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9:00 AM on 06.20.2014

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

(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...

Sean Walsh

6:00 PM on 04.25.2014

Somebody's making a Friday the 13th TV series

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...

Mike Cosimano

12:00 PM on 11.20.2013

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

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...

Sean Walsh

NYFF Review: Alan Partridge photo
NYFF Review: Alan Partridge
by Hubert Vigilla

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 way too many shows to list. Admittedly, I don't think I've even seen half of the Alan Partidge appearances on British TV, but from what I've seen, I've liked.

It's such a strange thing, too. Whereas many people go to film and television to watch people they'd like to have a beer with, the characters I listed above are the sort of people who you wouldn't want to meet in person. They're shallow, they're obnoxious, they're obsessed with outward signs of class. They're also hilarious because of it, like a mirror of the worst aspirations in the upper middle-class.

With Alan Partridge (Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa in the UK), actor and co-creator Steve Coogan revisits the character that made his career. Alan's still an insufferable wanker, but he's still endlessly watchable.

[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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8:00 AM on 08.08.2013

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

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...

Hubert Vigilla

3:00 PM on 07.01.2013

So this poster for Sharknado is a thing

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...

Nick Valdez

Review: Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie photo
Review: Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
by Hubert Vigilla

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 Springer. I wouldn't even know who Downey was until roughly college.

As a figure of sensation and self-promotion, Downey is fascinating. His abrasive style is fun to watch and yet frightening at the same time. It's a rampage of chain-smoking rage and absolute narcissism, fueled by a rowdy pack of rabid New Jersey meatheads in the audience. He was the unironic ancestor of Stephen Colbert in some ways, a pre-Papa Bear built off the stylings of Joe Pyle and Wally George and promoted with the savvy of MTV's heyday.

Downey was a much more complicated man than his TV persona let on. That's what Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie sets out to show, with varying degrees of success.

[This review was originally posted as part of our coverage of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. It has been reposted to coincide with the limited theatrical release of the film.]

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Review: The Arrested Development Documentary Project photo
Review: The Arrested Development Documentary Project
by Geoff Henao

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 digestion (marathon viewings, no waiting, no commercials, captions); I admit, I was probably part of the problem that caused the show's untimely demise.

With a revival in the form of a Netflix-exclusive 4th season premiering this week, it's only fitting that The Arrested Development Documentary Project found its release this month. Directed by two self-admitted Arrested Development superfans, the documentary shares some insight on the history behind the series directly from various cast and crew, including Mitch Hurwitz, Ron Howard, and a majority of the cast, as well as a number of fans.

However, how well does the documentary fare compared to the numerous behind-the-scenes features on the series' DVDs?

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Top 4 cancelled TV shows that should Kickstart movies photo
Top 4 cancelled TV shows that should Kickstart movies
by Flixist Staff

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 of which have to do with Veronica Mars. We here at Flixist are hoping it opens future doors for cancelled/not-quite-completed TV shows to get their day in the sun, the sun being a movie theater.

So here are four shows that, for one reason or another, weren't properly wrapped up during their TV tenures, and need a goddamn movie to fix it. More importantly, they are shows that we believe could reach the coffers of enough fans that they could come out in much the same way that Veronica Mars will. Yes, there are plenty of other great unfinished shows out there (the vast majority of shows get cancelled prematurely) that should be on this list, but they aren't, and admittedly, not all of these were actually cancelled (although the majority of them were), but you know what? We have a limited amount of space in our headlines, so there was nothing I could do about it.

What do y'all think of our decisions? Are we right, wrong, crazy, or prophetic? But more important: what shows you think deserve to have a movie Kickstarted/otherwise crowdfunded into existence?

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9:00 PM on 03.14.2013

24 film not going ahead

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...

Nathan Hardisty

Spielberg developing Kubrick's Napoleon as miniseries photo
Spielberg developing Kubrick's Napoleon as miniseries
by Hubert Vigilla

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 thrown around for the cast -- from various sources: Audrey Hepburn, David Hemmings, Jack Nicholson, Oskar Werner. The Romanian army even agreed to stage the massive battle scenes for Kubrick. According to Wikipedia, this would have involved 40,000 soldiers and 10,000 cavalrymen. But then the project got shelved due to the ballooning budget and the box office failure of the film Waterloo.

Now Steven Spielberg is taking up the project. Canal Plus interviewed Spielberg recently, and the director revealed that he is working with Kubrick's family to turn the Napoleon screenplay into a television miniseries. Spielberg previously completed Kubrick's unmade A.I. Artificial Intelligence, a movie I liked until the ending (which you've probably heard a lot from almost everyone).

No word yet on how far Spielberg is with the teleplay or how long it will be. Logan wondered in a staff email if we'd see Spielberg's delayed Robopocalypse adaptation before Napoleon is completed. Expect more information on Napoleon in the coming months.

[Canal Plus via The Guardian]

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11:00 AM on 01.07.2013

Flix for Short: The Office: An Unexpected Journey

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...

Hubert Vigilla

8:00 PM on 11.30.2012

Flix for (not so) Short: Threads

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 ...

Hubert Vigilla

8:00 AM on 11.14.2012

Johnny Carson biopic in the works

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...

Hubert Vigilla

New Arrested Development season serves as film precursor photo
New Arrested Development season serves as film precursor
by Geoff Henao

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 god himself, Mitch Hurtwitz. In an interview with Vulture, Hurwitz went into detail about his plans for the fourth season of the acclaimed show:

The episodes are an outgrowth of the design of what we hope will be the movie. They precede it. They function as an act one of a movie that we all want to do, but haven’t “sold” yet.

As rumored before, the entire season will lead into the film. However, nothing's exactly confirmed as the episodes will serve as a test run to see exactly how to incorporate the show's style and various plot points into a fully-realized film. I'm blue and ready. Spring 2013 can't come soon enough.

[The Film Stage via Vulture]

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8:00 PM on 06.20.2012

Paramount wants Justin Timberlake for Baywatch

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...

Hubert Vigilla

A new Sesame Street movie is in the works photo
A new Sesame Street movie is in the works
by Hubert Vigilla

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 which is just getting off the ground. Shawn Levy is one of the producers (and hopefully not directing).

Sesame Street has made two other forays onto the big screen: Follow That Bird (1985) and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999). Never saw the Elmo one, but I still have fond memories of Follow That Bird, though I haven't seen it in years. (Full disclosure: I rewatched it two years ago.) No word if Forgetful Jones, Captain Vegetable, Don Music, or the Amazing Mumford will come out of retirement for the film.

With a Muppets sequel in development and a Fraggle Rock movie brewing, it's a bit of a shame there isn't one company overseeing all these films. The Muppets are with Disney, and I think the Fraggles are currently with New Regency. There could have been a major Henson-creation crossover. Just imagine Gordon appearing at the end of the Muppets sequel asking Kermit if he's heard of the Sesame Street initiative.

After the cut, a song from Follow That Bird and two of my favorite Sesame Street songs that don't involve counting to 12 or visiting the moon. Honorable mention to "Jellyman Kelly," the only James Taylor song I don't feel guilty about liking.

[Via The Hollywood Reporter]

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3:00 PM on 06.07.2012

Two short Toy Story TV specials planned for 2013 and 2014

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...

Geoff Henao

2:00 PM on 02.24.2012

Shawn Levy developing Deadliest Warrior movie

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...

Hubert Vigilla

6:00 PM on 01.31.2012

The Matrix producer's Ben 10 finds a screenwriter

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...

Jamie R Stone