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Review: The Fault in Our Stars

Fault_in_Our_Stars_PosterIf you think “The Fault in Our Stars” is gunning for tears, you’re right. It is. But not without giving you something in return. The movie isn’t just about letting you have a good cry; it’s about inspiring you to appreciate the good in life while you do it.

Shailene Woodley leads as Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager suffering from Stage 4 thyroid cancer with metastasis in her lungs. She’s doing well thanks to an experimental drug called Phalanxifor, but it’s not a cure. Hazel’s mother (Laura Dern) wants her to attend support group, make friends and live as normal a life as possible, but Hazel can’t stop looking at herself as a grenade; one day, she’ll explode and take everyone she’s close to down with her. However, Augustus Waters (Ansel Elgort) doesn’t care. Regardless of the circumstances, he’s fallen for her and insists on being with her no matter what.

If you’ve read the book or are somewhat familiar with the film, you’re already well aware that Hazel’s story is a total tearjerker. But, “The Fault in Our Stars” isn’t just a good cry. It also isn’t just a strong young adult film or just a heartwarming romance. It’s a comprehensive, honest slice-of-life with the power to conjure a wide range of emotions that then let you appreciate the whole experience – the ups and the down.

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Why You Need to Pay Attention to the Folks Who Made ‘The Fault in Our Stars’

the-fault-in-our-starsIt’s time to get to know and love the team behind The Fault in Our Stars because after what’s expected to be a huge Friday, June 6 start, the talent involved will have loads more to come.

In case you missed author John Green’s New York Times best seller, The Fault in Our Starsfeatures Shailene Woodley as Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager suffering from stage-four thyroid cancer with metastasis in her lungs. Even though her mother insists she try to make friends, attend support groups and have some fun, Hazel can’t help but to look at herself as a grenade that’s bound to explode and hurt everyone around her. However, when Hazel catches cancer survivor Augustus Waters’ (Ansel Elgort) eye, he falls for her so hard, he won’t even entertain the idea of them being apart.

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YA Movie Countdown: Why ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Will Be Unlike Any Other Recent YA Adaptation

Fault_in_Our_Stars_BookHave you had enough dystopian young adult book-to-film adaptations? Would you rather nix the supernatural creatures? Tired of love triangles? Not only is John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars dystopia, creature and love triangle free, but it’s also exceptionally grounded and moving.

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The story hones in on Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16 year old diagnosed with stage-five thyroid cancer with metastasis on her lungs. She quickly loses her breath, travels around with an oxygen tank, and is always heartbroken over what her situation does to her parents, but she tries to be “normal” otherwise, taking classes at a local community college and watching as many episodes of America’s Next Top Model as possible.

Hazel also attends a regular support group. That’s where she regularly sees Isaac who’s been plagued with eye cancer since he was young. One particular night, Isaac opts to bring a friend along, Augustus Waters. Gus was once a star basketball player, but after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma, he lost his right leg. Now in remission, Gus sticks by Isaac’s side as he hits a troubled spot in his recovery. But, while on Isaac duty, Gus’ eyes do wander and they land right on Hazel.

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Interview: Stuck In Love’s Nat Wolff & Liana Liberato

Stuck_in_LoveSometimes it’s awkward playing dance video games with Jennifer Connelly and often it’s a little uncomfortable to reenact your director’s first time, but when you’ve got strong talent and a good friend by your side, you end up with charming and poignant material like Nat Wolff and Liana Liberato did with “Stuck In Love.”

Wolff leads as Rusty, the son of a prominent writer (Greg Kinnear) and the brother of a budding young talent (Lily Collins) on the verge of having her first book published. Rusty wants to be a writer too, but what’s a writer without a life full of experiences? So Rusty decides to take a risk, defy the high school social ladder, and win over the girl of his dreams, Kate (Liana Liberato).

With “Stuck In Love” due for a limited release on July 5th, Wolff and Liberato took the time to sit down and run through the challenges and highlights of making the film. We cover what it’s like working with an esteemed co-cast, crying on cue and the pressure of portraying real people in addition to a nice dose of sarcasm and a sense of what happens when Nat Wolff unleashes his inner Alex Wolff. Check it all out for yourself in the video interview below.

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Interview: Admissions’ Tina Fey And Paul Rudd

Tina-Fey-Paul-Rudd-AdmissionWhen you’ve got a movie starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, you’re bound to expect an excess of comedy, however, in the case of Paul Weitz’s “Admission,” the pair runs with their more “adult” characters and strike a an ideal balance between humor and honest emotion.

Fey stars as Portia Nathan, a Princeton admissions officer dedicate to the school’s lofty criteria. When the opportunity for a promotion arises, Portia’s determined to get the gig, so tries to impress her superior by expanding her yearly recruiting script to include John Pressman’s (Paul Rudd) alternative school, New Quest. That’s where she meets Jeremiah (Nat Wolff). He may not fit the Princeton mold of sky-high grades and an endless list of extracurricular activities, but Portia sees something in him that compels her to consider deviating from the school’s rigid standards.

While promoting the film’s March 22nd release, both Fey and Rudd sat down for a roundtable style interview. They discussed boarding the project, the appeal of their characters, the art of filming a cow-birthing scene and more, but the highlight might be the duo remembering the good old days, when they first came together to reenact “Sixteen Candles” for a failed VH1 show. Read all about that and more in the interview below.

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Review: Admission

Admission-Poster“Admission” isn’t loaded with rapid-fire laughs, but it’s because director Paul Weitz opts to give the material a chance to breathe and develops it into a more thoughtful comedy, making it more memorable than a mere fleeting attempt at earning a laugh.

Portia Nathan (Tina Fey) is an all-business college admissions officer. She’s dedicated her life to plucking the brightest young minds from Princeton’s abundance of applicant folders to help uphold the university’s sky-high standards, so when her boss, Clarence (Wallace Shawn), announces he’s preparing to retire and find a replacement, Portia is hell-bent on getting the job. In an effort to outdo her competition, Portia agrees to expand her annual recruiting trip to visit an alternative school at the request of a former college classmate-turned-teacher, John Pressman (Paul Rudd). Trouble is, John doesn’t just want Portia there to gloat about Princeton’s rigorous application process; he thinks one of his students might be Portia’s son.

When a film’s got a poster featuring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd, and a trailer with a cow-birthing scene, it’s easy to brand “Admission” your average commercial comedy. However, Weitz uses a far more naturalistic form of humor and a good deal of honest emotion to turn “Admission” into something relatable, amusing, and particularly charming.

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Interview: Admission Director Paul Weitz

Tina-Fey-Paul-Weitz-AdmissionFor a guy whose college essay was about being an underachiever, director Paul Weitz really came out on top. He’s got credits like “American Pie,” “In Good Company,” “About a Boy,” and more to his name and, with his latest film, “Admission,” Weitz could strike the ideal union of a modestly scaled production with a very wide appeal.

“Admission” will strike a chord with anyone who’s gone through or plans to go through the college admission process. It stars Tina Fey as Portia Nathan, a Princeton admissions officer dedicated to the institution’s strict standards. When the opportunity for a promotion arises, Portia is determined to get the gig. However, when she attempts to impress her superior by expanding her annual recruiting trip by visiting an alternative high school, she’s forced to recognize that there may be bright young minds outside of Princeton’s cookie cutter idea of the ideal prospective student.

In honor of “Admission’s” Friday, March 22nd debut, Weitz took the time to sit down and talk all things college admissions. He dished on his own experience applying to college and the trajectory he’s got in mind for his kids. Weitz also delved into the challenge of meeting audience expectations while also exceeding them, working with his ideal cast, and more. Check it all out for yourself in the interview below.

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