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Cinelinx Reacts to 'Batfleck' - Is It Really So Bad?

30 August 2013 2:04 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Last week the Internet nearly exploded with the news that Ben Affleck had been cast as Batman in the upcoming Batman/Superman film from Zack Snyder.  The fanboy rage was practically palpable and discussion among people on the pros and cons of the casting have been ongoing.  It’s sparked a lot of conversation among us here at the Cinelinx team, so we sat down to give our individual reactions and thoughts on the casting decision.  Come inside to see them, and share your own!


While I focus in video games now, I’m obviously a comic book fan and still in school to write movies along with helping out in those areas. So of course I paid attention to the announcement. What amazed me was that there is literally hardly anyone defending this choice at all. You have a few people going “well it wasn’t his fault Daredevil completely sucked, »

- (Dustin Spino)

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Michael Davis: Cowards

27 August 2013 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

“Criminals are a superstitious cowardly lot.”

– Bruce Wayne

“Comic book fan boys are a superstitious cowardly lot and some are big pussies as well.”

– Michael Davis

Yeah, I said that.

I know quite a bit about pussies, so I speak from a place of wisdom. Although the vast majority of pussy I know about has almost nothing to do with comic books, less than that with fans and zero to do with boys or men for that matter.

Just to be clear, the big pussies I’m talking about for this particular rant are those winey little bitches whom think that their will should be the will of the industry. The latest fan bitch fest is over Ben Affleck playing Batman.

Fan boys are bitching like teenage girls who just had something bitter spilled all over their brand new braces.

Give that a sec…

Look, back when Warner Bros. (WB »

- Michael Davis

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Why Ben Affleck Should Be Given a Chance to Kill It as Batman

22 August 2013 1:00 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Aug. 22, 2013 - Ben Affleck will play Batman in Zack Snyder's Batman-Superman mashup in the sequel to Man of Steel.  Affleck was a little off everyone's radar, perhaps because he already played superhero Daredevil which was a notorious flop. But, Affleck is the comeback kid with everything he does turning to Oscar, maybe not for him exactly but certainly the people around him. And actually, he looks like Bruce Wayne! Haters will probably be are vocal but keep in mind the press Hated the casting of Michael Keaton as the first modern day Batman;  at the time, Keaton mostly played sarcastic slacker types in movies like Nightshift, Beetlejuice and Mr. Mom. But, Keaton Owned the role once he whisper-talked, "I am Batman" and Affleck should be given the chance to do the same. 

July 22, 2013 - Sometimes dreams do come true. It's fair to say every superhero fan and child »

- (Tara the Mom)

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TV Tonight: A&E's 'Modern Dads' a Mr. Mom for the times (Video)

21 August 2013 6:31 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Everything old is new again tonight, as the great film "Mr. Mom", which starred Michael Keaton, is done up 21st Century style for television by A&E. A&E's 'Modern Dads' is a reality series that takes four men and their offspring, and mies it up from the playground to the poker game in Texas. The stay-at-home dad lifestyle turns buddy comedy about men whose wives and female companions have well-paying jobs. They pick up the slack and rear the kids. You meet Nate, 37, the show's new dad. He has a son, Cormac, with his wife Truly, a medical director. Stone, 41, is a single dad to Danica, 5. Sean is a 28-year-old stepdad who cares for the children of »

- April Neale

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'Clear History' Director: Larry David Is 'Brutal'

9 August 2013 2:38 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

"Clear History" (premieres Sat., Aug. 10 at 9 p.m. Et on HBO) is to blame for keeping Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" off the air for almost two years now (and counting), but don't hold that against the movie.

Directed by Greg Mottola, "Clear History" takes the same approach as "Curb" -- going off of a very loose outline, and letting the actors improv from there -- to tell the story of Nathan Flomm (David), a marketing exec who shoots his mouth off and leaves his company just before they launch a new car that makes them all billionaires. Flomm then changes his name and moves to a small town to spare himself the public shame, but it's not long before his past comes back to haunt him. The movie also stars Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Amy Ryan, Philip Baker Hall, Bill Hader, Danny McBride and David's frequent "Curb" sparring partner J.B. Smoove, »

- Maggie Furlong

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'National Lampoon's Vacation': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Classic Road Trip Comedy

29 July 2013 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Holiday Ro-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oad, Holiday Ro-o-o-o-o-o-oad..."

Hard to believe it's been 30 years since the Griswold family first took to the road in "National Lampoon's Vacation." Ever since its release on July 29, 1983, the landmark comedy seems a permanent fixture of pop culture, having created the signature roles of Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, and Randy Quaid's careers, having helped make stars out of Anthony Michael Hall and Jane Krakowski, and having helped launch the filmmaking career of John Hughes. The movie seems to play on an endless loop on TV, like the neighbors' slideshow of a nightmarish trip you were grateful not to have taken yourself. (Except, let's face it, you probably have a family road trip this disastrous in your past.)

Still, as many times as you've seen the film, there are some details you may have missed. Read on to learn about the in-jokes you haven't spotted, the scenes you didn't get to see, »

- Gary Susman

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6 Scenes We Love From ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’

28 July 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“I found out long ago, it’s a long way down the holiday road.” Long ago would be 30 years as of tomorrow, because National Lampoon’s Vacation opened theatrically on July 29, 1983. Directed by Harold Ramis, the family road movie was written by former “National Lampoon” staffer John Hughes, based on a short story of his published in the magazine.  The comedy debuted at the top of the box office, knocking out Jaws 3-D in its sophomore weekend, keeping Return of the Jedi back in its tenth and besting fellow newcomers Krull and Private School. And it stayed at #1 through mid-August. Americans were clearly in love with rising star Chevy Chase, though they may have been even more in love with the relatable premise of a cross-country outing. We may not have known it at the time, but it was also a sign we were in love with Hughes’s writing, as »

- Christopher Campbell

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A&E Greenlights Stay-at-Home Dads Reality Series

3 May 2013 12:42 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Finally, a reality show based on the  1983 Michael Keaton comedy classic "Mr. Mom." Sort of. A&E has greenlit a new unscripted show, "Modern Dads," that will focus on a diverse clan of stay-at-home dads in Austin, Texas, following their antics as they balance the rigors of full-time fatherhood with the pressures of maintaining their dude-dom. Also read: 'Storage Wars' Lawsuit: A&E Wins Partial Victory "Down in Austin, Texas there's a group of guys who are unapologetically loud and riotously funny," A&E's description of the series explains. "They're like a fraternity, but this »

- Tim Kenneally

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A&E reality newcomer: "Modern Dads"

3 May 2013 9:18 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

What do the stay-at-home dads do when mom is at work? Remember the film "Mr. Mom"? Michael Keaton totally let himself go, wore the man's equivalent of yoga pants (stained sweatpants) all the time, played coupon poker with the local fraus and flirted with the hot divorcee. He even used the vacuum cleaner as a Flowbee device to cut his kids hair. Men are now leaning out as the women are bringing the cheddar home. A&E series "Modern Dads," from Sirens Media, was announced today by David McKillop, Executive Vice President, Programming, A&E Network. The true life series will "follow a diverse group of stay-at-home dads balancing guy-life with dad-life. Production begins immediately on eight half-hour »

- April Neale

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Universal, Joel Silver To Remake John Hughes Comedy ‘Weird Science’

18 April 2013 9:48 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Universal Pictures and Silver Pictures will remake Weird Science, the 1985 ultimate nerd wish fulfillment comedy that was written and directed by John Hughes. The film will be produced by Joel Silver, who made the original with Hughes at Universal. Michael Bacall will write the script. He scripted the sleeper hit Project X for Silver Pictures and wrote the script for 21 Jump Street, another 80s-centric property that became a hit for Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Now, the knee-jerk reaction would be concern about messing with any film by Hughes, who made this comedy right when he was in that wheelhouse of transitioning from screenwriter of Mr. Mom and National Lampoon’s Vacation to director of teen-angst comedies like Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club (which preceded Weird Science) and Pretty In Pink and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (which followed Weird Science). This film will attempt to carve out »


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