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The Edge Of Seventeen Review

Very Good

An unusually realistic teen movie, this drama gets deep under the skin of its characters, breathing new life into the genre. First-time director Kelly Fremon Craig (who previously wrote the rom-com Post Grad) has created an involving film about a teenaged girl who is easy to identify with. The script may try too hard to explain away all of her darker emotions, but it's sharp and entertaining.

Hailee Steinfeld stars as Nadine, a 17-year-old in Portland, Oregon. On the fringe of the popular kids at school, she feels like a loser who doesn't deserve to live. And she can't cope with the fact that her best pal Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) has fallen for her irritatingly popular big brother Darian (Blake Jenner). It certainly doesn't help that her mother Mona (Kyra Sedgwick) is an emotional wreck, or that Nadine is being pursued by the class nerd Erwin (Hayden Szeto), because she's much more interested in bad boy Nick (Alexander Calvert). In need of someone to talk to, she turns to her grouchy history teacher Mr Bruner (Woody Harrelson), who refuses to indulge in her angst. But he's also the only person who actually listens to her.

Steinfeld is terrific in the role, bringing an endearing raw authenticity to a character who isn't hugely likeable. As Nadine ruthlessly insults everyone around her, Steinfeld quietly reveals the sensitive soul inside, which adds a blast of complexity to her scenes with the superbly restrained Harrelson, Sedgwick and Jenner. All of these relationships are difficult and often startlingly realistic, as is the depiction of high school peer pressure. As Nadine's classmates, Richardson has a wonderfully twisty role as her childhood bestie who has apparently betrayed her trust, while Szeto steals his scenes as the hilariously awkward Erwin.

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Could There Be A Second Simpsons Movie?


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Next year it will be ten years since The Simpsons’ movie graced international cinema screens and, amazingly, one of the show’s producers has hinted that the animated cartoon could be releasing a second movie at some point.

The SimpsonsThe Simpsons could be heading out for a second time to the big screen

The Simpsons Movie was a hit with fans and critics alike raking in over $525 million (£345 million) at the box office worldwide in 2007 and executive producer, James L Brooks has discussed the possibility of a sequel.

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James L. Brooks, Blake Jenner, Haley Lu Richardson, Hailee Steinfeld, Kelly Fremon Craig, Kyra Sedgwick and Hayden Szeto at the Photo Call For STX Entertainment's "The Edge Of Seventeen" held at The Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, United States - Saturday 29th October 2016

James L. Brooks, Blake Jenner, Haley Lu Richardson, Hailee Steinfeld, Kelly Fremon Craig, Kyra Sedgwick and Hayden Szeto
James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks, Blake Jenner, Haley Lu Richardson, Hailee Steinfeld, Kelly Fremon Craig, Kyra Sedgwick and Hayden Szeto
James L. Brooks, Blake Jenner, Haley Lu Richardson, Hailee Steinfeld, Kelly Fremon Craig, Kyra Sedgwick and Hayden Szeto
James L. Brooks, Blake Jenner, Haley Lu Richardson, Hailee Steinfeld, Kelly Fremon Craig, Kyra Sedgwick and Hayden Szeto

A number of the cast including Haley Lu Richardson, Blake Jenner, Hayden Szeto, Woody Harrelson and Hailee Steinfeld of The Edge Of Seventeen seen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival premiere held at Roy Thomson Hall - Toronto, Canada - Saturday 17th September 2016

Haley Lu Richardson, James L. Brooks and Kelly Fremon Craig

James L Brooks, Kelly Fremon Craig, Hailee Steinfeld , Kyra Sedgwick - STX Entertainment Presentation Following CinemaCon's "State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future at Caesar's Palace Resort and Casino at Caesar's Palace - Phoenix, Arizona, United States - Tuesday 12th April 2016

James L Brooks, Kelly Fremon Craig, Hailee Steinfeld and Kyra Sedgwick

'The Simpsons' Pays Tribute To Sam Simon In Latest Episode


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The Simpsons’ has remembered its executive producer Sam Simon with a touching tribute on its most recent episode.

Simon, who passed away on March 8th following a battle with cancer, was credited variously as a co-developer and executive producer during his long association with the beloved animated series. The Sunday March 15th episode featured a black and yellow message at the end, saying “One of the greatest comic minds ever” followed by “Thank you, Sam”.

Sam Simon
'The Simpsons' paid tribute to one of its first developers Sam Simon

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James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson - Celebrities courtside at the Los Angeles Clippers NBA basketball game against The Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder defeated the Clippers by the final score of 104-98 in game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 15th May 2014

James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson
James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson
James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson
James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson
James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson
James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson

James L. Brooks - Celebrities watch the NBA playoff basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Warriors 113-103 to take a series lead of 3-2 - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 29th April 2014

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Sam Simon, Terminally Ill 'Simpsons' Co-Creator, Donating Entire Fortune To Charity Before Death


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He has spent years helping to bring laughter to millions, and now the co-creator of The Simpsons, Sam Simon's actions will benefit others once again. The 58 year-old writer-producer is battling colon cancer which he has been told is terminal however he plans to spend his final days benefitting the lives of humans and animals. Exactly how much time Sam has left is not known, but he doesn't have any children to benefit from his fortune so the needy will benefit from his entire financial legacy.

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Simon has revealed that he earns "tens of millions" annually from popular cartoon The Simpsons royalties plans to donate his entire fortune to charity before he passes away, he tells The Hollywood Reporter. He's selected charities he feels strongly about and will make sure they receive the money he intends for them, including a Malibu dog rescue haven, animal charity PETA, Save the Children and marine charity, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. His own Sam Simon Foundation in Malibu is reportedly worth $23 million (£15m) and he feels strongly about shutting down roadside zoos and abusive animal shows. His foundation focusses attention on starving humans - who are given vegan food - and also looks after stray dogs.

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How Do You Know Review


Good

Brooks is back with another warm, smart romance along the lines of As Good As It Gets. The snappy characters are well-played by a strong cast, which makes it steadily entertaining even if it's not hugely believable.

Professional softball player Lisa (Witherspoon) and businessman Paul (Rudd) are strangers who are set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. But they discount the possibility of even meeting because Paul has become serious with his girlfriend (Conn) and Lisa is seeing a star baseball player (Wilson). Then their lives both take a turn. Lisa is cut from her team, and Paul becomes the target of a Federal investigation into the business he runs for his father (Nicholson). As their paths keep crossing, they begin to see each other in a different light.

As usual, Brooks writes extremely clever dialog that blends brainy sassiness and emotional resonance, and the film is packed with scenes in which characters have all kinds of lucid insight into the nature or relationships, usually in contrast to someone who's extremely clueless. The formula is a bit of a strain, but it keeps us engaged, mainly because the script crackles with hilariously incisive one-liners and comical gags.

And the cast members all play their roles as if they're sliding into comfy slippers. Witherspoon and Wilson are funny and laid back as well as effortlessly astute and oblivious, respectively. Rudd is breezy and adorable even as his life is flooded with sadness. Nicholson squirms a bit in an against-type role but comes up with some fine comical moments. And everyone is hugely likeable, even when two of them do rather nasty things to the other two.

Although actually they only think nasty thoughts, because the film never gets very down and dirty about the story's dark corners. It's one of those films that skims happily across the surface while making pointed observations that catch us off guard because they seem to reveal something about the nature of relationships. This leaves us feeling warm and thoughtful, even if the film ultimately fades from memory in about the time it takes for the lights to come up in the cinema.

How Do You Know Trailer


Since being cut from the USA softball team Lisa hasn't been having the best time of it, her relationship with her professional baseball pitcher boyfriend isn't as strong as she'd like and there's not much else going on in her life; until she meets George in a lift, George is instantly infatuated with the beautiful Lisa and so begins a love triangle, but who'll win out? The business man in the middle of a crisis or the baseball player?

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The Simpsons: Season Ten Review


Very Good
By the end of the 1990s The Simpsons, the former enfant terrible of Rupert Murdoch's once upstart Fox Network, was well into its mature middle period of cultural acceptance. Earlier seasons (the first full episode aired back in December 1989) had seen a lot of attention paid to Bart's supposedly dangerous antisocial tendencies. But throughout the 1990s, the show had honed its satire and firmed up its roster of stellar voice actors, turning what had been seen first as the animated equivalent of Married With Children into something of a national institution. Seasons 8 and 9 had provided some of the show's greatest episodes, like "Homer's Enemy" (a devastating stab at American lassitude featuring Homer's nemesis Frank Grimes) and "Lisa the Skeptic" (where consumerism and religion get a similarly brutal treatment).

The 23 episodes of Season 10, broadcast between August 1998 and May 1999, reveal a show securely positioned both as money-making endeavor for Fox and well-regarded repository for smarty-pants satire. The show's writers, one of TV's greatest collections of comic minds since the stellar days of Sid Caesar's Your Show of Shows, know exactly what notes to hit, and they hit them over and over again; meaning, in short: lots of Homer being an unthinking idiot. Homer could save Grandpa's life with a kidney transplant, but he's too scared of the operation and keeps running away, ala the climax of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Homer becomes a bodyguard. And so on. But all this attention also means that the writers are constantly feeding Homer the best lines ("Are you sure this is a sci-fi convention? It's full of nerds."), though Bart gets plenty of one-liners as well ("Dad, you make a great hippie; you're lazy and self-righteous!").

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The Simpsons Movie Review


Excellent
Best. Animated. Movie. Ever?

Not quite, Comic Book Guy, but the long-gestating and highly anticipated The Simpsons Movie does deliver a raucous feature-length venture that should satisfy faithful fans while still entertaining audience members who don't know Homer J. Simpson from a hole in the wall. By stretching a formula normally applied to a 22-minute episode, Simpsons lobs comically sacrilegious spitballs at an environmentally sensitive storyline that justifies its big-screen treatment. The humor stays irreverent without making the still-running sitcom irrelevant.

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As Good As It Gets Review


Excellent
Some of the most memorable one-liners of the year, Jack Nicholson's best role since Chinatown, Greg Kinnear's best role since... well, since ever, and a story I think we can all relate to - what does As Good As It Gets not have?

Aside from a few quibbles, As Good As It Gets really stands out as one of the year's best films. Mark Nicholson down for a well-deserved Oscar. In fact, just watching him do two hours of his irredeemable Melvin by himself would be a treat. Match him up with a fine supporting cast, and it's golden.

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Spanglish Review


Excellent
In the world of James L. Brooks' Spanglish, the human act of communication is in a shambles. A deteriorating American family, presented with a pleasant sadness, moves through each day short on personal fulfillment and miles apart emotionally. The result is often uncomfortable and completely gratifying.

Adam Sandler and Téa Leoni, actors best known for their comic energy, build the foundation for this awkward clan using more dramatic skills than comedic. They are John and Deborah Clasky, married, parents of two, living high on the hog, but completely unhappy opposites. As their emotional distance lengthens, enter Flor (Paz Vega), the new family maid, an assured Mexican immigrant who speaks not one word of English. With Flor's presence, and that of her bilingual daughter Cristina (Shelbie Bruce), the language gap widens. But will the communication gap ever close?

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James L Brooks Movies

The Edge of Seventeen Movie Review

The Edge of Seventeen Movie Review

An unusually realistic teen movie, this drama gets deep under the skin of its characters,...

How Do You Know Movie Review

How Do You Know Movie Review

Brooks is back with another warm, smart romance along the lines of As Good As...

How Do You Know Trailer

How Do You Know Trailer

Since being cut from the USA softball team Lisa hasn't been having the best time...

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The Simpsons Movie Movie Review

The Simpsons Movie Movie Review

Best. Animated. Movie. Ever? Not quite, Comic Book Guy, but the long-gestating and highly anticipated...

As Good As It Gets Movie Review

As Good As It Gets Movie Review

Some of the most memorable one-liners of the year, Jack Nicholson's best role since Chinatown,...

Spanglish Movie Review

Spanglish Movie Review

In the world of James L. Brooks' Spanglish, the human act of communication is in...

Riding in Cars with Boys Movie Review

Riding in Cars with Boys Movie Review

Chick flicks can be hard to watch. I'll admit it: It was painful to...

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