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Warm reception for two Aussie films in the Us

29 March 2015 5:41 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Sophie Hyde.s 52 Tuesdays and Kriv Stenders. Kill Me Three Times launched in the Us last week, generating copious publicity and another batch of favourable reviews from Us critics.

Hyde.s gender-bending drama premiered on Friday at the Quad cinema in New York City and on subscription streaming service Fandor.

Stenders. comedy thriller starring Simon Pegg as an assassin who encounters a group of increasingly violent locals, with Alice Braga, Luke Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey and Sullivan Stapleton, debuted on iTunes and other VOD outlets in the Us on March 26.

Released by Magnolia, the film will have its theatrical premiere in around a dozen cities on April 10.

Kino Lorber bought 52 Tuesdays after it won the World Cinema Dramatic Directing Award at last year.s Sundance.

.Like almost all indie movies releasing at the moment in the Us they are starting with one city and will grow if the audiences come, »

- Don Groves

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Outrage Watch: 'Get Hard' backlash is getting louder by the day

27 March 2015 9:19 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to the March 27, 2015 edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily rundown of all the things folks are peeved about in entertainment. Today's top story: "Get Hard" is getting slammed. The Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart prison preparedness comedy has been dogged by controversy since its SXSW premiere, when an audience member asked Hart, Ferrell and director Etan Cohen, "Were you nervous -- and/or how nervous were you -- presenting this in front of a live audience being completely, absolutely and unapologetically ... racist and hysterical at the same time?" during an audience Q&A. Not only that, but it's been deemed homophobic by a number of critics and journalists, and our own Drew McWeeny had this to say in his review: "I just couldn't bring myself to laugh at something that will reinforce hatred, that plays into this idea that gay sex is somehow inherently more disgusting than regular sex. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Cringe: 13 movies with blatantly homophobic scenes

26 March 2015 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The new comedy "Get Hard" stars Kevin Hart as an unlikely coach who trains Will Ferrell for a stint in prison. In one scene, Hart insists that Ferrell go to a top La brunch spot and give oral sex to a random patron in the bathroom to learn -- I guess? -- the mechanics of prison rape. Yes, this movie equates consensual gay sexual activity with actual rape. Cut to Will Ferrell in a restaurant bathroom gagging at the sight of a penis for the amusement of a multiplex audience. Could it be the most homophobic scene in a comedy of the past ten years? It's certainly a candidate. To commemorate this weirdly ignorant movie, we've compiled a list: movies with homophobic scenes so blatant, they made us shudder. Sometimes a movie reeks of homophobia (See: that ol' heart-warmer "Cruising") and sometimes it's just a couple of moments in a »

- Louis Virtel

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Remedial Film School: Watching Dead Man with Special Guest Drew McWeeny

26 March 2015 6:43 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

We've sent critic Jeff Bayer back to film school. This month he gets help from HitFix.com's Drew McWeeny.

"Remedial Film School: Watching Dead Man with Special Guest Drew McWeeny" was originally published on Film School Rejects for our wonderful readers to enjoy. It is not intended to be reproduced on other websites. If you aren't reading this in your favorite RSS reader or on Film School Rejects, you're being bamboozled. We hope you'll come find us and enjoy the best articles about movies, television and culture right from the source. »

- Jeff Bayer

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What movie, TV show or music did your parents ban from you as a kid?

25 March 2015 1:51 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Raunchy comedies. Scary movies. Songs with explicit lyrics. Space, the final frontier. When we're kids, we're frequently banned from checking out films, TV, music or other entertainment before we're "ready." Whatever that means. At HitFix, we discovered there's a range of what was banned in our households when we were children. Some folks like lucky-duck Gregory Ellwood had no bans at all. Some bans didn't hold. Some bans were so intense, they blanketed all corners of media. Below are some of our staffers sounding off on what wasn't allowed in their household. Share with us in the comments what stuff you couldn't watch or hear. Chris Eggertsen - "Married...With Children" "Married...With Children" was like the Devil in our house, and here's the kicker: I'm almost positive my mother never watched it before banning it. It was enough that a random Christian woman living halfway across the country whom »

- Katie Hasty, HitFix Staff

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A sad reaction to Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart's 'Get Hard'

25 March 2015 12:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There is a moment that really stuck with me from the interview HitFix's Louis Virtel conducted with Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart for "Get Hard" which posted yesterday. Virtel asks, "You are both very smart and funny people.  During the scene in the movie where you kind of do a mockingly effeminate voice [to Hart] and you gag at a dick as though it's the worst thing that can happen to a straight guy [to Ferrell], in a gay situation, did you think: this is mildly mean spirited or at the very least, a little bit dated?" Before Hart responds, the camera holds on Ferrell's face for a just a moment. Ferrell doesn't look annoyed. He doesn't look angry.  He isn't trying to force a smile. He just looks sort of sad. "Get Hard," which Drew McWeeny reviewed out of SXSW, is the directorial debut of longtime screenwriter Etan Cohen ("Tropic Thunder") and has a pretty simple set up. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' will set the 2015 Cannes Film Festival on fire

25 March 2015 10:19 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The rumor was that "Mad Max: Fury Road" would kick off the 68th Festival du Cannes.  Instead, George Miller's long awaited return to the post-apocalyptic world he originally created with 1979's "Mad Max" will take place on Thursday, May 14 and, most importantly, out of competition. "Fury Road" stars Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and finds Tom Hardy taking over the iconic role of Max Rockatansky that was originated by Mel Gibson over 35 years ago. It's also Miller's first live action film since 1998's "Babe: Pig in the City."  The film has been described as effectively one long chase scene that finds Max Max having to team up with the Empress Furiosa Theron) who is fleeing a rabid gang in hot pursuit of her party. Warner Bros. kicked off its campaign for "Fury Road" at Comic-Con last year and the Cannes debut will close it on la Croissette on the same day it effectively opens worldwide. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Vin Diesel makes a silly comment about how 'Fast 7' should win best picture

25 March 2015 1:24 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It's been a long and dramatic road for Vin Diesel and the cast and crew of "Fast 7." The death of Paul Walker, one of Diesel's good friends, delayed the film for almost a year and led to additional work on the picture. The film got a sneak screening at SXSW where HitFix's own Drew McWeeny raved about it.  This pundit was at another screening and is currently embargoed from discussing it in detail, but I will reveal that all the buzz about an emotional ending is very, very true.   "Fast 7" is also reportedly looking at a monster $115 million three-day weekend when it opens a week from Friday which would top "Fast & Furious 6's" $97 million debut in 2013.  Diesel, who is also a producer of the film, recently spoke to Variety about the expected blockbuster and, not surprisingly, made some slightly out there comments. "Universal is going to have the biggest »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Salma Hayek's passion project is finally coming to theaters in August

24 March 2015 3:27 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Salma Hayek can breathe easy now. Her passion project "Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet" is finally coming to the big screen. Directed by Roger Allers ("The Lion King"), "The Prophet" is a collaborative animated tale featuring individual "chapters" from animation legends such as Tomm Moore ("The Secret of Kells" "Song of the Sea"), Joan Gratz (Academy Award winner for "Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase"),  Bill Plympton ("Guard Dog and Your Face"), Paul and Gaetan Brizzi ("Fantasia 2000") and Mohammed Harib ("Freej"), among others.  It's based on Gilbran's 1923 book and features a voice cast including Hayek, Liam NeesonQuvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina.  The film's score is by Oscar winner Gabriel Yared ("The English Patient") and it also includes additional music from  Damien Rice, Glenn Hansard ("Once") and Lisa Hannigan.  So, yes, that's a lot of pedigree talent in the mix. "The Prophet" debuted to positive reviews at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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SXSW 2015: George Miller Looks Back on The Road Warrior and Previews Mad Max: Fury Road

17 March 2015 2:23 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Last night, George Miller arrived in Austin for the very first time ever for a truly special event, a 35mm presentation of his iconic sequel, The Road Warrior, as part of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival Special Events line-up. Miller also debuted, to a theater full of eager fans in attendance (including this writer), a look at what we can expect for the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road, which arrives in theaters on May 15.

The Road Warrior screening itself was an amazing experience, featuring a newly struck print of the film that loomed larger than life on the big screen. Undoubtedly one of the greatest action films of all time, this was my first time ever seeing The Road Warrior on the big screen, and to see it with this crowd was truly incredible.

Following the screening, Miller returned to the stage with Hitfix’s Drew McWeeney to talk about the »

- Heather Wixson

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Furious 7 In St. Louis

16 March 2015 3:09 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Take one last ride on April 3rd when Furious 7 opens in theaters.

Universal Pictures had a surprise screening at SXSW Sunday evening. In his review, Drew McWeeny (Hitfix) wrote Furious 7 “is a blast!”

Check out the rest of his stellar review Here.

Read reactions from the fans who were at the midnight screening on Twitter: twitter.com/FastFurious

The @ParamountAustin is ready for #Furious7! Thanks, @SXSW! pic.twitter.com/SgEjwKFf9R

— #Furious7 (@FastFurious) March 16, 2015

Continuing the global exploits in the unstoppable franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of Furious 7.

James Wan directs this chapter of the hugely successful series that also welcomes back favorites Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black. They are joined by international action stars new to the franchise including Jason Statham, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, »

- Movie Geeks

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Film School Club at Film School Rejects is Coming March 26 with Guest Critic Drew McWeeny

13 March 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

I am Jeff Bayer, and I have not seen every film in the world.

A new column is coming called Film School Club with Jeff Bayer. You have an assignment. Watch Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch. The column discussing the film with Jeff Bayer and guest Drew McWeeny will be available on Thursday, March 26. The film is available on Netflix Instant, and can be rented on iTunes and Amazon.

When I was at the Sundance Film Festival in January, a group of film critics gathered outside to discuss whatever film we all just exited. I said something, I can’t remember exactly what it was, but another film critic, whom I respect, said, “Whatever, you’ve only seen one (Joe) Swanberg film.”

“That’s not true,” I said. “I’ve seen two*.” There was a little laughter from the group, I think partially at my expense.

His comment stuck with me. »

- Jeff Bayer

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Libido Monster: 10 lessons horror movies have taught us about sex

12 March 2015 4:09 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The most acclaimed film of this weekend's theatrical release crop? Not "Cinderella," as it turns out. No, the critical winner is actually writer/director David Robert Mitchell's "It Follows," a low-budget horror film about a group of teens being stalked by an evil sex-monster. Not even kidding! From own Drew McWeeny's review out of Cannes: "At its best, the film has moments that are creepy and that work on some strange primal level. Many of the manifestations of the angry force in this film are played by people who are oddly visually striking, like an enormously tall and oddly-shaped man or a guy with a weird pinched rodent face and jug ears." Can't help it, I want to see this. Where better to learn about the perils of intercourse than from a horror movie? Not that it would be the first time --  from Roman Polanski's 1965 Catherine Deneuve »

- Chris Eggertsen

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/Filmcast Ep. 309 – Chappie

6 March 2015 7:06 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the flashiness of The Jinx, the ugliness of Dumb and Dumber To, and the intelligence of Rick and Morty. Be sure to read Angie Han’s and Drew McWeeny’s review of Chappie, how Sam Biddle came to peace with Justine Sacco, and what really makes you you. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, […]

The post /Filmcast Ep. 309 – Chappie appeared first on /Film. »

- David Chen

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The Week in Horror: If you're afraid of clowns, do not watch this trailer

27 February 2015 7:02 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome back to "The Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the 10 most pertinent fright-genre stories to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: "The Crow" remake may have finally, once and for all, for realsies this time found its Eric Draven; a newly-demure pop star joins TV's premiere horror anthology series; and if you're scared of clowns, you might wanna skip number four (is all I'm saying). See below for the full roundup. 1. "The Crow" may fly with Jack Huston After losing Luke Evans back in January, the embattled remake has now set its sights on "Boardwalk Empire" actor Jack Huston, best known for his role as assassin Richard Harrow on the HBO series. Only seeing this if they bring back Bai Ling. [Deadline] 2. Niecy Nash signs on for victimhood in Ryan Murphy's "Scream Queens" The awesome, underappreciated "Getting On" star and "Reno 911!" scene »

- Chris Eggertsen

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R-Rated ‘Power/Rangers’ with Katee Sackhoff & James Van Der Beek takes ‘fan film’ to a new level

24 February 2015 10:09 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Updated: Hollywood’s habit of rebooting campy old properties into “dark” and “gritty”, Nolan-esque movies has grown tiring for a long time. No material is sacred, and no material is too ridiculous to be unironically rehashed.

One of the lesser titles on that long list of remakes are the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, a horribly silly ’90s staple that by 2016 when the official Lionsgate movie is released will be 20 years removed from when the original show went off air.

Joseph Kahn’s short film Power/Rangers isn’t that.

Starring Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) in Kahn’s “fan film”, one that doesn’t “reboot” the old property but extends its story threads to their natural, grim and bloody conclusion, Power/Rangers is an intense and dense fan story that takes fan filmmaking to a new level.

Kahn is a music video director »

- Brian Welk

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Farewell to 'Parks and Recreation': All the links

24 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Parks and Recreation" comes to an end with tonight's hour-long series finale, premiering at 10 on NBC. Over the last week, we've run a lot of stories about the show — mostly happy, but one very sad — and wanted to put easy links to them in one place on finale morning. So without further ado: * My essay on what made this one of TV's best comedies of all time; * My interview with Amy Poehler, looking at the start and end of this journey; * Part 1 and Part 2 of a long history of Pawnee discussion with co-creator Mike Schur, and you can read all my previous Schur interviews here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here , here and here; * Jim O'Heir recalling the long, strange journey of Garry/Jerry/Larry/Terry/Garry Gergich; * Ben Schwartz looking back on the life of Jean-Ralphio Saperstein; * Our favorite "Parks and Rec" episodes ever; * Drew McWeeny with a »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Introducing Jason Momoa as Aquaman and he looks pretty fierce doesn't he?

19 February 2015 11:14 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sorry East Coasters. If you were asleep at before 1 Am you missed Zack Snyder deliver a late Thursday night gift for "Justice League" fans on twitter.   The man behind "Man of Steel" and the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" tweeted out the first look of Jason Momoa as Aquaman and this is one version of Arthur Curry you don't want to meet under water. HitFix's Drew McWeeny broke the news that Momoa was playing Aquaman in June and while the onetime "Game of Thrones" star shot his scenes in "Dawn of Justice" in the months following there hadn't been an official reveal of Snyder's interpretation of the character until now.  Check out in the image embedded below and share your thoughts.  You'll notice the tagline "Unite the Seven" which we'll assume refers to bringing the seven members of the Justice League together.  In theory, this big screen version of the League includes Batman, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Review: 'Parks and Recreation' - 'Johnny Karate/Two Funerals': Good byes

17 February 2015 6:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" double-header coming up just as soon as I collect my change from your wife... On the one hand, I'm growing increasingly less at peace with the idea that this show will be over forever a week from tonight. On the other, so much of what's made this final season so great has come from the creative team's knowledge that the end is near. They no longer have to hold anything back, can do big character closure episodes like "Leslie and Ron," don't have to worry about keeping everyone in stasis in Pawnee, and can try out every last crazy idea they've ever had for this show, because they no longer have to worry about what comes after. As a result, we got two wonderful and very different episodes of the show tonight. "The Johnny Karate Super Awesome Musical Explosion Show" was presented entirely »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Review: Jupiter Ascending

7 February 2015 9:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Lana and Andy Wachowski are two of my favorite current filmmakers. The Matrix rocked my worldview, and Cloud Atlas expanded my worldview, claiming a place as my very favorite movie. We've come to expect the very best from them, but not every movie can rock your world. Sometimes we have to settle for just "really damned good."

Jupiter Ascending encompasses the Wachowskis' grand visions of galactic empire within the confines of a relatively small action-adventure story. Their aesthetic, with a dreamlike quality, seems to draw on influences from every big science-fiction film of the past but mixes them together in new and original combinations. Immediately after it screened for press, Facebook and Twitter feeds were full of complaints from critics calling the movie a mess. It may not be for everyone. It misses a few beats, but it gets more right than it does wrong. If you're on the same wavelength as the Wachowskis, »

- Mike Saulters

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