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Buy A Ticket At Walmart, See Man Of Steel Before Nationwide Opening! Aw, Yeah!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Warner Bros. Which means I’m getting a little bit of cash to tell you something I would have done anyway. Mostly I would have written about this to try and prod Zippy the College Boy Returned Home For Summer and Hyper Lad into getting this sort of thing for me as a Father’s Day present.

Remember when I talked about how I’d love some sort of bespoke, handmade present, something that showed the young dudes put a little thought and effort into getting the present? Yeah? Forget it.

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And, if you’re smart, it’s what you’re going to want as well.

So here’s the skinny.

Walmart is offering you — yes, you — a chance to see the new Superman movie, Man of Steelbefore it opens nationwide at what looks to be every theater in existence. Yeah, before that massive opening, you’re going to get a chance to get a head start, be treated like the star you are.

If you go buy your ticket at the electronics department of any local Walmart store, you can go to a specially designated movie theater (you’re on your own here, but it shouldn’t be that hard to find out. Probably on the ticket. But, come on? Really? I’m not going to do everything for you dudes.) and see the movie at 7 pm on June 13.

That’s the Thursday before Father’s day, and definitely the first showing of any kind anywhere in the United States. This is a big deal. It’s the first time this has ever been done, offering tickets to the general public so we can go see a movie before it opens.

Man-of-Steel-Horizontal-Billboard-Image-610x296Normally, this sort of thing only is offered to very select businesses. For instance, I once got tickets to see Spy Kids 3D early. I regretted going, mind, but I did get the tickets for free from Rebel Base, a premier comic book shop here in Charlotte, NC.

This time, though, it’s not a question of who you know, but of whether or not you can get someone to go to Walmart and pony up the ticket price. And that shouldn’t be too hard, especially considering you’re probably the one paying the little dudes whatever money they get as an allowance.

I’m telling you dudes, I couldn’t be more excited. Superman is one of those characters who, when done right, can raise goosebumps of awesome all over your arms. Sure he’s got all those powers, but I think his most important one is the ability to inspire us to greatness. We all want to be Superman, even the Iron Giant.Man-of-Steel-One-Sheet-Image-610x732

Despite my initial misgivings (I mean, it’s Zack Snyder directing so I figure fully a third of its length is going to be in slow motion), I’m really getting excited about this one. It looks like we’re finally going to get the Superman movie we’ve so desperately wanted for so long. It looks like Superman is actually going to punch someone. We’ve waited a long time for that one. And inspiration. Inspiration and punching. Combined.

Here. Check this out. It’s the trailer for the movie. If this doesn’t get you up off the couch, yelling in a little dude’s ear about getting you a ticket from the electronics department at Walmart, then, dude, you are dead.

Purchase tickets to the exclusive pre-screening of Man of Steel [PG-13], to be shown on June 13th, 2013 at 7 PM, by going to your local Walmart! Tickets can be purchased in the Electronics Department and include an exclusive digital comic book written by David S. Goyer, author of Man of Steel, as well as an exclusive opportunity to pre-order an HD digital download or Blu-Ray copy of the film.

  • Go to your local Walmart
  • Visit the electronics department
  • Purchase your EXCLUSIVE Man of Steel prescreening tickets (available in 2D or 3D)
  • Take your family to the theater location noted on your ticket and watch the EXCLUSIVE 7 p.m. premiere of Man of Steel on June 13th!

Learn more here!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Warner Bros.

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Surely You Must Be Joking

by Richard

No, I’m not and stop calling me Shirley.

Unfortunately, it’s true. Leslie Nielsen is dead. Very, very dead. And, yes, they did check to make sure. Nielsen died late Sunday night in Fort Lauderdale after a short illness.

Born in 1926, the Canadian-born Nielsen started out in the movies as a serious dramatic actor in such classics as “Forbidden Planet.” But it wasn’t really until 1980 and the release of the spoof classic “Airplane,” that Nielsen really vaulted into the public consciousness. Nielsen did something phenomenally well that some people can’t do at all: He played deadpan comedy like a pro. No matter how absurd the action around him, he was able to create a character that would take this thing absolutely seriously as if it actually made sense. That is not easy.

On a personal note, dudes, let me say that Nielsen was — to put it bluntly — absolutely brilliant in that movie. I should know. I saw it more than 65 times and saw parts of it hundreds of more and that was just in the summer of 1980 when it was released in theaters.

The movie was released during those years when I worked my summer job as a movie theater usher, concession counter chimp and popcorn popper for the General Cinemas chain at the Valley View Mall in Dallas.

“Airplane” was the perfect movie for me, full of great jokes, scatological jokes and quite dumb jokes. I laughed at them all. But none more so than those delivered by Nielsen.

“This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.”

“A hospital? What is it?”

“It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important now.”

Just seeing the face of Leslie Nielsen can make me smile even now. He will be missed.

And good luck to you, Mr. Nielsen. Wherever you are.

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Dude Review: The Expendables

by Richard

Boy does this movie live up to its name. The Expendables marks a return to the action movies of the 1980s, when men were men and had the muscles and one liners to prove it. And your entire enjoyment of the movie will depend heavily on just how much nostalgia you still have remaining for that genre.

Me? Turns out not so much.

I went to see this one after I got dragged to the movie theater with the young dudes, who insisted that I — and they — needed to see it because it would be “awesome!” They included the exclamation mark.

Like any good James Bond movie, The Expendables opens in the middle of an action scene that sets the stage, shows us just how cool and dangerous these dudes are and sets up a future conflict (all magically resolved by the end of the movie). It also shows why this movie was rated R when a Somali pirate gets blow in half (literally) by an RPG.

Thinking back, I can’t even remember the characters’ names. I just know it starred fading and 60-ish action star Sylvester Stallone, suave English leading man and fighter Jason Statham, kung-fu master Jet Li and a bunch of other former fighters or action stars from the 1980s.

Two of those cameo-stars were Bruce Willis (John McClain from Die Hard) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (former Terminator and current governor of California) and they featured with Sly Stallone in one of the worst scenes in recent memory. The scene took place in a church and you could tell that neither of the three men were even in the same room at the same time. It was an embarrassingly bad cropped-together split-screen shot. Really, I just. . . Well, it was just plain bad.

The plot really isn’t important in this sort of movie. There was a noble damsel in distress, a dangerous Spanish-speaking bad guy and the worst bad guy, a rogue CIA agent trying to get into the drug business. Basically it was an excuse to blow up stuff real good and shoot a lot of extras.

Really that’s about it. If you like this sort of thing, then this is the sort of thing you’ll like. For those of us with taste and a few years on us, it’s a good excuse to go see something that won’t leave a scar on your brain and blood dribbling from your burst eardrums.

I give it 1 dude out of five because, really, it wasn’t Gymkata. And when that’s all you’ve got going for your movie, you know it’s bad.

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