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1:00 PM on 02.13.2014

Melissa McCarthy stars in teaser for Tammy

In Tammy, Melissa McCarthy plays a woman having the worst day of work (and maybe of life) ever, and this prompts her to try to leave town. However, she's car-less and penniless, so she hitches a ride with her grandma, played...

Liz Rugg

2:00 PM on 02.12.2014

New trailer for Brick Mansions featuring Paul Walker

I feel conflicted about Brick Mansions. On the one hand, it's one of the last whole performance of the late (and great) Paul Walker (RIP BUDDY) and also stars RZA! But on the other hand, Brick Mansions is a movie who's titul...

Liz Rugg

11:00 AM on 02.07.2014

Paul Bettany will play the Vision in Avengers 2

I think we all assumed that with Ultron being the big bad in Avengers: Age of Ultron that the Vision was going to show up. After all Vision is an android created by Ultron for evil, but turns good and he's awesome so the...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 02.05.2014

James Franco stars as a troubled actor in Maladies

In Maladies, James Franco plays a semi-washed up soap opera star in the 1960s, appropriately named James. James not only struggles with his floundering career, but with his seemingly failing mind and his fluctuating relation...

Liz Rugg

RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014) photo
RIP Phillip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Yesterday, Phillip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his apartment in Greenwich Village in New York City. You've probably read all of the unpleasant details elsewhere on the internet a dozen times, and we'll spare you them here.

We're late on this one (the initial report was filed something like 20 hours ago and the internet exploded not long after), but to be perfectly honest, all of us on the Flixist staff were just too sad to add to the commotion yesterday. I got the email linking to the Wall Street Journal article right around the time it went up, and we could have posted it then. I got an alert from the New York Times app on my phone, and it could have been then. Then it came up in conversation with people who don't know the first thing about the film industry, and then again. It could have been any of these times...

But the act of creating the post, everything that goes around the text you're reading now, felt wrong somehow. Finding an appropriate header image and then photo-shopping it to fit our CMS's restrictions, checking our database for appropriate tags and considering whether or not this should be attached to some product: all of these things seem cold and uncaring. But it would have seemed just as bad to have said nothing at all, especially about somebody so beloved (and, of course, talented).

Phillip Seymour Hoffman was a truly amazing actor, certainly one of the best in the industry, and his absence will undoubtedly be felt for years to come. Although he had not finished his work for Mockingjay Part 2, the film is still on track to be released in 2015. The fates of some of his other projects, however, are less clear. At only 46 years old, there is undoubtedly much, much more he could have done, and this is a terrible loss.

Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and everyone he worked with.

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Jessie Eisenberg is Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred photo
Jessie Eisenberg is Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred
by Matthew Razak

Today is the day you can point to when the Internet blew up. We were close to it when they announced Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman, but the surprise casting of Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is probably going to destroy everything. Deadline has the press release in which the casting is announced along with Jeremy Irons playing Bruce Wayne's dutiful butler Alfred. 

I can live with Irons as Alfred. He's old and looks good in a tux so those boxes are checked.

Eisenberg as Luthor is a bit harder to swallow. This is mostly because of his age, which is far younger than I ever pictured Luthor being. In fact the casting seems entirely out of left field, but if you think about it a bit it maybe could work. Eisenberg can definitely pull of megalomaniac as we saw in The Social Network, and he's almost always cast as a self centered genius thanks to that role. He's also a really great actor.

Still, he's so much younger than Luthor and we haven't really seen him take on a role as big and bombastic as Luthor should be. It's hard to wrap my mind fully around it, though I'm not entirely against it. It will definitely be interesting to see what direction they're taking the character after this news. One does wonder why they didn't force Brian Cranston to take the role at gun point, though. 

[via Deadline]

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Liz's 5 Hottest Movie Hunks of 2013 photo
Liz's 5 Hottest Movie Hunks of 2013
by Liz Rugg

2013 had its fair share of hot ladies in the movies, but let us not, let us never, forget to celebrate the hot dudes the movies of 2013 blessed us with as well. From motorcycle misfits to vigilante justice cowboys to sentimental writers, the men of movies in 2013 had someone for everybody.

Below I have complied my list of my top five favorite male actors and characters of 2013. Beware, some fan-girlish gushing ahead. (haha.)

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10:00 AM on 01.15.2014

Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana in Avatar forever

There is more Avatar coming. A lot more. It may be taking a while, but that's because these are really big complicated movies and James Cameron's ego has to be appeased. No matter how long it takes it appears that tall, blue ...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 01.08.2014

Louis C.K. finishes American Hustle's ice fishing story

For those of you who have seen David O. Russell's American Hustle, you know how great of a job Louis C.K. does in the film. Apparently his entire role (Bradley Cooper's boss) is adlibbed as his character was only supposed to...

Nick Valdez

Enter to win an Anchorman 2 prize pack!  photo
Enter to win an Anchorman 2 prize pack!
by Liz Rugg

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All you have to do to enter to win is comment below or retweet this tweet and follow Flixist on twitter. If you choose to comment, let us know what you think about Anchorman and/or Anchorman 2. Contest only available to the continental United States and will end Friday, January 10th, 2014 and if you're a member of Modern Method's HUGE, you're automatically entered into the contest! But if you're not, hurry up and enter and remember to stay classy!

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UPDATE: Marvel confirms Paul Rudd is Ant-Man photo
UPDATE: Marvel confirms Paul Rudd is Ant-Man
by Matthew Razak

UPDATE: Marvel confirmed Rudd's casting through a press release. Greatest bit is when it states Rudd is the actor Marvel had in mind from day one. Paul Rudd is joining the Marvel universe in a movie directed by Edgar Wright? I'll be there day one. Original story below

Marvel’s “Ant-Man” has found its hero in Paul Rudd, who will star in the new film from director Edgar Wright hitting theaters July 31, 2015!

The casting of Rudd represents the actor that Marvel had long ago identified as its first choice to play Ant-Man, continuing the studio’s desire to cast actors that bring several dimensions to its onscreen heroes.  The film’s plot is being kept under wraps.

As we reported previously Paul Rudd has been on the short list of people to play Ant-Man in the aptly named, upcoming Ant-Man. It seems now that he is indeed going to tackling the part. Among reports that he is in final negotiations it seems pretty much confirmed that Rudd will start lifting weights and not being a flubby every man soon.

As for the casting choice, I think he's got the jaw for it and can play nerdy scientist well enough. He's definitely proven he can bring some drama to his characters and since a ton of the action will probably be CGI I'm not too worried about his ability to leap through the air. This could definitely play out quite well with Edgar Wright directing. 

Now the final step is for the Internet to stop posting "exclusive clips" and showing the one from Mac and Me that Rudd always shows on Conan. It's funny when Rudd does it. It is not funny when everyone else does. 

[via THR]

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5:00 PM on 12.18.2013

Rubber director and Marilyn Manson working on new flick

Recently I had the pleasure to do a round table with Quentin Dupieux, Director of Rubber, Wrong, and most recently, Wrong Cops, starring Marilyn Manson. It seems their relationship in the entertainment world is only grow...

Michael Jordan

1:00 PM on 11.04.2013

Rumor: Chiwetel Ejiofor for Star Wars Ep. VII?

Star Wars casting rumors are about as rampant as a bad case of the tribbles (SCI-IF UNIVERSE CROSS REFERENCE), but this one is both too good and too random to pass up. A The Times reporter walked into a interview w...

Matthew Razak

10:21 AM on 10.24.2013

Jamie Dornan takes over lead in Fifty Shades of Grey

Update: My wife says this is a good choice. That is all. Original: There has been much heartbreak and angst over the casting of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Recently the leading man Charlie Hunnman up and le...

Matthew Razak

8:00 AM on 10.24.2013

Tom Hardy to play Elton John in Rocketman

I'm not sure Elton John could ever be considered handsome no matter what stage of his career we're talking about so the casting of Tom Hard as the legendary singer is a bit of a head scratcher. Word has come down that Rocket ...

Matthew Razak

6:00 PM on 10.22.2013

Art Book: Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art 2

Over the past few years,  no other name in the art world has become quite as synonymous with excellent popular culture art as Los Angeles' Gallery 1988 and their annual show, Crazy 4 Cult. The show encompasses virtuall...

Liz Rugg

2:00 PM on 10.18.2013

Rumor: Michael B. Jordan cast as human torch

Word is coming down that Michael B. Jordan, who might be next years Benedict Cumberbatch in terms of hot actors, has just signed the deal to play the Human Torch/Johnny Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, reunit...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 10.15.2013

First poster for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel is Wes Anderson's next movie, and judging by this poster, I already want to see it. Budapest Hotel, like Anderson's 2012 movie Moonrise Kingdom, will have a killer lineup of acting talent; from Anders...

Liz Rugg

10:00 AM on 10.15.2013

Fifty Shades of Grey loses Charlie Hunnam, needs rewrites

Over the weekend, Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey motion picture (out August 2014 as of now) has been going through a few issues. First of all, Universal hired Patrick Marber to do some quick fine tuning of the script. Short...

Nick Valdez

11:30 AM on 10.11.2013

RIP Kumar Pallana (1918-2013)

Kumar Pallana, best known for his appearances in various Wes Anderson films, passed away yesterday at age 94. Pallana has been a part of the Anderson ensemble stable since Bottle Rocket and also appeared in Rushmore, The Roy...

Hubert Vigilla

Interview: Jia Zhangke & Zhao Tao (A Touch of Sin) photo
Interview: Jia Zhangke & Zhao Tao (A Touch of Sin)
by Hubert Vigilla

Jia Zhangke has been called one of the most important filmmakers in the world by Richard Brody of The New Yorker and John Powers of NPR. This isn't just because his films are well made. Jia occupies an interesting place in contemporary Chinese cinema as an artist and social critic. He's a prominent member of the so-called Sixth Generation, a group of underground directors who made their movies on low budgets and outside of government censors. Since his fourth film, 2004's The World, Jia has released his work through the normal film bureaucracy, and yet his social consciousness hasn't faltered. 2008's 24 City blended documentary footage with fictional elements in order to explore China's economic and cultural history in a manner that breaks from the official historical narrative of the Communist Party.

In A Touch of Sin (now playing in New York and opening in Los Angeles this Friday), Jia turns his lens on four loosely connected vignettes, each inspired by an actual event. It's a fascinating collage of the country as it continues to progress while simultaneously leaving many of its citizen behind. The result of such disparities is violence. The film won Best Screenplay at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Last week I had a chance to speak with Jia Zhangke and his wife Zhao Tao (star of several of his films, including A Touch of  Sin) while they were in town for the New York Film Festival.

[For the next few weeks, we'll be covering the 2013 New York Film Festival, now in its 51st year. Flixist will provide you with reviews, video, news, and features on some of the best films on the festival circuit. To check out all of our coverage of NYFF51, click here.]

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Jackie Chan planning a theme park called JC World photo
Jackie Chan planning a theme park called JC World
by Hubert Vigilla

During an event in Beijing, Jackie Chan said he's interested in creating his own theme park in Yizhuang. According to the Malaysia Times, the park will be called JC World. The two square kilometer park will be comprised of five different sections, each providing visitors with a different cultural experience. Chan is partnering with an unnamed Chinese organization in the endeavor.

The Hollywood Reporter wonders if this will be an amusement park with rides, but it sounds more like a giant museum, which will feature furniture, jewelry, and antique Chinese buildings that Chan purchased and restored. Chan said the following:

I was very poor when I was a child, so when I had money later on, I bought all sorts of things and went around the world collecting them. I want to exhibit all my stuff. They may not all be worth a lot of money, but they may have a story behind them.

This isn't the only unexpected Chan project to be announced. As we reported a few months ago, Chan is also planning  an autobiographic stage musical. That's all well and good, but I still think that Jackie Chan should make a modern-day silent film or do a remake of It's Always Fair Weather with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao.

[Malaysia Times via The Hollywood Reporter]

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