The romantic comedy genre has suffered tremendously over the past twenty years as mid-budget movies have practically ceased to exist, but with the proliferation of streaming services today, we may be in the midst of a rom-com mini-renaissance.
One of the most promising upcoming entries is a Netflix film called Set It Up, in which two overworked assistants (Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell) scheme to hook up their high-powered bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs) just so they can have a little time to themselves.
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Last week, it was revealed that Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and The Avengers director Joss Whedon is going to write and direct a Batgirl movie. It feels like a pitch-perfect match of storyteller and character – Whedon’s voice feels perfectly honed to tell the story of Barbara Gordon, the daughter of the Gotham City police commissioner who decides to take her father’s war on crime to the next level.
Of course, it’s still early days yet. Whedon has not cast his Batgirl. And that’s why we’re here. We have 17 suggestions.
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Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
What would Groundhog Day look like if it starred sullen teenagers instead of Bill Murray? It would probably look a lot like Before I Fall, which takes the whole “one person repeats the same day over and over again” template and applies a whole bunch of teen angst. The new trailer has arrived ahead of the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, so give it a watch and see what the folks in Park City may be talking about in a few days.
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In the adaptation of Lauren Oliver‘s best-selling novel, Before I Fall, actress Zoey Deutch will relive the same day over and over again. The Vampire Academy and Everybody Wants Some!! star’s character gets stuck in a time loop, and to get out of it, she’ll probably have to learn a crucial life lesson or two. The first trailer for the high-concept high school drama doesn’t exactly appear to be light on spoilers.
Below, watch the Before I Fall trailer.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Thinking about just how awkward this holiday season is going to be with your family this year can be a depressing and uncomfortable experience. Watching someone else suffer through a really awkward holiday season, though? That’s comedy gold. Or so the new comedy Why Him? would like to think.
Bryan Cranston plays the doting father of a bright young woman (Zoey Deutch) who’s excited to introduce her new boyfriend (James Franco) to her family. Problem is, he’s kind of the worst — an Silicon Valley “zillionaire” who has “literally no filter.” Making matters even more upsetting, he’s thinking about proposing. At first the boyfriend tries to ingratiate himself with the family, but when that plan fails an all-out war develops between the would-be in-laws.
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Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
Fresh off of producing one movie about a parent’s worst nightmare, James Franco is starring in another. Why Him? stars Bryan Cranston as a straight-laced suburban dad who goes to visit his daughter (Zoey Deutch) at Stanford, and his horrified to discover she’s dating a internet billionaire with tons of ill-advised tattoos and no filter whatsoever. Franco, of course, plays the obnoxious boyfriend. John Hamburg (I Love You, Man) directed. Watch the first Why Him? trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
The right director and the right script don’t mean anything without the right actor. Performers are the ones who bridge the gap between the minds behind the camera and the ones in front of the screen. It is their personalities that draw us in, their expressions that tell the story, and their faces that we remember.
There were no shortage of great performances this year, across all genres and all budgets. Inevitably, a few stood out above the rest. See our list of the best performances of 2014 after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 by Angie Han
When we offered you our Captain Marvel primer, we left out one important and obvious question: Who should play Captain Marvel? It’s something we’ll be asking ourselves until Marvel officially confirms a lead. Considering Captain Marvel doesn’t arrive until 2018, that may not be for some time yet. In the meantime, here’s who we’d choose if we had our say. Hit the jump for our Captain Marvel casting picks.
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Richard Linklater is using the momentum he built with Before Midnight and Boyhood to finally move forward on That’s What I’m Talking About, the film that has been described as a “spiritual sequel” to Dazed & Confused. It’s not an actual sequel, but a 1980-set film that follows set of characters as they go to college. Now Megan Ellison has come on board as a producer, and Annapurna Pictures will partially back the project, with Paramount set to release it in the US. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Paranormal YA characters tend to be a pretty mopey lot, whether they’re pining after sparkly vampire boyfriends or stressing over whether they’ll use their witchy powers for good or evil. But the tough, sarcastic leads of Vampire Academy look like a welcome exception.
Rose (Zoey Deutch) is a snarky ass-kicker in the Buffy Summers mold, though she protects bloodsuckers instead of fighting them; her charge and BFF is Lissa (Lucy Fry) is a vampire princess whose royal lineage doesn’t stop her from hating high school.
Their wisecracking powers come from the folks behind the camera: Director Mark Waters is best known for having helmed Mean Girls, while his screenwriter/brother Daniel Walters famously penned Heathers and Batman Returns. Watch the newest trailer after the jump.
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