Watch: My 2012 Summer Movie Preview! And They're All Movies I'm Dying to See This Summer! 

For my complete calendar of Summer 2012 Movie Preview, click here.

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Cool Video -- Famous Actors Making Their First Films 
Before they were big stars, they were just little folks like you and I! And it's kind of interesting to see them way back when. Thanks to our friends at Flavorwire, they created a video essay featuring big name stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, Clint Eastwood, James Franco, Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Jason Bateman, Zooey Deschanel, Anne Hathaway, and Chevy Chase.

It was a fun video! I totally forgot that DiCaprio starred in 1991's "Critters 3," or that Jake Gyllenhaal was in "City Slickers," and Seth Rogen was in "Donnie Darko!"

There's so much more, so without further adieu, take a look at the video of big-name actors paying their small-time dues:

Video Essay: "Encore" from Flavorwire on Vimeo.

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Your 2012 Summer Movie Preview! Save the Date! 

The arrival of “The Avengers” on May 4th signals the beginning of our summer at the movies. We can expect expensive blockbusters and big sequels but Oscar-ready movies also pop up once in a while such as last summer’s “The Tree of Life.” So which movies should you see this summer? Here’s your quick guide:


May 4: “The Avengers” – A who’s who of Marvel Super Heroes are assembled for your viewing pleasure. Writer/director Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) brings Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) together for one of the most anticipated movies in the world.

May 4: “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” – John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”) directs this ensemble piece about a group of British retirees traveling to India to take up residents at a newly restored hotel. Exquisite!

May 11: “Dark Shadows” – A quirky and campy big-screen adaptation of the popular 1960s gothic soap opera. No one can do quirky and campy better than the acting-directing team of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton.

May 11: “The Dictator” – All hail Sacha Baron Cohen as a dictator who is allergic to democracy. Larry Charles, who previously collaborated with Cohen in “Borat” and “Bruno,” directs this comedy co-starring Megan Fox, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, and John C. Reily. I can’t wait!

May 18: “Battleship” – Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, and yes, Rihanna star in this film based on a Hasbro game. So it’s safe to say that this will be like “Transformers” on water.

May 18: “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” – Based on the popular books by Heidi Murkoff, five interconnected couples and their experiences in having a baby are featured in this comedy starring Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz. So what can we expect from this movie? A lot of cute moments can be had.

May 25: “Men in Black 3” – Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones return to their roles for the threequel of the popular franchise. This one’s a time traveling adventure set in the 1960s. But the big question – what the heck is Lady Gaga doing in the movie? Is she going to fittingly play an alien?


June 1: “Snow White and the Huntsman” – The second of the 2012 Snow White movies and it’s decidedly darker than the campy “Mirror Mirror.” Kristen Stewart plays Snow White to Charlize Theron’s Queen Ravenna while Chris Hemsworth stars as The Huntsman. This one will definitely not feature the cute Grumpy or any of his fellow dwarfs.

June 8: “Bel Ami” – Not to be outdone by his “Twilight” co-star, Robert Pattinson headlines this erotic drama featuring Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, and Kristin Scott Thomas.

June 8: “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” – Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett Smith return to their roles for the third film of the beloved franchise. This time, they travel through Europe.

June 8: “Prometheus” – An “Alien” prequel directed by Ridley Scott starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, and Patrick Wilson. I’m so there!

June 15: “Rock of Ages” – Tom Cruise stars as an aging rocker in this big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical from “Hairspray” director Adam Shankman. The script is co-written by Justin Theroux who penned “Tropic Thunder.” We all remember Cruise in that movie and I’m sure he will give a memorable performance as rock god Stacee Jaxx in “Rock of Ages.”

June 15: “That’s My Boy” – Adam Sandler, fresh from sweeping the Razzies, is back as a father who must learn to reconnect with his son. The only reason I’m watching this movie is because of Andy Samberg who plays Sandler’s boy.

June 22: “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” – I love the book by Seth Grahame-Smith and adore director Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted”). The title pretty much reveals the plot of the film starring Benjamin Walker as the beloved 16th President of the United States who moonlights as a vampire slayer.

June 22: “Brave” – Pixar’s first female-centric film tells the tale of Princess Merida (Kelly McDonald) and her great bravery and archery skills. From here on out, Merida will join the “Princess” brand of Disney which makes me kind of sad.

June 22: “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” – Steve Carell and Keira Knightley star in this romantic drama about, you guessed it, the end of the world. This is the first directing gig of Lorene Scafaria, who wrote the excellent “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” so my expectations are high.

June 22: “To Rome with Love” – Woody Allen leaves Paris for Rome in his latest comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg, Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, and Ellen Page.

June 29: “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” – I hated the first film of the franchise but the addition of Bruce Willis to the sequel makes it almost worthwhile!

June 29: “Magic Mike” – Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, and Alex Pettyfer take it all off in this male stripper drama from acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh.


July 3: “The Amazing Spider-Man” – Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”) steps into the role that Tobey Maguire made famous as our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The plot may be similar, with great power comes great responsibility and all that jazz, but Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer”) is a good director so we will be embroiled in a web of good storytelling.

July 13: “Ice Age: Continental Drift” – Manny the Mammoth Guy (Ray Romano) and his friends embark on another adventure after their continental is set adrift.

July 13: “Ted” – Seth Macfarlane, the creator of “The Family Guy,” makes his feature film directing debut in this comedy about a man named John (Mark Wahlberg) and his titular teddy bear (voiced by Macfarlane) who comes to life as the result of a childhood wish. It’s like “Big” but with a cute and cuddly teddy bear.

July 20: “The Dark Knight Rises” – Director Christopher Nolan completes his Batman trilogy with this third and final chapter. This will also be the last time Christian Bale wears his Batsuit. I’m really excited to see Tom Hardy play the villain Bane and Anne Hathaway embody Catwoman. I think it’s quite purr-fect!

July 27: “Neighborhood Watch” – Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, and Vince Vaughn star in this sci-fi comedy about a group of suburban dads who form a neighborhood watch only to find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion.

July 27: “Step Up Revolution” – If you like all the other “Step Up” dance movies, then this fourth film is for you!


August 3: “The Bourne Legacy” – The first film of the “Bourne” franchise without Matt Damon. Jeremy Renner is our new CIA operative, Aaron Cross. Tony Gilroy, the guy who wrote the screenplay of the first three “Bourne” movies, directs this fourth installment.

August 3: “Total Recall” – Colin Farrell wants us to forget the original 1990 movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone.

August 10: “Hope Springs” – Meryl Streep, Steve Carell, and Tommy Lee Jones star in this dramedy from “The Devil Wears Prada” director David Frankel.

August 17: “The Expendables 2” – Get ready for more testosterone action featuring all the 80s action stars you know and love!

August 17: “ParaNorman” – From the studio who gave us the enchanting “Coraline” comes this new animated film about a boy who sees dead people.

August 17: “Sparkle” – Whitney Houston’s last film is a remake of the 1976 movie starring Irene Cara. It’s a thinly-veiled story of the Supremes about the ups and downs of a girl group.

August 24: “The Apparition” – Ashley Greene aka Alice Cullen of the “Twilight” franchise gets her own starring role in this horror film from Dark Castle Entertainment.

August 31: “Lawless” – Set during the Depression era, this bootlegging drama has an all-star cast featuring Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf, Mia Wasikowska, and Jessica Chastain.

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See "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" Trailer 2 
When I first heard that Jon M. Chu, the guy who gave us "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," and "Step Up 2 the Streets" and "Step Up 3D," was directing the sequel to "GI Joe," I said uh-oh, no dancing soldiers allowed HA! But the new trailer to Paramount's tentpole seems promising, and Bruce Willis will make you watch the new movie. I hated the first film, so I am approaching this sequel with caution. "GI Joe: Retaliation" opens on June 29.

Here's the latest trailer:

Here's more information on "GI Joe: Retaliation" from Yahoo:


Framed for a crime they did not commit, the G.I. Joes must not only fight Cobra but also vindicate themselves to a government that condemned them.

In Theaters -- June 29, 2012

MPAA Rating -- Not Rated

Genres -- Action/Adventure, Sequel

Distributors -- Paramount Pictures

Director: Jon Chu

D.J. Cotrona -- Flint

Byung-hun Lee -- Storm Shadow

Ray Park -- Snake Eyes

Adrianne Palicki -- Lady Jaye

Jonathan Pryce -- U.S. President

Channing Tatum -- Duke

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Zac Efron, "Think Like a Man" Finally Slays "The Hunger Games" 

Two date-night flicks triumphed over "The Hunger Games."

"Think Like a Man" and "The Lucky One" knocked the box-office champion, "The Hunger Games," off its No. 1 box-office position after spending four weeks at the top spot.

Based on Steve Harvey's dating-advice best-seller, "Think Like a Man" overperformed and defied expectations with a $33 million debut, landing the romantic comedy at No. 1. Sony's Screen Gems expected the film to debut around $15 - $18 million but the ensemble comedy featuring Michael Ealy, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Hart, and Gabrielle Union, surprised everyone!

"The Lucky One," starring Zac Efron, also surprised everyone with its $22.8 million debut at No. 2. Its domestic take came in a bit above Warner Bros' expectations as well. ("The Lucky One" movie review)

But have no fear for "The Hunger Games." The Lionsgate box-office champ took in $14.5 million for the No. 3 spot but so far has raised its domestic total to $356.9 million with a combined global total of $573 million.

Disney's Earth-day documentary, "Chimpanzee," debuted at No. 4 with $10.2 million. Rounding out the Top 5 box-office films was "The Three Stooges" with $9.2 million.

Here's the complete list of the Top 10 Box-Office Films for the weekend of April 20th:

1. “Think Like a Man,” $33 million.
2. “The Lucky One,” $22.8 million.
3. “The Hunger Games,” $14.5 million.
4. “Chimpanzee,” $10.2 million.
5. “The Three Stooges,” $9.2 million.
6. “The Cabin in the Woods,” $7.8 million.
7. “American Reunion,” $5.2 million.
8. “Titanic” in 3-D, $5 million.
9. “21 Jump Street,” $4.6 million.
10. “Mirror Mirror,” $4.1 million.

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