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Legendary is bought by China's Wanda for $3.5 billion

It's a good time to be Legendary Entertainment. The studio is known for its genre films that started out small, but eventually led to things like the Dark Knight trilogy and Godzilla, but thanks to a spate of wise investments in known ...

 
 
 
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Jem and the Holograms made no money so now it's gone

There are flops and then there are flops. Jem and the Holograms is the latter. It didn't just flop for Universal it broke records while doing it. The movie pulled in just $1.37 million its opening weekend, and couldn't even crack ...

 
 
 
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Speculation: Universal feels Warcraft is a "problem movie"

Earlier we reported that Pacific Rim 2 has been delayed indefinitely and may not get made. This is the result of the testy relationship between Legendary Pictures and Universal, which The Hollywood Reporter has covered in a recent piece. Th...

 
 
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Why that It remake isn't happening

Cary Fukunaga may be one of the most creative directors working now. Sin Nombre is truly stunning and his work on True Detective made the first season fantastic. However, we still don't know how he'd handle a bigger film, and than...

 
 
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Kevin Feige now reports directly to Disney CEO

I bet you thought that Kevin Feige, as the head of Marvel's movie studios, was pretty damn powerful. Well, not powerful enough. He use to report to the CEO of Marvel, Ike Perlmutter, but no more! In a big shake up Feige will be reporti...

 
 
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Nintendo open to making movies again

Back in the 80s and early 90s Nintendo had quite a healthy stable of spin-off media. There were television shows based on Mario, Captain N and a whole host of other things. Then the Mario Bros. movie happened and it burned them ba...

 
 
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Here's what went wrong behind the scenes of Fantastic 4

If you were one of the few people to see Fantastic Four over the weekend we're sorry for you. I went to see it just to see how bad it was, but bought a ticket for Mission: Impossible just so I wouldn't fund it in any way. It was a...

 
 
 
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RIP The Dissolve (2013-2015)

The Dissolve was one of the best places on the internet for intelligent, funny, in-depth, and insightful film criticism and features. This morning, editor-in-chief Keith Phipps announced that The Dissolve would be shutting down effective im...

 
 
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DC is shifting Vertigo comic movies to New Line

Here's some big news that actually has no bearing on you at the moment. WB is shifting film's based on DC's Vertigo line of comics to sister studio New Line Cinemas. This means that the likes of the Sandman film and the Preacher&n...

 
 
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Saban Films picks up Travolta's I Am Wrath for NA

If you're an older actor right now then you basically have to be making an action movie/revenge movie where you kick a lot of people's asses with your special skills of ass kicking. The latest to join the pack? John Travolta with the Chuck ...

 
 
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American Sniper is the top grossing film of 2014

I had a lot of problems with American Sniper as a movie about PTSD and veterans, but despite these issues it had a very good redeeming value of bringing Veteran issues to the forefront of the discussion in America. It seems a lot of pe...

 
 
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Movie theater attendance in 2014 was the lowest since 1995

2014 is officially over. Celebration aside, this means that we can finally evaluate the year as a whole. The Hollywood Reporter has started us off right, with a breakdown of the box office numbers from the year. And... well, they were prett...

 
 
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Green Inferno on hold indefinitely

Sad news for those you like the boundary pushing of Eli Roth and the disturbing Cannibal Holocaust. His homage to that film, Green Inferno, has been put on hold indefinitely. It's not because of any controversy, surprisingly. Instead s...

 
 
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NYAFF Review: Top Star

When one of NYAFF's programmers introduced Top Star, he said that it was surprising that this was Park Joong-hoon's directorial debut. Park has worked as an actor in the Korean film industry for 28 years, but this is his first time beh...

 
 
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Book: Very Naughty Boys (HandMade Films)

My knowledge of the British film industry is spotty at best. Beyond the requisite Hammer fandom, an admiration for classic Ealing comedies (e.g., Kind Hearts and Coronets), and adoration of the Free Cinema movement, I'm pretty ignorant abou...

 
 
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Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney hug it out and part ways

For the past 20 years Disney has had a first-look option on Jerry Bruckheimer's films resulting in 27 movies, bajillions of dollars for both companies and a little franchise called Pirates of the Caribbean. Next year that all ends as D...

 
 
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Steve McQueen and the mountains made out of molehills

Yesterday over at Twitch, columnist Matt Brown published a piece about how he thinks filmmaker Steve McQueen is a dick. According to Brown, the director responsible for Shame and Hunger has been abrasive at press conferences and Q & As ...

 
 
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Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. split

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have finally parted ways with one another. This isn't some cheesy romantic break-up between two studios, their contract with each other finally came to an end. Talks about renegotiating have ended and Leg...

 
 
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David Lynch says state of film industry "depressing"

You can add David Lynch to the list of directors lamenting the current state of film. (Previously we've heard Steven Soderbergh deliver a state of cinema speech and Steven Spielberg and George Lucas suggest industry implosion.) In a recent ...

 
 
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Regal Cinemas to raise their ticket prices 4%

Deadline reported that Regal ticket prices are expected to go up 3% to 4% this year, in keeping with patterns from previous years. This means that you'll need to take out a loan if you want to waste your money on World War Z and a medium po...

 
 
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World War Z needs $400 million to break even

Summer movie train wreck World War Z is looking to cause a world of hurt for Paramount when it releases if a recent Vanity Fair article is correct. Doing some quick math the article concludes that the film will have to be a mega hit an...

 
 
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Before VFX: An apology to the Visual Effects community

If you spend any significant amount of time on film- or tech-oriented websites, you've probably seen some coverage of the controversy surrounding the playing-off of Life of Pi's VFX supervisor, whose company is about to file for bankruptcy,...

 
 
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Flixclusive: Why Henson shelved Del Toro's Pinocchio

We just reported that Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio has been put on the back burner by the Jim Henson Company. The film's co-writer, Gris Grimly, tweeted that the box office numbers on Frankenweenie were partially to blame for the studio's...

 
 
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Gore Verbinski to direct and produce Pyongyang

I'm not the comic book guy around these parts so my knowledge of the graphic novel Pyongyang is limited to cursory information, but it sounds like one of the most interesting graphic novels one could read. That's probably why Gore Verb...

 
 
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The Evil Dead remake's first cut received an NC-17 rating

News that I'm sure will please fans of everything blood and gore, director Fede Alvarez recently Tweeted that his first cut of the Evil Dead remake that was submitted to the MPAA came back with an NC-17 rating. He said he was "proud" t...

 
 
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Beasts of the Southern Wild to be re-released this week

Beasts of the Southern Wild was this year's breakout independent movie, as favorite among the Flixist staff that have seen it, and also probably the longest review we have to date. In the light of the dark horse candidate's four Oscar nomin...

 
 
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Trey Parker and Matt Stone found studio

Those wacky guys from South Park are at it again. Well, they've really just be at it for a while now, but now all of Trey Parker and Matt Stones work will be made under their new studio, Important Studios. One assumes that the things t...

 
 
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Disney buys LucasFilm

Huge news today, as Disney has bought LucasFilm for $4 billion in cash and stocks. This acquisition includes all LucasFilm brands, including ILM, LucasArts, and Skywalker Sound. Also in the press release, Star Wars: Episode VII gets name dr...

 
 
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China's Dalian Wanda Group buys AMC for $2.6 billion

Dalian Wanda Group finalized its purchase of AMC Entertainment yesterday to the tune of $2.6 billion. Deadline notes that Wanda is China's largest investor in entertainment activities, and that this acquisition makes them the world's larges...

 
 
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Eastern Promises 2 is dead, says Cronenberg

So much for that great header. Focus Features has dropped a proposed sequel to David Cronenberg's 2006 Eastern Promises, which would have reunited David Cronenberg with Vincent Cassel and Viggo Mortensen as their characters from the origina...

 
 
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DreamWorks to buy Classic Media, capitalize on nostalgia

A lot of modern-day releases are remakes of beloved older franchises, and DreamWorks is well aware of the kind of money nostalgia can bring in. In October, DreamWorks began talks to acquire Classic Media, the company that owns pretty much e...

 
 
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Magic Mike 2 is coming, says Channing Tatum

Magic Mike has made solid box office business, and it's quickly becoming a staple for the girl's night out, so it's not surprise a sequel may be on its way, according to Channing Tatum. Tatum claims "We’re working on the concept ...

 
 
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Martin Scorsese abandons film for digital

We're at it at last. The final death throws of the physical medium known as film. With every passing day another nail is hammered into celluloid's coffin as the steady whir of a theater projector in the back of the theater fades from our au...

 
 
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Jim Carrey withdraws from Dumb and Dumber To

Evidently frustrated at the lack of studio enthusiasm for the sequel, which was supposed to be shooting a little later this year per my interview with Peter Farrelly, Jim Carrey has dropped out of the upcoming sequel to Dumb and Dumber, whi...

 
 
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Catching Fire, Star Trek 2 will be partially shot in IMAX

It must be difficult when a filmmaker like Gary Ross manages to shut the door on 3D for one of Lionsgate's biggest new franchises, the Hunger Games series, by likening it to the exact kind of needless spectacle his film views as the vi...

 
 




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