Luhrmann’s “Gatsby” Bumped To 2013

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Warner Bros. announced today they’re pushing back the release of Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” to summer 2013. The pic, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. It was to hit theaters on Christmas Day, but the studio is looking to avoid competition from “Jack Reacher,” “This Is 40,” and “Django Unchained.” With this move, they can stake out a date all their own in the biggest movie season of the year. Here’s what Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution, Dan Fellman, had to say: (more…)

Ghostbusters III To Shoot In 2013?

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From the UK tabloid Metro comes word that Ghostbusters III might finally be getting off the ground, albeit sans Bill Murray. In a recent interview with the publication, Dan Aykroyd had a few choice things to say about the long-gestating third Ghostbusters film: (more…)

Retro Review: The King Of Kong: A Fistful Of Quarters

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Donkey Kong Country

Brian Kuh is pacing back and forth, with insatiable urgency, through a winding maze of lights and buttons and whirring noises. This is his digital wilderness, his 8-bit terrain, but somehow, inexplicably, there’s a new threat to the throne on the premises. A “mysterious visitor from the west coast,” in Kuh’s own words. His nerve-wracked voice echoes off the high ceilings of the Funspot Arcade as if from the tongue of a modern day Paul Revere. No phrase has ever been uttered with such searing intensity: “There’s a potential Donkey Kong kill screen coming up, if anyone’s interested!” (more…)

The Dark Knight Rises To Land In Stores December 3rd

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According to the folks at Blu-ray.com, it looks as though Warner Bros. has already decided on a retail release date for its biggest film of 2012 (thus far). (more…)

Top 5: Unexpected Dance Sequences

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Let’s take a look at some of the greatest cinematic dance sequences of all time… in films that have absolutely nothing to do with music or dance. All of these scenes involve large dance ensembles that come out of nowhere, so they range from weird to completely off-the-wall. The one thing they all have in common? Each sequence provides an unexpected blast of energy to its respective film, and they’re all really memorable.

5) Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery

I’m not sure what audiences expected when they checked out Mike Myers’ 007 spoof for the first time in the late 90′s, but it probably didn’t involve an elaborate, colorful, and infectious dance sequence set to Quincy Jones’ “Soul Bossa Nova.” Its sequels propagated the same trick, but it never had the same effect as the original.

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Retro Review: That Thing You Do!

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Tom Hanks' Unsung Tribute To Pop

“That Thing You Do!” was Tom Hanks’ highly publicized debut as a writer and director, but it turned out to be the 60th highest grossing film of 1996. Those two tidbits might seem incongruous now, as Hanks remains one of the biggest movie stars in the world. But the low key response to the film must have been even more confusing in the mid-90s, with Hanks coming off consecutive Oscars. He was an industry titan at the top of his game, so a Hanks-helmed, family-friendly pseudo-musical must have seemed like a sure bet at 20th Century Fox. Amazingly, it fizzled at the box office. (more…)

Movie Melee 2: The Dark Knight Rises (Spoilers)

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“Movie Melee?” This space is reserved for us to geek out (and occasionally go to war) over Hollywood’s latest. It’s like a podcast, but you don’t have to listen to our annoying voices! These unscripted chats are different from our reviews in that they’re less about film criticism and more about being fans. Also, the format is much more casual. Enjoy!

In this edition, J. Olson is joined by guest writer (and fellow film fanatic) Tyler Scruggs. They gave the film a ★★ 1/2 and a ★★★★ out of ★★★★★, respectively.

J. Olson has since amended his review to ★★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★★ after two additional viewings.

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Blu-ray / DVD Spotlight (July 17th, 2012)

“Casa De Mi Padre” is a bold, if not quite courageous comedy that allows Ferrell to mostly disassociate from his fame and remind us why we thought he was so funny in the first place. The film is all kinds of stupid (in the best way), but surprisingly well-made despite its constant (and often amusing) attempts to undermine its own competence.

Rating: ★★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★★ (Good) (more…)

Blu-ray / DVD Spotlight (July 10th, 2012)

“American Reunion” almost gets by on the return of its characters alone, but it’s not funny enough and wastes too many opportunities, instead taking the path of least resistance over and over again.

Rating: ★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★★ (Mediocre) (more…)

Movie Melee 1: The Amazing Spider-Man (Spoilers)

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“Movie Melee?” This space is reserved for us to geek out (and occasionally go to war) over Hollywood’s latest. It’s like a podcast, but you don’t have to listen to our annoying voices! These unscripted chats are different from our reviews in that they’re less about film criticism and more about fandom. Also, the format is much more casual. Enjoy!

In this edition, J. Olson is joined by guest writer (and fellow film fanatic) Tyler Scruggs. They gave the film a ★★★ 1/2 and a ★★★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★★, respectively.

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