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The Must-Have Movie Toys of Summer 2013

toystoysHalf the fun of summer blockbusters is going to see them. The other half is getting to own pieces of them. With many fan favorites in circulation and still more to come, you better start divvying up your resources and figuring out which summer movie toys are the must-haves. You don’t want your kid stuck with the EpicRonin glider while his or her buddy next door has an Iron Man 3 disc blaster, right?

Iron Man 3

As the biggest opener of summer 2013, Iron Man 3 toys are an absolute must. As someone with a soft spot for hurling harmless foam discs at friends and family, the Iron Man 3 Gauntlet Disc Blaster is a winner. Then, to ramp up your innocent assault, slip on the Iron Man 3 Mission Mask, which not only packs the power to fire four missiles, but let’s you aim them using a targeting light beam, too.

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Why Are We So Obsessed with the ‘Despicable Me’ Minions?

MinionsI thoroughly enjoyed Despicable Me when it hit theaters in 2010 and still recommend it to those looking for an amusing animated movie, but you know what? I barely remember what it’s about. Gru’s a villain and he develops a soft spot when he winds up taking care of three orphan girls, but the details of the narrative escape me and it’s all because of those adorable little Minions. But what’s that about? Why are we so drawn to this little creatures? Here, let’s explore…

The Pet Obsession

A compelling story and strong lead characters are still and will hopefully always be requirements, but the power of a supercute, nonhuman sidekick is undeniable. Any animal lover can understand. My family treats our dogs and cat like real people more than I care to admit, but it’s also probably safe to say that most pet owners get completely caught up in the fact that our pets are so innocent and lovable that they melt our hearts to the point that we’re incessantly compelled to shower them with love and affection.

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Review: Despicable Me 2

Despicable-Me-2-PosterThe Anti-Villain League needs a better mission plan, but there’s still more than enough family charm and minions to keep “Despicable Me 2” firmly afloat.

The whole gang is back – and then some. Gru’s (Steve Carell) living the dream, playing happy homemaker and loving dad to Agnes, Edith, and Margo, (Elsie Fisher, Dana Gaier, Miranda Cosgrove) until someone zaps him with a taser (or, more precisely, a lipstick taser), snatches him right off his front lawn and stuffs him in a car trunk. When he’s released, Gru comes face-to-face with his abductor, Lucy (Kristen Wiig), and learns that he’s been taken to the Anti-Villain League (AVL) headquarters. AVL head honcho, Silas Ramsbottom (Steve Coogan), explains that someone made off with an entire top-secret lab. They’ve got a short list of suspects, but the problem is, they can’t pinpoint the villain so having been a villain himself, they recruit Gru to get the job done.

It’s easy to jump right back into this world courtesy of an opening sequence that appropriately highlights the film’s prime assets – Gru’s relationship with his girls and those crazy little minions. In mere minutes you’ve laughed out loud because the minions’ giggles are infectious and have gotten that warm and fuzzy feeling when Agnes admits she knows her birthday fairy princess’ secret identity, making this an ideal and very necessary jumping off point for a film loaded with unforgettable moments, but also with an underdeveloped through-line.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Star-Trek-Into-DarknessThere’s no point in aiming for the element of surprise. Clearly Star Trek Into Darkness was snagging a spot in this week’s Best Stuff, but we did have a nice little fight between three upcoming animated films. Epic does continue to grow on us with each new promo, but how can you compare mini-forest people to a snail with racing ambitions and Gru’s minions? If only there had been room for both in the top three.

The Best Stuff

1. Star Trek Into Darkness 

Yes, Benedict Cumberbatch, you have our attention. Star Trek Into Darkness wins big again by turning its latest trailer into another villain-driven character piece. Cumberbatch’s voiceover is infectious, making for an ideal build toward the explosive montage that follows. Story and character development combined with mesmerizing high-stakes situations to produce a piece that makes the viewer feel the threat, even before all the details have been unveiled.

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Best/Worst Promos of the Week: ‘Elmo’ and ‘The Human Centipede’ Unite

We’ve got a little bit of everything this week – action, comedy, romance and so much more. But, with October on the horizon, it’s the horror material that’s inherently appropriate. The team behind the Paranormal Activity 3 campaign is really ramping things up, letting loose three new clips and a brand new trailer. While the clips themselves aren’t particularly special, the way in which they hit the web is quite fun. Shock Till You DropDread Centra land Bloody Disgusting not only received VHS tapes, but VHS players to play them with. An innovative and appropriate way to get the material out to the public, and, thanks to technology, likely quite cheap, too! As for the trailer, I’m sensing this might be a case of showing too much before the release, but at least it shows that there’s really more for this franchise to explore.

If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, there’s quite a bit to check out. In the romantic comedy department, we’ve got new trailers for New Year’s Eve as well as the Katherine Heigl-starrer, One for the Money. For those with a taste for suspense, catch Sam Worthington, Jamie Bell and Elizabeth Banks in the trailer for Man on a Ledge. We’ve also got a batch of clips from Real Steel, which combined, offer an appropriately modest sense of what the film’s got to offer. There’s also a brand new Puss in Boots parody video in which Puss gets his Isaiah Mustafa on.

In the poster department we’ve got three to note. Actually, there’s more than three because Melancholia just racked up six character posters all of which aesthetically foreshadow what’s to come in the feature. The new poster for I Melt With You shows off its main men including Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe, and Christian McKay while the first design for The Lorax gives the fans what they want, The Lorax.

While all of the aforementioned promo material is worthy of your time and comes nowhere close to seeping into the demotions department, clearly they weren’t promotions-worthy. What was? Check out the best of the best right here.

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