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Troubling news, or rumors, regarding the status of Marvel Studios' Inhumans adaptation had made the rounds yesterday. Supposedly, the long-discussed project had been removed from its 2019 release slot and from Marvel's Phase Three slate altogether due to the recent split between the movie studio and Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter, who still controls the TV division. And the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show has been establishing the Inhumans concept over the course of three seasons. However, as many predicted based on the source, this delay rumor is totally false. At least according to two credible sources, HitFix's Drew McWeeny and Birth.Movies.Death's Devin Faraci, who both indicate that Black Bolt and his Inhuman Royal Family are still coming to theaters as previously announced. Faraci took to Twitter to reveal that he spoke with one of his Marvel sources who told him that "If Inhumans was canceled, no one would »
Drew McWeeny joins us today to offer his take on what the new season of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. means for the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. We then move on to a chat on “Sicario” and “ The Martian.” Finally, we have some recommendations for movies to watch on streaming. Take a look in the video above or below and chat with us on Twitter! Drew: @DrewAtHitfix Roth: @RothCornet »
- Roth Cornet
It was at his intro to Sion Sono's Tokyo Tribe at last year's Fantastic Fest that HitFix's Drew McWeeny put it best: "You are all my tribe," he said to the packed auditorium, and the sentiment was apparent even before the crowd erupted in of approval and applause. There really is no film festival quite like Alamo Drafthouse's Fantastic Fest - about to kick off its 11th year. There is no program like the one put together every year by Drafthouse and Fantastic Fest founder Tim League and his selection crew. There is no, and I stress this, No crowd like a Fantastic Fest crowd, and the kinship felt among those who have attended and keep returning is undeniable. There's just something about Fantastic Fest. "It's my Christmas," I have often heard Junkfood Cinema's Brian Salisbury say. The 2015 Fantastic Fest, running from September 24th-October 1st, will be the 9th »
- Jeremy Kirk
The 2015 Telluride Film Festival slate is always officially announced the day before the annual Labor Day fest kicks off. Of course, the dirty little secret that anyone in Hollywood in the know pretty much already knows what major films are going to screen there. Plus, the premiere designations from both the Toronto and New York Film Festivals, which occur immediately afterward, usually give it a way. Telluride has now become the premiere showcase in the race for Best Picture. Six out of the last seven winners ("The Hurt Locker" being the lone exception) either premiered or screened in the picturesque Colorado town. Fox Searchlight's "Birdman" played there immediately following its Venice debut and "12 Years A Slave," "Argo," "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The King's Speech" all premiered at Telluride. The sixth winner, "The Artist," was the toast of Cannes before heading to Telluride. Needless to say, if you're a betting man or »
- Gregory Ellwood
Horror legend Wes Craven has died at the age of 76. What will we do without him? He was a creative giant who also had a reputation for being one of the sweetest, most thoughtful gents in the business. It's difficult to know how to pay adequate tribute to such a legendary figure, but highlighting some of his most horrifying movie moments is a good start. Over four decades, Craven directed some of the scariest scenes in cinema history, from the queasy 1972 cult classic "The Last House on the Left" to his mainstream breakthrough "A Nightmare on Elm Street" to his latter days as the helmer of the post-modern slasher "Scream" and its attendant sequels. After checking out my list, be sure and watch our tribute video to the late, great filmmaker above, and check out Drew McWeeney's remembrance of Craven here. Let us know what your favorite Craven movie moment was in the comments. »
- Chris Eggertsen
After the initial slate for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival was announced last month there were many observers, including this pundit, who wondered of the annual September event had once again lost the battle of premieres to its Fall festival cousins. While debuting Ridley Scott's "The Martian," Jean Marc Valle's "Demolition" and Michael Moore's "Where Do We Invade Next" is nothing to sneeze at the fact some of the most anticipated films of the year are heading to Venice and Telluride first has to be a bit disheartening. Especially when it's your 40th anniversary. Never fear fans of the Great White North, Toronto always seems to land some eyebrow raising last minute additions and this year is no different. Today Tiff announced that David Gordon Green's "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock, Marc Abraham's "I Saw The Light" with Tom Hiddleston, Catherine Hardwicke's "Miss You Already »
- Gregory Ellwood
Near the beginning of this entire Fantastic Four debacle, the studio stated that despite all of the negative reviews and fan backlash towards the movie, they were committed to the characters and still planned to forge ahead with a sequel. Of course, that was before the film began to flop at the box office!
Most of us felt a poor showing financially wound be the final nail in the coffin, but HitFix’s Drew McWeeny is now reporting that Fox still plans to move forward with a follow up flick.
Everything I’ve heard would indicate that the studio will move forward with a “Fantastic Four” sequel. It may not make that original 2017 date, but they’re definitely planning to make it.
McWeeny also seems to come firmly down on the studio’s side of things here, claiming Fox made every effort to accommodate director Josh Trank and back his »
- Mark Cassidy
For better or worse, 20th Century Fox is still moving ahead with Fantastic Four 2. That.s what all the latest intel is telling us, and we just have to accept it, no matter how big of a flop the first film was. With the stage already set, it seems as though the sequel will pose its own set of challenges to whomever directs it. Hitfix recently published an analysis of the entire Fantastical situation, claiming that the sequel was happening. According to their sources, a few details were confirmed: (1) Fantastic Four 2 is still in the works, (2) it may not make its original release date of June 9, 2017, and (3) this is Trank.s world that we.re living in. Drew McWeeny wrote: The next filmmaker in is going to start from a difficult position, and they're going to have to work hard to create their own movie while starting with »
I felt really bad giving Fantastic Four the review that I posted last week, but it really wasn’t that great was it? It’s surprising that Fox are still pushing ahead with a Fantastic Four 2 despite the fact that it looks like it will be writing off around $60 million for the first movie.
The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that the loss is a given as the film made $26 million domestically its opening weekend, and cost around $120 million to produce. It made around $59 million worldwide over the same time frame. The 2005 version of the Fantastic Four made over double that in its opening weekend.
Insiders are reporting that despite the huge loss, which isn’t a patch on Disney’s 2012 disaster John Carter Of Mars, which lost around $200 million, Fox is determined to make a go of the franchise.
“Everything I’ve heard would indicate that the studio will »
- Paul Heath
In case you've been living under a rock, the new “Fantastic Four” movie isn’t doing too hot. Our own critic — Drew McWeeny — found it mediocre at best, which is almost the nicest thing you can find to say about Fox’s third attempt at capturing the essence of this superhero team. As of this writing, the film as an abysmal Rotten Tomatoes score: Of course, everyone involved seemed to have been bracing for impact. When Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic) is using talking points like “These films don't do well with critics,” that's a veritable canary in a coal mine. But no one expected director Josh Trank to do this: A year ago I had a fantastic version of this. And it would've recieved great reviews. You’ll probably never see it. That’s reality though. — Josh Trank (@joshuatrank) August 7, 2015 Talk about backpedaling. You can almost hear the cartoonish screech »
- Donna Dickens
Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's semi-regular rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" has been getting a lot of positive buzz in advance of its August 14 release, but Huffington Post contributor and author Sikivu Hutchinson -- for one -- isn't terribly high on the upcoming film. "When N.W.A.'s mega-hyped biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' opens next Friday, the brutalized bodies of black women will be lost in the predictable stampede of media accolades," writes Hutchinson in her critique. "While early reviews have lauded the 'prescience' of the group's fierce critique of anti-black state violence and criminalization -- epitomized by its de facto theme song 'F-- Tha Police' -- they fail to highlight how the group's multi-million dollar empire was built on black women's backs." Hutchinson goes »
- Chris Eggertsen
I am not categorically opposed to remakes, though I loathe it when a "perfect" film is cynically exploited just to capitalize on the title. A film like "The Exorcist" should never be remade, for example. Neither should "Alien." I would hope that both of those titles are untouchable, but then again... But sometimes, if there's an interesting take and a talented director attached, a remake can feel almost necessary. Such is the case with this newly-announced update of F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent classic "Nosferatu," which is being helmed by Robert Eggers, who wrote and directed the acclaimed, reportedly terrifying period horror film "The Witch," which netted Eggers the Directing Award in the U.S. Dramatic category at this year's Sundance Film Festival (it's expected to be released sometime this year). Deadline describes the project as a "visceral adaptation" of Murnau's film, which was previously remade by Werner Herzog as "Nosferatu the Vampyre, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Even interviews have extended cuts these days. In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Bryan Singer answered fan questions. Including a peek behind the curtain at the possible future of both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four franchises when a fan asked if the two teams would ever cross paths in a future film: That would be a natural mash-up because they’re both ensemble films. And there is a mechanism by which to do it but I don’t want to give it away. It deals with time, but that’s all I’m going to say. Singer goes on to hedge that nothing has been set in motion and everything about a future X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover would depend on how their stand-alone movies perform. But the ideas are definitely in play. (Something our Drew McWeeny called weeks ago, by the way.) Of course, Singer is burying the lede here. »
- Donna Dickens
Last week at Comic-Con, I had an interesting conversation with my colleague Drew McWeeny about the upcoming Marvel film “Ant-Man.” Since he’d already seen it, I asked if it was going to be any good. I was hesitant to see another sausage-fest masquerading as an action movie and my daughter was already annoyed with each new commercial, asking “Why can’t Hope just be the hero?” Drew, knowing a Venn Diagram for my love of all things superhero and all things feminism is actually just a circle, told me not to worry. I’d love Evangeline Lilly’s character of Hope van Dyne. He was right. Ever since “Iron Man” burst into the cineplex back in 2008 (and well before that in the source material), there has been a distinct pattern. Men save the day, women cheer them on. A handful of exceptions have kept the fulcrum from tipping completely »
- Donna Dickens
There were a number of things I did and said in San Diego this year that are not going to be covered as separate articles. In some cases, someone else at HitFix was in the room to write the thing up. In some cases, it's just about time. Whatever the case, though, here are some random impressions to help round out my coverage of the single biggest nerd hype event of the year. 1. Rob Kazinsky should be our new Shazam I met Kazinsky on the set of "Pacific Rim," and while I thought he was solid in that film, his Australian accent was a nightmare. One of the things that I found most engaging at the Entertainment Weekly "New Warriors" panel was the way he offered that accent up as his greatest career regret so far. "You don't have to stop me on the street and tell me," he said. »
- Drew McWeeny
The "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" panel at San Diego Comic-Con featured a brand-new, behind-the-scenes video. But you didn't have to be there to see it. We have it now. Watch some action from Day 1, check out some new aliens and step up with your Imperial March. If you want all the gritty details on what happened on the Hall H panel -- with quotes and thoughts from Jj Abrams, Adam Driver, Kathleen Kennedy, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill and -- yes! -- Harrison Ford, check out Drew McWeeny's live-blog. »
- Katie Hasty
Have you read Don Winslow's remarkable open letter about the drug war? If so, then you've got some sense of the simmering anger that runs through his new novel, The Cartel, which is one of the most impressive books I've read this year. Dense, sweeping, and scathing in terms of pointing at all the systemic failures that keep a horrifying mechanism in place, The Cartel is worth your time, and it's worth a serious conversation, which is exactly what I had with him about a week before the book hit the shelves. He dialed me directly. I was at home, and as I hit record on the conversation, he was already mid-explanation about how long he's been working on telling this particular story, which arrives just as this conversation seems to be heating up onscreen (the documentary "Cartel Land") and in real life. Don Winslow: … when I started »
- Drew McWeeny
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Friday, July 10. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am - Inside The Big Bang Theory Writer's Room
The Big Bang Theory writers once again open the curtain and take you behind the scenes of TV's #1 comedy. From huge guest stars to the shocking moments in the season finale (Was that a ring, my Precious? Will what happened in Vegas stay in Vegas?), find out what it takes to make the hit series each week. Join the show's executive producers and writers »
“Two Steps Forward and One Step Back" takes a look at the past week in media entertainment and picks two times comics/television/movies/video games got it right, and one time they flubbed it at the finish line. **************** If you'd like to know more about this week’s topics, check out the links below! • Our own Drew McWeeny’s review of “Inside Out.” Spoilers: He loved it. • Get the low down on where Spider-Gwen fits into the post-Secret Wars universe. • Stay up-to-date on the latest ongoing plot twists in the Rose McGowan situation. Since recording this vlog, McGowan has cleared Wenzel of any shady dealings. »
- Donna Dickens
When studios hit Comic-Con next month to talk up “Justice League” movies, “Avengers” spinoffs and “Star Wars” sequels, they won’t be pitching their wares just to the costumed fans in Hall-h. They’ll be dissecting how their presentations play with blogs like Slashfilm, CinemaBlend and Film School Rejects.
How times have changed, both for Comic-Con and the people who cover it obsessively. The San Diego gathering was once viewed as a safe space for nerddom, at a time when geeking out over Captain America and Superman was viewed as a sign of arrested development. Over the past decade, though, comicbook culture has become the dominant form of popular entertainment, and like Comic-Con itself, film blogs have gone mainstream.
This year, three widely read blogs — Collider, Screen Rant and Latino Review — sold to deep-pocketed buyers Complex Media, Valnet, and former Chrysler and Home Depot CEO Robert Nardelli, respectively. Meanwhile, more orthodox publications, »
- Brent Lang
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