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SUMMER MOVIE BONANZA!

The Summer Blockbuster Season is in full swing! Check out the previews of new movies still to come this summer!

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There’s no shortage of films worth checking out this summer… the week of July 4th kicks off a bonanza of potential hits!Here are the ones we’re talking about right now… which ones we’ll see, which ones escape us, and the trailers to help you decide for yourself!

BLOCKBUSTERS
Are you a blockbuster movie kind of person? (I tend to think that more people are crying out for something a little less hyped than Hollywood would like you to believe, but perhaps I’m wrong, because these movies always seem to make huge money.) In any case, there are plenty of choices:

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN – July 3
Gone are Tobey McGuire and Kirsten Dunst and in are Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as the web crawler and love interest.

The film pretends the earlier incarnations never happened.. it’s literally starting the story over again. (A somewhat surprising approach since we’ve seen ‘new’ Spiderman films as recently as five years ago.)

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – July 20
The epic conclusion from to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy.
Batman is no longer loved by Gotham, framed for the crimes of another villain. But when a new terrorist leader assails the city, Batman returns to the public eye to make things right. (Don’t forget Anne Hathaway as Catwoman!)



SAY WHAT? (My category for ‘how else do I categorize these!)
MAGIC MIKE – June 29(Yeah, this just premiered but is in full force right now!) Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Joe Mangianello and Matt Bomer star in this film about male strippers. Probably not a big date movie. Will this just be for the ladies and gay men? (Come to think of it, gay men don’t need to go to the movies to see in-shape guys…)

TED- June 29, (another one that has opened but is red hot right now!)  starring Mark Wahlberg and a Teddy bear voiced by Seth MacFarlane. Despite the seemingly innocent plot line – a young man (who lives with an outspoken, talking teddy bear) is urged to end the roommate situation by his girlfriend (Mila Kunis) – don’t be fooled! This is an off beat, off color story that will have fans of Family Guy and American Dad rolling in the aisles from the irreverent, foul mouthed humor. But it won’t be for everyone! So be forewarned.


SEQUELS AND REMAKES:
TOTAL RECALL – (loose remake, out August 3) Colin Farrell back on the screen in the role originally played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1990.
The film is largely true to the original in many aspects, (although the settings change) – about a man who goes to a company that provides a unique service – turning your dreams and fantasies into real life memories and experiences in your brain. But during the procedure something goes wrong, and suddenly he’s on the run from police.

GREAT FOR KIDS
ParaNorman – August 17
a CGI film about an adorable young kid who has the ability to speak to the dead. He’s judged as an outcast – until zombies take over the town!
Funny and irreverent, adorable family fun.

JUST FOR LAUGHS – They might not be the biggest hits of the summer – but they’ll make you laugh!!
The Campaign – August 10th Rated R
This one isn’t getting nearly enough attention (Yet!) – Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star in what may be just what the doctor ordered – a comedy about two North Carolina men with Presidential aspirations running against one another for Congress. It’s a satirical (but not so far fetched) look at what politicians will say and do to gain the favor of voters.
Ferrell’s character is seen telling every one he speaks to that they are the backbone of this country… from Factory workers, to farmers, to women, to tilt a whirl operators. He’s a riot – and well paired with Galifianakis!


HOPE SPRINGS – AUGUST 10
Okay, this isn’t going to be huge, compared to the big hits of the summer, but it will be a nice breath of fresh air from car crashes to see a movie with heart.
Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones play a long married couple who seek counseling from a therapist played by Steve Carell. It’s hard to imagine with this cast this won’t be anything but funny and sweet.
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The College Admissions Scandal Now Has A Sexy Halloween Costume

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If there’s one thing we can expect each year, it’s that a current news story will be translated into a comical Halloween costume. In this case, the college admissions scandal did not go unnoticed by costume maker Yandy, who knows a thing or two about creating  sexualized costumes based on news events. Check out the costume being branded as “YANDY COLLEGE SCANDAL COSTUME.”

A take on the mothers involved in the scandals (Felicity Huffman has already been sentenced, and Lori Loughlin awaits her hearings) the outfit is a tight fitting prisonwear look. A sleek reddish orange crop top reads “INMATE” with “Mom of The Year” crossed out.

Currently 69.95, the company also knows how to get PR!

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Kygo and Whitney Houston’s “Higher Love” Video is Full of 80’s Fun

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An eighties inspired dance number, a gorgeous ensemble, and the incomparable Whitney Houston come together for a fun flashback in the new video!

Houston had often performed Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” during her concert tour, and recorded the song thirty years ago. This summer, a new version re-mixed by Kygo hit the top of the dance charts.

The video stars Vanessa Morgan and Mason Cutler, both of whom are absolutely stunning to look at. See for yourself!

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Compare and Decide: A Jury Decided Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” Copied Flame’s Song “Joyful Noise.” Do You Agree?

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Katy Perry’s got a Grammy nomination for her 2013 hit “Dark Horse.” But a jury says the tune lifted a riff from a Christian rapper’s 2009 song “Joyful Noise.”

There’s little doubt there is a part of the song that is similar in both tunes. The question is, how much will it cost Perry’s camp. The jury was unanimous that there was some ample borrowing going on. (I’m paraphrasing.) And ultimately decided that Perry and her collaborators should pay him $2.78 million.

For your consideration, the two songs are below. Listen to at least a minute of both. You’ll hear the part they’re talking about.

The price of that little riff could be a high one. Last year, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay nearly $5 million to Marvin Gaye’s family over similarities in their 2013 hit “Blurred Lines.”

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