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Month: May 2014

#FastFoodArmsRace: ‘X-Men’ Marks The Spot With These New Twinkies

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It certainly feels like the golden era of Fast Food related movie tie-ins has died off somewhat.

I can’t recall the last time 7-Eleven had a proper Slurpee movie tie-in (Iron Man 2?), and honestly, many movies these days avoid the combination entirely (The Amazing Spider-Man 2 got McDonald’s Happy Meal toys, but that’s about it) – but that hasn’t stopped a whole slue of tie-ins for X-Men: Days of Future Past to hit just before the May 23rd release of the film.

We’ve seen Carl’s Jr./Hardees tie-ins, we’ve seen special pretzels – hell, there’s even X-Men Axe Body Spray. But the latest, may be the weirdest!

Behold the eXtreme Creme Twinkie. Coming in Blue Raspberry and Strawberry varieties, this deadly snack cake takes the classic Twinkie brand and makes it EXTREME, the perfect compliment to a vintage 2000 bottle of Surge.

This marks the first “special edition” snack food from Hostess since their return last summer.

#FastFoodArmsRace: Taco Bell Adds Spicy Chicken To The Doritos Taco Lineup, TOMORROW

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Briefly: Starting tomorrow, May 8th, the amazing, job creating Doritos Locos Taco line at Taco Bell gets a new member – the Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco.

If the reaction to the prior Doritos Locos Tacos – plus their new breakfast items (which I’ve yet to try) – is any indication, expect a tasty hit on Taco Bell’s hands.

Retail should be $1.59 for a regular, $1.89 for a supreme.

Ferrell & McKay To Produce New Animated ‘Flintstones’ Feature

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It’s an odd combination, but it’s just crazy enough to work.

Gary Sanchez Productions – the producing arm of actor Will Ferrell and director Adam McKay – has apparently entered into a deal with Warner Bros to produce a brand new animated film of The Flintstones. Or so says The Hollywood Reporter.

Neither Ferrell or McKay are currently directly involved with this relaunch of our modern stone age family, which is to be written by Chris Henchy (The Campaign).

There is no release window planned at this time, but this marks the first Flintstones project since the ill-fated TV reboot spearheaded by Seth MacFarlane, and the first theatrical film planned since the 1994 John Goodman-starring flick.

Lionsgate Announces ‘Power Rangers’ Film Franchise

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The latest in Lionsgate’s attempt to take over the world, the film studio behind the successful young adult franchises TwilightThe Hunger Games and Divergent franchises will set their sights on a different realm – rebooting a 1990’s children’s superhero franchise.

That’s right, it’s time for a series of films built around the Power Rangers franchise.

Honestly, I can see why they’d do it. The property has name value, it’s got 20 years of fandom behind it, and it would fit perfectly in today’s superhero-filled multiplex.

That said, lets see if we can plan exactly what we’ll see with the movie. My guesses are below.

  • The movie – while featuring none of the original cast – will have Jason, Tommy and the gang as the leads.
  • The Green Ranger will setup the second film.
  • Screw Angel Grove High, Angel Grove will get reduced to rubble in the third act Megazord battle.
  • There will be random LOL REMEMBER THE 90s references.
  • Everyone on the Internet will complain about it – but the opening weekend will near 9 figures.

We’ll keep you updated as more is revealed. I wonder if there are any Japanese movies they can steal footage from for this one…

A Poster Worth A Thousand Posts: ‘Interstellar’ Teaser Poster Released

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At this rate, a post about Interstellar would be easier to fill by discussing everything we don’t know about it, than those things we do.

But, despite that – the film, a space exploration adventure directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey – is one of my most anticipated of 2014.

Sure, it’s because I’m a massive fan of both the potential of space travel and the prior films of Nolan, but I’d be completely in if we didn’t get anything more. However, another trailer for the film will be arriving alongside Godzilla next week, and just in time, the first poster for the film has been released by Warner Bros.

The imagery is simple – but the magic is in the tagline: Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.

What on Earth could that mean? It’s the type of thing we enthusiasts love – a sentence we can discuss and debate for time to come.

Interstellar hits theaters on November 7th. As soon as the trailer hits the web, we’ll do our best to bring it to you.