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Watch: Max Landis Criticizes Carnage In 'Man Of Steel,' Compares Movie To 'Transformers 3' & 'Avengers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2013 8:58 AM
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While "Man Of Steel" will unquestionably be a financially successful reboot of the Superman franchise -- in ten days it has passed the $200 million domestic take of "Superman Returns" -- opinions are still split among critics, general audiences and fanboys as to whether or not the superhero was done justice. We weighed in extensively with our Best & Worst Of 'Man of Steel', and one of the criticisms we had came in regard to the punch-fest/9-11 evoking showdown which pretty much found Superman and General Zod leveling an entire city. And another voice is joining the chorus -- which includes "Superman: Birthright" writer Mark Waid -- of those who had issues with this modern retooling of Supes, and the carnage he allowed happen before saving the day.

Oh Dad, You Don't Know Nuthin! Max Landis Says 'Chronicle 2' Not Troubled; Still In Development

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 9, 2013 6:53 PM
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You've got to love the teenager who puts his out-of-touch dad on blast. OK, that's not exactly the deal, but it's what this story comically reminds us of. It starts with Dad, venerable '80s filmmaker John Landis ("The Blues Brothers," "Trading Places," Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" video), saying that his son, Max Landis' sequel project, "Chronicle 2," is somewhat troubled. And it started on The Playlist.

'Chronicle' Writer Max Landis To Make Directorial Debut With 'Me Him Her'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • November 6, 2012 11:37 AM
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Max Landis is one of the most promising rising stars in Hollywood right now, and thankfully that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the 27 year-old trading on his father’s name. Landis got himself a whole heap of positive attention thanks to his brilliant script for this year’s “Chronicle,” and he also has a lot of promising writing projects in the works. There’s “Chronicle 2” (although John Landis has said that Fox aren’t entirely happy with the direction his son has taken the sequel), the superhero TV series “Vigilant,” a Frankenstein project with Paul McGuigan attached to direct and the mysterious “Amnesty” with Ron Howard to name just a few. So what’s next for Landis? Well, directing, naturally.

John Landis Says Fox Doesn't Love Max Landis' 'Chronicle 2' Script, His Paris-Set Monster Movie Is Dead For Now & Talks Hardships Of 'American Werewolf'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 10, 2012 4:16 PM
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While much has been said about Universal Studios not having a standout year at the box office, or at least one befitting of the landmark studio's 100th Anniversary this year, you’d barely be able to tell by the rate at which they’re celebrating. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has played a large part in this celebration, running a repertory screening series entitled “Universal’s Legacy of Horror,” which kicked off last week in Los Angeles with a Guillermo Del Toro hosted double bill of “Bride of Frankenstein” and the Bela Lugosi-starring “Dracula.” Last night AMPAS played the classic 1941 tale “The Wolfman” with Lon Chaney, along with the most recent film playing in the series – “Animal House” writer-director John Landis’ “An American Werewolf in London.”

Vertigo Comic 'Midnight, Mass.' Heads To NBC & Fox Picks Up Max Landis Superhero Series 'Vigilant'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 20, 2012 9:43 AM
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As we mentioned yesterday, superheroes and comics on the small screen are only going to keeping coming, and NBC and Fox both have projects in the works hoping to get geeks to tune in each week.

Max Landis Talks 'Chronicle 2': Says Josh Trank Unlikely To Direct, Matt Will Return

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 30, 2012 6:33 PM
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It would seem with the glut of superhero movies it's becoming increasingly challenging to tell the story of someone possessing great powers and learning how to deal with them in a fresh and original way, but writer Max Landis and director Josh Trank did just that with "Chronicle." The duo imbued the familiar story of teenagers acquiring some extraordinary skills and pitched it against the pain of adolescene with stakes that weren't rooted in some kind of grand plot against the world (indeed, there was no real villain) but instead in the emotional turmoil of the characters. And thrown against some incredibly exciting set pieces, it was definitely one of the most fun times we've had at the movies so far this year.

Watch: Miles Fisher Returns For 'Pinkberry' Followup 'Staff Meeting: The Movie' With Charlize Theron, Shawn Levy & Max Landis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2012 6:44 PM
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Do you remember "Pinkberry: The Movie"? No? Well, you can watch it below, but it was a viral video made a couple years back featuring Miles Fisher as a powerful executive at the agency WME imploring his employees to come up with the next wave movie idea. The result? That's right, a movie based on everyone's favorite frozen snack. It was a pretty fun and witty insider jab at the industry that is hungry for the next big thing, and now a followup has arrived.

Max Landis Returns To Write 'Chronicle 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2012 10:41 PM
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It has been a good week for the filmmakers behind the found footage hit "Chronicle." Just yesterday, it was reported that director Josh Trank was talking with Sony about doing their "Spider-Man" spinoff "Venom" and now another good piece of news has arrived. Screenwriter Max Landis has been re-upped to pen "Chronicle 2," but whether Trank will come back remains to be seen.

Despite Reports, 'Chronicle' Director Josh Trank Doesn't Know Anything About Those 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Rumors

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 30, 2012 10:40 AM
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There’s quite a bit of buzz surrounding the release of “Chronicle” later this week, and that’s not without good reason -- because according to early word, it turns out it’s a pretty damn good movie. Not only does it put a new spin on the saturated superhero genre, but it also brings a credibility and quality to found-footage movies that they’ve been sorely lacking in recent years. It’s not surprising then that some of that buzz has extended to it’s director Josh Trank, and screenwriter Max Landis.

Watch: Trailer For 'Chronicle' Suggests There's Still Intriguing Life In Low-Budget, YouTubey Sci-Fi

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 19, 2011 8:31 AM
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These days, anytime a trailer crackles with the lo-fi sound of a faux-found footage doc, a cinematic angel loses its wings. However, this first look at "Chronicle," a low-budget sci-fi film that 20th Century Fox is putting out next year, is admittedly fairly engrossing.

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