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‘Star Wars’ Force Friday: Notes From the Midnight Toy Launch From Someone Who Survived It

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by Jacob Hall 12 hours ago
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I arrive at just before 7:00 p.m. and Paul is already in line. Well, technically he’s not in line. Technically he’s just sorta hanging out in front of Target, minding his own business. He’s not lining up for Force Friday, no sir. He wouldn’t do such a thing, especially since management came out and made it very clear to everyone that there would be no lines until 8:00 p.m., asking the early arrivals to disperse disperse. Paul’s just another customer. Ignore his Ewok shirt. Ignore his fiancee’s Darth Vader-themed outfit. This is not the line you’re looking for.

‘Hitman: Agent 47’ and Why So Many Video-Game Movies Suck

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by Jacob Hall August 27, 2015 @ 10:30 AM
20th Century Fox
Hitman: Agent 47 came and went this past weekend, vanishing in a box office fizzle; the cinematic equivalent of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. It’s not the kind of bad movie that really makes you angry, just one that’s completely forgettable. It’s a nothing of a movie.

Netflix Popularized Binge Watching, So Why Are They Now Trying to Kill It?

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by Matt Singer August 27, 2015 @ 8:36 AM
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In the summer of 2013, my wife and I watched the first season of Orange Is the New Black in seven days. In the summer of 2014, we watched the second season of Orange Is the New Black in eight days. This summer, we watched the third season of Orange Is the New Black.

The ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Proves There’s No Way to Make a Good ‘Fantastic Four’ Movie

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by Britt Hayes August 9, 2015 @ 12:54 PM
20th Century Fox
Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot hit the box office with a thud this weekend, dead on arrival as foretold by a readily apathetic internet contingency that eagerly dismissed the film before it even headed into production. Following Tim Story’s disastrous previous outings in 2005 and 2007, it seemed no one was interested in another reboot, even from the studio that’s found recent success — both critical and commercial — with the X-Men franchise. Maybe there’s just no good way to make a Fantastic Four movie.

Comic-Con and the Eventification of Hollywood

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by Matt Singer July 14, 2015 @ 9:13 AM
San Diego Comic-Con. Hall H. Land of excitement, exclusives — and absurdly long lines. All weekend, thousands of geeks waited to get into one of Comic-Con’s famous Hall H panels. By Thursday, the line stretched almost a mile and a half across the waterfront. Meanwhile, tucked into an obscure corner of the San Diego Convention Center with no line whatsoever, a panel took place that explained exactly why all those fans were waiting in the first place.