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This Week in DVD is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, and Fry’s.

Please don’t take the commentary on the movies and TV shows too seriously, as they’re meant not to be reviews but rather previews that include the general thoughts and ramblings of a twice-committed DVD addict. The categories represent solely the author’s intentions towards the DVDs at hand, and are in no way meant to be a reflection on what he thinks other people should rent or buy. So if he ends up putting a movie you like in the “Skip it” section without having seen it, please keep in mind that the time you could spend leaving a spiteful but ultimately futile comment could instead be used for more pleasant things in life. Like buying DVDs.

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ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO
Compared to Apatow-directed/produced relationship comedies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, you can’t exactly say Zack and Miri Make a Porno is breaking new ground with its combination of raunchy R-rated humor with a more sincere, emotional romance at the center of it all. Then again, even if those films didn’t exist, it still wouldn’t be breaking new ground, since Kevin Smith has been doing this since Chasing Amy. So all those saying Smith is just channeling Apatow can suck it. If anything, Apatow has been channeling Smith; he even admitted as much at last year’s Comic-Con, when he labeled Smith as one of his inspirations. And while Zack and Miri may not be the best comedy of the year, it’s definitely up there, and is certainly deserving of a purchase.
Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: Full length documentary, deleted and extended scenes, all of the “Money Shots” promo videos, and a blooper reel.

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TIFF Viral: Where’s Fluffy?

A couple days ago I noticed reoccurring graffiti of a bunny on the sidewalks around toronto. Next to the graphic is the words “Where’s Fluffy?” Later when I screened Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, I realized that it was actually viral marketing for a fictional band which is part of the film’s story. In Nick and Norah, everyone in New York City is frantically searching for the rarest show to ever happen. Fluffy is playing a secret show somewhere, just follow the bunnies. Unfortunately, the website url on the flyers, which I found around Ryerson today, only redirect you to the film’s official website.

TIFF Review: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Many people have drawn a comparison between Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and Juno, due to the hand drawn opening title sequence / poster title, Michael Cera and a focus on indie pop music. It also doesnt help that Norah screens at the Toronto a year after Juno premiered at the Film Festival. But Nick and Norah is nothing like Juno.

The teen comedy genre has always placed one step below Horror movies on the meter of public respect, probably because there are so many bad ones. I’ve always had a soft spot for high school films, and have had to defend the genre over the years to friends and family, touting Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Can’t Hardly Wait, Go and most recently Superbad as examples of what the genre can produce with the right talents involved. I’ve noticed that many of the teen films I’ve enjoyed, tend to happen over the course of one night. Nick and Norah is no different.

Nick (Michael Cera) is still trying to get over a six month relationship by making the 12th volume of a mix CD for his uninterested bitchy ex-girlfriend. After playing a gig with his queencore band The Jerk Offs (sans drummer), Norah (Kat Dennings) abruptly asks Nick to be her boyfriend for five minutes in order to show up her condescending friend Tris. And so the adventure begins. Norah’s drunk girlfriend gets lost in New York City while the duo goes on the hunt to find Fluffy’s secret show in Nick’s crappy little yellow car. And this is only the beginning.

Adapted from the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is good but not great. I have a feeling that it could have been better if they had stuck closer to the source material. In the book, it is Nick, not Norah, who asks for the five-minute relationship in an attempt to show his ex, who has showed up at his gig with a new guy, that he has also moved on. The reasoning behind the moment in the film seems very forced and contrived. It’s also never made clear why Tris went out with Nick in the first place. The six month relationship is unbelievable, even if she spent the whole time cheating on him. Maybe she was impressed that he is in a band.

What the film does get right is the wonderful little moments of a blossoming relationship, for example, one sweet moment when Nick offers to washes off Norah’s hands with a wet nap that he got at a resturant the week before. But the fantastical story gets in the way too often. Kat Dennings is the perfect go-to non-perfect girl you can’t help but love, and Michael Cera elevates the film with the wonderfully awkward comic timing we have come to enjoy. Mark Mothersbaugh provides a magical synth-pop score. Oh, and did I mention there is a small cameo by SNL’s Andy Samberg.

/Film Rating: 7 out of 10

The trailer for Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist has hit the web. Looks like a half-decent teen flick. And the uncomfortable delivery of Michael Cera could get me through anything, I’m pretty sure. I’m also a huge fan of teen films that takes place over the course of one night (ala Go, Can’t Hardly Wait, Superbad). As always, share your thoughts in the comments below.

Directed by Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas), and based on the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Michael Cera (SuperBad) and Kat Dennings (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) star. “It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes, to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City-and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date. This is the story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be-and where the next great band is playing.”

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist will hit theaters on October 3rd, after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Michael Cera and Kat Dennings in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Remember last year when the first photo from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist was released? Well they have now made the production photo (seen above) into a poster, which has been released on MTV.

Michael Cera (SuperBad) and Kat Dennings (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) star. Directed by Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas), and based on the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, “It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes, to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City-and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date. This is the story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be-and where the next great band is playing.”

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist will hit theaters on October 3rd, after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Michael Cera and Kat Dennings in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

MTV has a first look at Michael Cera (SuperBad) and Kat Dennings (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) in the big screen adaptation of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

Directed by Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas), and based on the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, “It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes, to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City-and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date. This is the story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be-and where the next great band is playing.”

The film adaptation is currently shooting on the streets of Manhattan, and MTV News caught up with the stars on the set for some quick interviews. Watch that clip below.

You can read the first chapter of the novel on Random House. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist will hit theaters on October 3rd 2008.

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“I know this is going to sound strange, but would you mind being my girlfriend for the next five minutes?”

Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno) and Kat Dennings (40 Year Old Virgin)  have signed on to star in Mandate Pictures’ big screen adaptation of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (interesting title).

Based on the novel by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, screenplay adaptation by by Lorene Scafaria (Sweet Relief), and directed by Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas). It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who’s just walked in to his band’s show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City-and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date.

This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be-and where the next great band is playing.

Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you’ll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.

You can read chapter one of the book for FREE at this link. Production is scheduled to begin later this year.

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