13 items from 2015
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
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
"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
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
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
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
If you couldn't tell from the reactions on social media, It was a very good year in Park City (well, at least on the narrative side). The 2015 Sundance Film Festival featured a dramatic competition with far fewer bad eggs than usual, a Next slate which once again got people excited, a number of the noncompetitive premieres that surprised (we're looking at you "Brooklyn"), two closing night films that were reportedly pretty good (a rare occurrence for any film festival) and acclaimed movies that landed distribution deals which you'll be talking about all year long. While we endeavored to post as many individual reviews as possible the intensity of Sundance often makes it quite difficult to review everything. Especially, when you've seen 23 1/2 movies over 8 days.* Therefore, this post will include a number of capsule reviews for films HitFix has not individually reviewed, my thoughts on films Drew McWeeny and Dan Fienberg »
- Gregory Ellwood
Though the Bravermans love them some baseball, "Parenthood" never had a regular sports component like producer Jason Katims' previous NBC drama, "Friday Night Lights." Perhaps to make up for this, "Parenthood" fans added a competitive aspect to their viewing: trying to outdo their fellow fans over how much a given episode made them cry. It was really something to witness these past six seasons, as comments and tweets and messages would fill up the internet the night and morning after each new episode aired: fans boasting that, truly, their sobbing at Kristina's cancer, or sniffles over Max's struggles to fit in at school, or their weeping over Amber's weeping, was the most possible of anyone watching. Not even "Fnl" — that beautiful, ruthless tear-jerking machine — ever made its audience quite as intent on announcing the state of their tear ducts. While I never felt that competitive spirit myself, I »
- Alan Sepinwall
Bradley Cooper wants "movie actor" to be one of many business cards he carries in his wallet. In 2014, he showed off that ambition, shepherding "American Sniper" to the big screen as a producer and jumping to Broadway after developing his take on "Elephant Man." Now, as many Renaissance men and women do, he’s looking to direct, with the stars are aligning for his debut. Deadline reports that Cooper is in talks to helm 'Honeymoon With Harry,' a movie he was slated to to star in alongside his "Limitless" costar Robert De Niro. The plan is still to star, pulling double duty on a script by Dan Fogelman ("Crazy Stupid Love"). According to an earlier report from Deadline, "Honeymoon with Harry" is a James L. Brooks-esque drama that Cooper has been eager to push through the pipeline. The story focuses on "a formerly self-centered womanizing booze-hound who changed »
- Matt Patches
The Corner Show #1 discovered and curated by Drew McWeeny The following is the first installment in a new regular feature here at HitFix. People are fascinated by stories of films that were almost made, and we've certainly dug into that subject in the past. This is a new way of doing that in an ongoing format, and we hope you enjoy what is meant to be a game, a fun way of looking at an alternate movie history. It is safe to say that I had a very challenging 2014. So maybe what happened was a complete break with reality. Who could blame me? There's only so much anyone can take, and I've certainly had my own limits tested recently. So trust me.. at first, I considered forgetting all about what happened this past weekend and never writing a word about it. But it was so strange and so special that »
- Drew McWeeny
Now called Accidental Love, comedy Nailed began as a David O Russell movie more than seven years ago. Here's a look at its strange story...
Despite its stellar cast, which includes Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal and James Brolin, it's possible that you've never heard of the forthcoming comedy Accidental Love. It's almost certain that you haven't heard of its director Stephen Greene, because he doesn't exist.
The Accidental Love saga takes in Oscar-nominated director David O Russell, dodgy financiers, multiple production shut-downs, cast walk-outs and questionable name changes. Until recently, it looked as though the film would never see the light of day at all.
Accidental Love began life as Nailed, a screwball political comedy co-written by Russell and Kristin Gore (daughter of Us politician Al Gore). For Russell, whose previous film I Heart Huckabees had struggled at the box office, Nailed was supposed to be a "fresh page and »
What happens to war movies when soldiers stop going to war? Andrew Niccol’s "Good Kill" is a glimpse at modern battle tactics, piloted drones taking out the Taliban from afar, as well as a hint at the task films face when examining the 21st century soldier. By nature, sitting behind a computer is far more introverted and introspective than engaging in on-the-ground military operations. As we see in the first trailer for "Good Kill," it really is all quiet on the Western front. In "Good Kill," Ethan Hawke stars as Tom Egan, a fighter jet pilot relocated to a Las Vegas for drone piloting. In the mornings, Tom goes to work, logs in to his computer, blows up his required targets for the day — buildings, tanks, people. At night, he heads home to his family, lights up the grill, sits down for a cozy a meal, and heads to bed. »
- Matt Patches
Do you feel like you're just now getting a handle on 2014, and the year is totally done? Did you sleep through the majority of the Christmas holiday time and are only just now cracking the internet? Did you already watch every movie on our Best and Worst lists and now just need recommendations on something weird to watch? HitFix has your New Year's Eve Nostalgia and New Year's Day Hangover taken care of. Check out our many Top 10s, Top 20s, Top 40s, Top 50s; our Omg moments, our regrets, our overrated and guilty pleasures; our indulgent year-end highs and lows. Here's the TV from 2014 you should have been watching... Daniel Fienberg's 1-10 Best TV Shows of 2014 Daniel Fienberg's 11-20 Best TV Shows Alan Sepinwall's 10 Best TV Shows of 2014 Alan Sepinwall's 10 More Great New Series from 2014 Alan Sepinwall's 10 More Great Returning Series from 2014 And here's the music you should have been listening to. »
- Katie Hasty
13 items from 2015
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