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The Movie: Going the Distance
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) strike sparks during a summer fling in New York City but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett remains behind for his Big Apple job. But after six romantic weeks, neither is sure they want it to end. So despite opposing coasts, naysaying friends and family, and unexpected temptations, the couple just might have found something like love. And helped by a lot of texting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: Romantic comedies are mostly predictable and cliched, but every now and then one comes along that perfectly mixes the tropes of Hollywood romance with just the right kind of R-rated comedy and some irresistible chemistry. That’s exactly what happens with Going the Distance, the raunchy yet charming long distance romantic comedy that makes fantastic use of the real-life romance between Drew Barrymore and Justin Long. Read More »
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PARKS AND RECREATION (SEASON 2)
My write-up of the first season of Parks and Recreation amounted to little more than a prediction that the show would hit its stride in Season 2. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what happened. Following a nearly identical pattern to The Office, Parks and Rec struggled through a forgettable introductory 6-episode season that mainly served to set up the characters and find the show’s rhythm. I see it as the trial run to the expanded 24-episode second season, which utilizes its engaging cast to much greater comedic effect. If you gave up on it after the first season, I highly recommend giving it another chance.
Available on Blu-ray? No.
Notable Extras: Over two and half hours of deleted scenes, six audio commentaries, a blooper reel, five webisodes, “Mouse Rat Rocks the Wrap Party”, “?uestlove on: Parks”, Theme Song performed by Gabby Moreno, and Winter Games promos.
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Warner Bros has informed us that Going The Distance has changed release dates to September 3rd 2010 from August 27th 2010. In making the announcement, Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution stated, “Moving to the Labor Day weekend not only allows us to take advantage of the long holiday weekend, but gives us some distance from the other female-driven films releasing in August. Additionally, we have an opportunity to build more awareness and word-of-mouth for a movie we believe has strong appeal for a broad audience.”
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It’s been a while since our last movie poster round-up, and a lot of one-sheets have hit the local multiplex and are now online. After the jump you will see posters for the following films: Academy Award-nominated documentary director Nanette Burstein‘s fictional feature debut Going the Distance, Get Low starring Robert Duvall and Bill Murray, Winebago Man, The Dry Land, Radu Mihaileanu’s The Concert, an international one-sheet for Tron Legacy, Piranha 3D, an international poster for Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Extra Man, Easy A starring Emma Stone.
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Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein (On The Ropes, American Teen) makes her narrative feature film debut with the romantic comedy Going the Distance. The raunchy screenplay placed highly on the Black List, but it appears to have been tamed into a generic mainstream romcom starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Ron Livingston and Charlie Day.
An Academy Award nominated director that we’ve championed on /Film in the past…
… a screenplay voted one of the best unproduced scripts by industry insiders…
… and this is the trailer?
Really? Lets hope the movie has something better to offer.
Watch the trailer now, embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Warner Bros has released the publicity materials for their 2010 film slate preview, which as you might expect, contains a bunch of new production photos for the upcoming films: The Book of Eli, A Couple of Cops, The Town, Flipped, and Going the Distance. It should be noted that Kevin Smith’s A Couple of Cops/A Couple of Dicks is officially listed right now as UNTITLED COP MOVIE, so it looks like WB has yet to decide on a final title. Lets hope they don’t settle on A Couple of Cops, as it’s too simple with out the double entendre. Check out all the photos after the jump, click on the images to enlarge. Two clicks for super high res images.
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American Teen director Nanette Burstein is ready to make the transition from documentary filmmaking to narrative feature filmmaking. The Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker is in talks with New Line (aka Warner Bros) to helm the film Going The Distance, a romantic comedy which deals with a the struggle to maintain a long distance relationship, between Chicago and Los Angeles.
Screenwriter Geoff LaTulippe sold his spec scrip without representation after working for the studio as a script reader for four years. LaTulippe told Variety in July: “The essential story is that the couple knows that the long-distance relationship is probably a bad idea but they like each other too much to stop.” LaTulippe came up with the idea with his good friend Dave Neustadter (an executive at New Line) after a night of drinking.
“He’d been in a long-distance relationship a couple of years prior, and we realized that no one had really done that situation justice, given it its own film…and MILLIONS of people go through that type of relationship. If you haven’t (like me), you know someone who has (Dave),” LaTulippe told DoneDealPro in September. “We’re both really big proponents (and, to be honest, damn-near worshippers) of what Judd Apatow is doing in comedy right now. At the same time, we knew there was room in that niche – that sort of slice-of-life, familiar-to-everyone observational comedy that doesn’t have to rely on huge set pieces and slapstick gags to generate laughs – to create something that a lot of people could get behind. I think all of the best comedy comes from real life, from those situations where you go, ‘I couldn’t have made that up if I tried.’ So I stopped trying. Dave and I just drew from our own experiences, worked to make the story as down-to-earth as possible, and people seemed to respond to it.”
When I talked to Nanette back in July, she spoke about wanting to do a fictional film next:
“I want to do a fiction film next, because every time you want a new challenge and I feel that that would be a new challenge and I struggle so hard to make these documentaries really narrative, entertaining and so I thought it would be interesting to try just from the beginning scripting it, rather than taking real life and putting it into a narrative story arc,” Burstein told /Film. “Even before I shoot a documentary I write the story that I hope to get and of course it ends up being a different film, but I actually write it out, and so I guess you know, writing a screen play you write out your first draft and then you get to a completely different place where your last draft so in that way, but what I would want to do in a fiction film is have the room to improvise a lot and not just stick to the script and I feel like being a documentary filmmaker, I’d feel more comfortable doing that.” … “It would probably be a dramady, I mean I’m developing a few from projects but you never know what’s going to work.”
As you’re probably aware, we were a big supporter of American Teen, a film we feel fell through the cracks due to poor marketing. It’s a great film, and you should definitely add it to your Netflix Queue. I’m glad to see that Burstein will be crossing over into fictional film. I have no idea what that might even look like, but judging from the tastes she expressed in our movie playlist conversation, I’m definitely interested to find out.