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21 & Over Trailer

Jon Lucas and Scott Moore hit a goldmine when they wrote the script for The Hangover. It turns out young people like to watch movies where the characters on screen are partying so much that they’ll even buy tickets to retreads like The Hangover Part II, or movies that barely even qualify as being movies, like Project X. It’s gotten to the point where party-gone-out-of-control is pretty much a genre onto itself. Enter Lucas and Moore’s new film, which they’ve both written and directed, 21 & Over. Jeff Chang is newly turned 21, and despite the fact that he has an important interview tomorrow morning, a couple of his crazy friends have decided to take it upon themselves to take him out drinking and give him the night of his life. The results are a derivative mix of those aforementioned party films, a little bit of the journey aspect of the Harold & Kumar films, and a sprinkling of the way they kept repeating the name McLovin in Superbad (though here it’s repetition of the protagonist, Jeff Chang’s, name, Jeff Chang).

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As we all sit here at Reject HQ, gathered around an absurdly long, but incredibly imposing, table discussing what to do with the nuclear missiles we just “creatively appropriated” from a breakaway Russian republic, it occurs to us that 2011 was a great year to be bad. For every boring, dopey, goody-good hero that popped up on the silver screen, there was a brilliant, super cool, woefully misunderstood villain doing everything he/she/it could to thwart the zero hero at every turn. So when Supreme Commander #1, better known to the world (and those pesky Avengers so they’ll stop blasting our lair) as Neil Miller, issued an official order (delivered by a specially-trained, fire-breathing, gun-toting alligator who lives in the moat) to construct a supersonic death ray…that assignment went to Kate “Femme Fatale” Erbland. But then I got asked to do this list of the 20 Best Villains of 2011, a decided promotion from my usual position as sinister cocktail-fetcher and cleaner of the diabolical gutters.

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There are few subjects that will bring back all the awkward memories of my middle school days, but the one always gauranteed to, is magic. That’s because I am a dork of the first order and made more than a few dollars cutting ropes up at parties and putting them back together again. But I never would have had the dedication or guts to do what the kids in Make Believe do. The documentary chronicles the lives of six teenagers as they prepare for a huge magic competition in Las Vegas. They come from all over the world, but they’re all outsiders. And only one of them can win. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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Once again, Freddie Highmore is set to play an artistic talent, but this time he’s a little older and a little angstier. There’s no need to talk about how difficult creating a sweet and sour movie about the frustrations of teens is because it’s a nearly impossible genre. However, this trailer for The Art of Getting By (formerly called Homework) sells the film on a lot of strengths. I’d offer a synopsis, but, you know, the trailer sort of does that all on its own. Check it out for yourself:

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Dan falls for Vanessa’s new roommate, who’s more than she appears. Blair, at her wit’s end over her lack of progress in NYU social circles, receives a report that Jenny is attempting to dismantle the hierarchy at Constance, prompting her to rush back to her old fiefdom in its defense.

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Due to college work kicking my ass over the last month, I’m rolling this week’s and last week’s “Gossip Girl” reviews into one big (late) bundle of joy for your reading pleasure…

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We return to the world of Gossip Girl and her subjects as summer is drawing to a close, with the gang reflecting on the events of the season.

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The upper echelons of Manhattan teenage society have returned to television, so play some catch up and refresh your memory of who’s bitchy and who’s extra bitchy.

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The man who brought us everything from The Breakfast Club to Ferris Bueller to Home Alone died today at the age of 59. What’s your favorite Hughes film?

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Well, it’s official. The Gossip Girl spin off, Valley Girl/Lily, is dead in the water with no hope of revival any time soon.

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It’s Graduation day and the gang’s all here. When Gossip Girl dismisses Serena as irrelevant, she launches an all-out attack on the cyberland big brother, vowing to discover her (or his) identity.

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The gang complete their journey through high school with the time-honored rite of passage – attending Prom.

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Serena and the gang come together in an attempt to take down Poppy, but Lily has other plans. Meanwhile, Rufus discovers that Lily may be just like her mother after all, leading him to reconsider popping that all-important question.

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When Blair and Chuck notice inaccuracies in Gabriel’s version of how he met Serena, a confrontation is ensured.

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Relationships get more complex this week as Serena returns from Spain a (possibly) married woman, while Blair’s attempts to solidify her place in life and society almost destroy her relationship with Nate.

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Serena attempts to prove to herself and the world that she’s not stuck in a rut when she overrules Jenny’s wishes and throws her a spectacular sweet sixteen. Nate decides that he and Vanessa have come to an end, but not before she learns of his renewed friendship with Blair.

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Blair tries to destroy the remnants of her old life in an effort to free herself from the pain of its loss. Despite her repeated brush offs, Chuck refuses to give up on the idea of a life with her, but it seems that some aspects of the past have a certain charm which he lacks.

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As the students of Constance and St. Jude’s perform “The Age of Innocence” as their final year school play, life begins to imitate art. After her dream of attending Yale is shattered, Blair’s drive for revenge alienates her from all her friends and acolytes.

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Serena gets accepted into Yale. Dan gets accepted into Yale. Blair… does not get into Yale?

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Dan dodges Serena in a bid to keep from lying to her, but unfortunately his antics catch the attention of Gossip Girl and her followers.

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