The Connection Trailer Starring Jean Dujardin

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A couple of years ago, Jean Dujardin took TIFF by storm in Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist which went on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Now this year he returns in Cedric Jimenez’s The Connection, a ’70s-style crime thriller that evokes William Friedkin’s The French Connection in more than just name alone. The film is based on the true story of an ambitious young French magistrate determined to take down the untouchable kingpin of a major drug ring. It also happens to be shot on 35mm and looks absolutely gorgeous. Drafthouse Films picked this up for release in North America early next year; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Warner Brothers Mandate Says No Jokes Allowed in the DC Universe

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By now it has become clear that when it comes to their comic book movies, Warner Brothers is trailing far behind Marvel. Sure, they may have a very successful trilogy of Batman movies under their belt as well as a profitable (albeit poorly reviewed) Superman reboot, but they have been slow to get projects off the ground and unable to build multiple franchises thus far. Now that they are officially working towards a Justice League movie it appears that they are finally starting to learn from Marvel’s example, but there are still some key differences to their approach. Thanks to the influence of Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder, they have clearly been pursuing a dark and gritty tone, and based on the recent reveal of Wonder Woman’s costume, they are afraid of colour. Now this week we have an interesting report that they are essentially stamping out all traces of humour in the DC Universe with a bizarre “no jokes” mandate. Is this really the right way to go about making comic book movies?

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The Overnighters Trailer: A Non-Fiction Modern Day Grapes of Wrath

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Although Drafthouse Films is known for bringing interesting genre films and foreign films to North America, they are slowly starting to build up an impressive library of documentaries as well. The Overnighters is their latest non-fiction acquisition and it’s one that doesn’t seem to have any direct genre ties, but it has been picking up rave reviews from across the festival circuit. Directed by Jesse Moss (Speedo), the movie centers on the oil boom town of Williston, North Dakota, where desperate job seekers come from all over in search of easy money. Although it is clearly a portrait of a battered U.S. economy, it looks to hide some unexpected twists as well. The Overnighters hits select theatres on Oct. 10th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston Rumoured for Doctor Strange

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Last month it seemed almost certain that Marvel would use Comic-Con to announce the star of their upcoming Doctor Strange movie. The day before Marvel’s panel, multiple sources were indicating that Joaquin Phoenix was deep in negotiation to play the Sorcerer Supreme and that it was essentially a done deal. Then the Marvel panel came and went without even mentioning the good Doctor. So what happened? The obvious explanation is that Joaquin Phoenix balked at Marvel’s offer or took issue with their many contract stipulations. Then again, perhaps the rumour was completely untrue in the first place. Either way, it appears that Marvel is considering other actors again and this week we are hearing that one of the stars of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire could take the role instead.

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Lionsgate Acquires Schwarzenegger Zombie Flick Maggie, Pulls Out of TIFF Line-Up

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The road to reclaiming stardom has been a rough one for Arnold Schwarzenegger with almost all of his recent films proving to be box office flops. Between The Last Stand, Escape Plan, Sabotage and now The Expendables 3, it really doesn’t seem like audiences are all that interested in seeing him kick ass in macho action movies anymore. Fortunately, his next project will find him going outside the box just a little bit. The film is called Maggie and it finds him playing a father who must care for his teenage daughter (played by Abigail Breslin) as she slowly turns into a zombie. Lionsgate announced this week that they have acquired North American rights to the film, but what they didn’t say up front is that they have also pulled it from the Toronto International Film Festival at the last minute. Hit the jump for more details.

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Full House Comeback in the Works

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Cut it out. No, seriously — cut… it… out! If you grew up in the ’80s, you probably have fond memories of Full House, one of the most popular sitcoms of the day. The show ran on ABC from 1987 to 1995 and featured the exploits of the Tanner family, led by father and widower Danny who lives with his best friend Joey and his brother-in-law Jesse after the death of his wife. Together they help raise Danny’s three daughters: D.J., Stephanie, and Michelle. There really wasn’t much more to it than that, unless you count the theme song, which is amazing. Anyway, there are currently whispers over at Warner Brothers about possibly reviving the show nearly 20 years later. What is interesting is that this may not be a “reboot” per se… because, believe it or not, many of the original cast members are said to be involved.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Blended, The Double, The Walking Dead: Season 4

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It’s one of those weeks where the biggest DVD and Blu-ray releases are TV-related as new seasons of heavy-hitters like The Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy arrive in stores today. The only major film release is the Drew Barrymore / Adam Sandler rom-com Blended, but there are a few interesting indie releases including Richard Ayoade’s The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, period drama Belle and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s long-awaited The Dance of Reality. Also out this week are the Emmy-winning HBO film The Normal Heart, Criterion Collection releases of All That Jazz and Vengeance is Mine, and the Scream Factory Blu-ray for The Legend of Hell House. What are you picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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The Pyramid Trailer: A New Horror Film Produced by Alexandre Aja

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As Universal continues to talk about rebooting The Mummy franchise and taking it back to its horror roots, 20th Century Fox is bringing an Egyptian-themed horror film of their own to theatres later this year. Produced by Alexandre Aja, The Pyramid is the directorial debut of Aja’s long-time writing partner Gregory Levasseur (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors). It looks to be yet another low budget found footage-style horror flick with a cast of relative unknowns, but if they make good use of the ancient Egyptian mystique and claustrophobic environments it might end up delivering some effective scares. On the other hand, choosing an early December release date for a horror movie generally isn’t a good sign. The Pyramid hits theatres on Dec. 5th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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2014 Emmy Award Winners

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In case you missed it last night, the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and, not surprisingly, Breaking Bad pretty much cleaned up. The AMC series won Outstanding Drama Series while Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn all took home acting awards as well. Julianna Margulies picked up Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama for The Good Wife, while True Detective was shut out with the exception of an Outstanding Directing award for Cary Fukunaga.

On the comedy side, it was essentially a repeat of previous years as Modern Family won Best Comedy Series while Jim Parsons and Julia Louis-Dreyfus won the big acting awards (Parsons now has four Emmys, which ties him with Michael J. Fox and Kelsey Grammar on the all-time comedy actor list). Fargo won Outstanding Miniseries, taking advantage of the fact that it wasn’t in the same category as Breaking Bad. Billy Crystal also put together a special tribute for Robin Williams. Did you watch the Emmys last night and, if so, what did you think? Check out the full list of nominees and winners after the jump.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #479: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

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0:00 – Intro
8:45 – Review: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
44:00 – Headlines: Chinese Theatres Displaying Text Messages on Screen During Films, Triplets and Bad Boys 3 Announced?
1:07:50 – Other Stuff We Watched: Roadracers, Inside Llewyn Davis, Into the Storm, Fight Club, Matador, Scarlet Street, The Big Heat, Night Moves, Milius, The Battered Bastards Of Baseball
2:05:45 – Junk Mail: Up and Coming Directors That Excite Us, Home Video Sales of Comic Book Movies, Manifesto Ruling on Where to File a Promo DVD, Favourite Horror Score + The Importance of Character in Comedy
2:28:20 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray

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Exists Trailer: The Blair Witch Project Director Finds Bigfoot

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The legend of Bigfoot was already brought to life with a found footage horror movie earlier this year in Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek, but now we’ve got a second found footage Bigfoot movie heading to theatres in October. As it turns out, this one is coming from the director of The Blair Witch Project, the very movie that Goldthwait was trying so hard to emulate with his own film. However, where Willow Creek was more of an exercise in restraint and minimalism, Exists actually seems to be the opposite. The movie premiered at SXSW earlier this year where it picked up the Audience Award for the Midnighters program, so I guess that’s kind of a good sign. Exists arrives in select theatres and on iTunes on Oct. 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Shutter Island Prequel TV Series in the Works at HBO

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After teaming up with HBO to develop and executive produce Boardwalk Empire a few years ago, it looks as though Martin Scorsese is getting ready to work with the cable giant on another new TV series, this time based directly on one of his own films. Scorsese’s 2010 thriller Shutter Island is one of his most successful movies to date, second only to The Wolf of Wall Street in terms of worldwide gross. It received somewhat mixed reviews at the time, partially due to the twist ending, but it sparked plenty of discussion over the various ways in which it could be interpreted. Now HBO wants to delve further into the mystery of Shutter Island with a prequel series and the author of the original novel, Dennis Lehane, is also on board with the idea. Hit the jump for more details.

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