Are you suffering from rom-com fatigue after too many tired meet-cutes and seen-it-a-million-times storylines? Of course you are! Which is why you might want to pay special attention to Jason Segel and Emily Blunt as they discuss all the ways in which their new movie, "The Five-Year Engagement," is not going to follow the well-trod path of the traditional romantic comedy—not least because both of these talented actors are just as sick as you are of all the cookie-cutter films in the genre. In fact, when Jason and Emily sat down for a conversation with MTV News about what makes this film different, Jason was the first to bemoan how predictable the usual Hollywood fare has gotten.
"I think that most romantic comedies are very formulaic, and you know exactly what's going to happen," he acknowledged, before listing off the usual timeline of events that almost all rom-coms follow. "But this starts with the engagement, and I think it's a very real exploration of how a couple—how the power dynamic changes over five years."
In other words: Don't be looking for a boy-meets-girl setup that runs into trouble and finally culminates in a boombox-over-the-head-style romantic gesture that leads to a happily-ever-after. Even if, as Emily pointed out, that sort of plot has become Hollywood shorthand for what love ought to look like.
We imagine that as soon as Amy Heckerling pitched "Vamps" as "'Clueless’ with vampires," movie studio execs were sold. Because when we caught up with the film’s star, “Don’t Trust The B---- In Apt 23” actress Krysten Ritter, and she described the film as just that, we were even more pumped for its release.
“I haven’t seen it yet, so I have no idea [what fans should expect],” she explained adding that it was the beloved director that sold her on joining the project. “Amy Heckerling is an idol of mine. I’ve always looked up to her and admired and adored her so it was really fun to get to work with her.”
If you were able to tear your eyes away from "Crazy, Stupid, Love"'s Abs That Shall Not Be Named, you may have recognized a familiar reality T.V. face among the film's leads Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Julianne Moore. Namely, "America's Next Top Model" cycle 11 contestant Analeigh Tipton, who played a lovesick babysitter in the romantic comedy. Analeigh isn't the first Top Model to make the jump to acting (remember CariDee English's cameo on "One Tree Hill"?), but she may be the strutter with the most star potential. The beauty is back in theaters this weekend with "Damsels in Distress," about three college girls who set out to change the mores at their college.
Analeigh's growing fame is no surprise to "ANTM" creator and judge Tyra Banks, who noticed the model's acting chops years ago.
"She was third runner-up, I think. When the judges said it was time for her to go home, I told her she had an acting gift," Tyra told MTV News last year.
When a movie trailer opens with the words, "From the studio that brought you '(500) Days of Summer'!" you just know that you're about to get a big, uncomfortable punch right in the feelings—and the first peek at upcoming film "Lola Versus" doesn't disappoint! Although this time, it's the hateably gorgeous Greta Gerwig (rather than fox-faced cutie-pie Joseph Gordon Levitt) who's getting her heart dragged through the gutters. And this time, the gutters in question are in New York, not California, which means that her heart is going to get extra-super filthy and possibly covered in hobo pee. Ewwwww.
The story: dumped by her boyfriend a mere three weeks before her wedding, Lola goes into a tailspin that sends her spiraling hilariously in the direction of Rock Bottom as she tries to cope with the reality of entering her 30s sans romantic attachment. And if you've been looking for a lady version of the "Summer" story, this one looks like it won't disappoint: the trailer delivers with a charming cast of quirky-supportive friends, hilariously un-comfy attempts at reentering the dating pool, and lots and lots of emotional eating!
Reese Witherspoon is a busy lady, what with her upcoming romantic comedy "This Means War" to promote and a slew of projects on her plate, but the actress was kind enough to take some time out of her jam-packed schedule to sit down with us for MTV First: This Means War, to debut an exclusive clip and chat about her comely co-stars, dole out her own romance tips and give her blessing to a Justin Bieber-starring "Fear" remake. But as much as we enjoyed our entire conversation with Reese, there were a few moments that we must classify as our favorites, and for your viewing pleasure we've compiled them into one handy two-minute clip.
Now, I don't want to spoil the fun, so I'll leave you to click through and enjoy. But I will point out one personal favorite: the moment when we wheel out vintage footage of our first interview with Reese way back in 1991. The soundbite in question finds Reese reminiscing about her first love at the age of 12 and her present-day reactions is just priceless: "Please don't show that to my daughter! Hold on, I might have to lay down on the floor for a minute."
If you've noticed a recurring theme in actress Reese Witherspoon's recent film roles, you're not alone. During last night's MTV First: This Means War, featuring a 30-minute interview with the starlet, host Josh Horowitz addressed the important issue—namely that Reese's last three movies ("How Do You Know," "Water for Elephants" and "This Means War") feature the 35-year-old toying with two men's emotions.
What did the actress have to say for herself? "This is my love triangle period," she joked. Okay, okay, we can dig it, but have you ever engaged in tumultuous trio in real life?
Can we just go ahead and call Anna Kendrick the Master of Acting Versatility? In the past few years, we've seen her play everything from a bored high school student to a blustering businesslady to Scott Pilgrim's baby sister...and now, she's pregnant!
In this movie, I mean.
This movie about pregnant people.
One of whom is Anna Kendrick.
The film is "What to Expect When You're Expecting," which follows the stories of five women dealing with the impending arrival of their respective babies. Anna plays a food truck chef with a bun in her oven, and she's joined by actresses Cameron Diaz (a fitness guru carrying some baby weight), Jennifer Lopez (not actually pregnant, but planning to adopt), Elizabeth Banks (a baby-incubating author), and Brooklyn Decker (a trophy wife carrying the heir to a fortune). And thanks to studio Lionsgate, iVillage has an exclusive look at the character posters—featuring each lady sporting the requisite bump and/or delighted "I'm pregnant!" expression. (Sort of like the character posters released for "The Hunger Games"—only happy, and with belly rubs!)
Garry Marshall's star-stuffed rom-com "New Year's Eve" (out today) may not mark the first on-screen pairing of Zac Efron and Michelle Pfeiffer, but it certainly boasts the friendliest.
We recently caught up with the 24-year-old at the New York City premiere for the ensemble flick, where he recalled working with (and being awed by) the actress back in 2007. "I remember the first time I met her was on 'Hairspray,' and she's Michelle Pfeiffer—she had that aura, star aura—so I was always very nervous around her. We never really got the chance to connect on that movie," he said.
But that all changed with "New Year's Eve," in which Michelle plays a depressed office worker who hires bike messenger Zac to help her achieve all of her resolutions before the stroke of midnight. And as it turns out, Michelle was instrumental in getting the hunk to sign on to the project.
Between last year's "Valentine's Day" and this year's "New Year's Eve," it's safe to say that director Garry Marshall is getting kinda-sorta known for his ensemble rom-coms centered on national holidays. But in choosing to do these particular films, has the guy wound up in a genre-specific dead end?
Could be! Because when we asked the cast of "New Year's Eve" which big day should get the Marshall treatment next, even they had a hard time coming up with a good followup film.
"I was just thinking about that," Katherine Heigl said. "It has to be universal, so it can sell domestically and internationally."
Hopefully you romantic comedy-loving masses aren't tired of the ensemble-style film just yet because after ringing in this week's "New Year's Eve," you should circle a May 2012 due date on your calendar for "What to Expect When You're Expecting."
The big story surrounding the film so far is its all-star cast which, thanks to the release of the first official trailer on Yahoo! Movies Thursday, we now know includes the following couples: Elizabeth Banks and Ben Falcone, Dennis Quaid and Brooklyn Decker (the joke about their age gap is in the film, don't worry!) Anna Kendrick and Chace Crawford, Cameron Diaz and Matthew Morrison, and Jennifer Lopez and Rodrigo Santoro. There is also lots of shirtless Joe Manganiello flanked by the "dudes group" of funny men Chris Rock, Thomas Lennon, Rob Heubel and Amir Talai.