Man Up

There are those who mourn the death of the classic romcom, and those who prefer the genre in its newer, more Apatovian incarnation. Both groups would do well to watch Man Up, a British charmer that has one foot firmly planted in each camp. It’s full of meet-cutes and grand romantic gestures, just like your favorite ’90s classics, but it’s got the grounded messiness and R-rated jokes of a more modern affair. And it absolutely nails the most important aspect of any romcom: a lead couple with chemistry, in this case played by Simon Pegg and Lake Bell.

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The Fifty Shades sequel still needs a director, but it has a screenwriter and now it also has a release date. Fifty Shades Darker is officially set to open in two years, followed by Fifty Shades Freed the year after that. Hit the jump for more details on the Fifty Shades sequel release dates.

Update: The first teaser image from Fifty Shades Darker has dropped. Check it out after the jump.

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Alicia Vikander‘s year got off to a rough start with the long-delayed Seventh Son, before course-correcting with the excellent Ex Machina. But she’s still not done — far from it.

Her next big role is this summer’s Testament of Youth, a World War I romance with fellow up-and-comers Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service). Watch the Testament of Youth US trailer after the jump.

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Aloha soundtrack

Ladies and gentlemen, there’s a new Cameron Crowe movie coming out next month. That may sound crazy because buzz around the film has been almost non-existant, but it’s true. The director of Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire and Say Anything is about to release Aloha, a Hawaiian-set military romance starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Bill Murray, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin.

It’s an insane cast in a film with a weird plot that involves satellites and space. Aloha seems difficult to peg. But what better way to preview a Cameron Crowe movie than with its soundtrack? The writer/director recently revealed the songs that make up the Aloha soundtrack, which you can hear below. Check out a new poster, too.  Read More »

Results trailer

Results came out of Sundance this year, and shows director Andrew Bujalski (Funny Ha HaMutual Appreciation) moving into more polished comedy than the very low-key films that originally made his name. This one stars Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, and Kevin Corrigan as an unlikely trio who are united by Corrigan’s neediness and depression after a divorce. And that sounds pretty heavy, but this first Results trailer makes the story look bitterly funny, with a particularly good turn from Smulders.  Read More »

‘She’s All That’ Remake in the Works

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She’s All That is getting a modern makeover. The Weinstein Company and Miramax have put into development a remake of the 1999 teen romcom, which starred Freddie Prinze Jr., Rachael Leigh Cook, and Paul Walker. Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) is set to direct. Get all the details on the impending She’s All That remake after the jump.  Read More »

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Alexander Payne is still working on getting the pieces together for Downsizing, but he may already have his eye on another new project. He’s reportedly circling Septillion to One, based on the true story of four-time(!) lottery winner Joan Ginther. The romantic comedy is described in encouraging terms as “Silver Linings Playbook meets Ocean’s 11.”

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Bad Batch Cast

When talking about A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night last year, I said that director Ana Lily Amirpour is someone we’re excited to watch going forward. And we’re evidently not the only ones with confidence in her work. Her next film, The Bad Batch, is backed by Megan Ellison and Annapurna Productions, which immediately puts Amirpour in great company. The film already had Jason Momoa as a core member of the cast. And now The Bad Batch cast can announced a bunch of new names, including Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves. Read More »

‘Man Up’ Trailer: Simon Pegg Woos Lake Bell

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When he’s not collaborating with Edgar Wright, beaming up James Kirk, or nearly fumbling missions with Ethan Hunt, Simon Pegg can apparently make for a pretty convincing romantic lead. At least that’s what the new Man Up trailer wants to believe, in which he plays a man who catches the eye of unlucky-in-love Lake Bell.

She’s a cynic who’s all but given up on finding love; he’s a charming romantic who’s been set up on a blind date. Through a series of only-in-the-movies mix-ups, he mistakes Bell for his blind date, and they proceed to hit it off before the embarrassing truth comes spilling out. Watch the Man Up trailer after the jump.

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