Movie Blog Archives - April 2012

April 2012 Archive

You Rate the New Releases: ‘The Five-Year Engagement,’ ‘The Raven,’ ‘Safe’ and ‘Pirates! Band of Misfits’

By: Erik Davis on April 30, 2012 at 1:26PM Comments (1)

Chalk another weekend up to the unexpected, as Think Like a Man kinda-sorta surprised everyone by defeating four new releases to take first place at the box office for a second week in a row. As for critics, they liked The Pirates! Band of Misfits the best while they liked The Raven the least. Did the box office get it wrong?


The Discussion: Can an Actor Get Caught in a Slump?

By: Sean OConnell on April 30, 2012 at 1:19PM Comments (5)

Are Jason Segel, Jason Statham, John Cusack and other once-proven box-office stars stuck in a slump? And how do they pull themselves out of it? One column published in the L.A. Times got us thinking about actors in a rut. Do you think a slump is possible for a big-screen talent? Let us know your thoughts.


The Five: Marvel Post-Credit Scenes That Led to 'The Avengers'

By: Sean OConnell on April 30, 2012 at 12:24PM Comments (5)

The Avengers marks the first time Thor, the Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America share the screen. But it isn't the first step of this journey. There were five Marvel movies that led us to this point, with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) putting into place what we now know as "the Avengers initiative." Watch all five post-credit scenes here. 


'The Dark Knight Rises' Worldwide Viral Campaign Unleashed

By: Derrick Deane on April 30, 2012 at 11:46AM Comments (2)

Warner Bros. has created an interesting new campaign in combining the release of a highly anticipated new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises with building awareness and buzz around their film in what amounts to a worldwide treasure hunt. Will you try to find any of the Batman graffiti?


UK 'Prometheus' Trailer, Featurette Packed with New Footage

By: Derrick Deane on April 30, 2012 at 11:14AM Comments

With just over a month to go before Prometheus arrives in theaters, we're getting even more footage of Ridley Scott's sci-fi blockbuster. Amid a series of viral clips and domestic trailers that have already thoroughly wowed us, comes a new UK trailer as well as a behind the scenes featurette. Sound off with your thoughts on the new footage.


Best of the Week: Apatow's 'This is 40' Trailer, Live-Action 'Jungle Book' Movie From 'Harry Potter' Writer and More

By: Derrick Deane on April 27, 2012 at 6:19PM Comments

Judd Apatow is back with a kinda-sorta sequel to Knocked Up. Check out the new trailer for This is 40, starring Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. Also, Harry Potter writer Steve Kloves has been tapped by Warner Bros. to write and direct a live-action version of The Jungle Book. Plus more news, clips, poster and trailers from the past week.


Fanboy Fix: Massive Updates on 'Fantastic Four,' 'Wolverine,' 'Iron Man' and More

By: Sean OConnell on April 27, 2012 at 6:18PM Comments (15)

A possible director for the Fantastic Four reboot? A new location for the Wolverine prequel? And who is replacing Robert Downey Jr. in the Iron Man role? A slew of interesting news items broke surrounding major superhero properties, and today's Fanboy Fix tries to catch you up on the latest happenings. 


Marvel Movie Marathon Expands to More Theater Chains

By: Derrick Deane on April 27, 2012 at 4:53PM Comments (2)

While AMC kicked things off with Ultimate Marvel Marathon (in which all five recent Marvel films are screened leading up to a midnight presentation of The Avengers), other theater chains are offering similar deals. Find your nearest theater and join in on the Marvel madness!


You Pick the Box Office Winner: 'The Five-Year Engagement,' 'The Raven,' 'Safe' and 'The Pirates! Band of Misfits' Do Battle

By: Erik Davis on April 27, 2012 at 1:56PM Comments (1)

The Five-Year Engagement. Pirates! The Raven. Safe... Sound off and let us know which film you think will win the weekend box office.


Weekend Chatter: Study Says Audiences Love 3D As 'Avengers' Kicks Off Summer Movie Season. Do You Agree?

By: Sean OConnell on April 27, 2012 at 1:22PM Comments (15)

Joss Whedon's The Avengers is the first of several 3D movies set to screen in local multiplexes this summer. And according to a recent poll, moviegoers who've tried a 3D movie at leats once in the past three years prefer it to 2D. Do you agree? And which movies will you absolutely see in 3D this summer? Let us know.


Win this Jason Statham 'Safe' Prize Pack

By: Derrick Deane on April 27, 2012 at 12:43PM Comments (62)

In the spirit of the Safe Facebook game, we're asking you a hypothetical question and giving you a chance to win a Jason Statham prize pack. All you have to do is tell us what he would do if...


Trailers: Spike Lee's 'Red Hook,' Jane Fonda in 'Peace, Love,' and Ryan Kwanten's 'Not Suitable for Children'

By: Derrick Deane on April 26, 2012 at 5:15PM Comments

Jane Fonda stars in hippie comedy Peace, Love & Misunderstanding while Ryan Kwanten stars in the Australian cancer comedy Not Suitable For Children. Also, a brief teaser trailer for Spike Lee's latest, Red Hook Summer.


Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones Seek Marriage Help From Steve Carrell in 'Hope Springs'

By: Derrick Deane on April 26, 2012 at 4:46PM Comments

If you thought Meryl Streep was going to take some time off to soak in her third career Oscar win for last year's The Iron Lady, think again. The award-winner stars alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell in the new summer comedy Hope Springs. Take a look at the new trailer, guaranteed to satisfy your inner-Streeper.


Saoirse Ronan, Jennifer Connelly Join 'Noah,' Josh Duhamel In Nicholas Sparks Adaptation

By: Derrick Deane on April 26, 2012 at 3:58PM Comments

Jennifer Connelly and Saoirse Ronan have joined the cast of Darren Aronofsky's Noah, co-starring Russell Crowe. Do these two actors give the film added significance? Meanwhile, Transformers star Josh Duhamel has signed on for the latest Nicholas Sparks book-to-film adaptation. Do you buy him as a leading man and who should play the female lead?


Avengers Showdown! Captain America vs. Black Widow, Tell Us Who Wins and You Could Win Fandango Bucks!

By: Derrick Deane on April 26, 2012 at 2:59PM Comments (371)

This contest is now closed. It was a close battle until Cap pulled ahead at the end and won the Showdown 194-156. There were also a few draws, indecisive picks and one vote for The Hulk... Check back Thursday May 3, for a new Avengers Showdown!


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