Mark Waters

Mean Girls

On Mondays, we report on news about films that involve social media speak in their titles. (On Wednesdays, we still wear pink.) Deadline reports that Mean Girls director Mark Waters is getting back into the game of high school politics and animal aggression with his, sigh, #Catfight, a feature that is clearly gunning for some major Twitter staying power even if its actual plotline doesn’t appear to call for such an immediately dated title. The outlet shares that Waters will next direct the Amelie Gillette-penned high school comedy, which centers on protagonist Lucy, “an insecure high school girl with a single mom who earns a scholarship to an elite private high school for her senior year and attempts to reinvent herself by hiding a past she wants to put behind her. On the day of her recruitment interview with her dream college, she finds out the boy she is dating has a psychotic ex-girlfriend. She has just come back from juvie that morning to challenge the college-bound girl to a fight after school. She tries to get her college admissions work behind her and keep up the prep school facade, before this showdown. Maybe she also can take down this maniacal rival and score one for bullied kids everywhere.” Presumably, the entire school will gather to see the fight, as directed by scores of social media messages that all use the term “#CATFIGHT.” But wait, why exactly?

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Vampire Academy

“You’re making this about high school, and it’s about something more.” While Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch) seems to think that her BFF Lissa Dragomir (Lucy Fry) is too concerned with the internal politics of yes, the vampire academy the pair attend, Mark Waters’s Vampire Academy is simply not concerned enough with mining the very fertile ground of high school BS to bolster his adaptation of Richelle Mead’s popular YA series. Set in a world where vampires exist (in three varieties, no less, though none of them sparkle!), Vampire Academy attempts to blend teen drama with bloody vampire battles to diminishing, if surprisingly funny, results.

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Vampire Academy

In a year devoid of Twilight installments, it’s up to another intrepid film franchise to step in and fill the void it left for sexy teen vampires to stomp all over real-life squealing teen girl hearts. Enter Mark Waters‘ Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, a film based on a popular paranormal YA series about (not sparkly) dhampirs, half human/vampires attending a private high school and just trying to live normal lives. I say “normal” in an “attempting to be human” aspect, because these kids all look like they just waltzed off the set of Gossip Girl or that party in Pretty in Pink where they tell Andie she’s poor. One of the gossip dampirs, Rose Hathaway (Zoey Deutch), has been tasked with protecting the others from sinister, immortal vampires – it’s her legacy. Her other classmates, played by Danila Kozlovsky, Olga Kurylenko, Joely Richardson, Sarah Hyland, and Gabriel Byrne, do not seem to appreciate this one bit. High school is really hard for everyone. I say it’s up to you to decide whether it’s time for more vampire/dhampir action, or if the wounds that Edward and company have left in our hearts (necks?) are too fresh to move on to a new crowd. Check out the trailer for yourself after the break.

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They tried to make Wonder Woman happen (but it didn’t because she’s a bizarre character with lame powers), Elektra and Cat Woman just weren’t good enough to count, but after a decade the dearth of female heroes has become apparent. That’s a problem Sony is looking back to the 60s to solve. According to Deadline Riverdale, the studio plans to head back to the time of the sexual revolution to unearth Sabrina the Teenage Witch from the Archie Comics and from 1990s television fame. The project comes from Mark Waters (Mean Girls) who may direct depending on the timing of the whole thing, and screenwriters Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari. The announcement piece likens it to Spider-Man, most likely because that’s another Sony property and because they share a thematic similarity – a young person learning to live with extraordinary powers. No word on what tone it seeks to strike, but the comic book origins would point to tongue-in-cheek hijinks with a bit of magic tossed in to make good on the name. At any rate, this is a chance for Sony to provide the world with a female hero with mystic powers can lead a franchise. With that in mind, is there any way The Hunger Games didn’t turn the light green for them?

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr dresses up in green and black spandex and parades around town telling people that he is a superhero who can create anything out of sheer will. Of course, it seems that the only thing he’s able to create is an ever-growing arrest report. Later, Kevin takes a trip to his local zoo where he sneaks into the penguin habitat in order to forge a bond with these flightless birds. Unfortunately, the penguins don’t take too well to him and peck him to near death, leaving Kevin to skulk away to the local movie theater in order to catch a double feature of Green Lantern and Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

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‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’ is a bad movie that nonetheless interestingly (and most likely unintentionally) dissects Matthew McConaughey’s archetypal onscreen persona.

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Take a look at The Spiderwick Chronicles on DVD

Looking back during its DVD release, the film is still holding up as one of the better films of the year and easily the first great film of 2008.

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We continue our week-long feature of Paramount’s Spiderwick Chronicles, a film that has twice the Freddie Highmore for the same price.

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Rounding out Paramount’s lineup for the first two months of the year is a little Fantasy movie that could be a surprise hit.

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