After a week or two of teaser images, Fox has finally unveiled the first full trailer for Logan, the third (and potentially final) Wolverine solo film. Directed once again by James Mangold (The Wolverine, Walk the Line), the trailer is set to Johnny Cash’s cover of Hurt, which perfectly sets the tone for a movie featuring Hugh Jackman as an older, broken down Wolverine in a future world where mutants are nearly extinct. Patrick Stewart also appears as an older version of Professor X and seems to be Wolverine’s primary companion in the film, along with Sienna Novikov, who plays a young girl believed to be X-23, a female clone of Logan. Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant and Dafne Keen also co-star. Logan hits theatres on March 3rd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Just a couple of months after the death of Gene Wilder, who starred in the 1971 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, we have news that Willy Wonka will be once again be returning to the big screen. This won’t be another remake, however; instead it will be a brand new tale expected to focus on a younger version of the character. The project is being set up at Warner Brothers, who were also responsible for the 2005 version, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp in the lead role. The hope is that this will potentially set the stage for an new franchise of future films revolving around Willy Wonka and his wacky adventures. Hit the jump for more details.
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The first teaser trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is here! Although it’s a bit short on action and plot details (as you would expect from a teaser), there is still some intriguing imagery that hints at what is to come. It also brings back a familiar song and that irreverent tone that set it apart from so many other Marvel movies. Unfortunately, there is no hint of Baby Groot here (edit: aside from a stinger at the very end), nor do we get any glimpses of Kurt Russell or Sylvester Stallone, but we do get a strong indication that Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Yondu (Michael Rooker) will have bigger roles this time around. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theatres on May 5th, 2017; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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We’ve got a pretty decent month of Netflix additions to recap with Marvel’s Luke Cage, Christopher Guest’s Mascots and the Amanda Knox documentary leading the list of original content over the past 30 days. Other major additions in the U.S. include James Cameron’s Titanic, Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West and Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused along with new seasons of American Horror Story, Penny Dreadful, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Arrow, Scream, and Portlandia. In Canada, highlights include David O. Russell’s Joy, Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa, Deadpool, The Witch, Bone Tomahawk and The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington. Both regions also get Kill Zone 2 starring Tony Jaa, Disney’s Zootopia and a slew of Werner Herzog documentaries. What will you be adding to your queue? Check out the full list of noteworthy new additions after the jump.
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With the U.S. election now just three weeks away, it’s time for candidates to pull out all the stops and make one last attempt to influence voters. Major PR moves that are saved up for this crucial time are usually referred to as an “October surprise” and now this week Michael Moore has unveiled an October surprise of his own: a brand new documentary entitled Michael Moore in TrumpLand. He had been hinting that something was in the works over the past few days, but last night the movie officially premiered at the IFC Center in New York City and it has started its theatrical run as of now. The plot synopsis is as follows:
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With just two months before it is due to hit theatres, 20th Century Fox and Ubisoft have released a brand new trailer for their upcoming movie based on the popular Assassin’s Creed video game series. The movie stars Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch, a career criminal whose family ancestry traces back to the Spanish Inquisition. With the help of Marion Cotillard and some killer VR tech, he is able to relive the memories of his ancestors where he takes part in a secret society of assassins… an “Assassin’s Creed” if you will. This new trailer swaps out Kanye West for another contemporary song but the result is essentially the same: it feels a bit too desperate to appeal to anyone who didn’t play the games. I guess I can understand why, but I don’t think this marketing approach is doing them any favours. That being said, the visuals could very well carry this film. Assassin’s Creed is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth) and it hits theatres on Dec. 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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14:00 – Review: 31
39:40 – Review: Mascots
58:35 – Headlines: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Trailer #3
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After missing out on Werner Herzog’s latest documentary Into the Inferno at TIFF, I’m excited to learn that Netflix is already bringing it to their streaming service later this month. The movie looks to be another Herzogian meditation on the beauty and raw power of nature along with humanity’s ultimate insignificance in the face of it. Teaming up with volcanologist Clive Oppenheimer, whom he previously met while making his Antarctica documentary Encounters at the End of the World, Herzog sets off across the globe to look at volcanoes in such countries as Ethiopia, Iceland, Indonesia, and North Korea. From what we hear, the North Korea trip takes a strange detour into politics as well, but based on this trailer, it certainly looks like must-see material. Into the Inferno arrives on Netflix on Oct. 28th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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As more details for the upcoming Wolverine film, Logan, continue to be drip fed to us via director James Mangold’s social media accounts, this week we have received an indirect confirmation of an earlier casting rumour. The Wrap reported earlier this month that Stephen Merchant would be playing the mutant Caliban in the upcoming film, which at the time seemed a bit strange considering that the character had just appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse where he was played by Tómas Lemarquis. However, it does appear to be the case after James Mangold tweeted a photo of Merchant in make-up that looks an awful lot like Caliban. I suppose at this point the continuity is so messed up, we might as well just go with it. Do you think Stephen Merchant will make a good Caliban? Check out the new photo of Merchant along with a photo of Tómas Lemarquis from X-Men: Apocalypse for comparison after the jump.
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Although a movie set almost entirely in a morgue basement during the course of an autopsy may not be your idea of a good time, the early reviews for The Autopsy of Jane Doe would seem to indicate that it is something special. The movie marks the English language debut of Norwegian filmmaker André Øvredal (Troll Hunter) and it stars Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch as a father-son coroner team investigating an unidentified corpse discovered at a grisly crime scene. There appears to be a compelling mystery here, but also some increasingly spooky happenings that may or may not be a figment of their imaginations. Either way, I am curious to see how Øvredal can keep things interesting for 90 minutes. The Autopsy of Jane Doe hits select theatres and VOD on Dec. 21st; check out the original green band trailer and a new red band trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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It was a good weekend for Ben Affleck and Warner Brothers as Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant capitalized on the lack of competition, topping the box office with an estimated $24.7 million. That’s a bit higher than expected and it’s on par with The Girl on the Train‘s opening last weekend, which is pretty impressive considering that The Accountant was not based on any pre-existing material. Kevin Hart’s stand up comedy film Kevin Hart: What Now? opened in second place with $11.98 million, the largest debut ever for a stand-up comedy film. It was essentially in a dead heat with The Girl on the Train, however, which fell to third after pulling in an estimated $11.97 million. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Deepwater Horizon rounded out the top 5. As for Max Steel, the toy-based movie opened outside of the top 10 with a measly $2.1 million, one of the worst starts ever for a movie playing on more than 2000 theaters. But I think we all saw that one coming.
1. The Accountant — $24.7M
2. Kevin Hart: What Now? — $12M
3. The Girl on the Train — $12M
4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children — $8.9M
5. Deepwater Horizon — $6.4M
6. Storks — $5.6M
7. The Magnificent Seven — $5.2M
8. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life — $4.3M
9. Sully — $3M
10. The Birth of a Nation — $2.7M
When will the madness stop? After nearly 20 years of failed attempts to get his passion project, a modern retelling of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, off the ground, it looked like Terry Gilliam was finally about to be vindicated. A couple of months ago, he was prepping for a production start that was scheduled to happen on October 4th with Adam Driver and Michael Palin attached to star. Then, just days before cameras were set to roll, it was revealed that one of his producers had not secured some of the money in time and the production was once again delayed. Gilliam remains optimistic, but now adding insult to injury, we have learned that Disney is developing a competing project of their own. Hit the jump for more details.
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