Yes, believe it or not, we’ve done a year-end podcast! We’ve got a lot of topics, including:
- How Liam Neeson might organically slip the line “You Sunk My Battleship!” into Universal’s $250 million “Battleship” movie.
- Our favorite games of 2011, and biggest disappointments.
- Tom Cruise, Scientology and the expense of going to the movies.
- Zombie trend in gaming, and why a zombie apocalypse wouldn’t be as cool as nerds would hope.
- Our latest adventures in pinball.
- Tablets and phones versus portable gaming systems.
- Speculation about the next Xbox and what if it’s ARM based.
- Why “Project 10 Dollar” is just the tip of the digital download only future.
- The problems with Rocky 4. Yes, it has problems.
- Netflix and the future of media.
Enjoy and have a happy new year!
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We’re back again with more Movie Prediction Madness!
For this coming weekend, expect the good-but-overrated “Toy Story 3” to have another #1 weekend, probably well north of $50 million. Why these movies continue to get higher Tomatometers than much better films like “Wall-E” or “Up” is beyond me. Probably because they’re not risky like the ones I just mentioned.
The other 2 openers are a bit of a wild card. Firstly, I think “Knight and Day” will open well, despite the media’s strange, continued desire to convince us Tom Cruise is no longer a movie star. Guess what – he is, and more so than media darlings Brad Pitt or George Clooney will ever be. I’d be more worried about Cameron Diaz who, for whatever reason, is one of the highest paid actresses out there. She’s had more turds than Cruise ever will.
So say $40-$50 million on that one, and could have decent legs. Even the negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes give it a lot of compliments.
Then there’s “Grown Ups”, which I assume will be an entire movie about 45 year olds acting like children. While I’m sure this movie will be god-awful, it does have a “Couple Retreat” vibe going for it plus a bunch of washed up stars and the Mall Cop guy. So people will show up. Expect a bunch of nonsense, then a touchy feely ending where they confess to their wives / kids that they’re the greatest treasure of all or some BS like that.
$35-$45 million, possibly a close race with Tom Cruise for 2nd.
Tune in next week as I try and predict exactly how much more than $100 million Twilight will open at! Also, Last Airbender is going to bomb – big time.