Todd Strauss Schulson is feeling the love for his latest film Isn’t It Romantic, which saw modest box office success on its Valentine’s Day opening, and the director has already signed onto his next project. Schulson is set to helm the comedy Silent Retreat for Miramax, which he co-wrote with The Lego Movie 2 writer Matthew Fogel.
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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 »
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 »
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 »
The rom-com is back in full force! Kind of. The long-slumbering genre is still just getting back on its feet thanks to a few runaway hits in theaters and Netflix, but already Hollywood is ready to make fun of it. Rebel Wilson and Liam Hemsworth star in Isn’t It Romantic, the meta-comedy directed by Todd Strauss Schulson, the guy behind 2015’s surprising horror takedown Final Girls. See the Isn’t It Romantic trailer below.
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Over in New York City, production has begun on Isn’t It Romantic, a new romantic comedy starring Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Liam Hemsworth and Pryianka Chopra. The film is directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson (pictured above on set with Rebel Wilson), who brought us the horror comedy The Final Girls, and he’s bringing some of the same meta cinematic style to the table.
Isn’t It Romantic follows Rebel Wilson as Natalie, a New York City architect who works hard to get noticed at her job, but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. Her love life isn’t faring any better as a lifelong relationship cynic, but when an encounter with a mugger knocks her out cold, she wakes up to discover that she’s stuck in the kind of romantic comedy that she hates, and she’s the leading lady.
We asked Todd Strauss-Schulson to tell us why he was drawn to Isn’t It Romantic and why audiences should be excited to see the movie which sounds like a romantic comedy version of The Final Girls. Find out what he had to say below. Read More »
Last year The Final Girls came and went from theaters and VOD rather quickly, not giving it much time to find an audience. However, in the short time since its release, the film has started to become a cult favorite with midnight screenings popping up in various cities, some accompanied by drag shows, and others featuring director Todd Strauss-Schulson and some of the cast in attendance. Now fans in San Diego during Comic-Con will get a chance to partake in one of those events themselves.
The Final Girls will have a “secret” midnight screening on Saturday, July 23 at 11:59pm as well as a panel earlier in the day just a couple blocks from the convention center where all the action is happening. So if you’re a horror fan who isn’t pleased with the offerings inside the convention center itself, this is where you’ll want to be on Saturday. Get details on The Final Girls Comic-Con panel and screening after the jump. Read More »
Earlier today we saw the trailer for the Adam DeVine and Zac Efron summer comedy, Mike and David Need Wedding Dates. The trailer fell a bit flat, which is a shame, considering the actors involved, and the fact that it’s DeVine’s first starring role in a big summer comedy. The Workaholics star has appeared in some fun supporting roles over the years, but Mike and David Need Wedding Dates could potentially lead to him starring in more comedies.
Any fan of DeVine’s should be happy to learn that he’s already lined up another starring role for himself. The actor will reunite with The Final Girls director, Todd Strauss-Schulson, for Paternity Leave. Learn more about the project below.
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Even though services like The Screening Room are looking to bring theatrical movies into your home, there are plenty of movie fans who understand that the movie theater can still be the most magical place to see a theater. There’s just something special about seeing a movie with the right crowd and having a whole community of strangers being entertained by the flickering images on the big screen.
Watching movies at home on Netflix may be fun, but we can’t let the movie theater experience go by the wayside, especially when it can be the coolest way to discover a movie that you might have missed the first time around. That’s exactly what’s happening with Todd Strauss-Schulson‘s horror comedy The Final Girls.
The Final Girls came and went last year without much pomp and circumstance, despite a slew of great reviews and festival buzz from South by Southwest. But in recent months, it’s starting to become a cult classic, and it’s a modern flick that’s keeping the magic of the midnight movie alive in really fun ways. And if you’re in New York City, you can partake in this special occasion. Plus, check out some incredible guerrilla street art hidden around the city promoting the special midnight screening of The Final Girls below. Read More »
Around the time that The Final Girls hit limited theaters and VOD, we showed off some pages from the production diary that helped director Todd Strauss-Schulson plan his stunning, meta horror comedy. And now that the film is hitting Blu-ray and DVD today, we have another cool behind the scenes feature to show you.
In The Final Girls, there’s a key sequence that was pulled off in a single impressive shot. (If you’ve seen it, it’s the part when the camp counselors and kids trapped in Camp Bloodbath try to trap the killer.) I was sure that visual effects were used to combine several different shots into one, but now we can show you on-set footage of The Final Girls single shot being completed by a programmed camera rig that made it possible. And if you haven’t seen the movie, don’t worry, because we have the finished clip from the movie too. Watch! Read More »