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Netflix Now: Anyone else watching American Idol? Edition

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
1 hour ago - 1:00 PM on 04.16.2014
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I've really been digging this season of American Idol. Despite the ridiculous amount of cuts to Jennifer Lopez during the performances, most of the contestants this year have been great. And the new judging panel isn't too bad either. Harry Connick Jr. can be a bit too much at times, but hey it works. My favorites have been Alex Preston, Jena Irene, and Caleb Johnson. But sadly the one contestant I absolutely loved, Tiquila, didn't even make the final cuts. Now we're left with some duds. 

At least there's Netflix Instant. And there's plenty to be had with Short Term 12 (one of my Top 15 films of 2013), G.I. Joe Retaliation, Insidiou2, Iron Sky, Rapture-Palooza, and Tyler Perry Presents Tyler Perry's Peeples: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. 

Hit the jump for this week's Netflix Instant additions along with a few choice AI performances. 


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See A Haunted House 2 early and free

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
2 hour ago - 12:00 PM on 04.16.2014
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Want to see A Haunted House 2? Well then you're entirely different from me, but considering the first one made enough money to get a sequel some of you are out there and we're glad to give you some passes to it. I'm sure it will be... a movie you'll watch.

To grab the tickets just head over to Gofobo and put in the code below. You'll get admit-two passes to the screening. Make sure to get there early as seats can get sucked up.

Red Band trailer for Walk of Shame, starring Elizabeth Banks

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
3 hours ago - 11:00 AM on 04.16.2014

As Flixist's News Editor, I've seen so many trailers they eventually start bleeding into each other. Premises start sounding the same, jokes sound the same, and then things stop being entertaining. And then there's Walk of Shame. Walk of Shame doesn't look like anything I've seen before. Walk of Shame has a fresh plot (News reporter has a one night stand after failing to get a job, gets the job, and now has to cross the city in the dress she was wearing the night before), stars Elizabeth Banks (currently one of the funniest women in the circuit), and most of its jokes seem fresh. 

While not all of the trailer lands, it's much better than a lot of things I've seen. I can't wait to see more. Walk of Shame walks into theaters and VOD May 2nd. 

[via Us Magazine]

Magic Mike XXL releasing in July, 2015

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
4 hours ago - 10:00 AM on 04.16.2014
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We've known that the sequel to Magic Mike was coming for a while now and a few weeks back we learned it would be called Magic Mike XXL. After all why not let all those actors strip off their clothes again for our viewing enjoyment? The original was actually a pretty solid film when it was in it's element (that element being mostly naked men, Olivia Munn naked, and glistening abs). Now we know when we can get more of that good stuff: July 3, 2015.

Aside from now having wedding anniversary plans with my wife nailed down I like this release date too because it's hella ballsy. Magic Mike was an indy dramady and the July 4 weekend isn't really the place you find those. Warner Bros. is clearly hoping to be the counter to the action-packed weekend and steal away those of the fairer sex who might not want to see Terminator:Genesis and the myriad of other action films dominating summer of 2015. With star Channing Tatum stating that he believes everyone will be returning for the film I'm thinking this is a good move. 

[via Collider]

Paul Walker's brothers stepping in to help with Fast & Furious 7

Jonathan Wray, Editor - Flixist
5 hours ago - 9:00 AM on 04.16.2014
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The Fast and Furious films have always been a guilty pleasure of mine. I don't have to have a reason; they were just a ton of fun. When I set up my first entertainment center, I used the opening race from 2 Fast 2 Furious to test the bass. I even managed to convince my brother to check out the series, which was no easy task.

When Paul Walker tragically passed away last November, apart from being sad, I, like many others, wondered what they had planned to do with his character, Brian O'Connor. Production is just now resuming after his untimely death last November, and we now have our answer.

In an announcement on the Fast and Furious Facebook page, someone from the crew stated "Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too."

It's a great move by the production team, and hopefully his character gets the send-off he truly does. Paul Walker was a great actor and an even better human, starting the charity Reach Out Worldwide to help those that have been impacted by a natural disaster.

Fast and Furious 7 opens next Spring.

Rest in Peace, Paul.

[via Facebook]


Final trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
6 hours ago - 8:00 AM on 04.16.2014

It looks like they've saved the best trailer for last. As X-Men: Days of Future Past gets closer to its release later this May, we finally have a trailer that is as great looking as the first one. We have a good amount of plot without spoiling any of the details (such as Wolverine's mode of time travel), some neat character shout outs (and a good, hard look at Quicksilver in stupid looking googles motion), and the set pieces are full of zazz. Oh and those Sentinels look fantastic. 

Fox may have trouble with its posters, but these trailers really make the X-Men pop. I'm hoping the film can live up to this. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23rd.

And while you're waiting, why not give the Flixist X-Cast a listen? It's good stuff. 

First trailer for Intramural, a sports parody featuring SNL cast members

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
22 hours ago - 4:00 PM on 04.15.2014

I'm not the biggest fan of sports movies as they all tend to look the same. But every once in a while, something new comes along and manages to rock the sports genre with its uniqueness. Intramural might make it close to that if it goes in the right direction. As a slight parody of the genre, Intramural stars a bunch of current SNL cast members as a group of guys who once played intramural football in college who now regroup to play much later. 

While the trailer plays out a lot like the hilarious sports parody Dodgeball (and doesn't quite reach the same height), I'm hoping the SNL pedigree shines through. Intramural hits this year's Tribeca Film Festival, with wide release most likely to follow soon after. 

New Releases, week of 4/19/14: Ride Wit Me Edition

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
2:00 PM on 04.15.2014
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Looks like we've finally left the Oscar season as this week's home video releases range from interesting to, well, Ride Along. First off, there's Philomena, Wrong Cops, and The Secret Life of Papa John's KFC's Cinnabon's Trojan's eHarmony's Walter Mitty. Secondly, there's Black Nativity, Ride Along and The Nut Job.

In re-releases, we have Mallrats and Breakin the Waves joins the Criterion Collection.  If you buy anything this week, hit up Target's big Easter Disney home video sale like I did. There's good stuff in that sale until Saturday.

Hit the jump for the notable home video releases of the week. 

Hans Zimmer returns for Batman vs. Superman

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
12:00 PM on 04.15.2014
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In news that should shock no one -- he scored Man of Steel, all three Nolan Bat films and probably enjoys getting payed money -- Hans Zimmer has confirmed that he'll be returning for Batman vs. Superman. The prolific composer will return once again once he's done with some project he can't talk about, most likely carrying over his work from Man of Steel, but saying he'll be composing a new theme for Ben Affleck's Batman. 

"That's my problem, that's my dilemma. I don't want to betray, if that's the right word, the Dark Knight movies. That was Christian, it was Christian's role," he explained. "It's not just that it was nine years of our lives, so you want to stay honest and honorable to that period. So it's really about, 'Is there something else I can find that I haven't tapped into?' Which I don't know until I sit down with Zack."

While this isn't surprising and Zimmer is a fantastic composer, I'm getting a little tired of him scoring every big action move that comes along. I thought his Man of Steel score did a great job, and it makes total sense to have him back, but one of these days DC is going to have to find a different composer.

[via Digital Spy]

First trailer for A Most Wanted Man, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
11:00 AM on 04.15.2014

A Most Wanted Man looks to be a great film that is going to fly under a lot of folks' radars. It's got everything you want. It's based on a novel, it's a spy thriller, and it stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Willem Dafoe, and Rachel McAdams. As it's a spy film, expect lots of international intrigue, smart people talking smart to other smart people, and lots of good, good stuff. 

Here's a synopsis. A Most Wanted Man hits theaters July 25th: 

Hamburg, Germany: 2012. A mysterious, tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man on the run (Grigoriy Dobrygin) arrives in the city’s Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father’s ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about this young man seems to add up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue are a banker (Dafoe) and a young female lawyer (McAdams) who is determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the brilliant, roguish chief of a covert German spy unit (Hoffman), who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks. In an adrenaline laced and heart-rending escalation of tension and collision, it’s not long before he becomes everyone’s most wanted man. 

Trailer: Maps to the Stars

Sean Walsh, Associate Editor - Flixist
9:00 AM on 04.15.2014

By now, we all know that there's plenty of reasons for the rich and famous to be miserable. The cost of fame is high, and it can ripple through generations. That looks to be what David Cronenberg's new film Maps to the Stars is about. Here's the synopsis:

The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Sanford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Christina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star.

One of Sanford’s clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother, Clarice, a star in the ’60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night. Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was 9 and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania…

No mention of Robert Pattinson's dreamy-looking limo driver, but I assure you he's there. Also starring John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Gadon, Maps to the Stars is currently in post-production, and according to Wikipedia, it may premiere in May at Cannes. Keep your eyes peeled for more of this compelling-looking film as it comes!

[via Collider]

First official trailer for David Fincher's Gone Girl

Jonathan Wray, Editor - Flixist
8:00 PM on 04.14.2014

The first trailer for David Fincher's highly anticipated adaptation of Gillian Flinn's 2012 novel Gone Girl has finally appeared online. Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl tells the story of the search for Amy Dunne, who has gone missing on their fifth anniversary. One of the prime suspects is her own husband, Nick Dunne.

This will be the tenth film directed by David Fincher, whose credits include Panic Room, Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, The Social Network, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Trent Reznor will team up with David Fincher for the third time to score the film. He previously partnered with Fincher to score The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network.

There's a very short list of directors that I trust to turn whatever they're given into gold, and David Fincher's name is on that list. Fincher plans to deviate from the book, including giving the story a brand new ending. Did Nick Dunne kill his wife? Find out in theaters on October 3rd.