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Feature Mark Harrison 1 Apr 2014 - 05:47
Following new Captain America and Muppets movies, Mark looks at the challenges facing a second movie...
This article is spoiler-free, but it may contain some plot details about Muppets Most Wanted and Captain America: The Winter Soldier that you may not want to know if you haven't already seen those films, so proceed carefully.
The sophomore slump is a trend observed in academic study, whereby a decline in morale in second-year students can be linked to new stressors, and disaffection with what previously seemed new.
Its equivalent in the music industry would be the term “difficult second album”, which gets bandied around a lot, largely projecting audience anticipation onto an artist who has enjoyed a successful début, and now has the world snapping at their heels for an equally well-received follow-up.
And, in a film industry where brand-led tentpoles are becoming dominant, the enthusiasm »
It seems like Hollywood churns out more and more sequels every year. Some of them, like Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, are pretty great. Most are pointless retreads of the original, like Grown Ups 2 or The Hangover Part II. We remain cautiously optimistic about Dumb and Dumber To, though sequels that come out decades after the original are rarely great.
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Part of the fun of the buildup to Walt Disney Pictures’ reboot of The Muppets brand was the marketing, as footage taken from the 2011 release was re-cut and restructured in preview form to parody trailers for (at the time) recent and/or upcoming movies like The Hangover Part II, Green Lantern and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
So far, however, that approach has not been carried over to the trailers for this year’s Muppets Most Wanted, a sequel that sees Kermit and company getting caught up in an international caper while touring Europe. The trailers for the upcoming Muppet film have featured plenty of classic Muppet humor, but it’s only the latest TV spot (poking fun at Twitter posts) that crosses into fully-realized parody territory; at least, we assume these aren’t real Internet users (it’s kind of ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
Jamie Chung has a stylish new accessory: an engagement ring! The actress and People StyleWatch Style Council member, 30, is engaged to actor-singer Bryan Greenberg, 35, a source close to him confirms to People. Chung hinted at the engagement on her website Dec. 28, but stopped short of a confirmation. "Hello everyone! I’m sorry for slacking," she blogged. "Crazy, beautiful things went down over the holidays and of course quality time with the family was long over due." The pair have been linked since spring 2012, and although they have kept things under the radar, in September Chung told Elle their relationship is very down-to-earth - literally. »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
4 items from 2014
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