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JVC's movie picks for the weekend (4/30-5/02)

So, it's the weekend again. You've told yourself that this is going to be the weekend you finally get out to the theater; you're going to see a movie on the big screen. But what should you see? Well, my friend, let me help you out. Below I'll give you my picks of the week. Unfortunately, none of them are new!

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CLASH OF THE TITANS is Kraken lackin'

Rating:  Bad

I enjoy a good B movie as much as the gang at Lost Highway, but I can't find a lot to love about Clash of the Titans. For a movie built on its big-budget visuals, it lacks big payoffs. Much like the disappointing end to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, when we thought we'd get an epic 100 boat brawl and got a 2 boat spiral squabble, Titans continually hypes expectations and fails to match them. We hear about the Kraken--a creature so massive and powerful that even Hades and Zeus fear it. Perhaps a scary creature to the gods, but Perseus (Sam Worthington) destroys it almost instantly. Where's the fun in that?

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GODZILLA to be remade by Hollywood...again

He probably won't look like this, however. Legendary Pictures--the studio behind a large number of big budget titles as of late including The Dark Knight and Clash of the Titans--has obtained the rights to produce another American Godzilla film, reports Variety. It will not be a sequel to Roland Emmerich's 1998 Godzilla movie, starring Matthew Broderick and a big-jawed zilla. That film made over $400 million dollars worldwide, but squabbling between studios prevented a sequel from 'hatching.' Japan's Toho Co. owns the rights to Godzilla and will distribute the film in Japan. Toho has released more than 25 Godzilla films since 1954. The brand new Godzilla film is being readied for a 2012 launch.

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Warner Bros. upcoming tentpole franchises

J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkein, and Arthur Conan Doyle are, oddly, holding together the hopes and dreams of executives at Warner Bros. Variety put together a list of the tentpole projects Warner Bros. has in development.

Tentpole movies are films that studios believe will make several hundred million dollars worldwide, assuming they don’t suck. Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, and Transformers are examples of tentpole film franchises. These types of movies are crucial, since they fund a variety of lower scale projects for studios. A large portion of movies don’t turn a profit at the box office, which is why Warner Bros. executives deem it necessary to have a stable slate of big money makers.

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - release 7/25/09
  • Sherlock Holmes - 12/25/09
  • Clash of the Titans - 3/26/10
  • Sex and the City 2 - 4/28/10
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 - 11/19/10
  • The Green Lantern - 6/17/11
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 - 7/15/11
  • Happy Feet 2 - 11/18/11
  • The Hobbit, Part 1 - 12/**/11
  • The Hobbit, Part 2 - 12/**/12

Noticeably absent is the next Batman movie, which doesn’t yet have a release date.Other potential tentpoles include Johnny Quest and Gears of War.