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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 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 | | See recent 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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Why 1973 Was the Best Year in Movie History

30 April 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. It’s perhaps a little quaint to choose a year that I wasn’t even alive during to represent the best year of cinema. I was not there to observe how any of these films conversed with the culture around them when they were first screened. So, although I am choosing the glorious year of 1973, I am choosing not just due to a perusal of top ten lists that year—but because the films that were released that year greatly influenced how I engage with movies now, in 2015. Films speak to more than just the audiences that watch them—they speak to each other. Filmmakers inspire each other. Allusions are made. A patchwork begins. These are the movies of our lives. Having grown up with cinema in the 90s, »

- Brian Formo

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Why 1995 Was the Best Year in Movie History

30 April 2015 12:34 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice.  1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »

- Jane Hu

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Why 1999 was the best year in movie history

30 April 2015 8:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century? Check here for a complete list of our essays. The end of the 1990s was the end of an era on the big screen. The independent filmmaking movement that started the decade had taken full bloom and infiltrated the business. Major studios had begun to jump headlong into the "dependent" game, amping up prestige product and utilizing the awards season as a marketing tool. The blockbuster landscape at the summer multiplex had been interesting, full of original concepts (good and bad), but something else was on the way — a new overlord in the business of film, and one that would more or less make the age of the movie star (at least as we had come to know it) a thing of the past. For those reasons and a slew of others, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Why 2012 Was the Best Year in Film History

29 April 2015 2:13 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. I’m here today to argue that 2012 was the greatest year in cinema. I know  you’re thinking: is she insane?  How will she even begin to argue such a ridiculous theory? Sure, 2012 didn't  bring us Vertigo or Citizen Kane or Chinatown or whatever, but it Was the year Spring Breakers came out, so I think it’s time you showed some respect.   Just kidding, just kidding, calm down. The truth is, it really was the best year in cinema and here is why: Jennifer Lawrence. 2012 was the year J-Law rose to superstardom and showed the world how insanely talented she is in two very different but equally special films: Silver Linings Playbook and Hunger Games, the coolest dystopian film of our generation, and a creative, »

- Zara Lisbon

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Why 1974 was the best year in film history

29 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century.  Click here for a complete list of our essays. I was one of the first to select years for this particular exercise, which probably allowed me to select the correct year. The answer is, of course, 1974 and all other answers are wrong. No matter what your criteria happens to be, 1974 is going to come out on top. Again, this is not ambiguous or open to debate. We have to start, of course, with the best of the best. "Chinatown" is one of the greatest movies ever made. You can't structure a thriller better than Robert Towne and Roman Polanski do, nor shoot a Los Angeles movie better than John Alonzo has done. Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway give the best performances of their careers, which is no small achievement. If you ask »

- Daniel Fienberg

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