Brooke Shields

The Hot Flashes

With the release of its first trailer, the Brooke Shields-led “getting older” comedy The Hot Flashes is reminiscent of a few recent comedies, both of which fall wildly to either end of the quality spectrum. On one side it’s a little like Adam Sandler’s Grown Ups film (and its forthcoming sequel), ruminating on the fact that getting older is funny. On the other hand, it’s hard not to think a bit of Bridesmaids, because there’s plenty of women saying and doing somewhat raunchy things. To which side does The Hot Flashes lean most, the trailer doesn’t seem to want to say. My guess is that it’s not going to end well, especially considering the following observations.

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Taking teenage infatuation to the big screen is nothing new (let’s take a minute to consider every incarnation of Romeo & Juliet we’ve ever been subjected to), so the news that Universal is planning on remaking Franco Zeffirelli‘s 1981 schlockfest, Endless Love, is perhaps the least shocking thing we’ll hear about all day. What is a bit surprising, however, is the news of who the studio is planning to tap to direct the project. Variety reports (via Cinema Blend) that Country Strong director Shana Feste is in talks for the project. As Cinema Blend notes, “as Country Strong made little more than its budget back at the box office and was widely panned by critics, it’s surprising Feste is getting a second chance to helm another picture so soon, especially considering how statistics don’t favor female filmmakers rebounding from flops.” Also, Feste is apparently the sort of director who thinks that Gwyneth Paltrow makes for good country croonin’, so who knows what she’ll cook up for her new Endless Love. This new film’s script has been penned by Josh Safran, but it’s currently”not known how faithful the adaptation will be, as Universal is keeping plot details under wraps.” Safran is best known for writing and producing Gossip Girl and producing Smash, so it seems likely that his take on Love will feature a lot of headbands and big musical numbers, which actually sounds sort of amazing, because Endless Love is like, really bad.

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As someone who has made audiences laugh in the past, Brendan Fraser should know better. Then again, his career choices continue to insist that he doesn’t.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr has A Nightmare on Elm Street and suffers some Furry Vengeance

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