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Upcoming Watch_Dogs film lands Zombieland writers

Jonathan Wray, Editor - Flixist
9 minutes ago - 9:00 PM on 04.24.2014
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Next month, Watch_Dogs will release on all gaming consoles (with a Wii U version coming this fall) and PC. The story follows Aiden Pearce, a skilled hacker who taps into the city's network to do pretty much whatever he wants.

Ubisoft believes in the strength of the franchise — so much so, in fact, that they're already planning to make a film, along with films based on the Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell franchises.

Today, they revealed the writers: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The duo have previously teamed up for Zombieland and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. They're also on board for Zombieland 2 and Deadpool.

I think the reason that Reese and Wernick did such a great job with Zombieland is due to the creative freedom that they had with the material. With a film like Zombieland, there's a lot of room for humor. Even with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, there's a bit of space where humor can be injected. With Watch_Dogs, however, that opportunity isn't really there — it's a dark, serious tale about how everything is connected and there's really no such thing as privacy anymore.

I don't necessarily think that they chose the wrong writers, but I do wonder how the tone of the final product will be. One thing's for sure: if it sticks close to the game, it's going to be a thrillride.

[via Collider]




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Tribeca Review: Mala Mala

Isabelle Magliari, Associate Editor - Flixist
3 hour ago - 6:00 PM on 04.24.2014
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Mala Mala is the type of documentary that you feel privileged having watched. The Puerto Rican drag scene and transgendered communities are endlessly fascinating, and watching them thrive through Mala Mala's respectful lens cements this documentary as one of my favorites. Mala Mala is hugely educational and the stories of the transitioning men and women it profiles are funny, frank, and honest. This is one documentary that doesn't pull any punches with its editing or its message. Mala Mala's candid portrayal of the trans and drag community is refreshing and somehow hopeful, even when their stories are full of struggle. 

[For the remainder of April, Flixist will be covering the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Click here for more information and here for all of our coverage.]



First trailer for Ping Pong Summer

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
10 hours ago - 11:00 AM on 04.24.2014

By the looks of this first official trailer for Michael Tully's Ping Pong Summer, we're going to get a critical, yet loving look at 80s sports films. Or even 80s films in general. Taking place in 1985, a kid named Rad Miracle (see what I'm talking about? Awesome!) is on vacation with his family to Ocean City for the Summer and eventually has to play ping pong against some bullies in order to save the local arcade. Oh, and his next door neighbor (Susan Sarandon) as happens to be a former ping pong champion! 

From the hilarious track at the end of the trailer, to the many intentionally on-the-nose references and names, and to the great supporting cast (with Sarandon, Judah Friedlander, and Amy Sedaris in tow), Ping Pong Summer looks wonderful. It hits theaters and VOD June 6th. I'll be keeping an eye out for it. 



First images from Jurassic World lack dinosaurs

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
11 hours ago - 10:00 AM on 04.24.2014
First images from Jurassic World lack dinosaurs photo

With Jurassic World set to rekindle the wonder of seeing dinosaurs on the big screen (except not at all since we'll never have that experience again) we get these new images from EW that show off no dinosaurs, but a nice logo and Bryce Dallas Howard, who co-stars with Chris Pratt. 

Other than seeing pretty pictures of the Hawain shoot and that a truck will indeed get damaged this doesn't reveal much. The shoot has been on lock down since the start and aside from some plot leaks we just don't know that much about the film, but it's leaning more towards reboot (despite the similar logos) than sequel. 



First trailer for Richard Linklater's Boyhood

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
12 hours ago - 9:00 AM on 04.24.2014

Boyhood was the one film at SXSW I regret not seeing. Since Matt was covering it, we couldn't double up. Then it ended up being fantastic and oof, I won't make that same mistake twice. With Boyhood, Richard Linklater has done something that has never been done before. Filming over the course of 12 years, Boyhood follows a single boy during moments in his life from age six to twelve. 

Regardless of the film's quality, I want to see it for the astounding way it's been crafted. We're never going to get a film like this again. At least not for a while, anyway. Boyhood gets a limited release July 11th. 



See Locke early and free with director Q+A post screening

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
12 hours ago - 8:27 AM on 04.24.2014
See Locke early and free with director Q+A post screening photo

Locke looks to be like Tom Hardy's most challenging role as he plays a man in dire straights working out his troubles while driving around in his car. It doesn't sound too tense, but word is it is one of the most thrilling films of the year and we've got passes to a screening tonight. After the screening director Steven Knight will be on hand to talk with the audience and answer questions. 

Want the passes? Just give us a comment below or shoot an email to matthew@flixist.com and we'll get your name on the entry form. When you arrive give it to the friendly folks at the theater and they'll let you and a guest in. Make sure to get there early so you're guaranteed your seat. 



Netflix Now: Rates Keep On Slippin' Slippin' Edition

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
4:00 PM on 04.23.2014
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Once again, Netflix is going to increase their rates due to an increased surge in popularity. After Netflix CEO Reed Hastings revealed their positive quarterly earnings, he stated that new customers should expect to pay one to two dollars more each month for their Netflix subscription (with older customers being "grandfathered into the price increase"). But the troubling aspect of this is that these changes won't take place until at least a year from now, when it'll go unnoticed. 

See, thanks to the increase in original programming, greater amount of licenses, and movie studios beginning to see Netflix and VOD as a more viable option, we can only expect our rates to go up. But while I'm not entirely angry about and extra dollar or two, I'm angry that our acceptaance of such a thing may illicit other hikes in the future. I'm just conflicted. As troubling as it is, I'm still drawn to Netflix Instant for quick entertainment  (I can't for OitNB season 2). Oh well, I guess? 

Hit the jump for the full list of Netflix Instant additions for this week. 



Sony planning live action Barbie movie

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
2:00 PM on 04.23.2014
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Looking for the next Transformers or The LEGO Movie, Sony's search for the next big toy movie has brought it to Mattel's Barbie. Closing a partnership with Mattel, Sony hopes to start a franchise based on the children's popular toy starting with a live action comedy that'll reflect Barbie's more empowering qualities. With a script in the works from Jenny Bicks (The Big C), the film will take a young cast and "use [Barbie]'s personal and professional skills to step into the lives of others and improve them, almost like a modern day Mary Poppins."

Although Mattel has released thousands of Barbie animated films to home video, this is the first time something like this has gone down. I'm curious as to what will come of this. Sure the Barbie name has a few stigmas, but done the right way, we could get more of a Lisa Lionheart than a Malibu Stacy. 

[Deadline, via Collider]



Kurtzman & Orci are breaking up; Orci wants to direct Trek 3

Mike Cosimano, Associate Editor - Flixist
1:00 PM on 04.23.2014
Kurtzman & Orci are breaking up; Orci wants to direct Trek 3 photo

If you're not familiar with the Alex Kurtzman/Roberto Orci team, you probably haven't been paying attention; the duo have their fingers in many a pot, including Xena: Warrior Princess, Fringe, Mission: Impossible III, and the first two Transformers movies, to name a few. After close to a decade of making enormous flicks together, the duo will be parting ways to focus on their individual projects. They're still working together when it comes to TV, but I'm willing to bet those are more hands-off projects.

Kurtzman is currently tapped to direct the upcoming Venom movie, and the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 still has a Kurztman/Orci script. But going forward, the film world may never see a Kurtzman/Orci script ever again.

They've also worked with J.J. Abrams on the Star Trek reboot, and it appears that Orci got that franchise in the divorce. He'll be writing Star Trek 3 with Patrick McKay and John Payne, but that doesn't seem to be enough.

Orci is currently lobbying Paramount for the position of Trek 3 director, which is a horrendous idea on multiple levels. Sure, let the man who claimed the tragic Boston bombing was an inside job direct the latest installment of a culturally significant franchise! Why not give Avengers 3 to Alex Jones, while we're at it? Hey, let's skip the movies entirely and just go piss on Gene Roddenberry's grave!

[via: Variety]



The 15 greatest yelled lines in the history of cinema

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
9:00 AM on 04.23.2014
The 15 greatest yelled lines in the history of cinema photo

Yelling has been an integral part of cinema since the first talkies came to be. I bet you didn't know that the original screenplay for The Jazz Singer was typed in all caps and was supposed to be yelled the entire time. That's a true fact. But we've come so far now in terms of great yelling/screaming/shouting in cinema so, inspired by Dwayne Johnson's epic yell at the end of the new Hercules trailer, we bring you the best lines ever yelled in cinema.

When brain storming this list it got kind of crazy long so we've made a few rules. The first is that we're capping it at 15 because if not we could basically go on forever, especially with Nic Cage's career. That brings us to the second rule: each actor or series only gets one yell. Our first attempt at this list turned out to simply be Star Wars, Arnold and Stallone, and while that is an awesome list it kind of left out some big ones. Finally, it has to be dialog. Simply shouting "AAAAHHHH" will not qualify for this list, though there are plenty of fantastic onomatopoeic shouts out there.

With those rules nailed down, put your headphones on, crank it up to 11 and lets get loud. 



Work begins on Resident Evil 6

Jonathan Wray, Editor - Flixist
9:00 PM on 04.22.2014
Work begins on Resident Evil 6 photo

The Resident Evil films aren't exactly known for being true to the game series, but I love them anyway. It should come as no surprise, then, that I'm excited for the news that Paul W.S. Anderson is hard at work on the next film.

At the Beijing International Film Festival, after a question from an audience member, Anderson noted that he was "going home to work on the next Resident Evil film", which he referred to as Rising Resident Evil, and stated that it will "definitely be in 3D".

That's pretty much all we have to go on at this point. Hopefully they won't go back to the crazy super natural storyline that they built up in the first few movies, only to completely trash it and start over in the fourth film (which was definitely the right move).

The next entry in the Resident Evil franchise is tentatively stated to arrive in theaters sometime next year.







Tribeca Review: Maravilla

Alec Kubas-Meyer, Reviews & Features Editor - Flixist
8:00 PM on 04.22.2014
Tribeca Review: Maravilla photo

One of the most significant differences between a documentary and a film based on a true story is that documentaries can be about things that failed. Documentaries about big events are often started during the setup, and it’s always possible that the subject of the documentary will fail and render the whole thing moot. But even if there won’t be a fictional retelling of the story, that documentary could still see a release.

Even if you hadn’t heard the story, you knew that Miracle was going to end in a win. That’s the whole reason it exists. Maravilla, though? I was less sure… and a lot more excited.

[For the remainder of April, Flixist will be covering the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Click here for more information and here for all of our coverage.]