This is it guys ... the final episode of Flixistentialism as we know it. The gang plus some old (white) faces of Flixist past get together and reminisce on this long journey of a podcast we've all embarked on. There's fantasy...
Benedict Cumberbatch can take his tea and biscuit to go, because there's a new Sherlock Holmes in town. Ian McKellen is as charming as ever in the first trailer for Mr. Holmes.
I'm usually not one for these types of movies, but this looks like an absolute delight. McKellen plays an aged and retired Sherlock Holmes at the age of 93, as he lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her son, Roger (Milo Parker). With a deteriorating mind, he enlists Roger to help him solve one last case from his past, and in doing so, searches for the mysteries of life and love. Typical McKellen-shenanigans.
While the movie is genre classified as a crime/drama/mystery, it feels a lot more like a family/drama/mystery to me, and I really hope I'm correct in this assumption. We all love Ian McKellen. We all want to see him waltz around in England with a nosey kid at his feet, as he thinks back to his heydays to solve one last case. I love your Mr. McKellen!
The corpse of the 2015 Oscar telecast is barely cold, but we're already getting our first look at what's sure to be a contender in next year's contest – the first image from Oliver Stone's upcoming biopic Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, hit the Web today.
As you can see above, the still – released on Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Facebook page – appears to depict Snowden during his time in the U.S. Army, an aspect of his life that's been little-discussed in the media or public debate about his guilt or innocence. Before working for the NSA and the CIA, Snowden joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 2004, hoping to fight in the Iraq War. Snowden received special forces training, before an accident left both of his legs broken, earning him an administrative discharge.
Snowden will, of course, focus on the life of the notorious whistleblower who made headlines in mid-2013 after leaking sensitive documents to Glenn Greenwald of The UK Guardian – documents which uncovered a vast NSA surveillance program spying on American citizens and sent Snowden into hiding (though as of this writing he's expressed an interest in returning home pending a "fair and impartial" trial). The leaks spurred a national debate on the USA's intelligence apparatus, right to privacy and whether Snowden himself is a traitor or a true patriot.
A biopic like this – especially one on such a controversial and divisive figure as Snowden – is sure to be award bait in the 2016 landscape. That potential buzz is surely helped by the fact that Laura Potrias' Snowden documentary CITIZENFOUR just took home an Oscar for best documentary a couple of Sundays ago. That said, the timing is interesting, because the biopic focuses on a figure that's still a regular newsmaker – both in ongoing coverage of the documents he leaked and in his status as a fugitive – making it entirely possible that Snowden will appear woefully out of date by the time it hits theaters this Christmas.
Besides JGL, Snowden will boast an all-star cast. Nicolas Cage officially joined the cast last Monday playing an as-yet-unnamed former U.S. Intelligence official. In addition, Shailene Woodley of Divergent fame will play Snowden's girlfriend Lindsay Mills, while Star Trek's Zachary Quinto will play Greenwald. Melissa Leo will play Potrias and Tom Wilkinson will play Ewan McCaskill.
First things first: yes, there is still an Independence Day 2. That's a movie that is actually going to exist, not just one that will be talked about in rumours and hypotheticals. I know. I'm scared too.
Will Smith's not going to deign the movie with any sort of legitimacy, so they're making do with Jessie Usher, star of Survivor's Remorse, as his son. This in addition to Liam "the other" Hemsworth in an unspecified lead role, and most importantly, Jeff Goldblum reprising his role. Hopefully this means the sequel will keep Independence Day's spirit as 75% alien invasion action film and 25% Jewish road movie comedy.
Oh, also Roland Emmerich is back directing. Many, many people are dead set on this being a real movie, and that makes me feel all kinds of strange feelings.
I don't think I've ever talked about it here, but Dragonball Z: Battle of Gods was one of the funnest animated films I saw last year. Didn't give it enough credit because it was essentially an hour of a dude punching a giant rabbit in the face, but hey it worked. Now we've got the first Japanese trailer for the follow up, Dragonball Z: Fukkatsu no F (or Resurrection of F).
First of all, this looks fantastic. This is basically what I imagined Dragonball Z could look like when I saw it as a kid. Frieza's coming back in a new (somewhat plain) form, the Z Warriors are in a giant battle royale, and the Earth totally blows up. But I'll wait for the English dub since the Japanese cast never quite sounded right to me. Dragonball Z: Fukkatsu no F opens in Japanese theaters this April.
UPDATE 2: Here's good ole' Captain America. In better news, we'll be getting a new (most likely final) trailer for Age of Ultron this Thursday. We'll be letting you know as soon as it hits, of course. I'm sure we'll get more posters highlighting the film's newer characters too.
UPDATE: We've got the next batch of posters for Thor, Nick Fury, Hawkeye, and Black Widow! Black Widow's full on shock suit looks pretty neat. Original story below.
Over the next few days, we'll be getting a slew of Avengers: Age of Ultron character posters with something special at the end, according to RDJ's Twitter. and normally I'm not fond of that stuff but it makes sense here. As evidenced by the film's most likely final poster, there are far too many characters in this damn movie.
So here are the first two posters in the gallery and they look stupid, stupid good. The Hulk has chest hair now! Stay tuned for more updates!
Netflix's venture into original series production (House of Cards, Orange is the New Black) has been a huge success for the streaming service, and late last year they seemed intent on making a name for themselves with movie production as well, with a four-film deal with Adam Sandler (the horror!). Beasts of No Nation is luckily no Sandler movie, and it's nice to see them pursue projects like this as well.
Netflix has reportedly purchased the distribution rights to the adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala novel, Beasts of No Nation, for $12 million. The movie is currently in post-production, and stars Idris Elba as a merciless warlord who recruits child soldiers for his rebel force. Written and directed by Cary Fukunaga, the movie becomes an immediate interest point for me. Mr. Fukunaga, for those who may not be aware, directed every episode in the first season of True Detective, and everyone who's seen it, should be able to recognise his relentless talent (I mean, did you see episode 4?!).
As Netflix paid $12 million for worldwide distribution rights, it will be very interesting to see how they decide to handle it. Whether it gets a simultaneous release in theatres and Video on Demand, or it will premiere one place before the other. I'm all for a more accessible VOD market, but at the same time the best movie experiences are always in a dark and roomy theatre. Either way, should Netflix become a huge player in movie distribution, they could bring big changes to the industry. For better or worse.
Word on the street is the movie rights to the memoir of Lynsey Addario, well known wartime photojournalist, now have a home. It's What I Do has been snapped up by Warner Brothers, directed by Stephen Spielberg, with Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role.
If all this makes its way through development and one day becomes a real movie, then I couldn't be more excited. I've had my fill of tales of american soldiers, from The Hurt Locker to American Sniper and everything in between. A war story from a photojournalist's perspective sounds like a welcome change, and I trust Spielberg to make a movie empathetic and full of humanity, because that's basically his MO. It's easy to make drama out of the soldier's struggle, but when that's all we get, it's all too easy to forget the tragedy of the bigger picture.
Maybe soon they'll start making war movies that allow perspectives other than America's! Ha!
When Sony announced they were bringing Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I thought of many reasons it could be a bad or good idea. But one thing I had never thought of was what potential directors we'd get for the project. But with the 2017 release looming even closer, and with as much on the line for both companies as is, Sony is looking into directors already.
According to Latino Review (and later confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter) Sony is looking into Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods, Marvel's Daredevil series on Netflix) to direct and write the film since they're no longer pursuing his Sinister Six spin-off at this time (but will most likely bring it back after the reboot). There were more reboot story details, but take those with a hefty grain of salt:
No new origin story, Spidey exists from the beginning, taken as a given
New actor, probably an unknown, he will be specifically based in High School and they want him to be able to grow up into the role. The thought being if this works, Spidey can do multiple trilogies for years ala Harry Potter.
A major part of the first film will involve Spider- Man fighting Iron Man and then trying to pass the “audition” to join the Avengers
The first film will involved the Sinister Six coming together with the thought to later maybe spin them off.
So whether or not all of this comes true, Goddard has yet to disappoint. Also one of the big rumors floating around is that Sony is searching for a non-White actor to play Peter Parker. All of this sounds too good to actually happen, but I hope at least some of these ideas stick.
Warner Bros. hopes giving you an uncensored taste of the dick jokes and f-bombs in Get Hard will convince you to buy a ticket when it hits theaters later this month, so today the company dropped a new, NSFW trailer to whet your appetite. Starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, the Etan Cohen-directed comedy centers around a wealthy businessman who, busted for fraud and bound for San Quentin, reaches out to his black friend for training on his upcoming 10-year stint. The trailer shows Hart coaching Ferrell in the ways of trash-talking, avoiding prison husbandry and practicing his fellatio – as well as, for some reason, being attacked by big-breasted topless Nazis. Take a look if you dare, but get the kids out of the room first:
Time will tell if Get Hard ends up being a comedy classic worthy of being talked about in the same breath as Anchorman or Step Brothers, or whether it will be an unfortunate collection of gay panic "humor," jokes about prison rape and racial stereotypes. There's only a little bit here that seems to suggest it might be the former – if nothing else, there's bound to be a bit of classic Ferrell cringe-comedy on display – but we here at Flixist are nothing if not optimists.
Get Hard opens in theaters March 27. The film is rated R for sexual content, language, nudity and drug material.
Coming out of absolutely nowhere comes my most anticipated project in some time. After Universal announced that Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation/Step Up) is adapting the popular children's cartoon about a kickass girl band and their sentient femputer Synergy, I've been waiting for any kind of image for it. After the teaser image of the cast failed to spark my interest completely, seeing them on stage is truly something else.
And we've also gotten the synopsis!
As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a one-in-a-million journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. In Universal Pictures’ JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, four aspiring musicians will take the world by storm when they see that the key to creating your own destiny lies in finding your own voice.
I'm still hoping their rivals, The Misfits show up. Jem and the Holograms is expected to come out this year, but there's no release date set yet.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson should no longer be referred to as "Twilight stars", as they've both stolen the show in multiple movies since then (see Clouds of Sils Maria and The Rover). Now Stewart has been cast in Kelly Reichardt's (Meek's Cutoff, Night Moves) next movie, according to a Deadline exclusive.
Reichardt may or may not be on your radar as of yet, but she certainly should be. With movies as distinctive and memorable as Wendy and Lucy - starring Michelle Williams in her second best role - and Meek's Cutoff - starring Michelle Williams in her best role - and Night Moves - starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning in their best roles - she has a unique ability to bring out the best in her actors.
Written and directed by Reichardt, the movie will take place in Montana, a state perfectly suited for her auteur signature; environmental storytelling. It will follow a small group of people, and Stewart will star alongside Michelle Williams, Laura Dern, Jared Harris and James Le Gros. It's good to see so many strong female voices working together on one project.