After taking a ten year hiatus from directing, Mel Gibson is finally back behind the camera for a new movie arriving later this year called Hacksaw Ridge. Based on a true story, the movie stars Andrew Garfield as Corporal Demond Doss, a conscientious objector during World War II who nevertheless served in the U.S. military and showed great acts of courage on the battlefield despite his refusal to fire a gun. While Gibson’s last two films (Apocalypto or The Passion of the Christ) were gritty and visceral experiences, this does seem a little more sentimental and much more in line with 1996 Best Picture winner Braveheart. The hope seems to be that this movie will also be in the discussion come Oscar season, although it will be interesting to see if Hollywood is ready to once again embrace Gibson with open arms. Hacksaw Ridge co-stars Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey and Hugo Weaving and it hits theatres on Nov. 4th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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After getting his groove back with last year’s The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan quickly reteamed with producer Jason Blum for his next project, another original thriller called Split. The movie stars James McAvoy as a disturbed individual named Kevin who has dissociative identity disorder and is believed to exhibit 23 different personalities. When one of those personalities decides to abduct three teenage girls, the girls must learn to navigate all of his different selves and play them against each other if they hope to escape. Joaquin Phoenix was originally attached to star and was later forced to drop out, but McAvoy seems to be a solid replacement who is more than up for this unique acting challenge. Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) also co-stars. Split hits theatres on Jan. 20th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Although we’ve still got a few more weeks of big summer movies remaining, it’s almost time to start turning our attention to the fall and the beginning of awards season. Every year the Toronto International Film Festival helps trigger that shift in focus from action-oriented blockbusters to smaller art house dramas, although ironically this year’s opening night film happens to be one of those blockbusters: Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven. Other big movies among the first batch of announced titles include Oliver Stone’s Snowden, Peter Berg’s Deepwater Horizon, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land and Illumination Entertainment’s animated movie Sing. Looking beyond that, however, we also have new movies from such directors as Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve, Werner Herzog, Kim Jee-woon, Andrea Arnold, Rob Reiner, Jim Jarmusch Park Chan-wook and Paul Verhoeven. What are you looking forward to seeing at TIFF this year? Check out the full list of recently announced Galas and Special Presentations after the jump and see what you think.
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Following up on the yuletide debauchery we saw in Jonathan Levine’s The Night Before, we’ve got another holiday-themed party comedy heading to theatres later this year that I am assuming will be rated R. This one appears to have even less plot, although it does have a pretty solid comedic cast which is probably all that matters. Directed by Josh Gordon and Will Speck (The Switch, Blades of Glory), Office Christmas Party stars Jason Bateman as a branch manager who is throwing an epic work party in order to land a big client against the wishes of his uptight CEO (Jennifer Aniston), who also happens to be his sister. The supporting cast includes T.J. Miller, Kate McKinnon, Olivia Munn, Jillian Bell, Rob Corddry, Matt Walsh and Jamie Chung. If you’re not yet sick of seeing comedies inspired by The Hangover, something tells me this could make a lot of money this December. Office Christmas Party hits theatres on Dec. 9th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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0:00 – Intro
17:40 – Review: Star Trek Beyond
1:09:20 – Comic-Con Trailers: Wonder Woman, Justice League, Blair Witch, Kong: Skull Island, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Star Trek Discovery
1:39:08 – Other Stuff We Watched: Goodnight Mommy, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru, Carnival of Souls, Zero Days, Slow West, O.J.: Made in America, Terminator: Genisys, Vice Principals
2:36:41 – Junk Mail: Sport Goths, Best Star Trek TV Series, Jay C. Remix
2:50:10 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:52:52 – Outro
2:57:34 – Spoiler Discussion: Star Trek Beyond
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Following up on the announcement trailer that was released back in May, this week Danny Boyle and Sony Pictures have released a new teaser for the upcoming Trainspotting sequel that shows Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle back together again, twenty years later. It’s really just a brief recreation of a familiar scene, but with Iggy Pop playing in the background, it should be more than enough to get fans feeling nostalgic. The movie will be based on an original script by John Hodge as opposed to Irvine Welsh’s official sequel, Porno, and in other news, apparently it really is going to be called T2. I don’t know if I can get used to this movie sharing a title with Terminator 2. T2: Trainspotting hits theatres in the U.K. on Jan. 27th and the U.S. on Feb. 3rd; check out the teaser after the jump.
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In addition to all of the movies getting plugged at Comic-Con this year, there was plenty of TV stuff to promote as well. In fact, TV is arguably an even bigger deal at Comic-Con than movies considering the rabid fanbase for returning shows like Arrow, Gotham, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Fear the Walking Dead. There were some new TV shows being introduced this year, however, including Star Trek Discovery, which is apparently the official title of the new Star Trek series, along with American Gods and Legion. The former is a Neil Gaiman adaptation while the latter is a co-production of Marvel and FX and stars Dan Stevens as David Haller, the troubled son of Professor X (although it does not take place in the X-men universe). Are you looking forward to any of these shows? Check out the first trailers after the jump and see what you think.
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In addition to Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch was also at Comic-Con last weekend to promote the new season of the BBC’s Sherlock. Unlike the one-off “alternative timeline” special The Abominable Bride, which aired this past January, this is the proper follow-up to season 3 that fans have been asking for. The BBC dropped an official trailer in San Diego and it once again hints at the return of Andrew Scott as Holmes’ arch enemy Moriarty while also giving us our first look at Toby Jones as another classic villain, although we still don’t know who exactly that will be. Actress Amanda Abbington has hinted that this will be the darkest season yet (it could also be the last) and the trailer seems to confirm that. Are you psyched for the return of Sherlock? Sherlock: Series 4 is expected to premiere sometime around Christmas; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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It was a successful mission for Justin Lin over the weekend as Star Trek Beyond beamed up $59.6 million, easily topping the box office. While that is a solid debut, it is $10 million less than Star Trek Into Darkness made back in 2013 and $15 million less than the 2009 reboot. That would seem to indicate a downward trend for the Star Trek franchise domestically and the international numbers will once again be an important factor when it comes to the future of the series. Elsewhere The Secret Life of Pets fell to second place while the new horror film Lights Out tied with Ghostbusters in third place with an impressive $21.6 million. Ice Age: Collision Course rounded out the top 5 with a disappointing $21 million, by far the lowest start for any Ice Age film to date. The documentary Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party also managed to crack the top 10, taking in $3.7 million on approximately 1200 screens.
1. Star Trek Beyond — $59.6M
2. The Secret Life of Pets — $29.3M
3. Ghostbusters — $21.6M
4. Lights Out — $21.6M
5. Ice Age: Collision Course — $21.0M
6. Finding Dory — $7.2M
7. The Legend of Tarzan — $6.4M
8. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates — $4.4M
9. Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party — $3.7M
10. The Infiltrator — $3.3M
The Warner Brothers panel seems like it was a tough act to follow at Comic-Con this year, but Marvel apparently did their best by showing off footage from Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok in addition to finally confirming Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. However, the only bit of this footage that they have released to the public (so far) is a brand new trailer for Doctor Strange. It continues to set the movie apart as something unique in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although the mindbending imagery still feels a little bit derivative of Christopher Nolan’s Inception for better or worse. Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams and it hits theatres on Nov. 4th; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Here is perhaps one of the strangest trailers to debut at Comic-Con this weekend. Guy Ritchie is reimagining the legend of King Arthur for Warner Brothers as a gritty underdog story about a hustler who was raised on the streets. Seriously. It looks like Game of Thrones put through the lens of Sherlock Holmes and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Starring Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim), this is apparently being planned as a six-film series, so they had better hope audiences respond to this bold new take on the material. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword hits theatres on March 24th, 2017; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think
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Two years ago at Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures announced that they were developing a King Kong prequel called Skull Island. At the time, the reaction was somewhat mixed, partially because people had been expecting a Jurassic World trailer at the same panel, but now this year they are back with a full trailer for the movie… which feels vaguely inspired by Jurassic Park. Go figure. Tom Hiddleston leads an expedition to a mysterious island only to discover that it houses prehistoric creatures including the biggest version of King Kong we’ve ever seen. Keep in mind, this movie exists in the same universe as Legendary’s Godzilla reboot and a showdown between the two is imminent. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer), Kong: Skull Island co-stars John Goodman, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson and it hits theatres on March 10th, 2017. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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