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Weekend Preview for 7/13/12

Steven Panzarella prepares you for the weekend to come in new releases that include the 4th installment of a popular series and a paranormal thriller starring Robert Deniro and Cillian Murphy.

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With The Dark Knight Rises coming out a week from friday, it’s not a very big week for movies – just one wide release and one limited release with a lot of big names. But sometimes weekend like this hold some surprises!

Starting with the one big film hitting theaters this weekend is the animated series Ice Age Continental Drift. Being the 4th in the series you would expect more of the same, the same being decent to mediocre reviews but pretty big money at the box office. Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs made just under $200 million at the box office in 2009 and in 2006 Ice Age 2: The Meltdown made basically the same amount 195.3 millon which funny enough is about a million less then Dawn Of The Dinosaurs.

Continental Drift joins characters Manny, Diego and Sid on another adventure, after getting seperated from their families when the continents separated they use an ice berg as a ship and take on Pirates and creatures as they explore the new world and try to reunite with their loved ones. The 4th installment brings back its original cast, returning voices include  Ray Romano, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah and John Leguizamo. Also adding voices like Jennifer Lopez, Peter Dinklage(Game Of Thrones), Wanda Sykes and Josh Gad(Love And Other Drugs). The cast of voices is actually pretty good, and plenty of star power that will probably be of greater interest to the adults than the kids. The problem with all the Ice Age films after the far superior original is that it is always more of the same. Not a lot changes, just the same schtick and with minor scenery (it’s ice and snow, after all!) and character changes they attempt to keep things fresh. It works with kids and it works with parents to the tune of just around $200 million per film, surprisingly enough the least successful of the films was the first one, which took in nationally $176 million. If you are looking for more of the same then look no further, early reviews have said just that, with critics going basically right down the middle so far with 50% loving it and 50% telling you to stay away. I say see it if you have kids that are big fans, if not then check out the other family films available too you.

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For the adults…

Now for the other movie coming out this week: Red Lights, Starring Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy as two paranormal researchers who spend their days debunking those who claim to have special abilities to reach out  beyond the grave. After passing all the big tests Murphy’s character Tom Buckley wants to investigate the most famous claimed Psychic in the country, a blind man named Simon Silver(Robert Deniro). As soon as Tom’s investigation begins strange things start to happen.

When I first saw the trailer for this movie and did a little research I thought this was actually going to get picked up for wide release. A solid cast that includes Deniro, Murphy, Weaver, Elizabeth Olsen(Martha,Marcy,May,Marlene) and Toby Jones(The Hunger Games).  A cast this strong and a very good director Rodrigo Cortes(Buried) I am shocked this movie did not get picked up for a full wide release right out of the gate. That fact scares me a lot more than a blind Robert Deniro, and so far the reviews have not been very good. I am a fan of Cortes and of the members of the cast but unless you are a huge fan of paranormal films then I’d say wait for the movie to come out on DVD.

To sum it up, See Ice Age Continental Drift if you and your kids are fans of the series, if not check out a different kids movie, and wait for Red Lights to hit DVD instead of scowering your local indie theater for a limited release film.

This time next week we will be getting ready for all things The Dark Knight Rises(and yea we are very excited for that!).

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The Pentagon Has Released Official UFO Videos Because 2020 Is The Absolute Worst

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Aren’t swarms of locusts supposed to be the next installment of this plague?!

Can we finally declare 2020 as the worst year ever? In January there were fears of a third World War. In February the coronavirus began its rapid spread. In March the world essentially shut down due to social distancing and quarantining. And now in April…with only two days left in the month…we have official government footage of unidentified flying objects. I’m sorry but Milton Bradley’s game of “Life” never prepared me for any of this!

The Pentagon has confirmed the authenticity of three videos that have been circulating the web but didn’t really answer what is visible in them. In the videos, now declassified by the Department of Defense, navy pilots capture “unidentified aerial phenomena” aka unidentified flying objects aka UFOs! Pentagon officials were sure to state that the videos do not show “any sensitive capabilities or systems,” meaning we probably won’t be seeing any little green men any time soon.

The first video dates back to November 2004 and the other two from January 2015. Of the Pentagon’s confirmation of authenticity, Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough said the videos were released “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.”

So great. We now know that these strange videos are real but what exactly are we looking at? Well, the Department of Defense says it has no concrete answer as to what might be floating around the skies and has classified the phenomena as “unidentified.” And…just like that I suddenly feel less defended.

Social media is having a field day with this revelation of course. The #AliensAreReal has been trending high on Twitter since the news broke. One user referenced Independence Day and said the aliens are “getting ready for July 4th.” Of the bad timing, another wrote “Et tu aliens?” And finally one user couldn’t help avoid sarcasm and wrote”Where’s the space force when you need it?”

Well 2020, you have worked your awful black magic once again. What’s next, cat videos get banned from the internet?! You’ve taken everything else from us!

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Priest Accidentally Forgets To Turn Off Filters Before Live Streaming Mass

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The internet is having a field day with the innocent mistake of biblical proportions.

With new social distancing guidelines, many churches have closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. And while that doesn’t justify all the wine you’ve been chugging during your self quarantine, it does have many people practicing their faith from their homes. One Italian priest was just trying to recite a little prayer for his followers when he accidentally left a filter feature on during the broadcast! In the clip the priest is digitally adorned with a space helmet, workout gear, a fedora and sunglasses and more.

Social media went nuts for the video, which has now gone viral. One comment reads “He just doubled his holy power.” Another reads “Father, Son and Holy Influencer.” One commenter couldn’t resist a good pun and said the video is having a “Mass effect.”

Enjoy your daily blessing and take a look at the funny video below!

 

Priest in Italy live streams mass, activates filters by mistake from r/funny

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Danny DeVito Passionately Urges New Yorkers To Stay Home…And Twitter Agrees!

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For the love of Danny DeVito, stay home!

The world is in a dark place right now and I am not sure how much more bad news we can handle. That’s why when I saw Danny DeVito’s name trending on Twitter I froze. Our great nation could very well crumble if anything bad was to happen to such an icon right now. With extreme trepidation I clicked on the social media link and was relieved to see that good ol’ Danny boy is just strumming up hype because he is passionately urging New Yorkers to stay home.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Governor Andrew Cuomo has been driving New Yorkers to stay home and has taken every precaution short of shutting the state down completely to help prevent the virus from spreading. Because New Yorkers can be hard headed, it doesn’t hurt to have some famous friends reiterate your message. Big names like Lala Anthony, Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller have all made appearances on Cuomo’s social media pleading with New Yorker’s to heed the governors warning. Only one celebrity was able to make it to Twitter’s trending page however and that was none other than Danny DeVito. DeVito’s message is simple…stay home! In the two minute video, DeVito reminds fans that it’s not just up to the elderly to isolate themselves. “Young people can get it and they can transmit it to old people and the next thing you know – I’m out of there” says the actor. We must save him!

Twitter went into a frenzy with many users agreeing that we need to stay home for Danny. One user wrote “When Danny speaks, I listen.” Another passionately wrote “If you idiots kill Danny DeVito I SWEAR TO GOD.” One promoted DeVito from the icon status I previously awarded him and said “WE GOTTA PROTECT WORLD TREASURE DANNY DeVITO.” 

Take a look at the video below and for the love of the newly minted national treasure, stay home!

 

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