If you listened to our Hot Docs podcast last week, then you’ll know that Jay, Frank and I were all pretty freaked out by a documentary called The Nightmare. Directed by Rodney Ascher (Room 237), the movie investigates the phenomenon of sleep paralysis where people can regain consciousness after sleeping but be unable to move, often while experiencing vivid hallucinations. The movie interviews several people who have struggled with this throughout their lives and attempts to recreate their horrific visions on screen. The result is extremely effective and seriously disturbing. The Nightmare hits select theaters and VOD on June 5th. Check out the trailer after the jump… just don’t expect to be able to sleep tonight.
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It’s May the 4th today, which means that there are plenty of Star Wars-related festivities taking place around the world, but there was one decidedly non-celebratory announcement quietly made by Lucasfilm over the weekend in the hopes of having it go unnoticed. Josh Trank, director of Chronicle and the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, was attached to direct one of the standalone Star Wars spin-offs, but fans were disappointed after he failed to show up for one of the panels at Star Wars Celebration last month. At the time, it was being blamed on illness, but now we know the truth: he is no longer directing the film. The question is, why did he leave and was it by choice? Here’s the official statement from Josh Trank himself:
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Following up on last week’s polarizing image of Jared Leto as The Joker, David Ayer released another new photo from his upcoming Suicide Squad movie over the weekend to try and steer the conversation elsewhere. The entire line-up of Task Force X has been revealed, which includes the following characters: Slipknot (played by Adam Beach), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez). The Joker is not included, leaving it unclear as to whether or not he will actually look like the previous released image in the film. Check out a bigger version of the cast photo plus another image of Deadshot after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron started the summer off with a bang as the movie earned an astounding $187 million in its first weekend. That is the second highest debut ever but it falls a bit short of the original, which brought in $207 million three years ago. Although some had expected it to surpass the original, the word of mouth wasn’t as strong and there was some serious competition from the so-called “fight of the century” among other things. Either way, it will be interesting to see if Age of Ultron can eventually overtake the original for total worldwide gross. In second place, The Age of Adaline managed to slip past Furious 7, which dropped 66% and was hit hard by the arrival of The Avengers. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 and Home rounded out the top 5.
1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron — $187.66M
2. The Age of Adaline — $6.25M
3. Furious 7 — $6.11M
4. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 — $5.55M
5. Home — $3.3M
6. Cinderella — $2.36M
7. Ex Machina — $2.23M
8. Unfriended — $1.99M
9. The Longest Ride — $1.7M
10. Woman in Gold — $1.68M
With the continued explosion of comic book movies over the past decade or so, every major release seems to invite a direct comparison to what has come before. Each year fans are all too eager to crown a new king, so I thought it might be a good time to revisit the subject and see where the current consensus is at. I found it surprisingly hard to come up with a reasonably sized list of potential favourites thanks to all the endless sequels, but hopefully we have most of the important ones on here. I have also included some movies from outside of the superhero genre as well just to give some variety. So what do you think is the best comic book movie ever made? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.
Sean Baker may not be the first director to shoot an entire feature film using an iPhone, but he’s certainly one of the first to attract this level of praise and attention for the final product. Tangerine is a movie about two transgender prostitutes in Hollywood looking for their pimp on Christmas Eve, and the visual aesthetic seems to work well for the subject matter. The movie premiered at Sundance earlier this year where Magnolia picked up the worldwide distribution rights. Jay and Mark Duplass also executive produced the film. Tangerine will hit select theatres on July 10th; check out the red band trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Back in 1997, Canadian filmmaker Vincenzo Natali kickstarted his career with a low budget sci-fi thriller called Cube. The series soon continued on without him, spawning a sequel and a prequel while he went off and did his own thing including movies like Cypher, Splice, Haunter and the still-in-development adaptation of William Gibson’s cyberpunk classic Neuromancer. Now almost 20 years later, Cube is coming back around again. Lionsgate is about to remake the film with the help of screenwriter Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), but it appears that Natali will not be involved.
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Production on the next X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse, is now officially underway in Montreal and over the past week Bryan Singer has been slowly starting to give us our first look at the newest additions to the young cast. There had been a few last minute additions recently announced including Olivia Munn (The Newsroom) as Psylocke, Ben Hardy (EastEnders) as Angel and newcomer Lana Condor as Jubilee. Now we have our first look at the latter along with Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, both decked out in some hot ’80s fashions. This comes after getting our first official look at Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler earlier this week as well. X-Men: Apocalypse hits theatres on May 27th, 2016; check out the photos after the jump and see what you think.
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Although we’ll have to wait a couple more years to see any of the sequels or spin-offs from The Lego Movie, there is at least one Lego-related movie hitting theatres later this year. A Lego Brickumentary (formerly titled Beyond the Brick) is a documentary that explores the history of the Danish toy and the pop culture phenomenon it has created. Directed by Kief Davidson and Daniel Junge (who both received Oscar nominations for their previous documentary shorts) and narrated by Jason Bateman, it looks appropriately colourful and uses some animated segments to help tell the story. Radius-TWC acquired the film after it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year and will bring it to select theatres and VOD on July 31st. Check out the first official trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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After Furious 7 got the jump on summer movie season last month, the blockbuster floodgates officially open this weekend with the North American release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. There’s a pretty good chance that this will surpass the previous Avengers movie and join Furious 7 as one of the biggest movies of all time. There are no other movies in wide release to compete with Marvel, but there are a few alternatives in limited release including Thomas Vinterberg’s Far from the Madding Crowd starring Carey Mulligan, the Oscar-nominated Estonian film Tangerines and the late Albert Maysles second last documentary Iris. Also in select theatres, we have the British crime drama Hyena and Welcome to Me starring Kristen Wiig. What will you be watching this weekend?
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Written and Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Don Cheadle, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, James Spader
For many people, Marvel’s The Avengers was (and still is) the pinnacle of comic book adaptations on the big screen, a culmination of several years of interconnected superhero stories brought together in one gigantic all-star team-up. Although many of the characters were once considered to be too goofy or obscure to appeal to mainstream audiences, we now know that nothing could be further from the truth. Moviegoers everywhere flocked to theatres making it one of the most successful movies of all time and triggering a seismic shift in Hollywood thinking.
Now three years later, the inevitable sequel has arrived, bringing with it a brand new set of problems to be overcome. This time we know the audience is there, frothing at the mouth for the next massive blowout, but how do you follow up a movie like The Avengers? You can add more characters and even bigger battles, but at the end of the day, there eventually comes a point where bigger is no longer better. The Avengers: Age of Ultron still manages to entertain, but you can feel it creaking and shuddering under its own weight every step of the way.
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When Sony got hacked late last year and their internal e-mail leaked online, there was all kinds of dubious information floating around about weird and unexpected movie projects that the studio may or may not have had in early stages of development. One of those projects was an animated Spider-Man movie to be produced by The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Although it seemed odd at the time, last week that project was officially announced at CinemaCon. Another movie that was said to be under consideration was a 21 Jump Street / Men in Black crossover, which both Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill expressed interest in. Now this week… guess what? It looks like it’s actually happening along with another 21 Jump Street spin-off featuring an all-female cast. Hit the jump for more details.
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