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Spectre teaser trailer brings Bond back

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
8:01 PM on 03.27.2015


Where to start on this Bond teaser. How about it's frickin' perfect? Let's get the Blofeld (Cristoph Waltz) awesomeness out of the way and the veiled reference to him not being in Bond films thanks to legal issues. I mean just perfect. And once again, wonderful execution of the Bond theme and the fact that his parents and Skyfall are being brought back into it and the Aston Martin and... and... and... everything.

The teaser image and poster were great throw backs, but this is pure genius. 

Four new images from the set in Mexico also cropped up from those lucky enough to be there covering some of the filming. Check them out below.

Paramount building a Transformers writers room

Jackson Tyler, Editor - Flixist
7:00 PM on 03.27.2015
Paramount building a Transformers writers room photo

Paramount are bringing in Akiva Goldsman to head up a writers room developing future Transformers movies, including multi-part sequels, and spin offs. The last one was terrible, the next one will be too, but the fascinating car crash that is the incredible success of the Transformers movies is going to be slowly unfolding in front of our eyes for years and years to come.

This news is, however, tangible confirmation that future Transformers movies will in fact be written, whereas previous entries to the franchise were created by a machine that generated scripts via surgical link to Michael Bay's id. Somewhere, a writer types out "OPTIMUS PRIME (VO)" into Final Draft, and thinks for a moment about the what it truly means to create art in a capitalist society, before pushing the thought to the back of their mind.

"Let them eat Transformers," a Paramount executive was not quoted as saying today, because that would be silly.

[via Deadline]

Tribeca Film Festival tickets go on sale March 31st

Hubert Vigilla, Editor - Flixist
6:00 PM on 03.27.2015
Tribeca Film Festival tickets go on sale March 31st photo

The Tribeca Film Festival will run from April 15th-26th here in New York City. American Express holders can order festival tickets on March 31st, and the general public can order tickets starting April 6th. The festival will feature the world premiere of the Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie drama Maggie as well as lots of special programming, including:

  • A 40th anniversary screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail with surviving Pythons in attendance (tickets on sale now)
  • George Lucas in conversation with Stephen Colbert
  • The cast and crew of Goodfellas in conversation with Jon Stewart (tickets on sale now)
  • Christopher Nolan in conversation with Bennett Miller
  • Brad Bird in conversation with Janeane Garofalo
  • A performance by Mary J. Blige (tickets on sale now)

Alec Kubas-Meyer and I will be covering Tribeca, so keep an eye open for reviews and features. Also, if I can get tix, expect lots of embarrassing geeking out over Monty Python.

For more information about the Tribeca Film Festival, visit tribecafilm.com/festival.

Review: Get Hard

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
5:00 PM on 03.27.2015
Review: Get Hard  photo

The worst criticism a film can get is "harmless." When a film is just "harmless," it's stale, voiceless, and generally fails to make a lasting impression. A harmless film exists, takes 90-100 minutes of your life, and then you'll never mention it again. Get Hard is that kind of film. 

A regressive and bland comedy that pretty much delivers the same plot from Malibu's Most Wanted and hopes to grab your attention with d**cks and f**cks. And as much as Get Hard wants to be the offensive comedy of the season, there's not enough new humor here to even care. 

Ben Mendelsohn could join the cast for Star Wars: Rogue One

Per Morten Mjolkeraaen, Editor - Flixist
4:00 PM on 03.27.2015
Ben Mendelsohn could join the cast for Star Wars: Rogue One photo

We still don't know very much about Gareth Edward's Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One, but the information we do have - Alexandre Desplat will score, and Felicity Jones will star - is interesting, if nothing else. Now we may have a new cast member ready, in the criminally under-utilised Ben Mendelsohn. 

Mr. Mendelsohn has done quite a few exceptional smaller roles over his career, and while his face is one many people will recognise immediately, it's well overdue that people remember his name. He's recently made a fuss as the eldest brother in Netflix's latest (and best?) original series, Bloodline, and he really impressed in last years Starred Up. Outside of those role, you may have seen him in movies like The Dark Knight Rises, Animal Kingdom and The Place Beyond the Pines. 

Disney has yet to comment on the story, but it's easy to imagine him as a rough main villain, so let's hope it turns out to be true.  

(via Deadline)  

Aardman art and sets on display at art gallery in France

John-Charles Holmes, Editor - Flixist
1:00 PM on 03.27.2015
Aardman art and sets on display at art gallery in France photo

If you find yourself in Paris any time soon, it might be worth your time to check out the Art Ludique if you're a fan of stop motion animation. From now until mid-August, the art museum will be featuring Exhibition Aardman, an open gallery of puppets, sets, storyboards, and drawings from many recent Aardman productions-- you know, the guys who made Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run, and Shaun the Sheep.

It sounds like some pretty cool pieces will be on display such as Wallace and Gromit's lush vegetable garden from Curse of the Were-Rabbit, the flying machine from Chicken Run, and the gigantic pirate ship from Pirates! Band of Misfits. In addition, it sounds like there's tons of original artwork on display too, including some of the first ever sketches of Wallace & Gromit from Nick Park's student sketchbook, never before available to the public.

Galleries for these sorts of stop motion projects are always a real treat, particularly when it comes to Aardman since their entire archives of puppets burned down about ten years ago. Hopefully Exhibition Aardman tours stateside or at least gets some sort of cool "The Art of" book, as it'd be really great to see some of the detail that goes into their recent films up close, especially in person.

If you won't be making a trip to Europe anytime soon, you can check out some of the photos of the exhibit in the gallery below.

Smurfs reboot gets a release date

Matthew Razak, Editor-in-Chief - Flixist
12:00 PM on 03.27.2015
Smurfs reboot gets a release date photo

I know what you're asking yourself, and yes, the Smurfs are getting another movie and despite the fact that the whole premise was actually making a ton of money Sony has decided to reboot the series. They'll be releasing the reboot on March 31 of 2017.

That's the news of course, but you're probably dying to know about this reboot, right? No? Well, we're going to tell you anyway. The film will step away from its predecessor's animation/live action combo and instead be an entirely animated fare that is more akin to the original vision of Smurf creator Peyo. From the production blog on the film (image above and in the gallery from there) it definitely does look different and director Kelly Asbury has a very solid track record with animated films. 

The question is was there really a clamoring for The Smurfs to return to their source material? I don't think anyone is walking around worrying about the sanctity of the Smurfs like they do Hunger Games

Ryan Reynolds in full Deadpool suit

Per Morten Mjolkeraaen, Editor - Flixist
11:26 AM on 03.27.2015
Ryan Reynolds in full Deadpool suit photo


First trailer for Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
10:00 AM on 03.27.2015

After Enemy and Nightcrawler, I've been really looking forward to what Jake Gyllenhaal would do next. Thankfully the wait looks completely worth it with this first trailer for Southpaw. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, Curtis Jackson, and Rachel McAdams, Southpaw is the story of Billy Hope who's fallen on some hard times. 

After getting suspended, he trains with Whitaker in order to take on the title again. There's far more going on in this trailer than this little summary provides, so I'd suggest giving it a look. I'm a bit worried since Fuqua mistepped with The Equalizer, but he's not writing so maybe this'll be great. Southpaw releases this July. 

Key and Peele's Substitute Teacher sketch becoming a full film

Nick Valdez, News Editor - Flixist
4:00 PM on 03.26.2015

Jayquellan! Balakey! De-nice! A. A. Ron! O Shag Henessy! Films come out of the weirdest places these days, but when their source is one of the most watched Key & Peele sketches it all makes sense. According to Deadline, Paramount has bought the pitch, Substitute Teacher, and will be turning it into a full feature. This makes this the second film in the works for the duo with Keanu, a film about two guys posing as drug dealers to save a cat, currently in the works for New Line. 

Rich Talarico and Alex Reubens (who produce the series) will write the script, and Keegan-Michael Key will play the titular substitute teacher who thinks upper class white kids are trying to make a fool of him. Jordan Peele will play a competing substitute who's trying to be the favorite, and this sounds awesome. 

I don't know how much can be wrung from a three minute skit, but if anyone can do it, it's this crew. 

[via Deadline]

Super Troopers reaches crowdfunding goal

Jackson Tyler, Editor - Flixist
3:00 PM on 03.26.2015
Super Troopers reaches crowdfunding goal photo

It's been a long time coming, but thanks to the magical device known as the internet, Super Troopers 2 is actually going to be made! Now, I've never seen Super Troopers, so please don't all rush at me with sticks, but I have it on good authority that it's incredibly funny and thus, a sequel shall be too. Such is the reliable nature of comedy sequels. 

Yesterday, Broken Lizard released an indiegogo, with a goal of $2 Million, and in the time since, the funding has been raised! Which is incredibly fast, but not unexpected for high profile crowdfunded projects. The other benefit of this crowdfunding strategy, in addition to the fact the movie gets to exist, is that it will be made without studio interference, which leads to a more honest, if not better movie. Veronica Mars crushed its goal, and that movie turned out pretty great for its fans.

So if you're into Super Troopers, then consider this your official announcement to begin getting hype. And let me know if the original's still on Netflix, because I should probably watch it.

[via Collider]