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First trailer for animated Lucasfilm, Strange Magic

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
2 hour ago - 4:00 PM on 11.25.2014

Now here's something that came out of absolutely nowhere. This must've been buried under all of that Star Wars after Disney acquired Lucasfilm, but apparently, Strange Magic is an animated film inspired by a story from George Lucas that's releasing two months from now. But after looking at the first trailer for the film, I completely understand why it's been hidden until now. 

An animated take on A Midsummer's Night's Dream inspired by pop songs, this is the most generic thing I've ever seen. But it also looks very well animated? Such a waste. 

Strange Magic releases January 23rd oddly enough. Did anyone know about this? 




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First full trailer for Joe Wright's Pan

Megan PorchFlixist
3 hour ago - 3:00 PM on 11.25.2014

I had no idea there was going to be a Peter Pan origin story until just a few days ago, when I saw images of Hugh Jackman dressed up as a crazy pirate. I love Peter Pan, so part of me is excited, but another part of me wonders why we need an origin story for him.

Either way, here's the trailer for Pan, which actually looks pretty fun.



Oscar Isaac is X-Men: Apocalypse's...Apocalypse

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
4 hours ago - 2:00 PM on 11.25.2014
Oscar Isaac is X-Men: Apocalypse's...Apocalypse photo

Oscar Isaac truly is a renaissance man. He's one of the few actors I can take seriously in anything he chooses. In fact if he decided to don a fat suit and fart for three hours in his next film, I'd still see it six times. But thankfully he's only donning some makeup for now, as Oscar Isaac joins the eighth X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse as the titular villain. 

According to Variety, Fox was aiming high since the beginning. And if this series can continue pulling in big name stars like Isaac (who's also showing up in another big sequel soon), I'll be down to watch whatever they put out. Days of Future Past was a good step forward, but it was stuck fixing the problems the rest of the series had. I can't wait to see the first truly free from crud entry. 

[via Variety]



First trailer for Jurassic World evolves the premise

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
6 hours ago - 11:24 AM on 11.25.2014

I'm a big fan of the Jurassic Park franchise, even when it got kind of stupid -- which basically means every film after the first. A return to people running for their lives in a dinosaur theme park sounds like a good idea, but this first trailer for the film doesn't really give me goosebumps like it should.

Everything seems pretty cliche. Like they didn't learn anything from the failures of the last two films. Kids in danger are basically a staple of the series now, but I wish they had gone in a slightly different direction. Even the piano solo theme feels off. I'm still hopeful, especially because I heart Chris Pratt, but this just got to be a tougher sell.



Wonder Woman movie nabs director Michelle MacLaren

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
8 hours ago - 10:00 AM on 11.25.2014
Wonder Woman movie nabs director Michelle MacLaren photo

We're going to get so many superhero films the rest of this decade I say we just pay attention to the ones with enough unique bits to stand out. Chief among these is Warner Bros' eventual take on Wonder Woman. After our most likely burning out from all the strong men in tiny tights, a fresh, female perspective is going to be amazing. We've been hearing rumblings of Warner Bros searching for a directress, and now we've finally got confirmation.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros has hired Michelle MacLaren (who's directed episodes of Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and other cool TV shows) to make her theatrical directorial debut. Other thing of note is she'll be developing the film alongside the writers (who've yet to be revealed) with Zack Snyder to produce. It's too soon to say if we'll even want a Wonder Woman movie when this finally releases, but this is a great step in the right direction. I mean, the last superhero film directed by woman (Punisher: War Zone) was fantastic, so bring on more of that please. 

[via THR]



Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Megan PorchFlixist
9 hours ago - 9:00 AM on 11.25.2014
Review: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night photo

 Every once in a while, a film comes along that takes a stale genre and makes it completely new and cool again. Ana Lily Amirpour's debut film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, is the vampire film that makes the creatures of the night scary and sexy again. After years of Twilight, it's so refreshing to see a vampire that doesn't sparkle in the sun or pretend to be a high school student.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night tells the story of a vampire (Sheila Vand) who lives in an Iranian ghost town called Bad City. The town is full of junkies, pimps, and prostitutes, and the vampire sets her sights on the worst the population has to offer. She is a solitary creature until she meets Arash (Arash Marandi), a young man who takes care of his heroin addicted father.



First look at Arnold as the T-800 in Terminator Genysis

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
4:00 PM on 11.24.2014
First look at Arnold as the T-800 in Terminator Genysis photo

So far Terminator: Genysis hasn't done anything to inspire much confidence. First there was the stupid name and then the stupid images from the first look. Thanks to the fact that expectations are so far at rock bottom for the film this clean and simple shot of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800 is actually looking like the greatest image we've ever seen.

Some German bloggers say they found this promo poster while on a tour at Paramount Studios. It looks legit enough and thank goodness it tamps down on the whole constantly yelling thing that was going on with the first look image. Really it tells us absolutely nothing, but when the rest of your promotions tell us the movie is going to suck then telling us absolutely nothing is a big improvement. 

[via Collider]



UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens to debut trailer in select theaters Friday

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
3:00 PM on 11.24.2014
UPDATE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens to debut trailer in select theaters Friday photo

UPDATE: There are 30 theaters showing the trailer according to StarWars.com (which we've listed below). Good luck! Original story follows.

Surely the most anticipated trailer for the rest of the year is for Star Wars: Episode VII, otherwise known as The Force Awakens. But what wasn't expected is how it'll debut. The new trailer will debut in select theaters over Thanksgiving weekend with AMC Theaters, Regal, and Cinemark participating. Only Regal has released a tiny list of what theaters are actually getting the trailer (much to the chagrin of Disney) but, if you're lucky to get to one, it'll be showing before every film! 

We'll provide more details as they come of course. And as of this moment, an online release has yet to be confirmed. 

[via Twitter



Called it: Christoph Waltz likely to be playing Blofeld

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
2:00 PM on 11.24.2014
Called it: Christoph Waltz likely to be playing Blofeld photo

Don't say I didn't warn you. The Daily Mail is reporting that Christoph Waltz, who was recently revealed to be cast in the upcoming Bond 24 is likely to be playing Bond's archrival Ernst Stavro Blofeld. I mean, who else was he going to play. The man is perfect for the role, though as of now the producers are saying he'll be playing Franz Oberhauser, son of the late Hans Oberhauser, a ski instructor who acted as a father figure to Bond. 

In case you aren't a Bond fanatic, Blofeld hasn't been featured in a Bond film for over 30 years due to issues with the character's rights not being in MGM's control. All that was taken care of last year opening the door for him to return to the Bond franchise. Looks like we'll be going even more back to basics than Skyfall took us with this next Bond film, though the source says that Blofeld is being worked to fit better into this current iteration of Bond's world. 



Flixgiving: Five Movies Liz Is Thankful For

Liz Rugg, Community Manager - Flixist
1:00 PM on 11.24.2014
Flixgiving: Five Movies Liz Is Thankful For photo

It's Flixgiving! The Flixist staff has gathered together around the cool glow of the TV to share movies that we're thankful for; ones that have impacted our lives, ones that we feel are important, and ones that we just love.

The movies I'm thankful for range everywhere from kid's classics to resonant conceptualization to the king of campiness. I'm sure these eclectic choices say something about me and my personality ... oh yeah, it says that I'm awesome. Read on to find out more about what movies I'm thankful for this Flixgiving.



Box Office Numbers: This Girl is Still On Fire

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
10:00 AM on 11.24.2014
Box Office Numbers: This Girl is Still On Fire photo

Holy sh*t you all. When you watch as many movies as I do, you totally forget how popular some of them are. Completely obliterating every other film for the past few weeks, Mockingjay- Part 1 earned $123 million dollars. Holy sh*t. Good thing too, as it's the first one that truly deserves the money. 

Coming in at second is big Hero 6 with $20 million, and rounding out the top three is Interstellar with $15 million. Hit the jump for the box office performances for the November 21-24th weekend. Holy sh*t. 

[via Rentrak]







SAIFF Review: Killa (The Fort)

Alec Kubas-Meyer, Reviews & Features Editor - Flixist
12:30 PM on 11.23.2014
SAIFF Review: Killa (The Fort) photo

I never moved when I was growing up. I knew people who moved once or twice, and then I knew others in military families and the like who would come and go almost annually. In a small town with a small school, that made a difference. I always felt bad for those kids, since they were constantly making and losing friends, especially in the age before Facebook and the advent of eternal digital communication. And I can appreciate how hard it is to be the new kid in the new place.

But just because someone is in an unfortunate position doesn't give them the right to be a jerk.

[This film is screening as part of the 2014 South Asian International Film Festival. More information can be found here or at the official SAIFF website.]