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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: Religious Fanatics, LARPers and Paranormal Entities

San Diego Comic Con is officially behind us and this edition of Best/Worst Movie Promos proves it — as just one film featured on the list had a presence at the event. It’s not necessarily because the material that came out of SDCC was lackluster, but more so because much of the footage debuted during the panels has yet to hit the web – in non-bootleg form at least.

Regardless, we still have a slew of material to sort through and while some received positions in the promotion and demotion departments, others find themselves floating in the abyss. Of the pieces in that middle ground, there are quite a few to note. In true Valentine’s Day fashion, New Year’s Eve follows that star-studded production up with a trailer packed with famous faces. As someone who didn’t appreciate the first film, this trailer doesn’t really do it for me, but clearly there’s a ton of moviegoers out there who enjoy some namedropping.

On the other hand, both Happy Feet 2 and Dirty Girl are quite appealing, albeit in completely different ways. The Happy Feet 2 trailer features dancing penguins with baby voices. Enough said. As for Dirty Girl, Juno Temple gets crude in the best possible way. The trailer presents it as Easy A on the road, but with a more unique texture. As usual, Temple is mesmerizing and has no trouble upping the intrigue for this one.

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Best/Worst Movie Promos of the Week: ‘Harry Potter’ Exits In Style

Talk about a big week of promotional material. The past seven days have been packed with brand new posters and trailers and almost all from highly anticipated upcoming releases. While it was tough narrowing down the top three items of the week, the bottom three were so glaringly obvious, it made the choice a breeze.

That being said, we’ve got a slew of honorable mentions worthy of your attention. In the poster department, we’ve got a new piece for Conan the Barbarian that’s a rather well balanced cut-and-paste job with an appealing color scheme. An internationalMuppets poster giving us exactly what we want, Muppets, Muppets and more Muppets. The main members of the gang are all accounted for in this image, hitting you with a hefty dose of nostalgia. In the teaser subsection, we’ve got two big ones, a poster for The Dark Knight Rises and one for The Thing. Of the two I prefer The Thing as it’s the more telling of the two. Plus, Inception used that whole warped skyscraper design to death.

As for trailers and clips, the semi-standouts included the new teaser for The Iron Lady starring Meryl Streep. This one could have crept into the promotions department had it not been for the soundtrack, which is distractingly similar to that of Duncan Jones’ Moon. The international trailer for The Adventures of Tintin not only rocks some stellar animation, but a nice amount of plot information, too, giving it a far stronger appeal to those unfamiliar with the source material than the teaser. Also making a positive impact is the very first clip for Jon Favreau’s Cowboys & Aliens, which appropriately sets the tone and offers a taste of what’s to come without spoiling much by going with a rather low key moment. Last is the most recent release, the trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion. Sure the piece is intriguing, but it’s hard to imagine this trailer not spoiling nearly every plot point.

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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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