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Wednesday
May052010

KICK-ASS 2: BALLS TO THE WALL on the way!

Good news for fans of Kick-Ass (I am one of them). Mark Miller is debuting the comic book sequel in the over the first six issues of his new U.K. magazine, CLiNT, reports Forces of Geek. A film adaptation is being prepped for a 2011-2012 release.

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Monday
Apr192010

KICK-ASS is violent, hilarious, bloody, and all kinds of awesome

Rating:  (Masterpiece)

Is it violent? Sure. Is it morally reprehensible? Probably. Does it feature a young girl beating the hell out of people and getting beaten within an inch of her life? Yes. Will your girlfriend like it? This ain't The Notebook. Kick-Ass is hilarious and brutal. If you don't believe violent movies are ruining society (I, for one, think we'll be OK), it's also the best action/comedy since Zombieland.

Like Zombieland, Kick-Ass stars an awkward teenager who gets mixed up in an ever more violent situation. However, unlike Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) from Zombieland, Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) does not get caught up in the end of the world: he causes his own problems. Dave is kind of a nobody. He isn't a great athlete, and he isn't good at being a geek. Like most kids his age, he "simply exists," trying to make it through his days without hassle. 

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Monday
Aug032009

Funny People tops box office, Harry Potter holds on to #2 (Weekend Report)

It's a decent weekend for Judd Apatow, but Potter fans should be happier. Funny People, starring Adam Sandler as a comedian wrestling with death, managed to reach the top of the box office, but not by much. It made $23,439,565 through the weekend. It will be interesting to see if it trended up or down through the weekend. Final numbers are not out yet. (My review of Funny People is here.) If this follows the trend of the last two Apatow movies, or last three Sandler movies, it will break the $100 million mark, and possibly inch toward $200 million.

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Monday
Jul272009

Super crime fighting hamsters beat Harry Potter at the box office (Weekend Report)

Say it ain't so! Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been dethroned after one weekend. Bummer. Perhaps if the movie was better this wouldn't happen. Nonetheless, Disney's new 3D superhero animated hamster movie, G-Force, edged out Potter, taking in $31,656,934 to Potter's $29,462,187. This is despite the fact that Potter (4,325) was in 600+ more cinemas than G-Force (3,697). Half-Blood Prince dropped 62% from last weekend. For context, Order of the Phoenix lost about 58% of its audience during the second weekend.

On a sadder note, The Ugly Truth debuted in third with $27,605,576, despite showing in 800 less theaters than G-Force (2,882). Why is this sad? Well because it actually had a higher per-theater average than the other two! Don't go see this, you won't like it, and I'm not a romantic comedy hater. It deserves a swift fall off the charts.

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Saturday
Jul182009

Zach Galifianakis due for some time in the spotlight

I've been a fan of Zach Galifianakis for a long time now (years!). Unfortunately, he's never gotten a film role that captures his unique brand of awkward humor. Thanks to The Hangover, Hollywood might finally warm up to the guy in the Amber Alert beard.

The Hangover 2 is already planned, but a sequel is two years away. Before that, he's going to team up with Todd Phillips, director of The Hangover series, in Due Date. ScriptShadow reviewed the current draft of the screenplay, and it sounds promising. It's about "an expectant dad (along with an unlikely travel companion, Galifianakis) races cross-country in hopes of making it home for the birth of his first child." It's a road comedy, written by Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedland, who wrote some King of the Hill episodes. Here's what ScriptShadow thinks of the screenplay.

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