Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys Trailer


Although Clint Eastwood’s directorial output has seemingly been on the decline for the past little while, Jersey Boys looks like an interesting project that could put him back on track. He might seem like a strange choice to direct a musical, but this is a rags to riches period piece that also happens to involve the mob. Plus, to be fair, Eastwood did previously star in at least one musical himself: the 1969 western Paint Your Wagon.

Based on the popular Broadway musical, Jersey Boys tells the true story of Frankie Valli and the ’60s doo-wop group the Four Seasons. While the cast is made up of mostly unknowns, Christopher Walken turns up as the notorious loan shark Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo. Could this end up being a surprise summer hit? Jersey Boys hits theatres on June 20th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Transcendence, Bears, A Haunted House 2


The stage is set for another battle between Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Rio 2 at the box office over Easter weekend as most of this week’s new releases are looking pretty lacklustre. Christopher Nolan’s long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut with the sci-fi thriller Transcendence, which unfortunately looks to be the latest in a string of Johnny Depp flops. Marlon Wayans returns for his latest horror spoof A Haunted House 2, while Disney offers up their latest Disneynature documentary Bears narrated by John C. Reilly. In select theatres, we also have John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo starring Woody Allen, low budget thriller 13 Sins from the director of The Last Exorcism, and of course the world’s first penis museum documentary The Final Member. What will you be watching this weekend?

The Rover Trailer #2


Earlier this week Animal Kingdom director David Michod signed on to make his first major Hollywood film: The Operators starring Brad Pitt. It’s pretty clear that he’s currently getting offered plenty of big opportunities, but before he starts production on that project his second feature film will be premiering at Cannes next month. The Rover is another gritty thriller set in Australia, although this one has a decidedly post-apocalyptic vibe.

The movie stars Guy Pearce as a guy determined to track down his stolen car from a gang of thieves with the help of a wounded man left for dead (Robert Pattinson). It takes place ten years after some sort of societal collapse, although the details on that are still murky. Nevertheless, it looks pretty grim and moody, and it looks pretty reminiscent of The Road which is fine by me. The Rover hits select theatres on June 13th before going nationwide on June 20th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Will Have a Post-Credit Teaser for X-Men: Days of Future Past


With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hitting theatres in the U.K. this weekend, there was an intriguing report from Empire yesterday indicating that the movie came with a post-credit teaser for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Although the teaser itself did not explicitly reveal any sort of crossover between the two franchises, it still seemed like a pretty big deal considering that Spider-Man is owned by Sony and X-Men is owned by Fox. Why would Sony’s biggest summer release be carrying a special advertisement for a Fox movie? Could the two studios finally be joining forces in order to fight a common enemy, the unstoppable machine known as Marvel? As it turns out, the truth isn’t quite so exciting, but that won’t stop fans from dreaming about what could be.

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Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno Trailer


Midnight Madness attendees at TIFF last year were somewhat divided over Eli Roth’s triumphant return to the director’s chair, The Green Inferno. The movie pays tribute to the Italian cannibal films of the ’70s and ’80s, and although it is gleefully gruesome, it also has some strange tonal shifts and lacks the grainy realism of the movies that it seeks to emulate. This week the first trailer for the movie has debuted online and it seems to be marketing it solely as a terrifying experience with no traces of the dark humour that it also contains.

The Green Inferno finds Roth reteaming with some of the folks he worked with on the Chilean Earthquake thriller Aftershock, which is a fair indication of what to expect here. Clearly they share many of the same sensibilities, as they are also working on The Green Inferno sequel in addition to Roth’s next film, Knock Knock. The Green Inferno hits select theatres on Sept. 5th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Mrs. Doubtfire Sequel in the Works


Throughout the late ’80s and early ’90s, Robin Williams carved out a pretty successful career for himself on the big screen with an impressive mix of box office hits and critical favourites. At the time, there was one movie in his filmography that stood out above all others as his most successful by far: Mrs. Doubtfire. The movie made $441 million worldwide back in 1993 and was second only to Jurassic Park in the U.S. that year. Nowadays, that kind of money almost certainly guarantees a sequel, but it would appear that Fox missed the boat on that front. Or did they? This week we are hearing that Fox is in the process of setting up a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire over 20 years after the fact, and as luck would have it, Robin Williams doesn’t have anything better to do. What could possibly go wrong?

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The Hobbit: There and Back Again Possibly Getting a New Title


When it was first announced that Peter Jackson was going to be turning The Hobbit into a trilogy, there were plenty of fans who worried that it would be spreading the story too thin. Most of the reviews for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey seemed to confirm that this was a problem, but that didn’t stop the movie from making over $1 billion worldwide. By the time the second movie hit theatres, however, the excitement surrounding Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth had subsided somewhat and the movie made considerably less than the first. It was still a huge blockbuster by all accounts, but it left Warner Brothers and New Line more than a little concerned about the final installment. So concerned, in fact, that they are now said to be contemplating a title change. By the time the third film arrives in theatres, it may no longer be called The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

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Film Junk Poll: What is the Best Film Noir?


With the release of a couple of big film noir classics on Blu-ray this week (Touch of Evil and Double Indemnity), it seems like a good excuse to take a look at the entire genre and determine which is the greatest noir of all time. There is plenty of debate over what exactly qualifies as film noir, but I tried not to be too strict with the options… you can let your own personal preference guide your vote. However, I’ve kept neo-noirs out of the equation (we can always visit that in a future poll), so in this case we are focusing only on movies that were released prior to 1960. There is still no shortage of great films to choose from. So what are your key ingredients to the genre? What is the ultimate film noir? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer #3


With X-Men: Days of Future Past now a little over a month away, Fox has released the third and final trailer for what could very well end up being the biggest movie of the summer. While the previous trailers seemed to be holding back somewhat, this one finally gives us everything we want to see including a lot more of the sentinels in action, our first look at this version of Quicksilver, and even a quick glimpse of Omar Sy as Bishop. There’s also quite a bit of Wolverine, who oddly enough is the man assembling the team this time around. It’s easily the best trailer we’ve seen for the movie so far and it gives us hope that all the moving parts will come together in a satisfying way. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres on May 23rd; scope out the final trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Friday the 13th Reboot Gets V/H/S Director


It’s been five years now since Platinum Dunes rebooted the Friday the 13th franchise to decent but unspectacular results. The movie made $91 million worldwide on a $19 million budget, which is not bad but Warner Brothers had been expecting more. They dragged their heels on setting up a sequel and eventually Paramount worked out a deal that would allow them to regain the rights to the franchise. They have since been looking for a writer and director to take the franchise in a new direction, possibly using a found footage conceit. Now that approach is sounding even more likely as one of the directors from the found footage anthology film V/H/S is reportedly on the verge of signing on. Surprisingly, this won’t be a sequel to the last film… instead it is being envisioned as another full franchise reboot.

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Rosemary’s Baby Trailer Starring Zoe Saldana


When it was first announced that NBC was remaking Rosemary’s Baby as a TV mini-series, I wasn’t totally opposed to the idea. After all, everyone is so fond of saying how the production quality of television is now on par with feature films, and this was a chance to show how a different medium could put a new spin on a well-known story. Unfortunately, the first full trailer for NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby looks like an absolute trainwreck. We’re talking soap opera-level visuals and performances… there is simply nothing subtle or nuanced about it. It’s too bad because I think Zoe Saldana is better than this. (On a side note, why is NBC blocking this trailer outside of the U.S.?) Rosemary’s Baby premieres on NBC on May 11th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Philomena, Wrong Cops


It’s not a particularly exciting week for DVD and Blu-ray releases with the biggest titles being middle-of-the-road films like Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the Oscar-nominated drama Philomena and the buddy cop comedy Ride Along starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. We’ve also got a few noteworthy indie films hitting stores today including Quentin Dupieux’s latest absurdist comedy Wrong Cops, Ralph Fiennes’ Charles Dickens biopic The Invisible Woman and James Franco’s experimental doc Interior. Leather. Bar. The biggest highlights, however, come from this week’s Blu-ray selections: Lars Von Trier’s Breaking the Waves, a 20th Anniversary edition of Reality Bites, and long-awaited HD releases of film noir classics Touch of Evil and Double Indemnity. Will you be buying or renting anything this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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