Deus Ex Movie Gets a New Writer, Loses Scott Derrickson as Director

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It’s no secret that Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil) is in high demand these days, having recently signed on to direct Doctor Strange for Marvel while also developing an Outer Limits movie, a sequel to Sinister, a Deus Ex movie and a remake of a Dutch thriller called Two Eyes Staring. Clearly something had to give and it looks like the video game adaptation Deus Ex will ultimately end up getting handed off to someone else. Derrickson already worked on the script for the cyberpunk flick with Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill, but now this week CBS Films have hired a new writer as they also prepare to start the search for a new director. Hit the jump for more details.

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Take on Manimal Movie

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A couple of years ago, Sony picked up the movie rights to a short-lived ’80s TV show that had been all but forgotten. The brilliantly named Manimal starred Simon MacCorkindale as Dr. Jonathan Chase, a man trained in ancient African techniques that allowed him to take the form of various animals in order to help solve crimes. Unfortunately, even the impressive transformation sequences by Academy Award-winning SFX artist Stan Winston couldn’t save the show… it was cancelled after just eight episodes. Thirty years later, it looks like Manimal is finally ready for a comeback as Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have just signed on to produce a live-action / CG hybrid film. Here’s what McKay had to say about it:

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TIFF Announces First Wave of 2014 Films

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Following up on the announcement of some high-profile premieres for the New York Film Festival last week (such as Gone Girl, Inherent Vice and Birdman), the Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled their own first batch of 2014 films this week. The list includes 59 of the 300 titles that will be playing at this year’s festival, and while I don’t think they have anything quite as huge as a new David Fincher or P.T. Anderson movie, there is still a lot of great stuff here. Clearly the competition between film festivals is heating up and time will tell if this ends up hurting TIFF in the long run.

Some of the highlights so far include Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher (which, admittedly, already debuted at Cannes), David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars (same deal) and Michael Roskam’s The Drop starring Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini plus Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, and Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children. Another big (but slightly out of place) world premiere is Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington and then there is Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater. What are you looking forward to at TIFF this year? Check out the list of announced films after the jump.

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Idris Elba in Talks for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur

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While Guy Ritchie is busy putting the finishing touches on The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which is due to hit theatres this January, his next project is also slowly starting to take shape. Surprisingly, it will not be Sherlock Holmes 3, but rather another new take on an old story: Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur. We first heard rumours about this back in 2010 when it was revealed that Ritchie might direct a King Arthur movie based on a treatment by comic book writer Warren Ellis. Since then, however, Ellis’ name has not been mentioned and instead it is Joby Harold (Awake) who appears to have written the script. Warner Brothers is said to be envisioning this as the first in a 6-film franchise (because, of course they are) and now the movie has reportedly landed its first star. Hit the jump to get the lowdown.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Transcendence, Sabotage, Blue Ruin

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A couple of disappointing flops head up this week’s list of DVD and Blu-ray releases as Johnny Depp and Arnold Schwarzenegger both wonder what went wrong with Transcendence and Sabotage respectively. Other major releases include the acclaimed revenge thriller Blue Ruin plus Cesar Chavez starring Michael Pena, Dom Hemingway starring Jude Law, and Ron Howard’s Jay Z concert doc Made in America. On the small screen we have the first season of the A&E reality show The Wahlburgers and on Blu-ray we’ve got plenty of catalogue releases including Witness for the Prosecution, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, The Legend of Billie Jean and the cult classic Canadian werewolf flick Ginger Snaps. Will you be picking up anything this week? Check out the list of new releases after the jump.

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The Spierig Brothers’ Predestination Trailer Starring Ethan Hawke

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After impressing genre fans with their previous films, Undead and Daybreakers, Australian filmmakers Peter and Michael Spierig are reteaming with Ethan Hawke for their latest project, Predestination. The movie is based on a Robert A. Heinlein short story called “—All You Zombies—”, but it actually has nothing to do with zombies; instead, it is a time travel flick in the vein of Looper and Timecop. Hawke plays a Temporal Agent who recruits a newcomer to help prevent an attack by a terrorist known as The Fizzle Bomber. Predestination premiered to mostly positive reviews at SXSW earlier this year but a U.S. release date is still TBA. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #474: The Raid 2

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0:00 – Intro / Jay’s Border Crossing Story / Werner Herzog Lottery
27:40 – Review: The Raid 2
51:55 – Headlines: Marvel Announces a Female Thor, Mark Romanek to Direct The Shining Prequel, Bond 24 Gets a Rewrite to Make it Funnier
1:11:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: Sex Tape, Romancing the Stone, Krull, Dr. No in 4K, Turtle Power, Joe Dirt, Used Cars, The Karate Kid, The Farting Preacher, Highway to Heaven, Starcrash, Snowpiercer, Hearts of Darkness, Apocalypse Now, Chinatown, The Two Jakes, The Leftovers, The Strain
2:21:50 – Junk Mail: Frank’s Blind Love for Tim Burton, Horses in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, Directors Not Directing the Third Movie in a Trilogy, Interesting Uses of Time in Movies, Movie and Food Pairings
2:41:35 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:42:50 – Outro

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Mondo Announces Plans for Toys and Other Pop Culture Collectibles

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After spending the last few years transitioning from pop culture t-shirts to limited edition movie posters and art prints, Mondo is now branching out again. Based in Austin, Texas, the company is an arm of the Alamo Drafthouse and has quickly established themselves as the premium source for top of the line pop culture collectibles. So at this point it seems only fitting that they should start producing action figures, statues and toys as well.

This week they have announced that their first wave of toys will be coming later this year and they will include a 16-inch figure of The Iron Giant, a couple of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles vinyl figures, and a sixth-scale action figure of The Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock. The toys will be on display at their Comic-Con booth this week and will be available to order by August or September. Are you psyched to see Mondo getting into the toy market? Check out a couple of larger images after the jump.

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The Imitation Game Trailer: Benedict Cumberbatch is Alan Turing

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Last year Benedict Cumberbatch starred in the Oscar bait-y Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate and it essentially fell flat, shot down by critics and audiences alike. This year he is back taking another stab at an awards season biopic with The Imitation Game where he plays legendary British mathematician Alan Turing. The movie focuses on Turing’s exploits during WWII as a codebreaker determined to crack the unbreakable German Enigma cipher. Directed by Morten Tyldum (Headhunters), it looks a little melodramatic but hey, it’s not easy making math exciting for the average moviegoer. The Imitation Game hits theatres on Nov. 21st; check out the U.S. and U.K. trailers after the jump and see what you think.

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Marvel Announces Release Dates for Five New Movies

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With Comic-Con set to kick off in San Diego later this week, Marvel is continuing to provide a steady stream of smaller announcements leading up to the big event. They already unveiled a new Thor and new Captain America (in the comics, that is), and now they are starting to tease some announcements for the big screen as well. Up until now, Marvel Studios had officially set release dates for their movies up to 2017 (at least two of which still have yet to be revealed). Now they have added five more movies to their line-up, expanding the schedule all the way out to 2019. Here are all of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe release dates as they stand right now:

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Homeland Season 4 Trailer

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The last season of Homeland ended with some pretty major changes being laid out, and while I think most of them can only improve the show, it will be interesting to see how many viewers stay on board for the next chapter of the story. Showtime has released the first trailer for the new season this week and it reveals that the primary location will shift to Pakistan where Carrie is still looking pretty unstable and Quinn continues to be intense and brooding. Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Corey Stoll (House of Cards, The Strain) are also joining the cast this time around. The fourth season of Homeland premieres on Sun. Oct. 5th at 9 pm; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Apes Stay Strong, Sex Tape Goes Limp

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Apes stayed in control of the box office this past weekend as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes added another $36 million to its total. That is a significantly smaller drop in its second week than most of the other major blockbusters have experienced this summer. The Purge: Anarchy put in a decent effort in second place with $28.4 million, although it couldn’t beat the original film’s $34 million debut, probably due to steeper competition. In third place, Planes: Fire & Rescue also trailed its predecessor with $18 million, while Sex Tape starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz was a huge disappointment, earning just $15 million. That’s less than half of what Bad Teacher made back in 2011, and it seems likely that despite the R-rating, the trailers just weren’t funny enough. Transformers: Age of Extinction rounded out the top 5 and is now about to become the highest grossing movie of the summer in the U.S. (It’s already the biggest movie of the year worldwide.)

1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — $36M
2. The Purge: Anarchy — $28.4M
3. Planes: Fire & Rescue — $18M
4. Sex Tape — $15M
5. Transformers: Age of Extinction — $10M
6. Tammy — $7.6M
7. 22 Jump Street — $4.7M
8. How to Train Your Dragon 2 — $3.8M
9. Maleficent — $3.3M
10. Earth to Echo — $3.3M

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