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The line for a “Can’t Hardly Wait” reunion film starts behind Peter Facinelli

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Peter Facinelli may be best known these days for leading the Cullen clan in the “Twilight” films, but in 1998 he was Mike Dexter, an arrogant superjock and dumper of Jennifer Love Hewitt. The film was “Can’t Hardly Wait,” and it’s since become a seminal cult classic for those of us who came of age in the mid-to-late ’90s.

The pic takes place during a raucous high school graduation party and follows a series of archetypes: there are the brilliant nerds, the wildly immature jocks (led by Dexter), the white kids appropriating black culture who think they’re cool (Seth Green in a hilarious performance) and the smart arty kids (Ethan Embry and Lauren Ambrose). It’s an immaculately precise depiction of real life, and it also happens to be extremely funny, intensely heartfelt and very intelligent.

Given co-directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan have only made one movie since then (2001’s “Josie and the Pussycats”), I’ve been feverishly hoping that the pair would decide to return for a sequel. Now, after having spoken to Peter, I realize I’m not the only one.

“I would totally do it,” Facinelli tells IFC during an interview for his new film, “Loosies.” “I think Sony put the nix on it.”

With “American Reunion” on the horizon with its entire original cast, the timing seems perfect for a return of the “Can’t Hardly Wait” family. According to Facinelli, he thinks the same thing. “That’s why I thought it would be such a good idea,” he says. “You know how the whole movie takes place at the high school party? We could have the whole movie take place at the reunion. I thought it’d be a fun movie.”

Onscreen blurbs during the end credits describe his character’s fall from grace, eventually gaining substantial weight and taking menial jobs, aka the fate that all bullied kids hope their tormentors face. According to Facinelli, though, if the reunion were to happen, it would feature a reversal of roles.

“I said I would only do it if he could get Amanda back at the end of the movie,” he says, referring to Love Hewitt, who rejected him at the end of the film (after he rejected her). “I think basically everyone’s stereotypes are now switched. Now he’s basically the loser. The nerd was the loser in the first movie, now he’s like the loser and then he kind of climbs back and gets back on his horse. And the nerdy kid is now the Bill Gates whose kind of like the Mike Dexter, bossing everyone around.”

When I bring up Jerry O’Connell’s character, a former high school football star who appears at the graduation party to belch out six-packs and leave Mike Dexter with substantial doubt over his decision to break up over Amanda, Facinelli retorts that present-day Dexter has fallen even farther than that.

“I think at this point he would have dipped even lower than former glories. I think he’s just literally a loser. He’s filled with self-doubt and he would basically rise to self-confidence again and come back on top.”

Sony, on behalf of all “Can’t Hardly Wait” fans, please make this movie.

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Art of the Spoof

Watch Johnny Depp, Jack McBrayer, Patton Oswalt and More in Funny or Die’s Donald Trump Biopic

Johnny Depp just got very classy.

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We’re barely halfway through February, but this year’s Too Many Cooks Award for the most bizarre comedy project is already a lock. Blindsiding the world with greatness without any warning, Funny or Die released a 50-minute Donald Trump parody starring an unrecognizable Johnny Depp as Donny.

Ron Howard introduces this “lost” 1988 TV movie adaptation of Trump’s how-to manual The Art of the Deal produced with the retro quality of a Wendy’s training video. Along for the big hair and shoulder pads flashback are Patton Oswalt, Alfred Molina, Todd Margaret‘s Jack McBrayer, Andy Richter, Rob Huebel, Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer, and Michaela Watkins as Ivana — as well as many Reagan-era surprises like a cameo from that loveable cat eater ALF and a theme song by Kenny Loggins.

Much like Eric Jonrosh of The Spoils Before Dying and The Spoils of Babylon fame, “Trump” writes, directs, and narrates his own epic tale of real estate wheelings-and-dealings. Check out the trailer below, and head over to Funny or Die to watch the full Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal movie before the real Donald sics his army of lawyers on Will Ferrell and company. (For more bizarro Johnny Depp characters, be sure to catch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this month on IFC.)

Call-In Commentary: Watch the “Loosies” trailer with writer-star Peter Facinelli

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Many of you will know Peter Facinelli as the friendly head of the Cullen household in the “Twilight” films, but I know Peter from my favorite film “Can’t Hardly Wait.” The affable star has now brought his talents to “Loosies,” an independent film that marks the feature screenwriting debut for the veteran actor. In the pic, Facinelli plays a New York City master pickpocket whose fast-paced lifestyle is thrown into disarray when a one-night stand turns up pregnant.

To get a better sense of the movie, Peter agreed to participate in our Call-In Commentary series, where filmmakers provide audio narration to their movie trailers. In the video below, hear Peter describe key scenes, how many times he got beat up and playing against Michael Madsen. You can catch “Loosies” in limited release as of today, and on VOD.

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MORE CALL-IN COMMENTARIES:

Watch the “Answers to Nothing” trailer with star Dane Cook
Watch the “Pariah” trailer with director Dee Rees
Watch “The Sitter” trailer with director David Gordon Green
Watch the “My Week with Marilyn” trailer with director Simon Curtis
Watch the “Shame” trailer with writer-director Steve McQueen
Watch the “American Reunion” trailer with writer-directors Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg

Will you be checking out “Loosies”? Let us know in the comments below, or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Train Of Thought

Listen to Fred Armisen as Portlandia’s Candace Devereaux Read From Her Racy Travelogue

Download the Portlandia Travelogue right now on Audible.com. Portlandia returns for its sixth season January 21st at 10/9c on IFC.

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Portlandia fans know that Candace Devereaux, one of the owners of Portland’s premiere feminist bookstore, has a way with words. So its no wonder that the mercurial small business owner (who sounds remarkably like Fred Armisen) has teamed up with Audible for the release of Portlandia Travelogue: The Brussels to Antwerp Express, an erotic journey that evokes great works of fiction like On the Road and The Red Shoe Diaries.

Over the course of a quarter-hour, Devereaux details her magical train ride through Europe as she encounters denizens of the rail whose mysteriously mundane lives mask a saucy level of intrigue.

Give a listen to the clips below and marvel at the adventure of a starry-eyed, quick-tempered woman overseas. And be sure to download the full Portlandia Travelogue right now for free over on Audible.

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