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Toy Fair 2014

Toy_FairPERRI’S TOY FAIR 2014 COVERAGE:

Toy Fair 2014: Over 30 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Toy Images Including Ronan the Accuser, Korath, Star-Lord’s Milano Ship, and More

Toy Fair 2014: Images of New Marvel Toys Featuring CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, THE AVENGERS, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, and More

Toy Fair 2014: New STAR WARS Toys Featuring STAR WARS REBELS Characters, The Command Line, Black Series Additions and More

Toy Fair 2014: Over 70 Pictures of the TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Toys Including Dinobots, Grimlock, Galvatron, Windblade, and More

Toy Fair 2014: Over 50 Pictures of KRE-O New Additions from the TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, and DUNGEONS & DRAGONS Lines

Toy Fair: Over 150 Images of LEGO GHOSTBUSTERS, STAR WARS, LEGO MOVIE Sets; Descriptions of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and TMNT LEGO Sets

Toy Fair: Over 100 Pictures from NECA Booth Including DIVERGENT, PACIFIC RIM, ALIEN, PREDATOR, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and More

Toy Fair 2014: Over 70 Pictures of New Figures from THE WALKING DEAD, Marvel, GODZILLA, ALIEN, BATMAN, GAME OF THRONES, STAR WARS, and More

Toy Fair: Over 250 Pictures From Convention Floor Including FROZEN, BREAKING BAD, DOCTOR WHO, SONS OF ANARCHY, ANCHORMAN 2, and More

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Review: The Avengers

When we’re getting superhero movie after superhero movie, it’s understandable to have that, “Oh, another one?,” reaction. However, in the case of The Avengers, it was unprecedented right from the start. Yes, it’s more superhero material, but this isn’t just a film that features the biggest team of super-powered crime fighters yet; it’s one that links together a number of other features and franchises and, in turn, really creates a living, breathing Marvel universe.

The Avengers kicks off at S.H.I.E.L.D. where Dr. Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) is hard at work at the tesseract, an energy source with the power to wipe out the planet. In addition, the tesseract can act as a door to the other end of space, and that’s where Loki (Tom Hiddleston) comes in. Loki uses the device to transport himself from the other side of the universe to right there in the middle of S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters where he devastates the compound and steals the tesseract.

Having witnessed the threat firsthand, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is compelled to activate the Avengers Initiative. Fury sends Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johannson) to recruit Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), not for his alter ego, but to use his knowledge of gamma radiation, something that could help S.H.I.E.L.D. track the tesseract. Meanwhile, Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) is bringing Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) into the mix and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is suiting up again as Captain America. Together, they’re assigned to locate and take back the tesseract.

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Best/Worst Promos of the Week: Vampires Are Lifeless. Go Figure.

Hot on the heels of the wild success of The Hunger Games comes the teaser for another highly anticipated young adult book to film adaptation, Stephenie Meyer’s The Host. It’s particularly simple and, therefore, not profound, but it does fair better than a certain teaser trailer for another Meyer adaptation. Also in the teaser realm, we’ve got a trailer teaser forTotal Recall. So far, so good; now we’ve just got to wait and see what the real thing’s got to offer this Friday.

There’s been quite a few new releases within the horror genre. Madison County looks pretty creepy, but it also looks like more of the same – college kids drive through the middle of nowhere and are tormented by a sadistic killer. You know the drill. On the other hand, the remake of Mother’s Day looks to be some truly twisted fun, lead by an especially wicked Rebecca De Mornay. We’ve also got a clip from The Cabin in the Woods and while the scene is pretty solid, after having seen the full film, this doesn’t do the wonderfully wild experience justice. Then again, we don’t want any spoilers in the promo campaign, now do we?

If you’re looking for something a bit lighter, the first trailer for the animated film Rise of the Guardians arrived and it’s certainly an interesting spin on all of the icons of our childhood imagination. Moving into more adult territory, we’ve got the trailer for the festival hit Safety Not Guaranteed and, sure enough, thi

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: All Hail Jimmy Kimmel

Before hitting the best and the worst of the week, we’ve got three pretty wild TV spots that are must-sees. First up is the new red band spot for Project X. If you think the stuff in this video is bad, wait until you see the full feature. Parents of high school kids beware! On a far more wholesome note, why not watch the Titans ravage the innocent in this new spot forWrath of the Titans? I wasn’t a fan of the action overdose in the first, but when you cram it all into a tiny TV spot, it does look like a good deal of fun. We’ve also got a new spot for G.I. Joe Retaliation featuring a rather cheesy group unity speech from Dwayne Johnson. Then again, who wouldn’t listen when a guy like Dwayne Johnson pumps his fist in your face?

Over in the clip zone we’ve got a new piece of 21 Jump Street to share. Things have been going well as far as trailers and TV spots are concerned, but the adrenaline dips a bit with this video, which isn’t all that funny. On the other hand, John Carter gets a boost from this extended clip and sizzle reel combination. Some of the action and characters still look a little cartoonish, but based on this piece, there’s also a lot more that’s pretty incredible. We’ve also got a little something new from Prometheus, however, this video showing off Guy Pearce’s Peter Weyland isn’t in the actual film, rather it’s kicking off the movie’s viral campaign.

Before hitting the good, let’s wipe out two items that barely missed slipping into the worst of the week, the trailer for Bernie and the new Three Stooges motion poster. Odds are, you’ll only have the patience for one of them, as both are packed with ridiculous and irritating characters, but don’t you worry; the best stuff is here and it’ll undoubtedly lift your spirits and anticipation for three upcoming films.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Superheroes and Super Tributes

The Super Bowl came and went and left a number of TV spots in its wake. Of the bunch that didn’t make it into “The Best Stuff” and didn’t seep into “The Worst Stuff,” Act of Valor is the standout, keeping the focus of its Super Bowl ad on brotherhood. Football brotherhood? Army brotherhood? Makes sense. On the other hand, what’s with the spot for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D? Did someone just realize Episode I can’t compare to the original trilogy? Is that why a nice chunk of the footage here comes from A New Hope?

Moving out of Super Bowl territory and into the land of clips and trailers, we’ve got a new piece of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Nope, this is definitely not my thing, but for kids and families, the Bright and cartoonish action could be rather fun. As for trailers, a big one just arrived, the trailer for The Bourne Legacy. The piece is a bit oddly structured, the creators sticking a little too closely to that cutout video effect, but for Bourne trilogy diehards, this trailer is a likely crowd pleaser.

On the other hand, the trailer for Dorothy and the Witches of Oz undoubtedly solidifies the film as something that should have been made for TV, but it stays out of the worst of the worst thanks to three simple words: “In Glorious 2D.” Also just missing out on sinking into the bottom three is the Scorpion Beer/Casa de mi Padre commercial, as it goes zero for two – I don’t want to see Casa de mi Padre and I don’t want to drink a Scorpion Beer.

Enough of that. Let’s get back on top. Here are the best movie promos of the past week, followed by the worst.

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Perri’s Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

Well, hello there 2012!

Just as we all like to start off the New Year with personal clean slates, the same goes for the film industry. Nothing new has hit theaters just yet and all we’ve got to go off of is the upcoming slate of releases, so it’s prime time for maximum optimism.

Naturally, after sorting through the lengthy list of features due out in 2012, it was rather tough to whittle down the list to just ten choices, but how great is that? On top of these potentially stellar upcoming releases, there’s quite a few more deserving of the honor. That being said, keep in mind, this is my most anticipated of 2012 and, like all of those best of 2011 lists, there’s leeway for personal preference.

So, here’s what I’ve got. Agree? Disagree? Something missing from my list you think I should consider? Do share. And now, without further ado, my most anticipated movies of 2012 …

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: From ‘The Darkest Hour’ to ‘Dark Horse’

It’s tough to make a movie for everyone. Even those four quadrant films don’t really appeal to every demographic. The same goes for promotional material, but, in the case of Best/Worst Movies Promos of the Week, selling power must always beat out my own personal preferences.

Speaking of which, despite my disdain for the Alvin and the Chipmunks series, clearly the Fox formula works, so there’s no use in changing a good thing, even if the actual content is pure garbage. Clearly the studio has the same thought in mind, as Chipwrecked’s new trailer is packed with goofy faces courtesy of Jason Lee, cheesy dialogue and pop tune singing Chipmunks. Similarly, as someone with no taste for karate combat, even though the trailer hints at some heart, Shaolin looks as though it won’t do it for me.

As for material more my speed, Shark Night 3D gets credit for delivering a short and sweet clip with a killer conclusion. Tower Heist also makes an impact with its very first trailer. Sure, some of the jokes fall flat, but in general the piece looks like a fun version of Oceans 11, but with some less experienced and tactless thieves. The Justin Timberlake starrer In Time also dropped a new trailer, which successfully lays out the details of the film’s intriguing premise and features tons of ticking clocks and pretty 25-year-olds.

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Review: Captain America: The First Avenger

So far, so good for The Avengers this summer. Thor’s a pretty cool guy and now it’s Captain America to show off what he’s got. Sure, he comes with the superhero standards – buff body, noble intentions and a sleek costume – but other than that, he’s nothing more than a poster boy for Marvel movies. Steve Rogers makes for a better propaganda symbol than superhero.

Chris Evans is Steve Rogers, a Brooklyn native desperate to serve his country. Sadly, his intense determination isn’t enough to make up for his slight stature and asthma, amongst other physical deficits, and his enlistment application is stamped with a big red F, time and time again. It isn’t until Steve crosses paths with Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) that he finally gets the chance to prove himself, well, an enhanced version of himself. Erskine straps Steve to some high tech contraption, pumps him full of glowing blue fluid and so Captain America is born.

Meanwhile, Hitler is building the ultimate weapon for himself, or so he thinks. The Nazi regime funnels resources into their deep science division, Hydra, in hopes that the unit’s leader, Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving), will deliver a power the Allies cannot defeat. Problem is, Schmidt is obsessed with some sort of otherworldly power, a power his cohorts don’t believe in. When Hitler attempts to shut Hydra down, Schmidt, or Red Skull, is ready to take the reigns and conquer the world for himself. The only one who can stop him? Guess who.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘Our Idiot Brother,’ ‘The Avengers,’ ‘Harry Potter’ and More

After a week packed with new trailers and clips, mostly courtesy of the MTV Movie Awards, this week turned out to be one overflowing with posters. Quite a few images came through the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, but as most were mere snapshots and consisted of incredibly simplistic designs, as most promo posters do, not many stood out enough to make the list – whether it was for good or bad reasons.

On the other hand, Apple got in on the promo poster fun and premiered one that managed to just miss the cut, the one for John Carter. While it doesn’t say much about the film, overall, this clean-cut design with the film’s initials is simply nice to look at. And yes, that’s partially due to the fact that half of the design consists of Taylor Kitsch.

Barely avoiding demotion territory is the new trailer for Dolphin Tale. While my instincts tell me to roll my eyes at the majestic Morgan Freeman narration and the cute and incredibly noble kid, it’s a true story about a boy helping a dolphin; it’d make me heartless to shame this trailer, right?

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Tribeca Interview: Puncture’s Chris Evans, Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen

Chris Evans does have the comedy What’s Your Number? hitting theaters in the fall, but otherwise, we likely won’t see him much on the big screen as anyone but Captain America. As his final film before the July release of Captain America: The First Avenger, we have Puncture making its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The film is based on a true story and stars Evans as Mike Weiss, half of the Danziger & Weiss law firm. Unlike his more practical partner, Paul Danizger (Mark Kassen), Mike is rather reckless and harbors an intense drug addiction not only constantly popping pain pills, but indulging in a great deal of cocaine as well. Regardless, Mike manages to keep up a sound performance in the courtroom and, fueled by his success, is eager to take on Vicky’s (Vinessa Shaw) case, a Houston nurse who contracts HIV when she’s accidently stuck with a contaminated needle. Mike makes Jeffrey Dancort’s (Marshall Bell) “Safety Point” syringes fitted with retractable needles the center of his case, striving to get hospitals to stock the needles regardless of a massive healthcare GPO’s resistance.

There’s so much more to this story and, in honor of the film’s run at the festival, Evans, director Adam Kassen and his brother, co-director and Evans’ co-star Mark Kassen sat down to tell us all about the process of putting this iconic case on screen. Check out everything they had to say about making Puncture, a little about Evans’ thoughts on Captain America and what the Kassens are up to next in the video interview below.

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