Seth Grahame-Smith in Talks to Direct The Flash Movie


With the second season of The Flash premiering this week on The CW, Warner Brothers has taken the opportunity to drop some big news regarding their upcoming feature film based on the Scarlet Speedster as well. Up until now, the only info we really had about The Flash movie was that Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin) was attached to star and that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) had written a treatment for the film. There had been some speculation that they might step up to direct it as well, but they clearly have way too many projects on their plate right now. So instead, the studio has opted to hand it off to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer Seth Grahame-Smith. Hit the jump for more details.

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John Hillcoat’s Triple 9 Trailer Starring Woody Harrelson and Kate Winslet


After The Proposition, The Road and Lawless, John Hillcoat has built up a reputation for directing movies that are gritty, bleak and not palatable for all audiences. His next film, Triple 9, looks like it will be no different based on this NSFW red band trailer, although at first glance it could easily be mistaken for a David Ayer movie. The movie stars Woody Harrelson and Casey Affleck as a pair of Atlanta cops who face off against a gang of Russian mobsters led by Kate Winslet. The title comes from the police code for “officer down”, which is how the criminals plan to create a diversion while they pull off a major heist. Triple 9 co-stars Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie and Clifton Collins Jr. and it hits theatres on Feb. 19th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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HBO’s Vinyl Trailer #2


HBO unveiled a brand new trailer for Vinyl last night, their upcoming rock n roll drama set in 1970s New York City. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, the show stars Bobby Cannavale as the president of a fictional record label called American Century trying to adapt to the changing times. While this trailer mostly falls in line with what we’ve previously seen, it focuses a little more on the bands and their high energy live performances (one of the bands is fronted by Mick Jagger’s son James). Does this look like everything you’d hoped it would be? Vinyl premieres sometime in January 2016; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: The Martian Lands Just Short of October Record


After the dust has settled on the weekend’s events, it looks as though The Martian will have fallen just shy of the October opening weekend record which currently held by Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. With an estimated $55 million, The Martian was still a huge success for 20th Century Fox and it marked the second highest debut ever for both Ridley Scott and Matt Damon. In second place, Hotel Transylvania 2 had another strong weekend, earning $33 million, while Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario jumped up to #3 after expanding nationwide. The Intern and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk failed to repeat the IMAX success of Everest, pulling in just $1.5 million from 448 screens. Perhaps it will pick up steam next weekend when it moves beyond IMAX theatres.

1. The Martian — $55M
2. Hotel Transylvania 2 — $33M
3. Sicario — $12.08M
4. The Intern — $11.62M
5. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials — $7.65M
6. Black Mass — $5.91M
7. Everest — $5.51M
8. The Visit — $3.95M
9. War Room — $2.8M
10. The Perfect Guy — $2.4M

What We Do in the Shadows Director in Talks for Thor: Ragnarok


Over the past few years, Marvel has developed a reputation for hiring less experienced (read: less expensive) directors for their movies instead of well known A-listers, but in doing so they’ve actually taken some chances on a handful of interesting filmmakers. Jon Favreau and Joss Whedon were not really proven names when they were brought on board for Iron Man and The Avengers; meanwhile James Gunn proved himself to be an inspired choice for Guardians of the Galaxy and Shane Black’s career has been revived thanks to Iron Man 3. Now this week we have news of a particularly unexpected choice to direct the next Thor movie. We are hearing that Kiwi director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Eagle vs. Shark) is the man who will take the reins. But is he ready to take on a massive blockbuster of this magnitude?

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New on Netflix: October 2015


Another month has come and gone, which means there are some shiny new things on Netflix (and quite a few old ones too). Noteworthy additions in the U.S. include The Duke of Burgundy, Batman Begins, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Boogie Nights and the first two Bourne movies plus a handful of stone cold classics like The Graduate, Laura, The Wild Bunch, The Odd Couple, A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In Canada, there are quite a few more recent theatrical releases like The Imitation Game, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, After Earth, Taken 3, This is the End, Elysium, Project Almanac and the Evil Dead remake plus The Dark Knight and the first season of MTV’s Scream TV series. Both regions get the fifth season of The Walking Dead and Rodney Ascher’s creepy documentary The Nightmare. Will you be adding anything to your queue? Check out the full list of new additions after the jump.

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Bone Tomahawk Trailer Starring Kurt Russell


You know it’s a good year when you have not one but two blood-soaked Kurt Russell westerns to look forward to. Bone Tomahawk premiered at Fantastic Fest earlier this week and although reviews were decidedly mixed it certainly had a lot of people talking. The film stars Kurt Russell as the sheriff of a small town where a young woman is kidnapped by a tribe of cannibalistic cave dwellers. From what we hear, the movie is pretty gruesome at times, but at the very least it should leave genre fans satisfied. Bone Tomahawk co-stars Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons, David Arquette and Sean Young and it hits select theatres and VOD on Oct. 23rd. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Spectre Trailer #3


The next James Bond movie is now only a month away and EON, Sony and MGM have released one final trailer to remind us of that fact. While you might expect the last trailer to give away all kinds of big moments, this one is surprisingly restrained, continuing to tease the mystery behind Christoph Waltz’s character while only really offering a good look at one or two major action setpieces (plus a montage of quick clips). It’s entirely possible that people will come away from this trailer feeling underwhelmed, but hopefully the less is more approach to marketing will pay off in the long run. Spectre hits theatres on Nov. 6th; check out the final trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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HBO Contemplating a Watchmen TV Series


Before Zack Snyder was given the keys to the entire DC Cinematic Universe, he directed a very different kind of superhero movie for Warner Brothers that was also based on a DC property. Watchmen received mostly positive reviews back in 2009 but it earned just $185 million worldwide. That isn’t a huge surprise considering the R-rating and subject matter, but it still feels like a disappointment for such a highly anticipated movie based on a beloved graphic novel. This has led some folks to wonder if Alan Moore’s masterpiece simply wasn’t well-suited for the big screen and if it might work better as a TV series. Word on the street is that HBO has been asking that very question and discussions about a potential Watchmen TV series are currently underway.

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Ghostbusters Animated Feature Film Reportedly in Development


If you’re not yet sick of the on again / off again rumours about multiple Ghostbusters movies being in development, here’s the latest… they are apparently back on again. Earlier this year, it was announced that Ivan Reitman had started up a production company called Ghostcorps to help expand the Ghostbusters universe. At the time, it was being reported that there were additional Ghostbusters movies in the works, but a couple of months ago Reitman denied this, sensing that it was taking away attention from the upcoming Paul Feig reboot. Now this week we have a new report about another Ghostbusters movie with one major difference: this one is animated. Hit the jump for more details.

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The Martian Review

The Martian
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Written by: Drew Goddard and Andy Weir
Starring: Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Pena, Sean Bean Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mackenzie Davis and Donald Glover


The Martian tells the story of a man who refuses to be broken despite insurmountable obstacles placed in his path, again and again. It’s smart, witty, and thought provoking.

If you threw up your hands and gave up on trying to comprehend Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar last year you were not alone. The Martian also relies heavily on hardcore scientific concepts, but it is much more accessible than Interstellar. I won’t pretend I understood everything in The Martian, but enough to find it enjoyable and suspenseful. I didn’t leave the theater feeling like an idiot, I felt exhilarated and inspired.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Martian, The Walk, Sicario


The first week of October kicks off with Ridley Scott’s latest big budget sci-fi film The Martian starring Matt Damon, which is expected to challenge Gravity for the October box office record. Denis Villeneuve’s action-thriller Sicario is also expanding nationwide while Robert Zemeckis’ 3D high-wire film The Walk opens in IMAX theatres. The good news is that all three films have been receiving solid reviews. If that’s not enough, we’ve also got some interesting dramas in select theatres including Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, Partisan starring Vincent Cassel, and the long-delayed Shanghai starring John Cusack, Gong Li and Chow Yun-Fat. What will you be watching this weekend?