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Review: Logan

Feb 17 // Nick Valdez
[embed]221303:43419:0[/embed] LoganDirector: James MangoldRelease Date: March 3, 2017Rating: R  Logan is both a sequel to 2013's The Wolverine and a ending to the entire X-Men franchise. In the far-ish future of 2029, we find Logan (Hugh Jackman) making his way across El Paso, driving a limo for money. It turns out mutants have essentially gone extinct, and he is only doing odd jobs in order to take care of the now dementia-suffering Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), who's loss of control over his mind has made him a threat. But one day he's approached by a woman accompanied by a silent girl named Laura (Dafne Keen) who needs help getting to the Canadian border and some place they call an "Eden for mutants." Begrudgingly accepting the task when he sees Laura shares a few similarities with him, revelations come to light as Logan has to come to terms with the man he's become. Logan is dramatically different than the rest of the X-Men films, and that's notably due to its R rating.  While I was initially afraid Deadpool's R rated success would mean Logan was full of extraneous foul language and violence (but without the cheekiness), what is present feels incredibly natural. Like we're actually seeing Wolverine for who he is for the first time, making every other performance seem neutered in comparison. This Logan is older, broken, and incredibly violent. He brutalizes enemies, but it's never portrayed as monstrous as his attacks could be because Jackman fills the role with a much needed humanity. The film always makes a point to note that he never initiates the attacks (unlike the brash Logan seen in, say, the first X-Men). The added caveat of slowly losing his healing abilities also grounds this comic book film in an unprecedented way. For all intents and purposes, Logan is a lonely, introspective character drama. While the character work admittedly will be more effective if you've seen some of the other X-Men films (at least the first one to explain some of the world's elements), it's not completely necessary. The film opens with a scene heartily establishing everything you need to know about this character, and I'll go as far to say it's the best opening scene in the franchise to date.  Logan is full of outstanding performances. While some kitchy turns from Boyd Holbrook's Pierce (a mysterious guy in sunglasses who's chasing after Laura, but Logan's not about that so mentioning his role in the story seems unnecessary), Stephen Merchant's Caliban, and a villain revealed later in the film tend to remind you it's a comic book film, the three central cast members anchor Logan's harsh reality. Hugh Jackman, drawing on his years of experience with the character, puts forth a stellar performance. As mentioned earlier, with the amenities afforded by the film's R rating, Jackman's performance rings more palpable than ever. Like this is the character he's wanted to portray since he signed on to these films all those years ago. His rapport with the sickly Charles is one of the best features in the film as he and Patrick Stewart have developed a mentor/pupil-father/son relationship over the years. Or at least ably portrayed as such. Then there's the young Dafne Keen, who's Laura is defined entirely through her physicality and manages to carve a distinct presence between the two.  Now Logan isn't perfect. One of the film's overlying themes of fighting one's past becomes a little too literal, the tone is so well established the encroaching X-Men talk feels out of place, and some of the dialogue unfortunately I felt I had to forgive under the "comic book film" qualifier, but thinking back on it, these issues didn't bother me as much as I thought they would have. Logan's imperfections lend credibility to the central character's imperfections. The film's problems mirror Logan's distraught sense of self. Is he the colorful hero of years past? Is he the beaten down man who's lost his sense of purpose after years of struggle? There's a distinct push and pull between the two tones as they blend into something not seen before in the genre. In fact, it seems, dare I say realistic?  Above all else, Logan is a film of consequence. It's the first comic book film weighted with actual drama and character work. There's an overwhelming sense of finality and dread permeating throughout making every one of Logan's struggles more tense than the last. If you've followed Wolverine through every one of his adventures, you're sure to be satisfied with Logan. If you haven't, there's still enough tactile emotion here seeping through Logan's ever-worsening wounds to draw you in even slightly.  I don't need to see another X-Men film, or another comic book film ever again. Thanks to Logan, they've become irrelevant. 
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Brutal, harsh, and absolutely glorious

Logan is a response to a litany of unprecedented events. Comic book films are more popular than ever, the X-Men series is still a viable franchise seventeen years later, Hugh Jackman is still in great health and more committed to Wolverine than anyone thought possible, and Deadpool's box-office success paved the way for a long sought R rating. It's the true definition of lightning in a bottle 

But do you know why "lightning in a bottle" is such an effective, but limited metaphor? Because you'll rarely get a film so bravely varied, the only way to truly describe it is to compare it to a bright, blinding storm you can't believe you've managed to witness in the palm in your hand. 

Logan is a love letter to Hugh Jackman's long history as Wolverine, and the comic book adaptation subgenre, yet it's a wholly unique beast of its own. It's a film so aware of its own identity, and I'm sure we're never going to get another film like it. 

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Oh, it's that annoying Sandler voice

You know when Adam Sandler does that weird voice where he's kind of talking like a baby, but not really. At some point it was funny, but now it's just kind of sad. Well Sandy Wexler, Netflix's next Adam Sandler movie, seems to be Sandler doing that voice for two hours while famous people stand around talking about him. At least that's what I'm getting from this trailer.

If Sandler's previous Netflix films are any indication this one shouldn't be too much of a standout, which actually seems too bad. Sandler is at is best when there's some actual heart to the film, and the tale of a manager who does everything he can for his stars actually seems like it could have connected. But then he does that voice... and it's all lost.

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Review: A Cure for Wellness

Feb 17 // Nick Valdez
[embed]221240:43388:0[/embed] A Cure for WellnessDirector: Gore VerbinskiRelease Date: February 17, 2017Rating: R Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) is a young, successful businessman who's tasked by his company to retrieve an executive who's vacationed to a wellness center in the Swiss Alps. But when he shows up to the center, a castle on top of a hill, and meets the mysterious Hannah (Mia Goth) and Dr. Volmer (Jason Isaacs) he discovers something's a miss in the Swiss. Especially when he's forcibly admitted to the asylum. A Cure for Wellness tests the limits of environmental characterization. It's almost as if it's a thesis statement positing how much a film's setting can balance out faults in its characters as long as its engagingly built. Wellness puts the bulk of its work behind building its central asylum, and thus every human character therein is overwhelmingly unlikable as a result. Lockhart's especially troublesome from the second he shows up on screen. While this is clearly an intentional choice, there's very little to invest in when you care so little about Lockhart's well being. Lockhart's put through the ringer, but the film never quite reaches a place where we care about anything happening to him. As he falls victim to various levels of body disfigurement and gross out torture, it becomes more about enjoying the visceral nature of its imagery rather than further the tension of Lockhart's situation. To slightly remedy this, Mia Goth's Hannah is this childlike sprite of a character who seems out of time and place. Every member of this asylum is an wealthy elderly individual leaving their life behind, but Hannah doesn't seem to have a life of her own. When Lockhart's goal transitions from escape to rescuing Hannah, there's a slight shift in his character but he's still very much irredeemable. Thankfully, Goth portrays the right sense of naivete but Hannah's characterization is all in the performance as the film gives her very little to work with.  The flat characters are only a reflection of the film's setting. But while the drab colors and muted tones do not do them any favors, it works wonderfully for the asylum. Verbinski, most likely culminating a career's worth of visual trickery, absolutely nails a creepy vibe. Stark whites (both in the asylum's outfits and staff) juxtaposed with slimy greens coupled with an overall sepia-toned frame to lock the asylum in a past time. Wellness also surprises with a couple of well composed shots (one of which can be sort of seen in the image below) that provide a welcome breather from the asylum's dank nature. This dankness elevates Verbinkski's eventual gross out, masturbatory thrills and truly reaches a point where it can get under your skin. It just never does. Despite this well crafted world, the narrative falls as flat as the characters. Wellness asks for a hefty amount of investment and forgiveness in order to truly enjoy it.  Due to the magical realism of the setting (where slightly mystical themes and subjects coexist with the modern world), and Lockhart's constantly medicated physiology, Wellness essentially follows an unreliable narrator. But this great idea is stifled by a core mystery that's solvable within the first quarter of the film. Which means, you're left with characters making dumb decisions and have overall less sense plodding through the film's run time. It's Verbinkski's recent editing folly that also gives way to six different climaxes. There was a scene about two hours in that would've been a perfect end, but then it just kept going. That's only one example of this too. There are several sequences that feel entirely unnecessary as they neither build character or flesh out the ickiness of the surroundings. Speaking of icky, the actual ending of the film crosses from cool gross out horror into sexual assault and reaches 'B' movie levels of cheese. It's an unfortunate break in tone from the film's build up, and weird to have it both played straight and ridiculed concurrently. It's kind of a kick in the teeth for those who might've enjoyed the rest of the film.  A Cure for Wellness is a "glass half full or glass half empty" situation. It all depends on your perspective of its waters. Half full of good ideas, but half is brought down by poor execution of those ideas. A film I'd slightly recommend as a cautionary tale for film school students or as some goofy entertainment you'd drink through the first half but pass out before the end.  Unfortunately, A Cure for Wellness isn't even a cure for boredom. 
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Remove the cause but not the symptom

Gore Verbinski has always been a peculiar director. I've been a fan of his ever since he did remarkable work adapting the Japanese film Ringu into The Ring (a series that has not fared well in his absence), but choices in Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lone Ranger left much to be desired. His films tend to drown in excess. He's seen it fit to include more than necessary into his later works, and unfortunately, that's the case with A Cure for Wellness. 

A Cure for Wellness is visually captivating, yet pale. It's grim and morose, yet blindly optimistic. It's at times creepy, yet utterly goofy. It's a cure, yet afflicted with disease. 

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NSFW teaser trailer for The Void is a gory blend of John Carpenter and H.P. Lovecraft

Feb 16 // Hubert Vigilla
YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES! So, that looks promising. Here's an official synopsis: Encountering a blood-soaked man on a dark deserted road, a police officer rushes the victim to the local hospital. Soon the staff and patients are trapped by a terrifying, otherworldly threat and forced on a hellish voyage into the depths of the building to escape the nightmare. Shocking, haunting and boasting mind-blowing practical special effects, The Void is a new must-see horror event, starring Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim vs the World), Kathleen Munroe (Alphas), Aaron Poole (Forsaken) and Kenneth Welsh (The Aviator) and Daniel Fathers. Written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski and from the Executive Producer of The Witch. The Void will tentacle its way into UK cinemas on March 31st. US theaters will get The Void on April 7th. [via io9]
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I'm sold

I was completely unaware of The Void until last night. Now it's one of my most anticipated movies of the next few weeks. (I mean, come on, it looks great, but I don't want to oversell it, right?)

Written and directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski, The Void looks like a mix of John Carpenter's The Thing and Prince of Darkness, the cosmic horror tales of H.P. Lovecraft, and just a hint of Hellraiser II: Hellbound.

Give this brief, gory, gooey, NSFW teaser trailer a watch below.

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Not betting on this

Man, I am a big fan of everyone in The House, but judging from the trailer I don't think those parts are going to add up to much of a whole. Other than the final gag in the trailer almost nothing hits as really funny, just a bunch of gags we've seen a million times before in movie with plots that... aren't idiotic.

I mean there are great comedies out there with dumb plots, but the best have ones that at least pull you in. I can't even get behind this at all. Ferrell seems to just be doing Frank the Tank again, but possibly dumber. Does any of this stand out as truly funny to anyone?

The House lands on June 30. Place your bets now on it not being around by March 1.

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It's not very nice though

Hugh Jackman's purported final turn as popular superhero Wolverine "Logan" Patch in Logan hits theaters in about two weeks. Also starring Patrick Stewart and Dafne Keen, the movie sees an older, grumpier Wolverine on a quest to protect a mysterious young mutant from the forces that pursue her.

Anyway, if you're reading this you probably know that already – we're here today because, as the hype machine mounts for Logan, 20th Century Fox has released two new TV spots for the movie. Titled "Last Hope" and "Hero," the clips portray some new action sequences:

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Fox has also released a new poster for the movie, which gives off a distinctly old-school, '70s Western vibe:

Check 'em out, and see if that holds you over until Logan hits theaters March 3. The film is rated R for “strong brutal violence and language throughout, and for brief nudity.”

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Also Jonathan Levine and Ruben Fleischer

While Suicide Squad didn't set critics on fire, it looks like a sequel is coming because we can't have nice things. Warner Bros. is hoping to keep the DCEU alive with its misfit band of killers and criminals, and they're trying to find the right director. One of the main names on WB's list for Suicide Squad 2 is Mel Gibson.

Yeah, that Mel Gibson. To direct bad guys, hire a bad guy, I guess.

Warner Bros. is also looking at Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), and Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) to potentially helm the film. As Variety notes, the list could grow, and no deals are currently in the works. There is no word on if Gibson or any of the other directors listed is interested in the project.

David Ayer, who who wrote and directed the first Suicide Squad as well as much better movies, is turning his attention to the standalone Harley Quinn movie starring Margot Robbie.

What do you think of the current list of filmmakers who may direct Suicide Squad 2: The Search for Curly's Gold? Let us know in the comments.

[via Variety]

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The Raid remake rides again with Joe Carnahan and Frank Grillo

Feb 15 // Matthew Razak
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Make The Raid great again

We happen to be massive fans of Gareth Evans films The Raid and The Raid 2: Berandal. This is mostly because he is possibly the best action director working and because they are some of the best action movies ever. So you can imagine the reaction here at Flixist when we learned they'd be doing an American remake without him. Seems kind of dumb. And as dumb things do, it started to stagnate with everyone dropping out.

But we now have word it is lurching back to life and... it may not suck. XYZ Films today tweeted out the video below of The Grey director Joe Carnahan and actor Frank Grillo watching the original film and talking about an adaption. From there Carnahan confirmed that he was indeed working on the remake and he had the full blessing of Evans. 

That's good news all around, folks. While I still don't think a remake is necessary, Carnahan is at least a skilled director who will bring his own take to things. In fact he's promising it's  not a remake, but instead a new take on the concept. There's not much evidence that he can handle martial arts fights, but I'm willing to give him a chance since The Grey is an effing masterpiece. Check out the video and tweets below. 

Oh, and in case you want to watch a Raid remake that is awesome in its own right now, there's always Dredd

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Indiana Jones and the Mistaken Runway

Harrison Ford had a serious case of life imitating art back in 2015 when he had to make an emergency landing in a vintage plane on a Venice, California golf course. Thankfully he survived the crash and no one was harmed. His prowess as a pilot is credited with preventing others from being injured.

Yesterday, Ford had another aviation mishap, and it could have been much more serious. According to NBC News, Ford was instructed to land his single-engine private plane on a runway at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA. Ford mistook a parallel taxiway for the runway, flying over an American Airlines 737 with 110 passengers and 6 crew members. Thankfully this error resulted in no injuries or damage to the planes; the American Airlines flight took off minutes after this incident occurred.

According to NBC News, Ford asked air traffic control, "Was that airliner meant to be underneath me?" He probably adjusted his fedora right after and blamed his father for the incident.

Landing on a taxiway is a violation of Federal Aviation Administration rules. The FAA will investigate the incident, though it's unclear what punishment, if any, Ford will receive. NBC News notes that it could be anything from a warning letter to a suspension of his flying license.

[NBC News via THR]

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Some more Thor for your core

It seems the Doctor Strange home video release is going to pack in quite a bit of goodies. Along with both "Team Thor" shorts, it's also sharing our first peek into Thor: Ragnarok. This concept art revealed during a video teasing Phase 3, and it shows off a Gladiator-styled Hulk, Thor in his trademark helmet (which hasn't been seen since the first film), and a look at Cate Blanchett's Hela. I'm pretty excited about all of this, but I really just want to see it in motion soon. 

Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters in November. Here's a synopsis: 

Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – The Incredible Hulk!

[via ComicBook.com]

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I've always been Team Thor's guns

Thor: Ragnarok is one of Flixist's most anticipated films of 2017, and that's mainly because director Taika Waititi offers such a refreshing perspective. Capitalizing on Chris Hemsworth's natural humor and charm, this new "Team Thor" short (a sequel to the short explaining Thor's absence from Captain America: Civil War) once again sees Thor with his normal human roommate Darryl. This time handling the mundane task of paying rent.

I know Thor: Ragnarok won't be anything like this, but I wouldn't mind a full film of Thor just living a lazy life in Austrailia a la What We Do in the Shadows. Both Team Thor shorts will be available on the Doctor Strange home video release later this month. 

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Long live the new flesh, and our love

It's Valentine's Day, which means you are obligated to do something special-ish because greeting card companies own you. If you are single, this means your parents will guilt you into having children because the biological imperative to see their genetic material carry forward owns them. That's a lot of pressure. Even worse, you might not know what to get the one you love.

While Flixist's Die Hard Valentines are a possibility, you can also go with these David Cronenberg Valentines. Yes, nothing says "I love you" like a bit of body horror and gooey science fiction from the clinical mind of a horror maestro. Enjoy a tender evening together, cherishing your affection with images from The Fly, Videodrome, ScannersThe Brood, Rabid, Dead Ringers, and Naked Lunch.

We've got a few designs in the gallery. For all of the Valentines and to send your sweetheart something wonderful, visit cronenbergvalentines.com.

[via Cronenberg Valentines]

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Rumor: Ben Affleck does not want to play Batman anymore, negotiating with Warner Bros.

Feb 13 // Hubert Vigilla
Should any of these rumors wind up being true, you can take your grains of salt and spread them on the troubled fields of DC's cinematic universe. From this once promising earth, no green shall grow, nor flowers bloom. Alas. Or, you know, they'll recast the role and barrel on blindly and headfirst like before. These rumors are no doubt fueled by the chaos surrounding The Batman over the last two months. Affleck seemed ambivalent about the project several weeks ago, like he'd cooled on the prospect of making it. His lack of enthusiasm became most apparent when Affleck decided he would not direct the movie. Over at The Playlist, they note that Affleck might have seemed frustrated about The Batman while promoting his film Live By Night. Affleck appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! a month ago, where he seemed jokingly (but maybe not so jokingly) frustrated about the eagerness people had for The Batman, while his passion project Live By Night was ignored. [embed]221285:43408:0[/embed] The DCEU just can't seem to catch a break. While there's still hope with Wonder Woman, the reviews and audience reactions for their current films have been mixed at best. With The Flash undergoing yet another major overhaul and very little sense of a creative direction for this cinematic universe, things seem dark for the heroes of DC. So, what do you think about these rumors? If Affleck leaves, who should replace him? Or do you think Affleck is still all-in and this is just empty speculation? Have your say in the comments. [Collider Talk via The Playlist]
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Goodbye Batman my old friend

Just as Ben Affleck's The Batman was getting back on track with director Matt Reeves in the wings, it's rumored to have hit another snag. It's a big rumor, too, so get your salt ready. According to sources cited by John Campea on Collider Talk, Ben Affleck no longer wants to play Batman. He wants out ASAP.

If these rumors are true, Affleck is discussing a way out with Warner Bros., and he will no longer appear in The Batman or any subsequent DCEU movies. If Affleck and Warner Bros. cannot work out a deal, Affleck will appear in The Batman and then vacate the role.

Here's video of the rumor being discussed on Collider Talk (starts at 17:41).

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Video Essay on propaganda photo
"Not a triumph of cinema but of budget"

You might recall a video essay from Folding Ideas about the crummy editing of Suicide Squad. It was an informative look at the lessons a person can learn from poor cinematic craft. The video essay was a much better watch than the actual movie.

Folding Ideas released another video recently about the language and grammar of cinema, this time focusing on Leni Reifenstahl's infamous 1935 Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will (Triumph des Willens). Given certain things going on nationally and internationally, this seems like a rather timely exploration of the rhetorical techniques of propagandists.

Check out the video essay below. Feel free to discuss it in the comments.

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[via Folding Ideas on YouTube]

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Review: Fifty Shades Darker

Feb 13 // Rick Lash
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Yeah, none of us here at Flixist actually saw it (so far, and Nick, I'm looking at you) ...

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Fifty Shades Darker
Director: James Foley
Release Date: February 10, 2017
Rating: R 

So, I'm going to pretend I did! Wait. This is too difficult. I just can't.

The truth is that I was forbidden to see Fifty Shades Darker with my lady friend. She refused to allow me to come, for fear that my snickering would mar the otherwise beautiful experience. I do snicker both obnoxiously and with volume--I can hardly blame her. In point of fact, I wouldn't dare blame her. I'm sure I was done a favor.

Once upon a time, long long ago, in this very same galaxy, I ridiculed Twilight (both book and movie) without remorse. However, I'd never read the book or seen the movie, and thought perhaps, I was a hypocrite. This premise established, I read Twilight, at approximately 3 times the speed (average reading velocity) of Atlas Shrugged (which I was reading at the same time).

If anything, I'd been being generous in my earlier critiques. It was worse than expected. I won't make the same mistake  here. My relentless mockery of Fifty Shades and all its friends will continue, unfounded, without research, for all eternity, and my conscience shall remain clear.

 

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Well, that was fast

We all knew there would be more X-Men coming. Not only does Fox like money, but in X-Men: Apocalypse they set up the Dark Phoenix saga about as subtly as a baseball bat to a Walking Dead character's head. However, these things usually take time and we usually get a ton of info on screenplays being written and director choices and studio drama. We don't usually hear that it's going to start filming within the year without all that other stuff happening, and definitely not this soon after the last one was released. 

However, last week there were rumors that things were happening and now Sophie Turner, who plays Jean Grey, has seemingly confirmed the fact that the next X-Men film will be shooting this year when she told HeyUGuys, “We’re about to start shooting the next X-Men, we’ve just finished shooting Season 7 of [Game of] Thrones, and I’ve got a couple of movies to do before X-Men starts. And then we go on to Season 8.”

Fox has announced that they've got two X-Men movies coming (New Mutants is the other), but given that we've heard absolutely nothing outside of rumor about Supernova it's hard to believe they've got everything together enough to shoot this year.

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A vague and apologetic statement

Just as our piece on Fangoria possibly folding went live, the publication released an official statement about its future. Brief, vague, and apologetic, Fangoria President and Owner Tom DeFeo said the following:

I’d like to thank readers and subscribers for their patience as we deal with our internal issues. We will carry forward and devote our efforts to make amends with all that have been inconvenienced in our current state of affairs.

The statement essentially reassures readers that Fangoria will continue online throughout the year while trying to work out its long-running problems. You can read the full official statement here.

There is nothing in the statement that specifically addresses late payments to contributors or specific ways that the publication will address the concerns of its subscribers. The last print issue of Fangoria was in 2015.

I'll keep up with this story through the year since Fangoria was one of those formative magazines of my teenage movie geekdom. I don't know where I'd be without Fangoria or The Psychotronic Video Guide.

[via Fangoria]

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Horror magazine Fangoria may be dead as a print publication, future murky

Feb 13 // Hubert Vigilla
The last print issue of Fangoria, if I'm not mistaken, was released in 2015. Just yesterday, Bleeding Cool ran a story about payment issues for Fangoria writers and contributors. The interview with contributor James Wright is no longer available on the site, but you can read a cached version of it here. In short: Wright has not been paid by Fangoria in more than a year, and there have been significant and continual delays in delivering an actual print version of the magazine. On Fangoria's official Facebook page, the magazine said they would have an official statement about the current state of the magazine some time today. In that thread, a number of writers, artists, contributors, and subscribers have aired their grievances over delayed payments, late issues, lack of issues, and lack of quality feature content. As more news comes in, we will report it. Whatever happens, though, it's sad to see such an influential and fondly remembered magazine fall on hard times like this. And it's even worse that the people who contributed to the publication are not being compensated for their hard work. [via Bloody Disgusting]
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An official announcement coming soon

In its heyday, Fangoria was the premiere horror genre publication. Started in 1979, Fangoria covered mainstream releases, cult gems, and held weekend-long fan conventions that celebrated all things horror. A lot of my love for horror literature and films came from reading Fangoria as a teenager, often cover-to-cover.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. That's doubly true when it comes to print publications.

Former Editor-in-Chief Ken Hanley revealed on Twitter that he had been on hiatus with Fangoria since mid-December, and that there may never be another print issue of the magazine.

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Watch Melissa McCarthy savage Sean Spicer again on SNL

Feb 13 // Hubert Vigilla
And that was Kate McKinnon playing Attorney General Jeff Sesisons, a man who was considered too racist in the 1980s to serve as a federal judge. There's lots of talk online about Rosie O'Donnell playing chief White House strategist and general goon Steve Bannon in the future, but SNL has not committed to that. It hasn't even been a month. Smoke em if you got em. And can I have one? [via SNL on YouTube]
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Still an accurate impersonation

Melissa McCarthy returned to Saturday Night Live over the weekend to portray White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Like the previous Spicer sketch, McCarthy went to town on that prevaricating jabroni, and it just got more and more absurd. Alec Baldwin was the host for the bajillionth time.

If reports are true, Donald Trump was rattled by McCarthy's caricature, so much so that' it's put Spicer's job in jeopardy. Trump was especially angry that Spicer was played by a woman. On a related note, the Dominican newspaper El Nacional ran an image of Baldwin as Trump on SNL rather than an image of the actual president.

Enjoy.

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Here's a complete list of 2017 BAFTA award winners

Feb 13 // Hubert Vigilla
Best Film La La LandArrivalI, Daniel BlakeManchester by the SeaMoonlight   Best Director Damien Chazelle (La La Land)Denis Villeneuve (Arrival)Ken Loach (I, Daniel Blake)Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea)Tom Ford (Nocturnal Animals)   Best Actor Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea)Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge)Jake Gyllenhaal (Nocturnal Animals)Ryan Gosling (La La Land)Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic)   Best Actress Emma Stone (La La Land)Amy Adams (Arrival)Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train)Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins)Natalie Portman (Jackie)   Best Supporting Actor Dev Patel (Lion)Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Nocturnal Animals)Hugh Grant (Florence Foster Jenkins)Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)   Best Supporting Actress Viola Davis (Fences)Hayley Squires (I, Daniel Blake)Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea)Naomie Harris (Moonlight)Nicole Kidman (Lion)   Best Original Screenplay Manchester By the SeaHell or High WaterI, Daniel BlakeLa La LandMoonlight   Best Adapted Screenplay LionArrivalHacksaw RidgeHidden FiguresNocturnal Animals   Outstanding British Film I, Daniel BlakeAmerican HoneyDenialFantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemNotes on BlindnessUnder the Shadow   Best Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer Under the Shadow – Babak Anvari (writer/director), Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill, Lucan Toh (producers)The Girl With All the Gifts – Mike Carey (writer), Camille Gatin (producer)The Hard Stop – George Amponsah (writer/director/producer), Dionne Walker (writer/producer)Notes on Blindness - Peter Middleton (writer/director/producer), James Spinney (writer/director), Jo-Jo Ellison (producer)The Pass – John Donnelly (writer), Ben A Williams (director)   EE Rising Star Award Tom HollandAnya Taylor-JoyLaia CostaLucas HedgesRuth Negga   Best Cinematography La La LandArrivalHell or High WaterLionNocturnal Animals   Best Editing Hacksaw RidgeArrivalLa La LandManchester by the SeaNocturnal Animals   Best Animated Film Kubo and the Two StringsFinding DoryMoanaZootropolis   Best Documentary 13THThe Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring YearsThe Eagle HuntressNotes on BlindnessWeiner   Best Film Not in the English Language Son of SaulDheepanJulietaMustangToni Erdmann   Best Special Visual Effects The Jungle BookArrivalDoctor StrangeFantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemRogue One: A Star Wars Story   Best Original Music La La LandArrivalJackieLionNocturnal Animals   Best Sound ArrivalDeepwater HorizonFantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemHacksaw RidgeLa La Land   Best Make Up & Hair Florence Foster JenkinsDoctor StrangeHacksaw RidgeNocturnal AnimalsRogue One: A Star Wars Story   Best Costume Design JackieAlliedFantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemFlorence Foster JenkinsLa La Land   Best Production Design Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemDoctor StrangeHail, Caesar!La La LandNocturnal Animals   Best British Short Film HomeConsumedMouth of HellThe PartyStandby   Best British Short Animation A Love StoryThe Alan DimensionTough   Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Curzon Group BAFTA Fellowship Mel Brooks
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La La Land scoops up overseas

The BAFTAs last night awarded several top prizes to Damien Chazelle's La La Land, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Emma Stone), and Best Original Music. It may be a preview of what's to come at the Oscars. Other big awards went to Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea (Best Actor for Casey Affleck and Best Original Screenplay) and Lion (Best Supporting Actor for Dev Patel and Best Adapted Screenplay).

Major honors also went to standout British films, notably Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake, which won Outstanding British Film, and Babak Anvari's Under the Shadow, which won Best Debut by a British Writer, Director, and Producer.

Here's a full list of the winners.

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Dawn of the Planet of The Batman

Last month, Ben Affleck announced he would no longer direct the new Batman movie. There was speculation that the actor was bummed out by the negative response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and his recent directorial effort Live by Night. Matt Reeves is now being tapped to direct The Batman. The deal is not finalized.

Reeves would be an interesting choice for the project. He's come a long way from the original Cloverfield. He's remade Let the Right One In, delivered a solid picture with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and might have made a solid Apes sequel with War for the Planet of the Apes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ridley Scott and Fede Alvarez may be offered The Batman if Reeves declines.

It's been reported that the script Affleck co-wrote with Geoff Johns is being reworked by Chris Terrio, and may undergo further rewrites. Apparently Affleck and Warner Bros. higher-ups are happy enough with the new script, which means The Batman may be moving forward soon.

What do you think of Matt Reeves making The Batman? Is there another director you preferred? Is the DC cinematic universe something you're interested in? Speak up in the comments. And come closer--I can't hear you, what with my age and all.

[via The Playlist, THR]

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Avengers: Infinity War promo video teases start of production, Guardians of the Galaxy team-up

Feb 12 // Hubert Vigilla
In terms of marketing, it makes sense that Downey, Pratt, and Holland are the three actors showcased. Their three characters represent the pillars of the MCU. There's Iron Man who birthed the Avengers and the MCU, there's Star Lord who brought the MCU into space, and there's Spider-Man who was a carefully acquired intellectual property that will help Disney achieve total world and intergalactic domination. I just hope they punch the hell out of things in space. The production art of Rocket Racoon and Thor being battle BFFs is in the gallery. Are you excited for this big old super team-up? Will Chris Evans finally say "Avengers assemble"? Will Thanos kill the hell out of everything or just sort of sit around and be purple like he's done for a decade? Let us know in the comments section. [via Marvel Studios on Twitter]
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Some Avengers assembly required

Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel started filming on January 23, 2017. We won't see the finished films until May 18, 2018 and May 3, 2019, respectively, but Marvel Studios released a new promotional video about the start of production. The behind-the-scenes teaser features Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Kevin Feige, the Russo brothers, and others, each hinting at what's in store for the entire MCU.

Enough of my jibber jabbeer. Here's the video.

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Review: John Wick: Chapter 2

Feb 10 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
[embed]221140:43282:0[/embed] John Wick: Chapter 2 Director: Chad Stahelski Release Date: February 10, 2017Rating: R  John Wick: Chapter 2 is the movie you want it to be. It’s the movie it has to be. It begins with a Buster Keaton joke. The camera looks up at a wall in New York City that is projecting footage from one of his classic films, but as you watch, you see sounds that fit with it, and you think, “That’s not right. There wouldn’t be those sounds!” and then you see a man off his motorcycle with a badass car in pursuit. The sounds were diegetic. And then we realize that we’re about to watch a Buster Keaton movie, if The General was about a lone Confederate soldier violently murdering the entire Union army. Of course, it’s not really a slapstick comedy. There are some pretty great (CG-enhanced) stunts, many of which are effectively sight gags, but bringing Keaton’s name in will give you the wrong impression of what John Wick: Chapter 2 really is... though I stand by the comparison regardless. That scene is followed by John Wick getting back his car, a loose end from the last film that is dealt with in the first minutes of the film. For those who haven’t seen the original, it serves as a pretty effective entry point into the character. Cross-cutting John Wick’s any-means-necessary acquisition of his vehicle is a Russian mob-man, telling John Wick stories. (Again, everyone knows who he is.) And at the end of it, after a sizeable body count and significant financial damage, John Wick offers peace. And the mob man accepts. Because it doesn’t matter if John Wick just destroyed everything you own, you don’t come after him unless you have a death wish. It doesn’t matter who you are or how many you are; you cross him, and that’s good night.  So he tries to retire (again), and that works for several whole minutes of screen time. But, of course, nothing is ever so simple. Someone who knows John Wick very well indeed shows up, and after some… persuasion(?) gets The Boogeyman to do one last job. Things go badly. For everyone. Except us, the viewers; if people did the smart thing (not antagonizing John Wick), then we wouldn’t get badass movies out of it.  And oh man is Chapter 2 badass. The first film is pretty hardcore, but action sequels always have to Go Big or Go Home, and that’s taken to heart here. It’s not just that the fights are better and the body count larger (though they are), it’s that the staging of everything is just so much more impressive. There are three key fight locations –catacombs, subway* car, and an art installation – that stand out as being particularly spectacular, but all of the fights are great. Because of course they are. That's what the whole thing is about. Much like the first film, though, the gun stuff is better than the hand-to-hand. I am a big fan of the way the close-combat fights are filmed, what with the long takes and wide shots and everything. (Love of all that.) However, the actual fights themselves feel a little… deliberate. This is a problem I have with a lot of fight scenes, actually; it doesn’t feel like the moves that are happening are being decided and executed at the moment. I think you could make an argument that this is true about every single fight scene that Keanu Reeves has ever been in (sorry, The Matrix), and it’s still true here. (I have the same problems with all Christopher Nolan fight scenes, though the problem is much worse there than it is here.) Don’t get me wrong: They’re good fights, really good even, but they’re not Great the way the gunfights are. And the gunfights are really, really great. As in the first film, John Wick applies his bullets liberally; rarely do people get shot fewer than three times. Two to the chest and one to the head is most common, but you’ll see all kinds of combinations… as long as they all turn into headshots. And they have to. Because headshots are kinda his thing. Conveniently, though, he’s the only person as good at headshots as he is, because even though he has an (awesome) bullet-proof suit (justified well enough), he never covers his head. He gets shot at a lot of times, and even hit a couple, but they’re all aiming for the wrong place. Too bad for them. Before Chapter 2, there was (unsurprisingly) a trailer for the F8 of the Furious. It looks pretty cool. I should probably watch all those other ones to get ready for it. But I thought about it again while the credits were rolling. Assuming this does well (and I don’t see how it couldn’t), there will be a Chapter 3 at the very least, but why should it stop there? Why not keeping upping the ante until we hit John Wick: Chapter 8 (running alongside the trailer for Sixteen and Furious)? There’s a whole lot of creativity going on in the action here, and I think that it has a few more entries to go before it could really jump the shark. (Though, honestly, I think an ultra-violent Buster Keaton film would be pretty awesome.) I want our society, ultimately, to know John Wick like John Wick's does. I want to be able to walk into any social gathering, say the name, and have everyone together conjure up stories of multiple murders committed using a single pencil. I want him to be one of the all-time action greats. He deserves to be one of the action greats. And with Chapter 2, this franchise has started off right. Long live John Wick. (And long live John Wick.) *Don’t fuck with me, John Wick: Chapter 2. I know what the gosh darn PATH train looks like. At least put a “C” sticker somewhere on it if you’re going to pretend like it’s the C train. Sincerely,A Guy Who Lives in New York City.
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You Will Know His Name

In the John Wick cinematic universe, everyone who matters knows John Wick, by face, name, and reputation. They know the stories, they see the man, and they get a little concerned: “You working again, John?” asked the neighborhood cop in the first film, upon seeing numerous bodies lying on his floor. The answer was Yes, but not because he wanted to. He wanted to retire, but he had to get vengeance. He had to get vengeance on the only man who didn’t know John Wick by face. 

(Of course, Wick isn't not so vain that he could kill a man over that, but that was really the guy’s biggest mistake. Guess he should have checked his Master Assassin flash cards.) 

But they can’t use that conceit again, of course. In John Wick: Chapter 2, everyone knows who John Wick is. And yet someone still wants to bring him out of retirement. Now we’re dealing with a whole different type of stupidity.

And by “we,” I mean John, and by “deal with,” I mean commit mass murder. The funnest mass murder since, well, the last time around.

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Adi Shankar up to his old tricks

Adi Shankar, who was recently revealed to be part of an animated Castlevania series on Netflix, is no stranger to weird, violent projects. Known in fan circles for his "Bootleg Universe," he's made fan films based on Venom, The Punisher, and most recently/infuriatingly Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. His short Power/Rangers was an intentional parody because he stated how much he hated dark reboots and picked a show he disliked to ridicule it. So imagine my surprise when he now says he wants to do more of it. 

In an interview with Polygon, Shankar said he was working on a "fucking dark" animated, R rated reboot of the first three seasons of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. While it might seem like a good idea to those nostalgic for the property, remember that his original short was outright terrible. Sure some of his ideas for it sound neat like the fact he imagines a sort of Dragonball Z-esque action cartoon with less of a monster-of-the-week format, but he has yet to pitch the idea to networks. 

I'm not too worried about this because I don't expect it to happen. With Saban in the midst of their own reboot, we won't get anything from Shankar any time soon. Especially not a super violent cartoon, as much as some misguided individuals might want it. 

Honestly, you want a serious Power Rangers story? Read the comic series out right now. It's got the same goofy charm of the original show, but with serious writing from a bright and creative team. 

[via Polygon]

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Review: The Lego Batman Movie

Feb 10 // Nick Valdez
[embed]221270:43398:0[/embed] The Lego Batman MovieDirector: Chris McKayRelease Date: February 10, 2017Rating: PG The Lego Batman Movie opening with Batman (Will Arnett) parodying traditional film credits and openings (narrating over the DC Comics logo, etc.) pretty much tells you all you need to know about the film. This is indeed a love letter to Batman's goofy past, and isn't afraid to openly mock the mistakes DC's live action films have made. In this film, Batman is happy being alone. He eats alone, laughs at romantic comedies, and groans when his butler/surrogate father Alfred (Ralph Fiennes) tells him what to do. Aping Batman's more childish tendencies this Batman ignores the help and warnings of others; especially the new police commissioner, Barbara Gordon (Rosario Dawson). But when the Joker (Zack Galifianakis) kickstarts a plan to destroy Gotham City and prove to Batman that he's his number one enemy, Batman must learn to work together with his new makeshift family. Including a son, Dick Grayson (Michael Cera), who Batman unwillingly adopts and brings along as his crime fighting partner.  Wearing its heart and fun on its sleeve, Lego Batman goes for a full-on kitchen sink approach. There's tons of fan service as it alludes to every iteration of the Batman, ranging from the 60's show to the famous animated series, and as much of its 78 year long comic history as it can. Villains like Condiment King and friggin' Orca, DC heroes like Apache Chief and even some pretty damn great surprises from its Warner Bros licensor pop up here. This stuff is certainly going to be great visual candy for its adult fan audience, and the voice cameos are great for everyone (Mariah Carey is the mayor, folks), but it's definitely going to fly over the heads of most of the audience. But there's so much going on at a time, Lego Batman feels too packed to work. It's literally bursting at the seams every scene with visual information packing every corner of the screen. It's so rife and busy with gags, it's tough to suss out what your eyes are supposed to focus on.  To make its visual matters worse, Lego Batman often features tons of rapid-fire jokes (sharing a problem with weaker animated films), and while some of the gags hit hard, a good amount of them are average. The film compounds its bad joke ratio by offering so many, and there were times where I wish it relaxed on them a bit more given how affecting its emotional core can be. The emotional core of Batman learning the meaning of ohana (and no one gets left behind) is drowned out by the chaos. It's even more of a bummer considering how great the film can be when it actually focuses for second. For example, the opening is fantastic as it provides a packed, yet focused narrative. Broken down it's basically: Joker and some villains attack Gotham with a bomb, Batman saves the day, and Batman goes home alone. Yet the opening features tons of characters, an original theme (with beat boxing and guitar solos), establishes its central conflict (as Batman refuses to let anyone into his life, even his most hated enemy). and wonderfully characterizes this Batman as a lonely, showboating blowhard. It's just a shame the film never reaches the same level of awesomeness as its opening twenty minutes.  The Lego Batman Movie's weakness are stemmed from trying to mine a narrative from a one-note character we've already seen the full extent of in another film. Will Arnett is great as a lead, but his performance reeks of diminishing returns. As his Batman constantly speaks, the blowhard nature of the character crosses over into annoying territory. Luckily, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes pick up the slack. Just as how Batman stole the show in The Lego Movie as a supporting character, however, Michael Cera's Robin is the clear standout in Lego Batman. His Dick Grayson is infectiously joyous, the character has a cute design (those bug-eyed glasses are inspired) thus amplifying the naivete Cera gives him, and Robin is tasked with driving the familial themes of the plot forward. He also gets the best running gag, constantly referring to Batman as various versions of "Papa," also. It's pretty funny to see Lego Batman showcasing someone other than its main character like its predecessor.  I've been trying my hardest not to compare The Lego Batman Movie to 2014's The Lego Movie, but it's hard not to when the films are ultimately similar. Aspects of the first film's production which worked so well for me before, just don't share the same level of finesse in its spin-off. The Lego Batman Movie works well as a loving parody of Batman fiction, but it's not going to carry as much weight to those who don't really know (or care) too much about it.  The Lego Batman Movie just isn't as complex as I had hoped it'd be. Sure it's nuts to ask a children's film to be complex, but after its predecessor balanced its audiences so well it stings to watch Batman Movie to go for such cheap gags and greatly limit its audience to a very distinct subset of viewers.  But at least it's not a gritty and mean Batman. Little victories. 
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Better than Batman v Superman anyway

The Lego Movie was my favorite animated film of 2014. It felt fresh, had a story and jokes fit for both children and their parents, and even managed to deliver a heartfelt message at the end. The big standout was Will Arnett as Batman, a self-loving, parodical take on the "serious" Batman we had seen in other films. He was such a breath of fresh air, and hit overall, Warner Bros. decided to make a spin-off film all about him. 

The result of this experiment delivered on a few things, but faulted in many other ways. The Lego Batman Movie is the best Batman story in, well, quite a long time but that doesn't necessarily mean it's a great film overall. Stretching the one-note character into a full story wasn't a good idea. 

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Netflix-vania

The animated Netflix Castlevania series was announced yesterday, although it was buried in a press release. Producer Adi Shankar, who teased the series back in 2015 on Facebook, took to social media again to share some small, additional details about the show.

There are two seasons of Castlevania in the works, with the first season debuting in 2017 and the second season rolling out in 2018. Comics writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Planetary) has written both season one and season two. Shankar added a personal guarantee that this will end the streak of bad video game adaptation.

Expect more details to come this year about the series' story and what elements from the games will be making it to the show.

[via Adi Shankar on Facebook]

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It's on like Donkey...vania

Netflix is making a series based on Castlevania, which will debut later this year. The first season of the series has been written by comics scribe Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Iron ManPlanetary). According to Polygon, this information was buried in a press release at a New York event about Netflix's new slate of original programming.

There has been talk about Castlevania as an animated series for some time now, starting in 2015 from producer Adi Shankar and hinted at by producer Fred Seibert late last year. As of now, no official word on what capacity either will be working on the show, though Shankar did say on Facebook years ago that he'd be co-running the show.

Also unclear is what game or story elements the Castlevania series will focus on. While a tale about the Belmont family seems like a safe bet, we might wind up with something about Alucard a la Symphony of the Night.

What do you think of the news? What game or story elements would you like to see? Also, Warren freakin' Ellis, right? Gosh. Let us know in the comments.

[via Polygon]

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Bring in the baddies

For 14 movies (and counting), the Marvel Cinematic Universe has focused almost solely on its heroes, with the villains playing second banana. That might soon change.

In an interview with Collider, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says that next year's Avengers: Infinity War will break from the previous two films' blueprint of the big hero team-up in order to focus more on a single character: Thanos, the big cosmic baddie who's been popping up now and again since the end of the original Avengers.

“Thanos in Infinity War is — in a movie that has a lot of characters, you could almost go so far as to say he is the main character, and that’s a bit of a departure from what we’ve done before, but that was appropriate for a movie called Infinity War,” Feige said.

Thanos has been quietly menacing the Marvel Cinematic cosmos since the end of the original Avengers, where he was revealed to be the power behind the alien army Loki set upon New York City. Since then, he's been seeking out artifacts called Infinity Stones – conveniently the MacGuffins of many of the MCU flicks – in a bid to take over and/or destroy the universe. He's been portrayed by Josh Brolin since his appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy.

Assuming that Infinity War and the currently untitled Avengers 4 are still essentially a two-parter (which, as far as we've heard, is still the case even though they're no longer actually titled "part one" and "part two"), focusing in on Thanos rather than the Avengers does make a certain kind of sense – we need enough story to fill out two movies, after all.

It's also a welcome shake-up. One of the biggest flaws of the MCU films are the villains; sure, you've got Loki, but other than that most of 'em are bland heavies who stand around pontificating until they can get punched. Thanos has been the MCU's Big Bad for a while now, but he's really just been a dude who pops up for to be menacing in a scene or two every now and again - we don't actually know who he is or what makes him tick, at least in the context of the MCU. Taking time to really get to know Thanos in the same way we have some of the heroes themselves can only be a good thing. And hey, when you've got someone like Brolin taking up the role, you don't want to waste him (then again, we would have said that about Lee Pace in Guardians and Christopher Eccelson in Thor: The Dark World, but here we are).

Avengers: Infinity War doesn't hit until May 2018, but in the meantime Marvel fans have Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to look forward to on May 5, and Netflix's Iron Fist series (which drops March 17 - check out the trailer!) on the small screen.

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Cirque du Furieux

The Fate of the Furious will be in theaters on April 14th, just in time for Easter. If you're looking for another Fast fix, you won't have to wait that long. The Fast and the Furious will become a live, touring arena stunt show starting in January 2018.

Developed by Universal and Brand Events (what a crummy yet accurate name), Fast & Furious Live will recreate key scenes and stunts from the Fast series, with precision driving and cars doing car-like things. So it's basically a mix of a Universal Studios stunt show, demolition derby, those live touring superhero things, and a meathead Cirque du Soleil.

No word on if the stunt show will feature someone breaking a cast by flexing their muscles.

Would you watch Fast & Furious Live? Is wrestling a more accurate form of meathead Cirque du Soleil? Let us know in the comments.

[via /Film]

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The ball is in Paramount's court

Paramount Pictures recently killed off the Friday the 13th reboot and delayed World War Z 2: The Zquel. As they figure out how to rework and retool World War Z 2 for a potential 2018 or 2019 release, there are rumors that David Fincher may still direct the film.

Over at The Hollywood Reporter/Heat Vision, sources have told them that Fincher is still creatively interested in the movie and would like to direct it. Fincher's World War Z sequel would have a smaller budget than the original, which cost $190 million. If WWZ2 gets made, it would be the fourth time Fincher worked with Brad Pitt. So, spoilers--I guess Brad Pitt's character lives.

Fincher's clout could elevate the movie from schlock to watchable, and apparently the choice is mostly on Paramount at this point. They may be cagey about certain projects after the abysmal failure of Rings (which was so bad that our own Nick Valdez refuses to review it) and the poor performance of Monster Trucks, a costly boondoggle made because the former President of Paramount had a 4-year-old child who liked monster trucks. This is not a joke.

Would you watch a David Fincher World War Zquel? Let us know in the comments.

[via THR/Heat Vision]

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