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Exclusive: New 'Star Wars' LEGO set relives 'Empire Strikes Back'

usatoday.com — A huge new Star Wars LEGO set takes kids of all ages to a time before the Force awakened and when the Rebel Alliance was chilling on an ice planet. Out in May, "Assault on Hoth" (2,144 pieces, $249.99) allows fans to re-create the opening scenes of 1980's The Empire Strikes Back at the Rebels' Echo Base, before Imperial AT-ATs started trampling all over the place.
Feb 13, 2016

Exclusive: #StarWars LEGO Assault on Hoth set relives 'Empire Strikes Back' in a cool way usat.ly/1XpBpRz pic.twitter.com/3A7e0IiUmy

Review: 'Zoolander 2' is a very bad look

ruidosonews.com — In one of the very few actually funny sequences in Zoolander 2, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson's imbecilic aging male models are made a mockery at a Rome fashion show by wearing T-shirts that say "I am old" and "I am lame."

Super frenemies face off in exclusive 'Batman v Superman' IMAX poster

usatoday.com — Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill's superheroes don't really get along in or out of their costumes at the start of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.' (Photo: Warner Bros.) From the trailers to the "v" in the title, we knew there was going to be a serious battle of the world's finest superheroes in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Review: 'Zoolander 2' is a very bad look

usatoday.com — In one of the very few actually funny sequences in Zoolander 2, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson's imbecilic aging male models are made a mockery at a Rome fashion show by wearing T-shirts that say "I am old" and "I am lame."
Feb 11, 2016

I reviewed Zoolander 2. Only Kyle Mooney & Will Ferrell keep it from being a dumpster fire. usat.ly/1Tezeky pic.twitter.com/F0dclTJx6l

Feb 11, 2016

A save-your-money review from @briantruitt of 'Zoolander 2' : usat.ly/1Tezeky via @usatoday

Exclusive: Batman animated toy line expands in 2016 and '17

usatoday.com — The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie is bringing some serious toy power this year, but DC Collectibles is also digging into Batman's animated past for an expanded line of high-end action figures. A new wave of toys is coming based on the popular Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures and Batman Beyond shows, and they're going deeper than just the Dark Knight.

Exclusive: Thomas and Friends star in pop-culture mash-ups

usatoday.com — Thomas the Tank Engine is going off the rails for some big-time pop-culture mash-ups this year. A series of new mini trains with Thomas & Friends characters combined with DC Comics heroes and villains arrive this spring, plus a line of SpongeBob SquarePants combos are also slated for release later this year.
Feb 11, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: Thomas and Friends mashes up with DC Super Friends and SpongeBob usat.ly/1TeuxHC pic.twitter.com/dhfIM4cOtd

Exclusive: 'My Little Pony' debuts 'Harmony' line in fall

usatoday.com — Pop culture's favorite toy horsies are getting some animated inspiration. Hasbro's My Little Pony franchise launches a new Guardians of Harmony line this fall with figures and sets based on Discovery Family Channel's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic animated series.
Feb 10, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: @HasbroNews' My Little Pony franchise debuts new Guardians of Harmony this fall usat.ly/1Xig24I pic.twitter.com/pNmIOBNn4R

Review: 'Deadpool' kills with its daffy humor

usatoday.com — Most superhero films deserve an anthem, something to reflect the straightforward fighting of the good fight. And thus the completely bonkers, lovably obnoxious Deadpool boasts Juice Newton's Angel of the Morning. Somehow, AM radio jams fit nicely into the utter insanity barely contained in director Tim Miller's comic-book ode to ultra-violence, four-letter words and weird love.

Watch: Sam Mendes prefers 'real' action in exclusive 'Spectre' clip

usatoday.com — Getting James Bond (Daniel Craig) in real action was a no-brainer for "Spectre" director Sam Mendes. (Photo: Jonathan Olley) James Bond films have a knack for the nuts when it comes to action sequences, and the latest movie Spectre (out today on Blu-ray and DVD) doesn't shy away from any of the crazy, from high speed chases through Rome to a breathtaking opening number in Mexico.

Sneak peek: 'Ratchet & Clank' takes buddy comedy to space

usatoday.com — The big screen is getting a couple new guardians of the galaxy. Animated buddy comedy Ratchet & Clank (in theaters April 29), based on the popular PlayStation video games, puts its main characters in the middle of a cosmic conflict and the fate of the universe in the hands of two misfit best friends.
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Feb 13, 2016

Exclusive: #StarWars LEGO Assault on Hoth set relives 'Empire Strikes Back' in a cool way usat.ly/1XpBpRz pic.twitter.com/3A7e0IiUmy

Feb 12, 2016

RT @DrewAtHitFix: Not to be the bearer of more bad news, but this scene from CIVIL WAR has me concerned... twitter.com/YoufeckingIdio…

Feb 12, 2016

RT @amandadeibert: Very confused by this being a laser eye surgery ad...it feels like it is headed somewhere very different... pic.twitter.com/KM6P8kcgA5


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