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Monday Mixer: More 'X-Files' in the works?

Posted January 19, 2015, 2:01 PM

Is this winter?

A rare "warming" trend in the middle of winter was greeted by a throng of people who left the comfortable confines of their enclosures to bask in the warm weather. Then they caught sight of the bright orb in the sky and immediately took shelter in their nearest movie theater until sundown.

Well, that's what today's box office numbers would have you think anyhow. We'll discuss them in greater detail below, but why bury the lead, it was quite the impressive weekend at your local megaplexes. Perhaps, it was the one-two punch of getting Golden Globe results and Oscar nominations in the same week or just the extra disposable income from plummeting gas prices, whatever the reason the 2015 got a tremendous shot in the arm this weekend.

Enough with the small talk, let's get to it, shall we?

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'Boyhood' and 'Birdman' lead this year's Oscar nominations

Posted January 15, 2015, 6:01 AM

It's a "B"eautiful day, so don't "B"e "B"ashful out there, especially if you're an Oscar-caliber film that features a word beginning with "B" in its title.

It was an extraordinarily good day for Oscar contenders Birdman, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel. All three films were nominated for Best Picture and were well represented in the top acting categories as well.

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel led the way with nine nominations apiece, while Boyhood fresh off its triumph at the Golden Globes snagged a respectable six nominations. But, the nominations weren't free from controversy and curveballs that will keep us talking between now and February 22.

Despite winning the Best Picture Oscar last year for 12 Years a Slave, there were fresh cries of racism when critically-acclaimed film Selma seemed to be slighted with only two nominations. In particular, David...

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'Spy' trailer: Is 2015 the year of raunchy women?

Posted January 14, 2015, 5:01 PM

This Valentine's Day, instead of dragging your date to the latest Nicholas Sparks romantic film (you'll have to wait until April for that), there's an interesting new twist on romance in the form of Fifty Shades of Grey. Well, maybe it's not a new twist per se, but it's definitely new to mainstream film.

The film, based on the wildly successful best-selling book of the same name, introduces mainstream audiences to the world of BDSM in a way that is likely to be foreign to them. Even if you've read the book, there's a big difference between seeing it in your head and having it up on a massive screen for all to see.

But is this just a sampling of what 2015 will offer?

In fact, the year is already off to a risqué start with the first episode of season four...

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The 'Avengers' are all melancholy in new trailer

Posted January 13, 2015, 5:01 PM

It seems that Marvel might be taking a page out of Star Wars' playbook. Everyone knows that Empire Strikes Back was the darkest film in the original trilogy which might explain why many people claim that it's also the best film in the entire series.

It's not that the Avengers film needs any help as it's been demonstrated over and over again that Marvel can currently do no wrong, but this might be a nice way of getting the audience prepared for more darker times. So far, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been rather cheery, especially when compared to Christopher Nolan's Batman series of films, but could the tide be turning.

With subtitles of future films having phrases such as Infinity War and Civil War in them, I think it's clear that a dark period is on the horizon for the...

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'Boyhood' is all grown up with Golden Globes wins

Posted January 12, 2015, 4:01 PM

As much as we hold the Academy Awards above all others in terms of pomp, circumstance and all that prestigious malarkey, there's just something cool about the Golden Globes. Personally, I think it's all the alcohol flowing combined with the fun mix of TV and film celebrities.

Did I mention the alcohol?

There's just something infinitely cool about seeing former host Ricky Gervais come out to present an award with a pint of beer in hand. It was only topped by him having to set the pint down on the stage so that he could open the envelope and announce the winner.

As much as I'm looking forward to seeing Neil Patrick Harris host the Oscars this year, it's just a different beast altogether. It seems that Hollywood Foreign Press Association really knows how to throw a great party and the winners usually...

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Monday Mixer: Is Lando returning to 'Star Wars'?

Posted January 12, 2015, 12:01 PM

There are days and weekends where the news run like a leaky faucet and then there are others where it seems that not a single interesting thing happened. Thankfully, this weekend was one of the former ones.

It's not really surprising given that it was Golden Globes weekend which meant that most of Hollywood's biggest and brightest were confined to Southern California for the weekend. When that much star power is kept in proximity to one another, you know that something good is going to happen.

This year's Golden Globes did not disappoint and I will be posting a more thorough run-down of the results soon, but I will say that the surprising results make for a very interesting run-up to Thursday's Academy Award nominations.

Boyhood was the unquestioned winner of the Golden Globes, but given the wide open nature of this year's...

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He Tweets, She Tweets: A 'Mini' Cooper sighting

Posted January 9, 2015, 5:01 PM

Well, it's a new year, so it's time for a new you, right? OK, maybe not that drastic, but since like 95%* of all New Year's Resolutions get broken, why do we even make them?

Because we like to think that we will strive to better ourselves of course. In that vein, my resolution this year is to provide more (and hopefully more interesting) content for you, our loyal readers. We're only nine days into the year, but so far, so good? I don't know, I guess you'll be the judge of that.

So, I thought it would be fun to have a weekly on-going piece where we highlight interesting, profound or just bizarre tweets that Hollywood celebrities put out. Tentatively titled "He Tweets, She Tweets" because I can't think of anything better (but I am open to suggestions), this weekly story...

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