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Make the Oscars more enjoyable with your own BINGO card

Posted February 19, 2015, 6:02 PM

The biggest night in movies is this Sunday. The 87th Oscars will be presented to the year's best in film. Some may find the three (or more) hour telecast to be a bore, I kinda like seeing the Hollywood spectacle.

I have something for those of you who tend to doze off while the winner for Best Documentary Short Film thanks their third grade school teacher. Popular website Reddit is doing a fun little BINGO game to play while you watch.

All you have to do is visit a special location to retrieve your unique BINGO game card. You'll have to complete a CAPTCHA to prove you're not a robot but that's a small chore. You will be given a card with a unique serial code.

Each square on your BINGO -- I mean, OSCAR -- card mentions a unique event that may...

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The evolution of Batman in 10 minutes

Posted February 19, 2015, 5:02 PM

We had a fun meeting this morning with Warner Bros. As you can imagine, the huge point of emphasis for them going forward is all of the DC property films that they will be releasing over the course of the next decade.

First up is next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and they were really excited about the prospects of finally getting into a comic book film universe with multiple interconnected films. It's worked out quite well for their adversaries Marvel and there are no indications that they won't also enjoy the fruit of our insatiable desire for comic book films.

It just so happened that I came across this video that does a great job of summarizing the various incarnations of Batman over the years. It's a great video that really does do a pretty exhaustive job of showing...

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New international 'Mad Max' trailer is wild

Posted February 19, 2015, 12:02 PM

There's one wildcard film for me in 2015 and among those of us here at the site, it seems that I'm the only one with much faith in it. That film, of course, is Mad Max: Fury Road.

I've preached about the merits of it and yes, the May 15 release date does put it up against some stiff competition, but I just have a feeling that this film is going to be a surprise big hit. Tim, Dannette and I are at our annual studio convention and we're getting to see some pretty cool stuff. The footage we saw from Ant-Man last night was incredible and this morning we got to look at some stuff from Mad Max that included a bunch of things that you will find in the new international trailer below.

The one thing that Mad Max: Fury...

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Monday Mixer: 'Fifty Shades' of dominance

Posted February 16, 2015, 1:02 PM

It's funny. All weekend long, my social media accounts were filled with outrage over Fifty Shades of Grey and its depiction of deviant sexual behavior, rape, abuse, lack of a properly well-rounded color palette.

What they all seemed to forget is that this film was based on an extremely popular book that (no joke) started out as Twilight fan fiction. So, it's not like we weren't already dealing with a subject matter that already had its tongue planted firmly in cheek.

But yet, as Taylor Swift likes to say, "Haters gonna hate, hate, hate." Did I really just quote Taylor Swift? This might be the low point of all of the Monday Mixers and I haven't even gotten to the bad news yet.

You'll probably notice right away that this MM is a bit lacking and I apologize for that, but we had...

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'Spider-Man' back with Marvel - sort of

Posted February 10, 2015, 3:02 PM

Sure, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is arguably the most successful film franchise of all time. Sure, all of their films gross ridiculous amounts of money at the box office. But, there's been a giant pink spider sitting in the corner the last decade or so and it seems that Marvel has finally gotten around to taking care of it.

Sony bought the rights to Spider-Man from Marvel in 1999 for $7 million which seems like a steal now. Fifteen years later, Marvel is a very successful film studio in its own right with films such as The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy all in its MCU and yet there are noticeable holes to its lineup, namely Spider-Man and X-Men.

Well, one of those holes is about to be filled. Sony announced a deal today in which they will be partnering...

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Monday Mixer: 'Straight Outta Compton' trailer debuts

Posted February 9, 2015, 2:02 PM

It isn't a music awards show without Kanye West showing his, uh, bizarre infatuation for Beyoncé, is it? Well, last night's Grammys was yet another fine showing from Kanye as he expressed his opinion that Beyoncé not Beck deserved to win the Grammy for album of the year.

I don't know who I feel more sorry for, Kanye for stooping down yet again to tarnish a once in a lifetime feeling for the actual winner or Jay-Z, who at this point has to be thinking about adding extra security for Beyoncé. It was an interesting night beyond the Kanye interruption though as stars used it as a dress rehearsal for the Oscars in a couple of weeks.

Even Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris got into the fun by having a few drinks ("I'm eleven drinks in") and live-tweeting the Grammys. Needless to...

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He Tweets, She Tweets: Kevin Smith: Marvel Security Guard

Posted February 6, 2015, 3:02 PM

My favorite thing about this column is that I have no clue what it will look like from week to week. The content is completely dependent upon the celebrities themselves. With the MM, I know that I will be talking about the weekend's box office because that's as much clockwork as taxes.

But what will catch the fancy of celebrities and what does that say about them? Or us?

It's a very interesting concept and one that certainly appeals to that degree in psychology that I have lying around in one of those boxes that I haven't unpacked in at least three moves now. Mostly, celebs are just like the rest of us. They like things that make them laugh and they love to promote themselves as much as humanly possible.

Thankfully, that's where I come in. I can curate the massive ball...

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