The Parti-fication of Hollywood Blockbusters: Will It Annoy Us As Much 20 Years from Now?


Prior to this weekend, I’d learned to simply accept that the parti-fication of Hollywood blockbusters is here to stay, i.e., the trend of splitting the final installments in franchises in two even if there isn’t really enough story to fill two movies. Harry Potter did it, and Twilight followed suit. The Hobbit improbably joined the game with The Desolation of

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Box Office: The 123 Million Dollar Question – Why Didn’t Hunger Games: Mockingjay Do Better?


Around a month ago I saw a headline over at The Hollywood Reporter which roughly read, “Will Hunger Games: Mockingjay make box office history?”  Why not, right?  To this point, Hunger Games has been remarkably well managed by its studio, and its first two installments have posted positively head-turning box office totals.  It’s largely because of the astounding performance of

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Disney Tried to Hire a Military Grade Anti-Drone Service to Protect Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spoilers


Everything surrounding Star Wars: Episode VII has been the perfect storm for insanity. We’re coming off of a critically adored animated series (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) and beginning a new one (Star Wars: Rebel Force), George Lucas is no longer really involved thus removing the man most singularly blamed for the artistic failures of the prequel trilogy, and he’s

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TV Review: Arrow, “Draw Back Your Bow” (S3,EP7) – Let Your Arrow Go

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It’s been a while since Arrow has directly addressed Oliver and Felicity’s relationships status, though things were clearly still rocky by the end of “The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak.” They’ve had other things to deal with, like the mystery of who killed Sara Lance, getting Thea back to Starling City, and establishing Laurel’s trajectory away from Oliver and toward

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Are Netflix and Amazon Aware that Nielsen is Going to Start Measuring Their Viewership Totals?


Earlier this year, in a presentation at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas TV writer Kyle Killen (Lonestar) brilliantly explained the history and current failure of the American TV rating system, with the big money quote being “Nielsen is a ruler in a world where we now need a microscope.”   Thankfully, his presentation was recorded as part of

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Congrats on Dumb and Dumber To, Universal Pictures – Too Bad New Line Is Taking the Franchise Back From You


Why didn’t anyone tell me that Dumb and Dumber To has a post-credits sequence? Seriously, not a single review I read before seeing the film this weekend mentioned a post-credits sequence. Of course, that’s probably because a lot of people could barely make it through the whole film let alone stick with it through the closing credits. However, it turns

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Sony’s Doing What With Aunt May? – Yet Another Crazy Spider-Man Rumor


Did you know that Spider-Man is the most licensed character in all of comics, with total licensing sales in 2013 ($1.3 billion) easily surpassing the second closest character, Batman ($494 million)? Did you also know that Sony, the company that owns the Spider-Man film rights, has nothing to do with that? They can make the live-action Spider-Man films, but not

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Jake Gyllenhaal Creeps Through the Eerie Nightcrawler


Jake Gyllenhaal has large eyes. I know that’s not a particularly deep criticism, but it’s the one thought that kept flittering through  my mind when I watched Nightcrawler, a film that functions as though Network, American Psycho, and The King of Comedy had a productive three-way one dark, grim night. I’ve noticed his eyes before, how intense and obsessive they

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TV Review: The Flash, “The Flash Is Born” (S1,EP6) – The Bad Guy Wanted His Own Personal Blogger?

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I knew that I probably wasn’t going to love “The Flash is Born” the second the episode started with Barry’s “friendly neighborhood Spider-Man” voice-over being taken over by Iris. It let you know immediately that this was going to be an Iris-centric episode, the second one in a row in fact, and as I explained in last week’s review Iris

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Are They Ever Going to Actually Get to the Winter Soldier? – Marvel’s Frustrating and On-Going Continuity Issues


By the end of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, SHIELD has been dismantled, HYDRA weakened but not defeated, and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) appears to finally be fighting his way back through his Winter Soldier brainwashing. The last line of the movie is actually, “When do we start?”, delivered by Sam “Falcon” Wilson (Anthony Mackie) to Steve “Cap” Rogers (Chris

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