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12:00 PM on 02.23.2015

Here are your 2015 Razzie winners and losers

With the 2015 Academy Awards come and gone, it's time to focus on the negative stuff...or at least the stuff that's popular to hate rather than actual bad movies. We've got expected "winners" like Michael Bay and lots of hate for Saving Christmas. I've never seen it myself, but was it bad enough to sweep these things?  Full list of winners below.

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 02.23.2015

Box Office Numbers: The Grouch

I missed the Oscars last night (along with the Flixist chat), but I've caught up on some highlights. Tegan and Sara gave out Lego Oscars (even if the performance was a bit shaky), Common and John Legend brought the house down...

Nick Valdez



Review: Shaun The Sheep photo
Review: Shaun The Sheep
by Jackson Tyler

It's hard to believe that Shaun The Sheep is only Aardman's fourth stop motion feature film. The studio initially made its name in the UK with short films in the 70s and 80s such as Creature Comforts, but it was with the release of the first Wallace and Gromit short in 1990 that they truly seared themselves into the fabric of British cultural identity. And in the 25 years since, they've embodied a kind of effortless ubiquity that easily overcomes their relatively sparse output. Aardman is the closest equivalent the UK has to Studio Ghibli, in many ways a remnant of times gone by, desperately carrying the torch for a style of animation that is beloved and resonant, whose flame should long since have flickered out.

Going in, the signs were not exactly pointing in the right direction. A spin-off of a spin-off, the movie is the big screen outing of the popular Kids TV show, for which the target audience skews far younger than Aardman’s earlier family efforts. Combined with a lackluster marketing push and the fact that the film hasn’t even been picked up for distribution in the USA, I went into the movie with a quiet apprehension that Aardman’s creative glory days had passed, and the studio was ready to go softly into that good night.

Much to my delight, I walked out of the cinema with a massive smile on my face and more than a single tear in my eye. The movie's target audience may skew young, but Shaun The Sheep is Aardman's most assured and most mature work yet.

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Here are your 2015 Oscar winners photo
Here are your 2015 Oscar winners
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Despite what some may say (and even more might want), the Academy Awards are a huge deal. It's a club for old white men, sure, but the choices they make absolutely affect what projects studios do and don't greenlight going forward. And for that reason, all we can do is hope that the old white men didn't mess it up too badly. My prediction? They definitely will.

(And now that it's over? Yeah, kinda.)

For the winners, head below. We've been updating it all night, and live reacting as well. It was a pretty good time, all things considered. Except for the whole Boyhood not winning thing. That's bullshit.

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We're live-talking the Oscars! photo
We're live-talking the Oscars!
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Hello everyone. With the Academy Awards just an hour away, we're finalizing our plans (which were thrown out of whack by the crazy news that someone on the Flixist staff is about to be a dad holy shit!). Check it out. Unlike in years past, I will be wearing a shirt, so you have that to look forward to.

So if you don't already have plans, join us, cause we're pretty cool. And so are movies. (And so are our opinions of movies.)

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My 10 favorite movies of the year … as told by pictures of puppies photo
My 10 favorite movies of the year … as told by pictures of puppies
by Chad Concelmo

I love making lists. Love it. At the end of every year, I genuinely look forward to putting together lists of the best movies I saw, best video games I played, best roller coasters I rode and best potato balls I devoured (#1 IS ALWAYS PORTO'S POTATO BALLS!).

But I also love puppies. LOVE 'em.

So I thought: Why not combine the two this year? It's a logical pairing and one that I am very excited to share with you all. With the Oscars airing tonight, what better time to present to you my 10 favorite movies from last year … represented by pictures of puppies.

Enjoy!

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12:00 PM on 02.21.2015

The best damn Oscar predictions around: 2015 edition

Every year we like to come in and completely and totally accurately predict the Oscar awards. We have, in fact, never been wrong (except when we have been). It's a track record we're looking forward to keeping up and we're pr...

Matthew Razak

7:00 PM on 02.20.2015

Flix for Short: Big Birdman

We've featured Sesame Street parodies on the site before, but they've never been as mindblowing as this. Featuring Caroll Spinney and Big Bird, this is just all kinds of perfect.  "How did we get here? How did we get to Sesame Street?"

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 02.20.2015

Mission: Impossible 5's ending yet to be accepted

The best thing about the Mission: Impossible franchise is how each movie, regardless of quality, has been a unique expression of style from each of its various directors. Christopher McQuarrie is the latest in a series of int...

Jackson Tyler

4:00 PM on 02.20.2015

New Line working on new Shaft movie

Was anyone clamoring for a new take on a bad mother shut your mouth? Well, New Line is hoping you're still talking about Shaft as there is reportedly a reboot of the series in the works. Starting off as a 1971 film starring R...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 02.20.2015

Settlers of Catan rights for film and TV acquired

If there's one thing The LEGO Movie has proven to audiences and, most importantly, producers, is that there's a good movie hidden inside every property, including toys.  Which is why I'm not really sure how to react when...

John-Charles Holmes







FlixList: Six abandoned movies that Kickstarter could have saved photo
FlixList: Six abandoned movies that Kickstarter could have saved
by Flixist Staff

We all know that Kickstarter is pretty cool. (Heck, one of our writers used it to fund his last short film.) And film projects tend to be pretty safe bets; while video game Kickstarters routinely fail in a spectacular fashion, film projects are usually seen to completion. Probably because filmmakers are more dedicated and better at their jobs. (Suck it, game developers. (Just kidding, you're pretty cool. (Sometimes.))

It's hard to believe that Kickstarter is still a new thing and that crowdfunding is finding it's niche, but what if Kickstarter had been around back in the day? What kind of films would have been made during the golden age of Hollywood by indies? What could have gotten on their radar and become the Next Big Thing?

Here, we're looking at a few film projects abandoned, either recently or back in the day, by directors who poured their heart and souls into them. Money issues stopped them all, but what if they could have been crowdfunded? Here are six projects we wish would have turned to Kickstarter to drum up interest. And if you can think of any we missed, let us know in the comments.

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1:00 PM on 02.20.2015

Chris Hemsworth fights a whale in second In the Heart of the Sea trailer

For everyone out there who has a very specific fantasy of watching Chris Hemsworth take on a giant whale (there are dozens of us), this Christmas is going to be good to you. That's the basic premise of Ron Howard's upcoming ...

Matt Liparota

10:00 AM on 02.20.2015

Drafthouse Films releasing the bizarre lion-filled cult movie Roar

Drafthouse Films is releasing a cult oddity called Roar from 1981, a reckless and little seen box office bomb. And my, does it look glorious. The film's working title was supposedly Lions, Lions, and More Lions, and it d...

Hubert Vigilla

9:00 AM on 02.20.2015

First look at Jason Momoa as Aquaman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

After getting our first look at Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Zack Snyder has revealed Jason Momoa's Aquaman in the upcoming, Man of Steel follow up, Batman v Superman: Dawn o...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 02.19.2015

E.L. James wants control over next Fifty Shades screenplay

Fifty Shades Of Grey was a movie without a country. Sam Taylor-Johnson attempted to craft a feminist subversion out of the novel's infamous tale of abuse, whereas E.L. James wanted her work to be faithfully adapted, and clash...

Jackson Tyler

5:00 PM on 02.19.2015

Red band trailer for Kill Me Three Times features killing more than three times

Kill Me Three Times is definitely an odd one. A dark comedy about an assassin played by Simon Pegg who stumbles into a mess of murdering and betrayal, it just looks kind of off kilter. That's in the best way possible, o...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 02.19.2015

Terminator: Genysis to release in IMAX 3D

Terminator: Genysis is slowly turning things around. After being easily mocked for both its ridiculous name and its ridiculous first look images the film landed with a solid trailer. I'm not actually excited for it yet, ...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 02.19.2015

New trailer for Maps to the Stars, Cronenberg's latest, looks... ominous

Few directors have as strong and consistent a track record as David Cronenberg. This energetic, beautifully cut trailer sees his latest, Maps to the Stars looking like a very worthy addition to that canon. If anything, this ...

Ciaran McGarry

10:00 AM on 02.19.2015

Newest Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends trailer is on fire

I'm not a huge anime or manga fan (I'll stick to One Piece thank you very much), but I really dug Rurouni Kenshin and the films adapted from the series. The story of a former assassin who's turned a new leaf and refuses to k...

Nick Valdez



Neill Blomkamp will officially direct new Alien film photo
Neill Blomkamp will officially direct new Alien film
by Nick Valdez

When you write your list of perfect directors for the Alien franchise, where does Neill Blomkamp (director of District 9, Elysium and the upcoming Chappie) fall in? Hope it's close to the top because after what seems like months, Fox and Blomkamp have finally closed the deal. 

After Blomkamp posted some concept art to Instagram a few weeks back, he posited that he'd like to make an Alien film after his work on Chappie as a sort of reboot to the series. But he was the problem. It was just a matter of wanting to do it rather than being told not to. But I guess it's all straightened out now! According to Variety, Blomkamp's Alien is separated from the Prometheus films (so we're still getting Prometheus 2 for some reason) and will apparently take place years after the first Prometheus. 

If this can be anywhere as near as cool as that artwork he drew for the series, I'm game. I'm dropping the best one in the gallery below.

[via Variety]

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5:00 PM on 02.18.2015

BAMF! Kodi Smit-McPhee teleports into X-Men: Apocalypse cast as Nightcrawler

Bryan Singer confirmed today via Instagram that Let Me In star Kodi Smit-McPhee joins the All-New, All-Young X-Men Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Storm in X-Men: Apocalypse. This is awesome for several reasons:   Nightcrawler ...

Sean Walsh