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Shaft

New Line working on new Shaft movie


We can dig it.
Feb 20
// Nick Valdez
Was anyone clamoring for a new take on a bad mother shut your mouth? Well, New Line is hoping you're still talking about Shaft as there is reportedly a reboot of the series in the works. Starting off as a 1971 film starring R...
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Marvel

Here are Marvel's release dates through May 2019


Jul 21
// Nick Valdez
With Guardians of the Galaxy only two weeks away, the Marvel hype train never ceases to amaze me. I've talked about my distaste for Marvel's marketing strategy before (where we know when and what we're getting so there's no r...
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Ridley Scott's David

Ridley Scott producing biblical film based on David


"But Goliath is dead, I smote him myself. I smoted him good!"
Jul 14
// Nick Valdez
With Noah, a Ben-Hur remake, that Bible miniseries, a film based on Pontius Pilate, and Ridley Scott's own Exodus: Gods and Kings in the pipeline, it seems like big Biblical adaptations are making a comeback. That's pretty co...

Ant-Man's new director confirmed, getting more rewrites

Jun 09 // Nick Valdez
When Marvel’s “Ant-Man” hits theaters July 17, 2015, director Peyton Reed will help shepherd the hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a cast led by Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, with writer Adam McKay contributing to the film’s script. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.    
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Bring it, Peyton Reed
After what seemed liked years of speculation after Edgar Wright left Ant-Man, Marvel has finally found a replacement director. It's someone none of us would have even guessed. Names like Adam McKay, Nicholas Stoller, Rawson T...

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Star Wars: Episode VII

Star Wars: Episode VII to take place 30 years after original saga


Filming to begin this May
Mar 18
// Nick Valdez
Along with the incredible bombshell dropped earlier today, Bob Iger dished out some nifty Star Wars: Episode VII news during the Disney shareholder's meeting. While we should expect the real big news (such as casting, and plo...
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LEGO Movie sequel

The LEGO Movie is already getting a sequel


Everything is awesome?
Feb 04
// Nick Valdez
So there's a good chance The LEGO Movie is going to do extremely well in the box office, and there's a good chance (thanks to positive early reviews and Matt saying it's great), it's good enouhg to warrant that performance. B...
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Star Wars: Episode VII

Star Wars VII script complete, Jesse Plemons in talks


Everything else is just a bunch of noise, apparently
Jan 20
// Nick Valdez
There are a LOT of Star Wars: Episode VII rumors floating around. From script problems, to crazy actor castings, to story points and so on. We here at Flixist don't want to clog you guys with all of that mumbo jumbo, and will...
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Best Man Trilogy

The Best Man Holiday getting a sequel because reasons


At least it'll finally finish the decade encompassing Best Man Trilogy
Nov 21
// Nick Valdez
A few of you may not know that The Best Man Holiday, which almost dethroned Thor: The Dark World its opening weekend, is actually a sequel 14 years in the making. The follow up to 1999's The Best Man was surprisingly wanted t...
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Key & Peele

Judd Apatow working on movie for Key & Peele


YES YES YES
Nov 14
// Nick Valdez
Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's Key & Peele's sketch comedy show on Comedy Central is absolutely genius. While the two may have been around for a long time (some will recognize the duo from their stints on MADtv), t...
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Kane and Lynch

Gerard Butler, Vin Diesel could join Kane and Lynch movie


But both of their offers are still up in the air.
Nov 05
// Nick Valdez
Remember way back in 2007 when talks of a movie adaptation of Kane and Lynch: Dead Men was in the works? Me neither. What I do remember, however, was the film was almost released in 2011 with Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx in ta...
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Mortal Kombat

Tancharoen fatalities his Mortal Kombat movie involvement


No one wins.
Oct 29
// Nick Valdez
Kevin Tancharoen is singlehandedly responsible for Mortal Kombat's revival. While Netherrealm's game did a splendid job of getting everyone interested in the fighting game series again, Tancharoen's projects kept that hype af...
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Hellraiser remake

Clive Barker working on a Hellraiser remake


with Doug Bradley returning as Pinhead
Oct 28
// Nick Valdez
Hellraiser is quite an interesting franchise. I don't want to necessarily label it as the most "niche" of the horror monster genre, but its overt S&M themes make it one of the few franchises that both stands out, yet stic...
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Ant-Man Frontrunners

UPDATE: No, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will not lead Ant-Man


NOPE
Oct 16
// Nick Valdez
UPDATE: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Edgar Wright have shot down the rumor (Gordon-Levitt and Paul Rudd were in meetings for the Ant-Man lead) with the former calling it "outright lies." According to an interview with the French ...
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New Willenium?

Could Will Smith get jiggy wit Independence Day sequel?


Big Willie Style returning to Earf?
Sep 09
// Nick Valdez
Consider this bit of news with the heaviest, heart attack causing salt as this is merely Roland Emmerich mentioning some things. According to an interview with Digital Spy, Roland Emmerich said he and Big Willie Style are "ba...
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Dinobots in disguise
Transfomers: Dark of the Moon may not have been the best thing since, uh, Dark Side of the Moon, but it performed well enough to justify a sequel. But what can Trans4mers, now officially titled Transformers: Age of Extinction...

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Spawn reboot

Todd McFarlane claims Spawn reboot could shoot next year


could be more horror than hero
Aug 28
// Nick Valdez
Todd McFarlane has wanted to get a reboot to his 1997 classic Spawn film off the ground for some time now. It's always been delayed for any number of reasons, but McFarlane still soldiers on as it remains his only notable pro...
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Justice League

Goyer talks Justice League, WB working on Aquaman


David S. Goyer explains how Man of Steel sets up Justice League movie
Jun 13
// Nick Valdez
Whether we end up liking Man of Steel or not (Matt's review indicates we'll mostly like it), Warner Bros and DC are using it as the jumping point for the rest of their cinematic universe, starting with a Man of Steel sequel a...
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Watch_Dogs, Far Cry, and Rabbids getting adaptations?


Ubisoft video-game franchises all headed to the silver screen
Jun 13
// Nathan Hardisty
Ubisoft seems to be getting pretty heavily into the film biz. After Assassin's Creed got the Fassbender treatment, and with Tom Hardy on board for Splinter Cell, Michael Bay for Ghost Recon (ugh), three more Ubisoft...
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Tina Fey to produce The Nest with Pitch Perfect director


Feb 05
// Nick Valdez
Tina Fey is producing and possibly starring in The Nest, a comedy about two middle aged sisters who live it up in their old childhood home for one weekend before it's sold, written by Paula Pell (who was an SNL writer for a g...
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Dwayne Johnson to produce a teddy bear film


Jan 24
// Nick Valdez
The art in the header is "sweet halloween dreams" drawn by Alex Panagopoulos. And it's a interesting take on teddy bears (maybe even more so than Ted). Why is this important? It's been picked up by Dwanye "The People's Champi...
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Christopher Nolan in talks to direct Interstellar


Jan 10
// Nick Valdez
It seems like Nolan's follow up to the Batman trilogy is the sci-fi film involving wormholes and alternate dimensions, Interstellar. The script was written by his brother, Johnathan Nolan, but not much more is known about the...
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Unseen art from Raimi's Spider-Man 2 features The Lizard


Jan 02
// Nick Valdez
You know how Dr. Curt Connors showed up in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy but never got to turn into The Lizard (even if we got that wish granted several years later)? Apparently, there were plans for Connors to turn into The...

Here's why a sequel to Pitch Perfect is a bad idea

Dec 21 // Nick Valdez
1. Pitch Perfect is too much like Bring It On. It is a very "peppy" movie with a universe in which A capella music is the crux of all major dramatic problems. In that respect, it reminds me of films like Bring It On or Drumline. In fact when you examine both Bring It On and Pitch Perfect side by side, you'll realize they both share way too many similarities. Both films feature an indie brunette girl begrudgingly joining a club (run by an uptight Blonde girl) that contrasts her interests, both films feature (and revolve their stories around) various level of competition, and finally both films create that upbeat universe where various characters are devoid of personality beyond the stereotypical. You know how Bring It On continued its franchise (around four films or so), yet changed its entire cast almost every time? That's to avoid a repeat performance and the obvious retreading of old ground. If a PP sequel does get made, yet is courting the original cast, it has already one foot in the hole.  2. If Pitch Perfect is a musical, then it isn't allowed a sequel. Pitch Perfect is a very confusing, very limited genre movie. It's not entirely a musical (with an original score, or various dramatic moments conveyed through song), but it wants to present itself as one due to its musical interludes that admittedly are only set pieces. If it wants to be counted as a musical, then it at least needs to be confident in its song selection enough to let the first film stand on its own. Generally when someone attempts a sequel to a musical, it falls into obscurity fairly quickly (ex. Annie Warbucks, Grease 2, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public). The failure of attempted musical sequels leads me to believe that the first film should be so good as to not require a sequel, leading to forced rehashes or reboots because the original cannot be topped (just viewed through different lenses).  3. It relies entirely on relevant song choices and casting.  The only time Pitch Perfect truly reaches "musical status" is during its finale. In the finale, there is a creative mash-up of a pretty good amount of current pop songs. But how long will those songs stay current and interesting? With its unfortunate decision of choosing current songs to cover (and remixing them), any movie following the original will feel stale in comparison since its already obsolete. Even if the film selects a presently "current" and "remixes its business," that will seem like old news since it has already been done in the original. The casting adds to this as well. Anna Kendrick is a big name right now (and to a lesser extent Rebel Wilson and Brittany Snow), but everyone else is largely unknown. That'll mean they'll want more money, or at the very least, they'll be harder to replace once they grow tired of the franchise (see reason one for why that's a bad idea also).  4. Glee has overstayed its welcome.  Why do I keep mentioning Glee? Because it used to be in the same boat as Pitch Perfect. Glee is not quite a musical, not quite a dramatic story. Yet, it tries to be. And for that reason, it struggles. When Glee first exploded in popularity, it cast relative unknowns who were suddenly jettisoned into the spotlight. It was also unaware of what it wanted to accomplish. Like Pitch Perfect, it was planned as a standalone story (a 12 episode miniseries) that was forced to become a full length series. After it got the extension it struggled to reach the heights of that first condensed arc. It has now been over four and a half seasons and Glee still struggles to find itself. It arguably went through one terrible sophomore season, a so-so third season, and this fourth season is finally showing some promise (because it replaced half of its cast with new characters). The point of this is: I don't want the same thing to happen to Pitch Perfect. I in fact, loved the movie for all of its faults. So I don't want to see its name struggle and dragged through the mud for a few more dollars. The second go around will not be as good as the first, and I'm not even sure it could make it to a third film.  Pitch Perfect works astonishingly well for what it is. It's main flaw, however, is that it's lightning in bottle. It capitalizes on what's currently popular, but who knows how long that will hold up. There's also a feeling of joy radiating through the film. It looks like everyone involved had fun with the idea and that helped take it to new heights. Any other attempt at replicating the success of the original will only lead to phony performances and a lack of the subtle pleasantries (such as meeting each character/stereotype for the first time). Ultimately, I believe Pitch Perfect worked so well because it was original (even if it thematically shares some things). In these days of reboots, sequels, adaptations, rebootquels, and lack of creativity, it felt nice to sit through something I haven't quite seen before . I'd hate to have that ruined. 
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Let's not remix this business.
Pitch Perfect is reminiscent of singing television shows such as Glee or Smash. It's a film that's not quite a musical, yet it's not quite a dramatic film. When I reviewed the film a few months back, I praised its musica...

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New Jack the Giant Slayer images have a giant in them


Nov 14
// Nick Valdez
After its delay to March next year and name change (from Jack the Giant Killer to Buffy the Giant Slayer), news has been very scarce for the the upcoming, might be good film.  Bryan Singer, future director of Days of Fut...
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Ghostbusters 3 is delayed again, may never leave limbo


Nov 01
// Nick Valdez
Alright everyone, let's all agree that this is starting to get sad. Super sad. First Dan Aykroyd wanted to a Ghostbusters 3 and had a script, then Bill Murray was all like "nuh uh to your uh huh." After a few years of Murray ...
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Wanted 2 still happening, getting new female lead


Oct 25
// Nick Valdez
Did you watch the first Wanted and afterwards think, "Man, I could really go for some more of that"? I certainly have good news for you! The sequel is still chugging along with a screenplay going into second draft stages (and...
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There are now two competing female Expendables films


"Oh no they did-n't!"
Oct 12
// Nick Valdez
You know that Adi Shankar produced female version of The Expendables we've slowly been getting news about? Well, looks like we're getting two of those. The second female Expendables film is being produced by Millennium Films ...
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Universal wants more Ted and Bourne, creativity dies


Sep 14
// Nick Valdez
At the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference the other day, NBC Universal's CEO Steve Burke laid out the company future's film plans (strange how we're getting all of this CEO s...
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Transformers 4 will surround new toys...I mean characters


Sep 14
// Nick Valdez
And the most obvious news of the day award goes to Transformers 4: Buy Our Toys Because We Said So. Hasbro's CEO Brian Goldner (speaking at the UBS Best Of Americas 2012 Conference, according to Collider) confirmed what ...
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Kevin Tancharoen had a Hunger Games pitch, was too cool


Sep 07
// Nick Valdez
Kevin Tancharoen, the same guy who did the Mortal Kombat: Rebirth pitch video and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie, once pitched an idea for the Hunger Games adaptation, according to an interview with /Film. Like Joe Carnahan's sa...

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