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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

DjangoUnchainedThrow all the horror movie spoofs, celebrity cameos, gross-out jokes and slapstick gags into a trailer you want, but that’s not getting it into the Best Stuff, Scary Movie 5. And, you know what? The same goes to you, A Haunted House!

The Best Stuff

1.  Django Unchained Trailer: Django Unchained rolled into its wide release with a bang. Unlike most of the earlier trailers, this one ditches the Brittle brothers bit and puts the focus on Django’s search for Broomhilda. It’s got a great fresh feel all while keeping in the confines of the world courtesy of the wildly appropriate John Legend tune and unforgettable imagery.

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Review: Django Unchained

Django-Unchained-PosterYou can always count on Quentin Tarantino to go big and take chances to offer up some of the most wildly engaging, entertaining and all-around enjoyable experiences cinema’s got to offer.

Amidst a treacherous trek across the country, Django (Jamie Foxx) and his new slave owners are intercepted by the bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). The next kill on Schultz’s list are the notorious Brittle Brothers, but he doesn’t know what they look like. However, Django does. After a little unorthodox bartering, Schultz makes off with Django, but not as his slave, rather as an associate.

Django rides by Schultz’s side, learning the ways of the bounty hunter and helping Schultz complete his gigs. In turn, Schultz offers to help track down and rescue Django’s wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), from her new owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). Trouble is, Candie isn’t a particularly nice guy, and he’ll never sell Broomhilda to Schultz if Schultz rides up to the estate alongside a black man and simply asks. If Schultz and Django are going to get her back, they’ll need to make Candie think he’s got the upper hand in an incredible deal.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

Best-Movie-Posters-of-2012Just think about how many movies hit theaters this year, and remember that every single one of those films has a poster. Actually, maybe we should multiply that number by five because it’s not uncommon for a wide release to amass an entire set of promotional designs before hitting theaters. The character poster, the minimalist look, the hand-drawn rendering, the epic banners – yes, there are many different routes to go when trying to make a poster pop, but with the onslaught of new designs each week, it’s getting tougher and tougher to stand out. Funny thing is, while the competition is getting complicated, it’s the images that keep it simple and put their film’s story first that are the most successful.

As the author of our Best — and Worst — Movie Promos of the Week column, I’ve seen my fair share of posters over the past 12 months. Here are what I feel are the 10 best of 2012.

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The Best — and Worst — Movie Promos of the Week

The-Hobbit-IMAX-Midnight-Poster“True courage is about knowing not when to take a life, but when to spare one.” You can write that one down as one of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey‘s most memorable quotes, but the first clip from the highly anticipated December 14 release — as well as the latest behind-the-scenes postproduction video — were both trumped by four other pieces ofHobbit promotional material this week.

The Best Stuff

1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey IMAX Midnight PostersEven as someone who isn’t a diehard Hobbit/Lord of the Rings fan, I still want one of these to hang on my wall — the Gollum one to be exact. But the best part about this quartet of posters is that they’re for some of the franchise’s most loyal followers, the ones with midnight IMAX tickets.

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Comic-Con 2012: Our Most Anticipated Events

The first rule of San Diego Comic-Con is that there’s absolutely no way to get to everything. The second rule of San Diego Comic-Con (or SDCC) is … try to get to everything. And we here at Movies.com will attempt to do just that, or at the very least bring back a taste of the big events everyone will be talking about come this time next week.

What are some of those events, and what should you expect from our coverage? Click through to find out what we’re looking forward to most as the country’s biggest geek-friendly convention prepares to infiltrate our nerdy hearts later this week.

Thursday 12:45 – 1:45 in Hall H

The non-Twihards might resent this, but what bigger way to open San Diego Comic-Con 2012 than with a panel for the final Twilight movie? The very first film to grace comic-con’s legendary Hall H will be the final installment of The Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn – Part 2. This will (probably) be the last time Team Edward and Team Jacob supporters will get the chance to camp outside the San Diego Convention Center for a Twilight movie, so expect the crowd to be bigger than ever. Once the crowd files in and the panel actually begins, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz and newcomer Mackenzie Foywill all be on hand, answering questions and previewing footage.

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SDCC 2012: Perri And Melissa’s San Diego Comic Con Plans For Shockya.com!

We’re in the midst of yet another summer movie season and you know what that means; San Diego Comic Con is here to raise big screen anticipation even further, teasing fans with all the incredible action, stories and stars we’ve got to look forward to.

This time last year I was scrambling to put together a solo schedule for an event I’d never experience before, but this time around, not only am I heading to San Diego as a Comic Con veteran, but I won’t be going alone. Shockya.com will feature SDCC 2012 from both myself and Melissa Molina. Not only am I thrilled to have such a talented teammate, but we’re both very excited to bring you more coverage than ever!

What do you have to look forward to between the two of us? Here’s a brief breakdown of our plans …

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Comic-Con 2012: Our Most Anticipated Events

The first rule of San Diego Comic-Con is that there’s absolutely no way to get to everything. The second rule of San Diego Comic-Con (or SDCC) is … try to get to everything. And we here at Movies.com will attempt to do just that, or at the very least bring back a taste of the big events everyone will be talking about come this time next week.

What are some of those events, and what should you expect from our coverage? Click through to find out what we’re looking forward to most as the country’s biggest geek-friendly convention prepares to infiltrate our nerdy hearts later this week.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘Django Unchained’ Looks Like a Blast While ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Charms Your Inner Game-Lover

How about a slew of featurettes to take you into the weekend? We’ve got three new behind-the-scenes videos for highly anticipated releases and all are quite successful. Skyfall adds to its growing videoblog with a piece highlighting the costume work of Jany Temime. The Amazing Spider-Man keeps things short and sweet with a new video about the stunts, something that offers up some stellar behind-the-scenes footage at a faster pace, making the material far more tantalizing. Meanwhile, Rock of Ages continues to rock its all-star cast and soundtrack, making its brand new featurette infectious and fun to watch.

Making its big debut at the MTV Movie Awards, the Perks of Being a Wallflower trailer has arrived and suggests the production will make for a charming and rousing adaptation powered by three notable lead performances. The first trailer for the Denzel Washington-starrer, Flight, also dropped and while it’s got a far more upbeat tone than anticipated, the captivating story is more than enough to make you want more.

Before getting into the best and worst of the week, how about a little eye candy? MTV unveiled a new clip from Magic Mike and considering it features a dance routine lead by Channing Tatum playing a stripper, it should come as no surprise that this one might warrant multiple viewings.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘Django Unchained’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Win Big with Unique Imagery

In case you haven’t noticed, The Avengers is coming. For the past few weeks we’ve gotten featurette after featurette and TV spot after TV spot, and now we land on two new clips and 20 minutes of B-roll footage, too. Of the clips, I much prefer the one featuring Loki and Iron Man, as it shows off solid performances and some serious non-action-related tension as compared to seeing Nick Fury and Maria Hill discuss the mechanics of the mission. As for the B-roll, sure it may be a little dull, but I actually much prefer it to the featurettes, which all seem to make the same exact points over and over again.

Speaking of featurettes, Battleship adds two to its pile,“Creating Destruction” and “Enemies From Another World,”both of which fail to solidify Battleship as anything other than a Transformers knockoff. We’ve also got some on-set interviews from Skyfall and while hardcore Bond fans may dig it, if you aren’t into the series, it’s just not all that interesting.

Also on the dull side is the teaser poster for The Host. The only selling power this has is Stephenie Meyer’s name and even though the Twilight films bring in truckloads of cash, it’s still a very specific audience and not a proper tool for reeling in newcomers.

Maybe this isn’t the most uplifting opening, but the best is yet to come, so here we go!

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