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Briefly: I’ll be in Los Angeles tonight for a screening of The Primary Instinct, followed by a live podcast recording of Jeff Goldsmith’s The Q&A. Stephen Tobolowsky will also be in attendance. If you’re in Los Angeles, come down to the Los Angeles Film School and join us. Details on how to RSVP are here.

There are only a few podcasts for which I’d consider disrupting my life and flying somewhere overnight to record. Jeff Goldsmith’s The Q&A is one of them. I’ve been listening to Jeff’s podcasting for over 6 years, and have often marveled at the insight and practical advice he’s been able to extract from his guests. It will be a great honor to participate and I hope to see some of you there. And of course, if you can’t make it, you can always buy the film here.


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Germain’s Goodbye to Slashfilm

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Slashfilm has always been my favorite website. It’s where a young New Yorker writing about local entertainment went to learn about Hollywood movies like Transformers and The Dark Knight. Believe it or not, it’s where I first came in contact with the works of artists like Tyler Stout, Scott Campbell and places like Mondo and Gallery 1988 — names that would literally change my life. After I moved to Los Angeles, I’d see Peter Sciretta at events and geek out like a star-struck fanboy. /Film was defining who I was long before I started working here.

Then, in September 2010, I did start working here. Like you see in the movies, every day since then, working my dream job has been exactly that: a dream. However, after completing over 8,200 articles during the past five years, I’m both happy and sad to announce today is my last day at /Film. Read More »

/Film Is Looking For a New Writer

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/Film is looking for a writer! We’re hiring an experienced part-time contributor to assist mainly with daily news coverage and occasional events and features. Here’s what we’re seeking in an ideal candidate:

  • Well-versed in film business and geek properties, with a deep knowledge of film, television, and popular culture.
  • Ability to craft 4-6 news posts per weekday. We are looking for someone able to commit to a consistent output of posts.
  • Posts will be 400-word news articles with clear, clean copy, sharp headlines, informed opinion, and context for the subject at hand.
  • There may be opportunities to contribute reviews, editorials or interviews, but we are mainly looking for someone to do movie news blog posts on assignment.
  • Willing to contribute to group features and events as needed
  • Be comfortable in a very fast-paced environment
  • Great communication, interpersonal, and email skills
  • Basic HTML, image editing, and CMS skills
  • Proven interviewing experience a plus
  • This is a paid freelance position.

We need someone for Monday through Friday weekday availability, with a precise daily schedule to be determined in part based on the hire’s geographic location. This job is location-independent, and will be a work from home position.

Please send your information, along with links to three published samples (if you don’t have published news samples, write a sample for the application), to with the subject line “New Writer Application”.

Phil Noto Force Awakens

November 28 was a big Friday for Star Wars fans. Our first glimpse at Episode VII, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, hit in the form of a short teaser trailer. We here at /Film were all over it, and in case you missed some of what we wrote about the trailer, we wanted to make the links nice and convenient for you over the holiday weekend. So here goes:

Check back next week for even more on this momentous occasion. Thanks to Phil Noto for the cool fan poster.

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We love getting excited about movies. And part of that involves reading all the rumors and gossip behind the projects we’re looking forward to. We post about what we’re interested in. We have a lot of Star Wars posts on the site because some of us are very excited about the project and like speculating about the latest rumors and details.

We often post rumors and information that could be considered possible spoilers. We are very careful about giving readers proper spoiler warnings, leaving all the spoilerish details out of the headlines and below the jump.

We love movies and we don’t want to ruin them for anyone.

This may surprise some of you, but we don’t post everything — there is lot of information we avoid in our coverage because we don’t want to completely spoil a big reveal or twist. Of course, its sometimes difficult to know if a rumor or plot tidbit is a big reveal — we try to assess every piece of information individually as it comes up to the best of our abilities and through the context of the information we have at hand.

A massive amount of Star Wars Episode VII rumors have leaked this week, and we have and will continue to cover them (again, on a case by case basis). But one potentially huge spoiler was posted on the Star Wars fan blogs last night that we won’t touch.

I mention this because I want you to know its out there. I’ve already seen a bunch of sites pick it up and I suspect that many sites will pick up the information in the coming days.

I would urge other sites not to post this one. Don’t be a dick. Think about what you’re posting and if you think its worth posting, please consider how you present it — Be considerate to those who might not want to know this kind of information.

Some headlines could be too revealing, and you might even see some people talking about it on social media. Please count this as your spoiler warning. I’m not sure if this new bit of information is real, but if it is, it should be considered the biggest of possible spoilers.

I’m not spoilerphobic at all. I believe you will still enjoy a movie even if you know everything that is going to happen. I have watched Back to the Future hundreds of times and still enjoy it each time. You read the Lord of the Rings books and knew everything that was going to happen, but they’re still some of your favorite movies, right? To me, surprises are usually gimmicks. I believe if the enjoyment of a movie hinges solely on a surprise then the movie probably doesn’t have a good enough story. All of that said, this new rumor is a potentially huge spoiler, of the “end of the movie” kind, and I wish I didn’t know about this one.

You have been warned, so now you know to avoid it.

For those of you who want to read the latest rumors and speculation, I hope you can continue to consider /Film a safe site to do that without fear of encountering spoilers like this one.

Comic Con 2014

The /Film crew (Russ Fischer, Germain Lussier, Angie Han and myself, Peter Sciretta ) were in attendance at San Diego Comic Con 2014 over the last five days. While in San Diego, we delivered full coverage of the most interesting movie and television events and news from the convention. Here is a complete listing of everything we covered from Comic Con 2014:

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Comic Con 2014 News and Announcements:

  • Game of Thrones season 5 casting announcements
  • The Last of Us movie announced, Maisie Williams in talks to star
  • Possible Godzilla 2 monsters revealed
  • Legendary Announces King Kong prequel movie Skull Island
  • Ant-Man casting confirms Yellowjacket and Hope Pym
  • New and surprising returning cast revealed for Hannibal
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 release date and director confirmed
  • Joaquin Phoenix in Talks for Doctor Strange
  • Kevin Smith Reveals Plans For ‘True North Trilogy’ Beginning With his low budget horror film Tusk
  • Evil Dead television series announced By Sam Raimi
  • Patrick Wilson exits Ant-Man
  • Quentin Tarantino ConfirmsThe Hateful Eight’, Wants to Do Sci-Fi
  • Marvel’s Agent Carter television series directors will include a few filmmakers from the marvel movie universe
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D adds some new cast members, find out which Marvel characters they will play
  • Laika would like to make a hand-drawn animated movie
  • Warner Bros. Wants Argo Scribe Chris Terrio for ‘Justice League
  • Doctor Strange’s Supernatural Journeys May Look LikeCosmos
  • Paul Bettany says Vision has density-shifting power in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Firefly cast will reunite for Firefly Online
  • Which Movies And TV Shows Had The Highest 2014 Comic Con Buzz?

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Comic Con 2014  Panel Recaps, Footage Descriptions and Reactions:

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Videos, Trailers, Video Blogs from Comic Con 2014 :

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Photos, First Look Images, Concept Art, Posters From Comic Con 2014:

  • Wonder Woman costume revealed in first photo from Batman v Superman
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art reveals Ultron, The Vision and more.
  • 45 Photos and Cool Things I Spotted On The 2014 Comic Con Show Floor
  • First Look at the Warcraft weapons
  • Chappie’s Family Revealed In Window Cling For Neill Blomkamp’s Latest
  • The Maze Runner sequel concept art revealed
  • Ant-Man Comic Con Poster Revealed
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron Props Reveal Early Ultron and Broken Captain America Shield
  • Photos of the new Batman v Superman Batsuit
  • Mondo poster for a new Heavy Metal movie
  • New Star Wars comics announced, get a first look at all three including a Princess Leia miniseries
  • Loki’s staff mysteriously appears in the Marvel booth attached to a strange device
  • A look inside Pixels arcade where we get our first look at the Ghostbusters-like hero car and video of Peter Dinklage as a Billy Mitchell-type character.
  • A first look at WETA’s miniature creation for the Thunderbirds remake
  • Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie Poster Is at Comic-Con
  • A look and reaction to the New Toy Story short film Toy Story That Time Forgot
  • See a first look photo of Black Widow riding a motorcycle in Avengers 2
  • Star Trek/Planet of the Apes Crossover Announced By Boom Studios
  • First Look: Michael Mann and Chris Hemsworth Cyber-Thriller ‘Blackhat
  • A first look at the live action Spongebob Squarepants Movie
  • Leprechaun: Origins Photo: First Reveal Of The Leprechaun
  • First Look: ‘Frozen’s Elsa in ABC’s ‘Once Upon A Time
  • Mondo’s Comic-Con Posters Include Tons of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Batman,’ and Video Games
  • Acme and Nucleus art prints

San Diego Comic Con 2014

From the entire /Film crew, I want to thank you for reading our 2014 Comic Con coverage. Note, we will be updating this post over the next day or two as we complete our coverage.

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Karen Gillan guardians of the galaxy

In September 2013, I visited the London-based set of Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy (you can find out more about what we learned and watch a video blog reaction here). While on set, we are able to talk with many of the key cast and crew and will be posting transcripts from those roundtable interviews all this week.  You can read our on-set Karen Gillan interview now after the jump.

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/Film Turns Eight Years Old!

Eight years ago, /Film was launched. Today we celebrate our eigth birthday with more readers and friends than we ever could have imagined. As always, we want to thank you guys/gals for your continued readership and support! …and if you haven’t done so already, please follow us on twitter and join the /Film Facebook fanpage.

old school /Film cake photo by Luke Gallagher

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The September 2013 issue of WiReD Magazine features a cool mention of /Film. Wired includes /Film in the “101 signals” feature, a listing of 101 blogs, feeds, and podcasts that “provide everything you need to know and nothing you don’t.” As the intro explains,

It’s never been easier to stay informed about the world–provided you know which information matters. That’s no easy feat. We’re overwhelmed with content from media amateurs and professionals alike. How to wade through the static and find the info we actually need? Follow the sources with the highest signal-to-noise ratio and ignore the rest. WIRED’s array of blogs, Tumblrs, and Twitter feeds are a great place to start, but let’s say you want more. Fine. The following 101 signals–blogs, feeds, podcasts, and more–provide everything you need to know and nothing you don’t. Packed with information, these sources serve up the core nutrients of your data diet, with no empty calories. We’ve focused on passionate and knowledgeable individuals, not massive media outlets that need to monetize content by the gigabit. These are the best reporters, writers, and thinkers on the Internet–people who understand what’s happening.

We’re honored to be the only movie blog they included on the list, and we’re happy to be in such great company. You can see a scan of the page after the jump or head on over to to explore the whole list (we’re included in the “Culture” section).

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