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Best/Worst Movie Promos Of The Week: Pant-less Cats Stand No Chance Against Clowns Packing Heat

Yet another week absolutely packed with new promotional material. But, sadly, this time around, it wasn’t only the top three that was tough to narrow down.

As for the ads vying for those top spots, Father of Invention and 50/50 both barely missed out. Yes, we poke fun at infomercials, but admit it, there’s something oddly riveting about them. Kevin Spacey rocks that odd concept in the new trailer for Father of Invention, which features him as a household gadget pitchman who goes to prison for selling a faulty product. As for 50/50, even though this is the film’s second trailer, it switches the focus enough to get you hooked all over again while also establishing the film as a piece with layers. The new poster for Safe also makes a statement, not in terms of the film’s plot, but simply because it rocks a bold design.

Hovering in the middle is the red band clip for Fright Night and the trailers for Woman in Black and Faces in the Crowd. After having seen Fright Night, that film’s marketing team earns points for letting loose one of the piece’s more solid moments in terms of special effects. While Woman in Black appears to be a nice creepy haunted house movie, it loses points for not letting the Harry Potter dust settle, looking simply like Harry Potter in a period piece with more facial hair. We amp the scare factor up a bit with the trailer for Faces in the Crowd. A usual crowd pleaser, Milla Jovovich pulls you in, but it’s the film’s incredibly terrifying premise that makes you yearn to know more.

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Review: Fright Night

As we’re drowning in a flood of big screen remakes, we ask ourselves time and time again; is it worth it? In Fright Night’s case, yes. As we’re drowning in a flood of 3D features, we ask ourselves time and time again; is it worth it? In Fright Night’s case, no, but, luckily for director Craig Gillespie, he’s working with some solid source material and an absolutely stellar case, both with the power to stake that extra dimension right in the heart. If only it’d burn up and evaporate for good.

For anyone familiar with the Tom Holland original, this synopsis is a bit redundant as Gillespie’s Fright Night is quite similar. Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) is your average teen living with his loving mother (Toni Collette) in a quaint little neighborhood – that is until Jerry Dandridge (Colin Farrell) moves in next door and rips out the locals’ throats as he pleases. Why? Because Charley’s new neighbor is a vampire.

Peter Vincent (David Tennant) is still present and accounted for, but now he hosts “Fright Night” the live stage production, chugs Midori and dons skintight leather pants. When Jerry snatches up a couple of Charley’s friends, Charley’s got no choice but to head to the Vegas Strip to get some advice from the showman. Too bad the act is primarily a façade and Vincent lacks the nerve to put his extensive weaponry collection to use. With no one to turn to, Charley’s mother and girlfriend, Amy’s (Imogen Poots), lives are in his hands.

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SDCC 2011: Fright Night Press Conference

Now that the Twilight madness is long gone, there’s room for more vampires at San Diego Comic Con, Jerry Dandridge to be exact. Colin Farrell stars as the new vampire next door with his eye on sucking the blood out of all of poor Charley Brewster’s (Anton Yelchin) loved ones. To gear up for the film’s August 19th release, Farrell and Yelchin as well as Imogen Poots who plays Charley’s girlfriend, Amy, Christopher Mintz-Plasse who plays his best pal, “Evil” Ed, director Craig Gillespie, writer Marti Noxon and Chris Sarandon, Jerry Dandridge from Tom Holland’s 1985 original, hit the Hilton Bayfront to discuss their revamped version of Fright Night.

As this video is fairly lengthy, roughly 23 minutes long, take a look at the breakdown below so you can skip around as you please.

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SDCC 2011: Thursday Wrap Up And Photos

And that’s a wrap on my first full busy day at San Diego Comic Con. I kicked things off at the press conference for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, which featured Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Julia Jones and Booboo Stewart after which Bill Condon, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner took the stage. Before wrapping up things with Summit Entertainment, I spoke with the writer of one of the studio’s next book-to-film adaptations, Warm Bodies author Isaac Marion. Keep an eye out for that interview later this week.

From there it was off to the convention center where I spent some time checking out the goods including vendor booths like MIMOBOT (more to come from them later this week) and studio presentations like Lionsgates’ booth which is all decked out in Hunger Games’ flaming glory.

Time flew fast, so from there it was a brisk walk over to Ballroom 20 where author George R.R. Martin proudly presented the cast and writers who brought the first book of his A Song of Ice and Fire series to life, Game of Thrones. Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Jason Momoa and writers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were all on hand to talk about their experience working on the show’s first season, the goodies that will come with the season one DVD as well as a bit of what to expect for season two and beyond.

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SDCC 2011: Shockya.com Hits San Diego Comic Con Tomorrow

I can’t believe it, but my very first San Diego Comic Con is just a day away. First off, let me give you a sense of where I’m coming from. I got into this whole online movie reporting biz back in 2008, right after graduation from New York University. Ever since, I’ve manned the control panel, backing up teams of reporters as they ventured out west leaving me home sweet home to merely get a taste of the action as their stories rolled in. Three years later, it’s my turn and I couldn’t be more thrilled and honored to be the one to bring the latest from the convention to the Shockya.com audience.

So, here’s my plan; I hit the ground running in San Diego tomorrow afternoon, so while picking up my press badge, I’ll be snapping some photos of the local scene. After that, it’s off to the Shark Night 3D event, a highlight for me as I’m a bit of a horror junky and quite eager to take a photo with the coveted mechanical shark.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Or An MTV Movie Awards Recap?

The MTV Movie Awards isn’t only about awarding the best of the best in film (clearly); it’s also about stirring some hype via the release of trailers and clips for some highly anticipated upcoming films and, considering it aired on Sunday night, that means this edition of the feature is packed with material from the show. Of the lot, we got a taste of new material from Super 8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and so much more. The question is, which of these films rose above the screaming fans in audience and earned a place in our top three? Heating up the competition further, there were quite a few non-MTV clips and trailers in the running this week like new clips from Green Lantern, one of which shows the Green Lantern taking on Parallax. While the Green Lantern clips look good, I much prefer the new TV spots for Captain America, albeit not enough for them to sneak into the promotions section.

Back to that MTV Movie Awards material, while a new clip for The Help does an excellent job of setting the stage for those unfamiliar with the book, it lacks that zip necessary for claiming a spot on the promotions wall of fame. As for 30 Minutes or Less and Bad Teacher, they’re caught in a bit of a Catch-22. If the footage isn’t downright hilarious, you assume the film will be the same. But, if the clip is giggle-worthy, it begs the question, what if the studio is wasting all of the funny gags on the promotional campaign? Well, lucky for them, both fall in between the two, but, then again, that means they don’t deserve spots on this list.

If we’re talking borderline demotion, The Three Musketeers can breathe a sigh of relief because there are three worse items than its new poster. I’m all for hand-drawn renderings, but not only does its layout make it a cousin of the notorious floating head design, but it’s also dizzyingly cluttered.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Comedy Wins via The Muppets, Bridesmaids and 50/50

Ever get sick of sorting through the endless amount of promotional material we get each week? Lucky for you I don’t and would love to be the one to help pinpoint the notably good and the laughably bad. Despite the Friday debut, as of next week, every Thursday I’ll narrow down the three best and three worst in new promotional material. This includes everything from fresh trailers to stills and more as, nowadays, thanks to viral marketing, the possibilities in terms of reaching out to the public are seemingly endless.

For the inaugural issue, I’m cheating a bit and looking back at the past two weeks, and, as usual, we’ve gotten a slew of brand new material. Whether or not the teaser for David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was actually leaked or artfully planted by Sony, no trailer seemingly shot via cell phone has a place here and, well, the official green band trailer just doesn’t make the cut this week. As for that tiny bit of footage from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, promos are one thing, but promos for promos are no-go’s here. I can’t lie, though — it did make me giggle a bit (and not in a good way).

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. has been unveiling the character posters for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II one-by-one and Zoe Saldana channels Taraji P. Henson of I Can Do Bad All by Myself in the new Colombiana poster while rocking some flower power. The Shark Night 3D trailer also swam to shore with a vengeance, but lacks the bite to snag a spot in the “Promotions” hall of fame.  As for the “Demotions,” Horrible Bosses should consider itself lucky because if there weren’t three far less-than-stellar marketing attempts this past week, its first clip might find itself in the bottom thanks to the fact that is just isn’t funny.

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‘Fright Night’ Remake Casts Colin Farrell And Toni Collette, And We Have Some Tips For Getting It Right!

Craig Gillespie’s “Fright Night” remake has found its vampire: Colin Farrell. As reported by THR, he’ll go up against Anton Yelchin as Charlie Brewster in the remake of Tom Holland’s 1985 horror classic. Also joining the fun is Toni Collette, who is on board to play Charlie’s mother, one of many who just can’t resist her bloodsucking neighbor’s charm. Gillespie’s version will stick to the basics of the original, focusing on young Charlie’s supicions about his neighbor Jerry, whom he believes to be a vampire. He confides in his mother as well as his best friend, Evil Ed and girlfriend, Amy, but no one believes his accusations.

With vampires continuing to be the hot thing in Hollywood, “Fright Night” should be a welcome edition to a genre that’s on the verge of growing tiresome. We’re not in for another dose of sparkling beasts or even creatures of the night with an affinity for gore. In fact, “Fright Night” is just the opposite; it’s an amalgamation of horror, suspense, camp and the teen factor, a la John Hughes, that feels remarkably real.

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