2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations

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Awards season is officially getting underway this week with the announcement of the nominees for the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards. They continue to be a strong indicator of Oscar potential after Moonlight, Spotlight, Birdman and 12 Years A Slave all won both over the past few years. It will be interesting to see if any of this year’s nominees have a shot since none have emerged yet as heavy favourites. Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name led the pack with six nominations followed by Get Out and Good Time with five apiece. Lady Bird and The Rider also had strong support and A24 dominated with a total of 17 nominations amongst all their films. What do you think of this year’s Spirit Award nominees? Check out the full list of nominations after the jump and see what you think.

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Quentin Tarantino’s 1969 Movie Lands at Sony, Plot Details Revealed

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Just a couple of days before Charles Manson passed away in prison at the age of 83, Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film about the Manson family murders finally found a new home at Sony Pictures. The untitled project (currently being called #9 because it is his ninth film) had been shopped around Hollywood over the past few weeks in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and there were three main studios said to be in the running: Warner Brothers, Sony and Paramount. It appears that Sony won out thanks in part to their success as international distributor for Django Unchained, which was Tarantino’s highest grossing movie to date. The basic plot synopsis is as follows:

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A Wrinkle in Time Trailer #2

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Here’s the latest trailer for Disney’s upcoming adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s sci-fi / fantasy novel A Wrinkle in Time. The book was published in 1962 and is considered to be a classic, an odd combination of Christian allegory and almost legit time travel theory. Directed by Ava DuVernay, this movie is trying its best to marry these concepts with colourful visuals and a light-hearted tone that will still appeal to younger viewers. Whether or not it can deliver on that remains to be seen but it does have a star-studded cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Pena, Zach Galifianakis and Chris Pine. A Wrinkle in Time hits theatres on March 9th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Justice League Wins the Battle But Loses the War

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Just like Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad before it, Zack Snyder’s Justice League easily topped the box office over the weekend and pulled in what seems like a decent amount of money but it is still being viewed largely as a failure. To be fair, this time around the situation does seem a bit more dire. The movie debuted with $96 million, which continues a downward trend within the DC Universe from BvS ($166 million) to Suicide Squad ($133 million) to Wonder Woman ($103 million). Unfortunately, Justice League reportedly cost more than all of those movies ($300 million) and it was supposed to build on the previous installments. That did not happen and it will likely force them to rethink the DC Universe yet again. In second place, Wonder was a breakout hit with $27 million while Thor: Ragnarok fell to third. Daddy’s Home 2 and Murder on the Orient Express rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere The Star opened in sixth with $10 million while Three Billboards… jumped into the top 10 with $1.1 million from just 53 locations.

1. Justice League — $96M
2. Wonder — $27.1M
3. Thor: Ragnarok — $21.8M
4. Daddy’s Home 2 — $14.8M
5. Murder on the Orient Express — $13.8M
6. The Star — $10M
7. A Bad Moms Christmas — $6.9M
8. Lady Bird — $2.5M
9. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri — $1.1M
10. Jigsaw — $1.1M

The Incredibles 2 Teaser Trailer

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With Coco hitting theatres in just a few days, this weekend Disney and Pixar have unveiled the very first teaser trailer for their big 2018 release: The Incredibles 2! Although many people have been understandably cynical about Pixar’s recent increase in sequels, this one seems the most logical simply because you don’t need to invent a reason for another superhero adventure. Brad Bird is back at the helm and the action apparently picks up immediately after the first film. The teaser doesn’t offer much more insight, but it certainly makes it clear that Jack-Jack will be an important element of the next chapter. The Incredibles 2 hits theatres on June 15th; check out the teaser after the jump and see what you think.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night Trailer

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It’s been almost a decade since Bryan Bertino’s home invasion thriller The Strangers hit theatres, which at the time turned a pretty decent profit for a low budget horror movie. Now someone has finally managed to get a sequel off the ground, albeit without the help of Bertino himself. The new movie is called Strangers: Prey at Night and it is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Ben Katai (30 Days of Night: Dark Days, The Forest). This time around it is Christina Hendricks who is being terrorized instead of Liv Tyler but once again it claims to be loosely “based on true events.” Strangers: Prey at Night hits theatres on March 9th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Justice League, Wonder, The Star

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The first few DC Extended Universe films culminate with the release of Justice League this weekend, which brings several iconic superheroes together on the big screen for the first time. Based on the popularity of these characters, you might think that this should be a guaranteed smash hit but it’s tracking a fair bit lower than both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. Can the widespread love for Wonder Woman help put it over the top? Also in wide release we have the inspirational family drama Wonder starring Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, along with the Nativity-themed animated film The Star. In select theatres we also have Roman J. Israel, Esq. starring Denzel Washington and Sundance hit Mudbound (which is also debuting on Netflix). What will you be watching this weekend?

Rampage Trailer Starring Dwayne Johnson

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Coinciding with the release of Justice League this weekend, we’ve got the first trailer for one of the big pre-summer blockbusters of 2018. Rampage is based on the classic ’80s arcade game and just like that arcade game it essentially revolves around three giant monsters smashing everything in their path. Dwayne Johnson plays a primatologist who befriends one of the monsters while Jeffrey Dean Morgan apparently plays your standard evil government agent harbouring ulterior motives. Directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas), the movie is clearly looking to cash in on the recent success of Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island. Rampage hits theatres on April 20th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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James Franco to Star in X-Men Spin-Off Multiple Man

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With The New Mutants, Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix all hitting theatres next year, Fox is gearing up to get the ball rolling on a new wave of X-Men spin-offs for 2019. We recently heard that Gore Verbinski is in talks to direct the Gambit solo movie starring Channing Tatum and now there appears to be another solo movie in the works, albeit one that focuses on a lesser known character. Jamie Madrox aka Multiple Man is a mutant with the ability to clone himself who briefly appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand. Now he is about to get his own movie with none other than James Franco set to play him on screen. Hit the jump for more details.

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Tom Cruise Rumoured for Quentin Tarantino’s Next Movie

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With most of The Weinstein Company’s upcoming films now being shopped around to other distributors, one of the highest profile projects in that group is Quentin Tarantino’s next movie. Word on the street is that just about every major studio outside of Disney is chasing the project which has just added David Heyman (Harry Potter) as a producer. The movie was originally said to revolve around the Manson Family murders but now we are hearing that it will weave in other significant events from 1969 as well. What’s more, the project’s A-list cast continues to grow with the potential addition of Tom Cruise. Hit the jump for more info.

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A Quiet Place Trailer Starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt

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Although he hasn’t had any trouble landing acting roles after The Office, John Krasinski has been slowly carving out a career for himself as a director as well with a couple of smaller indie films already under his belt. Now he is tackling his first horror movie with the help of his wife Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place. The duo play a husband and wife living on a farm with their two children where they are being terrorized by a ghostly being that seems to be sensitive to sound. As a result, they have rebuilt their life to be completely silent. The concept is an intriguing one with limitless potential for tension built in and they seem to be committing to only minimal dialogue as well. A Quiet Place is produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes production company and it hits theatres on April 6th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Road Movie Trailer: Witness the Insanity of Russia By Dashboard Cam

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Anyone who has fallen down a YouTube rabbit hole or two can probably attest to the strangely compelling nature of dashboard camera videos. But how would you feel about watching an entire movie of them? Russian filmmaker Dmitrii Kalashnikov decided to assemble a collection of these videos from around Russia to create The Road Movie, a strange, funny and at times disturbing portrait of a country where apparently anything can happen. From comets to forest fires to road rage, this extreme travelogue has it all and seems to scratch the same itch as both Jackass and Faces of Death. Oscilloscope Laboratories will give The Road Movie a limited theatrical release on Jan. 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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