I must admit that when I walked into the crowded theater to watch J.J. Abrams’ second journey into the ‘Star Trek’ universe, I was a bit apprehensive. The studio didn’t hold any press screenings before the film was released on Wednesday. For some reason, the actual press screening was one hour later than the regular screening for paying audiences. Usually, studios do this when they know they have a terrible movie on their hands and don’t want negative reviews published before opening day. Would that be the case here, or did Abrams simply want to keep the film’s many secrets under wraps until it was released?
I imagine that Baz Luhrmann and the folks at Warner Bros. must be doing “jazz hands” right about now. While they didn’t pack enough punch to dethrone the ‘Iron Man’ behemoth, they still put up a pretty damn fantastic fight.
Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday. Did you remember to mail your mother a nice card and flowers? After everything she’s done for you, a little appreciation is the least you can offer in return. In honor of this most important holiday, we thought that today’s Roundtable would be a good time to celebrate some of our favorite fictional moms from the worlds of film and TV.
If anything, this will be an interesting weekend at the box office. Baz Luhrmann’s flashy adaptation of an American literary classic and a Tyler Perry-produced comedy may not worry about competing against one another, but both have to compete against last weekend’s $174 million blockbuster. Darryl from ‘The Office’ and the Man in the Iron Mask (Leonardo DiCaprio) go toe-to-toe with the Man in the Iron Suit.
The need to announce the deaths of film legends never stops being depressing. This week, we’ve lost special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 92. Do kids today even know who he is, or why he’s important?