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Happy Life Day: How big will 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' be?

Posted November 17, 2015, 11:11 AM

On this day in 1978, CBS aired The Star Wars Holiday Special for the first and only time. Since then Nov. 17 has unofficially marked Life Day, the Wookiee holiday celebrated in the TV show. It's merely a way for fans to celebrate Star Wars while simultaneously poking fun at the worst episode in the Star Wars universe.

This year marks a very special Life Day. We are just one month from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Technically the film opens on Dec. 18 but U.S. screenings start on the 17th. (Heck, in parts of Europe you can see the movie as early as the 16th.)

As Life Day is analog for Christmas, I'll borrow another to mark this period. It's like "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Star Wars merchandise lines shelves of most every retailer -- much like...

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Monday Mixer: Did Shia LaBeouf actually do something fun?

Posted November 16, 2015, 5:11 PM

It's really hard to put things into perspective when something like the events in Paris on Friday happens. Well, it's not hard to put things into perspective as it's obvious that everything else pales in comparison.

Or at least it should.

At the end of the day, what we do here is important, sure, and yes many people rely on information for their jobs, but at the end of the day, we are simply talking about movies. It's not life and death and it doesn't even compare to the senseless violence that was wrought on Friday. And yet, they always say that the best coping mechanism is to carry on with your normal activities and "not let the terrorists win."

But it's impossible for us not to acknowledge the hateful acts and send our condolences and thoughts with the people of Paris. At...

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'Allegiant' breaks out in first full-length trailer

Posted November 13, 2015, 5:11 PM

It's funny, I've read all of the books in the Divergent series, but these trailers could be for a whole other series of books by the look of them. The films started diverging (oh yes I did) from the source material pretty early on and only continued on their own path with this year's Insurgent.

From the first look at Allegiant (which is no longer the last story in the franchise), it is pretty apparent that nothing has changed. Sure, the characters are there and the basic story elements are there, but it seems like they infused the story with a whole other story arc from a different series of books.

That being said, the end result so far has been enjoyable and this first trailer paints a better picture of Allegiant than the trailers did for Insurgent. I only hope that...

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Opa! Opa! Does anyone want to see 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2'?

Posted November 12, 2015, 4:11 PM

We have been talking a lot lately about unnecessary sequels and this one is right up there among the biggest offenders. Back in 2002 Nia Vardalos was able to catch lightning in a bottle and created one of the biggest surprise hits of all time with My Big Fat Greek Wedding. But, does anyone really want to see a sequel after 13 years?

What is there left to be said?

Well, Hollywood is never able to leave well enough alone, so it shouldn't shock anyone that there's a sequel coming to the $241 million hit. We've known about this for awhile, but I was secretly hoping that it was all drug-induced hallucination or that Hollywood would eventually come to their senses.

Sadly, with the release of the trailer for My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, this behemoth turned into a real nightmare. If...

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Church and drugs mingle in new red-band trailer for 'The Night Before'

Posted November 11, 2015, 4:11 PM

The last time we checked in on The Night Before, we were intrigued but were hoping for a bit more to put us over the top. Well, today's red-band trailer for the Seth Rogen film may be just the thing to push us over the edge.

Sure, the film still looks like a glossier version of A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas with prettier stars thanks to Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie, but a few original jokes from today's trailer actually got me to laugh a little. First, as a recent father, I can attest that it's every man's worst nightmare to walk into a strip club only to see your daughter working the pole on the center stage.

Second, there's an extended scene in the obviously Christian church with Rogen wearing his ridiculous Hanukkah sweater with the star of David on...

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Get lost with the first 'Finding Dory' trailer

Posted November 10, 2015, 5:11 PM

Tim and I were talking today about unnecessary sequels and in the vast ocean (see what I did there?) of sequels in Hollywood, there are few more unnecessary than Finding Dory. Don't get me wrong, I love Pixar and so far they haven't let me down yet, but there's a first time for everything.

Really, what is left to be said that wasn't addressed in the first film? Nemo was lost and his Dad rallied to the occasion and found him. Case closed, right?

Not so fast.

This time around, Dory is the one lost or, well, I guess her family is lost and the forgetful fish starts remembering something, maybe and it might involve a mollusk. At least, that's the general vibe that I'm getting from the first trailer for Finding Dory which was released today.

Ellen DeGeneres released the trailer exclusively because...

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Monday Mixer: UFOs and aliens are among us or are they?

Posted November 9, 2015, 5:11 PM

Well, this weekend was certainly an interesting one in Hollywood. In case you missed it or were otherwise living a normal life this weekend, L.A. got a nice drive-by from a UFO. Sure, the government claims it was a "missile test" and while we might believe it with the same amount of verisimilitude that we believe it was a weather balloon in Roswell, I would hope that there would be more an actual response from the military if this was truly the opening volleys of an alien invasion.

Although, at the same time UFOs were buzzing L.A., someone in Northern California discovered something that people claim is an alien. Personally, I think it would be perfect marketing for Independence Day Resurgence or the new X Files shows, but no one in Hollywood is that creative these days.

Sadly no, I think the...

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