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6:00 PM on 02.25.2014

Shrek 5 teased by DreamWorks

In an upcoming interview with the Fox Business network, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffery Katzenberg teased the possibility of a fifth (!!!) Shrek film. Variety got their hands on the interview ahead of its release, and picked...

Mike Cosimano


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12:00 PM on 02.03.2014

X-Men Producer Wants a Gambit Movie

Longtime X-Men series producer Lauren Shuler Donner recently spoke to Empire Magazine about the possibility of a Gambit-focused X-Men film, starring Channing Tatum as the titular Cajun mutant. "I'm dying to do a Gambit movie ...

Mike Cosimano

3:00 PM on 12.03.2013

Ron Burgundy promotes 'Anchorman 2' by reading real news

Legendary anchorman Ron Burgundy (played by Will Ferrell) took to the newsroom this past Saturday to deliver a 30 minute real newscast on North Dakota'a KX News. Burgundy has not been shy while promoting Anchorman 2: Th...

Isabelle Magliari

4:00 PM on 08.06.2013

Harrison Ford wants Indy 5

Surprising absolutely no-one Harrison Ford has said that he wants to play the role of his life once more. Speaking to the Telegraph he has said that "We've seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it...

Nathan Hardisty

3:00 PM on 08.06.2013

Bryan Singer reveals more about Days of Future Past

Bryan Singer chatted about some new details around Days of Future Past at a special Q&A at the Fantasia International Film Festival. He revealed that a young William Stryker will feature in the film (played by Josh H...

Nathan Hardisty

Movie on Boston Marathon bombing may be in works photo
Movie on Boston Marathon bombing may be in works
by Hubert Vigilla

Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, the screenwriters of The Fighter, have obtained the feature film rights to the book Boston Strong, a chronicle of the Boston Marathon bombing and the ensuing manhunt for Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The book is co-written by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, and is scheduled to be published next year.

It's barely been three months since the attack, so this immediately strikes me as tacky even if Johnson and Tamasy have the best intentions in mind. That's not to say that real-life events like this shouldn't be depicted on film (I think Paul Greengrass's United 93 is a great though difficult movie, for example), but waiting a while before picking up the film rights probably would have been more tactful.

What do you think about a possible film on the Boston Marathon bombing? Is it too soon to consider making one? Is there an unspoken statute of limitations when it comes to on-screen depictions of real-life tragedy?

[via Deadline]

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Tribeca doc Oxyana causes controversy in West Virginia photo
Tribeca doc Oxyana causes controversy in West Virginia
by Hubert Vigilla

Alec and I didn't like the drug addiction documentary Oxyana at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Apparently we're not alone. A number of West Virginia residents are upset with director Sean Dunne and claim that he has misrepresented the town of Oceana based on various reports, reviews, and trailers. Some of these concerns have been raised in the comments for reviews of Oxyana at The Playlist and Film School Rejects. No one in West Virginia has had a chance to see the documentary yet since Dunne has reportedly declined to screen Oxyana for residents of Oceana and currently has no plans to screen the film in the state. Oceana resident Dennie Morgan (who commented on the FSR review) is calling for a town hall meeting on May 31st to address issues with the film and within the community.

Initial concerns about Oxyana were raised during the production of the film last year. In this September 6, 2012 article from The Register-Herald, Oceana resident Ashley Stewart expressed worries over the negative portrayal of the town. In a Film International interview with Dunne and Mike Moore, an Oceana dentist who appears in the film and has seen the completed work, Moore suggests that some of the anger over Oxyana may be rooted in denial by those in the community.

This issue's pretty fascinating to me in that it raises a number of questions about the practices of documentary filmmakers as well as the actual drug problems facing Southern West Virginia. I'm particularly interested if screenings will eventually take place in West Virginia or if screener copies will be given out to residents in some fashion. We'll keep tabs on this as it develops.

After the cut is a video of Morgan on WVVA TV discussing his issues with Oxyana. You can also view/listen to a radio interview with Morgan at MetroNews by clicking here. (The comments with the broadcast are pretty interesting.) I've also included some tweets from Dunne himself regarding these recent reports.

[via MetroNews, WVVA, The Register-Herald, Film International, The Playlist, Film School Rejects]

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6:00 PM on 04.17.2013

Disney releasing a Star Wars every year after 2015

Oh blimey. It seems Disney is extending its Marvel Universe plans into the Star Wars properties with this one. Every year, starting with 2015, Disney is planning to release a Star Wars movie every single year. ...

Nathan Hardisty

6:00 PM on 04.03.2013

Trailer: Grown Ups 2

Adam Sandler's new self-torture porn extravaganza shows itself off in a new HILARIOUS COMEDY FUN FUN trailer for Grown Ups 2, sequel to the not-so-critically acclaimed Grown Ups. Instead of making great pictures with a good ...

Nathan Hardisty

4:00 PM on 04.01.2013

Posters uh-released for Baz's um Gatsby, I think?

Hmmm well uh yes it seems yes absolutely. Mr Baz, a great friend uh buddy kind of- yes- has decided to release some great posters filled with uh vaguely attractive people uh he ha? No. It uhm has transpired that a number of p...

Flixist Staff

11:00 AM on 03.21.2013

The World's End US release moved earlier

Woo! Not entirely 'woo' for those from Britland, such as myself, but still 'woo' nonetheless. Mr Wright, Pegg and Frost's final Cornetto trilogy feature The World's End will now be releasing August 23 (previously October 25)....

Nathan Hardisty

9:00 PM on 03.14.2013

24 film not going ahead

Apparently the 24 TV series will probably not see a big-screen debut anytime soon. Old Kiefs, according to Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, just couldn't get a "proper agreement" with Fox to go ahead with the fi...

Nathan Hardisty

5:00 PM on 02.20.2013

Mark Hamill sets us straight on Star Wars: Episode 7

We've had so much Star Wars: Episode VII speculation going on lately about Harrison Ford returning to play Han Solo and Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher hopping back aboard as well. Now, we're getting the record set straight by ...

Hubert Vigilla

Full list of 2013 BAFTA Film Award winners photo
Full list of 2013 BAFTA Film Award winners
by Hubert Vigilla

The 2013 BAFTA Film Awards were last night, Britain's highest film honor. The big winner of the night was Argo, which won Best Picture, Best director for Ben Affleck, and Best Editing. Skyfall took home Best British Film, as well as Best Score.

In the acting categories, Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for Lincoln, Emmanuelle Riva won Best Actress for Amour (the surprise of the night given her high-profile competition), Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained, and Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for Les Misérables.

Full list of 2013 BAFTA Film Awards is after the cut, with winners designated by asterisks.

[Via Gold Derby]

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2:00 PM on 02.01.2013

Flixclusive: Why Henson shelved Del Toro's Pinocchio

We just reported that Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio has been put on the back burner by the Jim Henson Company. The film's co-writer, Gris Grimly, tweeted that the box office numbers on Frankenweenie were partially to blame f...

Hubert Vigilla

9:00 AM on 10.30.2012

RZA takes on two more film projects

It looks like The Man with the Iron Fists just wasn't enough to scratch that film making itch for RZA. Looks like he's already lining up his next two movies, and yes I said two. The man must have really enjoyed sitt...

Thor Latham

9:00 AM on 09.05.2012

China's Dalian Wanda Group buys AMC for $2.6 billion

Dalian Wanda Group finalized its purchase of AMC Entertainment yesterday to the tune of $2.6 billion. Deadline notes that Wanda is China's largest investor in entertainment activities, and that this acquisition makes them the...

Hubert Vigilla

Tony Scott dies at age 68 photo
Tony Scott dies at age 68
by Maxwell Roahrig

The world just lost a great director. Tony Scott, director of classics such as True Romance, Top Gun, and Man on Fire, committed suicide Sunday afternoon in San Pedro, CA.

As someone who dreamed of making movies during high school, Scott's techniques buried a deep impression on me. I remember writing a short script about a hitman, and in my mind, it was a blend of Tony Scott and Michael Mann. I still have some sequences in my head that are in the style of Scott's vision in Domino and Man on Fire

It's truly a shame that Tony couldn't find peace in life. But suicide doesn't have to be your course of action. Talk to someone. A friend, family member, hell, even a hotline can help. 

[via Contra Costa Times]

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10:00 AM on 07.23.2012

Rumor: Gangster Squad recut after Dark Knight shooting?

Having already pulled the trailer, Sony are reportedly considering recutting their tentpole picture Gangster Squad in wake of the tragic shooting at a Dark Knight Rises screening in Colorado last week. The focus of the recut ...

Xander Markham

9:00 AM on 07.20.2012

12 dead, 50 injured in CO Dark Knight Rises shooting

Last night in Aurora, Colorado, a man wearing a gas mask and a bulletproof vest opened fire on the audience during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. The incident left 12 people dead and wounded at least 50. The s...

Hubert Vigilla

Universal celebrates 100 years w/ new logo, restorations photo
Universal celebrates 100 years w/ new logo, restorations
by Hubert Vigilla

This year, Universal turns 100 years old. According to Patton Oswalt, the venerable film studio can now legally litter, steal anything it can carry unassisted, and commit murder with its bare hands. Thankfully for us, the studio's year-long celebration will not involve any of that.

To commemorate its century of existence, Universal will release extensively restored versions of 13 of its classic films: All Quiet on the Western Front, The Birds, Buck Privates, Dracula, Dracula (Spanish-language version, often considered superior to the Bela Lugosi movie), Frankenstein, Jaws, Schindler's List, Out of Africa, Pillow Talk, Bride of Frankenstein, The Sting, and To Kill a Mockingbird (making its Blu-ray debut).

In addition, a new Universal logo will debut this year. It's first appearance will be on The Lorax, which premieres next month and opens in March. You can check out a static version of the new logo after the cut, as well as the full official press release about Universal's centenary.

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Academy: Only docs w/ NYT or LAT reviews are Oscar-worthy photo
Academy: Only docs w/ NYT or LAT reviews are Oscar-worthy
by Hubert Vigilla

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will now require documentary films to be reviewed by either The New York Times or Los Angeles Times in order to qualify for Oscar consideration. This means that documentary films must be released theatrically in New York or Los Angeles for at least a one-week run. No word yet if online reviews or capsule reviews at the NYT or the LAT will count for consideration.

If not reviewed by either newspaper, the filmmakers can appeal to the Academy for consieration. In addition, the full Academy will now vote for the Best Documentary Feature rather than just the documentary branch of the Academy. Full details will be made public later in the week.

I'm of two minds on the issue; I think some kind of rule/process revision is a good idea to prevent snubs, but I'm skeptical that this gives all films and filmmakers a fair shake. More about that after the cut.

[Via The New York Times, Indie Wire]

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