Like many romantic comedies, Isn’t It Romantic? makes New York City a big part of the story. In fact, there are two versions of The Big Apple in the movie. First, there’s the grungy, dingy real New York City that we all know and love. Then there’s the colorful, vibrant and picturesque version of New York City that exists in the romcom dream world that Rebel Wilson finds herself stuck in. It’s in this world that director Todd Strauss-Schulson was able to create a scene that he’s been dreaming of since he was 10 years old. And to see it go from his mind to the big screen is pretty incredible. Read More »
The English-language Your Name remake has officially landed a director. 500 Days of Summer and The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb has been tapped to helm the new version. Webb will be directing a reimagined version of the hit 2016 anime sci-fi/romance film, which will now center around a Native American woman and a young man from Chicago.
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Isn’t It Romantic? is in theaters right now. The story follows a New York architect named Natalie (Rebel Wilson) who works hard to get noticed at her job. But more often than not gets relegated to the sidelines, sent out for coffee instead of presenting her big ideas for her firm’s clients. Life takes an odd turn when Natalie gets knocked unconscious and wakes up in her own romantic comedy. It’s both an unsettling nightmare and a hilarious dream.
Director Todd Strauss-Schulson (A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, The Final Girls) has created an vibrant romantic comedy world that emulates all of the genre’s tropes. But it’s also a love letter to romcoms, packed with a big beating heart that it wears on its sleeve. In order to bring this cinematic, romantic world to life, the filmmaker immersed himself in dozens of romcoms in the span of two weeks. In fact, he watched every romantic comedy made between 1988 and 2007, and it shows.
We sat down for an interview with Todd Strauss-Schulson where he talked about the extensive preparation for the movie that no one asked him to do. Plus, he discussed attempting to decode the genome of romantic comedies, making a meta comedy without feeling like a spoof, and bringing to life a scene that he’s dreamed about since he was 10 years old. Read More »
A writer publishes a wildly popular fan fiction series that gets turned into a book. That book becomes a phenomenon and eventually gets adapted into a steamy, boundary-pushing feature film franchise. Sound familiar? Well, rinse and repeat that formula that was set by Fifty Shades of Grey — which famously traces its roots back to a Twilight fan fiction — and you’ve got After, the upcoming erotic romance movie that is (literally) a Harry Styles fan fiction meets Fifty Shades of Grey. See the After trailer below.
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Right now you can see the crowd-pleasing Isn’t It Romantic? in theaters to give your Valentine’s Day a little spark. The charming, hilarious new movie starring Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Liam Hemsworth and Priyanka Chopra is a love letter to romantic comedies and a great way to spend this greeting card holiday, whether or not you have a date.
But before you go see the delightful romcom, maybe you’d like to check out something a little different from the film’s director, Todd Strauss-Schulson. During the editing process for Isn’t It Romantic?, the filmmaker shot a short film called Holesum. It features The Final Girls star Angela Trimbur and Hamilton‘s Jon Rua, and they both choreographed their own dances too. Watch below! Read More »
Sad sick teens are becoming par for the course in Hollywood, but if you’ve got to watch a romantic teen weepy, why not see one with the rising stars from Columbus and Riverdale? Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse play the unrealistically gorgeous teens suffering from cystic fibrosis, who meet and fall in love — despite the shared sickness forcing them apart. Watch the latest Five Feet Apart trailer below.
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When the first teaser trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin first arrived, fans were fairly underwhelmed. Not only did the teaser offer very little footage of Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine, but it didn’t give us a look at Will Smith as the genie in the famous lamp at the center of the story. Even when the first images of Will Smith in the movie arrived, he wasn’t blue like the famed genie voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated classic. But that changed today.
A surprise Aladdin TV spot that aired during the Grammys not only brought more footage, but it finally gave us a shot of Will Smith in all his blue glory. And, oh boy, it’s certainly something to behold. Read More »
World-renowned director Jia Zhangke has become a film festival constant, with his films like Still Life and and A Touch of Sin regularly earning accolades at the Venice and Cannes film festivals. And his latest film, Ash is Purest White, is no exception, earning acclaim and becoming a fast favorite at last year’s Cannes Festival. Now, the decades-spanning romance/crime drama is coming to the U.S. this year, as revealed by the first Ash is Purest White trailer.
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Judd Apatow will be producing a yet-to-be-titled romantic comedy starring and written by comedian Billy Eichner, best known for the comedy series Billy on the Street. And the good news is it will reunite Apatow with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nick Stoller. Read More »
The year is 2012. The Grey had recently hit theaters, and director Joe Carnahan was hired to write and direct a film adaptation of the comic book series Undying Love, a vampire romance that’s also described as a “horror-action tale.” Fast forward seven years. That project never saw the light of day, but it still hasn’t had a stake driven through its heart.
A new report says David Leitch, the filmmaker behind movies like Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde, is “angling” to make Undying Love his next movie. Will it actually happen this time? Read More »