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8:00 AM on 12.19.2014

Review: Annie

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 fan...

Nick Valdez


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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

3:00 PM on 09.12.2014

Alex Kurtzman teases a darker Venom spin-off

It'd be incredibly risky to take a dark tone with a big superhero franchise, but that might be the perfect kick in the pants for The Amazing Spider-Man. And what better character to do it than Venom? After The Amazing Spider-...

Nick Valdez

12:00 PM on 09.10.2014

23 Jump Street exists, gets screenwriter

If you haven't seen 22 Jump Street know it's one of the funniest films this year. It ended in such a way, that making a sequel film would not only prove its ridiculous final jokes right but ruin the film's good will over...

Nick Valdez





10:30 AM on 08.14.2014

Sony is digitally altering The Interview

You know who hates democracy and freedom? Sony. They've kowtowed to pressure from North Korea about some crazy issues it has with the comedy, which is about two interviewers who get to sit down with Kim Jong Un. What's the ch...

Matthew Razak

12:00 PM on 08.07.2014

Sony planning female led Spider-Man spin-off

While fans are waiting on Marvel or Warner Bros to usher in the first superheroine film (sorry Marvel fans, Feige said Marvel's too busy for that), the dark horse Sony may be the first to break ground. Amongst their seemingly...

Nick Valdez

5:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Roberto Orci leaves Amazing Spider-Man 3

If The Amazing Spider-Man 2's quality left you wondering about the franchise's state of affairs, I'm sure this news may shake that up a bit more. Sony's had huge plans for the films with Venom, Sinister Six spin-offs, an...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 06.11.2014

Sony producing a live action/CG Sonic the Hedgehog movie

You know how Sega seems to think Sonic the Hedgehog is still cool? Branching into Nintendo games, that Sonic Boom cartoon, and now thanks to Sony, Sonic the Hedgehog is getting a film adaptation. According to THR, Sony (who h...

Nick Valdez



First official trailer for Sony's Ratchet and Clank movie photo
First official trailer for Sony's Ratchet and Clank movie
by Nick Valdez

The internet may have ruined the word "ratchet" for me forever, but I still adore the Ratchet and Clank videogames. I just can't believe something like this exists. Much like Sony's Sly Cooper film, Ratchet and Clank is heading to theaters with direct oversight from its original creator, Insomniac. Which means we've got a movie that looks just like the videogame counterpart (but much, much better), and the same voice cast, but it all seems like something that's meant for home video rather than theaters. 

Maybe I'm just so shocked, a theater release seems unlikely. But it outright claims "in theaters 2015," so I'm at a loss here. At least it looks very, very pretty and it'll be a fun time for sure. Ratchet and Clank wrenches into theaters some time next year. 

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Flixist Community Discusses: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 photo
Flixist Community Discusses: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
by Nick Valdez

Thanks to the Spider-Man property's massive popularity, talking about its movies are the most fun. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 already started out in a hole since it seemed like a cynical sequel to Sony's original cynical property hogging (Sony can keep the Spider-Man license as long as it continues to make Spider-Man movies), but most folks were still holding out hope that this time it'd be different. 

After the film's release, more so than the first film, criticism seemed particularly divided amongst our community. Some absolutely loved it, and some absolutely loathed it. Because I wanted to get to the bottom of why the opinions varied so much, we now have Flixist Community Discusses, a series in which we'll discover why a film may or may not be successful in what it set out to do. 

Gathered from the comments (from both the opinions post and the review) and Twitter, here's what the Flixist Community thinks of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Some spoilers ahead!

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10:00 AM on 05.06.2014

Here's Amazing Spider-Man 2's X-Men: Days of Future Past tease

Normally we here at Flixist like to keep away from spoiling things like a post-credits scene (and not the one you have to Shazam for some reason), but this is such a bizarre situation, it should be okay to move forward. In o...

Nick Valdez



Hey everyone, let's talk about The Amazing Spider-Man 2!  photo
Hey everyone, let's talk about The Amazing Spider-Man 2!
by Nick Valdez

From all of the talk I've seen here in the comments, on Twitter, and other film critics, everyone seems to be divided with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Much like the response to the first film, we have both extreme negative and positive reactions to the sequel. Some out right hate the thing, and some really enjoyed it. I want to get to the bottom of this, so I'm going to need the help of the Flixist community. 

If you've seen the movie, I want a reason why you may have liked or disliked the film. I'll gather all of your responses (labeled with who wrote them, of course), and pepper in some responses from the Flixist staff, into one post as "Flixist Community Discusses." If we all talk, and we see the varied opinions of all of you folks, I'm sure we'll get to the root of Spider-Man 2's problem. I think this can be fun! 

So, if you're ready, leave a comment below, hit me up on Twitter (@Valdezology), or even send me an email at nick@flixist.com. The community post will go live Thursday, May 8th at 12PM CST, so I'll be taking responses until then! Hope you'll join the conversation! 

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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 photo
Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
by Nick Valdez

The first Amazing Spider-Man failed to live up to the "Amazing" in its title. But while it wasn't perfect, it certainly had potential to become something great. Like with most superhero franchises, there's always a promise of better stories once the origin is out of the way. Despite some troubling advertising the last few months (the barrage of trailers, the announcement of yearly sequels and spin-offs), I still found myself looking forward to the The Amazing Spider-Man 2. 

When done in an amazing, spectacular, or superior fashion, Spider-Man movies could be the best comic book films out there. More so than any other superhero, Peter Parker is relatable. He's just a goofy guy who's in way over his head sometimes. And the same thing can be said of this movie. 

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is in way over its head. When power is handled irresponsibly, you get a fun but awkward web of a film. 

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1:00 PM on 05.01.2014

You'll have to Shazam Alicia Keys to get Spider-Man 2's real post-credits tease

For all of you going to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this weekend, know two things. First, the mid-credits scene of the film is a commercial for X-Men: Days of Future Past due to hilarious contractual obligations, and second,...

Nick Valdez



Sony planning live action Barbie movie  photo
Sony planning live action Barbie movie
by Nick Valdez

Looking for the next Transformers or The LEGO Movie, Sony's search for the next big toy movie has brought it to Mattel's Barbie. Closing a partnership with Mattel, Sony hopes to start a franchise based on the children's popular toy starting with a live action comedy that'll reflect Barbie's more empowering qualities. With a script in the works from Jenny Bicks (The Big C), the film will take a young cast and "use [Barbie]'s personal and professional skills to step into the lives of others and improve them, almost like a modern day Mary Poppins."

Although Mattel has released thousands of Barbie animated films to home video, this is the first time something like this has gone down. I'm curious as to what will come of this. Sure the Barbie name has a few stigmas, but done the right way, we could get more of a Lisa Lionheart than a Malibu Stacy. 

[Deadline, via Collider]

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