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Rumor: Warner Bros has a
Rumor: Warner Bros has a "no jokes" policy for its DC comics movies
by Nick Valdez

Folks, superhero movies are dumb. I don't care how many famous actors fill the roles, how many Oscars you think a performance should get, how many famous directors take on the stories, or how gritty each series is, superhero movies will always involve folks in speedo jumpsuits punching each other into explosions or something along those lines. It's when you forget how inherently dumb each property is that you'll run into trouble.

According to Drew McWeeny at HitFix: 

Last week was about the fifth time I've heard that there is a mandate at Warner Bros. regarding any of the DC superhero films in development, and it's very simple and direct and to the point.

"No jokes."

What? While it explains the stupidly serious photos of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman in the rain, it seems like a terrible direction for WB's nine (NINE) DC comics films going forward. Sure the reasoning is admittedly business sound (apparently it's because Green Lantern, full of jokes, bombed), but having all of these movies be all same-y and serious is a bad, bad idea. Remember Man of Steel? Oy. 

What do you all think? Ready for the gloomy guses?

[via HitFix]

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4:00 PM on 08.22.2014

Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen are a match made in heaven in this Outcast trailer

What do you get when you cross an actor who can't seem to say no, and an actor who can't afford to say no? You get Outcast, the absolutely insane looking film where Hayden Christensen teams up with a British accent spewing N...

Nick Valdez



NYAFF Non-Review: 3D Naked Ambition is the weirdest movie I've ever seen photo
NYAFF Non-Review: 3D Naked Ambition is the weirdest movie I've ever seen
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

It's been an odd week. On Monday, we posted my review of R100, a film so crazy it inspired a man to eat his shirt. On Tuesday, we posted my review of Why Don't You Play in Hell?, a film so insane that it inspired a man to make a shirt-eating bet in the first place. But those were warm ups. What I was really doing was priming myself to write about quite literally the weirdest movie I have seen in my entire life: 3D Naked Ambition.

I always kind of expected the weirdest movie ever to be from Japan. I mean, that's where the previously two mentioned films and other bonkers stories like The Warped Forest came from. That movie has fruit with actual vaginas.

But 3D Naked Ambition has risen to the top. How, you might ask? Well...

[For the next month, we will be covering the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and the Japan-centric Japan Cuts. Click here for more information, and check back here and here for all of the Asian film coverage you can shake a stick at.]

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NYAFF Review: Why Don't You Play in Hell? photo
NYAFF Review: Why Don't You Play in Hell?
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Last year, Japan Cuts played Sion Sono's Bad Film, a project filmed back in 1995 but not finished until 2012. In my non-review of the film, I unequivocally called it a masterpiece, and I stand by every word. It is a labor of love that throws caution to the wind in order to just make a freaking movie, everyone and everything else be damned. This is Sion Sono's world and you just have to deal with it.

Why Don't You Play in Hell? is a celebration of that worldview. And it's every bit as brilliant as you could hope.

[For the next month, we will be covering the 2014 New York Asian Film Festival and the Japan-centric Japan Cuts. Click here for more information, and check back here and here for all of the Asian film coverage you can shake a stick at.]

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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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6:00 PM on 06.05.2014

Woman divorcing her husband over Frozen

If Elsa's journey in Frozen has taught anyone anything, it's to "let go" of the bad things. In Japan, a woman has done just that. A man says his wife has moved in with her parents and refuses to talk to him because he doesn't...

Nick Valdez

10:00 AM on 06.03.2014

Heaven is missing Nic Cage in this first trailer for Left Behind

I know I'm supposed to be a professional, but it's very hard keeping a straight face when I see something like this. Looking at this first trailer for Left Behind, based off the popular book line and stars Nicolas Cage and.....

Nick Valdez



UPDATE 2: Edgar Wright exits Ant-Man over creative differences photo
UPDATE 2: Edgar Wright exits Ant-Man over creative differences
by Nick Valdez

UPDATE 2: According to THR, Marvel was unhappy with the state of Ant-Man for a few weeks. After halting it's June production for script rewrites (without Wright's knowledge), significant changes were made to the film and Wright walked off. THR's sources also note that Marvel fears it might be sticking its neck out too far with the weird Guardians of the Galaxy. It's a shame. 

UPDATE: We've been waiting for an officially "official" statement from Edgar Wright over his departure, or at the very least, some reaction that wasn't steeped in rumors. An article over at Latino-Review (thanks, OhBollocks!) may have cleared up some things if true (Wright left over massive script rewrites), but we were holding out for one last thing, and we got a little something.

After a few mysterious responses from James Gunn and Joss Whedon (who want to support their director friend, but don't want to rattle the Marvel cage), Wright tweeted a photo but then immediately deleted it. According to CBM, he tweeted a photo of Buster Keaton (holding a Cornetto cone as a "selfie"), an actor who worked on films independently before signing to MGM, citing the whole ordeal as "the worst mistake of [his] career." Since Wright immediately deleted the tweet, maybe the situation is more harsh than it appears. We'll keep an eye out for more details. Original story below. 

Edgar Wright's directorial take on Marvel's Ant-Man film was something I had been looking forward to for awhile. He co-wrote the script with Joe Cornish, and had been slightly reworking it for years trying to get it off the ground. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly were cast, and at the time, it seemed liked we were finally going to get a different type of Marvel movie. Looks like that may not be the case anymore. 

According to Marvel, Edgar Wright has parted ways with the studio over creative differences. Here's the official statement:

Marvel and Edgar Wright jointly announced today that the studio and director have parted ways on ANT-MAN due to differences in their vision of the film. The decision to move on is amicable and does not impact the release date on July 17, 2015. A new director will be announced shortly.

So. Wow. Has this happened to Marvel yet? I've got a lot of respect for the man and his vision, and it takes quite a lot of hutzpah to walk away from the Marvel juggernaut. I'm also a lot more worried over the state of the film if it caused something like this. Was it the producers? Were there demands? This is just a big bummer. 

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9:00 AM on 04.25.2014

First image and cast for Jem and the Holograms movie

Since we never actually covered the initial announcement, there's quite a bit of ground cover. First of all, production of a live action Jem and the Holograms (the popular, and outrageous, 80s cartoon about women in a ro...

Nick Valdez







Mrs. Doubtfire sequel in the works, Robin Williams returning photo
Mrs. Doubtfire sequel in the works, Robin Williams returning
by Nick Valdez

Although it's been in development hell for years after the original Mrs. Doubtfire first made big money in theaters, it seems that Mrs. Doubtfire 2 is finally happening. Most likely fueled by Robin Williams' return to the public eye (with notable roles in The Crazy Ones, a quick spot on Louie, a few Nintendo commercials, and the upcoming The Angriest Man in Brooklyn), Mrs. Doubtfire 2 will be directed by Christopher Columbus (who directed the original film) and feature a script written by David Berenbaum (Elf).

Oh, and Robin Williams is back. Whether or not Williams' brand of comedy can survive in this day and age, I'm surprisingly wishing the film good luck. Assuming Williams can just jump right on the old horse, this might be a nice and nostalgic trip down memory lane for folks who lived in the 90s. For everyone else, maybe they'll get a laugh out of seeing someone other than Tyler Perry adorn old woman makeup? 

[via The Wrap]

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10:00 AM on 01.03.2014

Japan now has Disney Princess lingerie

Thanks to Japan's Bellemaison boutique, now you too can bibitty boppity boo into some fancy undergarments! Bellemaison has plenty of Disney licensed products, but now they've finally jumped the shark and finally have created ...

Nick Valdez

11:00 AM on 01.02.2014

The Wolf of Wall Street has a lot of "F**k" in it

One of the more notable aspects of The Wolf of Wall Street is its explosive profanity. It's used so often, and in such great amounts, I eventually had to use the word in my review for the film. But in a brilliant way, the wor...

Nick Valdez



First teaser trailer for The Expendables 3 photo
First teaser trailer for The Expendables 3
by Nick Valdez

We've been completely in the dark with The Expendables 3. We've heard about all of that ugly stuff behind the scenes about Bruce Willis, the numerous additions to the cast, but no one really knows what's going on. There hasn't been a scrap of promotional material (like posters or images), and the teaser above was dropped on us completely by surprise. 

Of course I'm worried about how the film's going to turn out. Is it rated R again because Chuck Norris isn't coming back? Is replacing Bruce Willis with Harrison Ford a good move even if Ford is a sad old man? Sure The Expendables isn't the best franchise, but Expendables 2 was great for its last 20 minutes since it finally delivered on its promise. Can Expendables 3 be greater than the others now that Stallone is going up against Mel Gibson? I guess we'll see August 15th next year. Don't keep us in the dark for that long next time, okay? 

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8:00 PM on 12.13.2013

Spider-Man getting Sinister Six, Venom spin-off films

Did you enjoy the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Did anything jump out and grab you? For your sake, I hope it did because a looooooot of Spider-Man affiliated projects are currently in the works. First of all, th...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 11.12.2013

Lionsgate considering a Hunger Games theme park

The Hunger Games series is an odd duck. It's incredibly popular while managing to be one of the darker teen stories on the market. At base level it's a series in which children murder each other for the enjoyment of rich onlo...

Nick Valdez

2:00 PM on 11.05.2013

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 could have been worse

Back when I reviewed The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, I admired the saga's balance of tones (I gave the film a 75, and still stand by it to this day) but I absolutely hated the film's cheap CG effects. For the first ...

Nick Valdez



Tim Burton in talks for Beetlejuice 2, Keaton returning photo
Tim Burton in talks for Beetlejuice 2, Keaton returning
by Nick Valdez

KatzSmith Productions has been kicking around the rights and ideas for a Beetlejuice rebootquel for awhile now, so we all knew it was going to exist someday in some capacity. Most of us feared that a new Beetlejuice would somehow ruin our childhood with a different cast (I mean, Winona Ryder didn't seem too interested in the idea), directed by someone other than Tim Burton, or a lack of Michael Keaton. 

Well, we don't have to worry about one of those things anymore. First off, Beetlejuice 2 is still kickin', and more importantly, Michael Keaton will return to play Beetlejuice because no one else could feasibly do so. Secondly, according to The Wrap, Tim Burton is now in talks to direct the film eventually. The site notes now that Warner Bros is confident in the script Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) wrote, they're now going through Burton's schedule and waiting for an availability. Basically, it won't be Burton's next film but it is in the pipeline. Who wants more Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice? I'll just stick to watching the cartoon, thanks. 

[via The Wrap]

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Review: Big Ass Spider! photo
Review: Big Ass Spider!
by Nick Valdez

When you approach a film titled Big Ass Spider, you know what you're in for. At worst you're getting cynical Syfy Channel type low grade schlock, at best, you're getting a film that reached too high but it's failures are completely astounding to watch. With the confidence to name itself Big Ass Spider!, I hoped going in it would deliver on all the Big Ass Potential a title like that could provide. It certainly supplies all the dopiness, comedic schlock, and cheese I could ever hope for. 

So where does Big Ass Spider! fit into this spectrum? Is Big Ass Spider! a Big Ass Failure or a Big Ass Spectacular? 

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11:00 AM on 10.07.2013

First trailer for I, Frankenstein and I, am bored

"I am unlike any other...as long as you ignore all of these guys I'm totally fighting right now" is the basic message of the first sad trailer for I, Frankenstein starring He, Aaron Eckhart. Produced by the Underworld f...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 10.04.2013

Samuel Jackson confirms Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch?

A few months ago Elizabeth Olsen was in talks to join the cast of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but it was never confirmed as "in talks" could mean a lot of things. But in an interview with the Wall Street Journal (as he was t...

Nick Valdez