The Curse of the Fourth Film: Why ‘Toy Story 4′ Is Probably Doomed

As you may have heard, Disney made a couple of big announcements yesterday. The first was one we knew was coming eventually: the seventh Star Wars movie has a subtitle, and it’s a little bit goofy, though certainly no Phantom Menace. The second came way out of left field: Pixar has staked out a June 16, 2017 release date for Toy Story 4. Movie Twitter lost its collective mind, and for good reason: not only does the announcement further solidify Pixar’s metamorphosis into yet another sequel factory, but it’s a case of filmmakers muckin’ around with a series that had somehow come to an unquestionably satisfying conclusion. Plus, on top of all that, if you go looking for movie franchises that were still holding strong by installment four, the results aren’t exactly overwhelming.

Don’t believe me? Let’s take a gander. … Read More

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Oh My God, Becky, Look at These Highlights from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Reddit AMA

Poor Sir-Mix-a-Lot has – how can one say it without sounding slightly… anal? – been pigeonholed as the guy who… Read More

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The 10 Most Lovable Movie Monsters of All Time

This past Friday marked the theatrical release of Frankenweenie, Tim Burton’s full-length animated adaptation of his 1984 live-action short of the same name (which he was fired from Disney for making). We loved the original (we’re pretty sure we wore that VHS tape right out), so we’ve always had a soft spot for Sparky that hasn’t been the least bit dampened by his, ahem, reanimation. As a side effect (there are always side effects for these kinds of things), the film’s release has had us meditating on some other cute monsters from cinema, so we’ve put together a list of the most lovable movie monsters of all time — according to us, of course. Click through to saw “aww” at some adorably grotesque faces, and if we’ve missed your favorite, be sure to add to our list in the comments! … Read More

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Which Pop Culture-Inspired Nail Polish Line Is the Most Baffling?

Clearly, here at Flavorpill, we love nail art almost as much as we love pop culture, and we get especially enthusiastic when those two interests merge. So do other people, apparently, because it’s become incredibly trendy now for polish makers (especially OPI) to launch lines inspired by television, movies, books, and celebrity branding. Sometimes the mash-ups make sense; sometimes they really don’t. We’ve rounded up some of these nail polish lines and ranked them by how confused we are by their existence, after the jump. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. In which Gawker asks: Who is the hipster of the decade? While we love Hipster Runoff’s Carles, we’re going to have to go with Dash Snow. [via Gawker]
2. Quentin Tarantino‘s next project is going to be “smaller, less epic” in scale than Inglourious Basterds, and in a “different genre entirely.” [via… Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: How To Train Your Dragon

How To Train Your Dragon tells the story of a young Viking named Hiccup who befriends a wounded dragon. Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson and Jonah Hill provide voice talent for the 3-D animated film, which opens next March.

Will it do for scary green dragons what Shrek did for scary green ogres? We’re sure that’s what DreamWorks is hoping, but from the trailer after the jump, it’s hard to tell. The thing that made Shrek a box office smash was the fact that it was a children’s story laced with adult humor. This one seems more action-based, which could be a misstep. We’re also thrown off by the fact that Ferrera is voicing the blonde love interest. It’s like Betty Suarez has turned into Amanda Tanen overnight.

Take a look and let us know what you think. … Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links that made the rounds in our office.

Today at Flavorpill, we fell head over heels for this web comic. We questioned the wisdom of a dance club for nerds. It just seems like today’s version of video dating. We got the shit scared out of us by some old dude named Abe Vigoda. We looked at gnomes. We… Read More

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The Snide Side of Broadway’s Coyne Angers Ohio

Talk about a Cleveland Steamer. Nancy Coyne of Broadway’s premiere ad agency Serino-Coyne recently got the best (and last) line in a New York Times report on the lack of money going into Broadway on both ends (investors and ticket-buyers):

“The last 15 years have been boom years for theater — I always expected the pendulum to swing, and I simply see this as a correction. The good news is that so many straight plays are now coming in the spring, and I think New Yorkers will come out for them once the tourists go away. We’re horrible snobs. We hate tourists from Cleveland.”

Coyne’s comments were sharp, funny, and naturally attacked on all ends. … Read More

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A Belching Sutton Foster Isn’t the Best Part of Shrek the Musical

New York Times theatre critic Ben Brantley has a gigantic crush on Sutton Foster and we think it’s clouding his judgment. That’s only reason we can imagine that in the same review he would insist “Shrek, for the record, is not bad,” and then compare it to “a Christmas panto, one of those silly seasonal shows beloved in Britain and bearable because, like Santa Claus, they come around only once a year.” It gets worse: “That’s one parallel that came to my mind. The other, when I was feeling less charitable, was of seeing out-of-work actors dressed up as tacos and French fries in a mall food court.”

Not bad, huh? … Read More

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