On The Late Show, Rob Reiner has acting notes for the Archie Bunker in the White House

On Friday’s Late Show, Rob Reiner came out to a standing ovation. Which is what you get when you’re responsible for a handful of stone-cold beloved movie classics one supposes, although, as ever, the garrulous comedy legend remains a reliably entertaining talk show guest in his own right. He also got a second,…

After When Harry Met Sally, almost every rom-com tried to have what Nora Ephron was having

If you were trying to find a consensus pick for the best romantic comedy of all time, 1989’s When Harry Met Sally would definitely be a huge part of the conversation, if not just the clear-cut winner. It’s the rom-com that forever changed the nature of rom-coms, and you can find traces of When Harry Met Sally’s DNA in…

Woody Harrelson’s makeup isn’t the worst thing about LBJ

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Rob Reiner’s LBJ hides Woody Harrelson under prosthetics and make-up. The result looks terrible, like a fish-lipped Dick Tracy villain with an elephant’s ears. Is this really supposed to be Lyndon B. Johnson, the guru of Senate politics who misread the first modern primary? The president who created the largest array…

Woody Harrelson is America’s grouchy, toilet-sitting president in the first trailer for LBJ

Woody Harrelson gives good cranky, something he’s proven in any number of film performances. Harrelson will have to put all of his grumpy muscles to the test, though, in Rob Reiner’s upcoming Lyndon B. Johnson biopic, LBJ. In a new trailer released today, Harrelson captures a number of LBJ’s grouchy mannerisms—most…

A fragmented, frustrating New Girl puts some pieces together

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Let’s get a couple of things straight. One, “Misery” is a utilitarian episode of New Girl, and a utilitarian episode of New Girl is still better than many sitcoms. Two, the fragmentation that bogs down “Misery” is right on theme for an episode about frustrating failures of communication. But knowing it’s intentional…

Rob Reiner on his favorite films, and why he changed the ending of When Harry Met Sally…

You’d be hard-pressed to find a current director who has helmed as many beloved movies as Rob Reiner. He was born into show business; his dad Carl Reiner was an early creator on The Dick Van Dyke Show and a comedy partner of Mel Brooks. The younger Reiner eagerly dove into the family business, with improv troupes and…

Surely you can’t be serious: 16 movie parodies that still hold up

Parody films are ephemeral by nature. Take Fifty Shades Of Black, the Marlon Wayans Fifty Shades Of Grey parody that comes out this weekend: Based on its trailer, it’s practically guaranteed to feature at least one gag involving someone farting during sex. It’s also practically guaranteed to be forgotten before the…

The Princess Bride embraced the tricky style and tone of its source

“Unadaptable” is a word that gets attached to a lot of books, and usually for good reason. For most books—pretty much all, really—the quality is derived from the skill of the writing more than the twists of the story. Just because a director replicates every narrative beat of a literary masterpiece, that doesn’t mean…

Rob Reiner’s LBJ movie has found its Jackie Kennedy

Rob Reiner’s LBJ film cast Woody Harrelson as the 36th president early on, then quickly added Richard Jenkins as his adversary and former fictional president Bill Pullman as a liberal Democrat senator. But the story of Johnson’s first year in the presidency couldn’t be told without an appearance from Jackie Kennedy—…