Earlier today we posted the first full trailer for [REC] 4: Apocalypse. Now, as luck would have it, we also have a trailer for the latest film from the director of the U.S. remake of [REC] as well. John Erick Dowdle’s previous films include Quarantine and M. Night Shyamalan’s Devil, but now he is back with an intriguing original concept that he has dreamed up with the help of his brother Drew.
As Above, So Below is a found footage film that follows a group of “urban archaeologists” who are in search of a hidden chamber in the Catacombs of Paris. However, as they start delving deeper into the caverns below the city, they start to realize that they may not be alone down there. Comparisons to The Descent are probably inevitable, but if it’s even half as good as that movie, it will be well worth checking out. As Above, So Below hits theatres on Aug. 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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There is a hint of excitement in the air this week as Jurassic World has officially started production in Hawaii. Fans are dying to know more about the project, but unfortunately we still don’t have all that much to go on. Instead we’re getting a lot of non-news, such as the fact that Universal is already planning more sequels. Shocker! Colin Trevorrow did confirm that they will be using animatronic dinosaurs and revealed that the story is about alpha dominance and what happens when man is forced to co-exist with another alpha species.
Entertainment Weekly also got their hands on a few photos from the set of the movie, including our first look at Bryce Dallas Howard in character. We still don’t know who she actually plays, but hey, I guess it’s something. The rest of the primary cast includes Omar Sy, Chris Pratt, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Ty Simpkins and Vincent D’Onofrio (and yes BD Wong will be back as Dr. Henry Wu). Jurassic World hits theatres on June 12, 2015; check out the photos after the jump and see what you think.
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After the massive success of their found footage horror film [REC] and the sequel [REC] 2, Spanish directors Paco Plaza and Jaume Balaguero decided to close out the series by splitting up and directing their own individual installments. Plaza’s entry, [REC] 3: Genesis, arrived back in 2012 and alienated a lot of fans by straying from the handheld camerawork and claustrophobic environments that made the original films so terrifying. Now Balaguero will get his own chance to alienate fans with [REC] 4: Apocalypse, which is hitting theatres this fall.
On the one hand, [REC] 4: Apocalypse should keep fans happy by presenting them with the return of a familiar face: television reporter Angela Vidal, played by Manuela Velasco. However, this movie also seems to be dropping the found footage conceit and moving the action to an offshore oil tanker, where Vidal has been quarantined. Are you looking forward to the final [REC] film? [REC] 4: Apocalypse premieres at the Sitges Festival in Spain on Oct. 3rd but is expected to be released in most parts of the world on Oct. 31st. Check out the first full trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Last week we started hearing unconfirmed reports that New Line and Warner Brothers might be contemplating a last minute title change for the final installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy. The speculation began after the studios recently registered a new title, The Hobbit: Into the Fire. Now this week we can verify that the rumours of a name change are true, and yet they didn’t end up using that particular title after all. Peter Jackson took to Facebook this morning to officially announce that the third Hobbit film will actually be called The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Here’s what he had to say about the reason for the decision:
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Although Eli Roth has been doing a lot more producing than directing over the past few years, one thing he hasn’t been producing are the direct-to-DVD sequels to the horror franchises he started with Hostel and Cabin Fever. From what I hear, Hostel: Part III and Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever are both pretty bad, although it remains to be seen if Roth’s involvement could have saved them. There is another Cabin Fever movie coming in June, a prequel of sorts called Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, which was intended to reboot the franchise and set up a new string of sequels. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately?), it now looks like those sequels have been scrapped in favour of a straight up remake of Roth’s original 2002 film. But is anyone really interested in seeing a Cabin Fever remake?
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Although The Trip to Italy is currently airing on BBC Two in the U.K. in six parts, the condensed feature-length version of the movie won’t be arriving in North America until later this summer. This is the sequel to Michael Winterbottom’s 2010 film The Trip featuring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon as slightly exaggerated versions of themselves on a restaurant tour of northern England. This time around they are off to Italy, where they partake in more delicious meals, beautiful scenery and witty banter.
IFC Films will bring the movie to select theatres in the U.S. this August, but before that happens Madman Films will release it in Australia and New Zealand on May 29th. Which explains why they are the first ones to offer up a full trailer for the theatrical version (IFC previously released the first clip a few months ago). The Trip to Italy hits select theatres in the U.S. on Aug. 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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There weren’t a ton of votes cast in last week’s poll, as is often the case when we focus the discussion on older films, but the votes that we did get seemed to be spread around quite nicely. Film Junk readers chose Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity as the ultimate film noir, but it was a close race between The Third Man and The Maltese Falcon for the first runner-up (I’m actually a little surprised that the latter didn’t finish at the top). Billy Wilder also took fourth place with Sunset Boulevard while Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil rounded out the top 5. In general, most of the results were understandably skewed toward films that are more well-known as opposed to more obscure choices that might fit a purist’s definition of film noir. Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street was the only film on the poll that did not receive a vote. Do you agree with these results?
1. Double Indemnity — 18%
2. The Third Man — 14%
3. The Maltese Falcon — 13%
4. Sunset Boulevard — 9%
5. Touch of Evil — 8%
6. The Night of the Hunter — 7%
7. The Big Sleep — 6%
8. Shadow of a Doubt — 5%
9. The Killing — 3%
10. In a Lonely Place — 3%
11. The Big Heat — 2%
11. Kiss Me Deadly — 2%
11. The Postman Always Rings Twice — 2%
14. Detour — 2%
14. Out of the Past — 2%
16. Gun Crazy — 1%
16. The Naked City — 1%
16. Mildred Pierce — 1%
19. Sweet Smell of Success — 1%
20. Scarlet Street — 0%
Compared to some of the other top tier film festivals out there, Cannes is not generally known for its documentary programming, but here’s one intriguing non-fiction film that will be premiering there next month. Red Army tells the story of the HC CSKA Moscow hockey team, one of the most dominant teams in the history of professional sports. They were closely associated with the Soviet Army and were seen as a fearsome symbol of the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War… and they also made up a large part of the Soviet team during the legendary ’72 Summit Series with Canada.
The story focuses primarily on their team captain, Slava Fetisov, who would eventually go on to have a successful career in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, causing him to transform “from national hero to political enemy.” The movie is directed by Gabe Polsky (The Motel Life) and co-produced by Werner Herzog and I, for one, can’t wait to see it. Sony Pictures Classics have just acquired all North American, Asian and Eastern European rights to the film; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Hollywood has been looking to revive the 1930s comic strip and sci-fi serial star Flash Gordon for years now, the property changing hands from studio to studio without ever actually getting greenlit. Part of the problem, it would seem, is that although the character has name recognition, it is also saddled with memories of the campy 1980 cult classic. Syfy attempted to modernize the character with a TV series back in 2007, but it was savaged by critics and didn’t last long. Now with Flash Gordon celebrating his 80th anniversary this year, it looks as though a big screen reboot is finally about to become a reality. 20th Century Fox is the latest studio to acquire the rights and they have hired the writers of the upcoming Star Trek 3 to pen a new script. Hit the jump for more details.
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Whenever you mention the Sundance Film Festival there is a certain type of film that immediately comes to mind: a coming of age indie dramedy about a social misfit, sometimes set in the past, but usually replete with an ironic sense of humour. Michael Tully’s Ping Pong Summer definitely seems to fit that bill, potentially following in the footsteps of such films as Adventureland and The Way, Way Back. The catch is that this one revolves around a ping pong tournament that takes place at the local arcade and Susan Sarandon is the cool mentor that takes the kid under her wing. Go figure.
The movie is set in 1985 and it seems to capture the fashion, the music and the slang of the era with a certain level of success. However, it also seems like it’s trying to be more quirky than heartfelt… the main character is named Rad Miracle, after all. Still, with a supporting cast that also includes Lea Thompson, Amy Sedaris and Judah Friedlander, I’m sure there is an audience out there for this flick. Ping Pong Summer hits select theatres and iTunes on June 6th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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It’s been over a year since we learned that J.J. Abrams would be jumping ship from his recently rebooted Star Trek franchise to direct Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney. In that time, Paramount still has not named a replacement to take the helm of the next Star Trek film. At one point Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) was rumoured to be their top choice, but last we heard he had dropped out of the project. Now this week it looks like the sole remaining member of the Star Trek creative team is making a bid to sit in the captain’s chair himself. Word on the street is that Roberto Orci wants to make Star Trek 3 his directorial debut and Paramount is mostly on board with the idea.
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It’s a pretty barebones week for new releases on DVD and Blu-ray, but the good news is that there are a handful of solid catalogue titles worth checking out. Without a single new studio film hitting store shelves this week, the only noteworthy title making its home video debut is the Israeli thriller Big Bad Wolves. Beyond that, we also have the Tyler Perry play Madea’s Neighbors From Hell and a couple of documentaries: The Trials of Muhammad Ali and Bettie Page Reveals All. The highlights of the week are all on Blu-ray and include a newly remastered version of William Friedkin’s long forgotten Sorcerer, a Criterion release of Don Siegel’s Riot in Cell Block 11, Sidney Lumet’s The Pawnbroker, Joseph Kahn’s cult classic biker flick Torque, and both the original Get Carter starring Michael Caine and the remake starring Sylvester Stallone. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.
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