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Picking Up the Spare: Lion, A Cure For Wellness

Lion An ad for the movie was taken out in the Los Angeles Times that denounced (gag) Pres. Trump's travel and visitation ban, making it clear that the production of the movie might not have taken place had the order been in place then. It's a decent political statement that also doubles as Oscar-timed promotion [...]

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Picking Up the Spare: Rogue One, The LEGO Batman Movie, La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story The Chicago Auto Show is underway and Nissan has brought its Rogue One-inspired vehicle there. More details on the where and why here. La La Land There's a new motion poster that touts the awards nominations and other accolades the movie has racked up recently. The LEGO Batman Movie [...]

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Picking Up the Spare: 20th Century Women, Split, The Comedian

20th Century Women Not sure how I missed this, but writer/director Mike Mills worked with A24 to create a streaming radio station playing nothing but music from 1979, the year the movie is set. Split Spoiler warning, but it appears one of the movie's big twists was hinted at on at least one of the [...]

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Picking Up the Spare: Rogue One, Hidden Fences, Loving, Deadpool

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Germain Lussier at io9 shares comments from director Gareth Edwards about the unexpected process and set of circumstances that lead to at least some of those shots from the Rogue One trailers that didn't wind up appearing in the finished movie. The team at SocialBakers looks at the volume [...]

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Picking Up the Spare: Sing, Lion

Sing The cast - and their animated alter-egos - appeared on Fallon to an acapella version of Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime" that included MacCartney himself. Illumination got their Minions involved in a short MST3K-like video to help promote the movie. The studio partnered with the Lumyer app to bring movie-branded augmented reality to that app's users. [...]

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Picking Up the Spare: Doctor Strange, Rogue One

Doctor Strange At the time of my column I couldn't find any information on the partnership with Skype but I just stumbled across them. Apparently you could add the doctor on Skype and become his virtual assistant. The company also introduced a new series of movie-themed emoticons to use. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story [...]

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Picking Up The Spare: Lion, The Arrival

Arrival The FiveThirtyEight looked at how the movies' RottenTomatoes score became part of the marketing campaign and puts that in the context of the site's continuing efforts to poke holes in RT and other rating aggregate sites. Lion Brent Lang at Variety gives the movie a big cover story about how this inspirational human story [...]

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Picking Up The Spare: Miss Sloane, Deadpool

Miss Sloane This "extended trailer" debuted on The Today Show just as the movie debuted in theaters and works better than the previous theatrical trailer because it runs a full five minutes. The central framing device is Sloane's testimony before Congress but within that we get flashbacks to the key events of the story that [...]

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Picking Up the Spare: Moana, Lion, Suicide Squad

Moana Disney worked with Code.org to create a special Moana-themed coding tutorial meant to encourage kids, particularly girls, to get into learning about programming and software development using the Skitch language. That's available online and there are going to be special events at Apple stores between December 5th and 11th. The studio was the first [...]

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Picking Up the Spare: Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them NYC&Co has launched the "FantasticNYC" campaign tying into the movie, allowing shoppers and fans to find the "magical" bits of 1920s New York City that are still around to see. A story in The Hollywood Reporter about the movie's marketing talks about the "equity" that the Wizarding World [...]