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Boys vs. Girls: Bachelorette and The Inbetweeners

by Ethan Alter September 7, 2012 6:00 am
Boys vs. Girls: Bachelorette and The Inbetweeners

The eternal battle of the sexes spills over into the multiplex this weekend, as two raunchy comedies -- one female-driven and one distinctly for the boys -- compete for moviegoers' attention. In one corner, you've got Bachelorette, the Bridesmaids-like ensemble piece about a trio of bridesmaids (triple threats Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher) who get up to a whole lot of trouble the night before their best friend's wedding. And in the other corner stands The Inbetweeners, the feature film version of the hit British sitcom about four horny high-school kids (Simon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas and Blake Harrison, reprising their small-screen roles) who celebrate their graduation by going on an alcohol-fueled holiday to a sunny Mediterranean party town. So which movie does its gender proudest? Here's how they stack up in a few key areas.

Dark Shadows: We Miss You, Tim

by Ethan Alter May 14, 2012 5:27 pm
Dark Shadows: We Miss You, Tim

Once upon a time, there was a little boy named Tim who escaped the banality of his ordinary suburban existence in Burbank, California by conjuring up dark and fantastic visions in his own mind, visions that he brought to life with pen and paper or stop-motion short films. As a grown-up, Tim briefly brought his significant artistic talent to the Walt Disney company, but the bright and happy Mouse House proved an ill-match, so he struck out on his own, parlaying the success of his well-received short Frankenweenie into a feature directing assignment, 1985's Pee-wee's Big Adventure. The surprise success of that oddball comedy led to more gigs: among them, Beetlejuice, Batman and Edward Scissorhands, all successful and all distinct examples of a specific artistic vision. More importantly, his films connected with a very particular audience of outsiders and misfits -- viewers who felt marginalized by both the film industry and society at large. Here, at last, was a mainstream filmmaker who empathized with their plight and celebrated their oddity. He made it okay to be different, whether you were an overgrown man-child, a ghost, a traumatized man who dresses up in a rubber batsuit or a warm-hearted, pale-faced guy with scissors for hands.

Glee: The 3D Concert Movie: I Actually Might Not Stop Believing

Objectively speaking, Glee is a cash cow. It translates into anything, be it board games, apparel, books series, reality competitions... nothing is too much of a stretch to brand. When I originally heard of the concept of the Glee Live! In Concert! tour, I thought they were pushing it. And when I found out that they were slapping together a 3D documentary about the concert in a mere six weeks, I was ready to deem Glee bastardized beyond the point of return. But I was wrong: Glee: The 3D Concert Movie not only surprised me as a film, it restored a faith in the series that had been lacking for me. And as it turns out, a lot of my original assumptions going into the movie turned out to be incorrect.

The Last Airbender: Hopefully Not the Last, Just the Worst

After reading many, many dismal reviews of M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender (most of which made the joke "Please let the title be accurate") my expectations were sufficiently low to go in with a blank slate. I even opted to see it in 2-D, rather than the tacked-on 3-D, so I could see the effects better and focus on the story and characters. And I saw everything that has been criticized -- the poor acting, the weak effects, the miscasting -- but I also saw a lot of things that made me want to see a sequel that would focus on the good, improve the bad and, ultimately, make this film look like a halfway-decent start to a great franchise.

Ice Road Truckers: The Movie? We Cast Potential Truckers

I've never really watched an entire episode of Ice Road Truckers, mostly because I already get a close enough look at big rigs moving at unsafe speeds every winter when I get on the New York and New Jersey highways. But apparently it's a popular show, so popular that they're making a feature film out of it. While Hollywood has had a long love affair with truckers (Smokey and the Bandit, Convoy, Black Dog, Over the Top, Big Trouble in Little China), the "truckers vs. the elements" angle has never really been explored. But who could play this rare breed of thrill-seeking, steady-handed daredevils? Since they change up the show's roster every season, we simply picked out some of the actors we think would make great truck drivers. No judgment, just a feeling.

Fraggle Rock The Movie: Seven Ways to Make it More Edgy

Somehow, the feature-film adaptation of the Jim Henson Productions TV show Fraggle Rock have ended up in the hands of the writer/director of Hoodwinked, and while we haven't gotten that far down our Netflix queue yet, we're pretty sure this movie will be awful. And now we're even more certain, since the Weinstein Co. has begun to look far and wide for an "edgier" screenplay. Is "edgy" the way to go? How do you make cute children's puppets "edgier," especially the already out-there Fraggles? Here are some ideas.

Why Patrick Dempsey is Actually Perfect for Transformers 3

Since you all are soooo looking forward to a third Transformers movie (What will blow up this time? Will Shia LaBeouf meet robot God again? Tell us!), we thought we'd help share a particularly sexy bit of casting news: Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey will appear in TF3 as Megan Fox's boss. (Presumably, he's not also a transforming robot, but we've learned never to assume.) Now, the Transformers and Grey's Anatomy may not seem like a logical connection, but there's actually more than meets the eye here than just a cheap grab for more female audience members. No, Dempsey is perfect for the franchise, and here are five reasons why.

MacGruber Redband Trailer: Explosively Unfunny!

We really shouldn't have expected much from a film adaptation of a Saturday Night Live sketch. After all, of the ten movies that the show has spun off, you can count the ones that are entertaining on one hand (The Blues Brothers, Wayne's World, Superstar, list over). But the MacGruber sketches are so funny, with a bomb-defusing Will Forte getting held up by father-son issues, political correctness and heroin addiction, that we thought there was no way the movie could fail -- especially with co-star Kristen Wiig on board. But the redband trailer, which surfaced last week, makes it look like a huge mess. Maybe they're focusing on the more risqué elements for this particular trailer, but since it's the first one we've seen, we're gonna go ahead and assume the rest of the movie is like this, meaning a shoestring assembly of far too on-the-nose jokes.

Taylor Lautner is Taking It to the Max

by Zach Oat December 10, 2009 3:09 pm
Taylor Lautner is Taking It to the Max

Taylor Lautner, the werewolf with the chiseled abs from Twilight: New Moon, has just gotten a franchise of his own. He's been cast as the lead in Max Steel, a film adaptation of a cartoon and toy line from toymaker Mattel. Mattel is probably thrilled to have landed such a red-hot actor, since their He-Man movie seems to be mired in development hell; meanwhile, their chief rival Hasbro already has the Transformers and G.I. Joe franchises, plus Battleship and Monopoly in development. We'd worry about whether Lautner has the chops to carry a franchise -- remember, New Moon is only his fifth movie -- but something tells us he'll do just fine in the not-terribly-challenging role of a teenage kid who gets injected with nanites that make him into a super-powered secret agent. Check out Steel's origin story in condensed form below, then watch all three seasons on Hulu.

I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 3, 2009

by Zach Oat November 2, 2009 5:30 pm
I Want My DVD: Tuesday, November 3, 2009

What are your favorite TV stars doing when they're not making television magic? They're making movie mediocrity! The stars of Heroes, The Mentalist, Law & Order, Parenthood and Weeds are all on DVD this week, in movies of varying degrees of quality.

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