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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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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Sigourney Weaver Joins Amy Heckerling’s Vamps

Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver is the latest actress to join 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.” According to Heat Vision, Weaver will play Ciccerus, a bloodthirsty vampire who turned the two women into blood thirsty vamps.

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Alicia Silverstone

Screen Daily is reporting that Alicia Silverstone will reunite with Clueless director Amy Heckerling on her latest project, a vampire romantic comedy, entitled Vamps. Apparently, it will “be a modern-day tale of two young female vampires living the good life in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.”

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As far as filmographies go, Amy Heckerling has a weighty selection of hits among her misses. In addition to the fantastic Clueless, she also gave us Fast Times at Ridgemont High, European Vacation, and the first two Look Who’s Talking movies. While the quality of the latter two films is debatable, at least they made money, which is more than you can see for her recent string of films which include The Loser, and the direct-to-DVD I Can Never Be Your Woman (which /Filmcast guest Richard Kelly quite liked).

We’ve now caught wind of her latest project, and it’s quite honestly the last thing I want to see right now: A vampire romantic comedy, entitled Vamps. Apparently, it will “be a modern-day tale of two young female vampires living the good life in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardise their immortality.” Yup.

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