Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Night Movie Lights

I was just thinking I need to post more about Friday Night Lights now that it's back on NBC (On Fridays at 9pm!!!) but not sure if I will recap or not yet (not that I really recap anymore) and there's only so many times I can post about HOW AWESOME THIS SHOW IS because... you know... this show is AWESOME!

Now I hear of FNL's Zach Gilford (Matt Saracen) is in this new movie Dare that premiered at Sundance! It's apparently an edgy and dark realistic look at the final year of high school. Wait, doesn't that sound a bit like Friday Night Lights? Except apparently now, Zach plays a football player (named Johnny). Wait, doesn't that sound a bit like Friday Night Lights? And apparently Zach Gilford's Johnny will be kissing a boy Ben (Ashley Springer). Now that will be new!

With all the new gay themed movies being talked about at Sundance, Dare definitely excites me the most! Humpday actually got good reviews and apparently is better than the gimmick suggests (two straight guys plan to have gay sex together), and I Love You Philip Morris which puts Ewan McGregor together with Jim Carrey. But what hormones gets stirred at the thought of Ewan playing gay, gets dissipated with Carrey playing gay.

Dare seems more like a darker FNL. Apparently it's like the anti-Disney High School Musical. And it co-stars Emmy Rossum (above with Gilford) along with gay icons Ana Gasteyer, Alan Cumming, and Sandra Bernhard!

"Dare follows three very-different teenagers through the last semester of high school. There are Alexa (Emmy Rossum), the overachieving good girl who longs to break out of her shell; Ben (Ashley Springer), the melancholy outsider confused about his sexuality; and Johnny (Zach Gilford), the rich kid who has everything, including good looks, but hides behind his bad-boy persona. This unlikely trio fall into each other's lives and each other’s arms, making a last-ditch effort to shake things up before they actually have to start living as adults. Director Adam Salky and writer David Brind takes us into some uncharted territory with fresh eyes and matter-of-fact authority. Sweet and sexy don’t always go together, but they work beautifully in this instance because the sexuality of the film is cleverly woven into the fabric of the story. You can ask why the kids are in such a hurry to experience adult feelings, especially when their parents, comically enough, are afraid to get in the way. All is answered in the nuanced performances of this exceptional cast. They capture perfectly a generation with nothing to rebel against except their self-imposed inhibitions. By being keenly perceptive, director Salky stacks up countless priceless moments in crafting teen romance with a decidedly modern spin. In Dare, the kids do what they need to do to become the adults they should."
Directed by Adam Salky, Writen by David Brind.

Sadly, I don't know if it picked up a distributor and has no release date yet.

On more Friday Night Lights's cast in movies news, I'm sure you know that Tim Riggins'Taylor Kitsch is in Wolverine: X-Men Origins. Kitsch in the same movie with Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds and Dominic Monaghan? Hot. I actually don't have high hopes for the movie but Kitsch and company will suck me in.

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