Biopic

Selma returning to theaters this weekend with BOGO deal


A second chance to get angry at the Academy's snubs
Mar 18
Did you miss Selma when it was in theaters? You shouldn't have because it was probably the best film of the year and because it's important historically. Basically you're a bad person if you did. However, redemption awai... read

See Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in first poster for Steve Jobs


Remember when Ashton Kutcher played jobs? Neither do we
Mar 17
This is some fantastic viral advertising here. The upcoming Danny Boyle directed Steve Jobs biopic has cropped up with a vintage poster showing Michael Fassbender selling Apple's NeXT computers. Clever, marketing people. Clev... read
Compton Trailer

First trailer for N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton


Feb 09
I'm normally not a fan of biopics as they're usually hokey, but this first Red Band trailer for N.W.A.'s biopic Straight Outta Compton looks much better than other other ones out right now. It doesn't seem cheesy like those ... read
Steve Jobs

Universal's Steve Jobs film gets official title and cast


Jan 28
This Steve Jobs biopic has been through the ringer. After years of director changes, big stars (Christian Bale) joining and leaving the film, and Sony dropping the project after budget concerns, Steve Jobs (the film's now off... read
American Sniper

Steven Spielberg's version of American Sniper sounds a bit better


Jan 22
When it comes to American Sniper, I've found over the last few days that it's better to tread water when criticizing. It's a shame, but I've been hit by quite a few slurs from folks that are taking the film to heart. But desp... read
A Brief History of Stephen Hawking
Every year, there is at least one biographic film about someone who accomplished great things in his or her life, whether it's something artistic, scientific, or otherwise. This year's biopic of note is The Theory of Everythi... read feature

Trailer: Foxcatcher

Trailer: Foxcatcher


Aug 28
Yay, a new Foxcatcher trailer! Is anybody as excited for this film as I am? Between my love of Channing Tatum, Steve Carrell, and Mark Ruffalo, the dreary atmosphere, and incredibly intense subject matter, I am ecstatic for ... read

First look at Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in Miles Ahead


It's awesome... in a silent way
Jul 08
Here we have it. After ten years of Don Cheadle trying to make Miles Davis movie happen we get our first look at the actor in character. I know nothing about jazz but I could listen to Miles Davis for all eternity. The image also comes with a confirmed title of Miles Ahead, and features one hell of jheri-curled mullet.  I'm glad that style went out of fashion.  read

First trailer for Jimi: All Is By My Side - Jimi Hendrix biopic


Jul 03
Jimi Hendrix is one of the indisputable legends of rock and roll, and now his iconic life will get the movie treatment it deserves. Starring OutKast's Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000), Jimi: All Is By My Side will focus on a sing... read

Danny Boyle in talks for Leonardo DiCaprio led Steve Jobs film


We got the quick cash in, now for the good stuff
Apr 22
Well, we had Jobs, which was kind of the quick cash in on the whole Steve Jobs biography thing, but it's time for the big guns to come out. Sony pictures has been whipping up fervor over its adaptation of the popular biograph... read

Trailer for Grace Kelly biopic Grace of Monaco shows a beautiful, unhappy princess


Apr 17
"I can be a mother and a wife and hold down two jobs without the people getting too upset, can't I?" The real life 1950s actress Grace Kelly was a pretty interesting lady. She went from a beloved Hollywood princess to real r... read

Errol Flynn biopic The Last of Robin Hood's distribution rights acquired, new poster debuts


Apr 10
Errol Flynn is an interesting character, almost the archetypical devil-may-care 1940's Hollywood playboy, whose life fell to tatters once his shinning celebrity star began to wane. The Last of Robin Hood is a biopic about Fly... read
Yes we can...talk about Cesar Chavez!
My final interview of SXSW was a three on one with Michael Pena, America Ferrera, and Gabriel Mann. I had just seen the screening for Cesar Chavez the night before, and we were all kind of pumped to talk about the movie. Just... read feature

A step in the right direction
There is a lot riding on Diego Luna's Cesar Chavez to succeed. Latinos aren't exactly given a lot of representation in fiction, and if there's one man, one figurehead we can rally behind, it's the activist Cesar Chavez. As ot... read feature

Cesar Chavez

First trailer for Cesar Chavez, starring Michael Pena


Si se puede.
Jan 22
Latinos don't have a lot of widely accepted historical icons. While we have our own, few have their names reach outside the Latino community. For example, Cesar Chavez was a farm worker in the 60s who organized a strike. Whe... read

J.R.R. Tolkien film in the works


A reality pic about a man who created fantasy
Nov 22
With basically anything that has the name J.R.R. Tolkien attached to it printing money and a pretty interesting life story it's easy to see why a J.R.R. Tolkien biopic is in the works. The creator of Middle Earth will be join... read

Don Cheadle to star as Miles Davis... finally


Nov 14
Don Cheadle's Miles Davis movie has been bouncing around for a long time now. The not-a-biopic biopic just couldn't land on its feet. However, Kill the Trumpet Player is finally moving forward as BiFrost pictures picks i... read

Tom Hardy to play Elton John in Rocketman


Oct 24
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 ... read
Anthony Wong and the many faces of Yip Man
In the review for The Legend Is Born: Ip Man, I mentioned how the character of Yip Man seems to be turning into the new Wong Fei-Hung. Here's a real-life historical figure who's suddenly become an idealized version of the rea... read feature

Mandela Trailer

Second trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom


Sep 12
I'm not a guy who's instantly drawn to biopics or films with Idris Elba in them, so I'm a little weary of the upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. It may be one of the Flixist staff's most anti... read
The flawed US cut hints at a masterpiece on the meaning of the martial arts
While Donnie Yen kicked off the Ip Man craze back in 2008, you could argue that Wong Kar Wai was partially responsible. Wong had announced his own Ip Man film prior to the Yen picture even being conceived, but it took ages to... read feature

Paul Schrader & Spike Lee may do Clarence Thomas film


The biopic would be crowdfunded
Jul 30
I unfortunately couldn't get to the world premiere of Paul Schrader's new (and quite possibly schlocky) film The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Bret Easton Ellis. The Dissolve reports that during the discussio... read
Is Yip Man becoming the new Wong Fei-Hung?
Ip Man starring Donnie Yen and directed by Wilson Yip is one of the best martial arts films of the last 10 years. It cemented Yen's reputation as a major star, and it began a craze for Yip Man films. Wong Kar-Wai has bee... read feature

Teaser Trailer: The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu)


A brief first look at the new Hayao Miyazaki film
Jun 25
Here is your first very brief look at Hayao Miyazaki's new film, The Wind Rises. The footage aired on Japanese television and reveals a kind of pastoral whimsy and a bird plane. It's not much (about 30 seconds), but it's ver... read

Trailer: The Grandmaster


It's in English this time!
Apr 23
Wong Kar-Wai's The Grandmaster has been stuck in production and post-production h-e-double-hockey-sticks for about three years now. While we can hardly say at this point whether or not the movie will be worth the wait, we ca... read

Rumor: Tom Hooper may direct Freddie Mercury biopic


Mar 15
So we already know that Sacha Baron Cohen was signed on to play as Freddie Mercury in a biopic being written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon). So far no one has been confirmed for who will be the director of the project. Apparen... read

Coen Brothers to rewrite Angelina Jolie's Unbroken


The Coens will rework the WWII drama that Jolie will direct
Feb 26
Angelina Jolie has enlisted Joel and Ethan Coen to rewrite her WWII drama Unbroken. The film is adapted from Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 book of the same name that chronicles the life of WWII POW Lou Zamperini. According to The ... read
It promises to be very different from 1993's Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
A new film about Bruce Lee is in the works called Birth of the Dragon. To my knowledge this is the first big screen narrative film exploration of Bruce Lee's life since 1993's Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. The film will be wri... read feature

John Leguizamo is Fugly in new autobiographical comedy


Feb 07
I'm a huge fan of John Leguizamo's comedy. Unfortunately, not everyone seems to think the same way. He's always typecast as the "zany Mexican guy who makes faces" and has to keep the same accent in each film. Thankfully, he's... read

David Bowie & Iggy Pop biopic Lust for Life in the works


Set in West Berlin during the mid-to-late 1970s
Feb 07
A new film is going to focus on David Bowie and Iggy Pop's collaboration and friendship in West Berlin circa 1976-1978. Titled Lust for Life, the film will be directed by Gabriel Range (Death of a President). The screenplay i... read

Wong Kar-wai may do sequel to The Grandmasters


Star Tony Leung would not return; film cut by 15 minutes for international release
Feb 05
After two years of development, three years in production, and some release delays, Wong Kar-wai's The Grandmasters finally opened in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore last month. It's the director's biggest hit by far ... read

First clip of jOBS reminds you it is a biopic


Jan 25
This first clip of jOBS, courtesy of Entertainment Tonight, (or if recent rumblings are true, JOBS) shows a heavy handed conversation between Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) and Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad). When dialogue ... read






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