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Why is Quibi Remaking ‘The Princess Bride’ Instead of Shutting Down a Forever?

Quibi is such a stupid idea that it’s not surprising it was dreamed up by a Hollywood executive thinking he’s clever.  No one wants to watch a movie broken up into 5-10 minute chunks while sitting in a waiting room or whatever; if we want to watch a movie, we’ll sit and watch a movie. If we want to want a five-minute video to fill the time, we’ve got YouTube. Also, PornHub if you’re in a more forward-thinking waiting room.

I guess people didn’t hate Quibi enough because they’re remaking The Princess Bride, presumably just so when people won’t shut up about it they have to add “Oh, I mean the good one with Billy Crystal and Andre the Giant.”

And it’s even worse than you’re thinking. The New York Post reports that it was remade by the actors on their phones at him during quarantine.

Though the project is helmed by “Juno” director Jason Reitman, who has previously staged live readings of the film’s script, the remake was shot entirely at-home by each cast member using their phones. Beginning June 29, Quibi will release chapters of the fan-made movie every day for two weeks.

How do you pitch this? “Hey, you know that movie The Princess Bride that everyone loves? What if we do a remake of it and have it be absolute dogshit?”

”Dogshit you say?” replied a Quibi exec. “I know just the place for it.”

Okay, this isn’t a real remake, it’s more like a dumbass riff on the film with all the production values of Adam F. Goldberg recording himself playing with his parent’s video camera at age 12. But Hollywood needs to stop remaking good movies.

What studios need to do is start remaking bad movies. If I want to watch The Princess Bride, I don’t need a remake, I can just watch The Princess Bride because it’s still good. But what if I want to watch, I don’t know, anything Jim Belushi’s ever been in? I can’t because every tasing le thing he’s ever done is awful. He’s such a bad actor and loathsome person I’m surprised Quibi hasn’t bought the rights to According To Jim to chop it up into 5-minute episodes.

Why not leave the good movies alone and remake the Jim Belushi movies until you get something watchable?

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Anthony Mackie Says Marvel Needs More Diversity Behind the Cameras

Marvel Comics, to their credit, has made an effort to incorporate black heroes pretty much since the original architects like Stab Lee, Jack Kirby, Larry Lieber, Steve Ditko, and Jim Steranko were still around. When Captain America was thawed from the ice after 15 years, Stan Lee didn’t bring back his original sidekick Bucky but instead gave him a new partner, Falcon, one of the first black superheroes.

Anthony Mackie plays Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he tells Variety that he thinks Marvel Studios hasn’t been doing a good enough job in having that diversity behind the camera.

It really bothered me that I’ve done seven Marvel movies where every producer, every director, every stunt person, every costume designer, every PA, every single person has been white.

We’ve had one Black producer; his name was Nate Moore. He produced ‘Black Panther.’ But then when you do ‘Black Panther,’ you have a Black director, Black producer, a Black costume designer, a Black stunt choreographer. And I’m like, that’s more racist than anything else. Because if you only can hire the Black people for the Black movie, are you saying they’re not good enough when you have a mostly white cast?

This is way more common of an issue than you’d think. Very recently, I reported about Wizards of the Coast, makers of Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons, being chided for a serious lack of black creators. These are not two isolated incidents and the rest of the creative world is living in perfect racial harmony.

I have news for you, but this is what Hollywood should be fixing instead of taking down episodes of The Golden Girls where Rose and Blanche get facials. Showing an ignorant person doing something racist in a way that illustrates how racism is ignorant isn’t racist. Not being able to find a single black gaffer across some 30 movies is racist. Having more black characters on your wizard baseball cards than black artists illustrating through cards is racist.

Now you’re probably getting ready to say “They should hire the best person, not just hire someone based on their skin color,” and you know what? Anthony Mackie agrees, saying “My big push with Marvel is to hire the best person for the job. Even if it means we’re going to get the best two women, we’re going to get the best two men.“

We’ve spun a narrative that things like affirmative action subvert what is otherwise a meritocracy, but systemic racism has already subverted said meritocracy. There are no qualified black sound directors in all of Hollywood that Marvel could have hired for any movie other than Black Panther? That’s a coincidence? You make 20,000 wizard baseball cards and four of them are done by black artists and that’s a coincidence? It’s not a coincidence, and you can’t have real representation on-screen unless you have it behind the scenes, too,

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Forget Ben Affleck and Robert Pattinson, Michael Keaton Could Don Batman’s Cowl Again

When I was a young boy, my dad took me to the movies to see Batman. And maybe the coolest thing I’d seen in my life to that point was Batman holding a crook over a ledge and they guy squeals out “What are you?” and Batman says “I’m Batman.” I felt like, for a second, Batman was real and he was Michael Keaton.

We may get to experience that again because Variety reported that Keaton is in early talks to play Batman again in the apparently still in production Ezra Miller Flash film.

Variety didn’t really have any other details aside from that Pattinson was obviously still playing Batman in The Batman.

My first question is why does DC keep casting these tiny little twinks to play Barry Allen? He’s not a small dude in the comics, he has basically the same build as Batman and Superman and yet he’s being played by two actors who look like they weigh 120 pounds standing on each others’ shoulders.

But what is going on in The Flash that they need another Batman? Keaton’s Batman’s world (Earth-89) was destroyed in this year’s Arrowverse crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths so it seems strange to bring it back already since Ezra Miller was also in Crisis on Infinite Earths.

I’m guessing there’s going to be a multiverse aspect to The Flash, since we already met the Batman of Flash’s Earth. Or there’s a time-travel aspect and Michael Keaton is an older version of Ben Affleck’s Batman from Justice League. Flash can run fast enough to travel between dimensions and through time, so either is possible, and it’s probably a great idea to really introduce the character to a movie-going audience by making the plot as impenetrable as possible.

I know it sounds like that was sarcastic, but does anyone know what the hell actually went on in Avengers: Endgame? Making movies people understand is clearly a chump’s game.

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BAFTA Talk – Anurag Kashyap and Richie Mehta in conversation

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BAFTA Talk - Anurag Kashyap and Richie Mehta in conversation at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2019 on Friday 28th June, 2019 at BAFTA, London ENGLAND

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BAFTA Talk – Anurag Kashyap and Richie Mehta in conversation

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BAFTA Talk – Anurag Kashyap and Richie Mehta in conversation

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BAFTA Talk - Anurag Kashyap and Richie Mehta in conversation

BAFTA Talk - Anurag Kashyap and Richie Mehta in conversation at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2019 on Friday 28th June, 2019 at BAFTA, London ENGLAND

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LIFF Director’s Lunch at LIFF 2019

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LIFF Director's Lunch at LIFF 2019

LIFF Director's Lunch at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2019 on Tuesday 25th June, 2019 at Rasa W1, Mayfair, London ENGLAND

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LIFF Director’s Lunch at LIFF 2019

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LIFF Director's Lunch at LIFF 2019

LIFF Director's Lunch at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2019 on Tuesday 25th June, 2019 at Rasa W1, Mayfair, London ENGLAND

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LIFF Director’s Lunch at LIFF 2019

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LIFF Director's Lunch at LIFF 2019

LIFF Director's Lunch at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2019 on Tuesday 25th June, 2019 at Rasa W1, Mayfair, London ENGLAND

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LIFF Director’s Lunch at LIFF 2019

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LIFF Director's Lunch at LIFF 2019

LIFF Director's Lunch at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2019 on Tuesday 25th June, 2019 at Rasa W1, Mayfair, London ENGLAND

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LIFF Industry Event at LIFF 2019

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LIFF Industry Event at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2019 on Sunday 23rd June, 2019 at BFI Southbank, London ENGLAND

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LIFF Industry Event at LIFF 2019

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Chai with Gurinder Chadha at LIFF 2019

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Chai with Gurinder Chadha at LIFF 2019

Chai with Gurinder Chadha at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2019 on Saturday 22nd June, 2019 at Picture House Central, London ENGLAND

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Chai with Gurinder Chadha at LIFF 2019

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Chai with Gurinder Chadha at LIFF 2019

Chai with Gurinder Chadha at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2019 on Saturday 22nd June, 2019 at Picture House Central, London ENGLAND

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Chai with Gurinder Chadha at LIFF 2019

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Chai with Gurinder Chadha at LIFF 2019

Chai with Gurinder Chadha at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2019 on Saturday 22nd June, 2019 at Picture House Central, London ENGLAND

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Radhika Apte Screen Talk at LIFF 2019

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Radhika Apte Screen Talk at LIFF 2019

Radhika Apte Screen Talk at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2019 on Sunday 23rd June, 2019 at Cineworld Leicester Square, London ENGLAND

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Closing Night

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Closing Night at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2019 on Friday 28th June, 2019 at BFI Southbank, London ENGLAND

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Closing Night

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Closing Night

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Closing Night at the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival 2019 on Friday 28th June, 2019 at BFI Southbank, London ENGLAND

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Dudes…

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Studio Exec Who Called You Racist For Not Liking ‘Fantastic Four’ Refused to Make Invisible Girl Black

If you remember when 2015’s Fantastic Four was being marketed, there were some objections to Michael B Jordan being cast as the Human Torch, a traditionally white character previously played by Chris Evans, objections such as “Why is he black and his sister isn’t?” or “This movie is terrible regardless of the races of the cast, I want my $12 back.”

Now writer-Director Josh Trank says that he pushed for the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch’s sister, to be black as well but was met with resistance from the studio.

Via Entertainment Weekly:

“There were a lot of controversial conversations that were had behind the scenes on that. I was mostly interested in a black Sue Storm, a black Johnny Storm, and a black Franklin Storm,” Trank says. “But when you’re dealing with a studio on a massive movie like that, everybody wants to keep an open mind to who the big stars are going to be….When it came down to it, I found a lot of pretty heavy pushback on casting a black woman in that role.”

Trank expressed regret that he did not stand up to the studio on the casting issue. “When I look back on that, I should have just walked when that realization hit me, and I feel embarrassed about that, that I didn’t just out of principle,” he said. “Because those aren’t the values I stand for in my own life, and those weren’t the values then or ever for me. Because I’m somebody who always talks about standing up for what I believe in, even if it means burning my career out, and I feel bad that I didn’t take it to the mat with that issue. I feel like I failed in that regard.”

There’s a lot of speculation about why the studio was so adamant the Sue Storm be white despite casting a black actor as Johnny Storm with no explanation as to why the siblings are different races, but I’m pretty sure I know the reason; Sue Storm is the girlfriend and eventually wife of Mr. Fantastic and the studio didn’t want  an interracial couple at the center of what was supposed to be a tentpole film.

The problem, however, is that the studio seemed to be behind a guerrilla marketing campaign calling anyone who didn’t want to see it a racist because they cast a black actor in it, much like the marketing of other terrible movies like 2016’s Ghostbusters or Captain Marvel. Yeah, the racist shoe is on the other foot now, isn’t it, giant movie studio who pretends to care about social issues to improve your public reputation?

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50 Years Later, Bruce Lee is Still The Greatest Action Star of All-Time

There are very few actors who continue to capture our collective imagination fifty years after their last role the way Bruce Lee has. Only Audrey Hepburn even comes close to maintaining the kind of posthumous popularity that Lee enjoys. In light of the upcoming 30 for 30 documentary about Lee, let’s examine why he’s still so beloved today.

Something people don’t realize is that there are only four Bruce Lee movies: The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, The Way of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon, the last of which was released just days after his untimely death. Because of this, you might think that Lee’s untimely death has built his legend larger than his accomplishments in the public imagination, but you would be very wrong.

Action movies were very different before Bruce Lee made his four films in the early 70s. The biggest action star in the world before Bruce Lee was probably John Wayne, star of western and military films. This is what a fight scene from a John Wayne movie in the late 50s looks like.

That’s directed by John Ford who shot a lot of Wayne’s films, including The Searchers, one of the Duke’s best. This is not some rinky-dink production, it’s basically the 1950s equivalent of a Marvel movie.

Let’s compare that to a similar large group fight scene from The Big Boss.

Initially, aside the more advanced camera work, this scene plays out similarly to the scene from The Wings of Eagles. But things very quickly change when Bruce Lee enters the scene.

Bruce Lee hits a guy once and he goes down and stays down. This could seem like a cheap way to make a guy seem strong, but Bruce Lee makes you believe it; without Bruce Lee’s acting ability and martial arts prowess, none of this works.

People tend to think of Lee as a martial artist who made movies, and Lee was certainly an incredible martial artist, but he’s also a great actor. He’s not a guy like Steven Seagal who obviously can’t act; Lee commands the scenes he’s in and not only is he the strongest fighter, he’s clearly the strongest actor, as well. Lee actually came from a family of performers and was a child actor in Hong Kong.

You might also notice how dated the John Ford movie looks today but how the scene from The Big Boss pretty much holds up; the film is grainier and that makes it look older, but aside from that, if you put that exact scene in a movie that came out today, you wouldn’t need to change anything.

Bruce Lee advanced action cinema that much with four movies, and it hasn’t really advanced much since. Imagine what would have happened if Bruce Lee had made forty movies instead of four. Still, the four movies he did make were enough to show the world he was an irreplaceable legend, no matter how hard Hong Kong producers tried.

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Critics vs. Audience Movie Reviews: The Great Divide

As long as there have been movies, critics and audiences have had differences of opinion. In some cases, there are large divides between movie critics’ reviews and public audience opinion.

Luckily, there are movie review aggregators online that show critics’ ratings, as well as those from the general viewing audience. These sites can make it easier to see what real people think versus professional movie critics.

For some movies, there is an especially great disparity between audience and critic reviews. At times there is such a wide divide between critics and the public it’s questionable as to whether or not they all watched the same film.

Lifestyle and review website Rave Reviews recently researched reviews of nearly 1,000 movies in 17 genres to find out which films had the greatest difference of opinion between public audiences and critics.

Mental Floss reviewed the final ranking of the most divisive movies and noted that 17 of the 20 movies on the most divisive of all time list received glowing reviews from critics while being panned by the public.

On the flip side, there are films like the 2016 Western Forsaken starring Donald and Kiefer Sutherland that audiences enjoyed quite a bit, but were given failing scores by professional movie reviewers.

Neatorama noted that professional movie critics are not like regular moviegoers. They look at different criteria and go beyond whether or not a movie is enjoyable and entertaining to watch, which is mainly what the public considers a good movie.

It’s also possible that internet trolls could skew movie reviews in some cases, causing data to be unclear. Another reason noted for large gaps between professional and public movie reviews is marketing of films in the wrong genre.

Rave Review ranked the following movies as the most divisive of all time:

  • Knock Down the House
  • Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • American Outlaws
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Gloria Bell
  • Spy Kids
  • We Are Still Here
  • Forsaken
  • I Am
  • Starfish
  • Strong Island
  • It Comes At Night
  • Antz
  • Room 237
  • About A Boy
  • Backcountry
  • Cam
  • Love & Friendship
  • Harpoon

The most divisive ’80s movies were:

  • E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
  • Broadcast News
  • Repo Man
  • Hairspray
  • The Color of Money
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
  • The Dead Zone
  • Bull Durham
  • Big
  • Near Dark

The most divisive ’90s movies were:

  • Antz
  • Daughters of the Dust
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • Babe
  • Legends of the Fall
  • The Sandlot
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Dave
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Tombstone

The most divisive ’00s movies were:

  • American Outlaw
  • Spy Kids
  • About A Boy
  • Goal! The Dream Begins
  • Beerfest
  • September Dawn
  • Chicken Run
  • First Decent
  • Pokemon 3: The Movie
  • Surfwise

The most divisive ’10s movies were:

  • Knock Down The House
  • Hannah Gadsby: Nanette
  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Gloria Bell
  • We Are Still Here
  • Forsaken
  • I Am
  • Starfish
  • Strong Island

Most Divisive Movie Director

Rave Reviews also pinpointed the most divisive movie director. That award goes to Adam Shankman who directed such films as Hairspray, The Wedding Planner and Bringing Down the House. Typically, audiences score Shankman’s films higher than movie critics.

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Movie Box Office Projected to be Down 50% This Year – And That’s Only If They Reopen on Schedule

Things are not looking great for the movie business right now. The inadequate response to the coronavirus means that most people don’t want to go out in public if they can avoid it even as places start to open back, and movie theaters by and large haven’t been given the green light to resume operations anyway, due to their nature of being basically the best place to spread a virus like COVID-19.

Variety reports that the box office for the year is projected to be half of what it was last year and that even that is based on theaters reopening next month, an assumption that is seeming more and more unlikely as the date approaches.

The trade says that Wall Street analyst MoffettNathanson predicts a haul of $5.5 billion for studios this year and $9.7 billion next year, both under last year’s $11.4 billion. But those numbers assume all the summer blockbusters come out this year and moviegoers return to theaters in roughly normal numbers despite the looming threat of the virus and doesn’t take into account additional waves of virus outbreaks that could cause further closures of theaters and delays of releases.

Personally, I think that the theater industry is on the brink of obsolescence. When we designed theaters, people didn’t have access to televisions or air conditioning in their homes; now you’ve got both and they’re probably pretty great. Is watching a movie in a theater really a better experience than watching it in your living room?

And unlike, say, dining out or seeing a play or band, it’s not a communal or live experience. The respectful way to watch a movie in a theater is with your phone turned off while shutting the fuck up so you don’t bother the people around you; in your living room you and your friends can talk and text or whatever and not bother anyone. And it’s not like Robert Downey, Jr is playing Iron Man live in the theater, inks the same movie on your TV.

The only thing you can’t really re-create at home is the 3D but does anyone still even care about that? The novelty of 3D wore off long before the novelty of Marvel Comics movies wore off for me, it just wasn’t even worth the extra $2, long before the glasses came with a big side of slow, painful death.

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DC May Be Bringing Henry Cavill Back as Superman After All

I love Superman. He’s a great character and so many great stories have been told with him. I was not all that impressed with the recent DC movies featuring the character, though. I didn’t think Man of Steel quite understood the character and Batman vs Superman and Justice League were just bad movies. I did, however, like Henry Cavill’s performance as Superman.

We’re going to see more of that performance, as Deadline reports that contrary to what we all thought, Henry Cavill is not done playing the Last Son of Krypton.

We hear Cavill could come back in a couple of different ways, not a standalone film, but there are plans to put him back in the big red cape again sources with knowledge tell us.

Warner Bros. is not developing a Man of Steel sequel, and Wonder Woman 1984, Suicide Squad are in the can, and Superman isn’t expected to make a cameo in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Other projects where Cavill could make a cameo are Shazam 2, Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam or Aquaman 2, which are the next productions to be prepped once COVID-19 safety restrictions lift.

Out of all of these, I hope Shazam 2 is the project he shows up in; Superman and Captain Marvel have a lot in common as characters and  there have been some great stories involving both of them. Plus itks the movie most likely to not have Superman be dark and brooding and get his ass kicked by Batman which would never happen.

Seriously, Batman is cool is and all, but he’s just a guy who can do a lot of chin-ups while Superman is an alien demigod who can fly and things just by looking at them because he soaked up all those yellow sun rays.

DC also has the TV series Superman and Lois premiering on the CW in early 2021. That’s a spin-off of Supergirl starting Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch who have both been absolutely nailing the title characters. Like, that’s probably better than anything they’re going to do in the movies.

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Paul Feig is Still Trying to Defend His Terrible ‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot, Blaming Failure on Hillary Clinton’s Unpopularity

It’s been about four years since Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot with the all-female cast came out, and it has not aged well. We have not, in retrospect, decided the movie was a cult classic or an overlooked gem but we have pretty much come to the consensus that it was just a bad movie. It tried to copy what Marvel was doing with their movies and failed at that, but it was never going to capture the charm of the original movie anyway.  There hasn’t been a good Ghostbusters sequel and there never will be.

Paul Feig has not given up on trying to salvage the film’s reputation, which has just served to remind us he made it and squander all the good will we had for him from Freaks and Geeks. Variety reported that his latest attempt was to claim the movie failed because people didn’t like Hillary Clinton and are racist.

“Some really brilliant author or researcher or sociologist needs to write a book about 2016 and how intertwined [our film was] with Hillary [Clinton] and the anti-Hillary movement,” Feig said. “It was just this year where everyone went to a boiling point. I don’t know if it was [having] an African-American president for eight years [that] teed them up or something, but they were just ready to explode… By the time, in 2014 or 2015, when I announced I was going to [make] it, it started.”

“It’s crazy how people got nuts about women trying to be in power or trying to be in positions that they weren’t normally in,” Feig said. “It was an ugly, ugly year.”

Dude, you made a shitty movie and I’m kind of tired of hearing about how everyone who didn’t like it, which was most people because it was a huge flop, is a bad person. Imagine if Rob Schneider said that anyone who didn’t like Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo was a pedophile; we would rightly laugh him out of the room. Yet when Richard Roeper, one of the most well-respected film critics in the business today gave Ghostbusters a bad review, we were basically okay with people who hadn’t yet seen the film calling him a sexist and telling him to die.

I did watch Ghostbusters and it was a bad movie. It wasn’t a bad movie because of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump or something internet argument in 2014 that some people seem incapable of shutting the fuck up about, it’s bad because it’s poorly written with flat characters, unfunny jokes and poorly-choreographed action sequences. Paul Feig will be happier when he just admits he made a bad movie and stops poking his head up to defend it.

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Director Whose Most Notable Movie is ‘Fantastic Four’ Says Film Criticism Leads to Fascism

Out of all the super-hero movies being cranked out by studios over the past two decades since the success of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, and there were a lot, the worst of the lot is clearly 2015’s Fantastic Four. It’s actually one of the worst comic book movies ever, easily beating stinkers like Batman vs Superman or Halle Berry’s Catwoman.

Even the unreleased Roger Corman directed Fantastic Four made with no budget as a ploy to get something into production in order to keep the license on the property from expiring was better. I have seen that movie, it is terrible and still it is only the second-worst Fantastic Four movie I’ve had the displeasure of sitting through. At least it had the decency to keep it to 90 minutes, the 2015 Fantastic Four weighed in at… 100 minutes? How is that even possible? I was sure it was at least two and a half hours. It was so bad that time actually slowed down because that movie felt like it took forever, just an endless epoch of the worst studio storytelling anyone has ever shit out. Before my dad died, we used to watch comic book movies together, it was one of the few things we had in common, and when I see a particularly good one, sometimes it makes me miss him and wish we could have watched it together; after seeing Fantastic Four my first thought was “at least Dad didn’t have to go through that ordeal.”

Josh Trank, the writer and director of this cinematic abortion and basically nothing else of note hopped on Twitter over the long weekend to explain how he believes modern film criticism, particularly listicles ranking sunsets of films from best to worst, turn people who read them into fascists.

“Ranked” lists on movie websites continue to seed young film fans with fascist energy, making them grow up to ridicule art, have unintentionally arbitrary taste patterns and closed minds, while feeding an algorithm that closes doors to anything different or challenging.

I mean, if I had made the movies Josh Trank has made I’d probably tell people that browsing Rotten Tomatoes gives you AIDS. Trank does make challenging films, though; watching one of them challenged me to go an hour and forty minutes without slitting my wrists open in the bathtub like Frank Pentangeli in The Godfather Part II just to make it stop.

I feel like Trank wouldn’t have such an issue with ranked lists of films if he wasn’t at the bottom of so many of them.

And maybe you’re thinking it’s not his fault, that the Fantastic Four is just a bad property; after all, the 2005 movie wasn’t exactly a cinematic masterpiece either. You would be very wrong because Fantastic Four was one of Marvel’s biggest titles for decades, bigger than The Avengers or The Incredible Hulk, only rivaled by Spider-Man and not eclipsed until Christmas Claremont and John Byrne took over The Uncanny X-Men in the late 70s. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby split up the work on a lot of books, working with other writers and artists like Steve Ditko, Stan’s brother Larry and Jim Steranko, but Fantastic Four was the longest collaboration between Kirby and Lee, lasting 102 issues until Kirby left to work at the Distinguished Competition. The title remained popular, eventually being taken over by John Byrne, who left X-Men, by the Marvel’s highest-profile title, because Fantastic Four was still the closest thing Marvel had to a flagship title.

Fox and Sony basically plundered Marvel for the movie rights to all their best properties while the comic publisher was trying to pull itself out of bankruptcy, and the fact that they took Fantastic Four should tell you it was a marketable property. The failure to turn out a watchable film falls on the writer and director of this one. And spinning gold into unwatchable shit like a reverse Rumpelstiltskin is probably doing more damage to the art of film-making than listicles.

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Here’s the Real Behind-The-Scenes Story of the ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Twist Everyone’s Been Talking About

Ahh, The Empire Strikes Back. The last truly great Star Wars movie, has become quite the topic of interest on social media in the wake of its 40th anniversary a few days ago. It’s partially because since it was released there have been nine more Star Wars movies and none of the, even came close, but it’s also because it ends with that classic plot twist that blew the minds of everyone watching it for the first time.

Ian Goodwillie at CBR wrote an opinion piece that the “original” twist in Empire was better, that twist being that it was Obi-Wan who killed Luke’s father, not Darth Vader and Obi-Wan told him in the first film, and goes to explain how he sees that twist playing out in Return of the Jedi.

That’s great and all, but it was never actually part of the plan. George Lucas had always intended for Darth Vader to reveal he was Luke’s father, and he told Mark Hamill before the scene was filmed so he could react properly to it. No one else in the cast or crew knew about it, however, not even David Prowse, the suit actor for Darth Vader.

Hamill confirmed all of this again when a fan mused she would have loved to see the crew’s reaction to the twist when it was filmed.

It’s also worth mentioning that while Lucas will claim this twist was “always” the plan, it clearly wasn’t something he ever had in mind when writing the original Star Wars. Lucas had wanted to cast chanbara cinema legend Toshiro Mifune as Darth Vader and only planned to keep him in the black suit, originally a space suit, for the first scene aboard the Tantive IV. Obi-Wan also refers to him as “Darth” like it’s his first name because it was going to be his first name at the time. Lucas only had the idea to make Vader and Luke related while writing Empire, and similarly wouldn’t have had quite so many scenes of Luke and Leia kissing if he had intended them to be siblings before he started working on Jedi.

But maybe the best story about this twist came from James Earl Jones, the voice of Darth Vader, who was one of about five people who knew the truth before the film was released. If you’re a fan of The Big Bang Theory, even if you don’t admit it in public (but come on, the show is basically fine, it’s not meant to be Shakespeare), you probably remember Jones telling Sheldon he thought Vader was lying to Luke. That’s actually true, and Jones has been telling the same story in interviews for years.

All this talk about Empire Strikes Back makes me want to watch the movie again, even though Lucas and then Disney have systemically drained all desire I have to see a new Star Wars movie ever again from my body. But the original trilogy is still the original trilogy, and if you’re not trilling it at least once every three years, the dark side wins.

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The Snyder Cut of ‘Justice League’ Is Being Released on HBO Max

There’s been a nerd war going on for quite some time. You probably know next to nothing about it if you’re not terminally online, but all of nerd culture has become a battleground for a culture war, something that’s been very weird to watch from the sidelines.

When I do work as a critic, I try to take a broad view of the subject and talk about what works and what doesn’t in a piece media: do the jokes land, am I emotionally invested in the characters, are the action sequences well-choreographed, things like that.

A lot of people, mostly on Twitter and Facebook, though, have decided that whether a movie is good or not mostly depends on what “side” they’re on and honestly I have no idea who decided these teams or how they divide up the movies but there’s a whole lot of people getting extremely holier-than-thou about some of the worst movies made in the last decade.

For example, did you know that not liking the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot makes you a bad person? And that making a sequel people who enjoyed the original, actually good movie might enjoy (they won’t, it’s gonna suck) is therefore bad because those people are bad? Yeah, it’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard, too, but someone actually said it.

That guy is actually mad about the new Ghostbusters movie trying to make money.

I’ve been talking about all of this seemingly unrelated stuff for a reason, and the reason is that the biggest battle of this stupid goddamn internet slapfight has been over the so-called Snyder Cut of Justice League. I don’t know why, but for some reason fans of Zack Snyder’s other DC movies thinking Justice League would have been better had he not had to leave it in Joss Whedon’s hands for personal reasons have been deemed bad and a lot of people got very angry at their desire  to see his cut of the film.

I admit, the whole “release the Snyder Cut” thing got a little annoying, but I saw way more of people complaining about it or mocking it than I did people actually being annoying about their support of it.

Much to the joy of some people and for some reason the chagrin of others, Warner Brothers has decided they are going to release the Snyder Cut on HBO Max and they’re going to give Zack Snyder $20-30 million more for post-production to finish it.

Snyder’s cut of Justice League is almost four hours long, and there are rumors it might air as a TV series of sorts like Tarantino’s extended cute of The Hateful Eight on Netflix. It’ll still be better than the absolute turn Joss Whedon crapped out, though. Man, what the hell happened to Joss Whedon? We all saw the first Avengers movie and he followed that up with Justice League and Age of Ultron? It’s like watching Van Gogh draw a stick figure.

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New Marvel Rumors From ‘Endgame’ Leaker About ‘X-Men’ and ‘Fantastic Four’

Before Avengers: Endgame released, a leaker released a bunch of details about the film on Twitter under the name Roger Wardell.

Fat Thor was not something someone would just guess at without some sort of insider knowledge.

That account stopped tweeting last year but recently a new account with a similar name popped up with more apparent insider information.

We can’t verify any of this until some of the movies referenced her start releasing, but let’s dive into what these rumors are.

Thor 4 is coming the soonest of all the films mentioned here, so this prediction about a Thor Corps with characters like Beta Ray Bill and Throg (a frog with the power of Thor) will pretty much tell us if this guy is the real deal or full of crap.

But what I really want to talk about is the X-Men and Fantastic Four leaks. Marvel has done everything they could over the past decade to make them seem like second-tier properties, but along with Spider-Man they’re the Crown Jewels of Marvel Comics.

Doctor Doom is a big deal. Everyone has been all “oh, Thanos” but Thanos is just a knockoff of Darkseid that wasn’t handled particularly well in the films. Doom is THE comic book villain. I can seem him having a presence similar to what Loki had in the earlier films. He’s most certainly not going to be a one and done villain.

For those who are not familiar, the “Earth-1610” versions of the X-Men and Fantastic Four is referent to Ultimate Marvel, a line of comics Marvel started in the early 2000s that rebooted everything so that new fans could just pick them up without needing to know 35 years of continuity.

Ultimate Marvel was a massive success and most of the initial Marvel movies were largely influenced by it, particularly Iron Man and Nick Fury,who was first portrayed as looking like Sam Jackson (and I mean exactly like Sam Jackson) in The Ultimates. The Chitauri also come from Ultimate universe, though they were essentially the Skrulls as seen in Captain Marvel.

What this basically means is we’ll see younger versions of the X-Men and Fantastic Four, including a Magneto who wasn’t a holocaust survivor, a Wolverine who isn’t 5’3” and a Fantastic Four who get their powers through a more modern scientific experiment instead of Reed Richards taking his best girl on a secret mission to beat the Ruskies in the space race.

When he says Ultimatum will not be adapted, he’s talking about the event that essentially ended the Ultimate universe, a particularly poorly written crossover than killed off most of the main characters in an effort to introduce radical differences into the line after the mainstream Marvel line adopted pretty much everything that made Ultimate work, including the creators. When Marvel launched the line, the writers assigned to it like Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Millar, Warren Ellis and later Brian K Vaughn and Robert Kirkman were virtually unknown but they had since become some of the hottest creators around and had moved on to higher-profile jobs.

Basically, though, there’s not a lot to be discerned here, since the mainstream Marvel characters ended up absorbing a lot of the personalities of their Ultimate counterparts anyway and Marvel Films will probably look to the classic storylines of the mainstream comics for stories even if the personalities and costumes are based on the Ultimate universe.

He did say that terrible Inhumans show is getting written out of existence, too, so that’s some very good news that’s likely true whether the rest of the leaks he provided are or not. God was that show ever terrible.

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