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Total Recall 2012 Teaser Trailer (Article) - 3/27/2012 11:34:12 AM

We're officially looking at a teaser to a teaser for a remake of an adaptation. The snake is running out of tail to eat!

Creepy Movie Couples (Article) - 2/14/2012 11:29:29 AM

 I always found King Kong genuinely sad rather tha creepy. Chucky and Tiffany though... damn Wise, wish I'd thought of that!

Mania Review: The Grey (Article) - 1/27/2012 10:18:06 AM

 Thanks goldeneyez. Weve been having problems with our server the last few days. The link should be fixed now.

The 13 Best Stephen King Adaptations Ever (Article) - 12/6/2011 1:48:44 PM

 I had some big problems with The Green Mile; I actually think it's the weakest of Darabont's King efforts. Darabont earned the pole position on the list, however, and The Mist was on there as well. 

I did look at the old short The Boogeyman (Darabont didn't direct it, but it was included in an old video with Darabont's "The Woman in the Room"). It was okay, but it didn't hold up the way Gramma did.

Thanks for your thoughts and comments everyone! :)

The 13 Best Stephen King Adaptations Ever (Article) - 12/6/2011 1:42:07 PM

 Hobbs, I actually read The Shining before seeing the Kubrick film. I find the movie problematic because of the way it diverges from the but... but I can't deny that Kubrick is still scary as hell.

Mania Interview: The Muppets (Article) - 11/23/2011 5:07:36 PM

 Hey Golden. I actually sat down and talked with the Muppets (though there were about five other journalists in the room; it's what's called a round table). The puppeteers sat and worked the characters, but we addressed the puppets themselves. It's amazing how quickly you forget the puppeteers are there, and start treating Kermit & Friends as real people. Steve Whitmore has done Kermit ever since Jim Henson died, Eric Jacobson performs Miss Piggy these days (Frank Oz is semi-retired), and Peter Linz does Walter. Three amazing performers!

The 7 Scariest Clowns (Article) - 10/31/2011 11:18:05 AM

 Clobberin' Time: You are absolutely correct. Bob Kane, Bill Finger. Making the correction now.

DVD Shopping Bag: Scarface, Hanna, X-Men and House 2? (Article) - 9/6/2011 4:22:03 PM

 I'm not sure I find Scarface overrated, I'm just shocked that anyone out there takes it seriously. It's high camp! One of the best ever made! And I think Pacino, at least, was aware of that when he made it.

Mania Review: Captain America (Article) - 7/23/2011 1:42:30 PM

Hi guys. Of course it's Howard Stark and not Tony. My bad; it's been corrected.

Surprised at how enthusiastic the fan base has been. I enjoyed the film (and I'm glad it's doing so well), but I prefered Thor and First Class for Marvel films this summer. (All three trump Green Lantern though; score this round to Marvel.) Also, the critics did not get the post-credits cookie in their screening, which sounds like forty kinds of awesome.

Regarding Rotten Tomatoes and the "skewing" of early ratings... there's no conspiracy on RT's part, since critics are in charge of posting their own reviews and RT has no control over their opinions. Studios, however, often try to stack the deck in their favor by letting enthusiastic reviews post early while holding others to an embargo until the film releases. It persists because it works; you'll often see a "fresh" rating on a film early the week it's released that grows steadily worse as the embargo ends and more and more critics weigh in. Checking the RT rating the morning the film opens is usually a good barometer of the critics' reaction; before that, you're apt to see a more positive rating than it will eventually get.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone!

10 Best Genre Films for Independence Day (Article) - 7/4/2011 1:14:51 PM

 RE: The Right Stuff and Apollo 13. No, they're not technicaly genre, but they both involve spaceships and key moments in the space program. I gave them a pass on those grounds. Red Dawn is speculative, and actually posited a near-future scenario when it was released, so it qualifies. Happy 4th everyone!


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