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5:00 PM on 02.03.2014

David Goyer The Breach adaptation picked up by Lionsgate

While David Goyer might be well known for his prolific comic book screenwriting career (Man of Steel, Batman movies, Blade) his directing hasn't really been that prolific. His last effort, The Unborn, was a middling horror fi...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 01.28.2014

Elizabeth Banks to direct Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect was a splendid surprise back when it released in 2012. It's funny (but not exactly brilliant), has cool women that do cool things, and the music's pretty fly ("Cups" ended being one of 2013's biggest singles). I...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 01.27.2014

Rupert Sanders to direct Ghost in the Shell adaptation

It's been a long time coming (as Dreamworks purchased the rights six years or so ago), but things have finally begun moving forward for a live action adaptation as Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell manga gets its director,...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 01.23.2014

Safe House director may helm Assassin's Creed movie

While the Assassin's Creed games may be hella deep into their mythology by now a film adaptation of the series has taken a while to get rolling. We finally got word that Michael Fassbender would be starring in the 2...

Matthew Razak



Round Table with Quentin Dupieux photo
Round Table with Quentin Dupieux
by Michael Jordan

Quentin Dupieux has dabbled in a great many things over his years in media, be it music, movies, or shorts. With his new movie Wrong Cops coming to select screening December 20th he took the time to sit down with us in Los Angeles to let us inside his head and pick his brain about challenge, working with Marilyn Manson, and how his new short became a full on movie.

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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

6:00 PM on 12.11.2013

World War Z The Second gets a director

Award-winning Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona has been confirmed as the director for the upcoming World War Z sequel, says Hollywood Reporter. No date has been announced for the still-untitled follow up, and the search f...

Mike Cosimano

5:12 PM on 12.11.2013

Peter Jackson still intent on making Tintin 2

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn was everything Indian Jones and the Crystal Skull should have been. An action-packed throwback to adventure movies, full of fun and old school daring. The fact tha...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 12.06.2013

Michael Bay doesn't apologize for the Transformers movies

Remember Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen? Neither do I. But apparently Michael Bay does. It all started when Yahoo visited the set of Transformers: Age of Extinction, and Michael Bay reportedly stated that the fourth film...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 11.11.2013

Justin Lin to direct sequel to The Bourne Legacy

Justin Lin, otherwise known as the man who turned the Fast & Furious franchise into stuff of legend as he directed the series' last four films, is now tackling his next ailing series, the Bourne franchise. While Matt Damo...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 11.07.2013

The Purge writer/director returning for the sequel

After a sequel to The Purge was announced shortly after it made its original run in theaters (and I apologized for it), we haven't heard much news since that announcement. That just means someone jumped the gun, right? Couldn...

Nick Valdez





8:00 AM on 11.04.2013

Rumor: Joe Cornish could direct Star Trek 3

If this rumor turns out to be true in some fashion, allow me to title the next Star Trek film, Star Trek Into Greatness (or maybe Star Trek Into Something Less Full of Bologna?). According to the good folks at Deadline, since...

Nick Valdez

10:30 AM on 10.31.2013

Update: Fede Alvarez not returning for Evil Dead sequel

Update: Never mind! Fede Alvarez is totally still making an Evil Dead 2 and it gets better. The director says that the reason they're not working on it right now is because the focus is on Army of Darkness 2. Basica...

Matthew Razak

5:00 PM on 10.29.2013

Highlander reboot gets a new director

For a movie series with the tagline of there being only one there sure are a lot of people coming in and out of the reboot of Highlander. The series finally ground to a halt a few years ago after it just got truly too ba...

Matthew Razak

3:00 PM on 10.29.2013

Tancharoen fatalities his Mortal Kombat movie involvement

Kevin Tancharoen is singlehandedly responsible for Mortal Kombat's revival. While Netherrealm's game did a splendid job of getting everyone interested in the fighting game series again, Tancharoen's projects kept that hype af...

Nick Valdez

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

11:00 AM on 10.16.2013

Aronofsky in fight with studio over Noah edits

When you get a director like Darren Aronofsky you know he has an artistic vision for whatever he's working on, and you'd think a studio would trust that vision after the years of relentless praise heaped onto his movies. Not ...

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

6:00 PM on 10.10.2013

Emma Watson working with Perks director again

I was one of the few people who wasn't blown away by Emma Watson's performance in Perks of Being a Wallflower. However, I didn't hate her and the movie was great so I'm going to chalk it up as good news that she is once again...

Matthew Razak



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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11:00 AM on 10.08.2013

Chu drops Masters of the Universe, rewrites ensuing

The only news we ever really had about Columbia Pictures reboot of The Masters of the Universe was that Jon M. Chu, of G.I. Joe fame, was directing. Now that news is gone as he's left the project. Not too surprising...

Flixist Staff

10:00 AM on 10.04.2013

Marc Forster won't return to direct World War Zequel

World War Z wasn't the greatest movie ever. Oh, am I supposed to elaborate? Oh well, uh, World War Z wasn't the flop it was expected to be and I guess that earns some praise. The film went on to earn the money necessary (gros...

Nick Valdez