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First official trailer for Ted 2 photo
First official trailer for Ted 2
by Nick Valdez

Ted was a nice surprise. Seth MacFarlane's passion project shined with all of the humor and heart that I would've never expected from the guy who brought us Family Guy. Then A Million Ways to Die in the West came along and well, now I'm not so sure what Ted 2 will bring. 

Now that we have our first trailer (playing during the Super Bowl on Sunday) for the sequel I'm not sure what to think. Although comedy sequels rarely turn out well, maybe this'll be that rare gem? I honestly laughed quite a bit, even if it steals that semen joke from Family Guy. But can a guy steal from himself? Ted 2 releases June 26th. 

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12:00 PM on 01.29.2015

Kevin Spacey to play a man trapped in a cat's body in MIB director's next film, Nine Lives"

Here's some weird, wonderful news for you: Kevin Spacey is going to play a man trapped in the body of a cat in Barry Sonnenfeld's new film, Nine Lives. Kevin Spacey, you know, the guy from House of Cards. According to The Wra...

Sean Walsh



All female Ghostbuster reboot nearly cast  photo
All female Ghostbuster reboot nearly cast
by Matthew Razak

We've heard plenty of rumblings about Paul Feig's upcoming Ghostbusters reboot that puts four female leads into the act of busting ghosts. Kirsten Wiig and Melissa McCarthy have both been rumored for quite some time, but today Variety is confirming that they and SNL alums Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones are in final talks to not be afraid of no ghosts.  

Feig seems pretty confident about the casting too as he Tweeted out an image of all four actresses. This is most likely our final line up if the director is splashing it around like this. The rebooted movie franchise will start from scratch and Feigh claims will actually be scary, but with this cast we're guessing it's mostly going to be funny. 

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10:00 AM on 01.23.2015

First teaser trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower

For a film based off the cheesy Dead Rising videogames going straight to Sony's Crackle streaming service, this doesn't look that bad. Doesn't have enough Frank West covering wars though. Dead Rising: Watchtower is available March 27th. 

Nick Valdez



Nick's Top 15 Movies of 2014 photo
Nick's Top 15 Movies of 2014
by Nick Valdez

It was the best of films, it was the blurst of films. Hey everyone I'm Nick Valdez, News Editor here for Flixist and you've probably seen my name on a good chunk of the stuff written here. If not, then I'll tell you a bit about myself. I like movies, songs about butts, and pink frosted donuts. I'm going to get a tattoo of a mix of all three of those things someday. 

Oh but you're here for this list. I've reviewed 51 films this year, and that's way more than I've ever done for the site before. That also means I've been way more involved in 2014 films than in past years so this list has been particularly tough. So, I guess let's get to it then. 

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2:36 PM on 01.15.2015

Get Hard trailer with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart is... actually funny

Both Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart can be really funny guys, but the second I heard about Get Hard I figured I'd be driving the other way. It looked like a dumb film playing on all the wrong racial stereotypes just pull l...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 01.13.2015

First trailer for Spy brings Melissa McCarthy and Paul Feig back again

Melissa McCarth and Paul Feig are like bestest comedy buddies, and their efforts turn out pretty solid as Bridesmaids and The Heat (Nick was too harsh) can attest to. The pair are pairing up again for a spy sp...

Matthew Razak

4:00 PM on 01.12.2015

See The Wedding Ringer early and free

Some folks find Kevin Hart hilarious. I find him modestly amusing depending on the film, but if you find him hilarious then you should grab these tickets to The Wedding Ringer because then you can see him and laugh. Pret...

Matthew Razak

1:00 PM on 01.12.2015

Beetlejuice 2 will take place in the now, will bring back Keaton

Seth Grahame-Smith, the man who brought us Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, has confirmed that his script for the Beetlejuice sequel will take place in the present-day, will star Michael Keaton reprising his titular role, and...

Sean Walsh

12:00 PM on 01.09.2015

The Interview grossed $31 million on VOD despite piracy

When Sony released The Interview on most video demand services but its own, it was promptly pirated nearly 100 million times. At first it seemed like this news would only deter studios from simultaneous theatrical and VOD rel...

Nick Valdez

10:47 AM on 01.08.2015

The Voices trailer delivers more than it appears

In the realm of talking animal movies there's pretty much one genre and that genre is children's comedies. The Voices is not that. Yes, it has talking animals, but it's also a dark comedy with slasher instincts. Plus, it...

Matthew Razak







Why what The Interview says about North Korea actually matters (an analysis) photo
Why what The Interview says about North Korea actually matters (an analysis)
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

I saw The Interview because I was curious. Amidst the complete ridiculousness of the past few weeks, thoughts and feelings have been flying around about the film. Outside of the few who had attended pre-chaos press screenings, no one was really qualified to speak to the film's quality. I frequently disagree with the press at large, but I still wasn't expecting particularly good things. That was the impetus behind my thinkpiece from last week, because let's be honest: A Seth Rogen comedy shouldn't be the film to set off a public debate. It should be some deeply serious documentary set in North Korea's concentration camps that make people incapable of looking away from it. I mean... right?

Well... not necessarily. Having now seen (and enjoyed) The Interview, I realized that this is about as close as we're going to get to a public discussion about the horrors of North Korean life. So let's take advantage of that and see what it's got to say. 

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Review: The Interview photo
Review: The Interview
by Nick Valdez

After a crazy couple of weeks of Sony hacks, full on terrorist attack threats, cancellations, and a last minute reneging, I sort of forgot that at the center of all this mess was a comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Under normal circumstances, The Interview would've gone on to be a moderate success like the rest of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's recent string of films and we would've moved on to something else. But, these aren't normal circumstances. 

What's now a historical piece of cinema thanks to sparking freedom of art debates and a simultaneous theatrical and video on demand release, there have been arguments as to whether or not The Interview was "worthy" of all this attention. Disregarding all of that and looking at this film as a singularity (basically reviewing the film as if all this never happened) yields the same result as if I would've tried to shoehorn in all of that "worthy" talk myself: 

The Interview is pretty damn fun. 

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2:00 PM on 12.23.2014

First trailer for Entourage film reunites the... entourage

I'm actually the last person who should be writing about the Entourage movie since I never got into the show at all and when I did watch it I wasn't that into it. I know. I'm a terrible person, but Dre is gone so you get...

Matthew Razak



The Interview getting limited theatrical release, possibly VOD photo
The Interview getting limited theatrical release, possibly VOD
by Nick Valdez

After all of the hubub and hooey giving attention to a film that's probably super funny, but forgettable, Sony is allowing a limited theatrical run of The Interview on its intended Christmas Day release (for those theaters that want it). Theater chains like Alamo Drafthouse and The Plaza Theater in Atlanta have jumped in, adding showings to their line ups, while Sony is mulling over a VOD release and is going over their options. 

We'll have more news as it comes, and of course, expect a review. I wondered what made Sony reconsider the release? Maybe Obama? Haha, no probably not. Here's the press release.

[via /Film and The Wrap]

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Review: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb photo
Review: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
by Matthew Razak

I don't think anyone thought we'd be seeing a franchise born when Night at the Museum first hit. The movie was plenty fun and surprisingly creative with a solid message that really didn't need to be revisited. Then it was, and it was OK. And now it is yet again with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

Of course overshadowing almost all of this is the fact that Secret of the Tomb will be the last time we get to see Robin Williams on the big screen in a new movie. This is his last role to hit theaters and for that, no matter what the quality of the film is, we should be thankful. One more chance to see him work his magic is well worth watching any film.

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4:00 PM on 12.12.2014

Marvel's Ant-Man gets official synopsis

From the looks of things, Marvel's Ant-Man is finally settling down after months and months of trouble. Whether or not you like the idea of multiple rewrites, late cast additions, or Edgar Wright leaving a project he helped g...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 12.11.2014

This trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2 certainly exists

Despite its flaws, Hot Tub Time Machine gained quite the momentum on home video. That's usually how most of these comedy sequels work nowadays. The original is a small hit, gains cult status on home video, then is repeated s...

Nick Valdez

4:00 PM on 12.01.2014

Red Band Trailer for Unfinished Business starring Vince Vaughn

Unfinished Business (formerly titled Business Trip) stars Vince Vaughn as some kind of business man who starts his own company (with partners Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson) after getting fired. Then they travel to Europe in ...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 11.26.2014

Final Trailer for Rogen and Goldberg's The Interview

I've been worried how Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were possibly going to follow up This is the End, hands down one of the best films of 2013, after their recently produced effort Neighbors showed quite a few cracks in their...

Nick Valdez



Review: Horrible Bosses 2 photo
Review: Horrible Bosses 2
by Matthew Razak

You know when something is funny you just have to do it again, right? That's the logic with Horrible Bosses 2. The original film actually had an appealing cast that worked well together pulling the film out of cliche and into funny. Seems reasonable to assume they could do it again.

In fact so reasonable that they brought everyone back (well everyone who survived the first). Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day all jump back into roles that were never meant to be jumped back into. Can the trio elevate another film?

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3:00 PM on 11.20.2014

First official trailer for Pitch Perfect 2

I once wrote an article on why making a sequel to Pitch Perfect, one of the most charming films of 2012, was a bad idea. The first is kind of dumb, Glee isn't the juggernaut it was a few years ago, but through all of that, I...

Nick Valdez