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WEEKEND BOX OFFICE – March 11-13, 2011

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I don’t know about the aliens, but at least we beat the rest of the box office…

Despite lackluster reviews, there was no contest this weekend for the number one spot, as BATTLE: LOS ANGELES took complete control with an estimated $36 Million.  The film was expected to be the next great alien invasion movie, however it only managed at 32% Fresh rating on RottenTomatoes, and even more surprising, caused a very blunt review from Roger Ebert, who said:

“Young men: If you attend this crap with friends who admire it, tactfully inform them they are idiots”

Damn…that was harsh, don’t you think?

Either way, it definitely performed better than the other two openers this week.  RED RIDING HOOD, which only received a 12% rating and many reviews that compared it to TWILIGHT, opened in 3rd place with an okay $14 Million, which MARS NEEDS MOMS opened all the way down in 5th place with a sad $7 Million.  And what’s even worse: the movie cost $150 Million to make!!!  How?!?!  Animated films are so common, I would have sworn that they found a concrete way to make it so much cheaper…

As for last week’s releases, last week’s number one, RANGO, managed to easily take the number two spot and add another $23 Million to its total, which is now at close to $70 Million.  The number four spot went to THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, which I personally thought was fun and original (CHECK OUT MY REVIEW RIGHT HERE!!), with another $11.5 Million.

As for the rest of the top ten, nothing too amazing/original to report, except for the fact that somehow, THE KING’S SPEECH is STILL holding onto the number nine spot after 16 weeks of release!!  That’s extreme right there…

Next week, we see three new big releases in theaters, including the rejoining of SEAN OF THE DEAD’s Nick Frost and Simon Pegg in PAUL (along with Seth Rogan), Matthew McConaughey and Ryan Phillippe’s new thriller THE LINCOLN LAWYER, and the absolutely awesome looking Bradley Cooper/Robert DeNiro vehicle, LIMITLESS.  We shall see soon enough who takes the number one spot…

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‘Pitch Perfect’ Barden Bellas Virtually Reunite To Perform Beyonce’s ‘Love On Top’ And Of Course It’s Aca-Amazing!

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A little aca-quarantine can’t stop these bad belters.

A lot of casts have been virtually reuniting during this quarantine with some distant gatherings more memorable than others. Of course, anytime the ladies of Pitch Perfect get together it’s a singing spectacular that goes viral almost instantly and this time is no different.

Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins reprised their roles as the hostile hosts of the a cappella singing competitions, Gail Abernathy-McKadden-Feinberg and John Smith respectively, as they introduced the Barden Bellas. The powerhouse singers including Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Hailee Steinfeld, Chrissie Fit, and Hannah Mae Lee then crush their rendition of Beyoncé’s “Love On Top.” And you know if you’re going to cover Queen Bey it better be good. Oh and streaming the song will not only sound good but it will some good too because proceeds from downloads of the cover will benefit UNICEF’s efforts to support children in Lebanon and around the world who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Aca-amazing!

To donate to UNICEF directly click here.

To stream/download the song click here.

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Disney Reveals Early Unseen Sketches Of Buzz Lightyear Who Was Almost Called ‘Lunar Larry’

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The space ranger could have looked a lot stranger.

It has been 25 years since Toy Story hit theaters…god we’re getting old…which means we have loved Buzz Lightyear for decades now. The beloved space ranger has become a staple in pop culture with his zest for adventure and signature catchphrase but what if Buzz was never “Buzz?”

To celebrate the milestone anniversary Disney has shared sketches of the early concepts for Buzz Lightyear who was actually going to be named “Lunar Larry.” Points for alliteration but sounds more like a cheesy superhero parody than a cool, futuristic action figure that every kid would have on their Christmas list. The pencil drawings vary in style but most of them feature an “LL” on the rangers chest. As time went on, the renderings began to look more and more like the Buzz we all know and love.

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Along with the sketches, Disney also announced the launch of their virtual film festival “Pixar Fest.” The family-friendly fest will premiere on August 9th in the UK with an epic stream of Pixar movies on Disney+ along with other exciting content such as watchalongs, animator masterclasses, quizzes, arts and crafts for kids, and product releases. 

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Disney Just Released A ‘Hocus Pocus’ Board Game And It Looks Wickedly Fun

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*Souls of innocent children not included.

Grab your broomsticks, stir up the cauldron and light your magic candles because game night just took a wicked twist!

Partnering with Ravensburger, Disney just released a Hocus Pocus board game and it will make for a magically good game night. This board game is unique in that game players are not competing with one another, rather they must all work together to stop the Sanderson sisters from completing their potion before sunrise. With the help of Thackery Binx the cat, you will have to dodge Winifred, Sarah and Mary as they cast spells and use potions to thwart your valiant efforts.

“The Black Flame Candle has been lit. Now the Sanderson witches you must outwit; Or with a wretched evil potion, a foul spell they’ll set in motion. Stun the witches and ruin the brew before the sun can rise anew! Work together to stop the Sanderson sisters from draining the lives of Salem’s children by ruining their potion before the sun rises!” It’s like being in the movie!

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The Hocus Pocus board game is available for $19.99 on Amazon and includes one cauldron board, 50 Ingredient cards, a Witch board, 13 Spell cards, a Sun token, 4 trick tokens, a rulebook, and one black cat Binx meeple. It’s perfect for ages 8 and up and 2-6 people can play at a time. The game takes about 30 minutes to complete which is perfect for a game night with friends and family…don’t want another never ending Monopoly situation here.

To purchase your own Hocus Pocus board game click here!

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