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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass returning for Bourne photo
Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass returning for Bourne
by Matthew Razak

Remember when Jeremy Renner took over the Jason Bourne franchise and was going to basically do a whole new set of trilogies? Yea. Not so fast. Deadline is confirming a rumor that went around last year that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass will be returning to the franchise and stealing the Renner sequel's release date of summer 2016. Where the direct sequel to The Bourne Legacy is still in the works with director Justin Lin helming it appears it won't get released until after Damon's Bourne 5

Now this isn't all bad. Evidently Universal is hoping they can expand the franchise and have characters from both films crossing over with each other developing a Marvel-like universe on a smaller scale and with less spandex. 

I wasn't particularly enthused by Renner's turn in the franchise so I'm happy to see both Damon and Greengrass return. Hopefully this means so awesome Renner/Damon action in the future. 

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10:00 AM on 09.16.2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron gets official synopsis

Now that Avengers: Age of Ultron has wrapped principal photography, hopefully little tidbits will peer out now and then until its release next year. As it's the only Marvel film for awhile, I'm sure we're going to be talking ...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 09.15.2014

See The Maze Runner early and free

Young adult dystopian science fiction! Can't get enough of it can you? Then hop right up and grab passes for The Maze Runner, yet another film where the future is bleak and teenagers are going to save the day. Actually this o...

Matthew Razak



The Mockingjay lives in this newest trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 photo
The Mockingjay lives in this newest trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
by Nick Valdez

Looks like a girl, but she's a flame. As Flixist's resident Young Adult book advisor, I love me some Hunger Games (and will always exploit Alicia Keys' once hit single) and I'm glad the newest trailer finally shows off how different the final book in the series is from other copycats out there. 

Watch the trailer. It's so good. This'll probably be the last you can see for awhile before they start spoiling everything too. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opens November 21st. 

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3:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Obi Wan Kenobi rumored to be getting a Star Wars spin-off

We've pretty much heard a spin-off rumor for every character that exists in the Star Wars universe. We know they're coming and we know the directors of some, but they're still shrouded in mystery, thus more rumors. The n...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Will Ferrell says Zoolander 2 is really really good looking

I hope I'm not the only person left holding a candlelight vigil every night until Zoolander 2 becomes a thing. News of the struggling production for the sequel a few of us want has been floating around for years. All we've be...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 09.15.2014

First trailer for John Wick starring Keanu Reeves and a puppy

John Wick has no right looking as interesting as it does. Revenge thrillers are always hit or miss. You take an aging actor, and send him out to kill some dudes. Sometimes it's goofy fun (Man of Fire), sometimes it's goofy f...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 09.15.2014

Box Office Numbers: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Surprising absolutely everyone, No Good Deed managed to take the top spot at the box office during a dead weekend. Seriously, if you had to choose between a glistening, shirtless Idris Elba, watching a poorly advertised crime...

Nick Valdez



Review: The Pirates photo
Review: The Pirates
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Every so often, a film comes along that completely shatters your expectations. You think you've got it figured out and then it throws a curveball. Then another. Then five more. Soon you realize you can't figure the film out and you have to just let it happen, because even hazarding a guess at what happens next will just make you look silly. It's rare for something so consistently bizarre to be released, and even rarer for it to be a blockbuster, even a foreign one.

But The Pirates is one of those films. And I'm still reeling from the impact.

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How I did Kickstarter: Writing the pitch photo
How I did Kickstarter: Writing the pitch
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

When you go to a Kickstarter page, what's the first thing you do? I always read (or at least skim) the text of their pitch. If it looks interesting, I'll read through it properly. If not, I'm not going to back it. If I see the project's video embedded on a different site, maybe I'll watch that first, but the text is always more important to me. 

So when I sat down to write the pitch for Reel, I had to make something that would appeal to me. But this campaign wasn't really written for me; it's for you. That means what I really had to make was something that appealed to everyone else.

I’ve gotten great feedback on the whole, so I guess I succeeded. Head below for a deeper look at that process.

[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.]

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3:00 PM on 09.12.2014

Alex Kurtzman teases a darker Venom spin-off

It'd be incredibly risky to take a dark tone with a big superhero franchise, but that might be the perfect kick in the pants for The Amazing Spider-Man. And what better character to do it than Venom? After The Amazing Spider-...

Nick Valdez





1:00 PM on 09.12.2014

See This is Where I Leave You early and free

Indie comedies with an all star cast? Sign you up, right? OK, how about This is Where I Leave You with Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and a plethora of other people you enjoy laughing at. Perfect? Good. Grab the passes then and...

Matthew Razak



Review: The Drop photo
Review: The Drop
by Matthew Razak

The Drop is one of those little crime thrillers that comes out and no one really hears about it and you aren't sure why it was made. Possibly the studio thought it could grab some award love or something, but nothing is actually going to come out of it. This is too bad because Tom Hardy gives a performance that you could never see coming from the man.

The Drop sadly isn't up to its star's performance, but that only makes Hardy stand out more. There is nothing more fantastic than watching an actor completely embody a role. There are few things more upsetting than watching the movie surrounding it never match it.

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10:00 AM on 09.12.2014

First trailer for alien abduction horror film Extraterrestrial

Now that Halloween is a few weeks away, we're going to get a deluge of trailers for horror films. I'll try and highlight only the most interesting, but to be honest I picked this one because it reminded me of that sweet Katy...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 09.11.2014

The Wire's Idris Elba and Dominic West reunite, courtesy of...Finding Dory?

Everybody loves crime drama The Wire. Everybody also loves Pixar. Clearly somebody caught onto this, as The Wire vets Idris Elba and Dominic West have joined the voice cast of Finding Dory! Talking to ShortList, Dominic ...

Sean Walsh

4:00 PM on 09.11.2014

First trailer for The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Now I don't know much about the original The Town That Dreaded Sundown from 1976, but I do know it came out before slasher films became super popular and crafted personalities for each series of films. When you look back and...

Nick Valdez

3:10 PM on 09.11.2014

Getting dramatic in new trailer for The Judge

With the cast and subject matter I think we were all thinking The Judge was going to be something special, but coming out of TIFF its good reviews were few and far between. A little concerning, for sure, but this new in...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 09.11.2014

Trailer for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars

I think I may be one of the few people who prefer David Cronenberg's eXistenZ to films like Eastern Promises or Scanners. But regardless of whether he takes a fantastical or realistic bend on his films, they're always twiste...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 09.11.2014

Godzilla was only in Godzilla less than ten minutes

One of the primary complaints most folks have with the latest Godzilla film was that the big lug wasn't around enough (yet it earned enough at the box office to earn a kick ass sequel). That's a fine complaint, but my issue ...

Nick Valdez

7:30 AM on 09.11.2014

Update: Batman v Superman's Batmobile is half classic, half Nolan

Update: And we have an official view from Zack Snyder, which you can see in the gallery. Actually looks even more throwback than I originally thought.  One of my less-than-favorite things in the Nolan Batman films w...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 09.10.2014

First trailer for The Devil's Hand

Remember that one horror comedy starring Jessica Alba and Devon Sawa, Idle Hands? Yeah, The Devil's Hand is absolutely nothing like that. In fact, it looks pretty interesting despite my attempts to pair it with a really bad ...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 09.10.2014

Denzel Washington to star in Magnificent Seven remake

A remake of The Magnificent Seven has been in the works for years now with Tom Cruise at one point attached (maybe he still is). But with Tarantino getting ready to drop The Hateful Eight, a Tarantino homa...

Matthew Razak