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4 items from 2011

Genuinely terrible movie taglines

12 July 2011 6:18 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

A good movie tagline can, at the very least, help in the promotion of a film. But what about when it goes wrong? Er

The art of the movie tagline is a tricky one that generally involves locking clever people into a room until they come up with something catchy. Yet, sometimes the coffee machine isn't working. Everyone is in a bad mood. There's no Toby Ziegler figure to come in and solve everything.

And that's when you end up with this collection of oddities. Here, we're looking at taglines that just do little to sell the film. In all truth, we quite like some of the ones we're about to show you (Hombre is a corker). But do they do their job? Er, not really.

Without further ado...


This Charlton Heston-headlined 1974 disaster movie was, in fairness, released at a point where poster taglines were just a little bit minimal. »

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'Celebrity Juice' tops 1.6m on ITV2

15 April 2011 2:32 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

ITV2's Celebrity Juice set a new all-time high of nearly 1.7m on Thursday evening, the latest audience data has revealed. The comedy panel show, presented by Keith Lemon, amused 1.4m (7.4%) on ITV2 from 10pm and 287k (2.6%) on ITV2+1, beating 10 O'Clock Live's 730k (4.1%) for Channel 4, and Striking Distance's 987k (7.3%) for Channel 5. Elsewhere in the multichannel world, BBC Three's Misbehaving Mums-To-Be shocked 1.01m (4.4%) at 9pm, then Russell Howard's Good News entertained 971k (6.2%) on the channel from 10.30pm. On the terrestrials, James Nesbitt's Monroe continued with 4.27m (18.7%) for ITV1 in the 9pm hour, ahead of both a repeat of New Tricks, which grabbed 3.79m (16.6%) for BBC One, and The Somme's Secret Weapon: A Time Team Special on Channel 4 which was seen (more) »

- By Andrew Laughlin

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This Week in DVD & Blu-ray: 127 Hours, Love & Other Drugs, Faster, Burlesque

3 March 2011 7:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. 127 Hours It would be easier to dismiss the showiness of the overwhelmingly manic, pulsating style of 127 Hours if it weren't so perfectly characteristic of its protagonist. With his earnest zest for life and self-proclaimed superhero status, Aron Ralston refuses to let anything keep him in one place for too long—save for, you know, a big rock. Viewers already know exactly how the movie is going to end the moment his arm gets lodged against that boulder, but the tale remains thrilling all the same. Boyle's cinematically charged approach ensures that not a sensation or hallucinatory memory goes by without the viewer experiencing it in as intimately vivid of detail as the medium will allow, appropriately putting »

- Adam Quigley

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Is Election A Sequel To Ferris Bueller & More Imaginery Sequel Questions….

18 February 2011 3:31 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Have you ever wished there was a sequel to one of your favourite films, but you were worried that maybe the filmmakers would just screw it up? Or are you confident that there’s a surprising story further down the road for that character that demands a Rocky to Rocky Balboa type lurch out of retirement? Maybe sometimes it seems like a pipe dream that these fantasy sequels will happen, but strangely and occasionally – they happen by accident.

I was first struck by the notion of ‘Imaginary Sequels’ when I finally got around to watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off about five or six years ago, and as I watched the film I had this strange bizarre feeling that Alexander Payne’s film Election (also starring Matthew Broderick) was the sequel to this film.

I’m sure that by casting Matthew Broderick as Jim McAllister an embittered high school teacher »

- Owain Paciuszko

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