Joe Carnahan’s Stretch Trailer Starring Patrick Wilson


Joe Carnahan has proven himself to be a pretty capable action director over the past decade, summoning forth a handful of relatively badass films including Narc, Smokin’ Aces, The A-Team and The Grey. Unfortunately, none of those movies were particularly big hits, and now that mid-range movies are slowly dying out in Hollywood, Carnahan has been finding it increasingly hard to get new projects off the ground. His latest film, Stretch, was originally supposed to get a theatrical release courtesy of Universal, but was unceremoniously dumped just two months before it was due to hit theatres.

Now Blumhouse Pictures will be going the VOD route instead, which seems like a better option anyway. The movie stars Patrick Wilson as a Hollywood limo driver who takes a dangerous job with an eccentric billionaire (Chris Pine) in order to pay off his gambling debts. Things get progressively crazier throughout the night as the movie looks to have the same sense of surreal humour and wild energy as the Crank films. Stretch hits Digital HD on Oct. 7th and DVD/Blu-ray exclusively at Wal-mart on Oct. 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Transformers: Age of Extinction, Chef, Cold in July


The biggest movie of the year (internationally speaking) hits DVD and Blu-ray this week, although whether or not that is an exciting proposition will depend on if you are a Michael Bay fan (or just looking for a new demo disc). Transformers: Age of Extinction is the biggest title hitting stores, but some other new titles worth checking out include Jon Favreau’s indie comedy Chef, Jim Mickle’s revenge thriller Cold in July and Matthew Weiner’s directorial debut Are You Here, not to mention the WWE horror reboot Leprechaun: Origins. We’ve also got a pretty big TV release with 24: Live Another Day, not to mention tons of catalogue Blu-ray releases like Krull, Blue Thunder and I Know What You Did Last Summer, plus the extended edition of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America and the complete Sherlock Holmes Granada TV series starring Jeremy Brett. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Taken 3 Trailer Starring Liam Neeson


Yes, it’s true… the third installment in the unlikely Taken trilogy is almost upon us and it will indeed be called Tak3n (in the marketing materials, at least). As previously hinted, the story does not involve a kidnapping this time around, instead Liam Neeson is on the run in a scenario somewhat similar to Tell No One (at this point, the rumoured remake seems redundant). Taken 2 made a lot of money despite the fact that the reviews were terrible across the board, but will audiences return to see Bryan Mills defend his family one last time? Taken 3 hits theatres on Jan. 9th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Netflix Acquires Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Sequel


Netflix continues to reshape the landscape of film and TV distribution this week as they have taken another major step forward by announcing their very first original movie. They’ve already been shaking things up in Hollywood by producing a handful of original TV series like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black and also providing an exclusive release platform for several feature-length documentaries including The Short Game, The Square and The Battered Bastards of Baseball. Now they are taking on the big boys with a major film release that will be available to Netflix subscribers for no additional charge on the same day that it arrives in select IMAX theatres worldwide. That release will be Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, the follow-up to Ang Lee’s martial arts masterpiece, produced by The Weinstein Company.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #484: The Equalizer


0:00 – Intro
11:58 – Review: The Equalizer
35:38 – Headlines: Star Wars VII Chrome Stormtrooper Helmet, Blackhat Trailer
48:38 – Prescribing Frank: The Night of the Hunter, Playtime
1:23:13 – Other Stuff We Watched: Revenge of the Nerds, Noah, Macbeth, Looking For Richard, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Death Spa
1:47:39 – Junk Mail: Shedding Light on Frank’s “Questionable” Rewatches, Frank’s Mom Comes To His Defense, Does a Rating Last Forever?, Moments of Pure Cinematic Bliss
2:14:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray

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P.T. Anderson’s Inherent Vice Trailer


Well it’s about damn time! The first trailer for one of the most anticipated movies of the year has finally arrived and it looks like it’s going to be one hell of a good time. P.T. Anderson’s Inherent Vice, based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, has been described as a psychedelic detective story set in 1970s Los Angeles with plenty of broad comedy thrown in for good measure, and by all accounts it looks pretty weird. It may not be Oscar material, but who cares? With a cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, Maya Rudolph, Michael K. Williams and Martin Short, you simply can’t go wrong. Inherent Vice hits select theatres on Dec. 12th before expanding further in January; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Tuesday Morning Box Office Report: The Equalizer Levels the Field


Last week The Maze Runner earned one of the biggest September openings ever, and now this week The Equalizer has done the same. The Denzel Washington flick took in $34 million in its first weekend, proving that Denzel still has widespread appeal as one of the most consistent A-list actors working today. It was also the third highest debut of Denzel’s career behind American Gangster and Safe House. Impressive. The Maze Runner fell to #2 while The Boxtrolls opened in third with a decent $17 million — more than both Coraline and ParaNorman made in their opening weekends. This Is Where I Leave You and Dolphin Tale 2 rounded out the top 5. Meanwhile, the movie that was hurt the most by the success of The Equalizer was Liam Neeson’s A Walk Among the Tombstones, which fell from second all the way to seventh.

1. The Equalizer — $34.14M
2. The Maze Runner — $17.44M
3. The Boxtrolls — $17.28M
4. This Is Where I Leave You — $6.89M
5. Dolphin Tale 2 — $4.79M
6. No Good Deed — $4.51M
7. A Walk Among the Tombstones — $4.19M
8. Guardians of the Galaxy — $3.77M
9. Let’s Be Cops — $1.52M
10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — $1.45M

Macbeth Blu Ray Review

Directed by: Roman Polanski
Written by: Roman Polanski, Kenneth Tynan (Adapted from the play by William Shakespeare)
Starring Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler


As a film, Polanski’s Macbeth is an accomplished adaptation; remaining true to the source material while still retaining the authorial stamp of its director. The story behind the production reveals Macbeth to be filmmaking as therapy. A coping mechanism for a real life tragedy.

Without Charles Manson, Roman Polanski’s Macbeth does not exist. It’s a tragic case of cause and effect, in which the grizzly murder of actress Sharon Tate — Polanski’s pregnant wife — by members of the Manson family resulted in a period of turmoil and depression for Polanski, forcing his career onto an alternate path. Previously he’d been attached to write and direct Day of the Dolphin, which he quickly abandoned. Understandably, Polanski’s head space simply didn’t gel with the sort of creative energy required to bring the tale of a pair of talking dolphins to the big screen. Instead, that film was handed off to Mike Nichols, resulting in some inspired dialogue scenes between George C. Scott and his talking dolphin “Fa”. It’s interesting to think that in some alternate timeline in which Charles Manson was never born, Roman Polanski might have directed Day of the Dolphin.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Boxtrolls, The Equalizer, The Two Faces of January


Denzel Washington kickstarts a brand new movie franchise this weekend as he stars in the loose remake of the ’80s TV series The Equalizer, which is obviously being geared more to fans of Denzel than fans of the TV show. His only major competition is the animated film The Boxtrolls from the same studio that did Coraline and ParaNorman, but lately it seems that family audiences tend to shy away from stop-motion movies. In limited release, we also have the Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, the crime thriller The Two Faces of January starring Viggo Mortensen, and a remake of the 1975 Mexican horror film Más negro que la noche. What will you be watching this weekend?

New on Netflix: The Double, Hoop Dreams, Print the Legend


Not a particularly exciting week for new additions on Netflix Instant, but it’s usually a little dead right before the end of the month. The biggest new title in the U.S. this week is Richard Ayoade’s The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. Some worthwhile older films that have also been added include The Firm starring Tom Cruise, Steve James’ classic documentary Hoop Dreams, and Suddenly, a 1954 film noir starring Frank Sinatra as a man plotting to kill the president. In Canada, there isn’t a whole lot to talk about aside from a handful of animated flicks: Kung Fu Panda 2, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Ernest & Celestine. Fortunately, both regions will also be getting the 3D printing documentary Print the Legend as of tomorrow. See anything worth checking out? Scope out the full list of new additions after the jump.

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Rachel McAdams Takes Female Lead in True Detective: Season 2


Earlier this week we received confirmation that two of the lead roles in the upcoming second season of HBO’s True Detective had been cast. Colin Farrell will play Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective who is caught between the whims of a corrupt police force and a brutal mobster, while Vince Vaughn has signed on to play Frank Semyon, a long-time criminal attempting to go legit when his business partner is murdered. A couple of other prominent roles in the new season still had yet to be cast, including the female lead. The shortlist of names under consideration had been growing by the day with Elisabeth Moss, Malin Akerman, Jamie Alexander, Oona Chaplin, Rosario Dawson, Kelly Reilly, Jessica Biel and Brit Marling all supposedly up for the part. Now it appears that they have instead settled on one of the very first actresses first mentioned as a possibility: Rachel McAdams.

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Prometheus 2 Won’t Have Any Xenomorphs In It


With Ridley Scott starting to do press for his upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings, it’s pretty clear that he’s going to be faced with plenty of questions about the many other projects he has in development as well. In particular, fans are desperate for more details on the proposed Blade Runner and Prometheus sequels, even though it looks like his next movie will actually be The Martian. Recently, Scott revealed that he had met with Harrison Ford about Blade Runner 2 the night before his accident on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He also let slip some even more juicy info about Prometheus 2, although it’s unclear what exactly it might mean for the film. Apparently the sequel is going to distance itself further from the Alien series in a very literal way, because there won’t actually be any aliens in it. Here’s what he had to say:

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