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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If you were among those who thought the fake trailers were the best part of Tropic Thunder, we’ve got some good news for you. Tropic Thunder director-writer-star-producer Ben Stiller has begun work through his company Red Hour Digital on The Fake Trailer Project, which is exactly what it sounds like.

Inspired by the opening of that 2008 comedy, the short film series will pull together Hollywood talent from a variety of genres to create 12 parody trailers for made-up projects. The shorts will then be released online over 12 weeks beginning at some point this fall or winter, through an as-yet-unnamed partner. Read more about the project after the jump.

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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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Warner Bros. is setting up a remake of the 2008 Argentine romantic comedy Un novio para mi mujer as a star vehicle for Steve Carrell. The comedian is producing, and WB hired Mark Gibson and Phil Halprin to write a script based on the Argentine film. A Boyfriend for My Wife would see Carell as “a timid husband [who] believes the only way out of his stifling marriage is to get his wife to fall in love with another man, so he enlists the help of a legendary yet unlikely Lothario.” [Variety]

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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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Clueless Was Released 15 Years Ago Today

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If you’re not feeling old enough already,/Film friend Angie Han reminds us that Amy Heckerling‘s iconic teen comedy Clueless was released in movie theaters 15 years ago today. Leave your memories of the teen classic in the comments below!

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Before you ditch that crummy summer job and toss your cheesy pirate uniform and fish sticks out the window, borrow some $10s from the register and treat yourself to something nice. Like, say, this new tee from NYC’s Acapulco Gold, which salutes talented actress Phoebe Cates and the wet-hottest moment in ’80s teen cinema. Printed on 100% cotton and made in the USA, part of us—guess the part—wishes the print ran a second longer.

The shirt is available directly from AG or at Turntable Lab in classic black, white, or red, men’s sizes medium to X-large. For the purpose of this article, /Film received the red one. Here’s a review: Looks great in a bathroom mirror. Too great. Pics of each color after the jump. And I’ve attached the little seen intro to Fast Times, the failed Fast Times at Ridgemont High TV series starring Patrick Dempsey and Ski School‘s affable Dean Cameron as Spicoli.

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