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New Jack City: Jack’s Ode To Colonel Billy & Erectile Dysfunction

When it comes to top notch local TV ads the honors go to NEBRASKA FURNITURE MART… I don’t know who creates or shoots its spots, but I’ve never felt insulted by one. Month after month and season by season Nebraska’s … Continue reading

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New Jack City: Industry Faces Off-Screen Crisis After Batman Massacre

What happened this morning at the midnight premiere of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES at Cinemark’s Century 16 Theatres complex in suburban Aurora, Colorado could happen anywhere. And it has! At shopping centers, churches, schools, airports, aboard aircraft, at supermarkets, in … Continue reading

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NEW JACK CITY: RAZZIES Award Underachievement in Film!

 Forget the Oscars!

 

The 31st annual Razzie Awards got the jump on the festivities Saturday night by naming M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender worst movie of 2010.

The epic cleaned up by also collecting Golden Raspberry statues for Worst Direction by Mr. Shyamalan, Worst Screenplay and Worst Supporting actor Jackson Rathbone.

Finally, in a new category, Airbender was also awarded for Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse Of 3-D this past year.

Another big Razzie winner: Sex and the City 2

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New Jack City: AMC Unspools Continuous Smorgasboard of Oscar Hopefuls!

Here’s your dilemma: The Oscars are this coming Sunday night. You haven’t seen most of the movies nominated for Best Picture. Seeing them on video obviously wouldn’t be the same.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?

The solution? A 24-hour Movie Marathon of the 10 Best Picture nominees – showing back-to-back at the AMC Mainstreet Theater.

It all kicks off this Saturday morning at 10 a.m., February 26 with Toy Story 3 and wraps on Sunday morning, February 27 with The King’s Speech showing at 7:05 a.m.

For a mere $50, you get a 24-hour marathon pass that covers you for the entire 10 nominated movie experience.

But wait, there’s more!

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NEW JACK CITY: Radio Stunt Leads to New Comedy Station, 24/7 Laughs

I’m into a good tease as much as the next guy – especially when a happy ending is involved…

If you’re stuck in traffic on I-35 and in desperate need of a laugh, there’s a new radio station in town.

For the past several days, translator station K273BZ-FM, Bonner Springs had been filling its airwaves with hysterical laughter interupted only with teaser liners like "What’s so funny about 102.5," etc.

Finally, on Valentine’s Day at 10:25 a.m. they officially signed on with continuous comedy bits as in "All Comedy-All The Time!

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NEW JACK CITY: Travel Outlook Up–Same for Airline Seats and Hotel Rooms!

The travel outlook is definitely up for the rest of the year … and so are the prices for the spring and summer travel seasons.

Just try and get an airline deal for popular (warm) destinations during spring break. Most of those were snapped up way before Christmas.

The airlines have implemented five consecutive fare hikes since December and made them stick. And fuel surcharges are starting to re-enter ticket pricing.

Surprisingly enough, discount leader Southwest Airlines is beginning to fall in line with the price hikes. They even led a recent hike in which and competing carriers immediately followed.

It’s a simple case of supply and demand … more people wanting to fly with less available capacity = fewer discounted seats and higher fares. With Southwest’s pending purchase of competing discounter AirTran, what do you think that’ll do for fares?

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New jack City: Controversial Director Kevin Smith Headed to the Midland!

He’s at it again!
 
Controversial filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob) showed off his latest film called RED STATE at the recent Sundance Film Festival but surprised attending studio film buyers when he auctioned the release rights off to himself for a reported $20.
 
The Smith directed RED STATE, a $4 million production co-starring Michael Angarano, John Goodman, Michael Parks, Kevin Pollak and Stephen Root, has been described as going from Psycho to Westboro to Waco. The film will be self-distributed by Smith and his production company.
 
A national release date is set for October 19. But prior to that, Smith is taking the film on the road for something he’s calling the RED STATE U.S.A. TOUR.

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New Jack City: $uper Sunday, How the Ratings & Local Ads Played Out Here in KC

Say what you will,  but Sunday’s SUPER BOWL was one for the record books with a 47.9 national overnight rating!

That’s the biggest audience for the game since the 1987 bowl and up some 3% over last year’s gridiron grindathon.

What’s more, here in Kansas City the telecast of the game on WDAF-TV produced an incredible 53.6 rating with a mind blowing 74.6 Share!
 
The game itself: GREAT! The national commercials? Maybe not so much this year.

I didn’t think they lived up to previous Super Bowl advertising efforts.

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New Jack City: AARP Metamucil Spiked Movie Award Winners!

Is the awards’ season getting a bit long in the tooth or is it me?

Sure seems like it, as the AARP has now joined in with its 10th annual MOVIES FOR GROWNUP AWARDS.

The group claims to have watched more than 100 films and after countless hours (and however many consultations with their adult children) has announced the following winners:

* BEST MOVIE FOR GROWNUPS:  The King’s Speech

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New Jack City: Provocative ‘BLUE VALENTINE’ Brings NC-17 Test to K.C.

The WEINSTEIN COMPANY was facing a dilemma…

A particularily steamy scene in their new relationship drama BLUE VALENTINE was about to trigger the dreaded NC-17 designation by the Motion Picture Association of America’s ratings board for the film.

Essentially the company had three choices.

A—Accept it and bring out the movie as is with an NC-17 rating, resulting in a much more restricted release pattern.
B—Release it completely unrated.
C—Make a few strategic cuts and get it re-rated to an R, and thus having no problems getting it exhibited.

Weinstein opted for none of the above.

Instead the company turned to one of the industry’s favorite national test cities—Kansas City—-to have us help make the proper rating’s decision.

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New Jack City: Oscar Nominations in Line with Predictions

 

No big surprises in this morning’s announcements of the 83rd Academy Awards nominations…

Leading the pack with 12 nominations is THE KING’S SPEECH followed by 10 for TRUE GRIT and 8 each for THE SOCIAL NETWORK and INCEPTION.

For my money there only 3 tight races this year!

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New Jack City: RAZZIES’ Poised to Reward Worst on Film!

Following a banner year of unspectacular movies in 2009, THE GOLDEN RASPBERRY AWARD FOUNDATION has scaped the bottom of 2010’s barrel and announced the nominees for its annual RAZZIE AWARDS!

Its proclamation comes only hours ahead of the OSCAR nominations which are being announced Tuesday, January 25th!

Without further ado, here are the highlights of the past year’s worst movies, for which you laughed, cried and kissed 8 bucks goodbye:

WORST PICTURE Nominees:

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New Jack City: BORAT Turns DICTATOR!

Sacha Baron Cohen fans REJOICE!

Paramount Pictures has reunited Baron Cohen with his BORAT and BRUNO director Larry Charles for THE DICTATOR.
According to a studio release, "the film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed."

The release further advises that the story is "inspired by the best selling novel ‘Zabibah and the King’ by Saddam Hussein."

Cohen reportedly will play the dual roles of both the dictator and a goat herder.

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New Jack City: Movie Pricing—You Better Shop Around!

Local marketing maven Tracy Thomas recently told me one of her friends paid $12 for a Friday afternoon showing of TRUE GRIT at AMC Town Center.

The performance apparently started shortly after the theatre’s magic 4:00 p.m. matinee cut-off hour.

Frankly I questioned it. Had to have been a mistake.

But after digging around K.C.’s latest ticket pricing, I believe she was correct.

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New Jack City: ALICE & JACK–New FM Bedfellows?

It’s one thing to send your competitor a Christmas card. Quite another a New Year’s gift.

That’s going the extra mile.

But that’s exactly what happened on the local radio scene. It’s been a week since Wilks Broadcasting’s KCKC-FM dropped its (somewhat) popular STAR 102 adult contemporary format in favor of ALICE 102.

The industry calls the new sound an Active Adult Hit format which has done well in other markets.

Yet probably nobody in K.C. is happier about the switch then the folks at Wilks’ rival Entercom—specifically the gang at KUDL-FM.

Why?

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New Jack City: K.C. Critics Deliver 2010’s Best On Film!

It’s the social event of the movie season! (could be to some….)

Kansas City’s Film Critics’ Circle’s annual Best on Film awards ceremony!

This group represents Kansas City and regional critics who review on a regular basis for area radio, TV, newspaper and online outlets. It’s one of the oldest such critic’s groups in the country.

We came.

We dined.

We socialized.

We discussed.

We campaigned – and then we voted.

Here are the winners for 2010 in the top 11 catagories selected by our 24 attending KCFCC critics:

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NEW JACK CITY: Top Movie Picks For 2010

We shoveled a lot of Tinseltown’s manure earlier this week which made some of you wonder whether I’ve lost that lovin’ feeling and gotten grumpy.

Jaded? Maybe. Grumpy? Not so much. I still know what I like and what stinks.

What’s good and what blows.

To prove my point I proudly submit my top 10 picks of favorite movies during the past year.

This time, the criteria is that I attended the particular screening going in expecting just another movie. Instead I was MORE than just pleasantly surprised by the picture’s all-around entertainment value!

First runner-up at # 11—THE GHOST WRITER—Roman Polanski’s political thriller of sexual intrigue starred Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrell, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Hutton and Eli Wallach.

If you’re among the many who missed this film during its limited release in Kansas City, be sure to check it out on DVD.

# 10: DESPICABLE ME—A terrific good vs. evil animated feature for all ages.

# 9: CONVICTIONHilary Swank’s best performance since MILLION DOLLAR BABY and Sam Rockwell worthy of a best supporting actor nomination as her wrongly convicted brother.

# 8: IRON MAN 2—Worthy sequel with Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Mickey Rourke delivering above expectations!

# 7: THE KING’S SPEECHColin Firth as King George VI with speech malfunction nails it. Meanwhile Geoffrey Rush as his speech therapist is great. Both should and WILL be nominated for Oscars!

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New Jack City: Shoveling out Hollywood’s Manure – Worst Movies of 2010

Everybody does year-end lists. So why not me?

Here’s mine. My 10 WORST movies of 2010!

My criteria?

It had to have been a film for which I had some sort of expectations going in but came out wondering why I gave up two hours of my life on this cinematic Creme de la-crap?

Barely missing my line-up of livid losers at # 11: SEX AND THE CITY 2. I wanted Sex in the CITY – not in the desert!

# 10: KILLERS—A bad chick-flick stays a bad chick-flick, with or without Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher.

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New Jack City: Chic, New Vegas High-Rise The Cosmopolitan a KC Magnet

 

Even during this recession Las Vegas ranks right at the top of the favorite getaway destinations for Kansas Citians.

It’s still relatively affordable, features great and ever-changing attractions and it’s easy to get to—even though Southwest‘s non-stop flight frequency has been cut back to just four these days.

And after years of seemingly unstoppable growth, Vegas this week welcomes what may be the last mega resort to open there in the forseeable future, THE COSMOPOLITAN.

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New Jack City: Gift Cards that Take; No Mas

Nothing makes me happier than receiving gift cards for Christmas…

Especially when they’re not from a specific retailer but universally branded so that they can be used about anywhere.

 So Hearne, please make it a Visa or American Express gift card for me this year.

In the past, many of us have been ripped off by fees and charges levied against such cards by unscrupulous merchants.

But that’s all been changed since the government recently evoked the new ‘Card Act’ which is now in effect.

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