License to Drive Remake in the Works

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If you grew up in the 1980s, you knew who Corey Haim and Corey Feldman were. As child stars they were larger than life and only became even bigger celebrities after starring in several films together (most notably The Lost Boys), forging a friendship off screen as well. In later years they had a falling out and ran into substance abuse problems, but fortunately they were able to patch things up prior to Haim’s death in 2010. There hasn’t really been a Hollywood friendship quite like it since, but now Fox is looking to recreate the magic with a new duo as they prepare to remake one of Haim and Feldman’s biggest hits. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Trailer

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Noah Baumbach’s latest dysfunctional family dramedy is heading to Netflix in just a couple of months after premiering at Cannes earlier this year (where Netflix was apparently booed… ouch). The movie stars Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Elizabeth Marvel as three adult siblings who have struggled to deal with their hard-nosed father (played by Dustin Hoffman) all their lives. Baumbach has worked with Stiller multiple times before but it is interesting to see Sandler back in an art house film and the first trailer features him showing off his musical “chops”. Emma Thompson, Adam Driver, Candice Bergen, Judd Hirsch, Grace Van Patten and Rebecca Miller also co-star. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) arrives on Netflix and in select theatres on Oct. 13th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Molly’s Game Trailer Starring Jessica Chastain: Aaron Sorkin Makes his Directorial Debut

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He may have his detractors, but Aaron Sorkin is one of the most well-known and respected screenwriters currently working in Hollywood, having penned such films as The Social Network, Moneyball and A Few Good Men as well as shows like The West Wing and The Newsroom. Now he is stepping behind the camera for the first time with his directorial debut, Molly’s Game, a prestige project that seems to be positioned for maximum awards season visibility. The movie is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran Hollywood’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game before eventually running afoul of the FBI. Jessica Chastain will deliver the trademark rapid fire Sorkin dialogue along with Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Chris O’Dowd and Michael Cera. Molly’s Game hits theatres on Nov. 22nd; check out the first trailer after the jump.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #624: The Dark Tower

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0:00 – Intro
18:15 – Review: The Dark Tower
44:50 – Headlines: First Photos of Josh Brolin as Cable, Disney to Launch Streaming Service in 2019, Disney Building Immersive Star Wars-Themed Hotel
1:23:20 – Other Stuff We Watched: Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Dunkirk, Firestarter, Mystery Men, The Flintstones, Game of Thrones
1:59:10 – Junk Mail: Favourite Stephen King Adaptations, Star Wars No Longer Entertains Kids, Paying to Avoid Trailers and Commercials, Directors That Stay Relevant Across Multiple Eras, Sequels to Childhood Movies We Want to See
2:31:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:34:18 – Outro

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The Florida Project Trailer: The Latest Film from the Director of Tangerine

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Although Sean Baker’s 2015 film Tangerine attracted plenty of attention for being shot on an iPhone, his next film finds him returning to 35mm and telling a slightly more sobering story about families living out of budget motels along Route 92 in Orlando. The Florida Project stars Willem Dafoe but it largely revolves around a six-year-old girl and her friends who must make their own fun despite being so close to Disneyworld. On the surface it resembles Andrea Arnold’s American Honey and the films of Harmony Korine but by focusing on kids it also seems more innocent (and potentially more heartbreaking). A24 acquired the film at Cannes earlier this summer and they will release it in select theatres on Oct. 6th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in Leonardo Da Vinci Biopic

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Following up on his Oscar win for The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio has been taking some time away from acting while he carefully chooses his next project. A few possibilities surfaced earlier this year as potential follow-ups including the crime dramas Killers Of The Flower Moon and The Black Hand, but now this week there is a bigger prestige project developing that he seems to have more of a personal investment in. Paramount has reportedly won a major bidding war for a Leonardo Da Vinci biopic and DiCaprio is now attached to star. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin Trailer

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Although writer-director Armando Iannucci has been quietly doing great work on HBO’s Veep over the past few years, fans of In The Loop have no doubt been anxiously awaiting his return to the big screen. Fortunately they won’t have to wait much longer because his next movie is just a couple of months away. Rather than focusing on current events, this time he has turned his rapid fire political satire to the past: specifically, 1953 Moscow where the USSR is scrambling following the sudden death of Joseph Stalin. Based on the graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, the movie stars Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, Paddy Considine and Michael Palin. The Death of Stalin premieres at TIFF in September and hits theatres in the U.K. on Oct. 20th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Annabelle: Creation Builds Solid Debut

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The major summer blockbusters have passed, leaving the door open for the relatively miniscule horror sequel Annabelle: Creation to become a late summer success. The movie easily topped the box office with $35 million, just a couple million dollars less than the last Annabelle film, making it one of the biggest openings for a horror movie so far this year (only Split and Alien: Covenant did better). Clearly The Conjuring franchise still holds some weight with horror fans. Dunkirk held on to second place with $11.4 million followed by The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature which earned a lacklustre $8.9 million on over 4000 screens. The Dark Tower and The Emoji Movie rounded out the top 5. The other weekend’s other new release, The Glass Castle, finished a distant eighth place with just $4.87 million.

1. Annabelle: Creation — $35M
2. Dunkirk — $11.4M
3. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature — $8.9M
4. The Dark Tower — $7.9M
5. The Emoji Movie — $6.6M
6. Girls Trip — $6.5M
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming — $6.1M
8. Kidnap — $5.2M
9. The Glass Castle — $4.9M
10. Atomic Blonde — $4.6M

Batman vs. Two-Face Trailer: Adam West vs. William Shatner

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Although Batman star Adam West passed away just a couple of months ago, he did leave us with one final performance as the Caped Crusader. Last year’s DC animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders attempted to recapture a bit of the magic of the campy and colourful ’60s TV series with West and Ward lending their voices to the characters. It was successful enough to warrant a sequel and fortunately for us West was able to finish recording his dialogue before his death. Also fortunately for us, the movie features William Shatner as Harvey Dent aka Two-Face, setting up the ultimate battle between two masters of stilted, melodramatic delivery. How can you go wrong? Batman vs. Two-Face hits DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Annabelle: Creation, The Glass Castle, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

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It’s shaping up to be another slow weekend at multiplexes as we start scraping the bottom of the summer movie barrel. Annabelle: Creation is the biggest release of the week and should easily come out on top, especially considering that reviews seem to be stronger than its predecessor. The other major releases are The Glass Castle starring Brie Larson and the animated sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature. The good news is that there are are some interesting indie films hitting select theatres, although they are playing on just a few screens apiece. Of particular note is the social media satire Ingrid Goes West starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, crime thriller Good Time starring Robert Pattinson, and the third installment in The Trip series, The Trip to Spain starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. What will you be watching this weekend?

Neuromancer Movie Gets Deadpool Director

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After years (actually, now decades) of being stuck in development hell, it looks like a big screen adaptation of William Gibson’s iconic cyberpunk novel Neuromancer is finally back on again. Last we heard, Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) was attached to direct and Hayden Christensen was rumoured to star but then the project went silent for a long while. In 2015 we heard that China’s C2M Media Group had come on board to help finance the film but unfortunately Natali had dropped out. Now this week they have reportedly lined up a new filmmaker with a big hit under his belt to help get this thing made. Hit the jump for more info.

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Loving Vincent Trailer: The First Fully Oil Painted Feature Film

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Sometimes it takes a unique gimmick to get an independent film noticed, and when it comes to gimmicks, Loving Vincent has a pretty cool one. The movie tells the life story of Vincent Van Gogh presented entirely in the visual style of his paintings. Directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman and made over a six year period, the movie uses a technique similar to rotoscoping where 125 artists hand-painted each frame. With a live-action cast that includes Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan, Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jerome Flynn and Robert Gulaczyk, this looks like a pretty unique and ambitious cinematic experience if nothing else. Loving Vincent hits select theatres on Sept. 22nd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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