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SPECIAL-TOP 5 COMIC BOOK FILMS OF ALL TIME (OUR OPINION):

5. IRON MAN. Who didn’t like this movie? This film set up the Marvel Avengers plan, and has a lot of political value. Even watching it today, the effects are great, and Robert Downey Jr. sure knows how to get some laughs! The film was never slow, always was moving, and was always on its feet. Jeff Bridges, Gwenyth Paltrow, Leslie Bibb, Jon Faveru and Terrence Howard were great in the supporting cast, but Downey Jr. tops it off!

4. THE DARK KNIGHT. This was considered the best comic book film of all time until The Avengers debuted, and I would tend to agree. Heath Ledger was great as the Joker, the performance was so good because he got so into the character, which also cost Ledger his life. The one flaw in the film was that Ledger was too good, and that all you wanted was the Joker, therefore not ranked higher on the list.

3. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. We really enjoyed this film. WHY? The emotional depth was way better than any other superhero film we’d seen recently and it was well done. Andrew Garfield stunned everyone as Spider-Man. He was great! Emma Stone was also great, and Rhys Ifans, well, I think they shouldn’t have the Lizard in #2. While I liked Rhys Ifans, he didn’t match up to Stone and Garfield.

2. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. “Let the games begin!” That’s right! This film was far and away better than The Dark Knight, but was hurt box-office wise by the Olympics and the Aurora shooting. This film was great, fantastic! Not many flaws. Everyone was about the same in acting, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt was really good as John Blake.

1. THE AVENGERS. This film is the best superhero film of all time! With the cast performing, everything went right, and I remember seeing this and thinking “THIS IS AWESOME!” It was! Especially Tom Hiddleston! He was great as Loki, as always.

Those are the best superhero movies. Thanks for reading The Buzz About Movies!

SPECIAL-TOP FILMS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2013 BY RELEASE DATE

JANUARY 11: HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS. In the movie (a follow-up to the fairy-tale Hansel and Gretel) it is 15 years after their traumatic gingerbread-house incident, siblings Hansel and Gretel have become a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as Hansel and Gretel. Tommy Wirkola co-writes and directs. This was originally going to be released in 2012, but was pushed back due to delays. Now, we are having so many fairy-tale dark twists: Alice in Wonderland, Mirror Mirror, Snow White and the Huntsman and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunter, Jack the Giant Killer and Oz: The Great and Powerful to debut in 2013. PREDICTED DEBUT: $30 M

JANUARY 18: MONSTERS INC. 3DDisney released The Lion King 3D in 2011 to reboot the classic tale and to prep for its Blu-Ray 3D combo pack coming out later that year. The Lion King 3D topped the box office for 2 weeks, and made very solid gross of about $200 M worldwide. In fact, that is better than solid! So Disney fast tracked 3D conversions of Beauty and the Beast, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo and The Little MermaidBeauty and the Beast 3D already debuted in January 2012, and Finding Nemo 3D is coming up in September 2012. In 2013, we get Monsters Inc. and The Little MermaidMonsters Inc. 3D will be the first in 2013, releasing on January 18, around the same time Beauty and the Beast 3D debuted last year. But, will people wait to spend their money on the Pixar prequel, Monsters University, will the two be competing, or will fans buy a ticket to both? We will find out. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 20 M

FEBRUARY 14: A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD. We can never get away from this franchise. First Die Hard, then Die Hard 2, then Die Hard: With a Vengeance, then in 2007, Die Hard 4.0, and now we have the fifth installment. In the movie, John McClane and his son take on local forces in Russia. Die Hard 4.0 just barely made its money back, and not enough for the studio to make any type of profit. It seems Bruce Willis might be losing his WHAM or maybe people are just tired of seeing Die Hard over and over again.  PREDICTED DEBUT: $50 M

MARCH 8: OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL. As we were saying with Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, fairy-tale movies are becoming bigger now. This will be the second one to hit theaters this year, and the 5th since Alice in Wonderland. The film is from Spider-Man director Sam Raimi and Spider-Man co-star James Franco stars as The Wizard of Oz. Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz star as the three witches.What studios should really do is to have Mad Hatter, Snow White, The Huntsman, Hansel and Gretel, The Wizard of Oz and The Giant Killers team up (like The Avengers) in one ultimate fairy-tale movie. But as much as that would be awesome, it would never happen due to studio contracts. So, in Oz: The Great and Powerful, Oz, a man, gets into a hot air balloon, and takes off and lands in Oz, where he has to decide between three witches (Glinda, Evanora and Theodora. It is basically a prequel to 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, explaining how everything happened, like they did for Star Wars and Planet of the Apes. PREDICTED DEBUT: $60 M

MARCH 22: JACK THE GIANT KILLER. We were talking just about fairy tale movies…so let’s talk again, as this film his theaters just two weeks after Oz: The Great and Powerful. The film is a modern day fairy tale in which the long-standing peace between men and giants is threatened, as a young farmer leads an expedition into the giants’ kingdom in hopes of rescuing a kidnapped prince. The film stars Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Stanley Tucci and Ian McShane. Nicholas Hoult plays Jack, the farm boy. This movie was going to be released June 2012, but had production delays, and no previews set, so the production team moved it back to March 2013. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 26 M

MARCH 29: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. Talk about a film having to push back its release date, talk G.I. Joe: Retaliation. I guess they decided NOT to kill off Hollywood’s hottest new actor in 5 minutes. In the film, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 17 M

MAY 3: IRON MAN 3. This is one of the most anticipated films next summer. Now, Marvel is hacking away with Iron Man 3 and Thor: The New World hitting theaters. Iron Man 3 looks to kick off the summer movie season with a bang, hoping to make that spot work like magic like last year’s The Avengers. It sounds like Iron Man will go to China to face his opponent Mandarin, but there has also been discussion of Tony Stark being backed up against a wall, and there is no Nick Fury to help him escape. However, Cobie Smulders, who was Maria Hill in The Avengers, is returning to play Maria Hill. Guy Pearce also comes in to play Aldrich Killian and Gwenyth Paltrow and Don Cheadle return to play Pepper Potts and War Machine. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 115 M

MAY 17: UNTITLED STAR TREK SEQUEL. With last year’s hit Super 8, JJ Abrams is back on the Star Trek franchise, and is directing this untitled sequel. No plot is known, but Chris Pine, Zoe Salanda, Zachary Quinto and Simon Pegg will return, and it is rumored Benedict Cumberpatch (a British TV actor also in The Hobbit) is going to play Khan. As everyone was pleased with 2009’s Star Trek, people are anxiously awaiting this sequel. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 60 M

MAY 24: EPIC. Blue Sky Studios has done the Ice Age franchise and did 2011’s hit Rio, as they will try to work their magic with another film, Epic, and the trailer is just as the title suggests. Little ant/leave people climb and dodge trees in some epic battle, and maybe soon the plot will become more clear, but Blue Sky has never messed up their reputation, as they have 3 solid films (and 2 possible franchises) also to work with. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 30 M

MAY 24: THE HANGOVER PART III. This is the reason Epic is only going to make $30 M in its opening weekend. Todd Phillips is directing again, and Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifanakis and Ed Helms all return in the trilogy’s finale. No plot is clear, but it is clear that the third film will follow the adventures of Phil, Stu and Alan. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 70 M

JUNE 7: AFTER EARTH. This is M. Night Shymalan’s last chance to really turn his career around, after The Last Airbender completely flopped. Will Smith and his son, Jaden star in this new film that takes place after a crash landing, then a father and son explore a planet that was evacuated by humans 1,000 years earlier. Sounds interesting! PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 25 M

JUNE 14: MAN OF STEEL. This is the reboot of Superman, titled Man of Steel. Henry Cavill stars as Clark Dent/Superman, and guess who is producing it: Christopher Nolan! Amy Adams and Russell Crowe co-star and Kevin Costner and Michael Shannon are also in the pic! Zack Snyder directs. The film is about a child sent to Earth from a dying planet is adopted by a couple in rural Kansas. Posing as a journalist, he uses his extraordinary powers to protect his new home from an insidious evil. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 120 M

JUNE 14: THE END OF THE WORLD. This is Seth Rogen’s next film, but hasn’t seen any trailers, so expect it to move its release date. The plot centers around  a party at James Franco’s house, where Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse. Sounds interesting. Emma Watson, Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Rihanna and Danny McBride also make appearances. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 10 M

JUNE 21: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY. This is Pixar’s next film, and is a prequel to Monsters Inc., when Mike and Sully are enemies in college. Billy Crystal and John Goodman return for the sequel. Pixar also recently announced that a Nemo sequel is in the works and will debut in 2016. Cool! This film looks funny, seriously! We’ve never been big Monsters Inc. fans, but we really want to see this film! PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 42 M

JUNE 21: WORLD WAR Z. We were talking about production delays a while back. World War Z is currently being totally re-shot because of a “horrible” script. Now, it is a summer blockbuster, not a winter Oscar film. People need to think about the script more, not the action! We’ve seen this problem before! PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 27 M

JULY 3: DESPICABLE ME 2. This would give Universal their first real animated franchise under way, as Illumination Entertainment is working furiously on Despicable Me 2. It is also rumored Javier Bardem might be in Despicable Me 2. Steve Carell returns as Gru, and they have one trailer for the film that focuses on its little minions, which made the film popular. Russell Brand also returns, once again playing Dr. Nefario, and Al Pacino enters the cast. Kristen Wigg also return to play Miss Hattie. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 63 M

JULY 3: INDEPENDENCE DAY 3D. So, now they’re converting this classic movie into 3D. Roland Emmerich, a director inspired by Star Wars, and had an all-star cast starting with Will Smith. Now it’s coming to 3D. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 15 M

JULY 3: THE LONE RANGER. Gore Verbinski gets the chance to work with Johnny Depp again as the director of Pirates of the Caribbean unleashes The Lone Ranger, a film starring Depp as the native american Tonto. Armie Hammer co-stars as the Lone Ranger, and Helena Bonham Carter is also in the film. Pirates of the Caribbean writers Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio join up with Justin Haythe to write a screenplay to the next Depp flick. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 85 M

JULY 12: GROWN UPS 2. Adam Sandler tries to get something going, as recent flops Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy have brought him to making Grown Ups 2, a comedy co-starring Kevin James, Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. Grownups, a traditional Adam Sandler film, got him very popular and people loved the film. Salma Heyek returns and Taylor Lautner debuts in the series as Frat Boy Andy. Dennis Dugan directs, and Fred Wolf writes. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 37 M

JULY 19: JURASSIC PARK 3D. Steven Spielberg is now into releasing his films it seems! James Cameron, George Lucas, Disney and Pixar are all in the business, so Spielberg tries to get into it as well with Jurassic Park 3D. Everyone loved Jurassic Parkand it was one of Spielberg’s biggest hits. Just imagine a T-Rex leaning its head over you…Wow! PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 25 M

JULY 26: PHINEAS AND FERB. After a hit TV Movie, Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension, it is time to make a real Phineas and Ferb movie, as Vincent Martella and Thomas Brodie-Sangster return as Phineas and Ferb, and Ashley Tisdale returns as Candace Flynn, their older sister. The film is about two boys and their adventures with their pet platypus, and Doofenshmirtz is also in the film, and in our opinion the best part of the TV Show. Doofenshmirtz is being played by Dan Povenmire. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 15 M

JULY 26: THE WOLVERINE. After Origins Wolverine failed to meet audience interest, Hugh Jackman is trying again to keep audiences interested in his prime character, Wolverine. In this sequel, Wolverine travels to Japan to train with a samurai warrior. Jessica Biel is Viper, the warrior, in the film. James Mangold directs, and the film is based off of the comic book by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 70 M

JULY 31: THE SMURFS 2. The Smurfs are back, after The Smurfs did so well with the box office. Smurfing cool! All of the Smurfs are back, and Gargamel and Neil Patrick Harris also return. Jayma Mays also comes back to play Grace Winslow, Harris’s wife. Will this be a trilogy? PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 60 M

AUGUST 16: PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS. So, Chris Columbus has been fired after doing a terrible job keeping to the book with the first installment, The Lightning Thiefso now Diary of a Wimpy Kid director Thor Freudenthal is directing the project. Logan Lerman returns as Percy, Brandon T. Jackson returns as Grover, and  Alexandra Daddario returns as Annabeth Chase. The second book in Rick Riordan’s series is where Percy, Annabeth and Tyson (Douglas Smith), Percy’s cyclops brother, go into the Sea of Monsters to try to save their friend Grover from Polyphemus, and to find the Golden Fleece. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 70 M

SEPTEMBER 13: THE LITTLE MERMAID 3D. So, Ariel comes back to her grotto once more, but this time you’re in the grotto with her as it is in 3D! This about the time Finding Nemo 3D will open in 2012, so it seems Disney has found a pattern for when their 3D rereleases will be. Comment your favorite rereleases below, and maybe we’ll send a letter to Disney asking for them to make a rerelease of the movies you mention. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 25 M

NOVEMBER 1: ENDER’S GAME. This film is based off of a sci-fi novel by Orson Scott Card, and takes place 70 years after a horrific alien war, when an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion. The cast features Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield, Viola Davis and Hailee Steinfeld. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 35 M

NOVEMBER 8: ONE DIRECTION 3D CONCERT MOVIE. Well, One Direction is a great band, as they have gotten noticed with their new album, Up All Night, and we here really liked their single, What Makes You Beautiful, but after Katy Perry’s concert movie failed to make some dough, is this the right time to make a concert movie? PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 10 M

NOVEMBER 8: THOR: THE DARK WORLD. In this sequel to Thor, Chris Hemsworth returns. Rumor has it that the plot is about chaos that has been caused by the destruction of the Rainbow Bridge, and now Thor is flying everywhere with his magic hammer calming everyone down. Tom Hiddleston has also signed on to play Loki again, and no doubt he will be working with the Biofrost to make people have more fear. Thor also has to come down to earth at some point, as Natalie Portman signed on to play Jane Foster, a human that Thor falls in love with in the first film. Idris Elba will also be returning as Heimdall, and Anthony Hopkins will be returning to play Odin, but Kenneth Branagh will not direct this sequel. That job has been left to Alan Taylor, who has only directed TV Shows and TV Movies, but he did direct some of Game of Thrones, so that’s good. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 115 M

NOVEMBER 22: THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE. In this sequel to The Hunger Games, Katniss has to go back to the Hunger Games to fight versus former tributes. Philip Seymour Hoffman joins the crew as Plutarch Heavensbee, and Jena Malone will play Johanna Mason. Robert Pattinson and Sam Clafin are the top competitors to play District 4 tribute Finnick Odair. Jennifer Lawrence, John Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth also return to play Katniss, Peeta and Gale. Supporting characters Elizabeth Banks (Effie), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch), Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman) and Willow Shields (Prim) Plus Donald Sutherland comes back to play President Snow and Lenny Kravitz comes back to play Cinna. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 113 M

NOVEMBER 27: FROZEN. All we know about his film is that Kristen Bell plays Anna and Idina Menzel plays the Snow Queen, and we’ll see if that is enough to propel Frozen, a Disney Animation film. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 26 M

DECEMBER 13: THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN. The second part of The Hobbit hits theaters in late 2013, and Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo Baggins once again. Andy Serkis plays Gollum, and Elijah Wood steps in as Frodo Baggins, who will not be in An Unexpected Journey. Expect the trailer for this film to debut in front of An Unexpected Journey. The film starts when Thorin and Company have reached Lake-town and it is time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. If Bilbo and the others are able to gain the treasure, will they be able to keep it? And will they discover what has become of the wizard Gandalf? We’ll find out. PREDICTED DEBUT: $ 56 M

That’s the big movies coming out in 2013! Thanks for reading The Buzz About Movies!

THIS WEEK-ICE AGE DRIFTS TO #1

This week, Blue Sky applauded as Ice Age: Continental Drift took home a strong $46 M. This is good news for Blue Sky Studios, but bad news as well, because reviewers aren’t reviewing Ice Age 4 well, as it has a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, and many older fans have turned against the series, for example Magnus Fulton, who blogged today: I thought the film lacked in quality big time. What happened to all the depth that the 1st and 2nd movie had. Even the 3rd film had some. But with this film, each scene is rushed. Half way through every scene it was always time to get to the next with this movie, and I thought that was a bad aspect that the movie held onto throughout the entire thing. Ouch! Then, The Amazing Spider-Man swung in to pick up a strong $35 M do to re-watch people. Then, at #3, we have the teddy bear talking audiences into seeing Ted, which took home a strong $22.1 M last weekend. Thing is, I don’t get why people would see Ted in theaters! This film screams rental! Then, at #4, Merida swung what might be her last sword, as Brave took home about $11 M. At #5, male strippers and “buttocks” showed off their way to $9 M. At #6, the brutal Savages creeps up to take about $9 M out of audiences. At #7, we have Madea falling, as Tyler Perry’s latest flick got about $6 M in its third weekend. Then we have Moonrise Kingdom, Madgascar 3 and Katy Perry: Part of Me hanging out down in the cellar. ALSO: The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters next week!

THIS WEEK-SPIDER-MAN SWINGS HIGH ABOVE KATY PERRY

This week, summer blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man opened, cursing to the number 1 spot in the box office with about 60 million. This was no surprise, as the previous Spider-Man trilogy did very well as well. We here at The Buzz About Movies personally loved the film! Critics adored it, and most audiences really liked it! We all agreed it was much better than Sam Raimi’s trilogy. Marc Webb is now really happy, as he was hired to direct The Amazing Spider-Man after directing only one film, the indie high-school film (500) Days of Summer. At #2, we saw the second weekend of Ted. The film has made around 90 million so far, and is doing great considering many things (for example, everyone thought it would be a flop). At #3, we have Pixar’s Brave, as it seems people say Pixar hasn’t found its emotion yet, after an unemotional Cars 2. People must have enjoyed it, and we hope we have the chance to see it soon. At #4, we saw the debut of the brutal Savages. I personally hate the idea of Savages, but some people really liked it, as it got about $16 M in its first weekend. At #5, we have the second week of watching strippers go crazy as the “buttock” flick took home about $16 M as well. At #6, we have the fall of Tyler Perry: Madea’s Witness Protection. Tyler Perry needs to start doing Think Like A Man 2, not more Madea. At #7, Madagascar 3D: Europe’s Most Wanted is keeping up, as the animated hit posts up about $8 million. This film is later in its campaign, so in 2 weeks when Ice Age cuts Brave and Madgascar off, then The Dark Knight Rises turns everything else in the box office into stone, well, expect Madgascar 3 to fall out of the top 10. At #8, we saw the disappointing debut of Katy: Perry Part of Me 3D as it debuted with just around $7 million. We think the reason this film didn’t make too much money was the advertising. They only had one poster, and a lot of people I knew were saying “I want to see that Katy Perry movie when it comes out.” We say: “It came out yesterday.” At #9, we saw Moonrise Kingdom stabilize. Now  a days indie movies are a strong business. Look at The Best Exotic Marigold HotelTo Rome with Love is starting to generate business. Well, Kingdom took home about another $5 million. The only complaint of the movie is that it is a Titanic love story (in EVERY sense of the word) but with 12-year olds. At #10, you have the second weekend of Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love. This film could have Oscar chances, as we’re breaking it down soon on Oscars-In Depth. Next weekend sees the debut of Ice Age 4: Continental Drift and a few indie films in limited release. Thanks for reading about The Buzz About Movies.

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THIS WEEK-SETH MACFARLANE’S DIRECTORIAL DEBUT IS HOT

The biggest surprise this week was Ted, apparently a ronchy comedy about a teddy bear having a relationship with its owner. It was going to be a fail, and so would Seth MacFarlane’s directing career. The guy directed Family Guy on TV, and then he decided to transition over to film. Ted was a huge hit, and has already made its budget back! This was the ronchy comedy no one wants to see, but somehow Ted beat out strippers and Merida for the top spot. This is great news for Seth MacFarlane, as he currently has no projects lined up, he was wondering how Ted would turn out. In fact, Ted is the 3rd most grossing opening Friday R-rated comedy, behind The Hangover Part 2 and something else. Seth MacFarlane also wrote the script for Ted, so it seems people liked his script. With script writing becoming much worse these days, is it better that Seth MacFarlane’s there?

At #2, we had the opening of Magic Mike and at # 3 we had about a 50 % drop for Brave in its second weekend. At #4, Tyler Perry groaned as Madea’s Witness Protection didn’t make a dent against the bigger movies coming out this weekendMadagascar 3 took the 5 spot, with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Prometheus taking the 6 and 7 spots. Then, love-story Moonrise Kingdom jumped into the mix taking the #8 spot. At #9 we have Snow White and the Huntsman, as the film is holding onto every last breath before (like the Queen) it gets old and there’s a price for using magic. At # 10, we saw the horrific debut of People Like Us, as the people did what Seeking A Friend for the End of the World did last weekend. Rock of Ages, That’s My Boy, The Avengers, Men In Black 3 and Seeking A Friend for the End of the World. Opening this week is The Amazing Spider-Man and Savages. I think we all know who will win out!

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SPECIAL-WE CAN BE HEROES

We can all be heroes! DC Entertainment is launching a campaign to help Africa using the Justice League as the main figures! Join Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Aqua Man, Flash and the others in saving Africa! This new add campaign just got bigger as DC Entertainment just put an add in Entertainment Weekly. A company called Fenton worked with Warner Brothers intensely on creating a good concept, among the people in Fenton, Dean Hollander, who really put his heart and sole into the project. With We Can Be Heroes on the verge of success, people will be wondering how DC Entertainment will raise money for Africa. Theory is they will sell Justice League T-shirts and shoes, jeans, etc. and put 100 percent of the product made into helping Africa. Do you know that in Africa, one child dies every four minutes? Are you onboard with this idea! Should we join the Justice League to help Africa, or should we not?

We here at The Buzz About Movies love the idea! Sadly, the head honcho at Fenton didn’t treat Dean Hollander very well, and now Hollander is on his own, getting no credit for all of the work he did on the Justice League!

Should Hollander get credit, or should it be all Warner Brother’s credit? Warner Brothers after all, owns Justice League! If you want to know more about Hollander, I can write an article on him, but currently he is a marketing advisor for Renovate America and is trying to start a social networking company with two good friends of his! Will this advertising idea appear in the 2013 Justice League movie? “Justice League Saves Africa”???? We’ll find out! This is The Buzz About Movies and we are glad to share with you this special report!

THIS WEEK-PIXAR’S REDEMPTION 

Pixar is clapping right now as their new animated pick Brave opened with $ 67 M. Seems people haven’t lost faith in Pixar because Cars 2 did disappoint many fans. Personally, I loved Cars 2, but many didn’t. Did you know that Reese Witherspoon was originally going to play Merida, but she had scheduling conflicts? The trailer for Monsters University looked funny, as it aired in front of Brave. This week was certainly an animation week as Madagascar 3D: Europe’s Most Wanted came in at #2 and got another $20 M in its 3rd week of work. The zoo crew seems never to disappoint. We should’ve learned that by now! At #3, we have the presidential thriller Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter which despite strong buzz, only delivered $ 17 M. Tim Burton must be mad right now, as he produced the film, and Tim Burton’s last film, Dark Shadows, didn’t do that well either. At #4 we have Prometheus, and while it made some money, it didn’t make as much as we thought it would, and it is falling and loosing ground. It only got $ 10 M in its third week of work. Madagascar 3 had twice that this week, also in its third week of work! Then at #5, the Evil Queen holds her ground as Snow White and the Huntsman got a solid $ 8 M this weekend.

At #6, we have the flop Rock of Ages, which once was considered a great idea, now looks to be a low-point in the summer movie season! I’m sorry Tom Cruise…At #7, Adam Sandler sinks lower and lower on the comedy list as That’s My Boy took home just about $ 8 M in its second weekend. Compare that to second weekend openings for other recent comedies (Dark Shadows, Bridesmaids, Think Like A Man, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, The Dictator) it looks like Sandler is done with saying more than 120 f-words in a movie (Seriously, he did do that!) At #8, we have the biggest hit of the summer, yet rapidly falling, The Avengers. It took home another $ 7 M as I in fact want to see it again myself! At #9, we have MIB 3, which looks to just barely make its money back. It got about $ 6 M in its 4th week of work. At #10, we find the weak opening of Seeking A Friend For the End of the World, as Kiera Knightley must be really mad she quit the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise right now. The film opened with about $ 4 M! Yikes.

THIS WEEK-ZOO CREW KEEPS GOING WHILE WORLD WAR Z DOESN’T

This weekend, Madagascar 3 stayed steady topping the box office once again. AGAIN! While Prometheus stayed at #2, Rock of Ages debuted at 3 and That’s My Boy had to suck it out, debuting at #5. Moonrise Kingdom and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel both had increases, however.

Now, World War Z has been bumped back to release in 2013 due to production troubles, and sadly a (HORRIBLE) script. They will be totally re-filming it. It will now debut in June 2013. That’s the problem, people say the script isn’t good, its fine, but think about it: This movie is now doubling their budget to get a better screenplay, YIKES!

THIS WEEK-THE FALL OF RIDLEY SCOTT

Everyone was shocked when heavyweight summer blockbuster Prometheus opened at #2 in the Domestic Box Office behind Madagascar 3. Some said that Alex and company would make 20 M to 40 M bucks this weekend, but were wrong when King Julien danced and sang to bring in 60 million dollars, while the “Aliens” prequel took home just 50 million dollars (expected to bring home 60 M). What will Ridley Scott do? With no big projects lined up, could this mean the end for a Prometheus 2. Even Snow White and the Huntsman grossed more than 5o million!

Still, Snow White and the Huntsman stayed steady getting 23 M dollars, Men in Black 3 fell considerably, grossing only about 15 M dollars. Well, MIB 3 had a budget of 230 M dollars, and has only grossed 111 M bucks, and is on its way out! The Avengers hung in there too, with Hulk squeezing 10 million more dollars out of audiences. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel remained firmly at the number 6 spot, and (in limited release) gotten 25 million dollars! Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are also very jealous of Hotel, as their vampire flick, Dark Shadows, dropped out of the Top 10.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting also posted strong numbers at the # 7 spot, and looks to stay in the Top 10 for at least one more week. Battleship looks to be on its way out, as it only got 2.3 M dollars this week, and has poor buzz. The Dictator is on its way out as well, and it hasn’t even broken even, getting 51 M dollars domestically, while the film cost 65 M dollars to make. When the international gross comes in, don’t expect it to be too much. I don’t think terrorists would like to watch a movie making fun of them. Coming in last is Moonrise Kingdom, which most likely is having its only week in the Top 10 box office.

Next week, Rock of Ages and That’s My Boy debut.

THIS WEEK-MPAA RATINGS (WHAT KIDS SHOULD SEE)

Many parents let their kids stream Netflix freely and watch horror movies to their heart’s content. Many kids sneak downstairs at night to watch their mom’s sex movie. It’s all horrible. We are here with age recommendations for each grade of a movie.

G (Anyone can normally see it, but watch out with movies like Cars 2 for really young ones)

PG (I would suggest 6 and up for this category. Most movies have some violence or language in them that are PG, but nothing too offensive)

PG-13 (I would suggest 9 and up for this category. Sure it says PG-13, but some movies are okay for that age group. The parents should still be okaying movies, however)

R (I would suggest 16 and up. You are mature enough by then to watch R-rated films, but some R-rated films like The King’s Speech, are okay for younger people to see, for example, 9 and up)

NC-17 (Just don’t watch it unless you’re a grownup)

X (Just forget about it. It must be WAY too freaky)

THIS WEEK-TOP 10 MOVIES TO SEE THIS SUMMER:

1. The Avengers

2. The Dark Knight Rises

3. The Amazing Spider-Man

4. Snow White and the Hunstman

5. Brave

6. Men in Black 3

7. Madagascar 3D: Europe’s Most Wanted

8. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

9. ParaNorman

10. The Dictator

THIS WEEK-TOP 10 MOST GROSSING SUMMER MOVIES

 10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix. This film is a great film and just helped the Harry Potter franchise. The fifth film did cut out a lot of material, but it had our first REALLY serious wand battle, which was awesome! I highly recommend this film! OUR PERSONAL GRADE: 9/10 (Awesome)

 9. The Lion King. This film dominated the box office when it debuted in 1994, and surprised everyone becoming (at that time) the most grossing animated movie of all time! It was also rereleased in 3D last year, and got some strong money as well. I saw it many years back, and found it emotionally moving like the Broadway show directed by Julie Taymour. Hapumba Matata! OUR PERSONAL GRADE: 8/10 (Good Use of Your Time)

 8. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. The third Pirates film on the list. While a confusing plot, this was the last Pirates film with Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley. They both give good performances, but as usual Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush top off the film. OUR PERSONAL GRADE: 7/10 (Popcorn Flick: A tub of popcorn and mates = good)

 7. The Dark Knight. This film was a sequel to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, and did much better than expected. Part of the buzz was because Heath Ledger died six months before the movie released. Heath Ledger plays the Joker, and won an Oscar for his performance, but he wasn’t there to accept it. OUR PERSONAL GRADE: 10/10 (Home Run)

 6. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Johnny Depp is back on the list as his fourth installment of the Pirates franchise was a miracle at the box office! It made tons of money, helped Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Rob Marshall, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane and the Pirates franchise. This one is my favorite in the franchise, no doubt about it in my mind. OUR PERSONAL GRADE: 10/10 (Home Run)

 5. Toy Story 3. This is considered the best animated film ever made! It is very good. Honestly, I loved Toy Story 2 and the third installment was funny, and got tears flowing down our faces at the end of the movie. It also won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and is the most grossing animated movie of all time! OUR PERSONAL GRADE: 8.5/10 (Awesome)

 4. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. The second film in the Pirates franchise plummeted like a rocket to the top of the box office. Johnny Depp’s career was at large when this film came out, and this was a real booster for a career that at the end of 2011, would take a fall due to Depp’s producing efforts. I loved this movie! It also won the Oscar for Visual Effects. OUR PERSONAL GRADE: 9/10 (Awesome)

 3. Transformers: Dark of the Moon. This film was a HUGE comeback for Michael Bay, as the second film in his Transformers franchise was hated by audiences and critics. While critics didn’t exactly care for the film, audiences and special effect companies applauded it. I haven’t yet seen the film, but I’m hopefully going to soon! Also nominated for 3 Oscars: Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects.

 2. The Avengers. This film is cruising along. It already has more than 1 billion dollars worldwide and Joss Whedon is now bumped into a higher class. The film’s effects and humor were applauded, as critics and audiences all loved the film! I’ve seen it twice, want to see it a third time! OUR PERSONAL GRADE: 10/10 (Home Run)

 1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. This film is the most grossing summer blockbuster of all time! I (and many others) loved this film and the Potter universe, and feel this film captured everything it needed to to be a legend. It was nominated for 3 Academy Awards: Art Direction, Visual Effects and Makeup, but didn’t win. OUR PERSONAL GRADE: 10/10 (Home Run!)

HERE IS OUR PERSONAL TOP 1O FAVORITE MOVIES THAT DEBUTED IN THE SUMMER:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

2. The Avengers

3. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

4. Cars 2

5. The Dark Knight

6. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

7. Kung Fu Panda 2

8. Super 8

9. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

10. Thor

SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW

Today, May 14th, is the beginning of the summer movie season. So, The Buzz About Movies is giving you some info on every single movie coming out this summer and also whether they want to see it or not by giving you a: YES, MAYBE or NO. Let’s start!

 MAY 4: The summer movie season begins as The Avengers debuts.  It is about Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. bringing together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army. OUR PREDICTED DEBUT: 150 M. WANT TO SEE IT: YES. (This film is a huge movie in the superhero genre, and looks outstanding. The previews for this movie got me into superhero films in the first place)

 MAY 11: Johnny Depp is coming with a comeback from The Rum Diary, called  Dark Shadows. It is after the 1970’s soap opera and is directed by Tim Burton. Also co-stars Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, and Chloe Moretz. It is about an imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins, who is set free and returns to his ancestral home, where his dysfunctional descendants are in need of his protection. Johnny Depp looks to be funny (as usual) but it is a rom com! Sadly, co-star Christopher Lee died shortly after filming.  A Burton/Depp rom com (except darker)? What do you think? Here’s what we think: OUR PREDICTED DEBUT: 35 M. WANT TO SEE IT: MAYBE. (It looks like a really good film, just there is a dilemma: Is it a rom com or a horror?)

 MAY 16: Sacha Baron Cohen stars in this racist comedy The Dictator. It also co-stars Anna Faris and Ben Kingsley. It looks hilarious. It is about the heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy will never come to the country he so lovingly oppresses. If it had a PG-13 rating, I would probably see it, but since it is R, I may not see it in theaters. What do you think?  A rasist comedy with Sacha Baron Cohen…good? Here’s what we think: PREDICTED DEBUT: 20 M. WANT TO SEE IT: MAYBE. (It looks super funny, but I wouldn’t recommend 16 and under seeing it in theaters due to its R rating. I will probably rent it on my tablet, though. Sacha Baron Cohen honestly couldn’t look more hilarious personally)

 MAY 18: Two movies hit theaters on May 18. First, we have the alien-spaceship movie Battleship after the popular board game, but doesn’t look much like the board game at all: aliens, spaceships? Even Rihanna is in it! More singers are converting to acting as second hand these days. Look at Justin Timberlake! It is about a fleet of ships is forced to do battle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. What do you think? Alien…spaceships and battleships? Here’s what we think: OUR PREDICTED DEBUT: 50 M. WANT TO SEE IT: NO. (It’s an alien invasion movie with an opening and closing at sea. All the rest is on land! This film was an excuse to make another alien invasion movie but call it Battleship so that people go see it! I’m totally NOT seeing this movie!)

 The other movie debuting on May 18 is What to Expect When You’re Expecting, which honestly looks really funny. It has Elizabeth Banks starring (who was also Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games). It also has Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, and even Chris Rock! Plus there is Dennis Quaid. It is a look at love through the eyes of five interconnected couples experiencing the thrills and surprises of having a baby, and ultimately coming to understand the universal truth that no matter what you plan for, life doesn’t always deliver what’s expected. What do you think? Diaz, Lopez, Banks in same movie….! Yes or no! Here’s what we think: PREDICTED DEBUT: 25 M. WANT TO SEE IT: MAYBE. (It is supposed to connect with pregnant women, and I am not a pregnant woman, but the previews looked funny, so if I have any spare time, after I finish my summer “to watch list”, I might see it)

 MAY 25: On May 25 is the president of The Buzz About Movies’s birthday, and also the day Men in Black 3 comes out in 3D. This film is coming out about 10 years AFTER the second film and the script was delayed so many times due to the whole time travel aspect. In the film, Agent J travels in time to MIB’s early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones star, with Josh Brolin as Agent K’s younger self, and Jemaine Clement as the main alien. Trust me, the aliens look dead cool in this movie! What do you think? Time travel…MIB? or Time travel is perfect for MIB! Here’s what we think: PREDICTED DEBUT: 50 M. WANT TO SEE IT: YES. (I just saw the first MIB, and thought it very good. I trust that Barry Sonnenfield can deliver a very good ending movie. I say anyone who liked the first 2 should see it, but if you’re not big on a comedy alien invasion movie, don’t buy a ticket)

 JUNE 1: The first day of June is the day the darker version of Snow White comes out with Kirsten Stewart (Twilight) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor). In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. The Evil Queen is played by Academy-Award winner Charlize Theron. Just one question we have: Is Snow White in love with the prince…or the Huntsman? Sam Clafin (Philip in Pirates of the Caribbean 4) plays the Prince. What do you think? Do you think that this will be better than Mirror Mirror? Was it right to cast Kirsten Stewart as Snow White? Here’s what we think: PREDICTED DEBUT: 70 M. WANT TO SEE IT: YES (Me and my mother both really want to see the movie. Looks like a VERY dark version of Snow White so if you don’t like darkness, you shouldn’t see this film)

 JUNE 8: One week after Snow White dominates the box office, Prometheus takes over. The film is done by Ridley Scott, and is a prequel to Alien, but looks to be another alien movie. The previews make it look…okay. The film revolves around a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Noomi Reepace and Michael Fassbender star. Charlize Theron also co-stars. Do you think Prometheus looks good? What do you think? Here’s what we think: PREDICTED DEBUT: 60 M. WANT TO SEE IT: NO. (Everyone wants to see this movie. I’m just not big on the horror genre. If you liked Alien and you like Ridley Scott, get a ticket. I’ve never seen Alien, and horror movies feel freaky to me. Watching the previews for this movie freak me out. I’m suggesting it to ages 12 +)

 Also on June 8, we get the end of the iconic trilogy Madagascar with Madagascar 3D: Europe’s Most Wanted. In this movie, Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent – Madagascar style. While Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith and DAvid Schwimmer star, Sacha Baron Cohen and Cedric the Entertainer co-star as King Julien and Maurice. Then we have Frances McDormand playing a crazy cop and Jessica Chastain playing a lion, plus Martin Short as Stefano. What do you think? Did you like Madagascar 1 and 2? Here’s what we think: PREDICTED DEBUT: 20 M. WANT TO SEE IT: YES. (I loved the first Madagascar, and didn’t like the second Madagascar, but this looks to be better than Madagascar 2 and looks to be funnier. Bring the kids! I just want to see what they did with the Europe aspect. I’ve been to Europe, so I can’t wait to remember going to Monte Carlo, or London, Venice, France, etc)

 JUNE 15: Rock of Ages debuts, set in 1987 Los Angeles, Drew and Sherrie are two young people chasing their dreams in the big city. When they meet, it’s love at first sight, though their romance will face a series of challenges. Another rock & roll romantic comedy (doesn’t it remind you of Selena Gomez’s Another Cinderella Story but for grownups and teens!). It stars Tom Cruise and is with Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin. What do you think? Here’s what we think: PREDICTED DEBUT: 10 M. WANT TO SEE IT: MAYBE (My mother wants to see this, so I will probably go. It is after a hit Broadway musical, so it has fine source of material. Don’t bring kids under 10, and I suggest mature 11 and 12 year olds can see it)

 Then we have on the same day, another TOTALLY STUPID Adam Sandler movie! I am totally against these types of movies, and if Adam Sandler keeps doing this stuff, he will lose his place in Hollywood. It will probably not be redemption for Jack and Jill (won every single Razzie Award). YIKES! The film is about Todd: While still in his teens, Donny (Adam Sandler) fathers a son, Todd (Andy Samberg), and raises him as a single parent up until Todd’s 18th birthday. Now, after not seeing each other for years, Todd’s world comes crashing down. What do you think? Here’s what we think: PREDICTED DEBUT: 10 M. WANT TO SEE IT: NO. (This is not appropriate for anyone under the age of 16, and I hate Adam Sandler movies! They just punch each other, meet girls, run around and drink beer!)

 JUNE 22: First, on June 22, Pixar comes out with its latest movie, Brave. While determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. This looks very good (well, all Pixar films are)! Honestly, this film looks awesome. What do you think? Here’s what we think: PREDICTED DEBUT: 35 M. WANT TO SEE IT: YES. (I am a huge fan of Pixar, and my favorite film of theirs is Cars 2. They are just getting better with every movie they make. Expect Brave to be huge family fun)

 Also that day comes Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. When I saw the Hunger Games, one of my friends said: “This would be a good movie if it wasn’t about Abraham Lincoln.”-Zeke DeLasho. I tend to agree. In the film, Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, discovers vampires are planning to take over the United States. He makes it his mission to eliminate them. Benjamin Walker stars as the iconic Abraham Lincoln, and is produced by Tim Burton. What do you think? Here’s what we think: PREDICTED DEBUT: 30 M. WANT TO SEE IT: NO. (Abraham Lincoln killing vampires! I’m so not getting a ticket to see that!)

 JUNE 29TH: First, the next GI Joe movie debuts titled: Retaliation. After The Rock did well in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, people are hungering for more. Channing Tatum also stars (The Vow, 21 Jump Street). I’ve never been a fan of GI Joe, but I don’t know what you loyal GI Joe fans think. In the film, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. Timothy Bruns plays Cobra. Bruce Willis and Ray Stevenson also star. PREDICTED DEBUT: 50 M. WANT TO SEE IT: NO. (I’ve never been a fan of GI Joe. If you are, then great. Go see it)

 Next, there is the other Channing Tatum movie coming out that day: Magic Mike. It is about Mike, an experienced stripper, who takes a younger performer called The Kid under his wing and schools him in the arts of partying, picking up women, and making easy money. Channing Tatum plays Mike. Steven Soderbergh directs. This is Soderbergh’s last film before taking a break from filmmaking. PREDICTED DEBUT: 25 M. WANT TO SEE IT: NO. (Don’t bring kids under the age of 18! It is about male strippers and they strip!)

 Then, Tyler Perry tries to battle the GI Joes and strippers with his movie: Madea’s Witness Protection. In the film, a Wall Street investment banker who has been set up as the linchpin of his company’s mob-backed Ponzi scheme is relocated with his family to Aunt Madea’s southern home. Tyler Perry stars as Madea, Joe and Brian. PREDICTED DEBUT: 5 M. WANT TO SEE IT: NO. (If you liked the other Madea installments, go see it. If not, stay home)

 JULY 3RD: Spider-Man is back in The Amazing Spider-Man! In the film, Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner. Andrew Garfield stars as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as The Lizard. PREDICTED DEBUT: 70 M. WANT TO SEE IT: YES. (YOU NEED TO SEE THIS MOVIE! LOOKS AWESOME! LIZARD LOOKS AMAZING! ANYWAY, I’M A HUGE COMIC BOOK FAN, SO IF YOU DON’T LIKE THAT STUFF, DON’T SUGGEST YOU SEE IT!)

 JULY 13: The Ice Age now has a fourth film! In the film, Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world. Sounds a bit crazy to me. Do you want to see this? PREDICTED DEBUT: 15 M. WANT TO SEE IT: MAYBE. (I have never seen an Ice Age movie, and I might see this one possibly. I don’t know what everyone’s talking about with Ice Age, however)

 JULY 20: The Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy finally ends. The Dark Knight Rises looks to be a crazy disaster movie. It takes place eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. Sounds awesome! Also co-stars Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and Gary Oldman. PREDICTED DEBUT: 90 M. WANT TO SEE IT: YES. (THIS LOOKS AMAZING! The final installment in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy looks epic, Bane looks amazing, and Catwoman looks better than ever! I read Batman comics all the time! This movie is one to see!)

 JULY 27: Dance + 3D=Success! Wait! Of course not! It’s gonna be horrible! Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean, the leader of a dance crew whose neighborhood is threatened by Emily’s father’s development plans. PREDICTED DEBUT: 10 M. WANT TO SEE IT: NO. (If you liked the other previous Step Ups, then see it. If not, stay home)

 AUGUST 3: That day, Diary of a Wimpy Kid hits the pool in the summer with Dog Days. (Yes, there is a dog in this movie!) In the film, school is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer, when all his plans go wrong. What on earth is he going to do all summer? PREDICTED DEBUT: 15 M. WANT TO SEE IT: YES. (This film looks funny, and better than 1 and 2)

 Then, Colin Farrell stars in the remake of Total Recall. The films starts as the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker begins to suspect that he’s a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he’s on. PREDICTED DEBUT: 25 M. WANT TO SEE IT: NO. (This just looks freaky)

 Now, can another Bourne movie (but this time starring Jeremy Renner) called Bourne: Legacy and it comes to theaters. The film is centered on a new CIA operative in the universe based on Robert Ludlum’s novels. PREDICTED DEBUT: 25 M. WANT TO SEE IT: NO. (also looks freaky)

 AUGUST 10: On August 10, Will Ferrell stars in his new comedy, The Campaign. It co-stars Zach Galifanakis. In the film, two rival North Carolina politicians with presidential aspirations tangle with one another. PREDICTED DEBUT: 10 M. WANT TO SEE IT: NO. (Don’t suggest 17 and under see it, but if you like a good comedy, see it)

 Also on August 10, Meryl Streep stars in Hope Springs. Steve Carrell co-stars. After thirty years of marriage, a middle-aged couple attends an intense, week-long counseling session to work on their relationship. PREDICTED DEBUT: 10 M. WANT TO SEE IT: NO. (If you are a grown-up, we suggest you see it, however, let the kids see another movie)

 AUGUST 17: That day, ghosts battle Extendables. ParaNorman opens. The film is about a misunderstood boy who can speak with the dead, takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. PREDICTED DEBUT: 15 M. WANT TO SEE IT: YES. (Zombies, ghosts, StopMotion, looks awesome! I love animation, so if you don’t, I wouldn’t suggest seeing it)

 Then, Expendables 2 opens. Sylvester Stallone stars, and Liam Hemsworth and other people co-star. In the film, Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. PREDICTED DEBUT: 30 M. WANT TO SEE IT: NO. (I have never been an Expendables fan, if you are, see it)

 Finally, we have Sparkle quickly slip into the mix. It co-stars Whitney Houston in her last movie! Set in the 1960s, three sisters form girl group and soon become Motown sensations, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart.PREDICTED DEBUT: 10 M. WANT TO SEE IT: NO. (I’ve never heard any of Whitney Houston’s music, and don’t think this looks too good for kids, as well as a movie)

So, that’s our Summer Movie Preview! Thanks for reading about The Buzz About Movies!

JOHNNY DEPP (DARK SHADOWS) AND THE DARK KNIGHT RISES TRAILER GUESSES TO THE ANSWERS!

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are an unstoppable team. They have had hits like Alice in Wonderland , Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Edward Schissorhands. Now, they debut with a vampire drama/rom com after the 1970′s soap opera that Depp and Burton both loved as kids. The film looks (to be a bit sexy) and funny + it adds a whole element of mystery…Some fans can’t wait for this Depp/Burton rom/com, while some think “Depp and Burton doing a rom/com! Blah! What do you think? Comment below.

 The new trailer for The Dark Knight Rises premiered in front of The Avengers. It was a hit with fans, and here are some things to think about: Is Catwoman a Good Guy? Is Batman Trapped in a Pit? Is Bane Killing Citizens for Fun? Is Joseph Gordon-Levitt necessary? Here are my guesses: Catwoman is a good guy, Batman is trapped in a pit by Bane, Bane is killing citizens but not for fun, because he needs to get to Batman, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is not necessary.

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