by Rob Vaux Posted: November 13th, 2012 at 6:41 am
It’s hard to believe eight years have passed since Friends went off the air. Harder still to believe just how much television has changed in that time. Friends may have been the last of the network behemoths: old school dramas and comedies that everyone watched and chatted about over the water cooler the next morning. The environment in which it thrived no longer exists, replaced by the long tail and cable shows like Mad Men and Breaking Bad that now command our cultural attention. Which is why the new Blu-ray set covering the entire series feels more like a nostalgic throwback than a white-hot imperative. Hit the jump for my full review.
Though the term “sitcom” has become a dirty word nowadays with exceptional single-camera TV comedies dominating the airwaves, multi-cam comedies were the norm way, way back in the 1990s. A number of 90s sitcoms were successful enough to be deemed “appointment television,” but two shows invaded the zeitgeist like no other: Seinfeld and Friends. The latter is still one of the most successful television shows ever made, and its influence is ever-present as contemporary comedies are still trying to emulate its “formula.”
Friends is now—finally—coming to Blu-ray later this year with completely remastered versions of all 236 episodes in 1080p HD video, 16×9 widescreen format and 5.1 audio. Moreover, the complete series set will include over 3 hours of new bonus features. Hit the jump for more details.
Just the other day, we brought you the first poster for the Natalie Portman film The Other Woman. Today, the trailer for the film has been released online and shows the gifted Black Swan thespian at it again in another dramatic and poignant role. The film also stars Scott Cohen and Lisa Kudrow. Based on the Ayelet Waldman novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, the film tells the story of Emilia (Portman), “a Harvard law school graduate and a newlywed, having just married Jack (Scott Cohen), a high-powered New York lawyer, who was her boss – and married – when she began working at his law firm.” Directed by Don Roos, whose previous credits include helming The Opposite of Sex and writing the screenplay for Marley and Me, the drama is set to be released on Video On Demand by IFC on January 1st, 2011, but will see a theatrical release on February 4th.
Check out a synopsis of the novel, as well as the trailer after the jump:
Easy A is easily one of the funniest comedies of the year. It’s witty, clever, silly, and is anchored by a breakthrough performance by star Emma Stone. Comedies set in high schools are usually a grind, but Easy A is the best one since 2004′s Mean Girls. The film even has some smart commentary on the nature of reputation in the digital age and how easier access to information hasn’t made it any easier to get to the truth, especially when a lie can be so much juicier. And in between its smart jokes and thoughtful subtext, Easy A also has a big heart. That’s essential when your protagonist is cashing in on pretending to be a skank.
A movie that I’m hearing a lot of great buzz on is director Will Gluck’s (Fired Up) Easy A. The film stars Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm MacDowell, Aly Michalka, and Stanley Tucci. Here’s the synopsis:
After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl (Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne’s in “The Scarlet Letter,” which she is currently studying in school – until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.
The Los Angeles press junket was this weekend and we’ll have exclusive video interviews with most of the cast and director Will Gluck very soon. Until then, Screen Gems has provided us with eight movie clips and a featurette, so hit the jump to check them out. Easy A hits theaters September 17.
Screen Gems has released the first full trailer for Easy A, a modern comedic take on the classic Nathaniel Hawthorne novel, The Scarlet Letter. Emma Stone (Zombieland) stars as a high school girl who lies about her sexual exploits in an attempt to boost her reputation as well as her bank account. The impressive cast also includes Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm McDowell, and Stanley Tucci. Will Gluck (Fired Up!) directs from a script by relative newcomer Bert V. Royal.
Stone is a charming star, the cast should deliver (I liked Tucci’s line in the clip), and Gluck’s high school sex romp Fired Up! was reputed to be better than it needed to be. All promising signs. Check out the trailer for yourself after the jump.
At once a work that is both highly personal and universal in its celebration of all people who are looking for special friendships and connections in their lives, the comedic-drama Paper Man marks the first directorial effort from husband-and-wife screenwriting team Michele and Kieran Mulroney. The film centers on the unlikely bond that develops between a middle-aged writer (Jeff Daniels) who’s struggling with writer’s block and the demands of adulthood and a 17-year-old girl (Emma Stone) who’s suppressing a family secret that has stolen away her youth and its joy. The cast also includes Lisa Kudrow, Ryan Reynolds and Kieran Culkin.
Michele and Kieran talked to us about the challenges of directing their first feature film and how the Sundance Institute helped them develop their project. They also updated us on the Sherlock Holmes sequel — how they got the writing assignment, their love of the character, their favorite Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes story, and their thoughts on Brad Pitt possibly playing Professor Moriarty.
A brand new trailer and photos for that upcoming Ryan Reynolds superhero movie hit the net today. No, not the one with the CG suit. We’re talking about Paper Man, a dramedy also starring Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone, Lisa Kudrow and Kieran Culkin. Reynolds plays Captain Excellent, the imaginary superhero friend of a struggling author (Daniels) who finds real friendship when he meets a young girl (Stone) on Long Island
Written and directed by Kieran and Michele Mulroney, Paper Man premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last year and opens in limited released on April 23. Hit the jump to see the trailer, read the official synopsis and see some brand new stills.