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INTRO — ONE TO THREE GRAFS

The roar of the summer box office isn’t fading out anytime soon, as we’re looking at the first time since 2009 that Hollywood has had a new #1 film three weeks in a row to start the summer season.

That’s a real rarity in the age of the superhero flick, which traditionally dominate multiplexes for two or three weeks before meeting their maker.  Last weekend, “Neighbors” proved  Spidey simply couldn’t hang with Seth & Zac, debuting with nearly $50M, and that “Amazing Spider-Man 2” isn’t nearly as amazing or spectacular as advertised.

“Gozilla” absolutely looks as good as advertised, as one of the oldest box office beasts of all-time returns to stomp cinemas and should dominate with up to $70M+ this weekend domestically in nearly 4,000 theaters. Warner’s creature feature is also set to breakout overseas, launching nearly everywhere except China and Japan. Oh, the irony.

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FIRST AUCTION ITEM – CYBERSPACE GOES BATTY FOR BOFFO BATSUIT

Warner Bros. released a b/w still of Ben Affleck’s Batman from Zack Snyder’s new Man of Steel sequel (who are they kidding–we all know it’s a “Justice League” movie) with him standing in front of the brand-spanking new Batmobile…and fanboys nearly broke the internets.

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Like most batsuits, The Dark Knight is probably ripped beyond believe, but thankfully no rubber nipples are in sight this time. The most perplexing thing of all though, is that it’s really too dark to see if the codpiece is worthy of George Clooney’s, but I suspect Affleck’s agent and manager made sure that was all worked out in the contract.

What is it about Batman that makes people want to dance around…in tights?

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SECOND AUCTION ITEM — ON LOCK DOWN: HOLLYWOOD NEEDS TO STOP THE NEW NO-NAME GAME

Over the last few years we’ve been witness to a pretty lame trend where studios plant their flag on release dates without actually having the title of a film. That’s all good and fine when we’re talking about “Marvel Untitled,” “Untitled Pixar,” “Untitled Marvel/Fox”–at least you have a kernel of what to expect.

The same can’t really be said about what Universal and Legendary Pictures did this week as they took it a step beyond the bizarre, announcing the following title for November 16, 2016–“Untitled 2016 Event Project.”

Hey, I don’t know what it’s about, but man, I’m really hoping for something epically eventful like “Waterworld 2” or a “Jaws” reboot.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the point of blitzing media outlets with an “announcement,” is that you actually announce something worth yapping about?!  I mean when you get right down to it, isn’t that marketing 101? Throw us a bone here–a star, a director, a location…anything.  If I squint my eyes, the press release actually looks like this: “Untitled Dryland Adventure w/ Kevin Costner.” We all have dreams.

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THIRD AUCTION ITEM — CHINCY CUT OF THE WEEK: David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” (Oct. 3, 2014)

Fincher is a master of menacing mood, but misses the mainstream mark terribly with the inclusion of the song “She”…which was already featured in the rom-com, “Notting Hill.”  I get what they’re going for in the first trailer from Gillian Flynn’s best-selling book, but there are thousands upon thousands of great songs out there that don’t already resonate with a specific film.  Find one.  Still, should be a great movie, just not going to win over new fans with a teaser that will leave multiplex masses scratching their heads and checking their phones.

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RECENT AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS

* Sotheby’s last week raised . . .

* Christie’s hit a homerun earlier in the week when …

* Heritage Auctions latest bid-fest …

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IF YOU WANTED TO SIGN OFF WITH SOMETHING FUN OR INFORMATIVE…

CHOICE CLIP OF EVERY SUMMER: Mungo Jerry “In the Summertime”

The summer movie season just makes me wanna sing…and grow some serious chops. No better summer song.

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Above is by Jeff, but your bio would go here

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“Godzilla” Image Courtesy of Warner Bros.

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