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    Boy meets girl
    Boy falls in love
    Girl doesn't

  • When Tom, a hapless greeting card copywriter and hopeless romantic, is blindsided after his girlfriend summer dumps him, he shifts back and forth through various periods of their 500 days "together" to try to figure out where things went wrong. His reflections ultimately lead him to finally rediscover his true passions in life.

  • Directed by: Marc Webb
    Wirtten by: Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber
    Cast: Zooey Deschanel, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Clark Gregg, Minka Kelly, Matthew Gray Gubler, Rachel Boston, Geoffrey Arend, Chloe Moritz
    Producers: Jessica Tuchinsky, Mary Waters, Steven Wolfe, Mason Novick

  • This post modern love story is never what we expect it to be -- It's thorny yet exhilarating, funny and sad, a twisted journey of highs and lows that doesn't quite go where we think it will.

    Release Date: July 17, 2009

August 30th, 2009

Fan The Fire Mag: Feature and Contest

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Fan The Fire Magazine features 500 Days of Summer in their September 2009 edition to celebrate the UK release (September 2!) In addition to a great review and wonderful photos, Fan The Fire is running a contest to win one of three giftbags.

Continue reading for details on prizes and entry!

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August 30th, 2009

Clothing from 500 Days of Summer


500-days-of-summer-clothingOne way 500 Days of Summer stands out is in the clothing and costumes of the cast. Especially inspiring is the clothes that Zooey Deschanel and Joesph Gordon-Levitt wear.

Hollywood Crush had the opportunity to ask a few questions of the film’s costume designer, Hope Hanafin, who gives some insight into the clothing from 500 Days of Summer.

Did you go only vintage shopping for Summer Finn?

Hope Hanafin: A lot of it is vintage, but there’s still plenty that’s not. Though I have great respect for these romantic comedies where secretaries are wearing Prada, I wanted [“500 Days”] to be kind of the anti-“Sex and the City.” So, Zooey’s wearing clothes that her character really could afford, things are also repeated. Her clothes are a mix of things from [places like] Old Navy, GAP, BCBG and then there’s a lot of vintage. But not all of it was glamorous vintage. She has a Built By Wendy denim skirt and a couple other great things.

Link: Zooey Deschanel’s Retro-Chic Style

What did you think of Zooey Deschanel’s clothing?

Have you been able to find any similar clothes from retailers in person or online?

August 21st, 2009

Fan Post: Best Movie of the Year!

This movie was incredible. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel are a perfect pairing for this truly geniue movie. It made me laugh and cry many times. I felt like I really cared about these characters.If you’re young or old I think you will love it! Plus it got a killer soundtrack!I’m going to see over and over again.

This post was submitted by Katie.

August 21st, 2009

Fan Post: “(500) Days of Summer” Painfully True

JJ Rating: A+

Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) falls for Summer (Zooey Deschanel) in the cliché way of love at first sight. But this story, as the Narrator at the beginning of the movie stresses, is NOT a love story. It is not a Taylor Swift song. It tells how the relationship started, progressed and how it ended. (500) Days of Summer.

I saw the trailers and I was interested in this movie. It never really totally dawned on me how much I would relate to it until I started hearing more and more about the film, and then it hit me like a feather. But when I sat in the theater and I watched the film and each scene reminded me of what I had gone through it hit me harder…like a ton of feathers. Every time Tom would say something or show his feelings about a matter I swear I heard me. It was really creepy. And Summer got on my nerves steadily and readily from the moment she suggest there’s no love to the very end when she emotionally violates Tom.

Gordon-Levitt and Deschanel did painfully good job. I really like Deschanel. I think she’s a great actress but she reminded me so much of someone who shared similar relationship philosophy that it was so easy to totally dislike her. Levitt had an array of emotions that just cascaded in the film; whether he was in silence or he was being verbal he made it seem as if he was showing his infatuation, love, happiness and pain from his very soul.

One thing I believe many people can relate to is having a relationship that you were so invested in that when it fails the difficult part is trusting yourself again. You trusted yourself with knowing that someone was safe and you end up being wrong and it’s harder to forgive yourself than other people. And the question arises: Why would next time be any different?

Aside from the very dramatic and overly painful moments that reminded me of my past there were funny moments. (500) Days of Summer is not a straight telling of events. It does bounce from one part of the story to another part and that gives some amusing moments with a huge contrast in happy and in love vs. upset and out of love. There is also a lot of use of blue which is really apparent in one of the Tom is so happy moments he’s practically singing and dancing with a blue bird on his shoulder. The people who join him in this Disney-esque setting are all wearing different shades of blue. According to IMDB’s Trivia section on (500) Days of Summer they use of blue in the film was to bring out Deschanel’s eyes. That did work because her eyes were vibrant and I noticed the over use of blue. Actually I noticed it only in that one part and only after I read that bit about the blue did I realize that the poster is shrouded in shades of blue.

It was a fantastic idea the way the story was told. Had it been told in a sequence that is considered normal it would have almost been too much of the same to be as entertaining. The bouncing from day 3 to like day 145 made it interesting since it was known that the story was headed to being a disaster for Tom and that beating romantic heart he held in fantasy. Speaking of the numbers I do not know what significance this really has but the 8’s and 3’s were upside down when the day number is mentioned. The 5’s and 2’s look really odd like they were backwards and flipped and seem to be similar but I’m not as sure as I am with the 8’s and 3’s. I noticed that because when I look at gas station number’s they do have flipped 8’s and 3’s a lot of the time and it bugs me. I want to go and change it for them to make it all better for me.

(500) Days of Summer is on my top ten list for this year. It encapsulated so much emotion and it vented it in so many different ways that just looking at screenshots riddles my heart with so much pent up pain. And maybe this movie was good therapy for my latent emotional scares to allow them to exist again so I can finally get over them. The single gesture that Summer does at the end of the movie that is very simple hurt to see and I would bet it would hurt to feel. This movie is good and one of the few times I really wish I could say thank you to the creators because it is so painfully true. Then to those that think movies are so far from reality I would say, “Your cynical hearts are so wrong this go-around.” Because this go-around it seems like I was watching a biography instead of a fiction.

This post was submitted by J_Jammer.

August 21st, 2009

Fan Post: Poetic Appreciation

I know, I’m cheating but I plan on seeing the movie before I leave for DC (maybe see it there, too?) I promise!

I did come up with these gems:

Unfinished Bizness

Joseph and Zooey
“Will-they-won’t-they” element”
Was there since “Manic”

And another poem

Summer makes your skin sweat
And winter turns your exposed skin blue
After their respective shoots in GQ
I’m lusting after these two

Mel

This post was submitted by Mel.

August 21st, 2009

Fan Post: (95) Minutes of Beauty

I finally went to see (500) Days of Summer, the film I have been anticipating and hyping since February. It’s a long time to wait for a film and within that time the hype grew and grew. Then on a Saturday night I entered the theater finally after 6 months of anticipation with my expectations running so high. The film started with soft classical music slowly gaining momentum, reminiscent of fantasy films, then a narrator with a very deep and authoritative voice starts talking. His first line “This is a story of boy meets girl.” An introduction is given about the two main characters Tom, the boy who falls in love, and Summer, the girl who doesn’t. At that instance, two minutes into the film, I knew this wasn’t your ordinary cliché-ridden romantic comedy, I realized this film is going to unique and unlike any other. In a time where romantic comedies seem to be empty, superficial, and lacking any real heart comes (500) Days of Summer which comes like a refreshing breeze in the sea of dry romance films. This flew blew my mind, it was witty, funny, new, and engaging.

First let me start with the two stars of the film, Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, two actors I have complete love for. Zooey Deschanel a beautiful woman who always plays the strong female lead extremely well. She has a talent for playing the corky, weird, and slightly off-beat female. Then there is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is one of my favorite actors right now. Stars of one my other favorite romantic comedies, 10 Things I Hate About You, and star of many other wonderful films such as Brick and The Lookout. Gordon-Levitt has the talent and is an amazing actor of the top most quality and I see him going great places in his art. Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt blended very well in this film. In most romantic comedies you need to feel the chemistry between the two leads but in this film it was different. The film is about the full course of a relationship, the beginning, the middle, and the end. And throughout the film you see the development of the chemistry between the two leads but then you also see the slow deterioration of the chemistry between them. The film expertly explores the development of innocent and naïve love. Many people might find the fact that this romantic comedy is not quite the love story as all the others, many people might find it depressing because of that fact. But on the contrary this film shows the ups and downs of relationships and being in love while the other person is not is a hard thing to go through. This is where the film is at its strongest. Even though it shows a relationship that doesn’t quite work out, it’s still a beautiful thing. So many memorable experiences and joyful experiences are created that will pristinely forever live in happiness. We tend to look at relationships and only think about the outcome, when really it isn’t only about the outcome, what is most important is what one goes through that relationship. Even though a relationship doesn’t work out in the end, there are so many things that happened during the relationship that made you happy, those moments should be cherished. Marc Webb, the director the film, did an excellent job at capturing these small moments that live pristinely in happiness and joy for the rest of our lives. The lingering shots of Summer’s face, of Tom and Summer holding hands, of the smile on their faces, all are shots that make this film truly wonderful. In real life the small moments of seeing the one you love smile, laughing, and glancing at you are the images that keep playing over and over in our heads. Marc Webb of course knows this and he expertly incorporate those lingering images into his film.

I also have to praise the cleaver use of an omniscient narrator, who had no relation to any of the characters in the story. The narrator had a deep voice and was very well articulated, reminiscent of nature documentaries or other films like Little Children. To me the film sounded more like an anthropological study on the workings of love, a dive into the inner-workings of human nature. The narrator added an authoritative and serious tone to this romantic comedy. It made the film feel important to me, hearing the narrator made me feel like I had to listen to this film, take the opportunity to learn something new from this two-hour exposition of falling in love.

As for the soundtrack, it was completely amazing! An enchanting and such an engaging soundtrack filled with many memorable songs ranging from indie artist such as Regina Spektor, Feist, She & Him, Doves, Wolfmother, and the Temper Trap, and it also had a couple of classics from the 80’s such as The Smiths, Hall & Oates and Simon & Garfunkel. A big influence of this film I think comes from songs of The Smiths, anyone who holds The Smiths close to their hearts knows that their lyrics are about the pursuit and search for love. Tom is desperate for love and as they say in The Smiths song, There Is A Light The Never Goes Out, “And if a double-decker bus crashes into us, To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die” Tom is desperate to find love and he feels that he would only feel happy once he does, no matter how dire the circumstances. No wonder Tom falls head over heels with Summer, once he finds out she likes the Smiths. Also with the other songs such as Sweet Disposition by the Temper Traps and Us by Regina Spektor are perfect love songs, expressing the small moments of love we all experience in our lives.

(500) Days of Summer follows a non-liner story sequence, a definitely interesting choice for this type of film. But I think the fact that it was structured this way allows the audience to feel more empathetic for Tom. As the audience we are put into Tom’s shoes. We experience his overwhelming sense of love then his despair of that love not being reciprocated back to him. Tom represents the every-day person. Every person goes through an up and down through their relationships. We sometimes love someone who doesn’t love us back. Tom’s experience is a growing experience, a story of growth and learning about love. The way he learns might seem harsh, but in reality it’s a beautiful thing, because he learns about love and he learns that love is always out there. There is someone out there for everyone. The fact that Summer ended up finding someone else but in the most seemingly random circumstances in the same exact way Tom has always expressed he wanted to find true love, shows that Tom’s view of love is correct even though his relationship with Summer didn’t work, as the narrator stated “This is not a love story. It’s a story of love.” Tom learned about love and was able to later find love. At the end when Tom seemingly coincidently met with someone else that seem to have created a love spark, shows that his view of love was always correct he just had to find the right one. The film shows another very important thing, it’s always good to give someone a chance. True love might be found in the most unexpected of places or even in the most obvious of places. We simply don’t know where true love lies, we have to go out there and find it. We have to love someone in order to find someone to love us. Tom’s relationship with Summer wasn’t a lost cause. It was a wonderful chance to learn something new and spend some precious time with an amazing person. Sure it didn’t work out, but Tom loved and could always love again. There is no limit to how much we can love, so we all have to take advantage of those moments of sweet disposition we experience when we fall in love. (500) Days of Summer was a wonderful film that I have fell in love in with. There are rare times in movies where I have a glowing smile from beginning to end. The actors were amazing, the cinematography was simply memorable, the story was enchanting, and the ending was awe-inspiring. I love (500) Days of Summer.

This post was submitted by Ariel Viera.

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