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War breaks out in full-length 'Mockingjay' trailer

Posted September 15, 2014, 5:09 PM

Remember when you were sitting through The Hunger Games or Catching Fire bored out of your mind waiting for the explosions? Neither can I as I too loved those movies, but having read the books we knew that Mockingjay was the reward we were waiting for.

The first two films were merely coming attractions for the main event that this film appears to be. We knew that we'd finally get some Capitol-on-rebels action and this first full-length trailer does not disappoint. Sure, we might have to suspend a little disbelief when Katniss uses an arrow to blow up not one, but two flying ships, but no more suspension than we used when Peter Quill somehow survived in outer space without a space suit in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Did I mention that this trailer really got me going. I don't know if...

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Monday Mixer: This 'Deed' was 'Good' indeed

Posted September 15, 2014, 4:09 PM

You thought I forgot about ya, didn't you? Nope, I'm just moving a bit slow today. I'm shaking this nasty bug which I'm told comes with the territory of having two toddlers, so I'm just trying to make it through the day.

I apologize in advance for any and all typos or random, incomplete thoughts. I'm sure this one will be full of tangents. Sorry.

It was a rather interesting weekend too. So, I suppose I should just stop yammering and get to it, eh? Sounds good to me. And here we go.

Box Office 411

Raise your hand if you had No Good Deed opening in first place with over $20 million.

Liars! Not even Idris Elba's mother was that confident going into the weekend. And yet, here we are. No Good Deed did indeed open up in first place at the box office...

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For your consideration: Julianne Moore in 'Maps to the Stars'

Posted September 11, 2014, 4:09 PM

Julianne Moore has already won one Best Actress award for her performance in Maps to the Stars, so don't be shocked when she garners an Oscar nomination early next year. Moore was crowned Best Actress at this year's Cannes Film Festival for the David Cronenberg Hollywood exposé.

If you can win an Oscar in a trailer, then Julianne would have a pretty good chance with her turn in the international trailer down below. She plays the daughter of silver screen actress who died tragically in a fire who is now set to star in a remake of one of her mother's most iconic roles.

Naturally, this trip back to the past opens some doors that probably should have stayed shut. It's good to see John Cusack in a meaty role again. It's been quite some time since we've been able to say...

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Jennifer Lawrence sprouts wings in new 'Mockingjay' poster

Posted September 11, 2014, 4:09 PM

Lionsgate leaked two new pictures of Jennifer Lawrence this, but don't worry they weren't related at all to those other pictures. No, these were pictures in the form of two new posters for her upcoming film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

In the first poster, we get sort of a bizarre shot of JLaw's back and her most lethal assets, her bow and arrows. It's a pretty striking pose as we don't get even a hint of her world-famous face. Could it be that Lionsgate is merely having fun with the idea that this film is so easy to market that they don't need to show their star's face, or are they simply saying that Katniss is back and this time she's pretty pissed off.

I'm betting more on the latter.

The second poster is more along the lines of a traditional...

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Monday Mixer: Is anyone out there?

Posted September 8, 2014, 3:09 PM

Oh, what a wicked couple of weeks it has been. I do apologize to those of you who were expecting us to deliver our MM a day late last week like the garbage man, simply pushing our Monday into Tuesday.

It was a short week with a lot of stuff to do, so the MM got the short straw so to speak. Besides, all the happened two weeks ago is Guardians of the Galaxy continued to earn money, oh and everyone decided to secure their iPhones a little bit more.

This week, I'm afraid to say that not much has changed, other than a bunch of lawsuits and football finally being back in full swing. But, we are ever diligent and determined to get back on schedule, so we will trudge on.

I can't promise anything ground breaking will follow, but I can...

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TBT: Are you ready for some football?

Posted September 4, 2014, 4:09 PM

Tonight, the NFL officially kicks off the 2014 season and what better way to show our respect for a game that is as much about America as, well, apple pie and baseball, than to showcase some of the best trailers for films based on that sport.

It's a Throwback Thursday, football style and we hope these trailers get you hyped up for tonight's game and the rest of the slate over the course of the weekend.

Rudy (1993)

The ultimate underdog film. This is why sports films are so great.

Knute Rockne, All American (1940)

Keeping the Irish spirit alive, which is ironic given that they play my beloved Wolverines this weekend. I hope they don't win one for the Gipper this weekend.

Brian's Song (1971)

Prepare the waterworks. Even the trailer gives me the sniffles.

All The Right Moves (1983)

Before Tom Cruise was Tom Cruise, he was...

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Huff Post goes retro for arcades in film compilation

Posted September 4, 2014, 3:09 PM

What do The Last Starfighter, Midnight Madness, Strange Brew, Suburban Commando and T2 have in common?

Well, besides all being great films from my youth, they all also feature arcades and arcade games in their plot. No, more than that, the arcade (and the game itself) is an integral plot point and character, without which the film would never have been made.

OK, maybe that last part is a bit of a stretch, but think about it. The 1980s were the heyday of arcades and as such, their prominence in society was reflected in the films of the day. Heck, I spent many an hour in our local arcade throwing away quarter after quarter, all in the hopes of trying to set the high score.

Not that the high score came with any sort of prize other than local notoriety and perhaps a...

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