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Monday Mixer: One more time, 'Jungle' is 'King'

Posted May 2, 2016, 2:05 PM

And Summer is officially a go.

Last week, we lamented that it wasn't May yet and today, suddenly, it is May. Funny how time works, huh? This weekend will be the official start to the Summer blockbuster movie season at the box office and they couldn't have picked a bigger film to mark the occasion.

Captain America: Civil War is the latest (and some say best) entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). If there's one thing that we can infer from the past MCU films, it's that they tend destroy the box office. In particular, the Avengers films have both earned over $459 million and are in the top 10 all-time box office chart.

While technically Captain America: Civil War is not an Avengers film, with the amount of superheroes in it, it might as well be. Current forecasts think that...

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Wolverine shows up in final 'X-Men: Apocalypse' trailer

Posted April 28, 2016, 3:04 PM

When word got out last year that Hugh Jackman was seen on the X-Men: Apocalypse set while they were doing re-shoots, speculation started to swirl that he and Wolverine would make an appearance the latest X-Men film. This shouldn't really surprise anyone as Jackman has played the character in no less than eight films now, but his cameo is surely one that will please audiences.

It was his memorable two-word scene in X-Men: First Class that stole the show in that film and there's no reason not to suspect a similar reaction here. I'll be honest, the first couple of trailers for X-Men: Apocalypse were rather boring, but this one finally reaches the heights of the last film in the franchise X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Whether it can sustain this level throughout the film is an entirely different question. That one...

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Monday Mixer: 'The Jungle Book' is still king

Posted April 25, 2016, 11:04 AM

Is it May yet?

This is the real fallout of a lousy Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Ahead of its late March release, most industry experts believed that the comic book film would be massive and run the gamut in April, thus rivals stayed away. As it turns out, the film dropped fast and left a black hole in the release calendar before Captain America: Civil War opens on May 6.

It seems that Disney was the only studio keen that their comic book rival might not be up to snuff. Of course, Disney has such a loaded release schedule that they didn't really have much of choice but to release The Jungle Book in April. Like most things lately for Disney, the "risk" has paid off quite well.

So, instead, we wait. If you're hoping for a miracle this weekend, I...

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More landmarks blow up in new 'Independence Day Resurgence' trailer

Posted April 22, 2016, 11:04 AM

Jeff Goldblum's character David Levinson has the best line in the new trailer for Independence Day Resurgence. "They like to get the landmarks."

The iconic shot from the first Independence Day involved the aliens blowing up the White House and it would appear from this trailer that they are planning to pick up where they left off 20 years ago. Which brings up an interesting question, can you really go back to the well 20 years later and revive a movie franchise?

Recently, we have seen efforts like My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and Zoolander 2 fall on mostly deaf ears. And yet, studios continue to look for ways to "go back to the old well." Of course, sometimes it works out for the studio, just ask Disney about their successful reboot of the Star Wars franchise.

Fox is desperate to reboot...

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Universal feels the 'Bourne' in new trailer

Posted April 21, 2016, 4:04 PM

You know his name.

He remembers everything.

But he doesn't know everything.

That, in three short sentences, is the setup for Matt Damon's return to the Bourne franchise. Damon played the action antihero in three films before he gave way to Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross in The Bourne Legacy. The good news for us all is that Bourne does indeed appear to be back in the latest trailer for this summer's film.

Also back is Julie Stiles who was on the verge of falling off the map of Hollywood completely, but thankfully, she is returning to the big screen and this is the perfect vehicle to launch her comeback. Also joining the team for this installment is the wily Tommy Lee Jones and the sultry Alicia Vikander.

While they will both bring their own flair to the film, the Bourne films have always been about...

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Meet Haley Bennett, Hollywood's next big thing

Posted April 21, 2016, 2:04 PM

I hinted last week that Haley Bennett is in for a breakout year in 2016, but even I may have underestimated her potential for stardom. I know that she had a juicy role in the upcoming film The Girl on the Train, but I had forgotten that she was also set to play the female lead in remake The Magnificent Seven.

Today, ironically, trailers for both of those films have hit the Internet and let's just say that Ms. Bennett is about to go supernova. If you ever wondered what Jennifer Lawrence would look like with fiery red hair, then check out the trailer for The Magnificent Seven. I had to take a double take because I was pretty sure that J. Law wasn't in that film, but my eyes were telling me something different.

That's when I realized that the feisty...

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Monday Mixer: 'Men in Black' getting mashed up with '21 Jump Street'

Posted April 18, 2016, 1:04 PM

It doesn't happen often, but when I actually go out on a limb and hit it big, I'm going to brag a little. Today's brag is all about the little film The Jungle Book, well, it's anything but little.

If you recall our predictions for the 2016 box office back in January, then you'll know why I'm thumping my chest this morning. My colleagues Tim and Dannette weren't as high on the film as I was and even I thought I was a bit out there at $425, but there was just something about the film that caught my attention.

Perhaps it's the fact that I have kids right in the key demographic, but whatever the reason, I just figured that it was poised to become the next live-action Disney overperformer. And true to form, the Jon Favreau film blew away even...

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