The Best Films and Shows Leaving Netflix in December 2015

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It’s time for our monthly tragedy. It’s time to take a deep breath and see what movies and television shows are departing Netflix in December, so we can throw together a must-watch-now list and try to see everything before it goes. The films leaving Netflix this month include a few bonafide cinematic classics, a vital superhero movie, two Jim Henson favorites, and two of the best horror movies ever made.

Read on for our recommendations for the shows and movies leaving Netflix that you need to watch right now.

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Director Ron Howard has had a diverse career. He’s directed romantic comedies, mysteries, period pieces, and a Dr. Seuss adaptation. We’ve never seen a major action movie or superhero film from him, though, because, Howard says, they doesn’t interest him.

After the jump, learn why the director turned down Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and a handful of comic book movies.

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Doctor Strange 2

Marvel Studios has officially announced the start of production on Doctor Strange… three weeks after the first set photos surfaced on the web. Yeah, we were already onto you, Marvel.

Still, that press release is useful for confirming certain details about the studio’s mysterious new movie. It reveals the star-studded cast (which includes Mads Mikkelsen, previously reported only as being in talks) and the crew (which is made up almost entirely of Marvel vets). It also gives us the first official Doctor Strange synopsis. Get all the latest officially confirmed Doctor Strange details after the jump.  Read More »

Captain America Civil War trailer

This is the week for counting your blessings, so here’s one more thing to give thanks for around the dinner table. Marvel Studios has debuted the very first trailer for Captain America: Civil War, starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian StanAnthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, and like half the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There’s even a new friend, Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman. Check it out after the jump.  Read More »


Which Captain America: Civil War stars are stopping by Jimmy Kimmel Live with a surprise? What pop culture icon is voicing Darkseid in Teen Titans Go? How did Chris Hemsworth help Tom Holland step into the role of Spider-Man? Who just joined the cast of Netflix’s Luke Cage series? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Rumors

There was a rumor floating around this morning about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The film is a year and a half away, but since it’s a Marvel project, some outlets are already on the hunt for scoops. Today’s rumor regarding director James Gunn‘s highly-anticipated sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy has been debunked by the director himself.

Learn after the jump why Gunn, rightfully so, will no longer respond to rumors or leaks.

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The very title of Thor: Ragnarok promises doom, death, and destruction. But Chris Hemsworth hopes there’s some room for levity in there as well. In a recent interview, the Marvel actor suggested the next Thor movie could stand to inject some more “smart wit” and “unexpected humor” a la Guardians of the Galaxy. And it kind of seems like Marvel agrees, seeing as they’ve hired What We Do in the ShadowsTaika Waititi to direct.  Read More »

legends of tomorrow trailer

While the burgeoning DC movie universe will officially attempt to win the hearts of minds of audiences all over the world with 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, the DC television universe has already moved past its “safe and comfortable” phase and into its “totally batshit can you believe this exists” phase. When Arrow premiered back in 2012, no one imagined that The CW would soon house its own bonkers comic book universe that would win over nerds and norms alike. But here we are – just as The Flash was officially establishing itself as the geekiest show on television, Legends of Tomorrow is here to dethrone it.

Set in the already jam-packed Arrow/Flash universe, Legends of Tomorrow borrows recurring heroes and villains from those two series, introduces a lot more, and sends everyone on a time traveling adventure to take down the immortal DC comics baddie Vandal Savage. It looks insane. And very fun.

Watch the new and totally crazy Legends of Tomorrow trailer after the jump.

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Nobody liked Fantastic Four. Not critics, based on the reviews, and not audiences either, based on the box office. Not even its own director, who jumped on Twitter to distance himself just as the movie was opening in theaters. Nevertheless, 20th Century Fox continued to insist that it was “committed” to the franchise, with a sequel already dated for 2017.

But now Fox has taken a step back, too. In perhaps the least surprising superhero movie news of the year, the studio has quietly pulled Fantastic Four 2 off its upcoming calendar. Plus, Murder on the Orient ExpressThe Other Side of the Door, and Eddie the Eagle all get new release date.  Read More »