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Trailer and Awards Watch: Love and Other Drugs

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 15, 2010 at 6:36AM

Twentieth Century Fox is planning an awards-campaign for its R-rated sexy romance Love and Other Drugs, from writer-director-producer Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond). He is that rare studio director who is conversant in both the language of mainstream big-budget moviemaking and intimate drama. He and partner Marshall Herskovitz delivered the acutely-observed TV series Thirtysomething, Once and Again, Relativity and My So-Called Life. So much sweat and tears go into such long-running shows that Zwick can be forgiven for steering toward testosterone action in his movie work.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Twentieth Century Fox is planning an awards-campaign for its R-rated sexy romance Love and Other Drugs, from writer-director-producer Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond). He is that rare studio director who is conversant in both the language of mainstream big-budget moviemaking and intimate drama. He and partner Marshall Herskovitz delivered the acutely-observed TV series Thirtysomething, Once and Again, Relativity and My So-Called Life. So much sweat and tears go into such long-running shows that Zwick can be forgiven for steering toward testosterone action in his movie work.

The trailer for the movie (which opens November 24) is below:

I have long wished that Zwick would head in a James L. Brooks direction into smart relationship comedy/drama territory. At last he seems to be bringing some of that laser sensibility to Love and Other Drugs, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a cocky drug salesman on a career high from the success of viagra, and the sharp woman who has his number (Anne Hathaway). Tragedy ensues (spoiler alert!) in the form of a debilitating disease (paging Love Story). It is one of the trickiest high-wire acts to pull off--asking the audience to laugh one minute, cry the next, while never losing believability.

This article is related to: Awards, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Video, Stuck In Love, First Look, Oscars, Romance, Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Twentieth Century Fox, Trailers, Screenwriters


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.