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Sharknado 3 has a title


Third movie in SyFy straight-to-TV franchise will air July 22
Mar 18
// Matt Liparota
You'd think two movies about weather-related shark attacks would be more than enough to last the human race until our surely-impending end, but sometimes the world is a funny place. Despite all logic, a third Sharknado f...

Dear Warner Brothers: an open letter regarding your fledgling cinematic universe

Jun 20 // Sean Walsh
First off, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is bloated. There are just too many characters. You've already got Superman, who got his own movie, but you've got to introduce Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg (or at least pre-horrific accident Vic Stone) and apparently Aquaman. That is 5/7th's of the New 52 Justice League to cram into one movie, and that doesn't even count the bad guy (or bad guys, because let's be real, this is a comic book movie sequel). To say that it's an unwieldy amount of big name characters to cram in to one film is putting it lightly. What about Green Lantern and Flash? Well, there's a Flash that will be gracing the small screen this Fall on your channel, the CW. That's awfully convenient. Even more than that? He is spinning out of a universe rich with developed B and C-list characters that. And not just Flash, either! The centerpiece of your small-screen shared universe is Oliver Queen, the Green Arrow. He was one of the first heroes to join the original incarnation of the Justice League in the 60's, and there's no reason the star of Arrow couldn't be considered for a spot on the team at some point. Better yet, TV actors are cheaper than big names like Ben Affleck or Henry Cavill, so in a movie like Justice League that will undoubtedly cost a gazillion dollars, being able to not only save some money but to have well-established characters a good chunk of your fanbase will be familiar with really can't hurt. And, not to besmirch anybody's good name (*cough Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. *cough*), but having a small-screen tie-in to your cinematic universe full of characters we know from the comics is a smashing idea. Why have a group of original characters who are little more than archetypes dealing almost solely with movie-verse themes and issues and the occasional D-list villain when you can have a team of characters that are recognizable and pre-established in other media fighting bad guys that are similarly pre-established? And, honestly, by the time Justice League actually comes out, who knows how many shows you'll have populating your shared universe. Finally, the best part? The real kicker? It's still early enough in your cinematic world's development that this suggestion is completely feasible. To my knowledge, nothing has been done in Arrow or Man of Steel that contradicts either's lore! I cannot think of one reason not to do this, Warner Brothers. Arrow has already built such a rich universe, one that led to a Flash spinoff of all things, that fusing it to your nothing-if-not-ambitious (if the rumors about your film slate are true) plans for a cinematic universe can only result in one much stronger universe for us all to enjoy! And let's be honest: your distinguished competition is already leaps and bounds ahead of you. Having a little super-speed to catch up can't hurt. Love always, Sean Walsh
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You already have a great DC universe in your hands...don't blow it.
(Spoiler alert ahead.) Dear Warner Brothers, You don't know who I am, but that's okay. I'm just another avid comic fan who is excited about the prospect of a cinematic universe that could possibly counter the Marvel Cinematic...

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Somebody's making a Friday the 13th TV series


why
Apr 25
// Mike Cosimano
Look, it does not matter who's producing the pilot (nobody you've heard of) or which network will pick this up. I could regale you with tales of what this show will be about or when it'll take place. But you don't really care...

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Locke and Key movie execs wary of three-year-old TV pilot


There's going to be a Locke & Key trilogy. Or else.
Nov 20
// Sean Walsh
How did I miss that they'd announced a Locke & Key trilogy? What is quite possibly my favorite self-contained comic series (a scant one issue away from it's conclusion, due out NEXT WEEK), by one of my absolute favor...

NYFF Review: Alan Partridge

Oct 07 // Hubert Vigilla
[embed]216434:40752:0[/embed] Alan Partridge (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa)Director: Declan LowneyRating: TBDCountry: UKRelease Date:  August 7th, 2013 (UK) When characters are taken from the small screen to the big screen, one of the challenges is finding the right kind of story to contain such a small personality. Most television characters, especially in sitcoms, are defined by a limited shtick, and it's important to find a movie that plays to that limited shtick by building a larger cinematic framework for the character without it feeling like a rehash of old gags. (Maybe the best of example of this is Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.) Alan Partridge winds up finding the right vessel for Alan Partridge by doing something that feels like an episode of a show blown up for the big screen. The radio station that Alan has worked for over the last couple years -- he used to be a television presenter, but his career took a slide -- has been bought by a hip young conglomerate that's phasing out old talent for new kids. Pat, one of Alan's long-time colleagues played by the always-reliable Colm Meaney, gets sacked and decides to do the only rational thing: he walks into the radio station with a shotgun and takes it hostage. Hilarity ensues. I imagine that when Alan Partridge gets released in the United States, there'll be a couple of think pieces about gun violence and hostage situations as a source of comedy, with the writers of said think pieces forgetting just how funny Dog Day Afternoon was in spots and that black comedy can be hysterical. Coogan and his co-writers didn't forget, and the resulting film is a mix of slapstick and well-observed social awkwardness. Pat makes a gun-rest with duct tape around another DJ's head, a bunch of crass personalities are stuck together in a room, and Alan sees the hostage situation as a possible way to up his slumping profile as a media celebrity. There's also mangina. Alan Partridge is a gag-a-minute, rapid-fire sort of comedy, and the laughs come in different ways, so even though I've listed a few gags, there are plenty more. There's the giggle from the line that describes Feetwood Mac as "soft rock cocaine enthusiasts" -- funny cuz it's true -- and there's a cringeworthy moment that involves Alan's backwards idea of gender roles. Several, actually. He's not what you'd call progressive about those sorts of things. Alpha Papa is a movie full of quotable lines as well, so many quotable lines that a second or third watch is necessary to catch them all. Since I've never been to England and I'm not much of an anglophile, I know I'm missing at least a third of the jokes that are UK-centric. Maybe the most surprising thing about Alan Partridge is that Coogan doesn't seem sick of the character. Alan Partridge made his first appearance more than 20 years ago on BBC Radio, and in Alpha Papa, it seems as if everyone invested in seeing where this goofy twit winds up. It's a game of comic limbo, maybe: how low can Partridge go? Coogan's gone on to have a successful career outside of Partridge, much of it thanks to his work with Michael Winterbottom, so it'd be easy to resent his attachment to a single part of his career. I can't say he necessarily embraces Alan Partridge, but he doesn't seem to be pushing it away, and that's refreshing in a way that Ricky Gervais' return to David Brent isn't. Alan Partridge as a character has always been a cult thing stateside -- I didn't even get into Partridge stuff until seeing 24 Hour Party People in college and wanting to know more about Coogan -- and I think Alpha Papa will similarly play to a niche audience of people who love those UK nitwits. Watching it can be a bit exhausting since there are so many jokes and, let's face it, about an hour with Partridge is a strong enough dose for most people, and yet it's worthwhile. I don't think Alan Partridge will win that many new fans to the character, but it'll make the fans happy, which is what Alan would want if he were real. [Alan Partridge will screen at Alice Tully Hall on October 7th. For tickets and more information, click here.]
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If you like Alan Partridge, you'll like Alan Partridge
British comedy has a fine tradition of endlessly watchable twits. Off the top of my head, some of my favorites are Basil Fawlty of Fawlty Towers, Arnold Rimmer of Red Dwarf, David Brent of The Office, and Alan Partridge of wa...

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New Pee-wee Herman film likely to shoot in 2014 (finally)


Today's secret word is "CHRYSANTHEMUM"
Aug 08
// Hubert Vigilla
It's been more than a year since we last heard about the new Pee-wee Herman movie produced by Judd Apatow, but according to a recent interview with Paul Reubens in the LA Times, it looks like it's going to happen soon. Finall...
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So this poster for Sharknado is a thing


Enough said!
Jul 01
// Nick Valdez
What more can I say other than this is a poster for the upcoming made for Syfy movie, Sharknado. It is somehow both the best and worst thing I've ever seen. It seems to be a tornado made out of sharks, or is a tornado that he...

Review: Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie

Jun 06 // Hubert Vigilla
[embed]209782:38164:0[/embed] Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. MovieDirectors: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy NewbergerRating: RRelease Date: June 7, 2013 (limited) Sometimes when a person gets famous for a shtick, it's assumed that there's no difference between real life and the act. I mentioned Colbert, whose fake conservative character on TV has fooled a number of people. With Downey, it's as if he fooled himself. His show was like Glenn Beck on steroids -- all the intellectual nuance of a 17-year-old boy fueled by all the nicotine in a carton of cowboy killers. If I'm not mistaken, there are a few shots and short interviews from Beck's Restoring Honor rally included in the film. And yet Downey was once an ardent Ted Kennedy supporter and a friend of the Kennedy family. Downey was also a crooner, though his voice wasn't as sweet as his old man's. There's a clip of Dean Martin evaluating "The Boulevard of Broken Dreams," one of Downey's 50s releases. Martin essentially says it's not bad, but it's not that good either. Downey was a poet as well -- not an especially good one, decent at best, but he was a poet nonetheless. In his prime, he was a sexually voracious conqueror, all snarl and sneer and teeth, occasionally making threats of ass-kickings and lung-ripping-outings. Years later, dying of cancer, he looked frightened. His face had that sagging quality of a person who rarely smiles. He wouldn't shout, and he was an anti-smoking advocate. (He once proudly proclaimed to smoke four packs of cigarettes a day.) It could have been the fame and publicity that drove him to odd extremes. Downey contained multitudes To paint its portrait of Downey, Évocateur relies on interviews with many close figures and fans and lots of archival footage of the Morton Downey Jr. Show. If you haven't seen the show before, it's worth looking up and watching. Even if you find the level of discourse repulsive, it's one of the more entertaining repulsive things out there. It's all shouting matches, with Downey belittling and bullying anyone he disagrees with. One show gets so heated that even Ron Paul starts shouting angrily in defense of libertarianism and in support of drug legalization. There are also animated segments incorporated into the film, which reminded me a bit of the documentary American: The Bill Hicks Story. One of these animated sequences recreates a Downey appearance as if it were Triumph of the Will by way of The Wall. It's effective for what it is, but I wonder why the animation didn't emulate the herky jerky, totally 80s intro to the Morton Downey Jr. Show. There's a look to it that's distinctly linked to Downey and his program. If Évocateur was only about the show, it would have been a much more successful film. I say that because while the show is interesting in itself (especially if you consider its potential influence on the nature of public discourse and media coverage), the film sets out to reveal the man, and it doesn't reveal quite enough. We hear about infidelities and ego, about his poetry and pop songs, and we even get to learn more about the infamous San Francisco airport incident that marked Downey's eventual fall from fame. Downey claimed to have been beaten up by skinheads in the bathroom -- skinheads who weren't particularly good at drawing swastikas. But once the show's over and Downey retreats from the public eye, we get very little. A few media appearances, a PSA, some funeral footage. This could have been just as interesting to focus on as the show itself or the resentment that Downey had for his famous father. The lives of famous people when they're no longer famous is fascinating territory, and it goes unexplored in Évocateur. But it's not like Downey was totally silent between 1990 and his death in 2001. There were various attempts at comebacks on TV and the radio, and legal battles with Howard Stern, and bankruptcy. That all either goes unmentioned or unexplored for reasons unknown. The sparseness of this material may have to do with the lack of participation from Lori, Downey's fourth wife. Her non-involvement may have shielded some of his private life from view, especially in his waning years. The filmmakers also tried to get Al Sharpton for the film but had no luck, possibly because the Tawana Brawley case plays a major role at one point in the film. We have to settle for Pat Buchanan instead. By the end, Évocateur is an incomplete rendering of a complicated man, but a pretty good portrait of a man as a cultural phenomenon. It's a sketch of a life. Like Downey's poetry and music, it's not that good, but it's not that bad either; like its subject, it excels mostly at acts of sensation but can only sustain its interest for so long.
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The rise and fall of an American scream
I was only eight years old when Morton Downey Jr. was at the height of his popularity (roughly 1988-1989). It would be at least another five years before I got into Downey's protégés like Richard Bey and Jerry S...

Review: The Arrested Development Documentary Project

May 24 // Geoff Henao
[embed]215699:40138:0[/embed] The Arrested Development Documentary ProjectDirectors: Jeff Smith and Neil LiebermanRating: N/ARelease Date: May 3, 2013 (Buy the film here) The Arrested Development Documentary Project was made by the fans for the fans. With that said, there's a bit of a direction that Jeff Smith and Neil Lieberman follow. The documentary is kind of framed in a way to help bring exposure and awareness to the series, which I believe to be the primary purpose of the project. The doc opens with the two asking people if they've heard about the show to which they, surprisingly, answer in the negative. It then proceeds to follow a loose timeline of the series interjected with interviews and commentary from fans and cast/crew from the show. While the majority of the cast is involved, a few are noticeably missing (namely Michael Cera and Jessica Walter). The framework closes with those same people previously interviewed if they'd give the show a chance, in which they give resoundingly affirmative answers. However, The Arrested Development Documentary Project doesn't really bring any new information for any die-hard Arrested Development fans. Anybody who's thrown marathon screenings and know their difference between Iraq and balls won't be blown away by this documentary. Like I mentioned earlier, this doc is mostly to bring awareness to those who aren't familiar with the series. Unfortunately, the majority of the people who would hear about the doc are the groups of people who have digested everything Arrested Development. Still, the independent project illustrates just how invested and proud the cast and crew are of the show, illustrated not only in their interviews, but just their willingness to be a part of the project at all. The Arrested Development Documentary Project is definitely filled with passion, but doesn't share much new information for those just as equally passionate and invested into the series. If you're a fan of Arrested Development, The Arrested Development Documentary Project is a good refresher on the series and helps illustrate what we all love about the series. However, if you're green on everything Bluth, the doc is made exactly for people like you. It'll blue you away... Maeby.
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It'll blue you away... Maeby.
Like a large number of people, I didn't take Arrested Development's cancellation well. To be fair, I preferred to catch the show on DVD rather than watch it during Fox broadcasts because of my personal preference of TV digest...

Top 4 cancelled TV shows that should Kickstart movies

Mar 15 // Flixist Staff
Shut up. I know that Joss Whedon just said this probably wouldn't happen any time soon. And I know Firefly already got a movie, Serenity, and it pretty much rounded everything out for us. Well, that's just great, but we should have had multiple seasons of an intrinsic, well constructed, complex, emotionally challenging Joss Whedon television show set in a science-fiction western universe. One movie did not make up for that. If Veronica Mars, which I love and gladly donated to the film fund for, can raise over $3 million then imagine how much a second Firefly film could raise with the show's rabid fan base who had to replace multiple seasons with one movie. Now I'd argue that the film would have to recast as people have aged quite a bit, but that's another conversation for after the film is funded. - Matthew Razak Let's be perfectly honest: I just want Lie to Me to come back in general. The final episode of the series, which really acted as a mid-season finale, had some really interesting character development and didn't really tie up much of anything. But if they won't bring the show back, I would be cool with a (series of) movie(s) too. The basic premise of Lie to Me is interesting enough that it could easily hold a 2 hour (or more) narrative together, and giving Cal Lightman and Jillian Foster a little bit longer to figure things out would be really nice. Given the general lack of craziness and thus budget (versus, say, Firefly, as cool as that would be), I think that this one would be completely gosh-darn feasible on Kickstarter. I mean, I'd sure as hell contribute. - Alec Kubas-Meyer Party Down is one of those shows that probably had a finite shelf life. Its format kept the charactera at the events they were catering, and all the drama in their lives played out as they served mini-franks to swingin' old people. HOWEVER, I think that a movie would be acceptable to break format and show us where all our friends in white shirts and pink ties ended up after that last episode. Are we having fun yet? - Sean Walsh Technically this show wasn't cancelled, but if there's any series that deserves to return for a conclusive ending, it's Genndy Tartokovsky's Samurai Jack (although you can supplement this blurb with any of his other fine series like Dexter's Lab, Powerpuff Girls, or his disastrously short lived Clone Wars miniseries). It's final episode was terribly inconclusive and Jack never got that final fight with AKUUUUUUUU! A film adaptation (under Tartokovsky's control of course) would just need two be a two hour long fight scene, and just render everything in its beautifully striking art, and everyone will be happy. I mean, The Raid: Redemption was the same way and that turned out to be one of the best action films last year. Samurai Jack deserves that final moment of spotlight. - Nick Valdez
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If Veronica Mars can do it, why can't these?
So you all know that a Veronica Mars movie is Kickstarted and happening and still making money. Chances are, it will end up being the most successful Kickstarter of all time. That's exciting, for a lot of reasons, none o...

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24 film not going ahead


'Witty time based pun'
Mar 14
// Nathan Hardisty
Apparently the 24 TV series will probably not see a big-screen debut anytime soon. Old Kiefs, according to Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, just couldn't get a "proper agreement" with Fox to go ahead with the fi...
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Stanley Kubrick's unmade historical epic is now Steven Spielberg's project
Napoleon was supposed to be Stanley Kubrick's follow-up to 2001: A Space Odyssey. The movie almost happened. Extensive research was done, costumes were made, the screenplay was written, locations were scouted, names were thro...

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Flix for Short: The Office: An Unexpected Journey


The Office UK + The Hobbit = Something better than the Peter Jackson movie
Jan 07
// Hubert Vigilla
Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey continues to thrive at the box office. While I had a lot of problems with the film's flabby storytelling, there was one thing about the movie that was perfect: Martin Freeman...
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Flix for (not so) Short: Threads


It's the end of the world as we know it, and we're all gonna die
Nov 30
// Hubert Vigilla
With the end of the world coming up (so say the Mayans, who were clearly never wrong about anything), here's an apocalyptic installment of Flix for (not so) Short. Threads was a 1984 BBC-produced film written by Barry Hines ...
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Johnny Carson biopic in the works


Nov 14
// Hubert Vigilla
It's surprising that Johnny Carson hasn't had a biopic yet. It's probably due to his private nature during his life, and perhaps his estate's attempt to maintain that. Closest we got we got, if memory serves, is Carson as a s...
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...Maeby
As attractive, young adults, the Flixist staff is made up of huge Arrested Development fans. While we've previously reported on the happenings of the upcoming season, further news has come out directly from the mouth of ...

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Paramount wants Justin Timberlake for Baywatch


Jun 20
// Hubert Vigilla
Because nobody was asking for it, Paramount is reportedly after Justin Timberlake for the lead in a Baywatch film. Long in development, the movie centers around a disgraced Olympic swimmer who tries out for a lifeguard positi...

A new Sesame Street movie is in the works

Jun 20 // Hubert Vigilla
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Sesame Street: The Movie is a thing that's happening through 20th Century Fox. The show's longtime writer Joey Mazzarino will be writing the film's script. Obviously no word on story, and Fox has yet to comment on the project...

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Two short Toy Story TV specials planned for 2013 and 2014


Jun 07
// Geoff Henao
Are you still wiping your tears away from Toy Story 3's ending? Are your DVDs, Blu-Rays, and VHS tapes getting worn out because you're worried you'd never see your favorite toys again? FEAR NOT, for Disney and Pixar have just...
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Shawn Levy developing Deadliest Warrior movie


Feb 24
// Hubert Vigilla
There was a period a couple months ago where I burned through all of the episodes of Deadliest Warrior on Netflix. I'd just have it going in the background while getting other work done, and the show would always follow the s...
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The Matrix producer's Ben 10 finds a screenwriter


Jan 31
// Jamie R Stone
Joel Silver produced not only The Matrix (and its sequels), but loads of other films since the 80's, such as Weird Science, Predator, Die Hard, V for Vendetta and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang... That being said, he's also produced stu...

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