Despite early leaks and the PR-mandated Internet scrub yesterday, it looks like we’ll be able to to watch the trailer of the Sundance hit Lovelace in time for the 4th of July.
Written by Andy Bellin, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, and with an all-star cast including Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Hank Azaria, Chloe Sevigny, Adam Brody, Chris Noth, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple and yes–James Franco as Hugh Hefner–the story of Linda Lovelace, (aka Linda Susan Boreman) has already become a festival darling–it premiered at Sundance this year–and if this trailer is any indication, it will be a hit with mainstream audiences as well.
It would be easy to compare Whit Stillman’s latest feature, Damsels in Distress, to other flicks about the dangers of female friendship: It’s Heathers without high school, or Mean Girls at college. After all, the movie begins with young, brunette ingénue Lily (Analeigh Tipton) during her first day at Seven Oaks College, being swooped in on by a pack of three severely affected juniors who immediately offer her friendship. Greta Gerwig is the blonde queen bee, Violet, and her two cohorts include the British Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and the ditzy Heather (Carrie MacLemore). These three are seemingly on a mission of good: they run the school’s suicide-prevention center and spend most of their time “helping” the brothers of D.U., one of the school’s Roman (not Greek) fraternity houses.
Hard to know what to make of a hack job called The Romantics. Seven postgrad friends dedicating their lives to the question “Is there life after campus sex?” gather on a weekend near the sea for the wedding of two of their most popular pals. Since the bride (Anna Paquin) and her sister, who is Read More
Monday: Gossip Girl
There is some wear on these treads—specifically with regards to Blair, who has been spinning her wheels in a swampy mess of weekly plotting and scheming for no real reason other than the script telling her to do so—but those breathlessly wailing about the demise of Gossip Girl couldn’t have Read More
Death in Love
Running time 97 minutes
Written and directed by
Starring Josh Lucas, Jacqueline Bisset, Lukas Haas, Adam Brody
Death in Love is a grim, crestfallen and downright depressing sexual psychodrama about a New York family that is not only dysfunctional but self-destructive beyond hope. Read More
When we first heard about Josh Schwartz’s decision to write and direct a new adaptation of Bright Lights, Big City, our hearts sank just a little bit. Not because the idea of another film adaptation of Jay McInerney’s novel so rankles our ire—let’s just say the Michael J. Fox version doesn’t have a Read More
While it’s certainly not on the level of George Clooney going back to ER for the last time—about Mr. Clooney, he’s so comfortable playing Dr. Doug Ross that he can do it in his sleep, which he literally did during his cameo appearance—it looks like Mischa Barton is returning to a television near Read More
Poor Ben McKenzie. He was always one of our favorites on The O.C.; his faux-Russell Crowe looks and constant furrowed brow made you think that he was a dour and brooding capital-A actor. But some of the funniest moments that show had to offer came from Mr. McKenzie’s interplay with Adam Brody. While Mr. Brody’s Read More
IN THE LAND OF WOMEN
Running time 97 minutes
Written and Directed by Jonathan Kasdan
Starring Adam Brody and Meg Ryan
Thank God a few directors are still interested in exploring the heartbreaking journeys of ordinary people dealing with small issues that are universal. In the Land of Read More