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Chick-Flick Trailers Tweaked Toward Men

Studios hope to draw in the guys, too

(Newser) - Making a chick-flick can attract a large audience. But why not try to make them "boyfriend worthy"? Hollywood studios are doing just that by modifying titles, trailers, and marketing in general so as not to alienate men. Case in point: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse trailer is intentionally manly,... More »

Mobbed Sex and the City 2 Stars Get More Security

Fans "practically trampling each other" to get to SJP

(Newser) - New York went so wild for the return of Carrie Bradshaw that security on the set of Sex and the City 2 had to step up its game. "Teenage girls were practically trampling each other trying to get to Sarah Jessica" Parker, an onlooker tells the New York Daily ... More »

Shopaholic Not So Addictive

Subprime rom-com maxes out the clichés

(Newser) - Chick-lit flick Confessions of a Shopaholic is one victim the credit crisis should have claimed, say critics. Isla Fisher stars as a credit card addict who lands a job at a financial magazine, but her considerable comic gifts are wasted by a script that turns her into a "babbling... More »

Sorry, Chick Flicks: We're Just Not That Into You

Genre too often relies on 'clichés, hateful caricatures' of womanhood

(Newser) - Where have all the Carrie Bradshaws and Bridget Joneses gone? The women of flicks like Bride Wars and Confessions of a Shopaholic are pale imitations of those relatively feisty heroines, “variously neurotic, idiotic, label-obsessed, weight-obsessed, man-obsessed or wedding-obsessed, and often all at the same time,” Kevin Maher complains... More »

Twilight Draws Box Office Blood

Film gets year's fourth biggest premier

(Newser) - Twilight sucked the box office dry this weekend by banking nearly $71 million and claiming top spot, Entertainment Weekly reports. That makes it the best-grossing film by a female director and among the top 30 premieres of all time. Filling out the weekend's top five: Quantum of Solace, $27.... More »

Rodanthe Heavy on the Syrup

(Newser) - Tearjerker novel Nights in Rodanthe left some critics sobbing and others scowling. Now Unfaithful co-stars Richard Gere and Diane Lane are reunited for the movie version of the Nicholas Sparks romance, with a similar divide. The actors' "natural rapport" makes for a movie "one either utterly succumbs to... More »

Women Has Little to Like

Stale stereotypes abound in update of '30s satire

(Newser) - The modern update of 1930s socialite satire The Women is meeting scorn from critics. Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, and the rest of the big-name cast do their best, Peter Travers writes in Rolling Stone, but they struggle "with a script that resists being crowbarred into the 21st century." More »

Palin's Story: A Political Chick-Flick

Republicans get pumped for a 'babe' on the ticket: Dowd

(Newser) - Sarah Palin’s rise to the national stage makes for a great political chick-flick, Maureen Dowd observes in the New York Times. The plot: “the 2-year governor of an oversized igloo becomes commander in chief after the president-elect chokes on a pretzel on day one.” And experience, schmexperience... More »

Baby Mama No Bundle of Joy

Only quiet chuckles in conventional flick

(Newser) - Critics don't seem thrilled about the arrival of Baby Mama, which tells the story of an overachieving, infertile career woman (Tina Fey) who hires a rough-around-the-edges high school dropout (Amy Poehler) to bear her a child. The movie's not "laugh-out-loud funny," writes Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post.... More »

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