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December 23, 2009
When is a romantic comedy not a romantic comedy? "(500) Days of Summer," essentially Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber's first screenplay, has trappings of the genre -- the romance, the comedy, the best friends, even the karaoke scene. But the boy-gets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-sinks-into-black-depression story with the chaotic chronology also flouts the rom-com rules with such brio that it becomes an original, entertaining and truthful experience. It ought to be, as its pages are torn from Neustadter's tear-stained diaries.
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January 29, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The new Shailene Woodley film "The Fault in Our Stars" unveiled its first trailer Wednesday, and it promises to be a tearjerker of a romance. Adapted from the bestselling young-adult novel by John Green, the movie stars Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Ansel Elgort as  Augustus "Gus" Waters,  two teenage cancer patients who meet cute and fall in love -- in spite of Hazel's reluctance, the trailer suggests. In the trailer, which you can watch above, Hazel warns in voice-over that her story won't be sugarcoated.
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ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber / 'The Spectacular Now'
We wrote "(500) Days of Summer" because we loved the romantic comedy - and feared for its survival. What used to be "The Graduate" and "Annie Hall" and "When Harry Met Sally" had become the home of the unrealistic, the unrelatable and the insincere. The genre was in free-fall, and "500" was our attempt to breathe a little life back in. When looking for a follow-up, we turned our attention to the other genre we loved and missed: the teen movie. The '80s of our youth were chock-full of smart, sensitive, sometimes funny, sometimes heartfelt, always identifiable films about young people.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber / 'The Spectacular Now'
We wrote "(500) Days of Summer" because we loved the romantic comedy - and feared for its survival. What used to be "The Graduate" and "Annie Hall" and "When Harry Met Sally" had become the home of the unrealistic, the unrelatable and the insincere. The genre was in free-fall, and "500" was our attempt to breathe a little life back in. When looking for a follow-up, we turned our attention to the other genre we loved and missed: the teen movie. The '80s of our youth were chock-full of smart, sensitive, sometimes funny, sometimes heartfelt, always identifiable films about young people.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller have a lot in common. Both are up-and-coming actors in Hollywood, both are interested in challenging, offbeat roles, and both of them bombed their first auditions for the parts they coveted in the film adaptation of Tim Tharp's bestselling novel "The Spectacular Now. " But the chance to play authentic versions of teenagers, ones grappling with the challenges of pending adulthood without strong support systems easing...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The new Shailene Woodley film "The Fault in Our Stars" unveiled its first trailer Wednesday, and it promises to be a tearjerker of a romance. Adapted from the bestselling young-adult novel by John Green, the movie stars Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Ansel Elgort as  Augustus "Gus" Waters,  two teenage cancer patients who meet cute and fall in love -- in spite of Hazel's reluctance, the trailer suggests. In the trailer, which you can watch above, Hazel warns in voice-over that her story won't be sugarcoated.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2009 | Todd Martens
In director Marc Webb's breakout indie hit "(500) Days of Summer," the words "you have good taste in music" are as meaningful as "I love you." Characters in the twentysomething modern love story, set in downtown Los Angeles, connect over a mutual appreciation of gloomy '80s-rock romantics the Smiths, and emotions including adulation and heartache are all broadcast via drunken karaoke. Music has been a key selling point to "(500) Days of Summer," helped in part by one of the film's leads, Zooey Deschanel (when not acting, she's one half of She & Him, a vintage-spiked indie pop group)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In the opening moments of "The Spectacular Now," 17-year-old Sutter is trying to bluff his way through the infamous personal essay on a college application. He is fortified by drink as he tries out charm, wit, cynicism and insult - everything but honesty. It's a perfect start for this culturally astute drama, spiked with enough comedy to make it splendidly intoxicating to watch. In movies, coming-of-age has become convenient shorthand for the crush of stories about the high school crowd - sci-fi, drama, comedy, horror, take your pick.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2009 | By Denise Martin
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is billing his new movie, "(500) Days of Summer," as "an anti- romance," a cinematic riposte to the "silly and dismissible" romantic comedies that Hollywood has been making and marketing to lonely hearts for decades. The whimsical and bittersweet tale about a regular guy hopelessly smitten with a girl who doesn't quite share the sentiment unfolds in a nonsequential narrative style that jumps forward and backward over the 500 days of their doomed relationship.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2010 | By Susan King
Two sci-fi blockbusters and a raunchy box office hit comedy were nominated Monday for the Writers Guild of America Award. James Cameron, who earned a Directors Guild of America nomination last week, received a WGA nod in the original screenplay category for the sci-fi fantasy phenomenon "Avatar," which so far has made $1.3 billion worldwide. And Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman picked up a nomination in the adapted screenplay category for the acclaimed "Star Trek" reboot based on the original Gene Roddenberry series.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In the opening moments of "The Spectacular Now," 17-year-old Sutter is trying to bluff his way through the infamous personal essay on a college application. He is fortified by drink as he tries out charm, wit, cynicism and insult - everything but honesty. It's a perfect start for this culturally astute drama, spiked with enough comedy to make it splendidly intoxicating to watch. In movies, coming-of-age has become convenient shorthand for the crush of stories about the high school crowd - sci-fi, drama, comedy, horror, take your pick.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller have a lot in common. Both are up-and-coming actors in Hollywood, both are interested in challenging, offbeat roles, and both of them bombed their first auditions for the parts they coveted in the film adaptation of Tim Tharp's bestselling novel "The Spectacular Now. " But the chance to play authentic versions of teenagers, ones grappling with the challenges of pending adulthood without strong support systems easing...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2010 | By Susan King
Two sci-fi blockbusters and a raunchy box office hit comedy were nominated Monday for the Writers Guild of America Award. James Cameron, who earned a Directors Guild of America nomination last week, received a WGA nod in the original screenplay category for the sci-fi fantasy phenomenon "Avatar," which so far has made $1.3 billion worldwide. And Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman picked up a nomination in the adapted screenplay category for the acclaimed "Star Trek" reboot based on the original Gene Roddenberry series.
NEWS
December 23, 2009
When is a romantic comedy not a romantic comedy? "(500) Days of Summer," essentially Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber's first screenplay, has trappings of the genre -- the romance, the comedy, the best friends, even the karaoke scene. But the boy-gets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-sinks-into-black-depression story with the chaotic chronology also flouts the rom-com rules with such brio that it becomes an original, entertaining and truthful experience. It ought to be, as its pages are torn from Neustadter's tear-stained diaries.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2009 | Todd Martens
In director Marc Webb's breakout indie hit "(500) Days of Summer," the words "you have good taste in music" are as meaningful as "I love you." Characters in the twentysomething modern love story, set in downtown Los Angeles, connect over a mutual appreciation of gloomy '80s-rock romantics the Smiths, and emotions including adulation and heartache are all broadcast via drunken karaoke. Music has been a key selling point to "(500) Days of Summer," helped in part by one of the film's leads, Zooey Deschanel (when not acting, she's one half of She & Him, a vintage-spiked indie pop group)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2009 | By Denise Martin
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is billing his new movie, "(500) Days of Summer," as "an anti- romance," a cinematic riposte to the "silly and dismissible" romantic comedies that Hollywood has been making and marketing to lonely hearts for decades. The whimsical and bittersweet tale about a regular guy hopelessly smitten with a girl who doesn't quite share the sentiment unfolds in a nonsequential narrative style that jumps forward and backward over the 500 days of their doomed relationship.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2013 | By Susan King
"The Spectacular Classics" is a new screening series inspired by "The Spectacular Now," the coming-of-age romance starring Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley that took Sundance by storm and opens Aug. 2. Landmark Theaters across the country, as well as the Los Feliz 3 and the Angelika in Dallas, have joined forces to curate the series, which will present an iconic coming-of-age film each week leading up to the release of "The Spectacular Now....
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Hot off the success of "The Bling Ring" and "Spring Breakers," the new distribution company A24 will again take a run at the crossover of smart youth and art house pictures with the August release of "The Spectacular Now," starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. The first poster and trailer for the film, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival and plays again Friday as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival, were just released. Based on the novel by Tim Tharp, the film features Teller as a small-town high-schooler on the cusp of adulthood and Woodley as the girl who helps push him in that direction.
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