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If you haven’t yet seen the trailers for “Easy A,” stop reading now and do yourself a favor and go watch. The buzz around this film, which stars the always-enjoyable Emma Stone as a high schooler trying to stand out from the crowd by altering her reputation in a big way (read: pretending to become promiscuous), is great.

We recently spoke with the film’s director, Will Gluck, who said the teen comedy is different because it is smart and about a universally-relatable subject: reputation.

“It’s about how people are judged and what it feels like to be judged and to judge,” Gluck said. “But hopefully it doesn’t feel like medicine when you’re watching it.” Read More...

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Hollywood really loves John Hughes. We saw this in the way it paid a special tribute to the late filmmaker at last night's Oscars ceremony. But how long before someone in Tinsel Town comes along and harms Hughes' legacy by producing one the man's final screenplays? The Hollywood Reporter raises the question in a story about this unproduced work, a riches-to-rags story titled "Grisbys Go Broke," pointing out that at least Paramount has no interest in buying the script.

Paramount was the studio behind many of Hughes' movies, including "Pretty in Pink," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" and, umm, "Drillbit Taylor." He didn't direct that last one, but the Owen Wilson comedy was originally written by Hughes under the pseudonym Edmond Dantes. And it remains his final movie credit, unless the somewhat timely "Grisbys" is actually ever made. Read More...

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-- In the Around the Blogosphere post earlier this week, I sent you readers off to the wonderful We Love You So, which is the official blog of "Where the Wild Things Are." Now I'm sending you back there, for a follow-up to the previous post. This time it's only one image, of a very famous movie poster. Click it here and see for yourself. (We Love You So)

-- Natalie Portman was in Toronto earlier this week, plugging her new movie "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits." The good folks from Movieline cornered her for a chat, and they asked the actress to play their little "My Favorite Scene" game. Portman was into it; her pick was "Dirty Dancing." Which moment, you ask? Follow the link to find out! (Movieline) Read More...

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New Moon"Twilight" stuff. It's a pretty random assortment, though much of it predictably relates to this week's "New Moon" trailer. I'll admit that I've been somewhat remiss in bringing you these weekly round-ups, but its been crazy up in this MTV newsroom lately. Before the jump, you've got top stories 6 through 10 for the past week. After the jump, 1 through 5. Enjoy.

10. Rounding Up Your Reactions To Rachelle Lefevre Being Re-cast in 'Eclipse' -- You all know that Bryce Dallas Howard replaced Rachelle Lefevre in "Eclipse." It made quite a big splash, that news. So big that I felt compelled to dig through your comments and share some highlights in a dedicated blog post. This blog post.

9. 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' Plagiarism Controversy Devolves Into Hilarity -- Some nutjob writer decided that because she and "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer wrote a book featuring a wedding, a honeymoon and a troubled pregnancy, all of it with supernatural undertones, Meyer's later effort was a work of plagiarism. I won't reprint the other writer's name here because let's face it folks: she's gotten more than enough press already.

8. EXCLUSIVE JUDD APATOW BLOG: 'Funny People' Director Answers Questions You Haven't Asked -- Unbelievably, this guest blog entry from "Funny People" director Judd Apatow is still popping. Glad y'all are enjoying it.

7. 'New Moon' Trailer Tease Goes Interactive! -- The latest "New Moon" trailer hits today, but the teaser for said trailer hit on Wednesday. We decided to try out a new piece of web tech on you community-loving Twilighters, and this here interactive trailer tease is it.

6. An Early Taste Of The 'New Moon' Trailer On Wednesday -- More on that new "New Moon" trailer. This was the news brief informing you of the upcoming trailer tease. Now it's not upcoming anymore. So this news brief is pointless, a relic of bygone days. Read More...

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Halo-- Wait... you mean an IESB rumor has been debunked?! I don't believe it. A weekend rumor that Steven Spielberg is interested in at the very least producing an adaptation of the hit video game "Halo" has been officially put to rest. Microsoft commented on the "news," stating that any "Halo" motion picture projects are officially on hold while the publisher concentrates on making games. I can't imagine why. Maybe it's the $60 price tag vs. the $10 movie ticket. (Kotaku)

-- Molly Ringwald wrote out a lengthy, heartfelt remembrance of her tragically fallen "Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles" director, John Hughes. A lot has been said of Hughes in the past week, but Ringwald's reminiscence eclipses them all. (The New York Times) Read More...

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Following the death of ‘80s film icon John Hughes last Thursday, you may have come across a trailer for an unreleased documentary, titled “Don’t You Forget About Me” (if not, watch it here), about the filmmaker and his beloved movies. Attached to the trailer was the news that the people at Alliance Films, a Montreal-based distributor, were reportedly busy making a deal to buy the doc. According to Variety, the world distribution rights to the doc were secured by noon on Friday.

The 75-minute film, directed by actor Matt Austin-Sadowski (the Green Ranger on “Power Rangers: S.P.D.”), is described as being similar to Michael Moore’s “Roger & Me” because it primarily involves the filmmakers’ attempt to locate and interview Hughes. There is also a look at the “Breakfast Club” director’s life and career, and the doc features interviews from many of the stars of Hughes’ films, including Andrew McCarthy, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy and Kelly LeBroc (Unfortunately, neither Molly Ringwald nor Matthew Broderick appear). Additionally, directors Kevin Smith and Jason Reitman appear to discuss Hughes’ influence.

Whether “Don’t You Forget About Me” will hit theaters is unknown, but despite all the love shown to Hughes last week it’s hard to imagine it could be a big hit by the time it opened. Though the quick acquisition of the doc reeks of opportunism, actually putting out a film takes a long time, and the public mourning is already pretty much over.

Really, the most appropriate distributor for this thing is either Universal or Paramount, as it would best be released as a supplement disc to either studio’s Hughes film box set (“High School Flashback Collection” and “Too Cool for School – The John Hughes Collection,” respectively). But whatever kind of release it gets, I’m still interested in checking it out, just as I would have been had it come out while Hughes was still alive.

Do you have interest in a documentary about the life and pursuit of John Hughes? Would you see it in a theater? Do you fear it won’t be comprehensive enough without Ringwald’s involvement?

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John HughesWeekend winner "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and late filmmaker John Hughes, who died tragically last week, are the main things popping Around the Blogosphere today. Talked about a weekend of mixed emotions. I had a blast seeing "G.I. Joe" but felt positively numb as I plugged through my sizable collection of Hughes flicks on home video. Both were fixtures of my childhood, in very different ways. As you might have guessed, a strange sense of nostalgia accompanied my long weekend in front of screens large and small.

-- Ah, G.I. Joe figures. I loved those little guys. Even the worst of them were fun to play with. Just because the cartoon didn't kill dudes, it didn't stop me from having Joe and Cobra waste the many scrubs in my collection. See, there were a lot of lame G.I. Joe figures. And FilmJunk has compiled a list of the 10 worst. I don't agree with the inclusion of the Fridge, but everything else is spot-on. FilmDrunk) Read More...

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Jennifer Connellyby Joel Hanek

Mix an early-20s Jennifer Connelly, a cameo by John Candy, a plot that involves teenagers physically trapped in a building -- thus forcing them to spend time with one another, confront stereotypes and (inevitably) fall in love -- and then add a cross-promotion with Target that is basically an integrated marketer’s wet-dream. What is this crazy thing, you ask? John Hughesclassic romantic teenage comedy, “Career Opportunities”.

The 1991 film, overshadowed for many by Hughes’ other monster early '90s releases ("Home Alone," "Dutch"), stars Frank Whaley, a charismatic goofball of an actor. He's got a million cameos under his belt and only a few starring roles -- most notably, “Swimming with Sharks," which co-stars Kevin Spacey. Read More...

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John HughesThe late John Hughes defined film in the '80s, reinventing popular comedies with teen-oriented works like “The Breakfast Club” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” His mark on the medium is visible even today, with concepts he introduced still being used to make high schoolers more relatable and road trips funnier. The impact extends beyond subtextual nods. There are many filmmakers who appreciate his work so much that they turn to overt references.

Most recently in “The Hangover,” Zach Galifianakis’s Alan said “My dad loves this car more than me,” referencing the car he and his soon-to-be-hungover pals are driving to Las Vegas. It is a throwback to the classic “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” moment when Cameron says of his father’s vintage Ferrari: “My father loves this car more than life itself.” Ironically enough, both vehicles are subsequently destroyed when hijinx ensue. Read More...


Ferris Bueller's Day OffMTV staffer Jonathan Mussman had a unique opportunity to work closely during high school with John Hughes. I don't want to spoil the surprise, so why don't we let Jonathan take it from here...

by Jonathan Mussman

As someone who spent his teenage years growing up in Northbrook, IL on the famed Chicago North Shore, John Hughes was more than iconic -– he was everything I strived to be. A successful filmmaker who never once turned his back on his hometown. We lived and breathed John Hughes as he captured my high school life to an exact T on film. Read More...


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