Posted on Monday, September 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
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 Ritter, Dan Stevens, Wallace Shawn, Richard Lewis, Sigourney Weaver, Justin Kirk, and Malcolm McDowell also star. Watch the video after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
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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Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
We all know the beats of the typical rock star origin story — a talented, passionate young person finds his calling in life and overcomes adversity to achieve fame and success, etc. But what about the guy who didn’t make it? The guy who put in the same sweat and blood and tears but never quite managed to scrape together enough talent or luck to actually break into the big time?
We first showed you the trailer for Killing Bono back in December, but now a new, very similar trailer has been released for its U.S. premiere this fall. The reality-based tale follows two brothers, Neil and Ivan McCormick (Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan) who start a band to rival their school friend Paul’s (Martin McCann) group The Hype. But as The Hype gets bigger and bigger — and eventually changes their name to U2 — Neil and Ivan find their own dreams of rock n’ roll superstardom thwarted at every turn. Directed by Nick Hamm, the film also stars Krysten Ritter, Peter Serafinowicz, and Pete Postlethwaite in his final performance. Watch the video after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2011 by Angie Han
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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Long before HBO was known for shows about organized crime, polygamy, cougars and Hollywood, it was known for cutting edge comedy. At the center of that was the cult sketch comedy show Mr. Show, co-created by Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. During its three-year run, the show excelled in irreverent, offensive but hilarious sketches. However, since it ended in 1998, with the exception of the Mr. Show spin-off movie Run Ronnie Run, the comedy duo have mostly walked their own paths.
According to this latest news, those paths might cross again soon. Odenkirk, who has been working as a director, is prepping a new film called Annie Jenkins: A Not Very Romantic Comedy and though he’s still acquiring financing, he has verbal commitments from Krysten Ritter, Rainn Wilson, Dennis Farina and, yes, David Cross, to appear. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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It’s been almost a year since we heard anything about Killing Bono. Last time we checked in on the film, Nick Hamm was about to direct Ben Barnes, Krysten Ritter, Robert Sheehan, Charlie Cox and Jason Byrne in the movie based on Neil McCormick‘s book about being in a band that struggled in the shadow of U2 during the mega-band’s formative years.
Now the film is done and there is a trailer, which you can see after the break. 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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We’ve written briefly before about Killing Bono, a film based on the book by Neil McCormick. The author was a schoolmate of Bono’s, and had his own band struggling in the shadow of U2 in megaband’s early days. Directed by Nick Hamm, the film stars Ben Barnes as McCormick and Krysten Ritter in a tale that probably isn’t nearly as close to a U2 biopic as many are going to assume. Come on — it’s called Killing Bono! This is hardly the official story of U2. Read More »
If you were eying your Twitter and/or Facebook feeds last night, you probably saw nothing but comments about how crazy the Dexter finale was. Being a bit behind on this season, I’ve just shut out all that chatter. But it makes this morning a good time to announce that Jennifer Carpenter has joined the cast of Hungry Rabbit Jumps, alongside Nicolas Cage, Guy Pearce and January Jones.
The film follows a teacher (Cage) who “joins an underground vigilante organization” after his wife (Jones) is brutalized. Carpenter will play the best friend of Cage’s wife. The Roger Donaldson-directed film is in production now. [Variety]
After the break, news on Killing Bono, Black Swan and the new MTV version of Teen Wolf. Read More »