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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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From ‘Trollhunter’ to ‘V/H/S’ – Movie Monsters Deserving of Their Own Prequels

Monsters_UniversityBack in 2001, Mike and Sulley were a Monsters, Inc.factory dream team. Sulley racked up enough scares to get himself to the top of the scare charts and Mike functioned as the ultimate wingman, keeping his big best furry friend on top of his game. But no one just starts at the top. They had to work their way up and, it turns out, watching Mike and Sulley find their groove at college makes for a worthy Monsters, Inc. prequel. In honor of Monsters University’s June 21 release, we take a look at 10 other big-screen aliens, dinosaurs and obscure creatures deserving of a prequel of their own.

Cloverfield Monster

Due to the found-footage perspective, we never get to learn all that much about the Cloverfield monster’s origins, but even though producer J.J. Abrams, director Matt Reeves and writer Drew Goddard chose to do that deliberately to make the point-of-view approach more realistic, they still did go into production with a solid understanding of “Clover’s” condition. Abrams explained, “He’s a baby. He’s brand new. He’s confused, disoriented and irritable. And he’s been down there in the water for thousands and thousands of years.” Reconsidering the monster’s New York City rampage with those attributes in mind undoubtedly makes you wonder where did he (she?) come from and why.

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Quiz: Which Pixar Characters Are You?

Perri_Pixar_CardYou likely won’t track down a Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth-Class or your very own talking dog like Dug anytime soon, but thanks to TheFandom.net and Movies.com, you can take a step into the Pixar realm with your very own Pixar Identification Card.

The fine folks over at TheFandom.net are dedicated to everything and anything fandom related – Harry PotterThe Hunger GamesStar Trek and loads more — but after the success of their ID card-producing Universal Fandom quiz, they’re looking to branch out and tackle Pixar, too. Similar to the Universal Fandom quiz, which requires you to answer a series of questions to determine which breed, species or house you belong to within each franchise or narrative, the Pixar quiz will use your answers to tell you which character you are in 10 different Pixar movies.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

Aint-Them-Bodies-SaintsDid a trailer finally conquer the tacky narration technique and make it work? Not quite. The latest trailer for Walking with Dinosaurs came close to being Best Stuff worthy, but in comparing it to the first trailer, it’s just way too evident that the voiceover does more harm than good. And even then, the Walking with Dinosaurs trailer is still leaps and bounds beyond the one for Machete Kills. If your money shot is showing off Sofia Vergara rocking boobs with firepower, you’re bound to alienate a significant portion of the audience.

The Best Stuff

1. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

There’s something undeniably enchanting about two people in love and it’s as evident as ever in the new trailer for Ain’t Them Bodies Saints. Once it pulls you in via the chemistry between Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, it drops a bomb, and a wildly captivating one at that. The tension builds with every beat of the background tune, ultimately leaving you relentlessly curious about the details of the characters’ past, present and future.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

The-Last-Stand-QuadThe John Dies at the End anti-piracy trailer is clever, amusing and sends a good message, but it’s still just shy of cracking the top three. In fact, it’s also just short of trumping this brand new poster for the film that uses alternative lettering to spell out the title – a tactic that’s even more effective after you’ve seen the film. But still, John dies at the end and gives way to three more effective pieces of promotion material.

The Best Stuff

1. Monsters University Rose Bowl TV SpotMonsters University continues to win big with immersive marketing. First the film’s website made Monsters University feel like a real, tangible institution and now it’s got a TV spot to go along with it. My parents are lucky this movie is hitting theaters well after my college years. This place looks far more appealing than a lot of other universities out there.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

New York Comic-Con is here and new promotional material is slowly being rolled out in honor of the event, but the posters for The Last StandTexas Chainsaw 3D and Pacific Rim (see them in our weekly poster roundup) didn’t come close to cracking this week’s top three.

The Best Stuff

1. Paranormal Activity 4 Audience Reaction Trailer: The audience reaction trailer is aParanormal Activity tradition, and a good one at that. The films do play well at home, but there’s nothing like sitting in a theater packed with shrieking fans. For those who enjoy a good scare, this trailer makes it look like the folks featured are having a blast, so you’ll want to have one, too.

2. The Man with the Iron Fists Posters: Whether you’re into the style, violence and carnage of RZA’s The Man with the Iron Fists or not, there’s no denying that this film has one of the most impressive poster campaigns of the year. The marketing department kicked things off with this black, white and pink gem, and now EW’s got 16 new designs all of which are either appropriately striking or pure works of art.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos: Pixar’s Still Got It! Christian Slater and Ving Rhames, Not So Much…

Oh, Adam Sandler. What are you doing to this industry? A new trailer for Hotel Transylvania just dropped and while it still rocks the film’s wildly amusing premise and cute animation, yet again, Sandler’s painfully recognizable voice extinguishes all of its charm. On the other hand, Seth MacFarlane continues to win big voicing Ted. Even after a number of TV spots and trailers, this whole stuffed-bear-comes-to-life bit still works well in the new restricted featurette, suggesting the concept can easily sustain a full feature.

We also got our first taste of two highly anticipated upcoming releases and, even knowing little to nothing about the source material, the situation and environment shown off in the new Dredd trailer is exciting and intriguing. However, Taken 2 doesn’t look like it’ll live up to its predecessor. The unbelievable action worked well the first time around, but, based on this new international trailer, round two feels more like a parody.

A new clip from Savages just arrive and while it’s not all that bad, Salma Hayek’s rant isn’t as threatening as it was likely meant to be. On the other hand, Channing Tatum can convince me of just about anything – in a movie about male strippers, of course. Special thanks to Magic Mike for wrapping up this introduction with a little eye candy.

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