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Star Wars Celebration is going to be streamed live

Posted April 14, 2015, 4:04 PM

We all had a pretty good idea that this week's Star Wars Celebration was going to be huge, but when information started to leak out last month that J.J. Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy were going to kick off the event, the anticipation went through the roof. If that wasn't enough to make me jealous, it was soon announced that a new trailer and the first teaser poster would be making their debuts at this event.

If I lived on the west coast, I would be there. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I do not live on the left coast, so I will be here at work like many of you, dreaming of those lucky folks seeing footage from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Well, fear not, StarWars.com has your back. Starting this Thursday at 10:00 a.m. PST, they stream over 30 hours of...

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Yellowjacket debuts in new 'Ant-Man' trailer

Posted April 13, 2015, 5:04 PM

I will give this to Marvel. Every time a new film comes out in their MCU, I have to do research on their characters. I wish I could say that I had memorized every nuance of every comic book growing up, but I was obsessed with hockey, not comics as a kid.

Some characters I know better than others. I didn't have to do much research on Avengers per se, but the last couple of ones have forced me to dig into some great comics to help get familiar with them before the films come out. This is especially true for Ant-Man.

Although, I tend to see it as an opportunity and not as a crutch. Since I'm coming to them with virginal eyes, I'm not tainted by the years of comics canon. Case in point, I'm not as taken aback seeing...

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Monday Mixer: Scarlett Johansson can soothe any wild beast

Posted April 13, 2015, 4:04 PM

So, there's this show called Game of Thrones and judging from my twitter timeline, it came back from hiatus last night. I would be thrilled and excited about this development along with the 95% of the other people I know in a social media sort of way, but here's the rub, I'm not caught up yet.

I mean, I'm so far behind that author George R.R. Martin might actually finish the series of books before I catch up. You see, I am only able to make that joke because of social media as I've only read the first book (so far) and I don't have occasion to wonder about the lack of speed to which Mr. Martin is (or isn't) finishing books.

We find ourselves living in a strange world and, as we talked about in our latest podcast, Google is positioning...

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First cast photo from 'Suicide Squad'

Posted April 9, 2015, 5:04 PM

One film that is sort of being lost in the shuffle of all these comic movies is, perhaps, the one film that I'm most excited for, Suicide Squad. And to be honest, I don't really know that much about it.

What I do know though sounds amazing and I'm in. Way in. Like pencil to the eraser in.

If you caught the Dark Knight reference there (and really, how could you not?), then you would know that I'm talking about the DC comic film where the villains team up and do something heroic. Again, that's my general understanding of the film (which is naturally based on a comic book) and I can already see thousands of you cussing me out in effigy.

It's OK. I can enjoy comic book movies without reading the comic books just like many people enjoy movies based on...

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Trailer for Sundance darling 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' surprises

Posted April 8, 2015, 4:04 PM

If there's one thing that Whiplash taught us, it's not to underestimate the winner of the Sundance Grand Jury award when it comes to winning awards. While Sundance has long been a good leading indicator of indie film success, it sometimes takes a few years for those filmmakers to break over into the mainstream.

And yet, Sundance takes place after we pick our sleepers, so therein lies the conundrum. If we just waited a few weeks, we would surely include the big films out of Sundance on our sleeper lists. Sometimes we get lucky, other times we do not.

This year was one of the years that we missed as none of us picked eventual Grand Jury winner Me and Earl and the Dying Girl to be a sleeper hit in 2015. After watching today's trailer, it's painfully obvious that we missed...

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Monday Mixer: 'Twin Peaks' loses its Lynch

Posted April 6, 2015, 4:04 PM

I know that we've talked enough about basketball and March Madness these past few weeks, but it would be weird if we didn't talk about it. Kentucky's run to perfection ended a couple of wins short and suddenly their entire season was a failure.

How is that any way to think about a season where you only lost one game? Perhaps I just don't get it or wasn't born with the same sense of entitlement where the expectation is perfection or why bother?

Of course, I've always been someone who cheered on the underdogs, so the idea of perfection is not really something that I have ever really known. What I do know is competition and the overwhelming desire to win each and every time you take the court, or in my case the ice rink.

Here I am, over 40 years old...

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Less is more in new 'Poltergeist' trailer

Posted April 2, 2015, 11:04 AM

It's like a broken record on the site. Each week, there's a new trailer or ten and for the most part, we are left shaking our heads. It's as if the studios have decided that they would rather spend their money elsewhere instead of making the best trailer they can.

This sort of thinking is sad because, let's face it, the movie trailer is still the number one advertising vehicle to hook a potential audience. Whether it's on the big screen in front of another blockbuster or being featured on countess websites like this one, a film's trailer is the single best way to convince someone to come see your film. By using the current state of trailers as evidence, it would appear that the studios have forgotten this fact.

Case in point, today has given us a great teaching point when...

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