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‘When Harry Met Sally': How Nora Ephron Sold Woody Allen to the Masses

The film opens with simple, white-on-black titles, backed by an elegant, evocative jazz standard. The story that follows, framed by documentary-style straight-to-camera interviews, concerns a witty, urbane Jewish neurotic and his relationship with a sunny, fashionable shiksa. They stroll in through an autumnal Central Park and discuss death, sexual hang-ups, and New York real estate; the borough of Manhattan is captured in loving beauty shots, often backed by the music of Louie Armstrong. From that description, it would be easy to assume I was describing any number of Woody Allen films (Annie Hall in particular). But no, I’m talking about director Rob Reiner and screenwriter Nora Ephron’s When Harry Met Sally… which hit theaters 25 years ago today and made a mint — its $92 million gross easily besting any Allen film to this day. So how did Harry do so well (big money, cultural capital, ongoing influence over the romantic comedy genre) when its clear inspiration remains such an acquired taste? … Read More

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Dating and Relationship Advice From Pop Culture’s Greatest Geeks

The word “geek” gets tossed around casually these days, it’s meaning still evolving in our Internet-obsessed age, but when it comes to pop culture’s depiction of geeks in love, things are largely the same. The stereotype of the socially awkward loner would have us believe that male and female geeks are incapable of dating, maintaining healthy relationships, and making the sex. But fictional geeks have proven that they are fully capable of meeting that special someone. They even have some pretty great advice to share with us. Geekadelphia co-founder Eric Smith covers the same tips for real-life geeks in his soon-to-be published The Geek’s Guide to Dating from Quirk. In the spirit of geek love, we share advice from ten of pop culture’s greatest geeks to guide you on your romantic quest. … Read More

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Beautiful International Lobby Cards for Famous Films

Movie posters get all the glory, but lobby cards can be just as beautiful. These smaller promotional artworks usually feature the most memorable scenes from films. Tumblr Lobby Cards — which we spotted thanks to Gems — boasts a wonderful collection of the filmic advertisements. The Tumblr explains: “The lobby card was a form of advertising that revolutionized the look of graphics. Lobby Cards were sent out by the publicity departments of the Hollywood studios in sets of eight to twenty images reflecting the content of a newly released movie. Their purpose: to lure the movie-going public into theatres across the country.” Most of the lobby cards featured on the website are from various personal collections, including the Tumblr author’s. We highlighted several eye-popping international lobby cards advertising famous films in our gallery. … Read More

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15 Fascinating Foreign Posters for Classic Oscar Winners

The Oscars are upon us yet again, and being the fans of both movies and foreign poster design that we are, we thought we’d take the opportunity to take a look at the foreign posters for past Best Picture winners. Sometimes weird, sometimes wonderful, and sometimes downright bizarre as they can be, it’s fascinating to get a peek at the way the world views the films America loves. After the jump, check out 15 posters for the Oscar Best Picture winners of yore that papered walls from Japan to Germany, and let us know which one you like the best in the comments. … Read More

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Photos of Film Stills vs. Their Real Life Locations

Cinephiles, we’ve found your answer to PopSpots. Spotted by Dangerous Minds, FILMography is an addictive new blog run by Christopher Moloney that features photographs of stills from famous movies juxtaposed with the exact locations where they were filmed today. We’ve gathered up a few of our favorite images — which run the gamut all the way from North by Northwest to The Dark Knight Rises — for you after the jump; check them out, and be sure to follow FILMography on Tumblr to keep up to date with this fantastic project! … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we found out what our burlesque name was. We were glad “goat man” doesn’t really exist. We met our hipster dream date and visited the Hipster Olympics in Berlin. We used Selena Gomez’s 20th birthday to predict her entire career arc. We saw… Read More

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10 of the Most Romantic Movie Quotes

Romantic-drama classic Casablanca will be appearing on select movie screens across the country today. The Hollywood treasure about a man, a woman, and a sacrifice for love is being treated to a newly restored print in celebration of the movie’s 70th anniversary. “The event will begin with Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne taking audiences behind the scenes of this epic love story in a special original production showcasing stories from those who were on set and those who simply admire this timeless classic.” The film also gets a Blu-ray release on March 27.

One of the ways Casablanca has taken up residence in our collective cinematic memory is through its snappy, unforgettable dialogue thanks to screenwriters Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Koch (adapted from an unstaged play). The quotable lines delivered by Humphrey Bogart’s steely cynic-romantic Rick Blaine are effortlessly recited by many — even those who have never actually seen the movie. We wanted to look at other timeless quotes from romantic films. Some are pretty corny and have entered the pop culture mainstream, others are weep-worthy, and a few have an odd, but honest, way at tugging at our heartstrings. Visit our picks past the break, and quote your favorite lines in the comments below. … Read More

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Reimagined Posters for Classic 1970s Films

First, a disclaimer: We’re of the opinion that it would be impossible for anyone to outdo the original poster for Annie Hall. The image of Annie and Alvy standing face-to-face is perfect in its simplicity. That said, we’re always happy to see artists engage in a little cinematic homage. Such is the case with LWL70, an exhibition of reimagined 1970s film posters commissioned by Little White Lies, a British film magazine, that are currently on display at the East London-based Kemistry Gallery. Click through to view some of our favorite work from the show, and if you like what you see, snap up an affordable art print in the online shop. … Read More

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A Brief History of Pop Culture’s Stoned Female Characters

There are relatively few female stoner characters in pop culture — a fact that seems surprisingly given a recent study that shows that while teen boys are more likely to smoke pot than their female counterparts, the girls are more likely to become addicted. And while there is currently a stoner road trip comedy in development with Natalie Portman entitled Best Buds,who knows when the mom-to-be will actually find time to star in and produce it. So in the meantime, we’ve come up with a list of women from film and TV to help you get your heavy-lidded lady fix. … Read More

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Decade Defining Romance Flicks: Casablanca to When Harry Met Sally

Jane Campion’s critically-acclaimed period romance Bright Star opens in theaters nationwide on Friday. Based on the real-life romance between poet John Keats and the girl next door, this is a film that will make you pine for a time when courtship had strict rules and suitors were forced to put their emotions on paper. To help celebrate, we’ve assembled a list of the romance flicks that define their decade. Weigh in with a comment and let us know what we’ve… Read More

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