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25 Years After 'When Harry Met Sally,' Can The Rom-Com Be Saved?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 14, 2014 2:05 PM
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WHen Harry Met Sally
Twenty-five years ago today on July 14, 1989, “When Harry Met Sally” went into limited release (MGM carefully platformed the film, something of a rarity for a major summer studio release even then). It became a giant hit, grossing $92 million in the U.S.—about the equivalent of double that when adjusted for inflation. Rob Reiner’s film, made from Nora Ephron’s script, and following the titular mismatched pair (Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan) who set out to explore the question of whether a man and a woman can be friends without sex and/or love getting in the way (spoiler: no), left a permanent mark on pop culture, influencing countless romantic comedies that came after. But did it also break the genre?

Cocaine, Sex & 10 Things Learned About The Making Of 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'

  • By Alex Suskind
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  • December 16, 2013 1:11 PM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street
When you make a film about the debaucherous activities of Wall Street traders, you’re guaranteed to have some entertaining stories on how it got made––which is exactly what we heard this past weekend when the cast and crew of "The Wolf of Wall Street" spoke about the movie at a press conference in New York City.

‘World War Z’ Actress Sterling Jerins Joins Rob Reiner’s ‘And So It Goes’ With Michael Douglas & Diane Keaton As Filming Starts

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 12, 2013 10:00 PM
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Following the path of “Something’s Gotta Give” and “The Bucket List," “And So It Goes” is the latest effort from Rob Reiner, and he has a similarly stellar starry cast and crew to match those aforementioned hits.

PJ Hogan Out, Rob Reiner In To Direct 'And So It Goes...' Starring Michael Douglas & Diane Keaton

  • By India Ross
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  • March 6, 2013 12:32 PM
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Rob Reiner is, like his prospective audience for the upcoming “And So It Goes…," perhaps a little past his best. Spool back to the mid-nineties, and he is to be found on top of his game, with a diverse portfolio of smash hits which not only brought home the bacon but endured (to 2013 at least) in the pop psyche of a generation. This is the guy behind “Stand by Me,” “This is Spinal Tap,” “When Harry Met Sally…” and “A Few Good Men.” 'Nuff said.

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'The Princess Bride' On Its 25th Anniversary

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 25, 2012 12:01 PM
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The bargain bins of the world are littered with attempts to make films for the whole family. Making something that will please young kids, grandparents, and everyone in between (a four-quadrant hit, as studio types call it) is a tough nut to crack. But one of the most enduring family favorites of the last few decades is one that, against the odds, managed to thrill audiences, make them laugh, and make them swoon: Rob Reiner's "The Princess Bride."

The Essentials: The Films Of Rob Reiner (Before He Forgot How To Direct Movies)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 5, 2012 1:09 PM
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Maybe it's just a particular hang-up of this writer, but we find one of cinema's greatest mysteries to be the question of what happened to Rob Reiner. The sitcom star, and son of the great Carl Reiner ("Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," "The Jerk"), became a film director in the early 1980s, and had an extraordinary, almost unmatched run across the next eight years, helming seven diverse and hugely-acclaimed films that have become enshrined as some of the finest of their era. Few filmmakers, at least within the mainstream, can make a claim to a consecutive string like it.

Rob Reiner Makes A Return To Genre With Psychiatric Thriller 'You Belong To Me'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 25, 2012 11:44 AM
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Since recently putting his name to such feel-good schmaltz as “Flipped” and “The Bucket List,” it appears director Rob Reiner now craves a return to the darker films of his early career (“Ghosts of Mississippi,” “Misery”). He's just signed on to co-star as Leonardo DiCaprio's dad in Martin Scorsese's “Wolf of Wall Street,” making his first on-screen appearance since 2003's “Alex & Emma,” and has now announced he will direct a psychological thriller in the vein of “Cape Fear.”

Rob Reiner Is Leonardo DiCaprio's Dad In Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2012 4:22 PM
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Well, if Martin Scorsese is looking to throw off any expectations people might have about his upcoming "The Wolf Of Street," he's doing a pretty good job. It's been a bit of an odd bunch assembled for the movie thus far, but apparently, we ain't seen nothing yet.

Watch: Reading Of Dustin Lance Black's Prop '8' Play Featuring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, John C. Reilly, Kevin Bacon & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2012 11:58 AM
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With the election year in full swing, the gay marriage issue continues to be a major talking point, with the battle over defining the instution being critically discussed in both parties. But the battle has long been waging in California, where the right for gays to marry was recently overturned and constitutionally banned with the passage of Prop 8. It was a blow for basic human rights and equality for all, and it's a fight that continues in the state. Thus, it's no surprise that the issue has become a cause célèbre for Hollywood stars and they came out in full force over the weekend.

Rob Reiner Eyeing Film About Prop 8 & Also Has Heist Film 'Airtight' In The Works; Renames 'Summer at Dog Dave's' To 'The Summer of Monte Wildhorn'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2011 5:54 PM
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While his last effort behind the camera was "Flipped," which no one did which no one did when the film came and went from theaters in August last year, writer/director/producer Rob Reiner isn't slowing down for a moment. Firstly, he's got a new film in the can that he's now finishing up to show to distributors next month. First announced as "Summer At Dog Dave’s,” the film has been retitled "The Summer of Monte Wildhorn" and stars Morgan Freeman, Viriginia Madsen and Kenan Thompson in a dramedy about a wheelchair-bound writer (Freeman) of Westerns whose alcoholism is making him lose his passion for writing. Madsen plays his neighbor, a divorcee who lives with her three daughters and helps him find his mojo again while Thompson is his nephew. It's right in that familiar, feel good wheelhouse for Reiner, but his next potential projects could find the director moving in a couple different directions.

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