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4:00 PM on 04.15.2014

First trailer for Intramural, a sports parody featuring SNL cast members

I'm not the biggest fan of sports movies as they all tend to look the same. But every once in a while, something new comes along and manages to rock the sports genre with its uniqueness. Intramural might make it close to tha...

Nick Valdez


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12:57 PM on 04.04.2014

See Draft Day early and free

FOOOOOTBALL! No, wait. DRAFTING PLAYERS TO PLAY FOOTBALL!  It's a testament to how desperate America is when there's no football to be watched that an entire film can be based on the draft, but, I mean, we are reall...

Matthew Razak

Space Jam 2 is [possibly] happening [without LeBron] photo
Space Jam 2 is [possibly] happening [without LeBron]
by Mike Cosimano

[ESPN's Brian Windhorst has made a whole lot of very happy people very sad. Via Twitter, he says that Lebron's sources have completely refuted this and stated that he is not involved in any Space Jam sequel. But while Windhorst's language seemed pretty definitive, nobody from Warner Bros. has actually refuted anything. So... who knows.]

Remember waaaaaaaay back in 2012 when our very own Nick Valdez reported on LeBron James wanting to star in a sequel to the greatest film of all time?

Well, do I have good news for you.

Deadline has the exclusive scoop on a Space Jam 2, starring one LeBron James. We don't know much about the plot, or which WB characters will appear, or how this affects the critically acclaimed Barkley series of video games. Hell, we don't even have a director.

What the studio has confirmed is a writer and producer. Sibling team Willie (writer) and Charlie Ebersol (producer) have been tapped to develop the project.

This is quite exciting, but I am still very concerned about the status of the Space Jam theme, as performed by perennial bards, the Quad City DJs. I assume all that and more will be addressed as the project moves forward.

I don't know about you guys, but I can't wait to hear about this from literally everyone I know over the next couple days!

[Via: Deadline]

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10:00 AM on 02.03.2014

Super Bowl TV spot for Draft Day

Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner, isn't a movie made for me, but I can see why it's going to be a big deal. Backed by the NFL as it morphs a sitting room into a stirring drama, Draft Day takes the most important day in a lo...

Nick Valdez

10:38 AM on 12.27.2013

Trailer for Draft Day turns sitting in a room into drama

Draft Day looks like a big, long advertisement for how awesome the NFL and football is. Now, I'm a major football fan, and the draft can beinteresting, but the plot of an entire movie based on it? That sounds like it's ...

Matthew Razak

Review: Grudge Match photo
Review: Grudge Match
by Matthew Razak

Grudge Match is a movie based entirely around getting two old actors (Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro) from two of the greatest boxing movies ever made (Rocky and Raging Bull) back into the ring to punch each other. It really, by all rights, should have been an absolute train wreck. I'm sure you rolled your eyes the second you saw the trailer. No way in hell a cash grab like this is going to be good.

Well, it's that time of year for (minor) holiday miracles. While the theaters are jam packed with Oscar-worthy movies you should really spend your money on, something about Grudge Match actually works. It's not great by any stretch of the imagination, but much like its aging actors, it's surprisingly doesn't fall flat on its face.

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11:00 AM on 12.16.2013

See Grudge Match early and free

Old people boxing? No it's not another Rocky movie, though Stallone is in this as well. It's Grudge Match, which sees not only Stallone returning to the ring, but Robert DeNiro as well. There's going to be a lot of wrinkles. ...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 11.25.2013

Yahoo takes a realistic look at Space Jam

Arguably one of the worse movies starring a professional athlete, Space Jam was something of an ambitious project. Meshing cartoon characters into the physical world while packing as much 90’s pop culture references as...

Michael Jordan

Review: Rush photo
Review: Rush
by Nathan Hardisty

Rush is an odd beast. On paper you'd expect some kind of mechanical, by the books ode to the motorsport with some human drama interspersed. In reality the human drama is on the absolute top of the podium with all the other knick-knack esoteric info all relegated to second fiddle. Rush is a grand love letter not to the motorsport but to the sportsmen. I wondered going into it whether the jargon and lingo would fly over my head but, in reality, a following of the sport isn't necessary in seeing that this is one of the year's best films.

Some of my family are keen petrolheads, with some of them coming along to see the film with me. I didn't need to ask them whether or not it was authentic because just as I taking in this grand tale of human competition I was also been fed a history lesson that might've filled one of my family member's anecdotes. Rush is a film that feels authentic, honest and knows all of its audiences at once. It's really just a damn good... ride.

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8:00 AM on 09.13.2013

First trailer for Grudge Match settles all bar bets

Let's say you're drunk and your drunk nerd friend goes, "Hey, who'd win in a fight between Rocky from the Rocky movies and Jake La Motta from Raging Bull?" Assuming any of that comes out coherently, the two of you get into a...

Nick Valdez

NRH's Weekly Analysis: Senna's human drama photo
NRH's Weekly Analysis: Senna's human drama
by Nathan Hardisty

I'm not a petrolhead. My father is pretty heavy into motorsports, Formula One in particular. I've never been grabbed by it myself but he pointed me towards Senna as an example of exactly what grabs people about the sport. From wrestling to football there seems to be layers of meta-narrative piled on, rivalries and underdog stories, that make it worth watching; more worthwhile than perhaps the sport itself. Formula One is about the pinnacle of engineering meeting the extremes of human reaction and dexterity. It too has its narratives and great tales, and Senna deals with a great human drama than can match any historical flick.

See, Senna does something interesting. I've watched it twice now and I've not been flummoxed by terminology or the technical vocabulary that's associated with such a heavy sport. In finishing it I think I did understand exactly why it grabs people, just like any other sport, it's the drama. Characters and genuine tragedies play out over years and years. You begin to be pulled personally into the mixture, just one of the many viewers to a grander human yarn.

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Review: The Trials of Muhammad Ali photo
Review: The Trials of Muhammad Ali
by Hubert Vigilla

I remember talking to a friend of mine about Muhammad Ali once, and he mentioned the nuttiness of the Ernie Terrell fight in 1967. About three years prior to that match, Ali had joined the Nation of Islam and officially changed his name to Muhammad Ali. Leading up to that fight, Terrell kept referring to him as Cassisus Clay like Floyd Patterson had done previously. (Ali beat Patterson into a pulp in his second heavyweight title defense).

Ali pummeled Terrell during their fight, prolonging the pain and keeping him on his feet without a merciful coup de grace. Occasionally after a haymaker or flurry, Ali would shout a question to his dazed opponent: "What's my name?!"

It was badass but undeniably brutal, and it was part of what made Ali a kind of heel with the public. The Trials of Muhammad Ali looks at this period when Ali was one of the most reviled men in America. In this fine portrait of that time, I got a sense that Ali simply went with the flow of social history since he was the right age for it, and he wound up on the right side of world history for the courage of his convictions.

[This review was originally published as part of our 2013 Tribeca Film Festival coverage. It has been reposted and expanded to coincide with the theatrical release of the film.]

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11:00 AM on 08.19.2013

Friday Night Lights movie script is complete

If you've ever watched TV and Friday Night Lights wasn't a show you watched when you did then you did it wrong. Go to Netflix now and watch it all. While the series had a decent run on TV more of it could never be a bad ...

Matthew Razak

7:00 PM on 07.24.2013

Michael B. Jordan to star in Rocky spin-off, Creed

First of all, I'd like to go on record as saying the Rocky saga is favorite franchise of all time. More than Godzilla and The Simpsons combined. So when someone says they're making more of them (you guys weren't aro...

Nick Valdez

8:00 PM on 06.21.2013

Flix for Short: Adult Wolf

Adult Wolf is the sequel that Teen Wolf never got (and no we're not counting Teen Wolf Too because c'mon) "starring" Jack Black and Kyle Gass, otherwise known as Tenacious D. You want your movie to be spectacular? All you ne...

Nick Valdez

Interview: Rob Zombie (The Lords of Salem) photo
Interview: Rob Zombie (The Lords of Salem)
by Hubert Vigilla

Even though I didn't care for Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem, I was interested in speaking to him, having dug White Zombie growing up and enjoying The Devil's Rejects. A friend of a friend had met Zombie through his job and said he was a really nice guy, and he was right. Zombie's got an ease to him and struck me as down to earth, comfortable, and free from pretentiousness or irony.

He's also a really busy guy: the book version of The Lords of Salem was released this week, which is closer to the film's original script; he and his wife Sheri are shooting a music video this weekend for his new single, "Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown"; and he's got Broad Street Bullies coming up to direct, his first non-horror film that focuses on the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s.

Zombie sat down with me and a few other journalists for a roundtable interview where we talked about the divisive reaction to The Lords of Salem, Hollywood's hatred of horror movies, the nitpicking of horror fandom, that thin line between comic absurdity and horrific absurdity, and hockey.

[This interview was originally posted as part of our South by Southwest 2013 coverage. It has been reposted to coincide with the theatrical release of The Lords of Salem.]

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Review: 42 photo

Just to make it clear, it's nearly impossible not to enjoy 42 in some way. It's a sports movie about civil rights involving the holy grail of sports movie sports, baseball. Seriously, no other sport lends itself to drama like baseball does. It's slow paced, allows for dramatic breaks and the sound of a home run hitting a bat at the last triumphant moment is one of the greatest cliches (in the best of ways) in all of cinema. 

42 is a baseball movie about one of baseball's greatest and because of that it would have had to be really terrible to not be enjoyable in some way. Thankfully, it isn't really terrible. While it may not be the best baseball film ever the movie leading up to that cliched home run crack of the bat is definitely worth watching. 

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5:00 PM on 03.15.2013

Flix for Short: Love Sport: Love Big Game Hunting

Earlier today we featured a new short called Jojo in the Stars from the animators at Studio Aka, and while making all of that happen I stumbled upon an older series of animated shorts from Studio Aka called Love Sport. There...

Liz Rugg

9:00 AM on 01.30.2013

List of film propaganda broadcasting during Super Bowl

This Sunday, February 3rd, there will be many balls kicked in America's annual celebration of the Wounded Knee Massacre; the glorious Super Bowl. Paramount, Universal and Disney have all announced their plans to broadcas...

Nathan Hardisty

5:00 PM on 01.10.2013

Trailer: 42

42 tells the story of the first black American man to play in major league baseball; Jackie Robinson. Judging by the trailer, 42 will focus on a lot of the racism and bigotry that Robinson had to overcome, and how he eventua...

Liz Rugg

10:00 AM on 12.17.2012

Trailer: Drift

As much as I hate to say it, Sam Worthington is "that guy" of the movie industry. He's starred in huge blockbusters (Avatar, Clash of the Titans, Terminatior Salva...oh wait, that one doesn't count) and yet remains completel...

Thor Latham

DOC NYC Review: Ping Pong photo
DOC NYC Review: Ping Pong
by Hubert Vigilla

[For the next week and half, we will be covering DOC NYC 2012, New York City's premier documentary film festival. Check back with Flixist for reviews of the DOC NYC 2012 slate. You can read all of our DOC NYC coverage here.]

Competition documentaries are an amusing subgenre that tend to be about three things: 1) the personalities of the competitors, 2) the exploration of a given subculture, and 3) how the thing they're competing at is a MacGuffin; the sport/activity is really a way to practice a personal philosophy of life. You see that in films like Spellbound (maybe my favorite competition doc), Wild Horse, Wild Ride, or Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters.

In Ping Pong, it's the World Table Tennis Championships in Inner Mongolia. The competitors are all 80 years old or older. The oldest is Dorothy DeLowe, a 100-year-old Australian champion. We watch her play, and she's practically planted in one place and not nearly as mobile as her opponent. Lisa Modlich, 85, another fierce competitor, looks on to study Dorothy's playing style. Lisa is a fiery Austrian immigrant who now lives in Houston. She laughs but has the heart of a lion.

"I don't care how good she is, I should get her," Lisa says to the camera as Dorothy strains for a return. There's fierce judgment in her voice like anyone who wants to win. "She can't move."

Lisa then smiles, as if to say, "And I would destroy her."

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