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Monday Mixer: 'The Incredibles 2' is officially happening

Posted May 11, 2015, 2:05 PM

Moms.

What's there really left to say? It truly is unfair that we only spend one day a year to celebrate the woman in our life who sacrificed so much to bring us into the world.

With few exceptions (Norman Bates comes to mind), the idea and reality of mother come about as close to matching up than pretty much any other concept. Dads come in all shapes and sizes, but the mom is pretty much one size fits all. That's not to say that all moms are the same, but when you say unconditional love, there's a reason that we almost always think of mom first.

So, Mother's Day was yesterday and in the age of social media, it's a holiday that has reached even higher plateaus. All of a sudden, Moms become the default profile picture on Facebook for one weekend...

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Thor drops the hammer in 'Vacation' racy red-band trailer

Posted May 7, 2015, 4:05 PM

Look, I'll be the first to admit when I'm wrong. Yesterday, I claimed that the reboot Vacation would bomb this summer.

To be fair, I was basing the bombing mostly out of there being really nothing to see about the film two months before release. It's as though Warner Bros. is reading my mind because I get in to the office this morning and the first trailer for Vacation has been released onto the world.

At this point, I should probably just go ahead and accept with blind faith that all Ed Helms films are going to be hilarious, because well, they are. He's actually the perfect actor to fill the legendary shoes of Chevy Chase (or more accurately Anthony Michael Hall from the original).

Whatever the case, the first look at Vacation is surprisingly hilarious. One standout moment is the, ahem, performance...

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10 films that will bomb at the box office this summer

Posted May 6, 2015, 4:05 PM

We've talked incessantly (sorry) about how big and impressive that 2015 is going to be at the box office. In particular, the sheer number of potential blockbusters this summer is astounding. Of course, there are always two sides to every coin.

With so much potential comes great risk for failure and the numbers would seemingly indicate that there will be a few duds to go with the big hits. It's a numbers game really. There is only so much business to go around and with ticket prices being what they are, audiences are more selective than ever when it comes to seeing films at theaters.

While that should translate to some great business in home entertainment, a few studios are going to be left scratching their heads. With last week's massive debut from Avengers: Age of Ultron the summer is off to...

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Will Joss Whedon's departure signal doom for Marvel?

Posted May 6, 2015, 8:05 AM

In the old riddle about the chicken and the egg, the point is that the answer doesn't matter. It doesn't matter what came first because the status quo is a perpetual momentum in which they both coexist and reality without one or the other is not possible. With no eggs, there will be no chickens and vice versa.

So too, Marvel will face an interesting dilemma moving forward from Avengers: Age of Ultron. For the first time since its inception, key creative figure Joss Whedon will not be involved directly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). He is still involved to a degree with the TV series spinoff Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and perhaps he will get more involved with that (or less), but his future plans are cloudy at best.

What will only add to the unknown is the fact that...

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May the 4th celebrates 'Star Wars' in style

Posted May 4, 2015, 3:05 PM

According to Wikipedia, Star Wars Day (aka May the 4th) was first celebrated in 2011, but it seems like its origins date back even further. No matter when it really did come into existence, this is the first time where we can celebrate Star Wars Day in the same year that a new film will be released.

In other words, this is like having Christmas right after your birthday, and we all get gifts. The biggest of the gifts this year comes via Vanity Fair which is releasing a cover story on the new film this week and they leaked their cover and some great new content today. I must caution you that if you want to stay spoiler free, turn back now.

It's still hard to imagine that we will have three Star Wars films in the next 24 months, so...

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Monday Mixer: 'Suicide Squad' assembled and in costume

Posted May 4, 2015, 1:05 PM

May the Fourth. Star Wars day.

It would be silly for us not to even mention the significance of today's made up holiday, but we are in the movie industry, so it would be sacrilege not to. Actually, we are going a step further and donating an entire story for the occasion, but more to come on that later. There's just too much news on both fronts to try and cram it all into one piece.

Speaking of this weekend, there were quite a few talking points to take away from it, not the least being the "failure" of Avengers: Age of Ultron. I still don't get how you could even remotely call this movie a "failure," but some people are doing just that. OK, "failure" is perhaps a bit much, but it does make you wonder.

Have we placed unfair expectations on...

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Tomorrowland clips hint at the film's grand scale

Posted April 30, 2015, 5:04 PM

If I told you that the TV series Lost had gotten together with The Neverending Story on the sly and had a love child, would you watch it? That's the question the filmmakers behind the upcoming film Tomorrowland hope you answer in the affirmative.

Me? I was in when you said Lost, but I know how much the end of the series created a divide among fans. OK fine, the crevice was more like the size of the Grand Canyon, but Damon Lindelof is hoping that by teaming up with Brad Bird, you will learn to forgive and forget. Well, at least forgive.

Packaged as a family-friendly alternative to the bombastic blockbusters that will pile on destruction at the box office, Tomorrowland is hoping that you will sit through over two hours of film to experience what is shaping up to...

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