The 1989 Shelley Long luxury vehicle Troop Beverly Hills turns 25 today, which means 1) You’re even older than you thought, and 2) It’s high time Phyllis Nefler — troop leader to us all — receives the (likely waist-cinching) sash of Wilderness Girl patches she has always deserved. Join me on this stroll down memory lane before those stinkin’ Red Feathers swarm in like poisonous water moccasins and corrupt the route!
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Releasing a film adaptation of The Giver in 2014 was always going to be tricky.
Why? Because Lois Lowry’s kid-lit classic, first published in 1993, helped to invent the tropes of dystopian young adult fiction. (Even though, as its Newbery Medal would attest, it’s actually meant for middle-grade readers; yes, young adult and middle-grade are different.) The Hunger Games, Divergent, Delirium, Matched, The Maze Runner — they’re all indebted to Lowry, even if each of those later books is less lyrical and more literal than Lowry’s original.
But now that there’s a glut of dystopian YA fiction — both on bookshelves and at multiplexes — a film version of The Giver runs the risk of seeming both generic and derivative… even though its story was written long before Katniss was even a twinkle in Suzanne Collins’s eye. Thankfully, a faithful adaptation of Lowry’s story would help to curb those accusations, since the book is really pretty different from the works it inspired: The Giver has no real action sequences. Its main character is a thoughtful 12-year-old boy, not a brooding, badass teenage warrior. The entire narrative takes place in fewer than 200 pages — a far cry from the increasingly bloated tomes being churned out by present-day YA authors.
The Weinstein Company’s new Giver movie is… not that faithful adaptation. How do we know? Because of the film’s first trailer:
Are you ready to get your head back in the game?
Zac Efron might be. Over the weekend, a reporter for E! asked the actor if he would ever return to the sacred (?) halls of East High — home of Disney’s High School Musical franchise. And instead of shooting down the rumors, Efron replied, “We’re all thinking about it. I continue to see all the guys from High School. Every time we do…there’s just this look between us.”
Right off the bat, I’ll acknowledge that while this isn’t a “no,” it’s also not confirmation of a reunion. But also: At this point, would a reunion be the worst idea? It’s not exactly surprising that Efron may be in, even though a year or two ago he wanted to graduate from East High for good. (UPDATE: When EW asked Disney Channel for a response to Efron’s comments, they sent this statement: “Everyone at Disney Channel takes pride in knowing that our wonderful ‘High School Musical’ cast has fond memories about their days as ‘Wildcats,’ and that each year, new audiences are introduced to the movies through our telecasts around the world, but we have no ‘new news’ to report.”)
If Efron did decide to return and give us “Scream Pt. 2,” it’s easy to see the rest of the cast following suit. They wouldn’t even have to carry a full movie: For a long time, Disney was developing a fourth High School Musical for TV. (And no, I’m not talking about SNL‘s High School Musical: New Senior Class.) The movie, called High School Musical: East Meets West, supposedly would have starred a new cast, and would have told a West Side Story-esque story about East and West High. (Real talk: What was Troy and Gabrielle’s love if not a millennial, significantly less high-stakes version of Maria and Tony?) The project keeps getting pushed back, but it hasn’t been canceled — Disney just put out Teen Beach Movie instead. But what if it got revved up again — and the original HSM gang came back for a little alumni number? (Efron has long said he would consider doing something like that.) READ FULL STORY
You can’t go home again — unless you’re a television star.
ABC announced a big shocker Thursday: Isaiah Washington, who played heart surgeon Dr. Preston Burke on three seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, will soon reprise the role he left in 2007. Washington exited the show after his contract was not renewed, following accusations that he had used a homophobic slur in reference to his then co-star T.R. Knight. He is set to return in a May episode, which will coincide with Sandra Oh’s departure from the medical drama. (Washington played Oh’s love interest on the show; their story ended with Burke leaving Oh’s Cristina Yang on their wedding day.)
Washington is just one of several actors who have reprised a well-known role. Here’s a roundup of some of TV’s most notable returns:
Long before the Great Aniston/Pitt/Jolie scandal of ’05 or the Less Great Stewart/Pattinson/Guy from Snow White and the Huntsman melee of ’12, Hollywood was home to the modern age’s most scintillating celebrity love triangle. It involved fresh-faced Disney stars Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff, both beautiful and talented and destined for great things… and, for whatever reason, both totally in love with Aaron Carter.
Aaron Carter! Sure, he could beat Shaq and throw the most slammin’ G-rated soirees this side of Mickey’s House of Mouse (“Then walked in/The girl I’m crushin’/And a kid spilled juice/On my Mom’s new cushion”), but it’s hard to believe that this little dweeb was truly charming enough to win over two of the biggest tween stars of the ’00s . He’s no Nick Carter, is what I’m saying.
Here’s the short version of what happened: In a 2006 interview, Aaron explained that he and Hilary started dating on his 13th birthday — which makes their anniversary December 7, 2000. (A day that will live in infamy!) What was their relationship like? “We kissed, and we hugged, and we’d hold hands, and go to the movies,” he said. “I was actually dating her for like a year and a half.” Enter a certain red-headed Parent Trapper: “Then I just got a little bored, so I went and I started getting to know Lindsay.” But Carter’s tangled web doesn’t end there: “And then I didn’t want to do that anymore, so I got back with Hilary. And then I ended up cheating on Hilary with her best friend.” READ FULL STORY
The messed-up machinations of bored, oversexed stepsiblings Kathryn Merteuil and Sebastian Valmont aren’t quite as shocking in 2014 as they were when Cruel Intentions was released on March 5, 1999. (Blame Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and a zillion other glitzy/scandalous imitators.)
That said, Cruel Intentions is still an enormously entertaining teen movie, even 15 years (gulp) after its initial release — thanks to an uncommonly sharp script, a killer soundtrack, and, most importantly, an impeccable cast, which featured future Oscar winners and future Sharknado stars alike. Well, one of each, but you get the picture. Whoever headed up this franchise had a serious eye for talent: One of five-time Academy Award nominee Amy Adams’ first roles was as the lead of a spin-off TV show that never made it past the pilot stage and was subsequently marketed as Cruel Intentions 2. NEVER FORGET.
But back to the original. Cruel Intentions‘ pretty young things – the interesting ones, anyway – spend the film’s 97-minute run time both screwing with each other and being screwed with. By the final frame, the status quo established at the beginning of the movie has been turned on its head: reformed bad boy Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) is dead, while good girls Annette and Cecile (Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair) have triumphed over alpha bitch Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar, never better). In real life, though, basically everyone affiliated with the movie came out a winner: All went on to find some degree of stardom on screens big and small, and most are still fairly relevant today.
Of course, some are a little bit more relevant than others. Which is why I’m taking this opportunity to reevaluate the careers of the Cruel Intentions gang in a modern context. Who ended up being the cast’s real Queen Bee — and who basically got dumped by Hollywood over Fourth of July weekend? The answers may surprise you! READ FULL STORY
Sure, the 86th Academy Awards featured some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were there. Meryl Streep was there. Leonardo DiCaprio was there. But if I’m being honest, part of me saw this “get together” as less of a show and more of a reunion. More specifically, A Time to Kill reunion.
In the crowd sat several cast members of the 1996 film, which included Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, and of course, first-time Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey. And the second I saw this photo of Jackson and McConaughey, I couldn’t help but think back to the film that, for me at least, first indicated that this McConaughey guy was something special.
In the film, Jackson played Carl Lee, whose daughter had been raped by two white men. When it appeared the men were going to get away with their crime, Carl Lee killed them. It was then Jake’s (McConaughey) job, as Carl Lee’s lawyer, to convince a jury in the South that his black client shouldn’t go to jail. And he did it with an unforgettable closing argument. In that one speech, McConaughey’s performance pulled me in and made me realize the power with which he could command a scene.
Watch McConaughey light the match that started his (long) road to the Oscars below:
A month ago, the news that Hollywood is actually working on a Minecraft movie would have been cause for chortling. “A movie adaptation of Minecraft?” we would’ve scoffed, sipping our highballs and dipping our breadrolls into a carafe filled with Beluga caviar. “Goodness, how silly! There’s no story to Minecraft! It’s just lots of blocks you use to build things!” This was before the release of The Lego Movie, which took the whole “blocks-used-to-build-things” concept and turned it into a pretty freaking good movie.
So, for the moment, it’s possible to be optimistic. As reported by Deadline, the Minecraft project is currently being developed by Roy Lee (who produced The Lego Movie) as some kind of live-action film, which sounds just mildly insane enough to work. But could this instigate a whole new rush in videogame cinema? Here are five more videogames that don’t particularly seem like they could be movies, which could ironically make them perfect as movies: READ FULL STORY
The Mean Girls reunion continues! Last night, Lindsay Lohan was hanging out with Daniel Franzese and Rajiv Surendra — a.ka. Damian and Kevin G — according to her Instagram. Her caption on their group photos includes a hashtagged version of the forever great Mean Girls line “you can’t sit with us,” and also “#soquiche,” which must be what the kids are saying these days.
Franzese also posted the photo on his Instagram with a slew of relevant hashtags: “Whhhat!? North Shore Reunion continues!@lindsaylohan #RajivSurendra and @whatsupdanny #DamiansYearbooks#NorthShore10yrReunion #klangkarussell #DamnAfrica #ImissLizzyCaplan.” And yes, it has actually been 10 years since Mean Girls first changed our lives when it hit theaters in 2004.
You may have noticed that snow is falling, like, everywhere. In cities. In the countryside. On cedars. It’s a snow day! Well, not for us grown-ups, who have to go to work and pay the bills and do laundry and wake up every morning barely even recognizing the face we see in the mirror. But for kids, today is one of those magical days when the universe decides that school is canceled. To mark this special occasion, a pair of administrators at Durham Academy in North Carolina created a snow day announcement video. Or rather, “music video,” since they rewrote Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.” Sample line: “Polar Vortex has a hold of us tightly/Wind like a harpoon daily and nightly.” So, yes, their lyrics are better than Vanilla Ice’s. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
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