Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert Trailer Starring Nicole Kidman


Werner Herzog’s latest film Queen of the Desert premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year to mostly unfavourable reviews, but it will be a few more months before the rest of us get to judge for ourselves. The movie stars Nicole Kidman as British archaeologist and explorer Gertrude Bell, who has often been called the female Lawrence of Arabia although many would argue she accomplished more. As it turns out, she was good friends with T.E. Lawrence, who is played by Robert Pattinson in the movie. Herzog also focuses on her love life and romances with British diplomat Henry Cadogan and military officer Charles Doughty-Wylie, played by James Franco and Damian Lewis respectively. Queen of the Desert is scheduled to hit theatres on Sept. 15th; check out the full trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Andrew Niccol to Write Monopoly Movie


A few years ago, just as Hollywood was approaching the height of its current obsession with brands, studios started buying up the movie rights to several popular and well-known board games in order to turn them into feature films. Although we are still waiting for adaptations of Candy Land, Risk, and yes, Hungry Hungry Hippos, we did already get movies based on Battleship and Ouija. The first one was a major box office bomb while the other was a modest success. Apparently that was enough to encourage Lionsgate to move forward with another board game movie that has been in development for a while now: Monopoly. This week they have announced that they have hired Andrew Niccol (Gattaca) to write the screenplay. Lionsgate co-president Erik Feig had this to say:

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Fatal Attraction Gets Rebooted As Event Series


The Oscar-nominated thriller Fatal Attraction is set to be rebooted as an event series by Paramount Television. The show has so far received a script order by Fox, which will most likely pick up the show for a full season since the original 1987 movie was developed by then-Paramount executive now-Fox president of entertainment, David Madden. While planned as a limited set of one-hour episodes, Paramount is leaving the door open for additional seasons, should the show be popular.

The original Fatal Attraction revolved around a one-night affair between a career woman (Glenn Close) and a family man (Michael Douglas) which ends up haunting the man after he rejects the woman, who then starts stalking him and his family. The new series, which will be a reimagination of the original movie’s plot, is being penned and executive produced by Mad Men alums Maria and Andre Jacquemetton.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Magic Mike and Terminator Fall Flat Over Holiday Weekend


Despite a decent early start on Wednesday for both Terminator Genisys and Magic Mike XXL, ultimately the two new releases fizzled, allowing Jurassic World and Inside Out to maintain their perch over the July 4th weekend. The winner is still up in the air as Jurassic World was originally reported to have held onto the #1 spot, but the new estimates indicate that Inside Out might have overtaken it. Either way, Terminator Genisys was a big disappointment as it pulled in $28.7 million ($44.1 million over five days), a huge drop from Terminator Salvation, which was itself considered a failure when it made $42.6 million over three days back in 2009. Elsewhere, Magic Mike XXL wound up with just $11.6 million ($27.07 million over five days), which is a far cry from the $39 million that the original tucked into its jockstrap. Ted 2 rounded out the top 5 and is also continuing to struggle, taking two weeks to earn what the original made in one weekend.

1. Jurassic World — $30.9M
2. Inside Out — $30.11M
3. Terminator Genisys — $28.7M
4. Magic Mike XXL — $11.6M
5. Ted 2 — $11M
6. Max — $6.61M
7. Spy — $5.5M
8. San Andreas — $3.03M
9. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl — $1.32M
10. Dope — $1.1M

New to Theatres This Weekend: Terminator Genisys, Magic Mike XXL, Cartel Land


This should be the weekend that Jurassic World finally meets its match, although it’s not entirely clear which movie will do the honours. Terminator Genisys may seem to be poised for an easy win here, but the buzz is not great and some are predicting this will do worse than Terminator Salvation. On the other hand, Magic Mike XXL already supposedly beat Terminator Genisys on opening night and seems to be delivering more of what the ladies want. Also in wide release is the Christian drama Faith of Our Fathers and in select theatres we have the Amy Winehouse doc Amy, the Kathryn Bigelow-produced Cartel Land and Ken Loach’s latest film Jimmy’s Hall. What will you be watching this weekend?

Weekly Poll Results: Best Movie of 2015 So Far


I don’t think anyone will be too surprised to learn that Mad Max: Fury Road topped last week’s poll as the best movie of 2015 so far. Let’s be honest, it wasn’t even close as George Miller’s relentless action flick commanded over 50% of the votes. Second place was a little more unexpected as The Avengers: Age of Ultron also received a pretty significant amount of support, proving that even a lesser Marvel movie can still be a crowdpleaser. Alex Garland’s Ex Machina came in third, which is impressive considering that it was a relatively smaller release. Elsewhere Jurassic World finished in fourth while It Follows and Kingsman: The Secret Service tied for fifth. On the other end of the spectrum, Dope and Spy pulled up the rear. Do you agree with these results?

1. Mad Max: Fury Road — 52%
2. The Avengers: Age of Ultron — 20%
3. Ex Machina — 5%
4. Jurassic World — 4%
5. It Follows — 4%
5. Kingsman: The Secret Service — 4%
7. Inside Out — 3%
8. What We Do in the Shadows — 2%
9. Furious 7 — 1%
9. Kumiko the Treasure Hunter — 1%
11. Chappie — 1%
12. Selma — 1%
13. Spring — 1%
13. White God — 1%
13. Love & Mercy — 1%
16. Maggie — 0%
16. Mommy — 0%
16. Blackhat — 0%
19. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl — 0%
19. ’71 — 0%
19. Predestination — 0%
19. Slow West — 0%
19. While We’re Young — 0%
24. Dope — 0%
24. Spy — 0%

Steve Jobs Trailer #2


Although the initial teaser trailer was composed primarily of sound bites, this week Universal Pictures has released the first full trailer for their upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, entitled simply Steve Jobs. Overall, it’s a pretty solid trailer that clearly showcases Danny Boyle’s usual energy and Aaron Sorkin’s snappy dialogue. However, I am still a little unsure how Michael Fassbender will work in the lead role considering that he looks nothing like the man. When he wears the black turtleneck and glasses he seems to disappear into the role, but in other scenes you could almost forget who he is supposed to be playing. Steve Jobs co-stars Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg and it hits theatres on Oct. 9th. Check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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P.T. Anderson to Write and Possibly Direct Pinocchio Starring Robert Downey Jr.


For many people, P.T. Anderson is one of the few big name American directors who can still be called a true artist as he continues to write and direct all of his own movies with little regard for commercial potential. None of his movies have been particularly huge hits but his last two films definitely lost money, which may or may not explain why he is suddenly turning to a family-friendly adaptation of a popular fairy tale for his next project. Anderson will reportedly be teaming up with Robert Downey Jr. for a new take on Carlo Collodi’s The Adventures of Pinocchio. The project is one of three competing Pinocchio movies currently in development in Hollywood. Hit the jump for more details.

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London Has Fallen Teaser Trailer


Olympus Has Fallen was a minor box office hit back in 2013, stealing the thunder from Roland Emmerich’s own “Die Hard at the White House” movie, White House Down. Now the movie is getting a sequel and we’ve got the first teaser trailer to prove it. As you can probably guess, London Has Fallen moves the setting across the pond where the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his head of Secret Service (Gerard Butler) are attending a funeral for the British Prime Minister. That’s when terrorists attack and London landmarks get blown up real good. Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo are also returning, although director Antoine Fuqua has been replaced by Swedish helmer Babak Najafi (Easy Money II: Hard to Kill). London Has Fallen hits theatres on Jan. 22nd, 2016; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Get Hard, While We’re Young, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter


Well it’s another slow week for DVD and Blu-ray releases in terms of quantity, but there are still a handful of quality titles worth checking out. Noteworthy new arrivals including the Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, Noah Baumbach’s latest film While We’re Young and the indie drama Kumiko the Treasure Hunter (which is loosely based on the true story of a Japanese woman who went in search of the buried suitcase from Fargo). On Blu-ray, we’ve got a couple of Criterion releases (Five Easy Pieces and Valerie and Her Week of Wonders), Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky, Penelope Spheeris’ landmark punk documentary The Decline Of Western Civilization, and a trilogy of post-apocalyptic films from Italian director Enzo G. Castellari. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Creed Trailer Starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone


Here’s the first trailer for the upcoming Rocky spin-off Creed, which focuses on the estranged son of Rocky Balboa’s former nemesis Apollo Creed. Although most people are going to assume that this is just Sylvester Stallone trying to milk more money out of the Rocky franchise, the truth is this project wasn’t even his idea. Director Ryan Coogler pitched it to Warner Brothers as a vehicle for his Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan and Stallone ended up digging the idea. I’m not sure how long-time Rocky fans feel about this film, but it looks like it could be pretty great (and of course, a natural starting point for a whole new series of films). For now, let’s just hope the first one lives up to its potential. Creed hits theatres on Nov. 25th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #521: Burying the Ex


0:00 – Intro
8:51 – Review: Burying the Ex
33:41 – Headlines: R.I.P. James Horner
44:18 – Score Bits
1:10:32 – Other Stuff We Watched: True Detective, Chappie, It Follows, Silicon Valley
1:27:02 – Top 5: Best Movies of 2015 So Far
1:30:47 – Junk Mail: Focus Groups and the Almighty Dollar, A.I. Driven / Computer Generated Movies, Selling DVDs from Combo Packs, Changing Letterboxd Ratings Mid-Film, Degree of Difficulty Scale For Movies, “Tales For All” Series
1:56:25 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray

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