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Universal Studios Holiday Cash Grabs

January 24th, 2016 No comments

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The Holidays are the greatest gift to theme parks. It gives them a chance to repackage what is essentially the same experience. For example, Universal Studios in October is a lot like Universal Studios in June, except with zombies and a smoke machine. Either way, you still ride “Minion Mayhem” twice. So it goes with Christmas, too —  or as they call it, “Grinchmas!” It’s a simple formula that works. All Universal has to do is decorate the park a little bit differently and then, in a big marketing push, capitalize on the imagery from their large canon of movies to get people excited. I’m actually shocked they haven’t used this formula for Valentine’s Day yet. Can’t you just picture a Because I Said So maze or The Story of Us stunt show?

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STREAM WATCH: Leap Of Faith

January 13th, 2013 No comments

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Stream Watch: The magical place where random movies are discovered and revisited.

Today’s pick: Leap of Faith, a 1992 drama starring Steve Martin, Debra Winger and Liam Neeson. Martin plays Jonas Nightengale, a flimflam salesman, as the Amazing Randi would say, who tours the country with his traveling show of religious miracles. Things take a dramatic turn, however, when his bus breaks down in a small, rural Texas town (even 20 years ago this cliche was old) and the kindly townsfolk move him in unexpected ways. Read more…

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Netflix: The Most Confused Monopoly Out There

October 11th, 2011 No comments

That’s Reed Hastings up above. He’s the CEO of Netflix, and the mastermind behind the Quickster debacle. Last month he apologetically announced that he was going to split Netflix into separate divisions: one for streaming videos, and the other for DVD-by-mail, to be called Quickster. After outrage from consumers and investors, he sheepishly backed out of that plan yesterday. Strange that Hastings thought the best way to phase out a service was to build another company. That’d be like McDonalds selling Big Macs in one location, and Quarter Pounders in another. Read more…

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Miley Hearts Haiti

October 11th, 2011 No comments

If a celebrity does a good deed and no one photographs it, did the deed even exist? Miley Cyrus took a break from her current tour to visit Haiti and help distribute hearing aids to its citizens (you’d think Floridians would have more of a demand for those). Taking to her Twitter, she wrote:

That’s a little boy named Emanuel :) we fit him w hearing aids… I’ve never seen a smile like his! I can’t wait to go back.

For her next photo op, that is! Seeing celebrities take time out of their busy schedules to further promote themselves always brings tears to my eyes.

 

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‘Footloose’ Remake: Coming Soon To Obscurity

October 10th, 2011 No comments

Footloose, the remake that nobody asked for and nobody’s excited for, is finally going to be hitting theaters. Note to executives: remaking cheesy 80s musicals, but taking the cheesy 80s-ness out of them, is not a great idea (see Fame from 2009). And casting a poor man’s Michael J. Fox in the lead role is also not a great idea. I never thought I’d say this, but I miss Kevin Bacon. Just try and play the Six Degrees of Separation game with his new replacement Kenny Wormald. There’s no way to link him to Elizabeth Perkins. Where’s the fun in that?

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What Has Julie Chen And ‘The Talk’ Done To Molly Shannon? And Why Is ‘The Talk’ Still On The Air?

October 10th, 2011 No comments

Ex-Roseanne star Sara Gilbert was about to safely enter the “Where Are They Now” zone, where her former TV siblings Alicia Goranson and Michael Fishman currently reside. Then, in 2010, like a gift from the muse, she thought of an idea for a show. It would feature strong women sitting around a coffee table chatting about the day’s events. Actually, Barbara Walters thought of it back in 1997 and called it The View. The only original twist that Gilbert added was a different name: The Talk, same syllables, different letters. Read more…

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MSNBC’s “Lean Forward” Campaign Coming Soon To A Theater Near You

 

When I went to see Woody Allen‘s Midnight in Paris at Landmark Century City last week, I was appalled by the pre-show “entertainment” as they so call it. I had entered the theater with a smile. I had buttery popcorn with ranch seasoning, it was a cool 72 degrees,and I was excited to see the new Woodman flick, which had garnered his best reviews since Mia Farrow was still one of his stock company actors. But when the lights went down, instead of trailers, the audience was greeted with TV commercials, including one of those sanctimonious ads for MSNBC with Rachel Maddow where she Read more…

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Steven Spielberg’s Forgotten Game

It’s hard to believe, but director Steven Spielberg once slapped his name on a project lamer than Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The year: 1996. The project: a game –or a CD-Rom, rather–aptly titled Director’s Chair, developed by Knowledge Adventure, where YOU the player got to help write, produce, direct and edit a major motion picture starring Quentin Tarantino, in his bad acting heyday, and Jennifer Aniston, back when Friends was still new and fresh. This was supposed to be a tool for aspiring filmmakers. The problem was that the game had no stakes. Everything felt predetermined, as if you were watching a bad movie unfold on your desktop. Read more…

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Kevin Smith’s Hype Machine

Whether you like it or not, writer/director Kevin Smith, of Clerks fame, seems to be in the news more often than Kim Kardashian. Whether he’s  buying season hockey tickets, fake-protesting his upcoming self-distributed thriller Red State, or tweeting about a possible new flick, the man knows how to get attention. Remember his Twitter feud with Southwest Airlines, where he tried to rally a social movement after being kicked off a plane? That was all his doing. He wrote the word “fat” to describe himself and set his rant free. Then the media attention kind of backfired on Smith, and he downplayed the feud. But there’s one feud that lives on; one grudge that will never die. That’s Howard Stern. Read more…

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The Teaser For ‘Scream 4′ Finally Surfaces

October 21st, 2010 No comments
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