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"A-Team" Movie Loses, But TV WORTH WATCHING Reader Wins
June 14, 2010  | By David Bianculli

The opening-weekend box-office figures for the new movie remake of The A-Team were so low -- about half of general Hollywood predictions -- that I pity the fool who's still hoping for a cinematic sequel. Even so, one of our readers, in the contest to predict the opening grosses, came very close without going over, so wins some stuff...

Congratulations, Carina. You guessed $21 million, which was the closest guess to the actual $26 million box-office estimate for The A-Team without going over. (Though he went over, Chris was closest overall, with a $27.3 million prediction.)

So, Corina, I'll contact you to get your actual address, and preference of prizes. Thanks to everyone who played -- and, of course, everyone who comes here to visit and read. Pleasing you guys is my grand plan... and I love it when a plan comes together.




Chris said:

Good job Carina!

So, did any of the TV worth Watching readers see the movie? Anyone have a review to share?

Comment posted on June 14, 2010 3:49 PM

Carina said:


Comment posted on June 14, 2010 4:16 PM

Tausif Khan said:


This is a comment on your television picks from last night. I was intrigued by Persons Unknown. Do you think that we should give the Battlestar/The Usual Suspects combo more leeway than other shows?

I also have request. Can you open up a comments/suggestion section for the television picks you present?

Can you update us on the site redesign?

as always thanks for the blog. Hope to hear about more television worth watching


[Funny you should ask -- the redesign is imminent. Really. A matter of weeks. And though we've gone back and forth about putting a comment spot with the BEST BETS, maybe we'll reconsider... As for Persons Unknown, that leeway is precisely why I'm giving it a (second) chance... -- David B.]

Comment posted on June 15, 2010 12:17 AM

Angela said:

I too would love a comment section on the nights best bets!
There have been plenty of times when I wanted to contribute some piece of information about a Best Bet show, writer, actor or director, but there's nowhere to put it.
Sounds like your leaning against it, but maybe you could limit it to certain types of comments only? (To avoid whatever it is that makes you wary of doing it.) Or you could try it, and if it doesn't work, shut it down. (Like I have any idea how hard it is to build these types of things into a website.)

Comment posted on June 15, 2010 7:04 PM

Danny said:


What did you think about the show that aired after Breaking Bad, Rubicon?

[Good question. Haven't had a chance to see it yet. My TiVo is at 95% capacity... and so is my life. But I'm through traveling for a while, so I'll dive in as soon as I can. But first, I have to see the Breaking Bad finale! - David B.]

Comment posted on June 15, 2010 8:46 PM

Sally W. said:

I did see the A-Team movie this past weekend. It's not the greatest of movies (plot didn't make much sense if one were to actually think about it) and it was more of an origins story rather than, say, A Very Big Episode of The A-Team (that is, where they, as soldiers of fortune, help the helpless). If you're looking for a higher caliber movie like "The Hurt Locker" (which is a great movie, by the way) - this isn't the movie for that, really.

That said, I enjoyed it. I thought it captured the cartoony and campy ambiance of the tv series very well (speaking as someone who grew up on the series and never really took it seriously either; it wasn't exactly high quality tv, but we're talking about the 1980's and it was an odd decade for NBC, to have gone with "The A-Team" and "The Knight Rider" for campy tv).

I thought it was a plus that the movie cast seemed to be enjoying themselves and had chemistry. It was a great cast - I still couldn't get over seeing Liam Neeson as Hannibal (he didn't bother stretching his acting muscles or trying to be George Peppard as Hannibal, but he was enjoyable). Bradley Cooper did a nice job as Face, as did Quinton Jackson as B.A. and Sharlto Copley as Murdock. If you're a fan of the series, you'd probably enjoy it.

Oh, and stay for the priceless stuff after the credits; good stuff for an A-Team fan.

Comment posted on June 18, 2010 1:18 AM

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