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Trailer Time – “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Welcome to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man!

The first TWO trailers for the new film starring Tom Holland are here, and they are outstanding. More so than any other Spidey film, perhaps, this feels right.

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Will Audiences Attend “Office Christmas Party”?

There’s only one major new release this weekend, and it’s going to be hard-pressed to take down the champion of the past two weeks. Here’s our prediction:

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Office Christmas Party is a new R-rated comedy with an outstanding cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman and SNL’s Kate McKinnon, so it should find a decent audience for its debut weekend. However, reviews have been less than kind, so the movie may not be a break-out hit. Really, it’s going to be a one and done weekend for Office Christmas Party to make some money, as next week Rogue One: A Star Wars Story takes over theaters. Look for a second place debut with $16 million.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Six Books To Stuff Into Stockings*

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Being literate is especially important in our current post-truth, post-facts world. And it’s especially significant when you need to take a break from reality, look into the roots of current affairs, or just expand your horizons a little.

Here are six books that fit the bill.
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“Moana” Holds Strong at the Weekend Box Office

Even though there were no new major releases out this weekend, it didn’t matter for the bottom line, as last week’s holdovers managed to bring in solid numbers. Here’s what went down:

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Disney’s Moana had a solid second weekend in release, bringing in an estimated $29 million. This raises the film’s total to $120 million. The film is definitely on track to cross the $200 million mark and, depending on how other films play out, it could get up to $250 million

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them held on to second place with $16 million. The film currently sits at $180 million, and should have no issues making it over $200 million. Though some were sceptical about the lack of known characters in the film, clearly Harry Potter fans came out to return to the world.  Read the rest of this entry

Holiday Gift Guide 2016: A Cuppa Fandom

When temperatures drop and there’s a nip in the air, there’s nothing better than curling up under a cozy blanket with a nice cup of tea. This year, instead of giving friends and family just any old tea, give them a tea inspired by their favorite fandom from Adagio Teas. They have tea blends for almost every fandom.

Since winter has actually come, sip on a variety of Game of Thrones blends.

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For the rebel, you can get the entire Suicide Squad.

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You can boil up an array of Wizarding World potions,

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And what could be better than settling down to watch The Doctor’s Christmas Day Special with a mug of Whovian Feels.

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A sample tin, with fun fandom artwork, costs $5.00, or you can purchase an entire collection, like the entire potions collection for $24.00.

If  you’re particularly fond of that special geeky guy or gal, you can head to Society 6 where they have numerous mugs to match that perfect fandom tea.

“Moana” Should Remain On Top of the Box Office This Weekend

After the big numbers last weekend, things will quiet down a bit at the box office, as no new major releases are opening. Who will wind up on top? Here’s our prediction:

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Disney’s Moana has been a massive hit, regarded as perhaps the film the studio has been working to make over the last 60+ years. Look for Moana to hold on to the top spot this weekend with $30 million.

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The Matrix Preloaded: World on a Wire

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TIFF’s been doing a retrospective on the German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. A prodigious wunderkind of the seventies German New Wave, he died of a drug overdose at 37, leaving behind over 40 features and television mini-series made in a brief 15-year career. (Cocaine is a powerful drug in the right nose.) In that burgeoning output, Fassbinder made only one science fiction film. World on a Wire appeared in 1973, a made-for-TV two-parter that virtually disappeared soon after its release. Steeped in a 1970s futurist aesthetic, the film is both wildly dated and amazingly anticipatory, a speculative plunge into the world of virtual reality fully 36 years ahead of The Matrix. Turns out Neo wasn’t the only one popping pills to see what’s really going on.

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“Moana” Brings an Animated The Rock to Theaters

It’s the Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S.A., which means folks should be heading to the movies in droves to check out the decent offering of flicks waiting to be seen. Which will be on top, though? Here’s our prediction:

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Moana is the new animated Disney film starring the vocal talents of Dwayne The Rock Johnson, arguably the biggest movie star on the planet right now. The team of up of The Rock and Disney should make this film the family choice for the weekend, and Moana should have no trouble hitting the top with $75 million.

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Here’s What’s Fantastic About “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

Throw on some jazz, pour a glass of Giggle Water, and curl up with your favorite bowtruckle, we’re talking Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, on this spoiler-free review.

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A Sort of Fantastic Debut for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

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It was a fairly magical weekend at the box office, though perhaps not up to wizarding standards. Here’s what went down:

 

This weekend’s number one was, unsurprisingly, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the beginning of a brand new series set in the Harry Potter world. The movie had a lot going for it, including franchise director David Yates and an original screenplay written by JK Rowling. However, perhaps the lack of recognizable characters may have been one of the reasons that the film could only muster up $76 million in its debut. While that number would be outstanding for so many films, considering the billion dollar numbers the Harry Potter movies have accumulated, the studio expected more (and to be honest, so did I). It will certainly be interesting to see how the film holds up over the coming weeks, since there are five films set to be released in this new franchise.

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