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3:43 PM on 02.06.2015

Neighbors renews its lease

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...

Jonathan Wray


8:00 AM on 02.03.2015

Super Bowl TV Spot for Minions

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, ...

Jonathan Wray



Super Bowl TV spot for Jurassic World photo
Super Bowl TV spot for Jurassic World
by Nick Valdez

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 or not. Thanks to better editing and a bit of new footage, the Super Bowl spot is much more gripping. 

Cool new dinos, cool new scares, and some poor Mexican worker is eaten (I always focus on the weirdest things). All good, good stuff. Jurassic World opens June 12th. 

[via Universal]

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3:00 PM on 01.28.2015

Universal's Steve Jobs film gets official title and cast

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...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Universal Monsters reboots to be action, not horror

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 ...

Matthew Razak

2:00 PM on 11.13.2014

Rumor: Justin Lin returning for Fast & Furious finale?

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 ...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 11.05.2014

Untitled Universal Monster Universe pic scheduled for 2017

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...

Matthew Razak

11:00 AM on 10.02.2014

Dracula Untold reshoots tie it into Universal's monster universe

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...

Matthew Razak

10:00 AM on 03.25.2014

Scarface remake in the works, Tony is now Mexican

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....

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 01.31.2014

Universal sets release dates for Pitch Perfect 2, others

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...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 01.29.2014

Vin Diesel says Universal wants more Riddick

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...

Nick Valdez





2:00 PM on 01.28.2014

Elizabeth Banks to direct Pitch Perfect 2

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...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 01.17.2014

Universal announces another Grinch remake

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...

Mike Cosimano

12:00 PM on 12.13.2013

Fast & Furious 7 getting rewrites to honor Paul Walker

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...

Nick Valdez

7:00 PM on 12.04.2013

Part of sales of Fast & Furious 6 going to charity

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...

Matthew Razak



Legendary Pictures signs a deal with NBC Universal photo
Legendary Pictures signs a deal with NBC Universal
by Nick Valdez

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 fell through. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary Pictures has now found a new home with NBC Universal. 

Out of this deal are a few important details. Legendary will put more money into each of their films (for example, they're backing 75 percent of Pacific Rim), will expand into television, Legendary and Warner Bros will still work together to promote the upcoming Godzilla, and Legendary still plans to release films on World of Warcraft, Hot Wheels, Warren Ellis's Gravel and Mass Effect. 

I don't completely understand business stuff like this, but the timing couldn't be more perfect for Legendary. With Pacific Rim's future box office performance looking as uncertain as it does (and with Guillermo Del Toro possibly getting to do more things), Legendary Pictures' future is a little more set in stone. How this affects Warner Bros' DC Comics films is another story. Looks like they need a new backer. 

[via THR]

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10:00 PM on 07.01.2013

Cabin in the Woods to be theme park attraction

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 ...

Logan Otremba

8:00 PM on 04.16.2013

Pitch Perfect sequel planned for 2015

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...

Nick Valdez

7:00 PM on 04.04.2013

Trailer: The Purge

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....

Nick Valdez

2:30 PM on 03.19.2013

Trailer: Despicable Me 2

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...

Nick Valdez

7:00 PM on 03.07.2013

Oblivion and Wall-E Trailer mash up

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...

Logan Otremba

6:00 PM on 03.05.2013

Oblivion IMAX early release cancelled

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...

Logan Otremba