All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

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Seven years is a long time to wait between a film’s festival premiere and its release, but better late than never I guess. Jonathan Levine is best known for star-studded films like 50/50 and Warm Bodies, but his debut feature, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, has actually become his most recent. It was picked up by the Weinsteins after a successful premiere at TIFF in 2006… and then disappeared. Well, it disappeared from U.S. shores but found minor success overseas and a cult status here in the States. Unless you saw it at a festival appearance (or were savvy enough to import a copy from the UK), 2013 was the first real chance to see Mandy and figure out why all the boys love her. Seven years of hype and expectations are a lot to meet, but the movie remains an attractive and fun little retro slasher that has a surprising amount to say about teenagers, bullying, body issues, and more. Plus, you know, Amber Heard. The film hit Blu-ray/DVD this week, and the only special feature included is a commentary from Levine. The nearly bare-bones nature would normally be something to criticize, but knowing the long, hard road this film had to travel the presence of a newly-recorded commentary is more than enough of a bonus.

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Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Drinking Buddies Kate (Olivia Wilde) and Luke (Jake Johnson) are friends and co-workers at a beer brewery, and both are in relationships. She’s dating Chris (Ron Livingston), and he’s engaged to Jill (Anna Kendrick), but when the four get together for a weekend at Chris’ cabin some lines are crossed in the realm of love and fidelity. Ignore the marketing as it’s selling something (a romantic comedy) that this film is most definitely not. Director Joe Swanberg keeps the improv method used in his past “mumblecore” films, but it still manages to tell a cohesive and truly affecting story. A big reason for that is a cast of extremely talented actors with wicked good comedic timing in the lead roles. The four performers, along with a more assured Swanberg directing and editing, have crafted a story about heartbreak, temptation, and friendship. While they’re all fantastic, this is Wilde’s show, and she absolutely crushes it with a character that will leave you frustrated, aroused, entertained, and engaged in nearly equal measure. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Deleted scenes, interviews, featurettes, commentary, trailer]

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All The Boys Love Mandy Lane

If you’re seething with unreleased rage and only know three guitar chords, there are a ton of options for you at theaters this week. From the boys finally loving Mandy Lane to Machete continuing his fight against good taste (which must have done something terrible to his family), and from Captain Phillips fighting back against pirates to William Faulkner rising from the grave to strangle James Franco, there are an unhealthy amount of victimized people taking up arms against a sea of bullies. Naturally, vengeful ghosts and an evil Disneyland come into play as well. On the punk rock side, there’s Green Day battling Broadway and a poorly-lip-synced attempt at telling the story of an iconic haunt that never played bluegrass music. There’s also a lot more going on in a week with a massive amount of movies. Here’s your trailer-ized guide to what’s coming out:

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The morning’s best writing from around the movie website-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya?

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All The Boys Love Mandy Lane

Seven years after it first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and countless jokes about how no boys love Mandy Lane later, Jonathan Levine‘s All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is finally getting its theatrical release. Starring a then-unknown Amber Heard as the titular teenage babe, the film follows a group of crazy kids who decide to decide to head to the good ‘ol cabin in the woods for some unsupervised partying in what appears to be an Abercrombie catalog. When good girl Mandy finally agrees to come along, it’s just icing on the cake. Too bad this is the weekend that the partiers start dropping like flies in increasingly gorier murders. What a buzzkill. Check out the trailer for yourself here:

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sxsw youre next

We’ve waited a long time to see You’re Next, an even longer time to see All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, and we’ll never get to see The Day the Clown Cried. While we tear-up about it, producer Keith Calder joins us to describe what it’s like to see something you made collect dust on a shelf even as people clamor for its release. He’ll explain one direction your luck can go in when your movie is being treated like a used mattress. Plus, Geoff and I daydream about movies that could have been amazing if they hadn’t burned in development hell and explore how to email a professional screenwriter looking for advice. You should follow Keith Calder (@keithcalder), the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on Twitter for more fun stuff on a daily basis. And, as always, please send us your feedback. Download Episode #30 Directly Or subscribe Through iTunes

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All The Boys Love Mandy Lane

In September 2006, Jonathan Levine‘s All the Boys Love Mandy Lane was part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness slate alongside Bong Joon-ho’s The Host and Borat. Shortly thereafter it made the festival rounds, picking up some love and a distribution deal with Dimension Films. Then, nothing. It became a bit of an urban legend, taunting American horror audiences who wanted the Amber Heard-starring slasher roots flick to play near them. It screened in the UK in 2008, and those in the know took advantage of the Blu-ray import which propelled it toward moderate financial success. Then, nothing. In the meantime, Levine secured praise for The Wackness and went on to make the cancer comedy 50/50, and Heard broke out with Never Back Down and Pineapple Expresses, going on to a steady, eclectic career. Then, nothing. Until now.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s just a nightly movie news column that wants its rug back, man. We open tonight with a first look at Charlize Theron playing what we can only expect to be an emotionally stunted character in Jason Reitman’s Young Adult, his second collaboration with writer Diablo Cody. Please excuse whatever sarcasm came out of that first sentence — I have liked every bit of Reitman’s previous work and this one includes Patton Oswalt, so I see no reason why it won’t be excellent.

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Mandy Lane

All The Boys Love Mandy Lane deserves to be seen and enjoyed by US audiences. It’s far better than most studio horror releases of the past four years, it has a sexy lead in Amber Heard, and buying an import copy takes money away from the Weinsteins if and when they ever get around to releasing a domestic DVD or Blu-ray.

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It appears as if All The Boys Love Mandy Lane is still being denied a release, prompting a ton of bad puns about no one loving Mandy Lane. Which begs the question: would you go see it?

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Jonathan Levine to direct The Sitter

After channeling the 1990s for The Wackness, Jonathan Levine is heading back further in time to bring us The Sitter,

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The Coroner takes a time out from dissecting terrible movies and copulating with the good ones (Ed. Note: Gross) to plan out his, and your, viewing schedule for the next few months.

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Amber Heard: Topless Photo Shoot

Today’s Afternoon Delight is courtesy of actress Amber Heard. You may remember her as Seth Rogen’s 18-year old high school girlfriend from Pineapple Express.

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All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Jonathan Levine will be delighting audiences with his second film The Wackness soon enough, but what ever happened to his first film, the one with hottie Amber Heard? Oh right… There it is.

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Kiss My Ass, Harvey and Bob!

There was a time when Harvey and Bob Weinstein were the heroes of American cinema. Now, we are seeing that these guys are just big douchebags, like so many other people in the business.

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The Best of the Rejects

The weekend is here. That means it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the Best of the Rejects.

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Amber Heard, star of All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

Back in August of 2006 in Toronto, director Jonathan Levine’s film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane was picked up for distribution. Flash forward to May of 2008, its supposed month of release. Will we see it? It is doubtful, at best…

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