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9:00 AM on 03.31.2015

Metal Gear Solid adaptation to be written by Jay Basu

As Deadline reports that Jay Basu will write the screenplay for Sony Pictures feature film adaptation of the hugely popular Metal Gear Solid video game, it seems the pieces are finally falling into place.  We've hea...

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Review: Dead Rising: Watchtower photo
Review: Dead Rising: Watchtower
by Nick Valdez

Videogames have had a rough time in cinema. Since videogames are such an interactive medium, a film adaptation always misses out on the intimacy of player involvement or the videogame's story struggles to find an identity in a new medium. But most of the time, all of these problems are brought on by folks who clearly aren't aware of the original product and what made it so appealing to fans. 

Films like Need for Speed, DOA: Dead or Alive, or Super Mario Bros., have been fine examples of how these films can go wrong, but Dead Rising: Watchtower is a welcome example of a videogame adaptation doing everything right.

A fun, self-aware, bloody brilliant party that is just as goofy as you'd hope. 

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9:00 AM on 03.24.2015

Sony planning Little Women remake

Another day, another Sony reboot. This time around, the studio is looking to once again adapt the Louisa May Alcott classic novel about sisters in the post-Civil War era, Little Women, which was most recently in theaters over...

Matt Liparota

4:00 PM on 03.13.2015

Gendy Tartakovsky leaves Popeye film

It's a Gendy Tartakovsky kind of day evidently. The awesome animation director was all set and very excited to direct Sony's animated Popeye movie even to the point of putting together a fantastic animation test, but it ...

Matthew Razak


10:00 AM on 03.10.2015

Sony is planning a big Ghostbusters universe

If the latest news of Paul Feig's upcoming Ghostbusters film (featuring a cast of awesome ladies) somehow rubbed you the wrong way because Dude Ghostbusters looked like Lady Ghostbusters, don't worry Sony's got your back. Dea...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 03.03.2015

Drew Goddard could direct Sony and Marvel's Spider-Man reboot

When Sony announced they were bringing Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I thought of many reasons it could be a bad or good idea. But one thing I had never thought of was what potential directors we'd get for th...

Nick Valdez



5 Reasons Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a bad idea photo
5 Reasons Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a bad idea
by Nick Valdez

Yesterday I wrote up a list of five reasons why Spider-Man joining the MCU was a good idea, and while I stand by my points, I couldn't shake the feeling in the back of my head. Cold and cynical as I am, it felt weird just accepting this hype train head on. You see, for as many reasons thinking it'd be a good idea, there are a strangely equal amount of reasons why it'd be a bad one. 

As more of the Sony/Marvel deal has been clarified with Sony indeed retaining majority creative control, and the two companies deciding to recast the titular character, I figured I should also go through five reasons why Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a bad idea.

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5 Reasons Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a good idea photo
5 Reasons Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a good idea
by Nick Valdez

I don't know about you all, but I'm still shocked at the news that Sony and Marvel are finally getting along and Spider-Man will officially join the Marvel movies. The finer details of the deal are still shrouded in mystery with some sites reporting that Sony let Marvel have the character for free, some saying Andrew Garfield is out for good and Marvel will recast, and we still don't know exactly how much control Sony will have going forward. But in the end, this is pretty awesome. 

But exactly how awesome is this move? After thinking about it for a bit (taking time in between to remind myself that this is real), I've come up with five reasons why Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is an Amazing, Astonishing, Spectacular, Ultimate, and Superior idea.

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Sony's Spider-Man officially joining Marvel cinematic universe photo
Sony's Spider-Man officially joining Marvel cinematic universe
by Nick Valdez

Wow, so, uh, yeah. I'm at a loss for words. Because both Sony and Marvel like money, and Sony has been wondering what to do with the The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, the two companies are now working together. According to the deal, Marvel's "new" Spider-Man (which most likely will recast Andrew Garfield and start a new line of films) will first appear in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film and Sony will then release the next Spider-Man film in 2017. 

The two studios will collaborate with Sony remaining in control of future Spider-Man solo projects, but will allow Spider-Man to presumably join films like The Avengers and Marvel working to get its characters into future Spider films. 

Holy bologna. Time to speculate! I'm hoping for Miles Morales actually since the press release emphasizes "new Spider-Man" and Marvel will most likely want a clean slate. Plus, it's the best way to get a new Spider-Man without the same origin story. Holy moley, you guys. Here's the press release.

[via Marvel]

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Rumor: Spider-Man to appear in Avengers: Infinity War photo
Rumor: Spider-Man to appear in Avengers: Infinity War
by Matthew Razak

After Sony was soundly disappointed by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 the company was struggling with what to do with the character. As some leaked documents (that we did not cover) showed they even reached out to Marvel to possibly bring him into the MCU and jointly run the character. Those talks looked like they fell through, but did they?

Latino Review is reporting that they were in fact successful and that Spider-Man will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2018 with Avengers: Infinity War Part 1. That all makes sense considering the major part Spidey plays in Civil War, which will be the Captain American installment of Phase 3. 

Of course this is all a massive rumor and even if it is true there's millions and millions of dollars involved meaning everything could easily fall apart. Sony won't want to let go easily of its only super hero, but we're pretty sure Marvel is desperate to have him as an Avenger. The Latino Review report goes into some major spoilers about this as well.

Finally, since Marvel will be resetting the character Andrew Garfield will no longer be playing him. Sad for fans of the actor in the role, but I'm not going to lose much sleep.

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Nick's Top 10 Movie Music Moments of 2014 photo
Nick's Top 10 Movie Music Moments of 2014
by Nick Valdez

Music plays an integral role in film. Easily ignored, easily forgotten, a film's soundtrack is the little celebrated framework of cinema. But when sound and sight marry into a great scene, you get some of the best moments. Like in 2013, 2014 had a wide array of music. From 70s rock, to dance pop, to Euro trance, jazz, quirky originals, and even a few oddballs. 

To earn a spot on this list a film's got to have a scene that uses its soundtrack so well, I remember it weeks or even months after I've seen it. So let's get to it then, yeah. 

Here are my picks for The Top 10 Movie Music Moments of 2014.

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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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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: Annie photo
Review: Annie
by Nick Valdez

Remakes are always at a disadvantage. Regardless of the final product's quality, it will always be compared to the film it's adapting. Remakes usually are stuck with two options: Either pay homage to the original and make fans happy or create something brand new and remake a film in name only. It's sort of a damned if you, damned if you don't situation. 

Either path you choose will rub someone, somewhere the wrong way. In a situation where you can't possibly win, it's totally understandable how Annie tries to have as much fun as it can as it attempts to blend both new and old.

But in trying to please everyone, Annie pleases none. 

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1:41 PM on 12.18.2014

Paramount bans screenings of Team America: World Police

After yesterday's news that The Interview (why?) would no longer be releasing on December 25 (if ever) many smaller theaters announced that they would instead be screening Team America: World Police, which, as we all rem...

Matthew Razak



Gore Verbinski's Pyongyang canceled after Sony hack photo
Gore Verbinski's Pyongyang canceled after Sony hack
by Jonathan Wray

There are certain times in your life that you just sit down, hunch over, and bury your face in your hands. This is one of those times.

Fresh in the wake of the Sony/North Korea debacle over The Interview, New Regency has went ahead and pulled the plug on Pyongyang, an upcoming film that was set to star Agent Michael Scarn Steve Carrell. The film was set to be based on the graphic novel by Guy Delisle. In the novel, Delisle spends two months living in Pyongyang, equipped with only cigarettes, alcohol, George Orwell's "1984", and an Aphex Twin CD.

As correctly predicted by some, the cancellation of The Interview sets an extremely dangerous precedent, and we're already seeing the fallout. We may see an entire genre of international/political films ignored in the future, and there has to be some screenwriters in Hollywood furiously editing scripts right now. So much for 2014 ending quietly.

[via BusinessInsider]

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UPDATE: Sony hackers threaten attack, Sony allowing theaters to pull The Interview photo
UPDATE: Sony hackers threaten attack, Sony allowing theaters to pull The Interview
by Matthew Razak

UPDATE: We've passed the point of beating around the bush. This has gone from hacking some emails to threatening full out violence against people who would consider seeing some damn movie. Sony has taken the next step and is allowing theaters to pull The Interview, if they so choose. I won't blame theaters that do, nor will I fault Sony for making this decision. It just kind of sucks that we're in an age where Hollywood can't even churn out a damn parody. But, barring any tragedy, we'll still be here to watch the film for ourselves and present our opinions for you all. Original story below. - Nick]

While we took a hard line on not covering any movie news leaking from the Sony hack it's still a major story in the film industry and the hack has gone too far to ignore. This is especially true when they're threatening actual violence on theaters that play the film. In the latest release, which reportedly also included more hacked files, the hackers stated:

Warning

We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places “The Interview” be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to.
Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made.
The world will be full of fear.
Remember the 11th of September 2001.
We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time.
(If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)
Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.
All the world will denounce the SONY.

First, Sony should start calling themselves The SONY from here on out. Second, it hasn't been confirmed that this email came from the same people, but it is probable. Third, fuck them. This just went from an embarrassing and financially troublesome issue for a single company to a disturbing and disgusting over reaction. Even if they're simply trying to rile things up this has gone beyond acceptable. God, I hope this movie is actually funny.

[via Variety]

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Sony's hack, Flixist, and you photo
Sony's hack, Flixist, and you
by Nick Valdez

We here at Flixist appreciate that while you can get your movie news fix from anywhere, you lovingly come back to us. We'd like to thank you for your readership wholeheartedly. Without you all, there's a good chance we'd be talking about the latest Marvel movie in some abandoned alley somewhere while writing "I love dogs" on the walls. 

But from time to time, we come across some bits of news that we're conflicted about discussing with you all. As Flixist's News Editor, I'd like to clarify our stance on these things. 

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10:00 AM on 11.12.2014

Rumor: Sony is coming up with a bunch of random Spider-Man movie ideas

We like to steer clear of most rumors here on Flixist because if we told you all about each one, we'd be writing about outlandish stuff every day. But Sony's discussing so many crazy Spider-Man movies, we gotta talk about 'em...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 10.01.2014

Zombieland 2 is undead, gets new writer

Last we heard about a sequel to the 2009 film Zombieland, was about two years ago when the kibosh was effectively put on any sequel talk. Then last year talk had begun of a Zombieland TV series for Amazon's Instant Video. But...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 09.19.2014

Here's a stunning first look at the CG animated Popeye

If you were at all worried about the state of Genndy Tartakovsky's (the man who brought us Hotel Transylvania, Dexter's Laboratory, and Samurai Jack) take on Popeye, there's no need to worry anymore. Although this first foot...

Nick Valdez

3:00 PM on 09.16.2014

We're getting another I Know What You Did Last Summer

I Know What You Did Last Seventeen Years Ago was a big hit when it first arrived in 1997 during Kevin Williamson's golden age where he wrote scripts for films like Scream and The Faculty. And as such, it did well enough to ge...

Nick Valdez