When I first saw When Harry Met Sally the summer after middle school, I thought it was revolutionary. No romantic comedy I’d seen before was so frank, so funny, so real. Admittedly, my rom-com education had been lacking up until then, primarily filled by early Kate Hudson and Jennifer Lopez schmaltz. It’s no exaggeration to say that Nora Ephron changed how I viewed romantic comedy.
Erin Carlson’s I’ll Have What She’s Having: How Nora Ephron’s Three Iconic Films Saved the Romantic Comedy makes just that conclusion as well — on a much broader scale. Carlson’s book, which explores Ephron’s unlikely rise from acerbic essayist to the queen of romantic comedy, turns a loving eye towards her three most famous movies and the people behind all their moving parts. It’s a nostalgic, frothy read punctured by moments of insight from Carlson and melancholy from Ephron’s own life, as well as the underlying struggle of female creatives in the male-dominated Hollywood.
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Romantic comedies where a man and a woman who are at odds eventually fall in love are a dime a dozen. That’s a story that has been kicked around Hollywood for decades, but audiences keep eating it up. More often than not, nothing new is brought to the table in these movies, but in the case of When Harry Met Sally in 1989, director Rob Reiner and writer Nora Ephron crafted a romantic comedy that adhered to the conventions of the genre but also played with them in a new way.
A new video essay from the Lessons from a Screenplay YouTube channel breaks down how When Harry Met Sally succeeds where many romantic comedies fail, proving why the film is one of the most highly respected, praised and imitated in the genre. Watch the When Harry Met Sally video essay below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 28th, 2016 by Angie Han
Throughout the 1990s, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan were the romcom golden couple. They kicked off the decade with Joe Versus the Volcano, reunited for the all-time classic Sleepless in Seattle, and finished up with 1998’s You’ve Got Mail. Now, nearly 20 years later, they’re teaming up again for a very different kind of movie.
Ithaca is Ryan’s directorial debut, and it’s a far cry from the fizzy love stories that were once her bread and butter. The drama stars Alex Neustaedter (USA’s Colony) as a young bicycle messenger coming of age during World War II. Jack Quaid plays his older brother, who’s off fighting the war, and Hanks and Ryan play their parents. Hamish Linklater and Sam Shepard also star. John Mellencamp provided original music. Watch the first Ithaca trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
Sequels: They aren’t just for movies anymore! Today’s Sequel Bits includes updates on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad, Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic sequel Petals on the Wind, and Fox’s 24 follow-up 24: Live Another Day. Also after the jump:
- Rebel Wilson tweets a look at Pitch Perfect 2 rehearsals
- Another Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie is coming
- Luc Besson doesn’t sound so sure about a Lucy sequel
- … but he seems quite certain Taken 3 has the best script of the series
- Speaking of which, here’s how to be an extra in Taken 3
- The Crouching Tiger prequel will go to the land of the hobbits
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Somehow, 2010-2011 is going to go down as a time period when finding a director for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies turned into a massive undertaking. David O. Russell was going to make the film, but he walked. Many others were considered, then Mike White was hired, then he left, too. Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, the upcoming Fright Night remake) has been said to be the top choice to be director #3, then for a minute it looked like PP&Z author Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg might co-direct. But now Deadline says Craig Gillespie is getting the job after all.
The basic project (zombies are inserted into the text of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice) doesn’t sound appealing at all, but I guess I can see why the idea of making a period drama with that weird horror overtone might be of interest to a director. It’s like a weird experiment; how do you take one thing and make it into something quite different, while only changing a few items? At this point, the whole arc of the project sounds like a weird experiment, though. Now we’ll have to watch how the casting process goes. I can only imagine that will take another few years.
After the break, Sylvester Stallone’s new movie needs a new director, but Meg Ryan probably won’t get the job because she’ll be busy making something else as her first film. Read More »
Briefly: Here’s your WTF cast of the week: the indie drama Lives of the Saints is about to shoot next month with the following cast lined up: Meg Ryan, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, John Lithgow, Joe Anderson and Kat Dennings. The picture follows “intertwining story lines about a group of Angelinos seeking redemption for past mistakes,” according to THR.
Chris Rossi wrote and will direct the film, and I can’t wait to see how these various actors’ storylines will actually intersect. Visions of Crash float into mind. (The bad one — the Paul Haggis film — that is. I’ll never get over having to distinguish between that and the David Cronenberg movie.) Perhaps we can get a special edition DVD that allows viewers to select only specific storylines featuring the actors they like? I’d choose John Lithgow and Kat Dennings, but that’s probably obvious.
Warner Bros has released new photos and a poster for In The Land of Women, the new movie starring Adam Brody, Kristen Stewart, Meg Ryan, and Olympia Dukakis. Check out the poster and photos after the jump. As always, click for higher resolution.
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