Ah, Summer — a time for ice cream sundaes, days at the beach, and, for some people, Summer flings. They can be sticky, since they're somewhere between a one-night stand and a full-fledged relationship. We've broken down how to have a Summer fling and now we're bringing you dos and don'ts. Do soak it all in, don't turn into a mermaid (we'll get to that in a minute), and above all, do have fun.
Sundance favorite The Way, Way Back is coming to theaters next month, with a very distinctive trait: Steve Carell plays a jerk in it. In the coming-of-age film, Maya Rudolph also pops up as an employee of the water park where main character Duncan (Liam James) works, and we have a few exclusive shots from the Summer-set flick! Check them out to see Carell, Rudolph, Sam Rockwell, and more.
Summer may be all about blockbusters, but there are a lot of smaller indies coming out over the next few months that I'm just as excited to see. The movies I'm most curious about are the ones I've been hearing about since they made a splash at film festivals like Sundance and have been gaining buzz ever since. There are films that already have award buzz, little movies with up-and-comers you should know about, and fun-looking gems featuring our favorite stars like Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. Check out the film-festival darlings that you should put on your calendar this Summer!
Ginnifer Goodwin is the latest actress to play Jackie Kennedy, joining a number of women who have taken on real-life roles. In the TV movie adaptation of the book Killing Kennedy, she'll play the iconic figure opposite Rob Lowe as JFK. There have been several roles based on influential women recently, including Helena Bonham Carter, who has an upcoming role as Elizabeth Taylor in a TV movie, and Naomi Watts, who will be stepping into the shoes of the late Princess Diana in the upcoming film Diana. Many of Hollywood's finest have taken on royal roles in film and on TV, especially Queen Elizabeth II — who holds the Guinness World Record for most-portrayed living monarch. One of the best-known portrayals is Helen Mirren in The Queen, who also stars as Alfred Hitchcock's wife, Alma Reville, in Hitchcock.
There are a growing number of actresses who've played iconic women in history, roles that often garner a lot of award buzz. Let's look back at the stars who've stepped into the shoes of some of the most powerful, influential, and iconic women in history, and look forward to the actresses who have upcoming biopics in the works.
Whether you're on eHarmony, Match.com, and OKCupid all at once or you could never put a profile out there, one thing is for sure: online dating is here to stay. Meeting people on the Internet is so ingrained in our culture, we can barely remember a time before chat rooms. And it's not just for young people hoping to have a little fun. A recent study found that more than a third of new marriages in the United States began online. So it's no surprise that there are a variety of onscreen examples of online dating (some more accurate than others). Each of these movies about finding love on the web offers a specific message we can take away. So whether you're a fan of online dating or the whole thing creeps you out, here are 10 films that explore modern courtship.
— Additional reporting by Tara Block
Superheroes, cops, futuristic fighters — prepare to see some seriously sexy stars light up the big screen in this Summer's movies. Hollywood's finest will be showing off their swoon-worthy physiques as they save the world, take down the bad guys, and, you know, just try to get out of Las Vegas alive. No matter what they're doing, though, these handsome actors will have you returning to the theater again and again. Take a look at the hottest boys of Summer!
— Additional reporting by Laura Meyers
As a self-proclaimed Wes Anderson junkie, I'm happy to report that the director celebrates his 44th birthday today. His latest film was last year's Moonrise Kingdom, a camp-themed coming-of-age film with all the recognizable Wes-isms fans of the director love, and the young star-crossed lovers at the center of the sweet story really just melt your heart. Set in the '60s on a New England island, the film follows Suzy and Sam, troubled preteens who write love letters to each other before deciding to run away together.
Wes's films always incorporate a romantic coupling, exes, or a love triangle, and the characters involved are usually full of witty advice and observations on relationships. So until we see who's paired up in his 2014 film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, let's look back at the couples and ex-couples from Wes movies along with their lines on love's redeeming, disappointing, and confusing qualities.
When (500) Days of Summer was released in 2009, the world combusted from the cuteness overload of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel as a couple. The bittersweet movie handles romance and breakups with honesty and humor, and gave us lots of quotable lines. This week, we're sharing some of our favorites from the film. What are yours?
- "Every day you make me proud. But today you get a card." — Tom
- "It was good." — Summer
- "Nobody loves Ringo Starr." — Tom
It doesn't matter that Steve Carell is a big, big jerk in the trailer for coming-of-age tale The Way, Way Back, because even he can't ruin the Summer for Duncan (Liam James) — though he certainly tries. It's a hot Summer, and Duncan is being dragged to a beach rental by his mom (Toni Collette) and her aforementioned jerky boyfriend, Trent (Carell). Even though Trent says discouraging, inappropriate things to awkward teen Duncan (like that he's "a three"), Duncan finds refuge at a local water park and in funny, smooth mentor Owen (Sam Rockwell). From there, he gets a little more confidence, especially around girls like Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb).
The trailer is equal parts funny and poignant, thanks to Oscar-winning screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (who also have small roles), which makes it no wonder that the movie feels kind of like Adventureland mixed with The Descendants. Given the buzz it got at Sundance and the fact that it stars so many people I love (Maya Rudolph! Rob Corddry!), I'm unabashedly excited for the July 5 release date. Watch it yourself after the jump.
The MTV Movie Awards are this Sunday, and before you tune in, revisit the list of nominations. Comedies including Ted, Pitch Perfect, and Silver Linings Playbook are up for big awards, along with more dramatic fare like Django Unchained and The Dark Knight Rises, and we've broken up all the nominations for you by movie. Click through to see all the films and what they're up for at this year's MTV Movie Awards.