If you’ve never heard of director Will Gluck, then learn his name now because he is one filmmaker that you will be hearing from for a very long time. Gluck first made a name for himself as a feature film director last year with his sophomore outing Easy A starring Emma Stone, which went on to become both a critical and box office success. His recent release Friends with Benefits, has received positive reviews and earned almost $20 million in its debut last weekend despite opening opposite Captain America: The First Avenger on the second weekend of Potter-mania. All things considered, Gluck is well on his way to becoming one of the most interesting and unexpected mainstream directors working in the industry today.
Will Gluck began his career on TV writing for such short-lived but popular shows as Grosse Pointe, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe, as well as creating series like Luis, and The Loop. He made the jump to the big screen by helming the collegiate comedy Fired Up in 2009 before producing and directing Easy A, and eventually Friends with Benefits. His newest outing, the “will they or won’t they” comedy Friends with Benefits starring Justin Timberlake (The Social Network), and Mila Kunis (Black Swan), hit theaters on July 22nd and features the two sexy stars as platonic friends who engage in the age old experiment to see if acquaintances of the opposite sex can sleep together with out letting their emotions get in the way of their friendship.
You may or may not remember that back in March, inconspicuous private citizen Charlie Sheen was fired from his day job on Two and a Half Men, the highest-rated comedy on television, despite the thespian's wholly reasonable protestations. Chuck Lorre, the show's co-creator and executive producer, said that the show would indeed go on, provided a suitable Sheen-placement could be found to join Jon Cryer and 1/2 man Angus T. Jones. Expect another wholly logical treatise from Sheen tomorrow, as it looks like Ashton Kutcher has closed a deal to play the resident cad on Two and a Half Men.
The battle for box office supremacy in the year's first really competitive weekend came down to a photo finish, with the Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy Just Go With It beating out pocket-sized pop star Justin Bieber's 3D concert documentary Never Say Never by less than a million dollars, with an estimated $31 million and $30.3 million, respectively. Though it was by a narrow margin, this marks the 11th consecutive number one opening from reigning comedy king Sandler. Disney's animated Gnomeo and Juliet opened strong as well, with an estimated $25.5 million in third place.
Super Bowl weekend always seems to put a damper on the box-office, and this year was no exception making it the smallest box-office total gross in 15 years. Since this also happens to be the 13th straight weekend that ticket sales sank below last year's numbers, it is a little worrisome to say the least.
The King’s Speech had an impressive weekend. The highly praised film earned 41% more this weekend at the box office, likely due to the twelve Academy Award nominations that it received this past Tuesday. True Grit also managed to make 4% more over the weekend, which is especially impressive as it dropped out of 350 theatres since last week.
This past weekend, the new romcom No Strings Attached starring the ever-fashionable Natalie Portman, opened at number one in the box office. It is clear that Portman is a favorite for audiences as of late. Yet she is only part of the reason that this romantic comedy worked as well as it does.
Greta Gerwig, who recently lit up the screen in Greenberg and The House of the Devil, gives another stand-out performance in Strings. She plays Patrice, the smart aleck roommate and BFF of sorts to Portman’s Emma.
We certainly seem to love Natalie Portman. Her latest romcom entitled No Strings Attached opened at the #1 spot this weekend with $20 million in grosses. The romantic comedy also stars Ashton Kutcher and a handful of talented actors (including Kevin Kline, Greta Gerwig and Lake Bell) exploring the notion of a “sex friend” relationship.
After last summer’s Going the Distance, a trend seems to be developing within the romantic comedy genre: telling stories about women unafraid to get as bad as the boys. Ivan Reitman’s No Strings Attached, starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, certainly embraces this new trend with its Elizabeth Meriwether-written script about a couple who start a relationship based only on sex.
Emma (Portman) and Adam (Kutcher) first meet at summer camp when they are teenagers. The two then happen to run into each other at a college party and become reacquainted, only to lose contact again. Later they meet for the third time after Emma has become a doctor and Adam starts work on a television show. The two become best friends – with benefits. Emma wants to keep it simple; to her, it’s just sex, nothing more. Adam, however, is not ready for the purely carnal relationship.
No Strings Attached is a modern day romantic comedy. Two people meet and decide to carry on a relationship strictly for sex. Now we all know it won’t be that simple, but this is Hollywood and romantic movies always work out in the end… almost always.
In Part 2 of our Rockin’ Romantic Comedies, we take a look way back to Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night to one of Audrey Hepburn’s most memorable roles in Breakfast at Tiffany's. It is amazing how hard it was to narrow down a list of the top ten romantic comedies, but we did it and we’re pretty damn confidant about our choices.
During the press conference for the latest Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher romcom, one person really stood out. Sure Natalie was delightful and Ashton was funny enough, but it was a young lady by the name of Elizabeth Meriwether, the screenwriter for No Strings Attached who really made the experience worthwhile.
Ms. Meriwether really charmed the audience with her warm personality and incredibly humorous outlook. Luckily, after the press conference, iamROGUE.com had the opportunity to chat with this talented writer. And of course we talked about sex, dating, social media and the movie she wrote.