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Are You Team 2012 or Team 2013?

Really quickly: The start of the year is always a weird time, especially this year with Oscar nomination announcement date moved up (it’s on Thursday, about two weeks before usual). On one hand, we’re still catching up on and honoring the movies of 2012. At the same time, we want to be excited for the [...]

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The Bright Side of the Lucas-Disney Deal

Let’s try and catch up after a crazy week: Now that I’ve got yesterday’s rant about George Lucas’ sale of Lucasfilm to Disney out of my system, it’s time to start looking at the bright side and future possibilities. I’ve come up with five: 1. The Star Wars movies really don’t hold up well. They’re [...]

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Holiday Movie Preview, Part 2: Breaking Blockbusters

Blockbusters aren’t just for summer anymore. Now it’s the holiday season’s turn to unleash its biggest movies on us with Bond, Bilbo Baggins, bin Laden and Bella all making appearances: CLOUD ATLAS Release: Friday Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon Twitter premise: Trippy time-traveling yarn about living multiple, inter-connected lives. #itsathinker Why you want [...]

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Lingering Questions: The Royal Tenenbaums

(This is an extended preview of the PopRox Sunday column in the Pocono Record.) No movie is free from lingering questions. Even if it’s seemingly perfect, you still can’t help but be bothered by a certain scene or line on repeat viewings. In that spirit, here comes The Royal Tenenbaums, director Wes Anderson’s classic 2001 [...]

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Awards Season Primer

You’re never quite ready for Awards Season. It’s a dizzying five months of movies. From October to December, two or three new Oscar contenders are released into theaters every week. From the end of November to February, every movie-watching organization in the country releases their own versions of the awards. It’s a taxing, exciting, redundant, spectacular [...]

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Tranny 3 Rules the World as Smart People Plan for Forthcoming Apocalypse

Hope everyone had a great 4th! Just a word of thanks to anyone that stopped by the live chat on Friday, much appreciated! I’d love to do more, I’m thinking another one for the start of the TV season. We’ll see how it goes. Links: LATE BREAKING UPDATE, 1:38 p.m.: James Spader will be the [...]

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Will Ferrell Will Run for President Before He’s the Next Office Boss

Some links and a Sunday column preview: Will Ferrell has been hovering around NBC’s Thursday comedy block for about a year now, most notably in 30 Rock’s quick-hitting, hysterical show-within-a-show Bitch Hunter: But now he’s getting an upgrade into a four-episode appearance on The Officethat helps show Steve Carell the door. There hasn’t been much speculation that [...]

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Lessons from the Box Office

We’re a little later today, sorry about that. Quick note to remember our contest for the Harry Potter midnight show tickets at the Pocono Community Theater. Deadline is Wednesday at noon to enter. Also, I’ve been directed to blow out some Harry Potter coverage for Thursday’s paper too. So if you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’re in [...]

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Sick of Sequels? Or Are You Just Sick of Bad Movies?

Perhaps calling the lagging box office so far this summer movie season “Sequelitis” is a little short-sighted. Yeah, every summer movie seems to be a sequel so far this summer. And yeah, all of them have underperformed the lofty expectations set upon them. Maybe the expectations weren’t terribly realistic — we’ve already covered the lunacy [...]

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No Box Office Battles for More Than a Month

Yawn. Just because it’s a close race at the box office this weekend doesn’t mean it’s very interesting at all. My immediate reaction was, “Wow, How to Train Your Dragon came back to #1, that’s impressive!” but then I realized that $20 million is right about in line with what it should be doing this [...]

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