True Story Trailer Starring James Franco and Jonah Hill

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Within their circle of comedian friends, James Franco and Jonah Hill are the two actors that have been the most successful launching serious acting careers, both earning critical acclaim for several of their non-comedic performances. However, up until now, we haven’t seen the two of them do any dramatic work on screen together. That all changes early next year when Rupert Goold’s True Story premieres at Sundance.

The movie stars Hill as Michael Finkel, a former New York Times journalist who is drawn to the case of alleged murderer Christian Longo (Franco), who for some reason uses Finkel’s name as an alias. The scenario (which is indeed based on a true story) certainly sounds intriguing, but will the pairing of these two actors make for a compelling thriller? True Story hits theatres on April 10th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Pyongyang Graphic Novel Adaptation Starring Steve Carell Cancelled Due to Sony Hack

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With the FBI now saying with some amount of certainty that the Sony hackers were acting under orders from the North Korean government, the fallout from the threats continues to send shockwaves through Hollywood. Before Sony even officially announced that they were cancelling the Dec. 25th release of The Interview, New Regency had already decided to scrap a project that they had in development that would take place in North Korea as well. The movie was to be based on Guy Delisle’s graphic novel Pyongyang, about his experiences working as a liaison between a French animation studio and a North Korean one. This was set to be Gore Verbinski’s follow-up to The Lone Ranger with Steve Carell attached to star. Sadly, it looks like it will no longer be happening.

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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter Trailer

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If you’re a fan of The Coen Brothers’ Fargo (or, perhaps, the FX mini-series) you might be interested in this little indie flick, which is based on a strange real-life story loosely connected to it. Back in 2001, a young Japanese woman was found frozen to death in the woods of North Dakota. Somehow a story began circulating that she had seen the movie Fargo and, believing the opening disclaimer that it was based on a true story, she travelled from Japan to try to find the money that had been buried by Steve Buscemi’s character.

That part of the story turned out to be false, but director David Zellner and his brother Nathan decided to make a movie based on the urban legend with the help of Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi (Pacific Rim). The result looks like an interesting examination of obsession, loneliness and a desire for adventure in the modern world. The film has been generating positive word of mouth at festivals and Zellner also recently picked up an Independent Spirit Award nomination as well. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter hits theatres on Feb. 27th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Major U.S. Theatre Chains Bow to Hackers and Drop The Interview (UPDATED)

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Update: Sony has now completely cancelled the film’s theatrical release. Read the full statement below.

Well that didn’t take long. Following the domino effect that started yesterday, four of the five major U.S. theatre chains have also officially announced that they will not be showing The Interview on its originally scheduled Dec. 25th release date. Vague and unsubstantiated threats of a physical attack on movie theatres have forced Regal Cinemas, Cinemark and AMC Entertainment to join Carmike Cinemas, Bow Tie Cinemas, Arclight Cinemas and Canada’s Cineplex in dropping the film from their release schedule. As a result, Sony has also decided to scrap TV advertising for the film.

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White God Trailer: Planet of the Dogs

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After winning the Un Certain Regard Award at this year’s Cannes Festival, Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó’s latest film White God will get a U.S. theatrical release next year courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. While it may appear on the surface to be a generic tearjerker about a thirteen year old girl who is separated from her dog, the trailer reveals that there is a little more to it than that: her beloved pet goes on to lead an army of stray dogs who rise up against their former masters. How can you not get behind that premise? The fact that it appears to have been shot entirely using real animals makes it all the more impressive. White God hits select theatres on March 27th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Interview NYC Premiere Cancelled, Cineplex Pulls All Canadian Screenings

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I hate to say it, but it looks as though the terrorists are winning. Just one day after hackers threatened to attack movie theatres showing the upcoming Seth Rogen / James Franco comedy The Interview, the repercussions are starting to pile up. First Seth Rogen and James Franco cancelled all of their upcoming media appearances and then plans for the film’s NYC premiere at the Sunshine Cinema on the Lower East Side were also axed. Next up several smaller theatre chains in the U.S. announced that they would not be carrying the movie. Now it looks as though Canada’s biggest chain Cineplex has caved to the threat as well. Will Sony be forced to pull the release completely?

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Pirates of the Caribbean 5 Might Be a Reboot

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What’s going on with the next installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise? The movie was originally scheduled for a 2015 release but Disney pushed it back two years, reportedly because they needed to rethink the story. Earlier this week Variety reported that they were starting to look at a few actresses for the female lead, a love interest to another franchise newcomer, Brenton Thwaites (The Giver). He was recently cast to play a British soldier who teams up with Jack Sparrow in some capacity. The only other thing we knew is that Javier Bardem was on board to play the film’s villain, Captain Brand, a ghost seeking revenge on Sparrow for the death of his brother. But are any other familiar faces going to return? According to Orlando Bloom, they are looking at this next installment as a reboot of sorts. Here’s what he had to say:

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Film Junk Poll: What is the Best Peter Jackson Movie?

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Lately it seems that these Film Junk polls aren’t happening weekly anymore since we’re running out of obvious topics, but the arrival of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is a good excuse to bring them back to examine the filmography of Mr. Peter Jackson. When I first started thinking about this poll, it didn’t seem like it would be all that interesting, especially since a big chunk of his filmography is composed of two related trilogies. However, there are still a lot of genre fans who love his earlier films and even within the Tolkien adaptations there is plenty of debate over which is his best work. I’m sure some would argue he is still pushing boundaries and growing as a filmmaker, while others will be quick to insist he has already peaked. So what do you think is Peter Jackson’s finest work to date? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Maze Runner, Magic in the Moonlight

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Just one more week till Christmas, but if you’re doing some last minute shopping, there are a handful of DVD and Blu-ray releases this week that might be worth picking up for the movie or TV fan in your life. The biggest titles hitting stores are the newly rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the YA adaptation The Maze Runner, but looking beyond that we also have Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight, The Skeleton Twins starring Amy Poehler and Bill Hader, and This is Where I Leave You starring Jason Bateman and Tina Fey. In terms of TV releases, Arrested Development: Season 4 is finally arriving on DVD for non-Netflix subscribers and/or completists along with FX’s ’80s-set spy drama The Americans: Season 2 (neither are on Blu-ray though… what gives?). If that’s not enough, we’ve also got the Criterion Blu-ray release of Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman and the Scream Factory special edition of Clive Barker’s Lord of Illusions. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Sony Hackers Threaten to Attack Movie Theatres Screening The Interview

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Update: Variety is reporting that Seth Rogen and James Franco have also cancelled all of their upcoming media appearances for the film as well. Yikes.

Whoa… shit just got real. After enduring a couple of weeks’ worth of leaked internal documents and embarrassing e-mails at the hands of anonymous hackers, I think it’s safe to say that the worst is yet to come for Sony Pictures. Over the weekend, the hackers posted a message to the internet promising a Christmas gift to the world that would release even more stolen data. They also invited Sony employees to contact them directly in order to have their information protected, although it seems hard to believe that they would show mercy at this point. Either way, they have followed it up with a new message today that could put even people outside of Sony at risk. They have issued a vague threat implying that any theatres screening the upcoming Sony comedy The Interview could come under attack. Here’s what message says:

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #495: Exodus: Gods and Kings

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0:00 – Intro
6:30 – Review: Exodus: Gods and Kings
42:15 – Headlines: Sony Gets Hacked, The Walk Trailer
1:01:50 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Addams Family, Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger, Whiplash, Life Itself, Korengal, Hickey & Boggs, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Mirror, All That Jazz, The Overnighters
1:29:25 – Junk Mail: Best and Worst Movies of the First Half of the Decade, Directors That You Only Sort Of Like, Best Boutique Blu-ray Distributors, The Process of Determining Star Ratings, Vote Down App for Moviegoers, Favourite Albums of 2014
1:53:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:57:30 – Outro

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Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups Trailer Starring Christian Bale

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Following up on the news that Terrence Malick’s next film Knight of Cups will be premiering at the Berlin International Film Festival in February, the first trailer for the film has also arrived online. Up until now, we knew very little about this project aside from the fact that it was one of a handful of projects that Malick was working on simultaneously. While there still is no real plot synopsis to speak of, the story clearly finds Christian Bale playing a celebrity of some sort who struggles with a life of excess. Much like To the Wonder, there are plenty of breathy voiceovers here, but also some pretty flashy and bombastic visuals to go with it. Knight of Cups also stars Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Brian Dennehy, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto, Wes Bentley, Isabel Lucas, Teresa Palmer, Imogen Poots Armin Mueller-Stahl and Ben Kingsley, and it is expected to hit theatres sometime in 2015. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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