The New British Invasion

In the long and storied history of these United States, there have been a select few occasions where our friends (or enemies) from across the pond have decided it was time to conquer America. From the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812 to Beatlemania, we Americans are no strangers to British invasions. However, it seemed that in the waning decades of the 20th Century, our fellow English speakers were content to stay on their side of the Atlantic. But now, just when we were least expecting it, the Brits have decided to storm our shores once again with their sights set of dominating our vast nation. Musically, that is.

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Game of Thrones News Dump

First, the videos…

 Introduction of New Characters

Introduction of New Locations

“Nowhere To Hide” Promo

“You Win or You Die” Featurette

A couple of reviews for season 2 have been released and they’re overwhelmingly positive!

  • First up is Entertainment Weekly, who gives the second installment an “A-“. The full review can be found HERE.
  • Next up is Variety; here is just one quote from the rave review, “By that measure, this [Game of Thrones] really might the closest spiritual heir to “The Sopranos” HBO has delivered since the show’s notorious whiteout.” The full review can be found HERE.

 

Well guys, it’s not long now :) 5 days!

The Hunger Games News Roundup

First up is a brand new clip that premiered on The Ellen Show. This clip features Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Lenny Kravitz as Cinna. This is a scene straight from the book, and even though Cinna isn’t exactly what I pictured, I think Kravitz will do an amazing job. Lawrence is actually best friends with Kravitz’s daughter, Zoe, with whom she costarred in X-Men First Class, so Lenny and Jennifer were close before filming. According to director Gary Ross, this made the characters’ relationship more authentic on film, which, in my experience, trumps appearance any day.

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Big Hollywood Reviews Game of Thrones

Now that we’re in the final push toward Season 2 of Game of Thrones, more and more bloggers and journalists are taking a look back at the phenomenon that was Season 1. One of these is Big Hollywood‘s Andrew Price. His review of the entire first season of Game of Thrones offers nothing new for the die-hard fan. His take is however, important, as it comes from a politically conservative perspective.

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Pixar’s Girl Problem

Hmmm, by my count… one female (and she ain’t even human)

Since birth, I’ve had a love affair with Disney. From trips to Disney World to my obsession with Minnie Mouse to being forever traumatized by the combination of Bambi and Mufasa’s death to falling in love with Prince Eric to sobbing at the end of Toy Story 3, Disney has always had a presence in my life. Pixar is what many experts agree to be the most critically and commercially successful of all the Disney branches. But speaking from a girl’s perspective, there seems to be a huge yet heretofore unnoticed gap in Pixar’s lineup. One journalist, Joel Stein, noticed it too, and decided to take a trip to Pixar Studios in California on the eve of the company’s release of Brave, their very first film with a female lead. What he found might surprise you…

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The Final Game of Thrones Trailer

Game of Thrones fans now have just over a month to wait for the premiere of the second season of the hit HBO drama. With that in mind, the final full-length trailer, titled “Power and Grace”, was released this weekend. This trailer reveals the most new footage by far and is a fitting tease to what I’m sure will be a superb season of television.

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The Hunger Games Blows Up The Stock Market

Remember how yesterday I told you guys that The Hunger Games advance tickets were selling like hotcakes on Fandango? Well, this morning, news broke that the film has actually shattered the record previously held by The Twilight Saga: Eclipse for first day advance ticket sales.

This is huge for the franchise, as well as for the studio producing the movie, Lionsgate. The production company has had to weather more than its share of flops in 2011 and the economic outlook did not look good. This, subsequently, drove its stock way down. However, with its recent merger with Summit Entertainment (the people behind Twilight) and the almost guaranteed success of The Hunger Games (especially with this morning’s news) the stock is at an all time high… and rising.

My main concern with this movie is that it makes enough money for Lionsgate to immediately greenlight a sequel. The second installment, Catching Fire, is my favorite of the trilogy and I would absolutely love to see it on the big screen. With the advance ticket sales breaking records and thousands of midnight showings already sold out, I am extremely confident in that goal being reached.

My midnight tickets for the IMAX showing are already bought and printed, are yours? I recommend getting them while you still can :)