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October 23: Happy Birthday Ryan Reynolds and Emilia Clarke


Ryan Reynolds is turning 40 today.  His first acting job was in a Canadian TV series called Hillside (renamed Fifteen in the US).  American audiences got to know him in the sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (the pizza place was dropped from the show, and the title, after two seasons), where he played one of the leads.

Reynolds first lead role in a film was in National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, a critical flop but a modest financial success given its small budget; the remake of The Amityville Horror was much the same story, with somewhat bigger numbers across the board.  He also began to find a niche in romantic comedy:

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Franchise Killers: Blade: Trinity

Wesley Snipes - Blade: Trinity - 2004

Wesley Snipes – Blade: Trinity – 2004

The original Blade came along at a time when comic book movies were deemed “too risky”.  The year before, a hat trick of comic-based failure consisting of Batman and Robin, Steel and Spawn all struck out at the box office.  Marvel movies weren’t cool yet, so the first Blade was sold as a low-budget vampire movie rather than the adaptation of a comic book.  Blade was a decent enough hit to generate two sequels and a TV series.  Writer-director David Goyer clearly had plans to carry on the Blade franchise.  In fact he seemed to be using the third Blade movie to set up a series of spin-offs.  But instead, Blade: Trinity killed the series and ended up with everyone embroiled in a bitter lawsuit.

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Review: Green Lantern

When Green Lantern hit the big screen this past summer, it was savaged by critics.  So much so, that this super hero fan gave the movie a pass at the box office.  Most fans I’ve talked to liked the movie better than the negative reviews would suggest.  When I finally watched Green Lantern for myself, I wondered whether I would agree with the critical consensus or the general public.  Now that I have seen it, I can weigh in that both groups are right.

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The Change-Up Promo


Okay, the body-switching movie looks kind of dumb.  But Jason Bateman is hysterical and Ryan Reynolds can be funny.  If it is half as funny as this promo featuring “outtakes” from Bateman and Reynolds, I’m in.

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