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Fifty Shades of Grey sequel will need new director and writers


It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times
Mar 26
// John-Charles Holmes
Despite being a massive box office success, many audiences who saw Fifty Shades of Grey earlier this year were surprisingly disappointed with how tame the film was compared to the books. Original author E. L. James also repor...
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Fifty Shades of Green

Fifty Shades of Grey stars want fifty shades of green


Mar 11
// Nick Valdez
Although Fifty Shades of Grey had the worst staying power imaginable, as it dropped over 70% in box office sales its second weekend out which meant that word of mouth was deservedly awful, it still made $550 million worldwide...
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Jem Movie

Newest Jem and the Holograms movie image is truly, truly, truly outrageous


Mar 02
// Nick Valdez
Coming out of absolutely nowhere comes my most anticipated project in some time. After Universal announced that Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation/Step Up) is adapting the popular children's cartoon about a kickass girl band an...

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Neighbors renews its lease


Sequel will arrive in 2016
Feb 06
// Jonathan Wray
Neighbors had, to me, one of the most memorable, laugh-out-loud trailers in recent memory. Unfortunately, and perhaps personally, the film didn't deliver quite as many laughs. The general public seems to disagree, howeve...
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Super Bowl TV Spot for Minions


Feb 03
// Jonathan Wray
They're baaaaaaack! Or, rather, they're here, since Minions serves as a prequel. Arguably the best characters in the Despicable Me franchise finally have their own film, and I couldn't be more excited. In Minions, ...
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Dinobonoids
Jurassic World's first trailer was underwhelming for a number of reasons. As cool as a raptor gang was, the CG wasn't quite there yet and the tone of the trailer couldn't decide if it was supposed to be intentionally goofy o...

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Steve Jobs

Universal's Steve Jobs film gets official title and cast


Jan 28
// Nick Valdez
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...
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Universal Monsters reboots to be action, not horror


Duh
Nov 17
// Matthew Razak
In case you missed Dracula Untold and haven't been paying attention at all to what Universal is doing with its monster films, this may be surprising news: the Universal Monsters Universe that the studio is creating will ...
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Fast and Furi-YES

Rumor: Justin Lin returning for Fast & Furious finale?


#FAMILY
Nov 13
// Nick Valdez
I've reached a crossroads. Writing so much about the Fast and the Furious franchise makes me feel like such a hypocrite. Take the first trailer for Furious 7, for instance. Here I am celebrating a series' seventh installment ...
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Untitled Universal Monster Universe pic scheduled for 2017


Stop trying to make UMU happen. It's not going to happen
Nov 05
// Matthew Razak
Universal doesn't have any comic books to create a cohesive universe out of, but since doing that seems to be a way to make lots of money (at least if you're as good at it as Marvel is) that isn't going to stop them. With rec...
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Dracula Untold reshoots tie it into Universal's monster universe


Not everything has to end up in a team up movie, Hollywood
Oct 02
// Matthew Razak
Universal's monster movies may have actually been the forerunner to the modern "cinematic universe" trend we're seeing thanks to Marvel as they often crossed over with each other and had stylistic similarities, but that doesn...
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Scarface

Scarface remake in the works, Tony is now Mexican


"This is the tale of Tony Montana! Cubano flame with the Miami nuts!"
Mar 25
// Nick Valdez
Growing up, my dad brought me to quite a few Lowrider car shows. They're different from your average car show because they're certainly skewed toward a certain demographic. And that demographic loved themselves some Scarface....
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Universal

Universal sets release dates for Pitch Perfect 2, others


Pitch Perfect 2, Del Toro's Crimson Peak, and more
Jan 31
// Nick Valdez
Hot off the heels of announcing Elizabeth Banks as the director for the upcoming Pitch Perfect sequel, Universal has announced a slew of release dates over the next two years. Here in attendance is Guillermo Del Toro's Crimso...
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Mo Riddick Mo Problems

Vin Diesel says Universal wants more Riddick


The one man PR machine works his magic again
Jan 29
// Nick Valdez
Although Riddick completely flopped at the box office despite Vin Diesel leveraging his own house to make it a reality, like Dredd (Riddick's brother in R rated but ignored glory), it has found its place on home video. On his...
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Pitch Perfect 2

Elizabeth Banks to direct Pitch Perfect 2


Aca-awesome
Jan 28
// Nick Valdez
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...
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Universal announces another Grinch remake


Also Despicable Me 3 but come on, THERE'S ANOTHER GRINCH REMAKE
Jan 17
// Mike Cosimano
God has forsaken us. The people behind the horrendous Lorax remake (Which Flixist's own Matthew Razak liked, but what does he know) are making a new film based on Dr. Seuss' classic holiday children's book. Whose idea was thi...
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Fast and Furi-YES

Fast & Furious 7 getting rewrites to honor Paul Walker


O'Conner still owes us a ten second car.
Dec 13
// Nick Valdez
Now that Fast & Furious 7 has officially halted its production for the time being to properly get its bearings after losing Paul Walker, Universal is still in the midst of a very confusing situation. One of the many optio...
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Part of sales of Fast & Furious 6 going to charity


Dec 04
// Matthew Razak
Since the death of Paul Walker things have been very up in the air with Fast & Furious 7, but Universal is stepping up and creating some good out of it. A percentage of the sales from Fast & Furious 6's Blu-ray/D...
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Legendary likes Universal, so they put a ring on it.
Legendary Pictures has left Warner Bros (their deal produced such hits as The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel, and The Hangover trilogy) since their deal expired last June. There was an attempt to re-negotiate, but that fel...

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Cabin in the Woods to be theme park attraction


Prepare to scare yourself all over again in reality!
Jul 01
// Logan Otremba
First of all, if you haven't seen Cabin in the Woods, go and do so now. There may be some potentially very small minor spoilers, but mostly having to do with locations. You have been warned! Universal Orlando wants to create ...
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Pitch Perfect aca-sequel

Pitch Perfect sequel planned for 2015


Let's remix this business a second time.
Apr 16
// Nick Valdez
Pitch Perfect flourished like wildfire from seemingly out of nowhere. I loved it for what it was and still sort of catch myself watching it from time to time. It featured a nice cast of almost nobodies (not including Anna Ken...
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AMERICA?

Trailer: The Purge


#MURICA
Apr 04
// Nick Valdez
The Purge takes place in some kind of future where the government makes all sorts of crime legal for one night (12 hours) a year. This "purge" apparently makes America better by reducing crime rates and unemployment somehow....
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Trailer: Despicable Me 2


Never seen a more appropriate use of Eminem's "Without Me"
Mar 19
// Nick Valdez
With this new trailer for Universal's Despicable Me 2 we're finally given a plot. You know how Gru became kind of a good guy at the end of the first one? That's going to change here. He's been recruited by the Anti-Vill...
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Oblivion and Wall-E Trailer mash up


Mar 07
// Logan Otremba
So what would happen if you combined a science fiction film from Disney/Pixar and combined it with another science fiction film from Universal? Well you would have a mash up of Wall-E and Oblivion and their respective tr...
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Oblivion IMAX early release cancelled


Mar 05
// Logan Otremba
Universal Pictures really loves their movies to be released on IMAX. The month of April was rather busy for them with their release of Jurassic Park 3D in IMAX 3D for one week starting April 5th. Then Oblivion starring Tom Cr...
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Del Toro to produce Secret Garden adaptation


Feb 05
// Matthew Razak
Deadline is reporting that Guillermo Del Toro is set up to produce a version of The Secret Garden by Beasts of the Southern Wild writer Lucy Alibar. Universal snapped up the pitch amiss a battle of four studios...
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Universal may pick up Straight Outta Compton (NWA biopic)


Nov 20
// Hubert Vigilla
F. Gary Gray's Straight Outta Compton, a biopic of NWA, could finally wind up at Universal. The project has been in the works since 2009 and is currently with New Line, though a source with The Wrap says that negotiations bet...
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UPDATE: Joe Hill's Locke and Key gets a film trilogy


Nov 05
// Nick Valdez
UPDATE: Roberto Orci has confirmed, via Twitter (using a single word no less), that Locke and Key is really getting a film trilogy! Original story below.  Several people in the comic world have told me that I'm missing o...
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Trailer: Despicable Me 2


Nov 02
// Nick Valdez
Take at look at the first teaser for Despicable Me 2 which focuses all on the little yellow Minion guys (who're getting their own film too). It premiered around Halloween, so you have a nice tribute to that in this short vid...
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Justin Lin to helm sci-fi comedy Subdivision


Oct 30
// Matthew Razak
Justin Lin actually made a Fast & Furious movie enjoyable so he is clearly a miracle worker and needs to be given  more awesome projects. Universal agrees and has greenlit his next project Subdivision, a sci-fi ...

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