Movie News: 'Fantastic Four vs. The X-Men' Movie Rumor Withdrawn; Netflix Tests Lower Prices

Movie News: 'Fantastic Four vs. The X-Men' Movie Rumor Withdrawn; Netflix Tests Lower Prices

Dec 31, 2013

Fantastic Four vs. The X-Men

Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men: Well, it was fun while it lasted. Yesterday a rumor circulated that Fox was planning a movie pitting the Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men, based on a 1987 comic book series. The report was swiftly withdrawn. However, since Fox owns the movie rights for both Marvel superpowered teams, and has been planning to expand the X-Men universe, it does make us wonder if the Fantastic Four will remain a stand-alone property for very long; the reboot is scheduled for release in June 2015. [Heat Vision]

Helena Handbag: In the past, Kevin Smith has talked about an early retirement from filmmaking, but after his good experience making the upcoming horror flick Tusk, his perspective has changed and he is now moving forward on two new projects. First up is Clerks III, which he expects to begin shooting in May 2014. He plans to follow that up with Helena Handbag (as in "hell in a handbag"), which "concerns mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus." The latter project is in early stages as Smith works on the screenplay. [Facebook]

Netflix: Good news for movie fans on a tight budget -- which is probably all of us! Netflix is testing a lower monthly subscription price of $6.99 in select markets; that's $1.00 less than its current streaming offer. But here's the catch: for that lower price, you won't be able to watch movies in high definition (near Blu-ray quality); it's only good for standard definition (DVD quality) streaming. The package also limits a user to streaming on one device at a time, versus the current two devices allowed. Netflix says it's only a test, is only available for new subscribers, and it may not be rolled out any further. [AdWeek]

Blue Is the Warmest Color Trailer: A new, red-band (NSFW, adults only) trailer has been prepared for the French-language film Blue Is the Warmest Color, with a focus on young Adèle Exarchopoulos as a candidate for award consideration as Best Actress. The critically acclaimed film depicts a love story between two women in intimate detail. The movie is still playing in limited theatrical release; it hits DVD and Blu-ray on February 25. [The Film Stage]

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