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Saturday
Dec032011

The weekend after Thanksgiving is terrible for Hollywood - Here's why

The movie industry is a strange thing. Studio executives like to think they can predict what people want to see at the movies. Sometimes they can, but more often than not, they fail. The art of releasing movies seems to be as much of an emotional game as it is strictly about numbers, which is why I found it very strange when I realized that there were no new films coming out this weekend. Sometimes there four or five major movie releases in a week and once in a while there’s only one, but I cannot remember the last time there were no new wide releases in a weekend. Following a big Thanksgiving weekend filled with three family films—The Muppets, Arthur Christmas, and Hugo—none of the major studios have a film lined up for this weekend. What’s the deal?

The weekend after Thanksgiving is usually bad for films, from what I have read, but is it so bad that studios should give up? I mean, it’s guaranteed to be a bad weekend if absolutely no one is willing to risk releasing a movie. As it stands, The Muppets and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 will battle it out for the top spot.

Being the analytical guy that I am, I’ve gathered and attempted to analyze release and ticket sales data from the last 16 years of post-Thanksgiving box office weekends and see if there are any patterns. As it turns out, fear of the post-Thanksgiving weekend is not a new phenomenon in Hollywood.

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Friday
Dec022011

'John Carter' full trailer - It's like 'Attack of the Clones' with much better acting

If you insert Yoda into the new trailer of John Carter, you’d think George Lucas was remaking Attack of the Clones into a much better movie. The new trailer has a lot of sand, green aliens, and colossium fighting. Honestly, it looks pretty great so far. 

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Friday
Dec022011

'Hugo' review - A marvelous film about the magic of cinema

Hugo is a marvelous film about the magic of cinema.

If you’re skeptical, you’re forgiven, as this is a jarring departure from Director Martin Scorsese’s usual material. But what it lacks in gangsters and bullets it makes up for in passion and spectacle. Though billed as a movie for children (and certainly entertaining enough for them), Hugo is a labour of love, and an homage to the visual pleasures of cinema that will delight audiences of all ages and tastes.

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Thursday
Dec012011

Angelina Jolie talks about 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' on 60 Minutes - her first time writing and directing

I wouldn’t call myself a huge Angelina Jolie fan. It’s not that I don’t think she’s a great actress or anything, but I’ve never found myself watching random movies just because I know she’s going to be starring in them. (Neil Patrick Harris in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is a completely different story.) But after watching a recent 60 Minutes segment, I’m trying to recall exactly what turned me off from Jolie from the first place. Oh, right, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, but I think I can safely say enough time has passed. I think we can all move on.

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Thursday
Dec012011

'Evil Dead' remake will be "grounded in reality," says writer

It’s not easy to get behind an Ash-less Evil Dead, but it’s possible. An Ash-less Evil Dead written by Diablo Cody though? I just don’t know. To be fair, the Juno writer has been hired only to rewrite Director Fede Alvarez’s script, and is thankfully not going into this project without set boundaries. According to Reelz, Cody has been instructed to keep the remake “grounded in reality,” and promised not to tart up what was once a cult classic with folk music or Jennifer’s Body-style ridiculousness. 

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Monday
Nov282011

'Alcatraz' TV promo - First shots of the mysterious new J.J. Abrams show

I’m not sure what to make of this one. Thanks to the success of Lost, Fringe, and Star Trek, J.J. Abrams is the man to know in Hollywood and on TV. His newest project is a TV show called Alcatraz and will hit Fox in January. Unsurprisingly, it has a bit of a Lost vibe to it, but also stars Sam Neill. 

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Saturday
Nov262011

'The Muppets' review - A good time for Muppet fans of all ages

When I was young, The Muppets were already a fixture in the entertainment world. It takes a lot of effort to dislike Jim Henson’s Muppets. They’ve always been fantastic family entertainment with that faint edginess to them so the adults enjoy themselves just as much as the kids. I’m happy to report that the formula that made the Muppets so successful is back. After a decade of starring in hit or miss Web videos and lame TV specials, the Muppets have been revived again thanks to Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller, and two of the guys who brought you Flight of the Conchords: Bret McKenzie and James Bobin. 

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Wednesday
Nov232011

'The Hunger Games' trailer - It leaves you starving for more

I’ve been going back and forth on whether I wanted to read the novel before the movie comes out, but after watching The Hunger Games trailer, it’s definitely made it onto my reading list. I remember when I read the book Battle Royale, which has similar story to The Hunger Games—every year a group of youth are chosen to fight to the death, and the winner is the last one standing. But I also remember how disappointed I was with the subsequent film based off the novel. Though, to be fair, it makes for a pretty decent B-movie now. Fortunately,The Hunger Games looks like it’ll do justice to the original story.

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Monday
Nov212011

Bret McKenzie from Flight of the Conchords talks about his role in 'The Hobbit'

The Hobbit will see the return of one of the original trilogy’s biggest stars. No, not John Rhys-Davies or Viggo Mortensen. Bret McKensie is coming back to Middle Earth. Don’t recognize his name? Well, you may know for being half of “New Zealand’s 4th Most Popular Folk Parody Duo,” Flight of the Conchords. Yep, McKensie played an unnamed Elf (fans named him Figwit) in The Fellowship of the Ring and since he made such a splash online, Peter Jackson brought him back for a longer role in Return of the King. Now he’s shaving his beard and growing his hair out yet again for the prequel. 

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Monday
Nov212011

'Rampage' the movie: This could be a horrible idea

Not being much of a gamer, I’m somewhat a “noob” when it comes to complaining about Hollywood adapting (and usually ruining) a beloved video game. Now that New Line Cinema, sister company to Warner Brothers, has announced its intention to develop a Rampage movie, however, I feel like my day is coming.

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