Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

The_Fault_in_Our_StarsSuper Bowl XLVII is still a couple of days away, but the movie industry is already tapping into the pregame buzz to milk its big- money TV spots for all they’re worth. We’ve already got the full promos for Draft DayNoah and 3 Days to Kill, as well as part one of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 ad. On top of that, you can already watch Terry Crews giving it everything he’s got alongside the Muppets trying to sell Toyota Highlanders and Laurence Fishburne in Morpheus form telling you “the truth” about the Kia K900. However, whether these babies gobble up the game-day commercial hype or not, they’re still TV spots, not trailers, and that means this week’s Best Stuff honors belong to three other contenders.

The Best Stuff

1. The Fault in Our Stars

If a two-minute-and-30-second trailer can conjure tears, just imagine the influx of waterworks coming our way in the full feature version of The Fault in Our Stars. The transition from Hazel’s sugarcoated rendition of her story to the real deal gives the piece an instant connecting factor, suggesting the typical big-screen romance we’re used to and then hitting you with the brutal reality. Midway through, not only do we know the main players, but we already care for them pretty deeply. So when exposition gives way to heartwrenching visuals and overwhelmingly powerful performances, you can’t help but absorb the characters’ emotions.

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The Final Episode of Covering Coven!

AHS_Coven_Epsiode_13American Horror Story concluded its most recent story arc, “Coven,” this week.  What did our “Covering Coven” team think of the wrap-up?  Were they pleased with the results of the “next Supreme”?  Listen in as they discuss!

Leading the conversation is Shock contributor Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) and she’s joined by Sasha Capelli (@ActuallySasha) of 92.3 out of New York, Alexis Saarela (@AlexisSaarela), Allison Ullrich (@allisonannetx) and Megg Hochbaum (@djshesay).  Needless to say, this is a spoiler-filled discussion, so you have been warned!

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Interview: That Awkward Moment’s Imogen Poots

Imogen_Poots_That_Awkward_MomentSo … according to the movie That Awkward Moment, there’s this point in a relationship called “The So” during which someone turns to you and says, “So …” and follows it up by asking a relationship defining question like, “Where is this going” or “What are we doing?” That absolutely can be an uncomfortable scenario, but for ladies who really know how to pick them, like Imogen Poot’s Ellie, the awkwardness doesn’t stop there.  In That Awkward MomentZac EfronMiles Teller and Michael B. Jordan play a trio of friends who make a pact to indulge in the single life together to help take Mikey’s mind off his divorce. However, shortly after making that pact, Jason spots Ellie. He may initially peg her as yet another brief fling, but soon realizes he can’t tear himself away. No one has ever had this effect on him and he’s determined to learn more – even if it means making quite a few awkward mistakes in the process.

In honor of That Awkward Moment’s January 31st release, Poots hit the New York City press circuit and sat down with Collider to reveal which of her co-stars held doors for her, the one who’s most like his character and who can turn on the charm via improvisation. Read about all of that as well as Poots’ least favorite pickup line, the key to Gramercy Park, her excitement to work with Josh Boone on his upcoming feature, Pretenders, and loads more in the interview below.

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Interview: That Awkward Moment’s Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Imogen Poots & Tom Gormican

That_Awkward_MomentRemember that time Miles Teller tried to hold Michael B. Jordan’s hand and then Zac Efron got within kissing distance of Teller? Now that was an awkward moment!

In their latest film, That Awkward Moment, Efron, Teller and Jordan star as Jason, Daniel and Mikey, respectively. Jason enjoys his quick flings, Daniel’s got a good thing going with his wing-woman, Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis), and Mikey “checked the boxes” and is enjoying the married life – until he’s not.

When Mikey’s wife suddenly demands a divorce, Jason and Daniel step in to make it all better by making a pact to stay single and play the field together. Trouble is, that’s when Jason spots Ellie (Imogen Poots) at the end of a bar and for the first time in his life, one night might not be enough.

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Get Pumped for the Olympics with These Winter-Sports Flicks

Team_USAWith the 2014 Winter Olympics due to kick off on February 7, it’s time to prepare for all the awe-inspiring, high-speed performances expected to go down in Sochi, Russia. Get ready for the cold, the underdogs, the big wins and the miracles–here are the most memorable, outrageous and rousing winter-sports movies out there.

Cool Runnings

“’Nuff people say, you know they can’t believe, Jamaica, we have a bobsled team.” With the real Jamaican bobsled team just being qualified for the Winter Olympics, what better way to ring in Sochi than by watching Cool Runnings? In fact, after finding out that they qualified, the real team got hit with the realization that they couldn’t even afford the trip, but then a Cool Runnings fan stepped up to help them out. Their new sponsor, George Meireles of ZX Recruitment, told the L.A. Times, “The film Cool Runnings was a great inspiration to me,” and he pledged to donate over $65,000 to send the Jamaican bobsled team to Sochi.

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Interview: I, Frankenstein’s Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne_StrahovskiOne day she’s taking out her enemies using rat poison in Dexter and the next, she’s trying to re-animate a rat Frankenstein-style in I, Frankenstein.  In the Stuart Beattie-directed film, Yvonne Strahovski steps in as Terra, an electrophysiologist employed by Bill Nighy’s Wessex to figure out a way to bring the dead back to life. She manages to make some progress with the aforementioned rat, but it isn’t until Victor Frankenstein’s monster, Adam (Aaron Eckhart), comes back to town that Terra gets closer than ever to cracking the code of re-animation. However, that doesn’t mean the code is necessarily safe to share. Hit the jump for more from the I, Frankenstein star.

At the recent New York City press day, Strahovski sat down with us to discuss going from not being very “scientifically minded” to playing a believable electrophysiologist, her first go-around on a CGI-heavy set, how she felt about the way Dexter went out and more.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Robert_De_Niro_in_a_BushIt’s a good thing that Vampire Academy makes some progress with its latest trailer because now that it’s been bumped up to a February 7 release, it’s got a lot of ground to cover if it’s going to reel in moviegoers beyond fans of the book. Clearly it’s latest promo isn’t a total success, otherwise it would have made its way into the Best Stuff, but this star-hosted format does boast a fresh feel that doesn’t quite succeed in convincing potential viewers that there’s more to it than vampire and high school clichés, but it still rocks appeal thanks to riveting editing, on-point song selections and a strong sense of tone. But again, it’s a no-go for this week’s Best Stuff, so check out what did make the cut.

The Best Stuff

1. Oculus

The new trailer for the horror movie Oculus uses up the large majority of its running time on a shot that simply shows a sheet falling off a mirror, but good scares largely come down to timing and tone and that rather bare visual paired with the slightest push and effective fairy tale-like narration creates quite the build, intensifying the effect of the eerie and nightmarish imagery that follows.

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