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Ranking the Super Bowl movie ads

Posted February 8, 2016, 2:02 PM

Some people watch the big game for the football while others tolerate the sports to get to the halftime show. Mostly, though, we put up with the crazy spectacle formerly known as the Super Bowl for a chance to see all those wacky commercials that we won't ever see again, but can't stop talking about this morning.

If you're a movie buff like myself, you are really looking forward to the movies that get the Big Game ad treatment. In many cases, these are the first looks that we are getting of these films while in the case of Deadpool, it's most likely our last. Either way, the excitement was palpable in my household last night as we tuned in and waited to be entertained.

The football was a bit boring and the halftime show was predictable and safe, but the movie...

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Final 'Zoolander 2' trailer is 'too confusing'

Posted February 4, 2016, 5:02 PM

Relax.

We have your Zoolander 2 fix for you right here. This week, Paramount released the final trailer for the sequel that is set to debut in theaters next weekend. I'm not sure if it's the perfect Valentine's movie, but you could do a lot worse.

It's no secret that I'm not exactly the biggest Zoolander fan, nor do I particularly care for Ben Stiller, but I have to acknowledge that there is a pretty massive base of fans for this film. This latest trailer is, as Derek Zoolander himself says at the end, "too confusing." And yet, despite all of that, it is also the most coherent piece of marketing for the film.

Paramount has taken a page out of Field of Dreams on this one. If you make it, they will come. But, will enough people come to justify a third...

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Sneak peeks for Super Bowl ads starting to surface

Posted February 4, 2016, 4:02 PM

February is a sneaky fun month when it comes to movie trailers. Between the Oscars and the Super Bowl, there are a couple of opportunities for studios to get their films in front of millions of eyes.

With the Super Bowl set for Sunday, I figured that we would start to see a few teasers and leaks from the big game ads and today, they started. We aren't quite sure how many films or what studios will be represented, but we do know that Disney is going to highlight multiple movies while Paramount is certainly going to showcase Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

Fox is said to have multiple spots set aside and a late-breaking leak provides us with the actual spot for Eddie the Eagle featuring numerous NFL stars both past and present talking about the film.

If you...

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Tuesday Mixer: One important 'Force Awakens' character confirms her return

Posted February 2, 2016, 10:02 PM

Tuesday is the new Monday.

Well, after the weekend I had, I hope none of you judge me too harshly for being a little late this week with the weekend wrap-up. I started the weekend off with the final concert from one of my favorite local band, Those Darlins. This was a really tough one because I had been following them since their inception a decade ago and while I'm quite as young as I once was, their concerts always made me feel like I was in my 20s again.

Being a lifelong hockey fan and player for almost as long, you know that I was excited about the NHL All-Star game being Nashville this past weekend. So, needless to say, I didn't get much sleep this weekend and several adult beverages were consumed.

I was told that there were other things that...

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Attack of the animated movie trailers

Posted January 28, 2016, 4:01 PM

With last night's trailer drop for The Angry Birds Movie, the two trailers below bring the total number of family-friendly animated trailers released in the last 24 hours up to three. That's a pretty big number and made me scratch my head for a minute until I looked at this week's new releases at the theater.

Kung Fu Panda 3 is hitting the megaplexes this weekend and that means that it is time to unleash proper looks at the animated films of 2016. I know that my kids are finally getting to the prime age for this fare, so I have to be careful when I watch them or else I'm going to spend the better part of the next six months watching animated films in theaters.

There's nothing wrong with that per se, but we all know that not all animated...

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'Angry Birds' trailer delivers plenty of potty humor

Posted January 27, 2016, 10:01 PM

To be completely honest, I wasn't really sure what sort of tone The Angry Birds Movie would have. Sure, it is a popular app/game with both adults and kids alike, but with the animated feel and the popularity of family-friendly fare, I was expecting something a bit on safe, conservative side of things.

The first official trailer was anything but safe or conservative.

It's not quite as divisive as the puerile humor of Kevin Smith, but the biggest gag in the trailer is an extended pee joke. That's not to say that bathroom humor is taboo in family films. Quite the contrary, one of the best jokes in Home involves a urinal cake, but it's definitely a bit of a risk to stick it right there on Main Street in its first trailer.

Thankfully, for The Angry Birds Movie, the gamble pays off...

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Monday Mixer: First look at 'Yoga Hosers,' eh!

Posted January 25, 2016, 4:01 PM

There's nothing like a good old-fashioned blizzard to derail momentum at the box office. As winter storm Jonas (when did naming winter storms become a thing?) wrecked havoc on the East coast, it was every film for itself.

Sure, the weekend was down 27% over 2015, but how much of that drop was directly the result of the storm and how much was simply due to weak new titles at theaters? Last year, American Sniper was heating up in January and it helped to set new box office records for the month.

As good as The Force Awakens is, it is in unchartered territory so to expect to continue to over perform the norm is just asking too much. I think most studios figured that it would do its business over the course of January instead of packing it all in...

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