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Monday Mixer: Jake Gyllenhaal is jacked for 'Southpaw'

Posted March 30, 2015, 4:03 PM

So I sit and wait for inspiration and words to magically fall out onto the blank page, but they just won't come this morning. I think it's because we've reached the blah section of the entertainment calendar.

March and April really are tough months to get excited about. Spring is sprung or close thereabouts, so it's hard to get excited about staying indoors and watching films. We are on the cusp of the Summer months and all of those amazing films, so this weekend was sort of like the blah before the hurricane that is Summer 2015.

Next weekend, all bets are off at Furious 7 officially kicks off the Summer juggernaut that probably won't slow down before the end of August. Along the way, there will be plenty of ups and downs, surprises and disappointments, but above all else it should...

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'Entourage' promises a big screen party

Posted March 25, 2015, 4:03 PM

I have to admit that I was an Entourage fan for the first four seasons, but then I gave up on HBO, or rather my bank account demanded that I give up HBO and Vincent, E, Turtle, Johnny Drama and Ari left my life. There was a hole in my heart, but that's OK, it was quickly replaced by Lost and the rest was history.

But now, thanks to the upcoming feature film, I'm able to reconnect with the guys and it looks like the party is still going strong. The teaser trailer was blast from the past, but this one looks to expand on the shenanigans at play.

The film looks like a great Summer film that realizes that its audience just want to have a good time and check out for a couple of hours. It seems that the only...

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'Mission: Impossible' goes 'Rogue' with first trailer

Posted March 23, 2015, 4:03 PM

One of the most overlooked films of 2015 is the latest Mission: Impossible film. Yes, Tom Cruise and friends are back for the fifth installment of the popular franchise and it doesn't look like it's losing any steam whatsoever.

The main reason for the lack of awareness is mostly due to the studio as they hadn't released a poster or trailer yet for the film that debuts in theaters on July 31. That all changed today as the marketing strategy went into overdrive. Not only did we get the first poster (right), but we also go the first full-length trailer for the film.

The full title of the film was also announced as Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, which sounds an awful lot like a certain Star Wars spin-off that was announced a couple weeks back. In fact, there's a pretty interesting story...

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Monday Mixer: More Chuck Palahniuk on the big screen?

Posted March 23, 2015, 11:03 AM

It's March Madness. Can you feel them coming for you?

It is March and the annual exercise in futility known as filling out brackets got off to a fiery start this past weekend. Being two Indiana boys (Tim born and raised and I via school), you know that basketball is a favorite pastime of ours.

Ever since college, and before actually, I was simply awed by the whole March Madness experience and now, as an adult, I plan my vacation time around it so that I can be at peace in front of the TV binge-watching live craziness.

So, excuse me if I'm ever so brief this morning. There were a lot of late nights and an adult beverage or two the last few days, so I apologize if this MM is not up to the high standards that you hold me to.

But...

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'Paper Towns' trailer is not just for Indiana natives

Posted March 20, 2015, 11:03 AM

As someone who has lived his entire life in Indiana, I've become accustomed to the state's cultural protocols. As Hoosiers (yes that's what we call ourselves) there are a few things we are expected to do.

When it comes to sports, the Colts and Pacers are king. If you live south of the I-70 interstate highway, you're a fan of Indiana University basketball. North of it and you follow the Boilermakers of Purdue. Larry Bird is your all-time sports savior even if Reggie Miller and Peyton Manning held the title for a while. Oh, and we have a little car race each May.

I don't think Indiana has a state anthem but if we did, it would be sung by John Mellencamp. I believe it's state law for every jukebox to contain at least one of his songs. Weeknights at 11:35 p.m....

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'Pixels' trailer leaves a lot to be desired

Posted March 18, 2015, 10:03 AM

At best, the first trailer for Pixels is underwhelming. At worst, the trailer is the smoking gun in the crusade to exile Adam Sandler from the realm of feature films forever.

The whole hook to Pixels is to prey upon the nostalgia of the 1980s that is all the rage right now. I'm not sure what (other than their longstanding first-look deal) made Sony think that Adam Sandler would be the right person to guide this ship, but this trailer only leaves us nostalgic for the time when Adam Sandler was fresh and new and funny.

Now, he just reminds us of the crusty old dude in our neighborhood who spends his days telling young neighborhood kids to get off his lawn. This is not to say that Pixels can't redeem itself and still prove to be a funny film, but after...

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Matthew McConaughey supports local Austin video store

Posted March 17, 2015, 9:03 AM

Jimmy Kimmel is in Austin, Texas this week filming from SXSW and he wanted to make a lasting impact on the city. So, he decided to have a contest where he would help one local business make local TV ads to help promote their business.

Austin is such a cultural touchstone that the possibilities were endless, but in the end, he chose local video store Vulcan Video. You know that we have a great soft spot in our heart for local independent video stores, so we couldn't have been more pleased with his selection.

Vulcan Video which operates two stores in the Austin area is a true throwback in the video frontier offering not only DVD and Blu-rays but also VHS rentals for the truly discerning vintage video renter. Contrary to certain online outlets that jumped to the conclusion that they must...

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