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Dicks Before Chicks: The Toxic Romantic Comedy Sub-Genre That Just Won’t Die

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Dicks Before Chicks: The Toxic Romantic Comedy Sub-Genre That Just Won’t Die
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

Sandwiched in between the summer’s biggest blockbuster offerings and superhero tentpoles are a pair of outrageously funny outliers — comedies that, for all their raunchy gags and wild behavior, center squarely on women and their friendships — in the form of “Rough Night” and the upcoming release “Girls Trip.” Although both films lean hard on their comedic trappings, often in the form of booze-fueled bad behavior from their leading ladies, they also both find unexpected heart and charm in their deeper explorations of the relationships between the very different women that populate them.

But even with films like “Rough Night” and “Girls Trip” hitting the multiplex with a welcome dose of girl power, it seems that even this summer isn’t immune from the most tired and toxic of lady-centric comedy tropes: the dicks before chicks sub-genre.
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Black Label Media Acquires Emily Giffin’s ‘First Comes Love’ (Exclusive)

Black Label Media Acquires Emily Giffin’s ‘First Comes Love’ (Exclusive)
Black Label Media has acquired the rights to New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin’s “First Comes Love.”

The book, which was released on June 28 by Random House and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, centers on the relationship between two sisters in the aftermath of a tragic family accident. As they separately navigate the struggles of love, marriage and children in the midst of their grief, Josie and Meredith must decide if their paths will take them even further apart or bring them closer together.

Rachel Smith will be overseeing the development for Blm.

The shingle is also currently in development on “Something Blue,” the sequel to Giffin’s first novel, “Something Borrowed.” The banner brought “Something Borrowed” to the big screen in 2011 as producer under the Alcon Entertainment banner. It starred Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson and John Krasinski.

Black Label currently has the firefighter
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Author Emily Giffin on the Something Blue Film Adaptation: "It's Happening Soon!"

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Good news for fans of author Emily Giffin - the film adaptation of her 2010 bestseller, Something Blue, is happening soon! It's been five years since the Something Borrowed movie (based on Giffin's 2005 novel) hit big screens, and the bestselling author confirmed that the sequel's adaptation is in the works. We talked to Giffin about her latest novel, First Comes Love, and she dished on the status of the Something Blue movie script. Keep reading for a look at some of the details, then check out the best Emily Giffin quotes on life, love, and relationships. Popsugar: Any updates on the Something Blue movie? Emily Giffin: Yes! I keep telling my readers, "It's happening soon, it's happening soon!" And it's really happening soon. The script is in such great, great shape. They did a fourth version of it. I wrote the first, and then the production company hired this amazing husband-wife team,
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Thoughtful Emily Giffin Quotes You'll Want to Bookmark and Read Again and Again

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Emily Giffin's latest novel, First Comes Love, hits shelves this week, and to celebrate, we're taking a look at some of the most beautiful, insightful quotes from her books over the years. The bestselling author first won over fans with her debut novel, Something Borrowed, back in 2004, and since then, she's continued to capture hearts with her perceptive, moving take on life and relationships. Keep reading for a look at the Emily Giffin quotes you'll definitely want to bookmark, then check out beach reads to pack for your Summer vacation. On Love "Maybe that's what it all comes down to. Love, not as a surge of passion, but as a choice to commit to something, someone, no matter what obstacles or temptations stand in the way. And maybe making that choice, again and again, day in and day out, year after year, says more about love than never having
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Is the Cast of Something Borrowed Returning For the Sequel?

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Is the Cast of Something Borrowed Returning For the Sequel?
Author Emily Giffin stopped by our studio to talk about her new book, The One & Only. We had to ask Emily about Something Blue, which she's bringing to the big screen following the success of Something Borrowed. Of course, we're all wondering if she's brining back John Krasinski and Kate Hudson for round two. Check out the interview to get the scoop!
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Someday, Someday, Maybe Review And Giveaway

Someday, Someday, Maybe – available April 30th – is Lauren Graham‘s debut novel. The star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood offers up a coming-of-age story about Franny Banks, a twenty-something in New York who only has six months left on her self-imposed, three-year deadline to make it as an actress.

Sticking to the old adage that you should write what you know (at least, one is hard-pressed to imagine there isn’t a good deal of reflection going on here), Someday, Someday, Maybe takes us through Franny’s “pressure days” on the road to, she hopes, success. At times a kind of “everyactress,” Franny is waiting tables while looking for a big break, battling self-doubt, managing a long-distance relationship, and generally unsure what she’s supposed to be doing with herself.

Couple that classic tale of finding yourself with a certain Bridget Jones’s Diary-esque struggle to improve oneself that doesn’t amount to much,
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Reel Sex: Secrets and Lies in ‘Something Borrowed’

Anyone who has ever had to keep a secret knows staying mum is more chore than awesome. It’s one of those things that, as I’ve aged, I’ve grown to hate more than anything. I understand and respect the importance of secrets. I just don’t understand the drama behind them. Or, for that matter, the sheer thrill when one finally unravels. I’ve learned from both personal and filmic examples just how when you keep something scandalous inside you for so long, eventually it will eat you from the inside out. Nothing has driven my absolute disgust for secret relationships more than this year’s Something Borrowed,a film that causes both our own Kate Erbland and myself to want to punch babies. In the face. While there is more than one reason to hate the vile, troubling nature of a film pitting two supposedly best friends against each other, what
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Blu-Ray Review: Don’t Bother to Take ‘Something Borrowed’

Chicago – “Something Borrowed” is just a stupid, stupid movie. It’s not painful nor as horrendous as many recent romantic comedies largely through the overall likeability of star Ginnifer Goodwin, but it’s just stupid. It features stupid people doing stupid things and serves as more of a cautionary tale about picking the right people to support you than it does as any sort of modern romance. With too-little chemistry as friends or lovers, “Something Borrowed” never clicks. It should disappear soon from Blu-ray and DVD shelves and all but the most diehard fans of the romantic genre or the stars involved should give it back.

Blu-Ray Rating: 1.5/5.0

Ginnifer Goodwin proved her talents with at least a few Emmy-nomination-worthy seasons of HBO’s “Big Love.” She’s an incredibly likable star, which is something useful for a romantic comedy. And yet, writers Jennie Snyder Urman and director Luke Greenfield bury
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Something Borrowed Blu-Ray Review And Giveaway

Something Borrowed, a title which, by the way, doesn't actually have a true referent, is rom-com fare that runs with its averageness in a way that few could hope to manage. It's almost as though the film actually revels in being the poster child for a largely meaningless, but utterly necessary film genre, and moreover, aims to celebrate the multi-faceted nature of being "fine enough," for as wide an audience as possible.

I don't mean that to be as negative as it cannot help but sound... especially since I mean it to sound rather negative.

The genre itself is largely a waste of time, but a waste of time with an actual purpose, and the idea that "waste of time," when referring to what we're screening, certainly shouldn't rule things out immediately.

There are wastes of time, and then there are wastes of time, and while Something Borrowed is nowhere
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Something Borrowed Blu-Ray Review

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We take a look at Something Borrowed on Blu-Ray which hits store shelves today, in order to see whether or not you should pick it up, or pass on it.

The Basics

Here’s the official synopsis from WB:

Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is a generous and loyal pal to her engaged best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson). But after celebrating her 30th birthday, perpetual good girl Rachel unexpectedly ends up in the arms of Dex (Colin Egglesfield), the guy she’s had a crush on since law school…and who happens to be Darcy’s fiancé. In the frantic weeks leading up to Darcy’s wedding, Rachel finds herself caught between her long-time friendship with Darcy and the prospect of losing the love of her life. Based on Emily Giffin’s bestseller, this funny and touching romantic comedy also stars John Krasinski as Rachel’s constant confidante and conscience, who busily
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Something Borrowed on DVD August 18

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Something Borrowed on DVD August 18
The Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin romantic comedy “Something Borrowed” is coming to DVD August 18, and in celebration of the upcoming event, ShockYa has been given a “Something Borrowed” widget! The widget, which is located below, has several things for fans to take part in. The “Okay or Not Okay” Quiz is an exclusive quiz fans can take that measures your answers on the gray areas of relationship rules against the rest of the country. Also available is “Emily Giffin Live,” a live clickcast with “Something Borrowed”‘s author Emily Giffin which will begin August 11 at 8 p.m. Et (5 p.m. Pt) on Facebook. You can also preview the...
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2011 Summer Movie Guide: May and June

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2011 Summer Movie Guide: May and June
A banished Norse god! Apocalyptic vampires! A vigilant yeg! A cute scene-stealing Capuchin monkey! Mutant teenagers! A bunch of drunk and horny bridesmaids! Big Foot! A Green Ring! Pirates, Zombies, and Mermaids! Karate kicking zoo animals! A couple of forest dwelling trolls! And one smokin' hot teacher! That's what awaits us at the Cineplex over the course of May and June, and it promises to be a scorcher!

It doesn't really matter how fast and furious things get on the big screen, the summer movie season doesn't officially kick off until May 6th. And this year Thor opens things with a lighting bolt blast of Marvel excitement. It doesn't come to an end until August 31st, when Sam Worthington sends us all back to school with The Debt. Between then and now, we will see some of the biggest movies of the year hit hard. Some will win, some will lose,
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Tmp Reviews: Something Borrowed

Have you ever had that one friend that just seems to win at everything? No, I am not addressing the friends of Charlie Sheen. However, I am speaking of those studious individuals constantly finding themselves being out shined by the pretty, outspoken “fun girl”. Something Borrowed answers a simple question: What do you do when your best friend steals that guy you have a mad crush on without giving you a second thought, and you find out he feels the same way about you? You steal him back, of course!

The Set-up

Shy, sweet, terminally single Rachel’s (Ginnifer Goodwin) dreams and nightmares come true as she becomes tipsy enough to tell Dex she has been in love with him since law school. The good news is that he feels the same way, but the bad news complicates her chances. Dex is not only an engaged man, but his wife-to-be
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Producer Hilary Swank Talks Something Borrowed, May Star in You're Not You, Opposite Jeremy Renner

Producer Hilary Swank Talks Something Borrowed, May Star in You're Not You, Opposite Jeremy Renner
Like many actresses these days, Hilary Swank has started a production company, 2S, with producing partner Molly Smith. One of their first optioned projects, the Emily Giffin wedding novel Something Borrowed, is the first film out of the gate, starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson and Colin Egglesfield. "The business is ever elusive, always exciting, always frustrating.," she says. "I want to make movies that people talk about. There are only so many stories I can tell as an actor. I wanted to progress to be a producer." Not designed as your standard formula rom-com, the best-friend morality tale directed by Luke Greenfield opened May 6 to mixed reviews and modest box office. Fans of the book seem to have liked it best. "I don't read ...
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Something Borrowed Producer Optimistic for Sequel, Describes It As 'When Harry Met Sally in London'

Something Borrowed Producer Optimistic for Sequel, Describes It As 'When Harry Met Sally in London'
The Ginnifer Goodwin-Kate Hudson chick lit adaptation Something Borrowed, based on Emily Giffin's bestselling beach read, didn't exactly score with critics (Read Stephanie Zacharek's takedown here) and came in at #4 over the weekend with a $13.9 box office take. But producer Molly Smith, speaking to Movieline Monday, is optimistic that a sequel will move forward -- and she's counting on fans of the novel to buoy demand.
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Does Something Borrowed Deserve a Film Sequel?

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I read Emily Giffin's novel Something Borrowed, as well as its sequel, Something Blue, last Summer, finding both novels to be relatable (though at times frustrating), but enjoyable beach reads. With that said, I was disappointed with the film adaptation, and couldn't hide that in my review for Something Borrowed. However, there were two bright spots in the movie: John Krasinski and Kate Hudson. Sarcastic Ethan and sassy Darcy easily have the most personality of any of the characters in the film, and their performances were the most fun to watch. With that in mind, I'm actually rooting for Something Blue, the sequel that follows Ethan and Darcy in London, to get the big-screen treatment. The story is more straightforward with fewer side characters, and Krasinski and Hudson could very well have believable comedic chemistry that turns into romance. Whether or not the film will get made is still up in the air,
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'Thor' Dethrones 'Fast Five' At The Weekend Box Office

'Thor' Dethrones 'Fast Five' At The Weekend Box Office
From MTV Movies: The "god of thunder" stormed the box office over the weekend as comic book fans and other moviegoers rained $66 million upon theaters to see "Thor." The latest big-screen adaptation of a beloved Marvel Comics superhero, this one drawn from Norse mythology, kicked off the summer movie season as the #1 movie in America, according to studio estimates.

Alas, a pair of romantic comedies proved to be no match against Thor's power. "Jumping the Broom" opened at #3 with $13.7 million, while "Something Borrowed," based on Emily Giffin's best-selling novel, is in fourth place with $13.1 million. Co-starring rom-com veteran Kate Hudson, "Borrowed" was far behind the $21.1 million her "Bride Wars" took in when it opened in 2009, or the similar numbers generated by "Fool's Gold" the year before.

"Thor" launches a potential franchise for Disney-owned Marvel Studios and serves as yet another piece of the comic-book-like continuity tapestry leading to 2012's "The Avengers.
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Box Office: May 6-8, 2011: Thor, Fast Five, Something Borrowed

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The hammer struck soundly. Thor premiered in Number One spot at the box office with $66 Million. Fast Five was Second with $32.5 Million for $139.8 Million so far. Jumping the Broom premiered in Third Place with $13.7 Million. Something Borrowed premiered in Fourth Place with $13.1 Million. Rio was Fifth with $8.2 Million for $114.9 Million so far. Water for Elephants, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family, Prom, Soul Surfer, and Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil rounded out the top ten respectively.

Thor is a 2011 American superhero film based on comic book character of the same name published by Marvel Comics and is the fourth film released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film was released on April 21, 2011 in Australia and on May 6, 2011 in the United States. Thor was also released in 3D and IMAX 3D. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Stevenson, Idris Elba, Rene Russo, and
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'Thor' Wins Opening Weekend At Box Office

By Ryan J. Downey

From MTV Movies: The "god of thunder" stormed the box office over the weekend as comic book fans and other moviegoers rained $66 million upon theaters to see "Thor." The latest big-screen adaptation of a beloved Marvel Comics superhero, this one drawn from Norse mythology, kicked off the summer movie season as the #1 movie in America, according to studio estimates.

Alas, a pair of romantic comedies proved to be no match against Thor's power. "Jumping the Broom" opened at #3 with $13.7 million, while "Something Borrowed," based on Emily Giffin's best-selling novel, is in fourth place with $13.1 million. Co-starring rom-com veteran Kate Hudson, "Borrowed" was far behind the $21.1 million her "Bride Wars" took in when it opened in 2009, or the similar numbers generated by "Fool's Gold" the year before.

Continue reading 'Thor' Storms Past 'Fast Five' At Box Office at Movies.MTV.com.
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'Thor' Storms Past 'Fast Five' At Box Office

Wedding-themed 'Jumping the Broom,' 'Something Borrowed' follow far behind.

By Ryan J. Downey

Chris Hemsworth in "Thor"

Photo: Paramount Pictures

The "god of thunder" stormed the box office over the weekend as comic book fans and other moviegoers rained $66 million upon theaters to see "Thor." The latest big-screen adaptation of a beloved Marvel Comics superhero, this one drawn from Norse mythology, kicked off the summer movie season as the #1 movie in America, according to studio estimates.

Alas, a pair of romantic comedies proved to be no match against Thor's power. "Jumping the Broom" opened at #3 with $13.7 million, while "Something Borrowed," based on Emily Giffin's best-selling novel, came in fourth place with $13.1 million. Co-starring rom-com veteran Kate Hudson, "Borrowed" was far behind the $21.1 million her "Bride Wars" took in when it opened in 2009, or the similar numbers generated by "Fool's Gold" the year before.

"Thor
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