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Filmism.net Dispatch April 25, 2011

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Here we are again in blockbuster season, the time of year the studios roll out the $150m licensing deal behemoths they hope will make all their money back in just a few weeks and spawn an endless string of sequels, spin offs and action figures.

Curiously, it seems like a quiet year for a couple of them. Paramount are making the biggest splash with Thor, Captain America, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Kung Fu Panda and Super 8 all hitting in the next few months.

Fox has Source Code and X-Men: First Class but is pretty quiet apart from that. Disney has Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides and Cars 2 but tends never to bet on more than two big properties at this time of year. Warner Brothers has The Green Lantern and the final Harry Potter, although the latter will make all the money it needs need for the entire year alone.

It's Universal and Sony that are strangely quiet. Neither has a big, flashy comic book, sequel or otherwise pre-known property movie this side of the Australian spring, when the US blockbuster season has well and truly wound down. In fact, the closest film that has tentpole potential is Sony's The Smurfs, which isn't out until September.

I also spent this week thinking about the fates shared by both George Lucas and Kevin Smith at different times in their careers, and I came to a startling conclusion about hate on the Internet. Read it here and tell me what you think. I also wanted to share my review of one of Michael Mann's best and most understated films, The Insider.

And be among the first to watch the trailer for the coolest looking movie, Troll Hunter, before the inevitable Hollywood remake.

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