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It’s movies like this one that make me despair. Because it is going to make a bazillion bucks at the box office around the world -- the three previous flicks in the series have grossed close to $2 billion -- and there’s absolute nothing here that warrants such success. Unless one considers its dubious “quality” of lowest-common-denominator-ness a smart business move: the Ice Age movies have always been just bland enough and just colorful enough and just simplistic enough to be just passably tolerable enough to viewers across global cultures. It’s hard to imagine that anyone actually has fond memories of those films -- or even any notable memories at all. They’re nothing more than forgettable time-wasters that are just inoffensive enough to not keep audiences away. I find that kind of inoffensiveness offensive, though. Alas for me, the object lesson that those three earlier films taught »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Rachel McAdams, Channing Tatum, The Vow According to Box Office Mojo, February 2012 was the best month of February in terms of movie attendance since 2004. On North American screens in February '04 were Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, the Ben Stiller / Jennifer Aniston comedy Along Came Polly, the Adam Sandler / Drew Barrymore romantic comedy 50 First Dates, and the Ice Cube vehicle Barbershop 2: Back in Business. February 2012's high grosses were basically a result of the success of only three movies: the Rachel McAdams / Channing Tatum romantic drama The Vow, the Ryan Reynolds / Denzel Washington actioner Safe House, and the Josh Hutcherson / Vanessa Hudgens / Dwayne Johnson adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. The first two have grossed more than $100m domestically; the third one has just surpassed the $80m mark. Providing some assistance were the surprise minor hit Chronicle and Daniel Radcliffe's first post-Harry Potter movie, The Woman in Black. »
- Zac Gille
It's possible that a young actress like Keke Palmer could be upstaged by her "Joyful Noise" costars Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton, but that's not the case with Keke Palmer. Palmer's powerful pipes will win over audiences just as her "Noise" character, Olivia, makes Randy (Jeremy Jordan, sporting some equally impressive lungs) swoon.
Hometown: Harvey, Illinois
What She's Done: Palmer starred as spelling bee whiz Akeelah in "Akeelah and the Bee" alongside Laurence Fishburne and Angela Bassett, a double-dutch queen in the Disney TV movie "Jump In!" and a boundary-breaking football player in Fred Durst's film "The Longshots" with Ice Cube.
What She's Doing Now: Palmer plays Olivia, a young singer in a small town in Georgia; her mom Vi (Queen Latifah) is the director of the church choir, and she's got some old-fashioned ideas about how a choir should sound -- and who her daughter should date. »
- Jenni Miller
3 items from 2012
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