Tarsem’s Self/less Trailer Starring Ryan Reynolds

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After becoming known for crafting visually rich fantasy films like The Cell, The Fall and Immortals, for the first time Tarsem Singh is switching genres to try his hand at science-fiction. Written by David and Alex Pastor (Carriers), Self/less takes place in the near future where science can transfer the consciousness of someone with health issues into a brand new body. Ben Kingsley plays a wealthy man dying of cancer, who takes over the body of Ryan Reynolds… not too shabby. Everything seems amazing for a while, but then some unforeseen side effects bubble to the surface. Self/less hits theatres on July 31st; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Foxcatcher, The Better Angels, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

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There really isn’t a whole lot arriving on DVD and Blu-ray this week, but that’s mostly because The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hits stores on Friday and will probably soak up most of the marketing and shelf space. The other big release of the week is Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum. Some smaller titles that might be worth checking out include the Atom Egoyan thriller The Captive starring Ryan Reynolds, the Errol Flynn biopic The Last Days of Robin Hood starring Kevin Kline, and the Terrence Malick-produced Abraham Lincoln film The Better Angels (which, sadly, does not appear to be getting a Blu-ray release). On the small screen, we have the first season of Transporter: The Series, and on Blu-ray we have a Blacula / Scream Blacula Scream two-pack along with a Musicals 4-movie collection from Warner Brothers. Will you be picking up anything this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Community Season 6 Trailer

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By all accounts, it should never have survived this long, but somehow Community just refuses to die. After enduring years of low ratings, NBC finally decided to cancel the show after its fifth season, only to have it picked up by Yahoo! Screen to live on via online streaming. Now we have our first trailer for the new season and it looks as funny and self-aware as ever, albeit with some major casting changes. Donald Glover and Chevy Chase had already left the show, but now Yvette Nicole Brown has also departed, paving the way for the arrival of a brand new (white) Shirley. Paget Brewster and Keith David are among the new recurring cast members while Steve Guttenberg and Billy Zane will also make guest appearances. Community: Season 6 (sorry, Community: Age of Yahoo) premieres on March 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Tron: Legacy Director in Talks for Gran Turismo Movie

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Need for Speed proved to be a bit of a lemon for DreamWorks last year, pulling in just $43 million domestically on a $66 million budget. Still, that hasn’t stopped Sony from moving forward with their own video game-based Fast & Furious rip-off. A couple of years ago, they announced that they were developing a live action movie based on Gran Turismo, the popular series of ultra-realistic racing games. Now it looks like they might actually have a pretty interesting director on the hook to see it through. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #505: The Voices

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0:00 – Intro
5:13 – Review: The Voices
27:17 – Headlines: R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy, Denis Villeneuve To Direct Blade Runner Sequel, Pee Wee’s Big Holiday Coming To Netflix, Power/Rangers Short Film
48:52 – Other Stuff We Watched: My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, Togetherness
1:04:21 – Junk Mail: iTunes Match, Media Servers For Digital Collections, Imported Films With Non-English Titles on the Spine, The Ultimate Fan-Made Film Junk Reference Guide
1:27:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray

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Jack Huston in Talks for The Crow Reboot

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Out of all the reboots currently in development around Hollywood right now, I’m not sure there is one that has encountered as many setbacks and invited as much apathy as Relativity’s upcoming reboot of The Crow. The project was first announced back in 2008 and since then has been through four different directors and at least as many potential stars and yet they are still pushing forward with it despite the fact that no one is really asking for it. Late last year, it was announced that Corin Hardy (The Hallow) had signed on to take over the director’s chair from F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall). However, it also appeared that Luke Evans would be dropping out as the star. Now this week they are closing in on a new lead actor. Hit the jump for more details.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Focus Foils Fifty Shades of Grey

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Fifty Shades of Grey fell from the top of the box office this past weekend as Focus starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie took first with an estimated $19.1 million. That’s a little less than the movie was expected to make and it’s certainly one of the lowest debuts ever for a Will Smith movie, but to be fair, this was never going to be another Independence Day or Men in Black. Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water remained at #2 and #3 respectively, while Fifty Shades of Grey fell all the way to fourth. Fifty Shades is currently the highest grossing movie of the year domestically, but at this rate SpongeBob could overtake it by the time both movies leave theatres. The other major new release, The Lazarus Effect starring Olivia Wilde, opened in a slightly disappointing fifth place with just $10.6 million, but given a budget of just $3.3 million they should be fine.

1. Focus — $19.1M
2. Kingsman: The Secret Service — $11.75M
3. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water — $11.2M
4. Fifty Shades of Grey — $10.93M
5. The Lazarus Effect — $10.6M
6. McFarland, USA — $7.8M
7. American Sniper — $7.7M
8. The DUFF — $7.15M
9. Still Alice — $2.7M
10. Hot Tub Time Machine 2 — $2.4M

Leonard Nimoy 1931-2015

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Farewell, old friend. Leonard Nimoy, best known for playing Spock on the original Star Trek TV series, passed away this morning at his home in Los Angeles. According to his wife, the cause of death was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Star Trek fans around the world are already mourning the loss, but his “katra” will live on. His last role on screen was reprising Spock in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. He was 83 years old.

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Denis Villeneuve to Direct Blade Runner Sequel Starring Harrison Ford

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Just one week after the announcement that Neill Blomkamp will be directing a new Alien sequel for Fox, we also have a huge update on the long-gestating follow-up to another Ridley Scott classic. We’ve been hearing for a while now that Ridley Scott has been developing a Blade Runner sequel with Alcon Entertainment, a Warner Brothers-based production company that acquired the screen rights to the film back in 2011. Although it originally looked like Ridley Scott would direct, last year he backed off on that possibility, preferring instead to simply help shape the story. Now this week they have found a director for the project and it looks like it will be Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy). Alcon’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson had this to say about the announcement:

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Focus, The Lazarus Effect, Maps to the Stars

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There was a time when every new Will Smith movie would be a guaranteed blockbuster, but in the After After Earth Era that may no longer be the case. His new con man movie Focus is still expected to top the box office this weekend, but no one seems to have a clue how this thing will actually perform. The only other major release in theatres is the Blumhouse horror film The Lazarus Effect starring Olivia Wilde. It will probably have to settle for second place but sometimes little horror flicks can be big surprises. In select theatres, David Cronenberg’s latest film Maps to the Stars finally arrives stateside while Joe Lynch’s action film Everly starring Salma Hayek and Kristian Levring’s western The Salvation starring Mads Mikkelsen hit a handful of screens. Also debuting in select theatres and on VOD is the Only God Forgives making of documentary My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. What will you be watching this weekend?

Netflix’s Inspector Gadget Trailer

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Earlier this week, Netflix announced that they will be bringing more original children’s programming to their line-up with reboots of ’80s classics Inspector Gadget and Danger Mouse. The latter won’t arrive until sometime next year, but the new Inspector Gadget is already being added to Netflix in the U.S. next month. Produced by DHX Media in Canada, the CG-animated update originally debuted on broadcast TV in parts of Europe. Netflix has released a short teaser trailer this week but there is also a slightly longer trailer floating around on YouTube. I’ll be honest, I think it looks pretty atrocious but I guess I’m not really the target audience. Check out the Inspector Gadget trailer(s) after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Love & Mercy Trailer: Paul Dano and John Cusack are Brian Wilson

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Although there have been a few documentaries and TV movies made about the Beach Boys over the years, up until now there still has not been a definitive biopic covering this iconic American band. It’s unclear if Bill Pohlad’s upcoming film Love & Mercy will fit that bill, but it appears to be a somewhat unique take on the standard musical biopic. The fact that it was co-written by Oren Moverman (I’m Not There) gives some additional hope on that front.

The movie focuses on frontman Brian Wilson in two different decades of his career where he is played by Paul Dano and John Cusack respectively. Elizabeth Banks plays his eventual wife Melinda Ledbetter while Paul Giamatti plays controversial therapist Eugene Landy who is known for exploiting Wilson throughout the ’80s. Love & Mercy hits select theatres on June 5th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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