It’s been a decade since Mean Girls was released, but affection for the film only seems to get stronger with each passing year. Tina Fey has already announced that a stage musical is in development—but could the Plastics ever team up for another big-screen outing? (Paramount did release a straight-to-DVD sequel in 2011.)
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One sure sign of a film’s legacy: Does it inspire its own holiday?
If you happened to be anywhere near the Internet on Oct. 3, you probably noticed an outpouring of nostalgia for 2004’s Mean Girls. The reason? A throwaway line uttered by Lindsay Lohan’s Cady: “It’s October 3rd.”
That may seem a pretty slim thread to hang an entire day on, but it’s indicative of the fervent fan base for this new-classic teen comedy. Written by Tina Fey and directed by Mark Waters (Vampire Academy), Mean Girls stars Lohan as a high school student at a new school who infiltrates the Plastics, a group of nasty popular girls led by queen bee Regina (Rachel McAdams) and her underlings: insecure Gretchen (Lacey Chabert) and dumb-as-a-stump Karen (Amanda Seyfried). The film became a surprise sleeper hit, earning $129 million worldwide and gaining an even bigger following on DVD. In the decade since, Mean Girls has joined Clueless and Sixteen Candles in the teen-comedy canon.
For its 10th anniversary, EW invited the film’s female leads to our own little pep rally, where they talked about their memories, behind-the-scenes magic, and what they think their characters would be doing now. READ FULL STORY
It’s the most happy of pop culture coincidences: The 10-year anniversary of the theatrical release of Mean Girls is today, and April 30 just happens to be a pink-clad Wednesday this year. Mean Girls fans — a huge amount of people in 2004, and somehow an even larger group now — know that Wednesdays are sort-of special when it comes to quoting the Tina Fey-penned cult comedy, second only to Oct. 3.
“Mean Girls is such a special movie because it has so many people who were just starting out,” explained Jonathan Bennett, who played sexy-with-his-hair-pushed-back Aaron Samuels. “[On set] we were aware of how big these people were going to be, but no one else was. Rachel McAdams wasn’t Rachel McAdams yet. Lindsay Lohan wasn’t really Lindsay Lohan yet. All the set was a group of kids that were extremely talented and loved their characters, and that’s why [the film] was so good — because they all came together and just did their thing and it was perfect.” READ FULL STORY
Mean Girls may now be one of the Internet’s favorite movies — just look at Twitter whenever the film airs on cable — but it was anything but a surefire hit while in production.
“It was my first movie. I was pretty young,” Rajiv Surendra, who portrayed mathlete Kevin G. in the film, tells EW. “[The hair stylist] had worked on really big films that had been shot in Toronto. I remember asking her, ‘How do you think this movie is going to fare?’ and she said, ‘Come on. It’s called Mean Girls and it’s starring Lindsay Lohan. It’s going straight to DVD.'” READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Ben Affleck to direct and star in Africa-set thriller; Plus, Rachel McAdams to replace Reese Witherspoon, more
• Warner Bros. and Pearl Street Films have set video game writer Will Staples (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3) to pen the script for an Africa-set geopolitical thriller for Oscar-winner Ben Affleck to star in and direct. The story is about a group of mercenaries hired to kill a warlord. Affleck is currently shooting the big screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl where he plays lead Nick Dunne. After that he’ll direct and star in Live By Night and then tackle his role as Batman in the Man of Steel follow-up. [Deadline]
• Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit) will all star in the Australian thriller Strangerland, about a couple whose two teenage children go missing in the Australian desert. Kim Farrant will direct the film from a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. [THR]
• Rachel McAdams is set to join Wim Wenders’ Every Thing Will Be Fine, which tells the story of a writer (James Franco) who causes the death of a young boy. McAdams will take on the role of Franco’s girlfriend — a part that Sarah Polley was originally attached to play. Charlotte Gainsbourg (Melancholia) will appear as the slain boy’s mother. The story chronicles the 10 years after the accident. [THR]
Richard Curtis’ new film About Time — out Nov. 8 — stars Domhnall Gleeson as a young Englishman who discovers that he can travel through time, just like his dad (Bill Nighy). But the director, who has written such rom-com classics as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, as well as directing Love Actually (the cinematic equivalent to a supergroup), insists that he hasn’t switched genres completely.
“It’s actually an anti-time-travel time-travel movie,” he says with a laugh. But how could this be? “You’ll understand once you see it,” he promises. “It’s really a philosophical movie — what if you had one day to live? You wouldn’t want to try to win an Oscar or get an Olympic gold medal. You’d live a normal day: You’d have breakfast with your kids and lunch with your friends and dinner with someone you love. This film is about what matters in time. And it turns out, in my opinion, to be the most ordinary of things.”
It was this thinking that helped Curtis come to the realization that About Time will more than likely be the last film he directs.
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From Richard Curtis, the writer of Notting Hill and Love Actually, comes another story about love in a complicated world. But this time around, the complication involves a bit of time travel.
In About Time, Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter‘s Bill Weasley) stars as Tim, a young man whose father (played by Bill Nighy) informs him that the men in their family have a very special talent. Give these guys a dark space and let them really concentrate, and they can travel through time. The trick is how much and for what they use their gift. And after Tim falls in love with Mary (Rachel McAdams) and starts to use time travel to re-do things — like the first time they met or the first time they slept together, things start to go a little haywire.
Watch the slightly different domestic and international trailers for About Time below: READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Morgan Freeman in talks for another Christopher Nolan film; Plus, Michael Caine, Rachel McAdams, more
• Morgan Freeman is finding his way back to the world of Christopher Nolan. No, the Dark Knight director hasn’t signed Freeman onto his highly anticipated next original project. (Though Anne Hathaway might make the leap to sci-fi for that film, Interstellar.) Freeman is in final negotiations to star in the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, Nolan’s longtime cinematographer. Nolan is producing the film, called Transcendence. Plot details are being kept under wraps for the sci-fi film, but it’s been described as in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception. Already signed on are Johnny Depp, Kate Mara (127 Hours), Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind), and Rebecca Hall (The Town). Alcon Entertainment announced Freeman’s casting news via press release on Thursday. READ FULL STORY
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