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J.J. Abrams' Superman: Flyby would've been fantastic

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
6 minutes ago - 4:00 PM on 09.01.2014

Before J.J Abrams got a chance to direct your beloved childhood properties like Star Trek and Star Wars, he was just a guy Warner Bros drafted to work on a the canceled Superman project, Superman: Flyby back in 2002. 

Before we got Bryan Singer's Superman Returns (which I like, but sounds far more boring than this), Superman: Flyby went through several scripts, several directors (like Brett Ratner and McG), before it was ultimately canned and Abrams had to move on to other things. I kind of want to see this now, much like that other maligned Superman Lives

[via Mr. Sunday Movies]

How I did Kickstarter: Five things I wish I knew before starting

Alec Kubas-Meyer, Reviews & Features Editor - Flixist
2 hour ago - 2:00 PM on 09.01.2014
How I did Kickstarter: Five things I wish I knew before starting photo

My friend and I launched our Kickstarter four days ago. A lot has happened since then, some behind the scenes and some exceedingly public. Through all of that, a few lovely people (primarily friends and family) have already helped us achieve a not-insignificant portion of our goal.

It's exciting. Really exciting. But it's also been extremely stressful for a whole host of reasons. The biggest is that trying to crowdfund is simply a unique experience, and one that it's difficult to really prepare for. But there are a few things I really wish I'd known from the outset. I figured all of this out on the way, some of it more recently than I would have liked, but all of it would have changed my initial approach had I understood it from the get-go. So I wanted to share that all with you.

None of this has to do with our movie specifically or even movies in general. If you want to Kickstart a video game, a CD, or even a delicious new snack, all of this will probably apply to you.

So without further ado, here are five things I really wish I had known before doing a Kickstarter:

[Alec is doing a Kickstarter. You can (and should) back it here. Through the project's duration, he will be writing a series of articles about the process. More about that here. Check out the other entries here.]

Box Office Numbers: Summertime Sadness

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
4 hours ago - 12:00 PM on 09.01.2014
Box Office Numbers: Summertime Sadness photo

Apparently Summer box office performances are at their worst since 2006. According to Variety, ticket sales are down 15% from last year and although films like Guardians of the Galaxy (which is now the highest grossing film of 2014, go figure) did well, no film is expected to crack $300 million domestically. This'll be a first since 2001. 

I'm sure this all has to do with the amount of same-y films we're getting ad nauseam. Paradoxically, Guardians may look different, but it only succeeded because it's the same as every other movie. So, I guess the problem is just less folks are going to the movies. It's an expensive hobby at times. 

Hit the jump for the box office performances for the official last weekend of Summer, August 29-31. 

[via Rentrak]

Hindi trailer for Dear V/s Bear is the greatest thing I've ever seen

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
6 hours ago - 10:00 AM on 09.01.2014

More please. 

[via Lotus Movies] 

Review: Kundo: Age of the Rampant

Alec Kubas-Meyer, Reviews & Features Editor - Flixist
1:00 PM on 08.31.2014
Review: Kundo: Age of the Rampant photo

When I decide to watch a movie, it is usually based on two thing:

  1. Whether or not the press picture implies some kind of action.
  2. The runtime.

While there's obviously some leeway on the first one, once a movie pushes past the two hour mark I tend to weigh my interest more carefully. I'll take a random chance on an 80 minute movie or a 100 minute. But a movie that's 135 minutes? That's past the limits of the "Why not?" attitude. I'm not sure what it says about my psychology, but that's the way it is.

The press notes for Kundo show a bald man wielding two giant butcher knives (check!) and gave a 100 minute runtime (check!). That sounded right up my alley.

But while it definitely has the action I was looking for, the runtime on the press notes was off by 35 minutes. That was an unwelcome surprise.

Ridley Scott addresses Exodus: Gods and Kings' White cast

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
6:00 PM on 08.29.2014
Ridley Scott addresses Exodus: Gods and Kings' White cast photo

Casting in Hollywood has always been predominantly White. You can argue about certain stars or certain roles, but that's the cold, hard truth. Regardless of the film, the leads have always been a certain race, and in a perfect world, I could just easily say "the most talented person got the job." But in this world of appealing to the biggest audience possible, the minority is more marginalized than ever before. That's why Exodus: Gods and Kings stands out so much. 

It was a chance to highlight non-White actors and actresses (at least there's half an attempt with Ben Kingsley and Indira Varma), but they're stuck playing the terribly lesser roles. But Ridley Scott spoke to this decision in an interview with Yahoo and I kind of maybe might see where he's trying to come from: 

Egypt was – as it is now – a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads geographically between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. We cast major actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture, from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs. There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people, and we had a lot of discussions about how to best represent the culture.

Scott also once said that he approached these characters as if they were "real" people. So real, in fact, Egypt is all white everywhere. I'm sure Christian Bale is going to do an okay job, but ugh. I'm just going to drop this and watch The Prince of Egypt again. At least in that film the White actors were all voicing racially appropriate characters. Exodus: Gods and Kings releases December 12th. 

[Yahoo, via /Film]

I'm Kickstarting a short film, and you're coming with me

Alec Kubas-Meyer, Reviews & Features Editor - Flixist
4:00 PM on 08.29.2014

Sometimes a particularly scathing review is met with some version of "Oh yeah? Let's see you do better." While I don't think it's a valid non-argument, it's an interesting thought. But if you have ever felt that way after reading any of my reviews, I'm giving you the chance to call my bluff. 

You see, I'm making a short film called Reel. It's a martial arts film that I'm co-writing/directing with actor/writer/friend Gerard Chamberlain, and we're both exceedingly excited about the project. We think it's going to be pretty much the best thing since sliced bread, which is why we've set up a Kickstarter.

Kickstarter is a great platform. It's one we've written about dozens (possibly hundreds) of times. I've backed a bunch of things, and I actually spent a semester studying the platform in school. I have a pretty good conceptual understanding of it, but I'm about to see how that can be put into practice. (And yes, I'm totally aware of the direct comparison to conceptual criticism versus practical application of filmmaking you may or may not be making right now.)

Regardless, I want to share this experience with all of you who have been on Flixist with me for the past three-plus years.

Backer updates are all well and good, but there's more to it than that. For the next month, I'll be discussing the process of actually getting a project onto Kickstarter at all. I'll be talking about everything from writing the pitch to figuring out the goal. A lot of work goes into setting up a Kickstarter, and the next month is probably going to take a few years off my life. But I hope you can learn something from that. Whether we raise our funds or not, our successes and failures could be a template for you if you decide to crowdfund in the future.

So let's freaking do this everybody. If there's anything else about the process that you want to hear about, let me know in the comments. 

[Alec is doing a Kickstarter. You can (and should) back it here. Through the project's duration, he will be writing a series of articles about the process. More about that here. Check out the other entries here.]

Pierce Brosnan's best and worst since Bond

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
2:00 PM on 08.29.2014
Pierce Brosnan's best and worst since Bond photo

We all know that that the apex of any actor's career is playing James Bond. Well, that's what us Bond fans like to think anyway, but after leaving the role did you know that Bond actors continue to act -- even ones not named Sean Connery. Yes, it's true as shocking as it may be.

With Pierce Brosnan returning to the spy game this weekend in November Man we thought it would be a good time to take a look at what he's done since Bond. There's actually quite a lot of good stuff. There's also some bad stuff, and in the name of fairness and in order to more easily make jokes about bad movies we're going to talk about both. 

Some Like It Hot: Eva Green

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
1:00 PM on 08.29.2014
Some Like It Hot: Eva Green photo

Eva Green has definitely made herself known these past few years, and with good reason. Regardless of the overall quality of the project she's attached to, she's not one to slack. She gives her all in every performance as I've seen her singlehandedly make terrible films worthwhile. With the vibe of Classic Hollywood staples like Joan Crawford, she oozes charisma, sensuality, and pure badassness. 

With Sin City: A Dame to Kill For in theaters, I figured it was time to revive our Some Like It Hot feature to explore the wonderousness of Eva Green's assets. 

[Some Like It Hot shines a light on the men and women of film who have captured our hearts, and oftentimes, our libidos. It celebrates the cinematic sirens and strongmen of the silver screen that give us the vapors, tug on our heartstrings, and leave us hungry for more. Also, they're really effing hot.]

First trailer for Rosewater, directed by Jon Stewart

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
10:00 AM on 08.29.2014

Jon Stewart, most known as the guy who got stabbed in the eye in The Faculty and the guy weird bangs in Death to Smoochy (also for hosting The Daily Show, I guess), is ready to showcase his directorial debut, Rosewater, based on Maziar Bahari's Then They Came For Me. 

Detailing the events of Bahari's imprisonment by Iranian government as he was accused of being a spy, Rosewater looks intriguing. I'm not sure what to exactly think since a lot of these films are particularly heavy handed, but I'm sure Stewart's writing and source material will alleviate this. Also having Gael Garcia Bernal star isn't a bad idea either. Rosewater releases November 7th. We should keep an eye on this. 

Trailer: Foxcatcher

Sean Walsh, Associate Editor - Flixist
5:00 PM on 08.28.2014

Yay, a new Foxcatcher trailer! Is anybody as excited for this film as I am? Between my love of Channing Tatum, Steve Carrell, and Mark Ruffalo, the dreary atmosphere, and incredibly intense subject matter, I am ecstatic for the November 14th release date.

Knowing it's based on a true story makes it even more intriguing, but that's probably just because I'm a big fan of downward spirals.

[Via /film]

First possible look at Doctor Doom in new Fantastic Four

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
3:00 PM on 08.28.2014
First possible look at Doctor Doom in new Fantastic Four photo

We'll of course preface this with the fact that these are leaked images and thus may not be real at all, though someone would have to go to some lengths to pull this off. These are supposedly images from the set of the new Fantastic Four film and show off Toby Kebbel's character Doctor Doom, though this could be a stunt double as well. There also seems to be a bit of Human Torch in there.

Now, there will obviously be a ton of CGI going on with these guys to make them look better and the images are low quality, but does Doctor Doom look naked to you? I'm sure there's something to the costume, but right now it looks like his messed up skin. 

Also mentioned from the leaker is that the Storms will be adopted and thus the racial difference is explained. That makes sense and I'm OK with it simply because I like Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch. 

[via Geek Pride]