, we learned that live-action adaptation of Aladdin has found the stars it was reportedly having so much difficulty casting.

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Isn't It Romantic Movie

Over in New York City, production has begun on Isn’t It Romantic, a new romantic comedy starring Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Liam Hemsworth and Pryianka Chopra. The film is directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson (pictured above on set with Rebel Wilson), who brought us the horror comedy The Final Girls, and he’s bringing some of the same meta cinematic style to the table.

Isn’t It Romantic follows Rebel Wilson as Natalie, a New York City architect who works hard to get noticed at her job, but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. Her love life isn’t faring any better as a lifelong relationship cynic, but when an encounter with a mugger knocks her out cold, she wakes up to discover that she’s stuck in the kind of romantic comedy that she hates, and she’s the leading lady.

We asked Todd Strauss-Schulson to tell us why he was drawn to Isn’t It Romantic and why audiences should be excited to see the movie which sounds like a romantic comedy version of The Final Girls. Find out what he had to say below. Read More »

The Incredible Jessica James Trailer

You might know Jessica Williams from her time as a correspondent on The Daily Show when Jon Stewart was still hosting the show. However, her indie romantic comedy that debuted at Sundance earlier this year has started turning some heads. Hopefully, she’ll become a movie star.

The Incredible Jessica James finds Jones playing an aspiring playwright in New York City. She’s confident, blunt, charming and hilarious, but she’s also recovering form a big break-up and finds her life not entirely under control. That makes a new relationship and her uncertainty about her career that much more difficult to deal with. We’ve all been there before.

Watch The Incredible Jessica James trailer below. Read More »

The Big Sick Alamo Drafthouse

Starting this weekend, the acclaimed Sundance hit The Big Sick is opening in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. That might be frustrating for people who live in the rest of the country, but sadly, that’s how the indie release pattern works, even when the studio who picked up the movie is Amazon and they can send you pretty much any movie you want in two days. But that’s not important right now.

What’s important is that people in those two major cities go see The Big Sick, because that helps determine how big of a wide  release the movie gets when it expands into more theaters in the coming weeks. One place you should seek out The Big Sick, if you’re lucky enough to have one near you, is at the Alamo Drafthouse. The theater chain has unveiled a special Pakistani menu inspired by the relationship between comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his real life wife Emily V. Gordon, marking the first time they’ve ever worked with the movie’s creators to plan a themed menu.

Check out The Big Sick Alamo Drafthouse menu and a signature PSA to go along with it. Read More »

The Big Sick Clip

The Big Sick premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and I could not pay the romantic comedy enough compliments in my glowing review, so much that the marketing department even tossed up a pull quote on the trailer and the home page of the movie’s website. Thankfully, I’m not the only one gushing about this film as it’s currently sitting at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the entire /Film team named it as our favorite of Sundance.

The film follows a fledgling relationship between a Pakistani comedian (Kumail Nanjiani, playing a fictional version of himself), and a young white woman (Zoe Kazan as Kumail’s real-life wife Emily) that falls apart when the culture of Pakistani marriage threatens to tear them apart. But when Emily suddenly ends up in a coma with a mysterious illness, Kumail suddenly finds himself connecting with her parents (Ray Romano and Holly Hunter) as they wait to see if she’ll come out of it.

That may not sound particularly funny, but a new clip has just debuted featuring a hilariously awkward conversation between Ray Romano and Kumail Nanjiani about 9/11, and that should give you an idea of the great comedy that you’ll find in this movie.

Watch and enjoy The Big Sick clip below. Read More »

Beauty and the Beast Home Video

Back before Disney’s live-action remake of their 1992 animated adaptation Beauty and the Beast hit theaters, Honest Trailers delivered a mockery of the contemporary classic musical from the House of Mouse. But now that the updated version of Beauty and the Beast is available on home video, Honest Trailers has returned to give Emma Watson and Dan Stevens a hard time.

Watch the Beauty and the Beast 2017 Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

a midsummer night's dream trailer

In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the pompous actor Bottom has his head transformed into that of a donkey by the mischievous sprite known as Puck (or Robin Goodfellow, depending on how specific you want to get). Much hilarity ensues as Titania, the Queen of the Fairies, falls in love with him after being drugged with a love potion. Shakespeare’s funniest play is also his weirdest.

However, it seem that the new film version of the immortal comedy has decided that Bottom’s transformation into an “ass” should be taken literally. Which is why actor Fran Kranz can be seen with a big ‘ol butt for a head in the trailer.

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Two of England’s best acting exports are joining forces for a survival romance about two people who escape the wreckage of a plane crash. Idris Elba and Kate Winslet star in The Mountain Between Us as a surgeon and photojournalist, respectively, who are injured in a crash and must rely on each other to survive in the freezing Colorado mountains. Naturally, they fall in love in the process. I mean, have you seen those two? They’re two of the hottest people on the planet. Of course they fall for each other.

USA Today has our first look at some photos from the movie, as well as some quotes from the director that make me think this is the beginning of a Revenant-style campaign to make sure everyone knows how tough it was to shoot out in the elements.
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