Fanboys

It’s tricky tackling a comic book film. For starters, one is generally adapting fairly fantastical ideas. Secondly, if a comic book film gets too serious, it can easily lose a sense of fun and self-awareness. Director Matthew Vaughn seems to have found a good middle ground for his superhero epic, X-Men: First Class. The genre favorite director could not have made more of a 180° turn from Kick-Ass to X-Men: First Class, both in terms of scope and his approach to the genre. Kick-Ass was the first – or most notable – modern comic book film to turn the genre on its bloody ear. Now, Vaughn is working in the genre he just previously deconstructed, which, as Vaughn says, makes him even better suited for it. Here’s what the candid and always confident Matthew Vaughn had to say about not taking comic book properties too seriously, making a film for his broadest audience ever, and reading fanboys on the internet.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Mark Walters stops by to discuss the host of Big Fan Boy news and the future (or lack thereof) of the comic book movie. Of course, one night after discussing the need for originality and the weariness of even looking out on seeing yet another Spider-Man origin story…news breaks that a famous director wants his shot at Batman. Of course. Plus, we manage to find time to grow beards and review The Green Hornet. Listen Here: Download This Episode

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Hello and welcome to our first installment of what we hope to make a regular column here on Film School Rejects: Fitness & Film. This title may prove temporary if one of our genius readers can come up with something better – and hey, if you do, I’ll send you an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. For real. What Fitness & Film aims to accomplish is melding the worlds of… yeah, that seems obvious once you start writing that sentence. But the common perception of most film fans and film writers especially is that we’re a fat, lazy, doughy lot. While we perhaps at one point earned that reputation, there is no reason why film and fat must go hand in hand. Many of the Rejects team are athletic (Dr. Abaius is a Cross-Fitter, Rob Hunter a tennis player, and both Kevin Carr and Neil Miller have shed pounds, calling into question their “Fat Guys” reputation) and several of our online writing compatriots are gym rats.

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With the launch of the iPad coming soon, I have to ask a fundamental question about Apple’s latest gadget: Will it toast your bread while you slice it?

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Robert Fure is an angry guy and it was only a matter of time before he set his sights on the latest entry in the Twilight franchise.

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Could it be? Could Bryan Singer really be talking to Fox about the possibility of returning to the franchise he made popular? Get your hopes up, nerds.

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Judging by their output for Star Trek, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and The Proposal all in one summer, it seems like screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman don’t sleep. And they won’t get to anytime soon. We caught them not napping in order to ask them about writing for Michael Bay and their upcoming Cowboys and Aliens.

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In which I proceed in dissing a movie that I actually liked in favor of this other movie that looks like it might capture the spirit of Star Wars geekdom in a better way…

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DVDs I Bought This Week!

Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves taking pictures of people in uncompromising positions and situations. These two joys come together in the form of blackmail payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVD’s. So join us each week as Rob takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all costs.

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Kevin Carr reviews the movies the studios didn’t allow him to see early this week: Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, Fired Up and Fanboys.

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Well, you might say that we’re all “Fired Up” about this weekend’s movies at The Reject Report. Uh, no. Actually, this looks to be a down week, with only two major wide releases served up by the folks from MAXIM and, ahem, Tyler Perry.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Kevin waxes poetic about how awesome it is to watch cheerleader movies while both of them complain about how they never get to see Tyler Perry movies in advance. Also, Kevin promises drastic consequences if WALL-E doesn’t win Best Animated Film.

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Fanboys finally came out last week, right? No really, it is now playing. We have video evidence that it had its official premiere, courtesy of the lovely folks at Gen Art.

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There is no need to adjust your monitor, wonder if you swallowed too many of Grandpa’s happy pills, or even be afraid that you have somehow entered into a Finnegan’s Wake-like world where up is down, left is right, and James Joyce is actually relevant. That’s right-Kyle Newman’s Fanboys has actually seen the light of limited release.

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I dunno what to make of the lineup this weekend. To be honest, I’m just not that into the weekend’s movies. If you’re a fanboy, you probably won’t be too thrilled either.

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If you’ve read the novel, we think you’ll know what The Comedian, Silk Spectre, and we’re talking about. If you haven’t, be prepared for some spoilers and a ton of differing opinions.

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Is the Crappiness of Jumper Enough to Justify Hating Fox?

A lot of movie fans hate Fox. There’s no question of that. We even know why. Now the question is whether or not that hatred is justified. Cinema Sleuth is on the case!

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Kristen Bell Flashing in Fanboys

After waiting years for the release, Fanboys will finally see the dim light of the theater. That’s enough to make Kristen Bell Go Wild.

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Kyle Newman might be the geek world’s favorite director whose movie hasn’t actually come out yet. But despite the problems he’s had with Fanboys, it appears that he’s still getting work.

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I am beginning to get the feeling that most people have lost interest in the movement to save Fanboys. That said, here’s a new trailer. Enjoy.

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