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Can Chris Rock save the romantic comedy?


There once was a time when people laughed at romantic comedies. And I don’t mean that they snickered at the term as an epithet for a genre that’s become lazy and formulaic, as many do now. They actually used to laugh because romantic comedies were funny—hence the term, romantic-comedy.

But somewhere after the box-office reigns of Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan, during the Kate Hudson dynasty, and definitely before Good Luck Chuck, rom-coms became a creative wasteland. “Oh, it’s been horrible,” Chris Rock tells EW. “It’s been brutal for 20 years. They always forget the comedy part, and they forget that you can do what would really happen. They never [tell the story of] what would really happen… Maybe (500) Days of Summer, that was pretty good.”

Rock’s latest movie, Top Five, is a romantic comedy in the purest sense of the term—and it’s so good that it might just remind both audiences and an industry that’s basically given up on the genre what they used to love about these movies. READ FULL STORY

Watch Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan preview their new rom-com 'What If'


There are many things that can get in the way of true love, but one surefire way to put an end to a relationship before it even starts is, well, by already being involved in another relationship. That’s the idea behind What If, the upcoming romantic comedy from writer Elan Mastai and director Michael Dowse.

What If stars Zoe Kazan and Daniel Radcliffe as Chantry and Wallace, two people who seem more or less destined to fall in love—if only it weren’t for Chantry’s boyfriend. So now that the couple is forced into friendship, where will their journey take them? Well, we’ve got an exclusive preview of the film, in which the cast explains what makes this romantic comedy a little different from what you’re used to.


'A Case of You' poster premiere: Justin Long talks Joni Mitchell, rom-com cliches -- EXCLUSIVE


Romance is difficult. Capturing the uniqueness of your generation’s experiences in a movie is even harder, especially given all the easy clichés of modern romantic comedies.

Actor Justin Long has become, intentionally or not, somewhat of an expert in the genre with roles in Going the Distance and He’s Just Not That Into You. For his latest film, A Case of You, he decided to take the pains of a recent breakup and write one of his own, alongside his brother Christian and friend Kier O’Donnell (who plays his roommate Eliot in the film). The movie, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, follows a lonely writer (Long) who falls for a beautiful barista (Evan Rachel Wood). Instead of just asking her out and getting to know her, he memorizes her Facebook likes and tries to become her perfect match. If it sounds like we’re already venturing into cliché territory, that’s the point. The gimmick that a lesser, lazier movie might have relied on to fill 90 minutes of screen time is merely A Case of You‘s first act and functions to set up what happens after she says yes.

EW spoke to Long about A Case of You, which hits theaters Nov. 6, why there’s no actual Joni Mitchell music in the movie, the cringe-worthy trappings of many romantic comedy titles and posters, and subverting the idea of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

Rachel McAdams' 'About Time' trailer: 'Have we had this conversation before?' -- VIDEO

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

'Celeste and Jesse Forever' trailer: Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones suffer separation anxiety

Corduroy blazer-wearing hero? Check. Fetching heroine who belches occasionally? Check. Dreamy electronica soundtrack? Check! Sundance breakout Celeste and Jesse Forever has all the ingredients to be a good, old-fashioned summer sleeper. In place of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, who have vacated their thrones as indie film’s prom king and queen, Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones play a couple whose Facebook status most certainly reads “It’s complicated.” Check out why below. READ FULL STORY

'Lola Versus' trailer: Is Greta Gerwig the next Zooey Deschanel?

To sell their summer romantic comedy Lola Versus, Fox Searchlight is faced with the dilemma that most of the film’s stars — Greta Gerwig (Arthur), Joel Kinnaman (AMC’s The Killing), Hamish Linklater (CBS’ The New Adventures of Old Christine) — aren’t exactly household names. So instead, they’re selling the fact that the film strikes a similarly hipster-friendly tone as the studio’s recent indie hit (500) Days of Summer.

That movie helped launch Zooey Deschanel from indie film darling to network TV superstar. Could Lola Versus be a similar career launcher for Gerwig, who plays a nearly-30 New Yorker who suddenly finds herself single mere weeks before her wedding? Check out the trailer below and decide for yourself:  READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2012: The 12 biggest stories of the indie film fest


Sundance 2012 took place over 10 days, featured 117 movies, marked the debut of 45 first-time filmmakers, and for film lovers there was no better place to be than Park City, Utah — even if not all the news coming out of the festival was happy.

Studio sales were strong, which means many of the most buzzed-about titles will make it to theaters, and — as usual – a few previously unknown storytellers emerged as stars, while a handful of Hollywood veterans faceplanted in the snow.

One high-profile death cast a sense of mourning over the gathering, but a particularly upbeat lineup of movies managed to keep spirits high overall.

Here’s a wrap-up of what went down at Sundance 2012. READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2012: Melanie Lynskey does a farewell shot of whiskey with EW


What’s it like to have a movie play at the Sundance Film Festival?

It’s an insight not a lot of people have, but now Melanie Lynskey has lived to tell the tale. The actress is known for playing the murderous teen in Heavenly Creatures, the nervous newlywed sister in Up in the Air, and the Charlie Sheen stalker (and eventual murderer) Rose on Two and a Half Men. But, last week, she was met with acclaim after opening the festival with the sexy comedy-drama Hello I Must Be Going, and has been riding the waves of the world’s biggest indie festival ever since.

The movie is about a 35-year-0ld woman who falls in love with a handsome 19-year-old. Oooh, scandal? “A thing I have liked hearing is that people think it’s really sexy,” she says, “which is really nice, because that’s what we were going for.”

How does she say goodbye to Sundance 2012? A tough hombre like her walks into Park City’s historic No Name Saloon and does a shot of Bushmills with us, of course. Watch after the jump! READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2012: Rashida Jones asks 'Who's happy?' with 'Celeste and Jesse Forever'

There’s a trend in rom-coms to take the phrase “happily ever after” and add a question mark to the end. With Celeste and Jesse Forever, star and co-writer Rashida Jones debuted the latest installment in this burgeoning sub-genre Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival.

The movie, which premiered to a packed 1,200-seat theater well-populated by studio scouts, starts with a longtime couple who seem to be leading that fairy tale existence, only … not really. The title characters, played by Jones (Parks and Recreation) and SNL‘s Andy Samberg have been together since they were in high school, seem to communicate mainly through the code of various in-jokes, and disgust all their friends by how cute they act.

Only trouble is, they’ve been “separated” for months — but somehow are getting along better than ever since they decided to get divorced. Just because they won’t be married anymore, they reason, doesn’t mean they can’t still be pals. (Yeah, their friends don’t get this either.)

During the post-screening Q&A, an audience member asked about the state of the characters’ happiness, and all Jones could do is shrug.

“Who’s happy?” she said. READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2012: Say 'Hello' to Melanie Lynskey's sexy breakthrough

At one point in the Sundance opening-night movie Hello I Must Be Going, Melanie Lynskey strips naked and sings the Canadian national anthem to a 19-year-old lover during a playful skinny-dip in the family swimming pool.

There were more passionate scenes where that came from: late-night sex in her parents’ car, a tryst on a couch at a family party, sneaking into her young boyfriend’s room when his folks (who mistakenly think he’s gay) are away…

After the movie’s debut late Thursday, the actress known for playing sweet, soft-spoken supporting roles in movies such as Up in the Air, Sweet Home Alabama, and The Informant looked a little vulnerable onstage as she spoke to the nearly 1,000 moviegoers who just watched the raunchy and comedic love affair play out. READ FULL STORY

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