James Wan to Direct The Conjuring 2, Possibly a DC Movie as Well

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Last week we heard a juicy rumour that James Wan might be contemplating a return to the Saw franchise now that a decade has passed since he directed the original film. Of course, last year he also said that he was “finished with the horror genre” because he did not want to be pigeonholed as a director and was more interested in making other kinds of films. Now that he is putting the finishing touches on Fast & Furious 7, however, it seems that he has been “creatively rejuvenated”. Wan has reportedly signed on to direct The Conjuring 2, in addition to inking a first look deal with New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers that could lead to even bigger things. New Line president / COO Toby Emmerich had this to say about the announcement:

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive Gets a New Score

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When Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive hit theatres a few years ago, the film’s retro synth score made a big impression on people, helping to establish the icy cool exterior of its protagonist against a backdrop of crime and violence. It also seems to have influenced the soundtracks to several recent movies like Cold in July and The Guest. Now Refn’s film is about to get a brand new score as part of an intriguing experiment that is sure to pique the interest of fans of electronic music. The project is being put together by BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe, although Nicolas Winding Refn has given it his full support. Hit the jump for more details.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Snowpiercer, Sex Tape, The Purge: Anarchy

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This week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases are chock full of genre-y goodness, starting with Bong Joon-ho’s dystopian sci-fi action flick Snowpiercer, James DeMonaco’s The Purge: Anarchy and the Amblin-esque sci-fi adventure Earth to Echo. Other major titles include the underperforming Sex Tape starring Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz, zombie comedy Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza and, yes, the long-awaited WWE horror sequel, See No Evil 2. Noteworthy TV releases include Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 1 and the newly remastered Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series from Shout Factory. New to Blu, we also have Criterion releases of La Dolce Vita and F for Fake, Gorky Park starring William Hurt and Lee Marvin, and The Girl Hunters starring Mickey Spillane in the lead role of an adaptation of his own novel. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #487: Fury

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0:00 – Intro
8:55 – Review: Fury
40:30 – Headlines: Jena Malone Rumoured for Female Robin, Dying of the Light Trailer
1:07:30 – Prescribing Frank: Black Sunday
1:27:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Patton, Leprechaun, A Decade Under the Influence, Print the Legend, Annabelle, Serial Podcast, The People Under the Stairs, Snake Eyes
1:52:10 – Junk Mail: Movies That Lie to the Audience, Salty Language, Best Way to Watch Star Trek, Creepy Characters in Non-Horror Movies, Movies That Get Funnier with Age, Best Way to Watch Interstellar, Sean’s Zac Efron Boycott
2:16:25 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:17:40 – Outro

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Eli Roth to Produce Cabin Fever Remake

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It was over a decade ago that a first-time filmmaker named Eli Roth brought a little horror movie called Cabin Fever to the Toronto International Film Festival, which sparked a bidding war and kickstarted his career. Although he soon followed it up with Hostel, Cabin Fever eventually went on to spawn a pair of direct-to-video sequels, neither of which he had any involvement in. Now Roth is set to return to the Cabin Fever franchise by overseeing a remake of the original film. He won’t be directing it, but he is officially on board as executive producer, thus giving it his seal of approval. But is Cabin Fever really a movie that is begging to be remade?

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Shawn Levy in Talks to Direct Minecraft Movie

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Just one week after Warner Brothers announced plans to expand The Lego Movie franchise with a Lego Batman spin-off, they are continuing to move forward with another property that revolves around building blocks as well. Back in February, hot on the heels of the success of The Lego Movie, they announced that they had acquired the big screen rights to the popular video game Minecraft. At the time, the most surprising thing was that they were planning a live action adaptation as opposed to an animated one. That still appears to be the case, as the project is now close to nailing down a big name director. Hit the jump for more details.

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The Lookalike Trailer Starring Gillian Jacobs and Justin Long

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Although Gillian Jacobs is mostly known for her comedy work, particularly as Britta Perry on Community, she looks to be branching out a bit with her latest film, The Lookalike. The movie is a thriller of sorts that revolves around a drug lord who has an obsession with a girl named Sadie Hill. But when Sadie is accidentally killed, two of his underlings must try to find a lookalike in order to avoid upsetting him. Australian director Richard Gray (Mine Games) is mostly unknown stateside, but the rest of the cast is pretty eclectic and also includes Justin Long, John Corbett, Jerry O’Connell, Gina Gershon and Luis Guzman. The Lookalike hits select theatres and VOD on Nov. 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Jena Malone Rumoured for Robin in Batman v Superman

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Just when you thought that Warner Brothers had laid all of their cards on the table by announcing the full line-up of upcoming DC Universe movies, we’ve got one more juicy rumour that just broke over the weekend. This one concerns a semi-secret casting addition to Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We already know that Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman will have significant roles in the film, and it seems a safe assumption that Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman may also make appearances. But what about Robin? It has long been speculated that a version of Dick Grayson as Nightwing might appear in the film with Adam Driver previously rumoured for the role. Now it appears that Robin may actually be in the film, but as a female version of the character. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Fury Flanks Gone Girl

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As expected, David Ayer’s Fury rolled over the competition this weekend, opening to a decent $23.5 million. However, that is a bit below projections as many were predicting it would come close to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, which opened to $38 million back in 2009. Perhaps it just looked a little too similar. Elsewhere, David Fincher’s Gone Girl dropped to second place, just barely edging out the animated film The Book of Life, which had a debut on par with what The Boxtrolls made last month. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and The Best of Me rounded out the top 5. Outside of the top 10, Birdman had a very strong per-theatre average while playing on just four screens, which bodes well for Fox Searchlight’s expansion plans in the coming weeks.

1. Fury — $23.5M
2. Gone Girl — $17.8M
3. The Book of Life — $17M
4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day — $12.04M
5. The Best of Me — $10.2M
6. Dracula Untold — $9.89M
7. The Judge — $7.94M
8. Annabelle — $7.93M
9. The Equalizer — $5.45M
10. The Maze Runner — $4.5M

Fury Review

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Written and Directed by: David Ayer
Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jim Parrack, Brad William Henke

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David Ayer (End of Watch) is known for gritty thrillers that depict harsh realities in unflinching ways. While there is often an authenticity and attention to detail in his films, he also has no problem amping up the violence to the point where it can almost feel sadistic and surreal. His latest film, Fury, applies this brutal sensibility to a military battlefield, where it remains unclear if he is condemning the atrocities of war or celebrating them. But for the most part, the movie’s apparent contradictions are kind of the point.

Fury takes place during the tail end of WWII as Allied forces make a final push into the heart of Nazi Germany. Victory is drawing near, but the soldiers are beaten down and exhausted. The story focuses on the five-man crew of a Sherman tank led by Sgt. Don Collier aka Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), an experienced leader who remains calm under fire. But if the thought of Brad Pitt killing Nazis seems similar to Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, there is no humour or alternate history at work here… just human beings in the midst of hell, desperately trying to survive.

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New Saw Movie Being Planned, Could James Wan Return to Direct?

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You may have already heard that the original Saw is returning to theatres for one week only to celebrate its 10th anniversary starting on Oct. 31st. But what you may not know is that this is also the first step in a potential comeback for the once lucrative horror franchise, which has been sidelined for the past 4 years. In a recent interview with producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules, they hinted that they are finally gearing up for a new Saw movie and that the original creative team of James Wan and Leigh Whannell are potentially interested in returning. Here’s what they had to say:

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Men, Women & Children Review

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Directed by: Jason Reitman
Written by: Jason Reitman and Erin Cressida Wilson
Starring: Adam Sandler, Rosemarie Dewitt, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Emma Thompson (narrator), Jennifer Garner, Olivia Crocicchia, Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever and Elena Kampouris

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Curiously, Men, Women & Children is categorized as being a comedy/drama. Truth is, there’s nothing funny about it. Children takes a bleak look at where our technology is taking us. Director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno) delivers a heavy-handed cautionary tale about our obsession for all things electronic, and our increasing inability to connect to one another at a rudimentary level.

Children interweaves the stories of a handful of parents and their children in Austin. The circumstances vary, but each family struggles in one way or another with the encroachment of the digital age.

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