Reevaluating Conan’s Move To TBS


This past weekend, Conan “secretly” went to Comic Con to unveil his new endeavor, The Flaming C.  It was an idea that was generated for his show Conan that is being spun-off into an animated movie, something that was not done during his tenure at NBC.  While evaluating new opportunities and projects, it is now … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 7-18-11: We Need A New Movie Metric


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 broke records for biggest midnight showing ($43.5 million), biggest domestic cume ($168.5 million), biggest international cume ($307 million), and biggest global cume ($475.5 million).  It also had the biggest Friday showing ($92.1 million), and the world record for most world records broken (Hey Arnold! reference).  But when … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 6-20-11: Green Lantern is the Face of Death

Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern

There were a lot of things at stake this weekend, and unfortunately for Green Lantern, it was responsible for all of them. Let’s take a look at the things it killed. RYAN REYNOLDS’ CAREER Ryan Reynolds is a hard-working actor, as evidenced by his start on Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza Place, past … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 6-6-11: Prequel vs. Sequel


Last week, there was no Box Office Barometer because of Memorial Day (the writer took the time off to drown some of his sorrows in Las Vegas!!!!).  So, to make up for it, let’s compare last week’s #1 movie to this weeks! Granted, The Hangover 2 is a sequel and X-Men: First Class is a … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 5-2-11: Why Fast Five is Good for the Movie Industry


Fast Five is dominating the world right now, and rightfully so.  While most movies are showing us why they shouldn’t be retold, Fast Five is showing us how to continue a franchise. 1. Live-action action – Warner Bros is working overtime to make sure their CGI on Green Lantern will be completed by release.  Paramount is awaiting … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 3-28-11


It’s fitting that on the same weekend that Butler and VCU upset two NCAA juggernauts, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (FOX) upset the financial juggernaut Sucker Punch ($24 million to $20 million). Warner Bros. decided to focus on the movie’s visual aspect, printing “A mind-bending vision of reality from the director of … Continue reading

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Trailers Aren’t Trash!


On Wednesday, IGN released the incredible trailer for the new zombie game, Dead Island.  The story is standard zombie fare: a family goes on vacation, the daughter turns into a zombie, and the daughter turns on the parents (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead).  However, the trailer is beautifully directed, with two … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 1-31-11


Well, The Rite debuted at #1 with $15 million.  Last August, The Last Exorcism debuted at #2 with $20 million.  Apparently, this country can’t get over the whole “pastor questions his faith, is forced to face it during the exorcism, then affirms it after conquering the devil.”  It looks like Warner Bros. didn’t even have … Continue reading

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Jon Hamm too old for Superman, but by which standards?


Jon Hamm recently told MTV that he believes he has been aged out of the title role in Zack Snyder’s new Superman film.  Vulture wrote a usually well-deserved article criticizing Hollywood for eschewing older actors for younger ones.  However, they may be wrong in this case. On December 22, /Film published some excerpts from a … Continue reading

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Box Office Barometer 1-17-11


Every Monday, Contested looks at the weekend’s box office to determine whether moviegoers are watching the better movies (Intelligent), succumbing to the studios’ deceptive marketing (Brainwashed), or thoroughly enjoying garbage programming (Armond White). It looks like the movie-going public is sane.  Audiences were not swayed by the increasingly-gimmicky 3D cash grab that is The Green … Continue reading

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