It's always fun to read books that are going to be made into movies, but I think we're all guilty of watching a movie instead of reading a book at some time . . . and that time was probably when you were in school. Since it's back-to-school time right now, let's reflect on the required reading books from your high school days that were adapted into film, whether you used them to ace a pop quiz or to get a broader vision of a beloved novel.
With school now in session, we'd like to impart some words of wisdom inspired by some of the best high school and college movies of all time. Whether you're heading back to middle school, high school, or college, every student could use a little advice, right? So take it from the pros like Cher Horowitz, and find out how to be the coolest cat in school. (Hint No. 1: Don't call yourself a cool cat in front of other people, unless you're going for Grease.)
Cleverly craft a classy look.If there's one thing that Clueless taught me, it's that you should look as good up close as you do from across the classroom.
Don't give people more ammo than they need.Giving yourself your own nickname is pretty bold, unless you're trying to make a real statement — and Fat Amy always is.
Be nice to everyone, because you never know who might grow up to be famous.Even the guy with a bagel tucked in his pants (Sean "Spicoli" Penn) could win an Oscar some day.
Get more advice after the jump.
Football season kicks off this week, so we're revisiting some of the most popular football coaches in movies and TV. From small-screen favorites like Friday Night Lights' Coach Taylor to the big screen's heroic Coach Boone in Remember the Titans, these characters are memorable parts of the team in their own right. To get pumped for the pigskin festivities, enjoy some of football's finest fictional leaders!
When you think of back-to-school season, these aren't the types of relationships that come to mind. At what point does it become acceptable for a student to date a teacher? It's obviously a no-no if the student is underage, but some colleges have banned student-teacher sex completely, even between consenting adults. For years, the topic has fascinated filmmakers far beyond the made-for-TV movie about Mary Kay Letourneau. In fact, a particularily racy take on these these scandals is out today, the film A Teacher. Here are student-teacher liaisons that cross the line from cute to questionable.
It's been a prolific Summer for movies, but not all of the releases were worth the time or the money spent in the theater. On the other hand, there were also incredible films — ones that had jaw-dropping action sequences, laugh-out-loud humor, or fantastic performances. So which movies fall into the best and worst categories? We're sharing our opinion on which five still have us gushing, and which five we wish we could forget.
Fans of One Direction showed their support for the British boy band this weekend, boosting One Direction: This Is Us to the top of the Labor Day weekend box office. The documentary made $17 million in its first three days of release, followed by last week's top earner, Lee Daniels' The Butler, with $14.7 million. We're the Millers came in third place with $12.6 million, Planes climbed up to fourth place with $7.8 million, and Mexican import Instructions Not Included came in fifth with $7.5 million, a surprising total given that it was only released in 347 theaters. Selena Gomez thriller Getaway took in only $4.5 million, and fellow new release Closed Circuit with Eric Bana scored $2.5 million. Monday totals showed that Lee Daniels' The Butler actually won the four-day weekend, grossing $2 million more than One Direction: This Is Us.
Let's be real: back-to-school time is both a delight and a headache. There are the highs (she made it onto the volleyball team!), the face-palm moments (which troublemaker is he hanging out with this time?), and everything in between. Let's revisit what it's like to be a mom, GIF-style, thanks to Oprah, Modern Family's Cam and Mitch, and other favorites. Only 10 more school months to go!
People fall in love with their best friends in real life all the time, and it happens a lot on the big screen too. Harry and Sally found that it's hard for men and women to be friends at all, while a couple of modern romantic comedies have shown us that it's tough to be just friends with benefits. Sometimes the sweetest love stories are ones that start with a friendship, so let's check out the best movies where the onscreen buddies go from platonic to romantic.
— Additional reporting by Shannon Vestal
Cassandra Clare's fantasy young adult novel series comes to life this week with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Lily Collins stars as Clary, a young New Yorker who discovers a hidden city under Manhattan after her mother is abducted by a demon. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, and Jamie Campbell Bower all costar in the supernatural adventure, so click through to get a sneak peek of the City of Bones!
Superbad opened this week in 2007, forever securing a place in our hearts by coining little gems like "samesies" and "camel tail," among some other choice NSFW terms. Judd Apatow's teen hit went on to essentially launch the careers of Jonah Hill and Emma Stone, meaning we're forever in his debt. We've picked a few of our favorite lines from the movie, what are some of yours?
- "I am McLovin." — Fogell
- "He is the sweetest guy. Have you ever looked into his eyes? It's like the first time I heard the Beatles." — Seth
- "You used my leg as a tampon." — Seth