America Ferrera

The 25 Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood continues its seemingly inevitable move towards world domination, expanding to more theaters over the weekend and capturing the imaginations and hearts of even the most jaded moviegoers. Meanwhile, Naomi Foner’s evocative Very Good Girls also opened last weekend, with a welcome female take on that whole “becoming a grown-up” thing. In other words, it’s a very good time for the coming-of-age movie, where maturity is gained and lessons are learned and lifelong memories are made, so with that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few of our all-time… Read More

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‘It’s a Disaster’: David Cross and Julia Styles’ End-of-the-World Movie Takes Dark Comedy to a Hilarious Extreme

Todd Berger’s It’s a Disaster opens deceptively, with a black and white image of a beach — but as the credits roll, a slow pull out reveals the explosion of an A-bomb off in the distance. The film’s narrative uncoils in a similar fashion: Tracy (Julia Stiles) is bringing Glenn (David Cross), a possible new boyfriend, to what another character dubs “our famous ‘couples brunches.’” There, Glenn will meet four other couples, Tracy’s long-time friends; pleasantries will be exchanged and topics will be gingerly avoided, and the stage is set, it seems, for some good old-fashioned comedy of awkwardness. That’s before all the dirty bombs go off. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in April

Spring is upon us, dear readers, so it’s your last chance to enjoy some light entertainment before the summer onslaught of giant explosions and endless sequels. (What’s that? G.I. Joe 2 came out last weekend? Let’s pretend like it didn’t happen.) As is our wont on the first of the month, we’ve rounded up April’s independent films of note: those we’ve seen and recommended, and those we can’t wait to get a look at. Join us after the jump for a sampling of this month’s art house goodies. … Read More

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Questlove’s Sweet Instagram Photos of David Cross and Amber Tamblyn’s Wedding

Of all the celebrity weddings we wish we could attend — and actually, there aren’t many — David Cross and Amber Tamblyn’s ranks near the top of the list. It’s not just that we like the couple, although we do think they’re excellent. But we’re mostly jealous that they got Yo La Tengo to be their wedding band, and also figured their guest list would be a lot more fun than some Kardashian-style affair. So we’re grateful that, thanks to Questlove, we can see for ourselves just how fun the party was. Warming Glow points us to The Roots drummer’s Instagram account, where he posted several photos of last weekend’s festivities. Click through to play paparazzi and see some of our favorite shots from the woodsy wedding. (Yes, Amy Poehler fans, there is something here for you.) … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Starchitect Rem Koolhaus has signed a deal to design and construct Marina Abramovic’s Center for the Preservation of Performance Art. The $8 million space in Hudson, New York will be devoted to showcasing performance art pieces of “six hours minimum.” [via Vulture]

2. While Whitney Houston’s funeral, which takes place this Saturday… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Perez Hilton appeared on The Joy Behar Show last night to tell America he has no regrets about posting an upskirt photo of 17-year-old Miley Cyrus. [via TV Squad]
2. Can’t decide between CDs and LPs? Now you don’t have to. A new collaboration between designer Yuri Suzuki and DJ Jeff Mills… Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. It was a bad weekend for older, beloved celebrities. Designing Women actress Dixie Carter died at 70, and Eddie Carroll, the voice of Jiminy Cricket, died at 76. [via USA Today; LAT]
2. So this isn’t shocking: Jay Leno has the oldest audience in all of late-night TV — about 10… Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: How To Train Your Dragon

How To Train Your Dragon tells the story of a young Viking named Hiccup who befriends a wounded dragon. Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson and Jonah Hill provide voice talent for the 3-D animated film, which opens next March.

Will it do for scary green dragons what Shrek did for scary green ogres? We’re sure that’s what DreamWorks is hoping, but from the trailer after the jump, it’s hard to tell. The thing that made Shrek a box office smash was the fact that it was a children’s story laced with adult humor. This one seems more action-based, which could be a misstep. We’re also thrown off by the fact that Ferrera is voicing the blonde love interest. It’s like Betty Suarez has turned into Amanda Tanen overnight.

Take a look and let us know what you think. … Read More

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