Ass Backwards

In the proud tradition of Dumb and Dumber and Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion, the Sundance comedy Ass Backwards features two complete morons who might be tragic if they weren’t so irrepressibly pleased with themselves. June Diane Raphael (NTSF:SD:SUV) and Casey Wilson (Happy Endings) star as Kate and Chloe, two NYC gals who’ve been BFFs since they placed dead last in their hometown pageant as kids.

When they’re invited back to celebrate the pageant’s 50th anniversary, they embark on a road trip that, naturally, gets them tangled up in all sorts of insane shenanigans. Alicia SilverstonePaul Scheer, and Vincent D’Onofrio also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Thanks to her work on two unassailable teen comedy classics (1995′s Clueless and 1982′s Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Amy Heckerling will always have a special place in the movie lover’s heart. But even her most devoted fans can’t deny that she hasn’t had the best run of films lately. 2000′s Loser flopped, while 2007′s I Could Never Be Your Woman went straight to DVD. Now Vamps, her reunion with Clueless star Alicia Silverstone, is getting only a perfunctory theatrical run before heading to home video.

But the real problem with Vamps isn’t its release model, but the fact that it simply doesn’t look very good. The premise — two undead gals living it up in modern-day NYC — sounds stale coming in at the tail end of the vampire movie trend, and there’s not much in this trailer to suggest Heckerling does anything especially fresh or interesting with it. At least the cast looks good. In addition to Silverstone, Krysten RitterDan StevensWallace ShawnRichard LewisSigourney WeaverJustin Kirk, and Malcolm McDowell also star. Watch the video after the jump.

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The last time we saw Amy Heckerling and Alicia Silverstone team up was for Clueless, a critical and commercial hit that launched the young actress to international fame. It’s an endlessly quotable teen classic that still holds up today, not to mention one of the freshest Jane Austen adaptations ever to hit the big screen.

Seventeen years later, the duo have reunited for Vamps, a cheeky take on the paranormal romance trend. The film’s been kicking around for a while — we first heard rumblings of it in 2009, and saw a batch of publicity stills last summer — and this fall, we’ll finally get to see the finished product. Don’t expect this one to be a Clueless-sized hit, however. It’s getting only a limited theatrical run before heading to DVD and Blu-ray a week and a half later. More details after the jump.

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On day two of the 38th annual Telluride Film Festival and I caught the amazing new Pixar film LA Luna, Wim Wenders 3D documentary Pina about the famous modern dance choreographer, and the first surprise premiere screening of the festival, Jim Field Smith‘s dark dramedy Butter, a top Black List screenplay about a midwest butter carving championship which stars Jennifer Garner, Ty Burrell, Olivia Wilde, Ashley Greene, Alicia Silverstone, Rob Corddry and Hugh Jackman.
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First Photos from Amy Heckerling’s ‘Vamps’

Tired as I am of the “paranormal romance” trend, I’m actually looking forward to Amy Heckerling‘s vampire romcom Vamps. Plot-wise, it doesn’t sound too different from any other vampire flick. The story centers around Goody (Alicia Silverstone) and Stacy (Krysten Ritter), two beautiful vampires living the good life in modern-day New York “until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize her immortality.” But I’m hoping the director of teen comedy classics like Clueless and Fast Times at Ridgemont High can infuse these tired tropes with some fresh, subversive flavor.

It’ll be a while before I find out if my wishes will come true — the film doesn’t even have a release date yet — but a batch of new photos offers clues as to exactly what kind of vampires we’ll be dealing with. Check the gallery out after the jump.

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For many, actors like Christopher Walken and John Turturro could be considered Gods. We remember their performances in films like The Deer Hunter or The Big Lebowski and feel like a higher power came down and blessed them with gifts not worthy of the common man. It seems fitting then that they, along with a slew of other awesome actors, will now actually be playing Gods in Gods Behaving Badly, a film adaptation of the 2007 best-seller by Marie Phillips.

Joining Walken and Turturro as a group of Greek Gods living together in a New York City brownstone are Sharon Stone, Oliver Platt, Edie Falco, Phylicia Rashad, Rosie Perez, Nelsan Ellis, Gideon Glick and Henry Zebrowski. They then cross paths with a mortal couple played by Alicia Silverstone and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Read more about the story after the jump. Read More »

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We’ve talked a lot about the casting for Butter, the Black List script by Jason Micallef that Jim Field Smith directed starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Ty Burrell, Rob Corddry, Ashley Greene, Olivia Wilde, Alicia Silverstone and Yara Shahidi. The film takes place in Iowa among an interrelated group of people, with championship butter carving being the event that brings them all together. But the film is also a political satire, which makes it a much more interesting prospect.

Now there’s a five-minute clip of interviews, footage and behind the scenes video that will give you a taste of what the film offers. Read More »

Red Hour Films announced today that Wallace Shawn, Justin Kirk, Dan Stevens and Todd Barry are the latest actors cast in Clueless director Amy Heckerling‘s romantic horror-comedy Vamps. The film stars Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter as two young female vampires living the good life in contemporary New York “until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.”

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