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JJ Abrams confirmed for Star Trek 2

Not content with directing a bunch of movies about aliens and space, NYMag has confirmed that director/writer/viral auteur J.J. Abrams is returning to helm Star Trek 2, which isn't really the second Star Trek, but whatevs, as they say. Deta...

 
 
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Movie Chowdown: The Godfather

It's been quite some time since our last Movie Chowdown, and I thought something special might be in order for all of you loyal readers out there. As many of you know, summer is winding down, and I thought there would be nothing more pleasa...

 
 
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Scarecrow costume dances its way into the Smithsonian

Shuffle over, Ruby Slippers, there's a new sheriff in town. The Smithsonian Museum of American History has laid out the Yellow Brick Road to a new member of The Wizard of Oz ensemble, The Scarecrow. I thought, being the 72nd anniversary of ...

 
 
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LA company acquires Kurosawa film rights

Splendent Media, a recently formed production company based out of Los Angeles, has acquired the rights to most of acclaimed Japanese writer/director Akira Kurosawa's catalog. In short, there may be a lot of Kurosawa remakes on the horizon,...

 
 
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Review: One Day

One Day (July 15th, 1988, to be exact) a young, mousy college lass named Emma (Anne Hathaway) found herself escorted to her flat for some of the naughty stuff by a young, drunk lad named Dexter (Jim Sturgess). Nothing actually transpired, b...

 
 
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Whiskey Business Part II

As it turns out, there is much more to whiskey advertising than the pieces I covered in Whiskey Business. Those wonderful people over at Japander (a site chronicling the successes and failures of celebs in Japanese ads) have brought us a st...

 
 
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Whiskey Business

Although you may not have known it at the time, chances are you have seen some lesser-known works by famous directors. Not movies, or even tv shows, but other, everyday encounters that exposed you to some of Hollywood's busiest directors. H...

 
 
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Review: Friends With Benefits

If this were a newspaper, where we could get creative with our titles (instead of the required "Review: Friends With Benefits"), I would put something smarmy like "Friends With(out) Benefits" or "A Ravishing Tale of Lust and Betrayal (...

 
 
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Review: Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff

I have been on a bit of a cameraman kick (you can read my interview of cinematographer Ryan Hill here), so when I heard there was a documentary about one of my favorite DP's, Jack Cardiff, I was quite excited. Cameraman: The Life and W...

 
 
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Tintin details (and a few early images)

A new image from Steven Spielberg's Tintin has surfaced courtesy of /Film, and from the little we have to peruse (plus our early reactions here), we can gather plenty about the project. The film, written by Steven Moffatt (Sherlock, Do...

 
 
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Flixclusive Interview: Cinematographer Ryan Hill

It takes a lot of people to put together a film, but to make a movie look good, it takes a special kind of person. I am referring of course to the cinematographer, the man (or woman) who is in charge of framing up shots, lighting the subjec...

 
 
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SilverDocs midweek coverage

Hey gang, Sam here with a few thoughts about the festival. For this article I will be focusing on Jiro Dreams of Sushi and Cafeteria Man, two movies that explore food in vastly different realms. Next week I will bring you some int...

 
 
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SilverDocs early impressions

Since Monday evening, the buzz around the AFI in Silver Spring, MD has been electric. Maybe it's because you can brush shoulders with the filmmakers in the lobby, bring tasty beers into the theater, or ask the directors and producers about ...

 
 
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SilverDocs hits DC, and we have your coverage

Hello documentary fans, how's it going? Keeping it real, I suppose... This week, our nation's capital hosts one of, if not the most prestigious documentary film festival in the US, or anywhere for that matter. Over seven days some of the mo...

 
 
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Review: The Pixar Story

[This week is Pixar Week here at Flixist, so we're doing special reviews and features for all things Pixar. Keep your eyes on the Pixar Week tag page for more updates, or just watch the front page!] The Pixar Story isn't a do...

 
 
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Netflix Soon: House Of Cards original series casting news

THR is reporting that Robin Wright may join Kevin Spacey in a remake of the acclaimed British mini-series House of Cards. Netflix outbid HBO and AMC, amongst others, for the exclusive rights to produce and distribute the series. Is this mov...

 
 
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Kevin Smith's Hit Somebody details

For some time now there has been buzz about Kevin Smith's post Red State project, Hit Somebody. Based on a Warren Zevon song about a hockey goon who wants to score a goal, Hit Somebody seems to be a natural fit for a director who loves the ...

 
 
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Review: Kung Fu Panda 2

It's not easy making a sequel to a critically and commercially successful animated film. Just ask the Pixar guys, who fretted for months trying to make Toy Story 2 as awesome as the first. The team at Dreamworks hit it out of the park with ...

 
 
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48 Hour Film Project: The Movie

A few weekends ago, our own Adam Dork made the trip up to D.C. to live-blog our 48 Hour Film adventure (part I, part II, and part III). The 48 Hour Film Project is a competition to make the best film you can in 48 hours. On a Friday eveni...

 
 
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Flixist Film School: A DIY filmmaking primer

Flixist Film School is proud to present the third installment of our ongoing production series. Part one brought us a great lesson in editing, and part two filled us in on how to write an ending.  In this lesson, we will be discussing ...

 
 
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I Can Get You A Toe: Noir in The Big Lebowski

In celebration of the forthcoming release of L.A. Noire, Flixist has teamed up with its sister sites Japanator and Destructoid to give a bit of background on what noir (we're spelling it that way) is all about. Throughout the...

 
 
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Deep Analysis: What is film noir?

In celebration of the forthcoming release of L.A. Noire, Flixist has teamed up with its sister sites Japanator and Destructoid to give a bit of background on what noir (we're spelling it that way) is all about. Throughout the n...

 
 
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Review: Prom

Oh my gosh, when I heard Disney was making a prom movie, I was like, sooo excited. That girl Aimee something from Friday Night Lights was in it, and she is soo cute :) The movie is about this girl Nova who is getting ready for prom, but the...

 
 
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48 Hour Film Project live blog this weekend

It takes months of planning, months of shooting, and months of editing to put together a feature film. Even shorts take loads of time to write, storyboard and shoot, not to mention the tremendous effort required to acquire gear, talent, mon...

 
 
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Producers Guild fights to introduce new credit system

The Producers Guild of America is in talks with major production companies to change the credit system for feature films. Under the current system, titles such as A.S.C. (cinematography) and A.C.E. (editing) denote  people that have pe...

 
 
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Director Sidney Lumet passes away

Acclaimed director Sidney Lumet passed away Saturday morning at the age of 86. Lumet, whose career spanned five decades (1957's 12 Angry Men to 2007's Before The Devil Knows You're Dead), died of lymphoma at his home in Manhattan. Lumet mad...

 
 
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Tarsem's Snow White project has casting confirmation

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tarsem has cast the three main parts in his upcoming Snow White project. Confirmed this week were Armie Hammer as The Prince, Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, and, drumroll...Lily Collins as the titular ...

 
 
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Flixclusive Interview: Duncan Jones Part II

As promised, we are running the second part of our interview with Duncan Jones. This half will feature more content specifically relating to Source Code, which hits theaters this Friday. Mr. Jones went on record about the experience filming...

 
 
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Flixclusive Interview: Duncan Jones part I

In anticipation of the release of his upcoming  film Source Code, Flixist is proud to present part one of our interview with Duncan Jones. The breakout director of the critically acclaimed Moon and the soon-to-be-released Source Code s...

 
 
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Jones wants Mute on big screen, making another sci-fi pic

Duncan Jones, director of the critically acclaimed Moon and the upcoming sci-fi action thriller Source Code says that he really wants to do Mute, a sci-fi picture that he calls "my Don Quixote." Jones, son of famed rocker David Bowie, wants...

 
 
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Flixclusive Interview: The Last Lions

The Last Lions hit theaters not too long ago, and there has already been quite a lot of buzz around this film. Our own Tom Fronczak has his review here, as well as my two cents on the movie. The film's directors, Dereck and Beverly Joubert,...

 
 
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Movie Chowdown: Samurai Edition

Here in America, we take sushi for granted. We have no problem consuming sushi from any source, ranging from hardly passable fare purchased at a grocery store to the overpriced but proportionally more delicious delights at an upscale Japane...

 
 
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Famous Film Families: The Douglai

Famous Film Families will be a feature exploring the famous film families of Hollywood, from the Barrymores to the Sheens and the Coppolas to the Hustons. Each column will cover famous members of one movie family and some of their choice r...

 
 
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Insider tour reveals yes, Pixar is that awesome

Anyone who has visited a Google office knows the company is fond of a fun, upbeat workplace. Large, colorful, comfy chairs and well-stocked break rooms come standard, and employees are actually paid to work on their own side projects (off t...

 
 
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The Flixist Beard Awards

Each year, awards are given out for a variety of worthy categories, like Best Director or Best Supporting Actress. We at Flixist agree that greatness must be recognized, and as such we have put up a plethora of awards posts to celebrate. A...

 
 
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Zombies Ate My Movie!

Firstshowing.net is reporting that the SNES cult classic Zombies Ate My Neighbors is getting the big-screen treatment. According to preliminary reports, the rom-zom-com will be written by John Darko and is currently in pre-production (slan...

 
 
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Movie Chowdown: Winter 'Nog for Whos in Whoville

For this special holiday edition of Movie Chowdown, I thought I would combine a seasonal beverage with a seasonal movie, in case you need more cheer before the New Year. Every year since I was a Tiny Tim, my father has made eggnog using a ...

 
 
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Movie Chowdown: Leftovers Edition

After my blatant infringement on TBS's Dinner and A Movie session, and the delivery of a cease-and-desist letter, I have decided to change my monthly column to Movie Chowdown, where I will bring you a recipe for food paired with a topical m...

 
 
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John Cusack to star as Poe in The Raven, sort of

What happens when you combine John Cusack with a poem from the 1840's plus a director with little under his belt?  Not sure, but pictures from the set of The Raven, starring John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe, have surfaced and can be found h...

 
 
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Tarsem Singh to helm a 3D Snow White film

I won’t fault you if you've lost track of the how many Snow White projects are floating around Hollywood. There's the upcoming Snow White and the Huntsman being produced by Universal Pictures, which is rumored to b...

 
 


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