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Another Sign Warner Bros. Doesn’t Know What They’re Doing with Their Superheroes

13 August 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Warners has hired competing screenwriters for their post-Dawn of Justice Aquaman movie. That’s super crappy for the writers (and really all writers), but it’s also another sign that the studio hasn’t planned out their break-neck push into connected superhero universes beyond cameo (and subplot) introductions for a shotgun blast of potential Justice League members in a movie supposedly focused on Batman and Superman. Drew McWeeny compared the process to a reality show (picture an anthropomorphic script doing a rose-less walk of shame), and I agree 100%. While far from conclusive, the method points to another shaky element of Warners’ planning. Specifically, that they have no firm planning. Meanwhile, they’re pointing their bat to the bleachers. To be fair, while they’ve hired differently-skilled (yet pulpy) writers in Will Beall (Gangster Squad) and Kurt Johnstad (300), it’s unlikely that their personal styles will stray too far from each other. The »

- Scott Beggs

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'Twilight's' Kristen Stewart gets serious in new trailer for 'Camp X-Ray'

8 August 2014 10:58 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Kristen Stewart is still trying to distance herself from "Twilight," and the new trailer for the Sundance entry "Camp X-Ray" showcases what looks to be her heaviest role yet. Stewart plays a new guard at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, where -- like Clarice Starling in "Silence of the Lambs" -- she's told, "do not let them get inside your head." She soon finds that things aren't as black-and-white as she'd been told, and begins to forms an unlikely bond with one of the detainees, played by "A Separation" star Peyman Moaadi. You can watch the trailer embedded at the top of this post.   Directed by first-timer Peter Slatter, "Camp X-Ray" also stars Lane Garrison ("Prison Break"), Julia Duffy ("Shameless"), and John Carroll Lynch ("Zodiac").  HitFix's Drew McWeeny gave the fim a "B" after seeing it at Sundance.  "Camp X-Ray" opens in theaters and VOD October 28. What do you think of the trailer? »

- Dave Lewis

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Movie review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

5 August 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HitFix certainly does not lack for "Guardians of the Galaxy" coverage, including Drew McWeeny's rave review, our look at the best and worst from the film and Gregory Ellwood's look at the film's potential impact on movie-going. But on those increasingly rare occasions where I get to see a movie close to its theatrical release (and, in this case, when I have a slow enough week otherwise), I like to offer some thoughts of my own. As always, it'll be like one of my episodic TV reviews, which means spoilers galore, and the assumption that anyone reading has already seen it, coming up just as soon as I need that guy's leg... The first thing I should say about "Guardians" is a confession of just how wrong I was about its chances at success. I like the characters, I love Chris Pratt and thought the idea of putting »

- Alan Sepinwall

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12 things we learned from Megan Fox and Will Arnett about 'Tmnt'

4 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(New York) -- It is the last full day of spring in 2013 and one of the nicest days New York City has seen for months.  Down on Wall Street, the tourists are snapping photos and wandering through one of city's many landmarks.  Unbeknownst to those tourists, one of those buildings they're taking pictures of is not a bank or any other sort of financial institution.  It actually houses a set for the Jonathan Liebesman directed, Michael Bay produced, "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." The famed heroes in a half-shell—Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael—are not present inside on this day, nor are the actors who will eventually be digitally replaced.   Today, we are being treated to the human side of things in the form of April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and Vernon Fenwick (Will Arnett).  After watching the two work on a scene, they took some time out to speak to us about the new movie, »

- Josh Lasser

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First Wave Of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reviews Are Mixed

4 August 2014 6:44 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Hit Fix: "Kids will have a good time." "The greatest thing this film brings to the table is a kinetic fighting style that makes the Turtles seem like they are actual physical threats to the bad guys. There are three big action scenes where the film kicks into a higher degree of fun that, taken together, add up to just enough of a thrill for me to recommend the film. There's one in particular that is inventive and impressive, and if the whole movie had been able to demonstrate that same level of energy, then I might be more enthusiastic about it." - Drew McWeeny Slash Film: "Disposable Action That Lacks Character and Emotion" "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles succeeds in providing beautiful effects and passable action populated with characters we all know and love. But the plot around them is riddled with holes, there’s not a round character in the entire film, »

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The stars of 'The Maze Runner' share fans' excitement for the Ya adaptation

29 July 2014 12:44 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The creators and stars of the upcoming "The Maze Runner" hope that -- with the help of its ever-growing fan base -- the film will stand out in a crowd of current and upcoming Ya adaptations. HitFix's Drew McWeeny caught up with the movie's young stars Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter, director Wes Ball and original novelist James Dashner at Comic Con over the weekend, where they discussed the adaptation process and trying to keep fans happy. Watch the video interview above. In "Runner," young Thomas (O'Brien) wakes up in a mysterious maze with a group of other teens. None of them now how they got there or retain any memories of the outside world, but they must band together in order to conquer the giant labyrinth. "Lord of the Flies'" meets 'Lost,'" is how Ball describes the tone, adding that Hitchcock was another inspiration. The cast »

- Dave Lewis

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' trailer finds Tom Hardy in a dusty post-apocalyptic hell

27 July 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Before I even got out of bed this morning, I was watching the "Mad Max: Fury Road" trailer. How do you like Them apples, Hall H? But seriously, it seems Warner Bros.' presentation of materials for George Miller's upcoming film won the day at Comic-Con yesterday despite the presence of DC Comics and Marvel Studios. Hard to do, but a nice surprise, nevertheless, and today WB has mercifully made the trailer available to us non-Coners. "I am dying to see this movie," HitFix's Drew McWeeny wrote yesterday in his description of the footage. "I cannot believe the things I saw. God bless George Miller, the mad genius, and his fetish for destroying vehicles in the most amazing of ways. I wish they'd played the footage ten times in a row." Well, now you can play a good chunk of it 10 times in a row if you wish. (This »

- Kristopher Tapley

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It's official: 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' is coming in 2017

26 July 2014 9:13 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

San Diego - "Guardians of the Galaxy" hasn't even opened yet, but Marvel Studios announced  Saturday that a sequel is already green lit. Currently titled "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," the second installment of Marvel's latest franchise will hit theaters on July 28, 2017.  That's three years from now, but make sure you mark your calendar in your smartphone (not that you'll likely still be using that phone three years from now). The revelation was made during a taped comedic bit featuring franchise star Chris Pratt (Star Lord) and director James Gunn that played during Marvel's annual Saturday Comic-Con panel.  The duo recorded the announcement while doing press in London this past week. "Guardians" may turn out to be one of Marvel's most critically acclaimed films. It's currently at a 77 on Metacritic and a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 25 reviews so far. In terms of box office, pre-release tracking shows a $65 million plus »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Robert Downey Jr. brings roses and Josh Brolin as every Avenger gets a Marvel panel moment

26 July 2014 8:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

San Diego — Rumor had it that during their highly anticipated Comic-Con panel Marvel Studios would announce which actor is playing the new Doctor Strange in Scott Derrickson's upcoming big screen adaptation. Rumor also had it that Marvel would reveal who is playing Captain Marvel, a much-needed super-powered female Avenger that is expected to cameo in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Neither event happened. Instead, the studio announced that a sequel to "Guardians of the Galaxy" has already been greenlit and it already has a release date of July 28, 2017. Oh yeah, and they showed a massive amount of footage from Joss Whedon's "Avengers" sequel with almost the entire cast on hand. A who's who of Hollywood stars including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elisabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Paul Bettany »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Matthew McConaughey and Christopher Nolan surprise with 'Interstellar' trailer

24 July 2014 4:54 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

San Diego — After many rumors and wild media speculation, "Interstellar" director Christopher Nolan and star Matthew McConaughey surprised Comic-Con's Hall H crowd by making their first appearances at the pop culture festival. And once they hit the stage, it seemed somewhat likely that a new trailer would be screened for the audience. More intriguingly, the duo provided more details on how the movie came to be and what to expect this November. McConaughey, who had shockingly never made it to Comic-Con before, came out first to a wild standing ovation. He revealed he first met for Nolan for three hours without the movie ever being brought up or discussed. "I remember leaving thinking, what was that about," McConaughey recalled. "He liked meeting me and a week later I got the script. I liked it quite a lot and I was in." His character, Cooper, a pilot, engineer and widowed father of two children. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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J.K. Simmons spits fire at Miles Teller in the trailer for 'Whiplash'

24 July 2014 11:06 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sony Classics has another packed slate this season, but with all eyes on Cannes darlings "Foxcatcher" and "Mr. Turner," Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" is a lurking threat that could be a powerful little shock to the system. The film premiered on opening night at Sundance in January, two years after Chazelle took a scene from it in the form of a short film to the Park City fest to test the waters. Sony Classics picked it up and took it to Cannes where it played in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar and we'll probably see it turn up at Telluride and/or Toronto. It provides Miles Teller with an incredible opportunity (I was immensely impressed with him in "The Spectacular Now") and on the fringe, J.K. Simmons is a bundle of dynamite. HitFix's Drew McWeeny was mostly positive out of Sundance. Writing about Simmons in particular, he offered that "it is »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Tell us what you thought of 'Boyhood'

18 July 2014 10:48 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Save for two misguided dismissals, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood" has a commanding swath of positive reviews at Rotten Tomatoes yielding a 98% fresh rating at the moment. At Metacritic, the film is enjoying a staggering rating of 99 based on nearly 40 reviews so far. It's quite obvious that the film is pretty much universally acclaimed as the filmmaker's stunt has proved to be, well, way more than a stunt. It's a measured dissection of a life lived with all the mundane grace that populates it. I've had my say on this masterpiece, and Drew McWeeny has offered up one of his most personal reviews to date. At Sundance, we were already on board and we talked to Ethan Hawke while we were there, and since then we've had a lengthy sit-down with the actress who gives perhaps the film's most impressive performance: Patricia Arquette. In short, we've covered it, and now the film is in the marketplace, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Keira Knightley refuses to grow up in new 'Laggies' trailer

17 July 2014 9:56 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Despite the generation gap, Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace Moretz make pretty good besties in the trailer for the Sundance comedy "Laggies," from indie vet Lynn Shelton ("Humpday," "Your Sister's Sister"). After turning down a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, the aimless Megan (Knightley) continues to avoid the adult responsibilities in her life and starts hanging out with teenage Annika (Moretz), who also happens to have a hunky single dad (Sam Rockwell). "Laggies" seems like it could be Shelton's breakthrough to a more mainstream level, and the trailer reflects a commercial gloss and amiable likability that nonetheless doesn't do much to distinguish it from a lot of similar Sundance-spawned titles.    It boasts an impressive ensemble cast which also includes Jeff Garlin, Elle Kemper, Kaitlyn Dever and Mark Webber. Read Drew McWeeny's "B"-grade review of "Laggies" here. "Laggies" opens September 26. »

- Dave Lewis

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3 on 3: How does the 'Amazing Spider-Man' franchise save itself?

15 July 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On Monday, screenwriter Robert Orci revealed he was no longer involved with the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise and frankly, that raised some eyebrows. Granted, Orci has enough on his plate as he will be making his directorial debut with "Star Trek 3," but  the "Transformers" and "Star Trek" screenwriter was supposed to be part of a "brain trust" to guide the Spidey franchise at Sony Pictures. And the question has to be asked: has Sony changed its plans after "The Amazing Spider-Man 2?" After promising to improve upon the tepidly received 2012 reboot, "Asm 2" received worse reviews, earned less than its predecessor domestically (by over $60 million to date) and barely earned $200 million after a $91.6 million opening (think about that for a second). Moreover, while most franchises' overseas grosses are growing as markets such as China and Russia explode, "ASM2" has barely surpassed the first Marc Webb film outside the U.S. And again, »

- Gregory Ellwood, Drew McWeeny, Kristopher Tapley

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No 'Mockingjay' or 'Jurassic World' top Comic-Con 2014 schedule surprises

14 July 2014 2:05 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Comic-Con has become a strange bird to Hollywood studios.  Bringing talent and previewing footage can give tremendous hype and word of mouth to eventual blockbusters ("Django Unchained," "Gravity," "Iron Man") or it can end up providing false hope for genre films hope will be smash hits ("Cowboys and Aliens," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World").  That means it can be an expensive endeavor if things don't go well and, moreover, you might not realize that until six months later on your opening weekend. 2013 had few outright failures though besides "I, Frankenstein" and the under-performing box office of Edgar Wright's "The World's End." Outside of that? It might have been the most successful Comic-Con on the movie side ever (granted, the embarrassingly delayed "Seventh Son" won't hit theaters until Feb. 2015). This year's run of movie panels on Thursday, Friday and Saturday have some impressive selections from Daniel Radcliffe's first appearance »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Comic-Con Saturday: Bye bye to 'The Hobbit,' 'Sin City' returns and Marvel will rule

12 July 2014 11:37 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A two-hour panel scheduled for "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies?" That's a big hint that a lot of surprises could be in store for movie fans on yet another packed Comic-Con Saturday. The organizers released the schedule for July 26 and have slotted over eight-straight hours of movie panels in Hall H. And in what is becoming a tradition, Marvel Studios will be the last to show their wares. Warner Bros., who also usually makes Saturday their "big" day, has elected to kick-off the festivities. As noted, their panel is listed as just "The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies," but it will be much more than that. As sad as it will be for some to finally say goodbye to Peter Jackson's Middle Earth films, the studio or Comic-Con wouldn't need more than an hour to do it. Now, just what will WB surprise the 6,000 in attendance with? »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Comic-Con Thursday: Will Chris Nolan's 'Interstellar' show?

10 July 2014 2:05 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Comic-Con International announced the Thursday schedule for 2014's San Diego Comic-Con and after a few years of slow movie days to kick off the event, this year looks much more intriguing. Thursday actually features a number of studios that haven't always been regulars at the annual pop culture event. The last time DreamWorks Animation came to Comic-Con was in 2010 when HitFix's own Drew McWeeny moderated a panel for "Megamind" with Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill and Tina Fey. This year they have a full hour in Hall H, but what they are promoting remains to be seen. The Weinstein Company made a rare appearance at the convention in 2012 for Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained." They return this year with a panel for their summer release "The Giver." Paramount Pictures used to be a mainstay at the convention, but took last year off. They return with a panel with scant details outside of a time and location. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Let's Make Fun of 'Planet of the Apes' 2001 With Honest Trailers And Cinema Sins

2 July 2014 4:47 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Advance word on next weekend's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is currently through the roof (our own Drew McWeeny gave it an A+), but let's put that out of our minds for now. Because today we're traveling back to the 2001 release of Tim Burton's infamously terrible "Planet of the Apes" remake, in which Mark Wahlberg's penchant for nostril-flaring was at an all-time high and Helena Bonham Carter suffered the indignity of having her angular porcelain visage covered by pounds and pounds of ape makeup. Remember? Is it all coming back now? Good (deep breaths). Now take a moment to reflect with not one but two bits of mockery, courtesy of ScreenJunkies' Honest Trailer series and Cinema Sins' "Everything Wrong With..." Movie Sins counter. Just a warning: by the end of the latter you may feel the need to throw your popcorn at the insufferable movie geek »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Andy Serkis Has A Role In Avengers: Age Of Ultron

2 July 2014 3:52 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Earlier today, we reported that Andy Serkis might be playing a motion-capture character in Star Wars: Episode VII. Embedded in the actor’s comments about his role in that wildly anticipated blockbuster was another interesting tidbit about another much buzzed-about project.

Talkimg with Variety, Serkis spoke about a part he has in next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, thanks partially to his performance capture studio The Imaginarium:

“The Imaginarium is the performance capture consultant, and I’m playing a role [in both 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and 'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron']. On ‘The Avengers,’ I’ve been working closely with Mark Ruffalo. I’m not at liberty to mention [the role]. But it’s all the same to me. I’ve never drawn a distinction when playing a role, whether it be live action or performance capture. Acting is acting. It’s just basically what you wear to the set that’s different.”

Those comments left a certain degree of uncertainty. Was »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Andy Serkis Lands Role In 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

2 July 2014 2:26 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

All it takes is one quote for fanboys to start adding up things that aren't there. "The Imaginarium is the performance capture consultant, and I’m playing a role [in both 'Star Wars: Episode 7' and 'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron']. On ‘The Avengers,’ I’ve been working closely with Mark Ruffalo," Andy Serkis told Variety recently. "I’m not at liberty to mention [the role]. But it’s all the same to me. I’ve never drawn a distinction when playing a role, whether it be live action or performance capture. Acting is acting. It’s just basically what you wear to the set that’s different." And somehow from that, some sites start speculating that Serkis was playing The Hulk in Joss Whedon's super sequel or doing all the performance capture. Um, not quite. HitFix has done some digging, and revealed a bit more about the part, so if you think Serkis is performance capturing everybody in 'Ultron,' guess again. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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