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The Quick Take for January 31, 2014

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"Gotta catch 'em all!" All 51 episodes of Pokémon, that is, now available to stream on Hulu Plus. The Croods, a recent animated film from DreamWorks about a family of cavemen searching for a new home since their old one was destroyed, was just released to Netflix. For a fast-paced film, try Ron Howard's film Rush, starring Chris Hemsworth as a Formula One racer, now available On Demand. And for something completely different, the classic Marilyn Monroe film Some Like It Hot is now on Netflix (it's #14 on the American Film Industry's list of Top 100 Films).

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This year, Super Bowl ad hype seems to be bigger than ever. YouTube's site Ad Blitz has an estimated 55 Super Bowl advertisement already available for viewing, backstage clips from the filming of the ads, and a countdown: "3 days until voting begins." Variety reports, "What's more impressive, the ads have been watched more than 44 million times as of this week, according to Google." Besides the expected group of companies that paid $4 million for their 30-second spots, Indiewire says that "cinephiles have something to look forward to," because major studios will be airing new trailers and first looks at upcoming movies, including DreamWorks' Need for Speed, The Amazing Spiderman 2, and Neighbors. And James Franco will star in a 90-second ad for the Ford Fusion Hybrid. The ad already has a preview in which Franco, playing Rob Riggle, claims, "This has never been done before in the history of commercials." (See the full preview here.) Ford's spot will not happen during the game, but between the coin-toss and the kick-off. This year there is even ...

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