their website The Smurfs 2 received a 12 percent positive rating. But Hollywood pays attention to box office numbers, not reviews, and The Smurfs 2 ended up earning more money. Grown Ups 2, the Adam Sandler-helmed sequel that received only a 7 percent positive rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, proved even more financially successful over the long term. This isnt to say that all sequels are bad. I loved Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness and Despicable Me 2, all of which proved to be some of the biggest box office successes of the summer. But when added to the success of Fast and Furious 6, another summer movie that saw huge returns, they send a neon-bright message to Hollywood that what we really want is to see characters weve already seen before. Thankfully, there were also a handful of original movies that made it through the summer season with their heads held high. Lee Daniels The Butler topped the box office for three weeks over much splashier movies.
Rowling. (Lefteris Pitarakis / AP) Also By Joe Flint September 12, 2013, 6:36 a.m. Warner Bros. and "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling are going to try to catch lightning in a bottle again. The Hollywood movie studio and best-selling writer have unveiled a new agreement to make movies based on Rowling's work.
Billed as an "official movie trailer" and released to Youtube by Bath Boys Comedy group , a nearly 4 minute video for "Airboarders" may be the most hilarious video you watch all day. The video is pitch-perfect parody of a movie trailer, starting with a group of friends driving, when one in the backseat discovers a business card and shows off tricks he can pull with it outside the car window. "I call it airboarding," he says, before the driver stops to say the move was incredible. The video continues to build, showing the epic rise of the group of friends in the "sport" before their eventual falling out. It ends with one insulting another, asking, "are you a man or are you just a bunch of business cards looking like a man?" It's worth watching the entire thing (some language): main page
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As growth slows in the world's largest auto market from break-neck speeds over the past decade, GAC aims to have exports of its Trumpchi brand account for a fifth of total sales in five years. It currently sells just a few hundred cars overseas. Last year, GAC earned a profit of 1.1 billion Kim Kardashian hot pictures yuan on sales of around 13 billion yuan ($2.12 billion). Other Chinese carmakers such as Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd, Beijing Automotive Group and Warren Buffett-backed BYD Co Ltd are stepping up their export efforts. After years of partnerships with foreign automakers, Chinese firms are promoting their home-grown brands under President Xi Jinping's "Chinese Dream" campaign. GAC Vice President Xiangdong Huang said this year his company would target emerging markets in Southeast Asia and the Middle East with a line-up of no-frills, gasoline-fuelled cars, while pushing its "new energy" models at developed markets such as the United States. China last year opened its market to more U.S. movies, and the country's box office grew by 36 percent to $2.7 billion, making it Hollywood's largest international market.
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Most notably, Giovanni has a body to bury and Maggie blows up a grocery store because the proprietor turned her request for peanut butter into a screed against American obesity. (Although it isnt entirely clear how Maggie understood, since the lecture was delivered in French and she couldnt even pronounce peanut butter in French.) Logic takes a vacation for much of this movie. Gio and Maggies teenagers have picked up a few tricks and traits from their parents. Warren is an accomplished con artist, forger and intel collector, and Belle a seemingly serene blonde princess launches into a game of badminton using the face of one of her peers as a shuttlecock. While there is potentially an ounce of poetic justice when Belle unleashes her fury Kim Kardashian gallery on a boy who boorishly hits on her, there isnt the same sense of comeuppance when Gio takes people down. When a plumber tries to fleece the mobster, Gio responds by breaking the mans leg in a dozen places. The infraction committed by another man who gets dragged behind Gios car is even less severe. Thats the main problem with the movie.