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Why the new 'Nosferatu' remake is a good thing

28 July 2015 2:04 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Bryan Singer hints at future 'X-Men' crossovers with another superhero team

23 July 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Hope shines for 'Ant-Man' and the future of Marvel women

20 July 2015 9:49 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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From Tarantino to 'Shazam,' fourteen more impressions from Comic-Con 2015

12 July 2015 10:15 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Here's the behind-the-scenes 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' video from Comic-Con

10 July 2015 7:33 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Don Winslow on his amazing new book 'The Cartel' and America's drug war

1 July 2015 3:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Comic Con 2015 Friday Schedule

26 June 2015 3:19 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

- MovieWeb

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2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back: Personified emotions and web-slinging ladies

25 June 2015 2:07 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

“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

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Film Blogs Grow Up and Go Corporate

23 June 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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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25 Years in La Part 3: Showtime, the Silverado, and the rise of Ain't It Cool

10 June 2015 11:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The first and most important thing that happened as a result of the staging of "Sticks and Stones" at the Met Theater as part of the Act One Festival was that Scott Swan and I got our first agent. Barbara Baruch worked for Ambrosio/Mortimer, a smaller boutique agency at the time, and from the moment we met her, she seemed like what I imagined an agent to be. She was nurturing, she was a cheerleader, she was a ballbuster, and she was always, always, always in our corner. Our time with her was unfortunately too short, and by the time the agency imploded in accusations of embezzlement, we were already repped by Gersh out of New York. Barbara was first, though, and she was the first one to start pushing people to come see our show and to read our work. The strangest thing about those early days is »

- Drew McWeeny

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Jurassic World Hollywood Premiere Video; Plus The Reviews Are In

10 June 2015 2:09 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

By Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson

On Tuesday evening (June 9), Jurassic World had it’s big Hollywood Premiere at Hollywood and Highland and Tcl Chinese Theatre IMAX.

Hosted by Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, Hollywood and Highland was transformed into the entrance of Jurassic Park.

Fans caught a glimpse of cast members Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Bd Wong, Judy Greer, Brian Tee, Andy Buckley, James Dumont, Michael Papajohn; writer/director Colin Trevorrow; writers Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly; producers Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley.

Originally released in 1993, Spielberg’s Jurassic Park provided moviegoers with a film that connected with global audiences of all ages and has since become an indelible part of their cultural collective memory. Based on Michael Crichton’s blend of science fiction and boundless imagination, the film left audiences breathless and asking the question: “Could this actually happen? »

- Movie Geeks

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Outrage Watch: 'Jurassic World' can't outrun sexism charges

10 June 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to Outrage Watch, HitFix's (almost) daily 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. Joss Whedon famously called a pre-release clip of "Jurassic World" "'70s era sexist" on Twitter. Hey, even "Jurassic World" director Colin Trevorrow agreed! While Whedon later apologized for voicing the sentiment (without actually backpedaling), his criticism is now being echoed by Daily Beast reviewer Marlow Stern, who calls the film a "Big, Dumb, Sexist Mess" in his headline before going on to write: "'Jurassic World' is not about corporate greed, anti-militarization, crass commerciality, disrupting the food chain, or dinos eating the shit out of people. No. It’s about a woman’s 'evolution' from an icy-cold, selfish corporate shill into a considerate wife and mother." Stern is referring here to Bryce Dallas "Not Jessica Chastain" Howard's character Claire Dearing, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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25 Years In La Part 2: 'Shawshank,' 'Sleepwalkers,' and 'Sticks and Stones'

9 June 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Yesterday, I wrote about my first year in Los Angeles, which was all just a matter of settling in. Remember, when I moved to La, I knew a grand total of zero people who lived or worked here. I was not laden with contacts and strolling into a situation where everything was guaranteed to work out. Scott Swan and I took a huge chance when we packed up and moved out, and I am so horrified by how little money we had saved that I'm almost embarrassed to say the number. I was insanely naive when I arrived in town. I am still haunted by a choice we made in those early days, when we answered an ad in one of the trades that was looking for writers willing to work on a "per sketch" basis. I forget how much the rate was… $100 or so, but definitely not more than that… »

- Drew McWeeny

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Misogynists are boycotting feminist ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ which is one more reason to see it

13 May 2015 9:29 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Mad Max: Fury Road’ doesn’t hit theaters until Friday — Thursday night in some locations — but the reviews are in. George Miller’s latest film about a dystopian future is a cinematic tour de force. Out of 60 critics on Rotten Tomatoes, only one voice of dissent stands. Whatever you may think about Miller’s “Fury Road,” one thing is clear: this ain’t your 1979 Mad Max. Miller brought in Eve Ensler who wrote “The Vagina Monologues” to consult on how the women would react differently to the same traumas. Our own Drew McWeeny confirmed part of “Fury Road” tells the story of three generations of women fighting for their future in a world gone mad. Charlize Theron looks like she’s going to bite the head off an albino minion and bathe in his blood at any given moment. This terrifies a certain subset of men, even before they’ve seen the movie. »

- Donna Dickens

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Let's talk about all the Oscars 'Mad Max: Fury Road' needs to win

11 May 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ok, we have more than a half a year of movies to go, so "win" is hyperbole. But thanks for clicking all the same. What I'm saying is George Miller's latest is such a nuts-and-bolts marvel of the form that not only should it be up for consideration in a number of areas, it really ought to be the impetus that drives the Academy to finally add a certain new category that has long been championed in some industry circles. The look of this film is absolutely bonkers. And, admittedly, it's the accumulation of a few departments that really gets it there. But with that in mind, if it wasn't clear by my interview with the man, cinematographer John Seale needs a serious victory lap for jumping onto this wild ride, strapping in and delivering much of this spectacle in-camera. Many of us are surely pleased he didn't go out on "The Tourist, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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There's a zombie movie for everybody: Celebrating horror's most diverse genre with 10 unique films

7 May 2015 5:47 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Ever since George A. Romero's "Night of the Living Dead" burst on the scene and changed the genre forever, the zombie film has become arguably the most diverse horror sub-genre of them all, taking on a number of different forms over the last several decades and especially over the last ten years, as (kick-started by the success of Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later," "Shaun of the Dead" and Zack Snyder's "Dawn of the Dead" reboot) the number of zombie flicks multiplied faster than the legions of undead themselves. As the Arnold Schwarzenegger horror film "Maggie" -- arguably the first father-daughter drama to masquerade as a zombie flick -- hits theaters, below I've listed 10 examples of wildly-different films that fall under the banner as a means of highlighting the genre's sheer diversity. Indeed, these days there's a zombie movie to suit every taste and demographic -- maybe even Mom. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Junkie Xl on creating the insane soundscape for 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

6 May 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The moment I was sent the download link for the "Fury Road" soundtrack, I loaded the entire score onto my iPod specifically so I could play it in my car. Big mistake. The first time through, I didn't even realize how fast I was going, but around the time we got to track four, "Blood Bag," I glanced at the speedometer and was startled to see I had crept up past 90 Mph. I pumped the brakes, and since then, I've had to fight my own natural inclination to speed up as I have been assaulted by the intense cacophony that is Junkie Xl's "Mad Max: Fury Road" score. I had about five days to live with the score before my phone rang one morning last week, and I jumped right into what turned out to be a great conversation with Tom Holkenborg, the Dutch composer who is building a »

- Drew McWeeny

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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate

1 May 2015 6:36 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' spoiler review: The superhero sequel as epic TV story arc

1 May 2015 6:22 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HitFix certainly doesn't lack for coverage of "Avengers: Age of Ultron," including Drew McWeeny's review and the whole staff picking the best and worst parts of the film. But as someone who's been writing about Joss Whedon's work for a long time, and as someone who's been covering "Agents of Shield" this season (more on that in a bit), I wanted to offer some thoughts on the movie, its place in both the Marvel filmography and Whedon's, with lots and lots of spoilers for the film (so beware), coming up just as soon as I remodel the dining room... I have to admit to feeling a certain level of dread as "Age of Ultron" approached. The first "Avengers" was a fun movie, and a culmination of all the things Whedon had been doing on both the small and big screens. This is a weird thing to suggest about »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Best and Worst of 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

1 May 2015 2:29 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The much, much, much-anticipated mega-sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is finally in theaters worldwide. Now comes the time to assess whether the Marvel blockbuster lived up to the hype, whether this movie’s any good. HitFix’s Drew McWeeny gave “Age of Ultron” a mostly favorable B+ review. Here, we break down the movie into its best and worst moments. Among the best: Some time for Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton to shine, as we learn more about the secret lives and inner turmoil of the Avengers played by Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner. Among the worst: the third act battle scene that feels too much like the New York City finale of 2012's "The Avengers." How did the return of Captain America, Hulk and Iron Man stack up? What about new players Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch? Is the villain, Ultron, a decidedly uninteresting baddie like most Marvel villains or does he raise the bar? »

- HitFix Staff

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