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Exclusive: Teresa Palmer Talks 'Take Me Home Tonight' & Her Return To Drama In 'Say Nothing'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2011 3:19 AM
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Though it finally hit theaters this weekend, "Take Me Home Tonight" had a bumpy road there, sitting on the shelf for a few years due to the heavy drug content in the film. However, actor and executive producer Topher Grace fought for the film, mega-producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer from Imagine Entertainment came in and encouraged Grace to keep the cut he wanted and he got the final boost of approval from Ryan Kavanaugh, the CEO of Relativity Media who released the movie. But the wait hasn't hurt the film as it boasts an array of talent -- Grace, Anna Farris, Chris Pratt among the ensemble -- whose profile has only gone up in the intervening time. Also making big strides since the movie wrapped is Teresa Palmer who plays Tori, the object of affection that powers the film. We recently spoke with the actress and she revealed that for her first big Hollywood film, she was just trying to keep up with her co-stars.

In Theaters: 'The Adjustment Bureau,' 'Rango,' 'Take Me Home Tonight,' 'Beastly'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 4, 2011 4:04 AM
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It's Friday, and we've finally shaken off the contact high we got from James Franco at the Oscars. We had to snag some uppers from Anne Hathaway just to get through the week (somehow the footage of her rehearsing the Jessie Spano "I'm so Excited" scene has yet to hit the web). Has everyone recovered from that annual weird-fest? It's like they try and make it more bizarre every year. But it's our tradition, and we have to keep watching. Thank you all for reading the liveblog, and commenting. We woke up to anxiety dreams that after the regular Oscars, there was another, completely different Oscars to liveblog. Not that we don't love it, we just get sleepy is all (wine is advised for extra viewing pleasure). But it's a new week, so let's hop right back on that horse, shall we?!

Review: 'Take Me Home Tonight' Travels To The '80s But Doesn't Bring Back The Laughs

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 4, 2011 3:16 AM
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Maybe going into "Take Me Home Tonight" expecting something like a John Hughes movie was completely delusional, but when your 80s-set movie is less "Just One of the Guys" allure and more like the second-rate "Can't Hardly Wait" wannabes that flooded the late-90s/early-00s, well, we can't help but call bullshit. If you're gonna set your comedy in that decade, it's gotta have certain characteristics, not just video tapes and poofy hair -- here its something akin to a downloadable "skin" for an MP3 player. A period piece isn't just costumes and clever art design, it has to feel like that moment through in writing, acting, direction, etc -- it especially can't feel like some pretty people playing dress up. That just feels cheap.

'Take Me Home Tonight' Soundtrack A Solid '80s Mixtape But Curiously Missing Eddie Money

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 1, 2011 6:38 AM
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Even though it has taken a few years to get into theaters, "Take Me Home Tonight" doesn't carry the stink of shelved film, but instead looks like a funny, foul R-rated comedy, and with the setting of the film firmly in the 1980s it naturally has the soundtrack to match.

Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'Take Me Home Tonight' Is The R-Rated '80s Movie You Always Wanted

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2011 10:50 AM
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Generally, when a film sits around as long as "Take Me Home Tonight" (formerly known as "Kids In America") has (filming wrapped way back in 2007), the perception is that it's a road apple. But as Topher Grace related in December, it was actually the film's wanton approach to drugs that caused the hold up.

New Looks At 'The Hangover 2,' 'Tower Heist,' 'Sucker Punch,' 'Abduction,' 'Source Code' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2011 6:35 AM
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Also 'Unknown,' 'Larry Crowne,' 'Footloose' & 'Take Me Home TonightWhile its award season and everyone still has 2010 in the rear view mirror, there is a brand new year of movies ahead, and with the tentpole season soon set to begin, the LA Times has unveiled a cornucopia of new pics and stills from a batch of forthcoming films. Hold on to your eyeballs.

Topher Grace Says Rampant Cocaine Use Reason For 'Take Me Home Tonight' Release Delay

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2010 6:43 AM
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When a film sits on a shelf waiting to get released, the general consensus is that it's a stinker. With filming wrapped way, way back in 2007 for "Take Me Home Tonight" (known at the time as "Kids In America"), and as each year passed with no news of a release date, we pretty much figured it was a misfire and the studio was simply waiting to dump it with an early winter no man's land of a release date or straight-to-home video. And then we saw the trailer. And to our pleasant surprise it looks like a lot of fun, and speaking with MTV, executive producer and actor Topher Grace reveals that the film's delay had to do with some dicey drug scenes, not necessarily the quality of the film.

Watch: 'Take Me Home Tonight' Confirms That It's Incredibly Lame To Work At Suncoast Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2010 10:21 AM
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Ah, Suncoast Video. The one-time suburban staple of home video rentals is no more, but it lives on in "Take Me Home Tonight" a 1988-set comedy that seems to giving a big, huge nod to the '80s films of John Hughes.

Neil Burger's 'Dark Fields' Becomes 'Limitless,' 'Kids In America' Now 'Take Me Home Tonight'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 4, 2010 3:22 AM
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Comedy Anthology Directed By Brett Ratner, Elizabeth Banks, Peter Farrelly & More Now Known As 'Movie 43'Relativity Media have released their 2011 slate and in doing so revealed title changes on two of their films.

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