I like Tina Fey. I really do. Admittedly, I didn’t watch 30 Rock. Yes, I know it’s supposed to be hilarious. I just never got around to it. Netflix will be my friend at some point, I’m sure. I loved Tina on SNL, though. She was always fantastic during Weekend Update, whether she was with Jimmy Fallon or Amy Poehler. However, I’ve never really viewed Tina as an actress, at least on the big screen (though she did do good work in Mean Girls). Date Night with Steve Carrell – didn’t enjoy it. And now there’s Admission, which hit DVD/Blu-ray a few weeks ago. This is one of those shoulda, coulda flicks. Tina Fey and the often hillarious Paul Rudd should have been able to do something great together. Instead they did Admission.
Despicable Me 2 Overpowers Pacific Rim & Grown Ups 2 – Biff Bam Pop’s Weekend Box Office Wrap-Up Report
I put off doing the wrap-up report simply because all weekend long, the numbers were fluctuating. Often times the numbers and films switch, but this weekend seemed particularly close as to which movie would come out on top. After waiting a few extra hours, here’s what we can report:
For the second weekend in a row, Despicable Me 2 was number one at the box office, grossing $44.7 million to bring its two week tally to an outstanding $229 million. I’m guessing we won’t have to wait too long for a third film in the franchise.
Find out how the rest of the weekend went down after the jump!
This weekend sees a massive sci-fi flick take on a comedy sequel. Which one, if either, will claim the top spot at the box office? Here are our predictions:
Pacific Rim is the film geeks around the world have been salivating about – giant robots vs giant monsters, as directed by the one and only Guillermo Del Toro. The big question is, are there enough geeks out there eager to spend their money on a non-franchise film without any big stars. Some observers would have you think no – there’s been lots of talk about poor tracking going on for the film, and that audiences aren’t interested in it at all. Then again, reviews have been stellar for the film, which appears to be big and bold. I think that Pacific Rim could surprise everyone this weekend and over-perform, much the way that World War Z did a few weeks ago. Look for a second place showing with$46 million.
Find out how the rest of the weekend will turn out after the jump!
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The Queen and I often talk about how, back in our high school days, the worst thing one could think of was staying home on a Saturday night. You know, if you didn’t have someplace to be, you just weren’t cool enough. But then, as you get older, you start to relish those evenings in. Without plans or having anyplace to be.
Try telling that to someone still in the thick of high school, still coming of age, and they’ll tell you you’re nuts. If they even deem to talk to you at all.
Growing up. It’s not easy. But in the right hands, it makes for a fun movie. Which is what Molly Maxwell is.
If you grew up watching the G.I. Joe cartoons in the late 80′s, you’re most likely familiar with the PSA’s at the end that taught safety and life lessons. What you may or may not know is that way off in a small corner of the internet back in 2003, Eric Fensler and his company Fenslerfilms started making parodies of these PSA’s, and they’re still a HUGE hit over a decade later! The clips were re-workings of the original PSA’s, with new voice-overs and sometimes changes in the animation or some creative editing. They were just the normal safety hazard situations, with a new dialogue that changed the scenes’ dynamic – and often made them hilariously awkward and creepy.
I went into the theater with low expectations for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. After my disappointing romp with James Franco, I needed something lighter to cleanse the palette. I love Steve Carell and he’s been called the nicest man in Hollywood, so I thought I would give him a chance with this Burt Wonderstone movie. It has Steve Buscemi and Alan Arkin, as well as Olivia Wilde as the love interest and Jim Carrey as an insane magician. How bad could it be?
It turned out to be a lovely, little, knee slapper with some definite laugh-out-loud moments and a hint of black humor that kept it from tipping over into corny territory.
Check out the trailer and then read my review after the jump!
Two weeks ago I wrote about taking the plunge on the CineCoup Film Accelerator, making a trailer for Starkers, a feature-to-be in the hunt for $1 million in Cineplex funding. We’re definitely swimming in the deep end; no water-wings for the teams competing from all over Canada. When the contest opened there were ninety-one teams. Now there’s eighty-two. Fourteen days, and attrition has set in.
We’ve done two Mission Videos already in that time. Every Sunday, the CineCoup teams scramble to get a video in by midnight, which appears for public viewing starting the following Monday at 9pm. The first Mission Video was a “power trio” vid, giving each team a chance to introduce their members. Teams leapt at the chance to unleash their pent-up creativity. Check out the the three top videos so far after the jump!
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The toughest part about making a movie is, well, everything. You need a good story. Someone has to make that story into a decent script. Actors have to bring the script to life. A director has to realize the world the actors inhabit, giving the movie its shape and style. A host of people bring that director’s vision to fruition. There’s editing, effects, sound, score, and that doesn’t even get to distribution and marketing and how much fizzy sugar water is this all going to sell anyway. Making movies is hard, and every one that gets done is a minor miracle.
That puts CineCoup in the minor miracle business. Founded by J. Joly and Brian Wideen in May of 2012, the CineCoup Film Accelerator is a new model for filmmaking. They decided to put the power in social media, and let people decide where their tastes lie, before the film actually gets made. Trailers are what open the doors. This past weekend, CineCoup opened the curtain on ninety-one trailers from indie filmmakers across Canada. They run the gamut from comedy to drama to horror to sci-fi. Each one is two-minutes of first impression, to make you want to see a movie that hasn’t even been made. By leveraging Facebook, Twitter and the like, these scrappy teams can duke it out for fans, and CineCoup gets to see what plays with a bunch of different audiences. Over three months and through weekly media exercises, the teams will build on their feature ideas, and CineCoup will relentlessly narrow the field, à la American Idol. The winning team gets a million dollars toward the production of their film, backed by Cineplex Odeon. Not Avengers money, but enough to get a good little indie film really rolling.
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