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Cary Elwes on 'The Princess Bride': 'I'll be Westley the rest of my life. And I'm cool with that.'

In the first five minutes of the classic film The Princess Bride, a very young Fred Savage is playing a 1980s baseball video game. I hadn’t seen the movie since the advent of Playstation, Xbox, and Wii, and it never struck me as something that might stand out. But this week, sitting in a theater of mega Princess Bride fans — including some who were in costume for the occasion and many who had brought youngsters with them for their first big-screen experience of the film — that beginning moment got one of the biggest laughs of the night. That was even before Cary Elwes showed up afterward to share some secrets from the long-ago set, and what it was like being in such a beloved film. All this nostalgia is in honor of the Arclight movie theaters’ 10th anniversary, which are hosting a series of surprise fan Q&A sessions and screenings with stars of classic films.

While Elwes hasn’t had the massive on-screen career that some people predicted back in 1987, he’s worked consistently, most recently appearing on TV in Psych and on the big screen as the hot doctor competing with Ashton Kutcher for Natalie Portman’s affection in No Strings Attached. At the Q&A, his golden locks were still floppy and he was good humored about taking some ridiculous questions from fans. He’s fine with being Westley forever, and joked that his tombstone will probably say “As you wish.”


Contrarian Corner: I've had it with video stores!

I am very disappointed in myself right now for many reasons (intense cold-weather reclusion, strong identification with Charlize Theron’s character in Young Adult, weight gain), but at the top of the list is confirmation of my recent aversion to video stores.

I’m supposed to appreciate these relics, the sprawling box-like storefronts that just seem to bleed out smaller and smaller rectangles — 99-cent outdated movie posters, clunky VHS tapes the stores will practically pay you to remove, DVDs-for-purchase that no one will ever open again. Every few days during the late ’90s, I moped around the Garden Market Blockbuster (now out of business, though my mom just told me it became a costume warehouse for two weeks this October; so tragic) and Video 66 on Joliet Rd. (still there! possibly due to Honey Fluff Donuts next store?) (Update: just drove by and I was wrong; it’s now a vacant-again storefront that says FUN TAN, ugh) — because what else would I do with my life? And then whenever I was back home over the holidays or the summers throughout the late 2000s, I would mope around the same stores again, just in different sweatpants. I’m sure the Video 66 guy appreciated my upgrade from “flannel” to “yoga.” READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: Stars' Worst Movies! We list the most embarrassing films A-listers ever made

Like you, we like movie stars. We flock to see their films, cheer when they win Oscars, and memorize their famous lines. But sometimes they forget to return the love, cranking out movies that are so god-awful we’re left slack-jawed, wondering how the hell the things ever got made. We’re not talking about high-profile trainwrecks like Ben Affleck’s Gigli or George Clooney’s Batman & Robin. We’re talking about the under-the-radar pieces of celluloid dreck that, more often than not, limp straight to DVD and quickly vanish into out-of-print oblivion.

For instance, did you know that Johnny Depp once played a horny teen in a sex-romp called Private Resort? Or that Sandra Bullock made sweet jungle love in a cheap adventure called Fire on the Amazon? Or that Brad Pitt played a lovelorn high school jock in a move called Cutting Class? If you did, then we salute you. If not, then boy, are you in for a treat. We went back and unearthed the lamest, most ridiculous films your favorite A-List stars ever appeared in — and we giddily share with you all the hilarious highlights. Such as how Paul Rudd, as a peroxide-blond in Gen-Y Cops, chases a robot through Hong Kong and utters the line, “Roseanne Barr Arnold will be the President of the United States before you two punks see the light of day,” and how Ryan Reynolds’ facial hair changes from scene to scene in a raunchy American Pie knockoff that’s honestly called Coming Soon.

Forget roasting, brining, or deep-frying. This Thanksgiving, we bring you 24 turkeys that are delicious all by themselves.

For the full helping of Stars’ Worst Movies, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now.

'Footloose' Redux: Which is better?

It’s odd that we live in a world that needs two Footlooses. (Footlai?) Still, love it or loathe it, Footloose 2.0 arrives in theaters today, inviting a whole new generation of movie-goers to kick off their Sunday shoes.

While the 1984 original is hardly a perfect film, New-Footloose has some hefty shoes to fill. The older, Kevin Bacon-starring version has managed to angry dance its way into a pantheon of immortal ’80s movies and our hearts. So, with that in mind we thought we’d compare the two to see which film is Foot-looser, and which is Foot-loser. (Read Lisa Schwarzbaum’s review here.)

Kenny vs. Kevin: New Footloose is about as close to a shot-for-shot remake as you can get, so it’s easy to see where the similarities and differences lie. READ FULL STORY

Fright Night (1985) vs. Fright Night (2011): Why the update's far more old-fashioned than the classic

Image Credit: Disney/Dreamworks

Real men do not read Twilight.

That’s what high school kid Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) tells his nerdy, vampire-obsessed friend Evil Ed (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) in the 2011 update of the campy horror classic Fright Night. What he’s really saying is clear: this is not going to be one of those romantic vampire movies where some pale, skinny guy messes around with a pretty young promise-ring type but refrains from sticking it in her (his tooth, that is).

And Charley’s right. The vampire in this movie (a bloodlicker named Jerry, played by real-life nighthawk Colin Farrell) is not a moral guy. Living on the outskirts of Las Vegas, he’s a stripper-torturing, teenage-girl-perverting, Real Housewives of New Jersey-watching fang-banger who preys on single moms and brags to the cops that he’s making the local women scream every night. (Read EW’s excellent defense of Jerry’s horrible, disgusting mercilessness here.)

So what’s that bad boy doing in such a conservative movie? After the jump, we’ll discuss why this sexier, bloodier update is actually far more old-fashioned than the 1985 original. WARNING: There are tons of major spoilers below. Plus, “Edward Cullen” and “chastity belt” are used very close together. Read at your own risk.


When Boy Met Curl: The mane lessons of 'Boy Meets World'

I watched Boy Meets World  for two reasons.

First, it was a show that made me feel like I wasn’t alone in life. Like Cory Matthews (Ben Savage), the show’s protagonist, I didn’t have the answers growing up. He muddled his way through high school, puberty, friendships and sex, just like me. Amidst a sea of sitcom Smart-Alecks and Sassers, he was an Everyman, instantly relatable to me on every level. When it first aired, my takeaway from every episode was that nobody gets an A in the course of life, no matter how hard they try. But even more importantly — especially for someone like me who worried about grades all the time — was that in real life, you don’t even get grades. You just live life as best you can, and everyone is doing the same. Now, whenever I am fortunate enough to come across an episode online or on TV, I smile for a half hour, a reminder that it’s all going to be okay. Maybe not great, maybe not even what I wanted, but alright.

Really though, Boy Meets World had a bigger meaning to me: Hair. READ FULL STORY

'RuPaul's Drag U' season 2 premiere: Lots of small delights!

“Are you ready to be the baddest b—- in school? Class is in session!” That’s right, last night was the season 2 premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race spin-off RuPaul’s Drag U, where a bevy of Drag Race queens take dumpy straight women and make them over into glamorous…drag queens! It all takes place at a school somewhere “deep in the Lake Titty-Caca Valley,” as host RuPaul says in the hilarious opening credits. I can’t help but smile every time I hear him intone the words “Lake Titty-Caca Valley.”

To be honest, the season 2 premiere of Drag U wasn’t that much different than the season 1 premiere nearly a year ago. The show is still super inspirational, as you see these sad ladies go from from frump to fab in less than a television hour; it’s still the same pair-a-lady-with-a-queen format; and it’s still got all the same folks attached to it, like RuPaul and permanent judge Lady Bunny. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a good time to watch. For me, I’ve found that it’s all about the little things with Drag U. Sure, the main makeover point of the show is wonderful and all, but it’s all about the small delights, if you will. And here are a few of those delights, in my opinion:


'Glee' Live 2011: The shrieks shall inherit

When I boarded a train at Jamaica Station and immediately found myself sitting across from two teenage boys decked out in full Warbler getup — including Dalton blazers and sweaters, despite New York’s 80-degree weather — I began to think that I was in over my head.

We were headed to Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum to see Glee Live!, the show’s second annual concert tour. After this matinee performance and one more show Saturday evening, the cast of Fox’s chart-topping hit would be leaving for Europe — apparently, there’s no rest for the gleeful. I didn’t quite know what to expect… but if the superfans riding the train with me were any indication, the spectacle I was about to witness wouldn’t just be confined to what was happening onstage. READ FULL STORY

Disney Channel Original Movies: A look back at the Golden Era

I happened to catch the High School Musical spin-off Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure while watching a friend’s kid sister last weekend, and I have to say, once and for all, that I’m totally and completely over Disney Channel Original Movies… and it’s about time. Even toward the end of what I consider the Golden Era of Disney Originals — starting in 1999 with Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century and coming to a screeching halt in 2003 with The Even Stevens Movie – I was probably a little too old to be watching them. I remember joking about the latest cheesy DOMP (Disney Original Motion Picture… I know that’s not what they’re actually called) in Geometry class even while loving every minute of it. READ FULL STORY

Dolores Fuller, Ed Wood's angora-wearing muse, dead

Dolores Fuller, the muse to the “worst director of all-time” Ed Wood, passed away on Monday from complications of a stroke, according to the New York Times. She was 88. Fuller had been a small-time television actress when she answered a casting call from an unknown director in the early 1950s. Wood was immediately smitten by her beauty — and her angora sweater — and the couple went on to live together for four years, during which the cross-dressing filmmaker turned his fetish into the film, Glen or Glenda. “The first time I saw the whole film, I wanted to crawl under 
the seat,” Fuller, who hadn’t been allowed to read the entire script, recalled to the Kansas City Star in 1994. “I wasn’t crazy about our private life
 becoming public.” READ FULL STORY

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