Few people are as welcome on our televisions as Terry Crews and few felt creatures warm our hearts quite like the Muppets. In other words, if you want to sell us a Toyota, there are far worse spokespeople (and spokespuppets) to use. In the grand tradition of modern Super Bowl ads, the presumably very expensive spot starring these guys is online in advance of the big game, giving everyone who doesn't watch football a chance to remember how much they like the Muppets and that really funny guy who used to play sports-ball once upon a time.
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We've known about the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' movie for a while now, but we still have no idea what the heck this movie is going to be about. How do you adapt a series of completely unconnected interactive kids' books for the big screen? That's the big question, and, as of this moment, it remains unanswered. However, the film has hired writers and a director, whose past works give us a glimpse of the tone we can expect from the project.
'Riddick' was a low-budget production made entirely from passion and duct tape, but it ended up being one the more pleasant surprises of 2013, performing well at the box office and satisfying all the fans who were let down by 'The Chronicles of Riddick.' Now that the 'Riddick' DVD is selling well, Universal is looking to develop a fourth entry in the series. That's the basic gist of the news. However, since franchise star/mastermind Vin Diesel is a certified weirdo (albeit, the lovable and awesome kind), the official announcement is significantly stranger than you'd think.
No popular brand has been explored, examined, reinterpreted and reinvented as much as 'Star Wars,' and with the impending release of 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' we can fully expect fandom to enter a state usually reserved for small children who have stumbled across a cache of sugar. Every so often, we can cut through all of the lousy fan art, cosplay and fan fiction and stumble across something that is legitimately cool.
Case in point: this line of custom action figures, which takes the iconography of 'Star Wars' and puts it in American's old West.
Despite its seemingly low-key release, 2012's 'Pitch Perfect' was one of the year's biggest surprise hits and most pleasant surprises, grossing $115 million worldwide and winning over even the most cynical of audiences. A sequel was a no brainer, but we've already been thrown a curveball -- original director Jason Moore will not be back and will be replaced by producer and star Elizabeth Banks, making her directorial debut.
Ah, a week at the box office where the new release flies completely under the radar and everything else feels like it's just hanging out because there's nothing else to push it off the charts. Welcome to January. Welcome to the home of movies like 'I Frankenstein,' which was dead on arrival this weekend and will vanish into dollar theaters within the next week or so.
Sometimes, 'SNL' is at its absolute best when it decides to go fully and truly off the rails. When the show does abandon reality, it often does so in the final sketch of the night, where things are allowed to get crazier and funkier since more easily unsettled audiences tend to be asleep. Of course, this is just a long-winded way of saying that no sketch has dominated the final segments in recent years quite like the "former porn stars," which pushes the weirdness to truly strange and amazing levels.
Andy Samberg's biggest contribution to the 'SNL' legacy were his digital shorts and music videos, where he took the show's format off the stage to create hilarious pre-recorded material that was primed to go viral all over the internet. With his departure, the show has continued to produce short films and recorded sketches, but Kyle Mooney and Beck Bennett’s work has consistently stood out from the rest of the pack, mainly because of how different it feels from the typical 'SNL' short.
'Her' may not be lighting the box office on fire, but it's undoubtedly one of the best films released in 2013 and a movie that will generate conversation and analysis for years to come. In other words, it's perfect fodder for 'SNL,' who took the film and transformed it into something far creepier and funnier than anything in the actual movie.
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