Mad Men alum Adria Tennor has joined the cast of D-Train.
James Marsden and Jack Black star in the film, the story of Dan (Black), the head of a high school reunion committee, who travels to Los Angeles to track down the most popular guy from his graduating class (Marsden) and convince him to go to the reunion.
Tennor, whose other film credits include The Artist and Don’t Mess with the Zohan, plays Wendy, the most popular girl in high school. She’s thrilled to see Dan’s wife Stacy (Kathryn Hahn) at the reunion, but has absolutely no idea who Dan is.
D-Train, written and directed by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, is currently filming in New Orleans. Tennor, who played Joyce Darling on AMC’s Mad Men, next appears in John Schneider’s Smothered; she is also the proprietor of the restaurants Barbrix and Cooks Country Restaurant.
I’ll admit it: when I first got the invitation to this screening, I was skeptical. I went along because I thought it might be fun even if it was too cheesy, and also because of Megan Mullally and the hot one from Orange Is The New Black.
The opening credits and the first few minutes of the film weren’t too promising: lite-pop music and characters that seemed like they might be a bit one-dimensional. Pretty much exactly what I’d been expecting, though, so I didn’t feel like I could complain about it.
If the first few minutes don’t convince you, stick with it. It gets a lot better. Yes, it’s a little cheesy in places, and a couple of the characters could be better acted, and occasionally the dialogue is a bit predictable. But ultimately, this is a sweet, touching film about how confusing it is to be a teenager, especially when you’re not sure who your true friends are, or how to deal with everyone suddenly knowing your business.
Megan Mullally is predictably fantastic, providing a couple of the movie’s proper belly laughs, and I wish we’d seen more of her. Tanner and Brent, the BFFs who turn into instant ‘frenemies’ when Brent tells everyone Tanner’s secret (what? I told you it’s a bit cheesy!) are both likeable characters, and even the girls who are vying for the attention of a new ‘GBF’ (‘Gay Best Friend’, for anyone who’s still wondering) are shown as multi-dimensional characters with personalities under their make-up. I like this. The movie played on the ways in which we stereotype people, whilst showing the reasons why those stereotypes don’t really work – even for the characters who are traditionally shown as vacuous or somehow unworthy.
Ultimately, it’s a charming film with an ending that will make you realise you were more involved in the characters’ lives than you’d thought.
GBF comes out in UK cinemas on the 21st of March, and will be available on DVD & Blu-Ray from the 14th of April.
7/10 – Mean Girls with gay boys and likeable Plastics
Those of you who listen to our podcast (and if you don’t, shame on you! ) may have caught the interview we did with award winning filmmaker Ron Newcomb about his movie ‘Rise Of The Fellowship’. Towards the end of the interview, he mentioned his next project was going to be ‘The Rangers’, a new epic fantasy web series about a special force of mysterious, elite warriors, who operate on the fringe of the kingdom of Olaran.
Together with co-producer Skip Lipman of the epic documentary “Darkon”, Ron is funding this new project via Kickstarter, which means you have a chance to get involved, and even see your name appear in the credits!
The goal is to make $60,000 in 32 days, and all you have to do is pop over to their Kickstarter page, and make a pledge. Pledges start from as little as $1, which gets you a high-res digital copy of the poster, to $25 which gets you a copy of the movie and your name in the credits. Or if your feeling a little more flush, $500 would give you the chance to be an extra for the day, or $1,000 would mean you can pretty up your IMDB entry with an ‘associate producer’ credit! There’s loads of cool options to choose from, whatever your budget, with some great stuff to take away, from copies of the movie, to actual props!
The Rangers is currently in full scale pre-production, with all that entails. They are working hard towards hammering-out, honing, and finalizing the script, and have already completed a successful concept photo shoot and created some great looking test footage. All they need now is your support, so if you want to get involved, just click here to head on over to their Kickstarter page, and make a pledge!
We’ve always had a bit of an obsession with the blood-thirsty, fanged creatures that leapt from the books and legends onto our screens. Whether they’re hilariously over the top, dark and brooding or making young girls swoon, they’ve always managed to win a place in our hearts.
So, in not particular order, here are ten of the best vampire flicks for you to really sink your teeth into…
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Written by Quentin Tarantino, who stars alongside George Clooney, From Dusk Till Dawn is a devilishly outrageous film, which almost verges on parody. Taking a family hostage in their own mobile home, the Gecko brothers flee from the law, only to find themselves trapped in a nightclub crawling with vicious creatures of the night… Achieving cult status, the movie has now spawned a new TV show (trailer above), which starts this month on Netflix.
The Lost Boys (1987)
After brothers Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam Emerson (Corey Haim) move to Santa Cruz – California, the local biker gang, lead by the enegmatic ‘David’ (Kiefer Sutherland) begin to arouse suspicion. When following mysterious deaths and chilling initiation ceremonies, the pair soon discovers that being wild is something that’s just in their blood… This film is an 80′s cult classic, and is one of the first pair up between the 2 Coreys – Feldman & Haim. It also produced one of the most kick-ass movie soundtracks of all time!
Interview With The Vampire (1994)
Some people complained about Neil Jordan’s Interview with the Vampire, but I think it does great justice to Anne Rice’s ‘Vampire Chronicles’ bestseller (and so did Rice… eventually). With a star cast including Tom Cruise as the flamboyant Lestat, Brad Pitt as the whiny annoying interviewee Louis, and an early appearance from Kirsten Dunst as child vampire Claudia, the film focuses on Louis relating his life.. and non-life story to a journalist (Christian Slater). Rice hated the idea of Cruise playing Lestat, but after seeing his performance, took out a full page ad in Hollywood trade paper apologising for the negative comments she made over his casting.
Queen of the Damned (2002)
Although called ‘Queen of the Damned’, the film is a loose adaptation of Anne Rice’s 2nd and 3rd ‘Vampire Chronicles’. The late Aaliyah stars as the Queen herself, appearing on the silver screen in a wreath of dry ice. Armed with a ridiculous plot and a toe-tapping soundtrack, the film follows Lestat (this time played by Stuart Townsend) as he awakens from his coffin to pursue a rock star lifestyle in the modern age.
30 Days of Night (2007)
British director David Slade terrifies and thrills audiences with his horror flick, 30 Days of Night. The remote Alaskan town of Barow falls prey to 30 nights of ravenous ruthlessness, leaving Josh Hartnett as the local sheriff to save the townsfolk from a gruelling demise.
Ahh yes… The movie that started a franchise focusing on Kate Beckinsale running around in tight leather and kicking butt. A dark epic marking the debut of director Len Wiseman, Underworld is definitely one to watch. The beautiful vampire warrior Selene finds herself entrenched in a vicious war between vampires and werewolves, but her heart is torn when she finds love on enemy lines.
Although he may only technically be half vampire, Wesley Snipes as Blade is undoubtedly all action. Boasting an array of lethal talents, this beast of brute force unleashes them all against the vampire overlord (Stephen Dorff) hell bent on watching the world burn. Also spawned a couple of decent sequels.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Based on the book that launched the vampire genre, this Oscar-winning film stays true to the classic tale. Following Gary Oldman as Count Dracula, viewers will find themselves thirsty for more of the terror and seduction that runs throughout this dark adaptation. Keanu Reeves’s performace as Jonathan Harker may have been so wooden it’s surprising Anthony Hopkins’s Van Helsing doesn’t try to use him as a stake, but it’s worth watching for Oldman in full scenery chewing mode!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
The year was 1992, and little did we know it then but 5 years later Joss Whedon would create one of the most popular television series of all time. Featuring Kristy Swanson as the cheerleader-turned-vampire-hunting-heroin, instead of Sarah Michelle Gellar, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie was not good. However, if you’re a fan of the TV show, it’s worth watching just so you can see how bad direction and studio interference can totally mangle a perfectly decent script.
As much as it pains me to admit it, no vampire list can now be complete without mention of the Twilight Saga. Love it or hate it, the trilogy has come to define a generation of blood-sucking fans, giving rise to a franchise that has branched into merchandise, fan fiction and even inspired the www.butlersbingo.com video slot ‘Immortal Romance’. Director Catherine Hardwicke brings Stephenie Meyer’s creation to life and, despite facing a lack of budget, manages to merge Dracula with Romeo & Juliet in a visually compelling love story… I still maintain that vampires shouldn’t sparkle like you’ve rolled them in glitter though!
I’m somewhat more excited for this movie than I feel I should be… I was a huge fan of Paddington as a child, so really hope this works!
From the jungles of Peru comes an unexpected arrival…
Studiocanal is pleased to present the very first trailer and poster for Paddington. From the producer of Harry Potter, based on the best selling series of books and featuring an all star cast, Paddington will be released in UK cinemas on November 28th 2014.
From the producer of Harry Potter and Gravity, Paddington comes to the big screen for the first time in an epic new adventure. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington.
Adapted from Michael Bond’s beloved books, Paddington follows the comic misadventures of a polite young bear with an endearing talent for comic chaos.
Paddington – Plot Synopsis
Paddington has grown up deep in the Peruvian jungle with his Aunt Lucy who, inspired by a chance encounter with an English explorer, has raised her nephew to dream of an exciting life in London. When an earthquake destroys their home, Aunt Lucy decides to smuggle her young nephew on board a boat bound for England, in search of a better life. Arriving alone at Paddington Station, Paddington soon finds that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family, who find him with a label tied around his neck which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’ They offer him a temporary home whilst he searches for the explorer who impressed Aunt Lucy all those years before.
But when Paddington catches the eye of a sinister, seductive taxidermist, it isn’t long before his home – and very existence – is under threat…
From the 28th of February, and for one week only Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Continued (cert 15) will be hitting your cinema screens. The film features up to 763 entirely new jokes from legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy and America’s favourite 24-hour global news team. To celebrate this fact we are giving you the chance to win one of three talking bobbleheads of Ron Burgundy and moustache ice cube trays!
With the ’70s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Continued. Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) — all of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy while taking New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm.
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