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Brad Pitt is grilled between two ferns

Posted October 23, 2014, 4:10 PM

The wildly successful and painfully awkward video series "Between Two Ferns" hosted by Zach Galifianakis is back and man, did they step up the funny. The last time we saw Zach between two ferns, he was a few pound heavier and the man opposite him was none other than U.S. President Barack Obama.

Since then, Zach has toned up significantly and Brad Pitt gets the distinction of having to follow the commander-in-chief. So, the fact that it's actually hilarious and brilliant is nothing short of amazing.

I don't want to give anything away, but suffice to say, the pair have a great awkward chemistry that just commands voluminous laughter. It also makes me wonder how much of it is scripted and shared with the interviewee ahead of time. Zach doesn't pull a single punch and Brad was a consummate gentlemen when lesser...

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Marvel leaks first trailer for 'Avengers 2'

Posted October 23, 2014, 10:10 AM

I will give Marvel credit, they refuse to be scooped by evil trolls seeking to leak the trailer to their highly anticipated sequel early. Late yesterday, a shoddy version of the teaser trailer leaked online and instead of unleashing the Hulk to ruin the perpetrator's evening, Marvel simply called an audible.

Originally, in a move of splendid synergy, Marvel announced that the first teaser for Avengers: Age of Ultron would debut on broadcast TV during next Tuesday's episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Faced with the choice of holding off and following through with their plan or getting ahead of the hacker/leaker, they chose to do the latter and it was both a brilliant and potentially devastating move for the entertainment company.

For the overzealous fan, the leaker's actions are justified by the end result of getting to see the trailer nearly...

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Hi, I'm Bill Murray

Posted October 22, 2014, 4:10 PM

I'm sorry, that headline might be a bit misleading.

I am not Bill Murray. I can't even pass for dead and bloated Bill Murray from Zombieland. I debated whether that was a spoiler and finally decided that it wasn't. At this point, if you haven't seen Zombieland, then there's no hope for you.

So no, I'm not Bill Murray, but every now and then he pops up in the news cycle and I'm left wondering how cool would it be if I were Bill Murray?

He is an acting legend whose fame knows no bounds. Young or old, black, white or green, everyone idolizes Bill Murray. They know the films, they can quote back most of his iconic roles to him. In fact, I'm pretty sure his interaction with Woody Harrelson in Zombieland plays out on a weekly basis. Well, not actually with...

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Review: 'The Scribbler' is a mind-melting good time

Posted October 21, 2014, 4:10 PM

Every so often a film comes down the pipe that truly gets my attention. It's becoming ever more difficult these days as Hollywood continues to shove retread after retread after sequel down our throats. If it's not an adaptation, a sequel or a comic book property, then Hollywood isn't interested.

That's why I feel that it's more important than ever to find a trusted source of movie knowledge. In the old days (look at me, using such a quaint term to describe the 1980s-90s), that trusted source usually took the form of your local video store clerk. With the onset of big box discounted copies, Netflix, Redbox, Hulu, you name it, the lost art of suggesting a film for a consumer is becoming even more elusive than ever.

Which is ironic given that we live in the Internet age where it's easier...

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Monday Mixer: Hell hath no 'Fury'...

Posted October 20, 2014, 4:10 PM

Like a Gone Girl scorned.

Or, more accurately for our audience, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned for Sega."

I'm not sure which I'm more proud of, the headline tease or the Mallrats quote. All I know is that I wouldn't want to be Brad Pitt when Amy Dunne finds out that Fury knocked Gone Girl from its top perch at the box office.

I always find October to be a liberating month for me. It's smack dab in the middle of my favorite season. Well, it should be in the middle of autumn, but down here in the South, it's usually considered the tail end of summer with temperatures that can soar to 80 degrees and higher. When it reaches 90 in October, I just might have to figure out a way to fly north for the Winter.

Maybe I can...

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20 years ago, 'Clerks' hit the big screen

Posted October 19, 2014, 12:10 AM

It's no secret that I have a "bromance" or "man-crush" or whatever the current slang is with Kevin Smith. I'm pretty sure it's one-sided, although the last time I saw him, he did give me a great bear hug and really made me feel special.

No really, he did. I have proof.

OK fine, it's a little blurry. You'll have to trust me.

And that's really the special power Kevin Smith possesses. He is every bit a superhero just like Batman or Superman, but his special power is camaraderie. He has a gift for remember people and making them feel special. This electric personality speaks volumes about his success and how he is still able to fill theaters across the country with his "Evening With" programs.

Exactly twenty years ago from today, his first film Clerks debuted in theaters. Think about that for a...

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The new trilogy will be the best 'Star Wars' films yet

Posted October 16, 2014, 4:10 PM

I hate that I have to start this article with a caveat, but we live in dangerous times my friends. It seems that if you fail to provide a spoiler alert these days, some form of capital punishment will be enacted upon you if you then go ahead and spoil something for someone, even if it's done unintentionally.

Well, I enjoy life and don't have plans to meet my maker anytime soon, so I will play nice and issue the aforementioned spoiler alert. If you plan to somehow live in a cave for the next 14 months and watch Episode VII untainted next December, then by all means turn back now.

It's not that I plan to intentionally spoil Episode VII or even to print nefarious rumors that may end up being truthful, but I wouldn't want to even unintentionally spoil anyone's...

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Undiscovered Picks

Upcoming movies worth watching that you may not have heard of.

  • Coldwater
  • Queens of the Ring
  • Ghost and Demon Children of the Damned
  • Automata
  • A Merry Friggin' Christmas