Let’s be clear about two things: Lifetime’s behind-the-scenes movie about the making of “Saved by the Bell” is going to be a hot mess and I am going to watch the shit out of it. The first clip from the upcoming TV movie — airing September 1 — hit the web today, and for the love of Mr. Belding, I seriously cannot handle the casting. The actors are all so WEE. I mean, I know that Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Amber (never forget) Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley, etc. were all in their teens when they started the show back in the late-’80s, but they looked way more mature than the fools Lifetime has playing them. Seriously, the dude playing Mark-Paul/Zach looks like a 10-year-old with a Maltese on his head. He’s giving me major douchechills, which is totally the opposite of what Mark-Paul did to me all those years ago. Kudos to the music department though — Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison” is a classic. [Death + Taxes]
I guess, in our post-”Harry Potter” world, a lot of people would be really excited when a new movie comes out starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Alas, I am not one of those people.
When I heard about the cast for the new rom-com “What If,” I was more excited about Zoe Kazan. The Yale graduate does things like tweet about Criterion films and how “Boyhood” reminded her of Truffaut’s Doinel stories. She a star of stage and screen, appearing in shows like “The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie,” and films like “It’s Complicated,” “Revolutionary Road” and ”Ruby Sparks.” In fact, it’s “Ruby Sparks,” which she wrote herself, that made me a Zoe Kazan fan — there’s something very badass about writing yourself a lead role in a movie.
In “What If,” Kazan is a leading lady once again, playing Chantry, a young woman with a boyfriend (Rafe Spall) who befriends her cousin’s aimless pal, Wallace (Radcliffe). As their friendship gets closer and closer, Chantry and Wallace both start to wonder whether it’s possible to remain friends when you’ve got romantic feelings. It’s super emotionally realistic in a way most rom-coms usually aren’t.
Earlier this spring, I met up with a bubbly Kazan to chat about “What If,” rom-coms, feminism, and femininity. Our conversation is after the jump:
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The much-loved movie “Garden State” turned a decade old on Monday and to celebrate the Huffington Post put together some epic charts to demonstrate what solid life lessons we can take from the film. “Garden State” is pretty damn great (or at least easy to poke fun at), so let’s reflect on the infinite abyss with these giggle-worthy images after the jump … (You can see the full set at the link!) [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Remember last November when San Francisco transformed into Gotham City so a little boy with leukemia could be Batkid for a day? And how nobody could stop crying a million tears about how touching it was? Batkid made such an impact that he’ll be getting his own documentary. “Batkid Begins” takes a look at what went into making five-year-old Miles Scott’s dream come true and why it struck a chord with so many people. The film will be released in select theaters on November 15 and quite possibly restore your faith in humanity. [US Weekly]