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This one goes out to all the ladies: Forever Fest celebrates chick flicks, Channing Tatum's abs

Forever Fest, a new film festival in Austin, Texas, that runs Nov. 1-3, aims to flip the genre’s usual dude-heavy script and honor all things girly. Picture a giant slumber party of a weekend stuffed with chick flicks, mimosa brunches, a clip show of film’s best chiseled abs and biceps, and photo booths where you can get your picture taken with Channing Tatum and Ryan Gosling cutouts. Lots of glitter, though not necessarily the movie Glitter. The co-founders Sarah Pitre and Brandy Fons have standards when it comes to their girly programming. They gave the stultifying ensemble mash-up Valentine’s Day as an example of a romantic comedy they’d never inflict on Forever Fest audiences.

Fons, 41, who handles publicity for Alamo Drafthouse, was obsessed with the movie Pitch Perfect when the idea for Forever Fest was first born. “In Austin there’s a gaming festival, there’s a television festival, there’s a beer and food fest,” she said, “but there’s not a festival celebrating films over a weekend like the Pitch Perfects of the world.” Pitre, 34, who works as a lead programmer for Alamo Drafthouse and runs the website Forever Young Adult, says they approached their inaugural fest as a chance to reclaim the term chick flick. “We define chick flick as any film that celebrates the female experience and by that definition that makes chick flicks a vital, important genre,” says Pitre. “For us we really want to lift up that term and provide a place for people to come and celebrate chick flicks without any sense of shame.” They named their baby Forever Fest because, as Pitre says, “forever is such a word that you use as a teenager. Like, best friends forever, I’ll love you forever. But it also brings to mind these movies that we’ve seen a hundred times but we’re going to love forever.”

'Bridget Jones' sequel on track, says studio exec. But... -- UPDATE

UPDATE: Though he might still be attached, Hugh Grant is acknowledging some issues he has with the Bridget Jones threequel. EW obtained the following statement from Grant’s rep: “Hugh is keen that Bridget Jones 3 happens, but Renee, Colin and he all have some issue with the present script. They are hoping to help work them out. “

EARLIER: Amidst reports that the next Bridget Jones film was falling apart, Working Title Films issued a statement today to confirm that all was well. “Reports that Hugh Grant has exited Bridget Jones’s Baby are untrue,” said Working Title’s co-chairman Tim Bevan. “We are still working on the script hence the delay to the start of production, but the film is going ahead as planned.”

Back in 2009, Grant told a reporter that he was reluctant to appear in a third film. “I don’t think so, no. I think even Bridget Jones 2 was a mistake to be honest with you,” he said. “It wasn’t a very good script, and I resisted it for a long time, and so did Colin and so did Renee. But we got kind of conned into doing it.”

The sequel intends to reunite Renee Zellweger with Grant and Colin Firth. The original 2001 original grossed $282 million worldwide, and 2004’s Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason brought in another $263 million.

Read more:
Third Bridget Jones movie finally a go
Colin Firth: Talking Points

'LOL' trailer: Watch Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore play mother-daughter duo

When it comes to teenagers, timing is everything. Those fickle, unbearable, and downright terrifying beings live an ever-changing world of trends and mood swings that you’d better be able to keep up with unless you want to them to take you out of their Top 8 on MySpace.

So it was questionable how the long-in-the-works Miley Cyrus teen dramedy LOL (that’s Laughing Out Loud for the laymen, or lame, man) would fare considering its been in the works since 2010, which is so 2008, which is so two-thousand and late. Or something. Judging from the international trailer for the flick, which is remake of the French film Laughing Out Loud, teens actually haven’t changed that much over the past few years in that they’re still spouting inane nonsense (“If he kisses you on the lips, it means he’s cool being your boyfriend,”  “I feel so real with him,” “It’s so good to love someone so much it hurts”), they’re still upsetting their mothers with bad behavior and report cards (Mom here is played here by Demi Moore, who has dealt with her share of unruly youths before) and Miley is still getting in trouble for her questionable partying habits. Check out the full clip below: READ FULL STORY

'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' audience rating from CinemaScore doesn't sparkle

Okay, so The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 gets a B-plus from moviegoers.


A B-plus ranking from CinemaScore? That’s it?

Granted, a B-plus isn’t terrible, but considering the passion and hysteria surrounding this franchise, it’s a bit of a surprise. New Moon got an A-minus, and Eclipse scored an A.

So what happened here? Did something in this film shake the vampire-loving faithful?

Actually, blame the boyfriends …


'New Year's Eve' one-sheet: It's a party on a poster! -- PHOTO

The latest promotional offering for New Year’s Eve has more A-listers than the drive-through at In-N-Out after the Oscars. It seems the producers of the film have decided to skip the conceptual mumbo jumbo and take the Dragnet approach: “Just the facts, ma’am.” And this film has 18 “facts” going for it, including three Oscar winners, two Grammy winners, five Emmy winners, and a Tony nominee (so close to the coveted EGOT!). See the golden boys and girls after the jump!


'Bridesmaids': Kristen Wiig and co-stars talk deleted scenes, ideas for the sequel

Even a two-hour-plus movie couldn’t contain all the comedy talent of these hilarious women. Now that Bridesmaids is out on DVD and Blu-ray, you finally get to see a ton of alternate takes and scenes you didn’t see in theaters. EW spoke to four of the Bridesmaids ladies — Kristen Wiig, Rose Byrne, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Ellie Kemper (sorry, not recent Emmy winner Melissa McCarthy) — about the stuff salvaged from the cutting room floor, and their ideas for a sequel!



Image Credit: Suzanne Hanover

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The DVD has tons of extras and deleted scenes. What scenes are you most excited for fans to see for the first time?
Well, I love the date scene with the little boy [who spouts off outrageous statements]. That’s in the new director’s cut. And the scene with Paul Rudd — I really missed those date scenes. READ FULL STORY

Toronto: 'Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding's Bruce Beresford on the swingin' 60s and Jane Fonda saying 'c-kblock'


After a 16-year acting sabbatical during her marriage to Ted Turner, Jane Fonda returned to the big screen for 2005’s Monster-in-Law. With her new role in Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding, though, Fonda turns back the clock. Way back to 1969. In the film, which premiered Tuesday night at the Toronto Film Festival, Fonda plays Grace, a groovy free-spirit — Dylan once had a thing for her! — still living to the daily rhythms of the ‘60s in her modern-day Woodstock home. When her conservative and judgmental daughter (Catherine Keener) flees her crumbling marriage and crashes her coop with her two teenaged children (Elizabeth Olsen and Nat Wolff) in tow, Grace bridges the generation gaps utilizing pearls of wisdom buried deep in special-recipe brownies. It’s an unapologetic chick-flick — with Chace Crawford and Jeffrey Dean Morgan as the man-candy — but seeing a girlish and glowing Fonda tackle and tease her past at age 73 is still a trip.

You might think the director of such a film would have to possess a certain nostalgic reverence for those freewheeling times. But you’d be wrong. Bruce Beresford, 71, who’s been making movies in and out of Hollywood for nearly 40 years, says “That was an era that frightened me quite a bit.” He’s adjusted nicely, of course, directing award-winning films like Tender Mercies and Driving Miss Daisy. When he bursts through the door for this interview just a few hours after a very positive festival Q&A session about his new film, he’s got a thick envelope tucked under his arm. “This producer has just given me two scripts,” he beams. “He said, ‘Ah, you’re a master of comedy. You’ve got to read my comedy scripts!’ I’d never realized this before.”

While waiting to see what the future holds for Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding — the film’s still awaiting a distribution deal — Beresford talks about his not-so-swingin’ ’60s, protesting the war, and his leading lady, who he’d never met. Feel free to turn on, tune in, and/or drop out. READ FULL STORY

Kenny Ortega set to direct 'Dirty Dancing' remake

If the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” makes you want to twirl across a dance floor, and you know where the line “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” comes from, this news is bound to stir up all kinds of emotions in you: Kenny Ortega has signed on to direct a big-screen remake of the 1987 hit Dirty Dancing. Ortega served as the choreographer on the original film, which starred Jennifer Grey as a wealthy 1960s teen who falls in love with a dance instructor (Patrick Swayze) while spending the summer at a Catskills resort.

Ortega — who most recently directed the documentary Michael Jackson’s This Is It — said in a statement, “The opportunity to direct Dirty Dancing is like returning home for me…. Patrick Swayze set the bar for men dancing in the movies as Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire did before him. I believe everywhere you look there is evidence that the talent is out there and I can’t wait to begin the process of discovering the next breakout triple-threats.”  READ FULL STORY

Ryan Gosling channels his inner Mr. Miyagi in new 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' clip

Who knew that the secret to picking up women was hidden away in the 1984 gem, The Karate Kid? In a new clip from Crazy, Stupid, Love, which hits theaters July 29, Steve Carell does his best Daniel Larusso opposite Ryan Gosling’s Mr. Miyagi as he learns that he might already know more about picking up women than he first thought.

In the film, Carell plays a man reeling from the revelation of his wife’s infidelity, and Gosling is the lothario who takes the newly single man under his seductive wing. The rest of the cast includes Julianne Moore, Emma Stone and Kevin Bacon.

And remember, wax on, wax off, Carell-San.

Check out the clip, as well as, a new trailer below. READ FULL STORY

Brooklyn Decker pregnant with twins -- for 'What to Expect' parenting comedy

Brooklyn Decker has a body to envy, but in the new ensemble comedy What To Expect When You’re Expecting she has a pregnancy to envy too.

The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and dreamgirl from Adam Sandler’s Just Go With It has signed on to co-star with Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz in the film, which takes its inspiration from the best-selling, non-fiction pregnancy guide. Decker will play Skyler, trophy wife of a much older husband, whose remarkably easy pregnancy — with twins no less — makes the other moms-to-be in her social circle loath her even more.

What To Expect will be directed by Kirk Jones (Waking Ned Devine, Everybody’s Fine) and begins shooting in July. Lionsgate has set a release date for May 11 of next year.

For more movie news, follow Anthony Breznican on Twitter: @Breznican

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‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ lands director Kirk Jones

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