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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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Interview: The Smurfs 2’s Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris & Jayma Mays

Smurfs_2_Hank_AzariaNeil Patrick Harris says it best, “Smurfs is baby crack cocaine.” Perhaps that isn’t a PG-approved assessment of the film franchise, but nevertheless, it is true. During our screening of The Smurfs 2 in Las Vegas ahead of interviewing the cast, we were joined by a theater full of kids, and they loved every minute of the film, to say the least.

In the sequel, the Smurfs are back, but this time, they’re joined by a new breed of Smurfs dubbed The Naughties. Distraught over his inability to capture real Smurfs and suck up all the Smurf essence he wants, Gargamel (Hank Azaria) decides to manufacture his own. Trouble is, his Naughties aren’t true blue. The only way for Gargamel to turn Vexy and Hackus (voiced by Christina Ricci and J.B. Smoove) into essence machines is by getting a hold of Papa Smurf’s (voiced by the late Jonathan Winters) secret formula, so he kidnaps Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) in an effort to get her to divulge the ingredients that once helped her go from a Gargamel creation to a true blue Smurf.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Trailers of the Week

The-LEGO-MovieThe first teaser trailer for Disney’s Frozen will absolutely melt your heart, but it barely got edged out of this week’s top three by another animated trailer that packs a particularly exciting nostalgic appeal.

The Best Stuff

1. The LEGO Movie

If you consider yourself a LEGO kid, or perhaps even a LEGO adult, the first teaser trailer forThe LEGO Movie is an absolute winner. There’s the slightest sense that some of the humor might fall a little flat, but we’re only at the teaser stage so the reveal of the characters, the LEGO-piece animation, and those wonderfully nostalgic sound effects make for an excellent start.

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The Best – and Worst – Movie Promos of the Week

A-Haunted-House-Sinister-PosterPerhaps dropping trailers for both Identity Thief and Heat the same week wasn’t a bright idea. I could just picture Melissa McCarthy running back and forth from one set to the other, swapping wigs along the way. Still, both do feature some funny gags, they’re just not funny enough to crack the top three.

The Best Stuff

1. Turbo Teaser Trailer: I could just pinch Turbo’s cheeks! Do snails have cheeks? Either way this first teaser trailer for DreamWorks’ Turbo is downright adorable and quite amusing too, courtesy of the simple-yet-poignant juxtaposition between the big-time human racers and poor little Turbo who considers crossing a finish line mere inches away in 17 minutes quite the feat.

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