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He Tweets, She Tweets: Oscar anagrams with NPH

Posted January 30, 2015, 4:01 PM

Look at this, two weeks in a row. If I can keep it up next week, that will be an official Major League streak.

This week was big as celebs congratulated each other over their SAG wins and bid a fond adieu to a popular TV series. The Sundance Film Festival was another popular area of discussion amongst the Hollywood elite as they invaded the small, picturesque Park City, Utah.

Some say that twitter is losing steam with celebrities as they tire of the constant availability that the intimacy of twitter can provide. Several celebrities such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars John Boyega and Daisy Ridley have called it quits. Even Simon Pegg is taking a sabbatical from the social media network.

But don't worry, not all celebs are packing it in. This series hopes to highlight the best (and worst...

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Our Predictions: In a galaxy far, far away, the 2015 box office is massive

Posted January 29, 2015, 11:01 AM

This is always one of my favorite pieces that we do each and every year. Tim, Dannette and I certainly wouldn't ever claim to be box office experts, but when you spend a few years in the business, a few things start to rub off.

It's an annual badge of honor that we take seriously in these parts. Of course, with each victory comes a bit of crow eating. Take last year for example. I took a bold stance on Guardians of the Galaxy, claiming that it would finish up in third place for the year with $300 million. Once American Sniper sorts itself all out, I think the third place finish will be spot on even if I undersold its box office tally by $33 million.

Speaking of American Sniper, it's the perfect case study in futility when making out these...

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'Minions' goes pantless in Super Bowl ad

Posted January 28, 2015, 4:01 PM

It's not unusual to see a Super Bowl that flagrantly flaunts sexuality in a vain attempt to sell us the latest phone/car/domain registration service. But, this is probably the first time that a band of yellow creatures disrobed all in the name of getting you out to see Minions.

Yes, it's a slow news week, but a slew of Super Bowl ads await us this weekend as we are sure to get our first look at many of this Summer's biggest films. Given that the game is being televised on NBC, which is affiliated with Universal Pictures, you can expect spots from Minions, Jurassic World, Fifty Shades of Grey and Ted 2, just to name a few.

Don't worry, we will have all of the Super Bowl film spots right here on the site Monday, but Universal was kind enough to give...

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First 'Fantastic Four' teaser trailer goes dark

Posted January 27, 2015, 11:01 AM

Quick, how many Marvel films are coming out this year?

If you said two, you would be correct. If you said three, you would also technically be correct.

Ah, the joys of having Marvel's cinematic rights still spread out between three studios (Sony - Spider-man, Fox - X-Men & Fantastic Four, Disney - All the rest). The reality is that before Marvel starting making their own movies and launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), they made a few quick bucks by licensing these character to other studios to make films.

The results were mixed at best (X-Men: The Last Stand, Spider-man 3), but their rights suddenly became much more valuable when the MCU took off and the world fell in love with Marvel characters and films. Unfortunately, the rights issues cause obvious headaches, like Spider-man's glaring absence from The Avengers, and studios...

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Monday Mixer: Casting news for a 'Star Wars' spinoff?

Posted January 26, 2015, 2:01 PM

Another weekend, another awards show.

Get used to it, between now and February 22 when the Oscars are handed out, there are exactly 1,246 different award shows. OK, maybe not exactly, but doesn't it feel like it?

I understand that everyone wants to recognize the best of the best in the past year, but do we really need each component weighing in? I can't wait until the Gaffer and Best Boy's award show, they always seem to throw a monkey wrench into the festivities every year.

I jest, but only barely. This weekend was another "big" awards show and Birdman added more bling to their awards season resumé and if you want to read all about it, click here. For the rest of Hollywood, it was yet another quiet weekend as many stars dashed to the mountains of Utah to kick off the...

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Behind the Scenes: Picking our Sleepers

Posted January 23, 2015, 5:01 PM

Every year, one of the most popular features on our site is our Sleeper List of films you probably haven't heard of before. We've presented the lists with little insight as to how we came to pick those films or why we deemed them worthy in such a list.

So, we thought it might be fun to spend a few minutes here to give you a peek behind the curtain if you will. If you're more a "I like sausage but I don't need to see how it's made" kind of person, that's cool too, simply check out a different story. Maybe, you'll like our new He Tweets, She Tweets series.

For the rest of you, allow me to guide you back behind the velvet ropes to the inner workings of VideoETA.

In the early days, these lists were the result of brainstorming...

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He Tweets, She Tweets: First look at 'Hateful 8'

Posted January 23, 2015, 2:01 PM

Sorry about last week. I know, I know. There's nothing worse when you're trying to start a new ongoing piece than skipping week two, but what I can say? Sometimes, the full-time job does require my undivided attention.

That's ok though, because I'm back this week and the response thus far has been pretty good for "He Tweets, She Tweets." Even if some of you are begging me to change the name. Like I said, give me a good replacement and I will do it.

As an aside, I always find it fascinating to follow the twitter accounts of celebrities. Some treat it like must of us and simply say what's on their mind or what's going, while others are clearly trying to leverage it to sell their brand.

And then there's Charlie Sheen. I really think that he wants to get twitter...

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