Black Mass Trailer Starring Johnny Depp

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After a string of disappointments and box office bombs, Johnny Depp returns to the realm of “serious” acting later this year with the crime drama Black Mass. Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace), this movie is based on the true story of infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger who went on to make shady deals with the FBI in order to help take down the Italian mafia. With a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, Corey Stoll, Kevin Bacon and Peter Sarsgaard, there is a lot of potential here… but will it be enough to restore Johnny Depp’s mojo? Black Mass hits theatres on Sept. 15th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Confirmed for Animated Spider-Man Movie

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It’s no secret that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are in high demand for just about every new project happening in Hollywood right now. They are already writing The Lego Movie Sequel and producing the other Lego spin-offs, plus they are developing 23 Jump Street and they were also recently hired to write the treatment for The Flash movie. Now Sony has come out and confirmed another Lord / Miller project that was originally revealed as a possibility as part of the Sony hack late last year: a feature-length animated Spider-Man movie. Hit the jump to find out what we know (which admittedly isn’t much).

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The Overnight Trailer Starring Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling

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If none of the big studio comedies coming out this summer have you particularly excited, the good news is that there are a few decent indie alternatives hitting theatres over the next few months. The Overnight is a Sundance favourite that landed U.S. distribution back in January and it is described as a sex comedy for the thirty-something crowd. It stars Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling as an uptight husband and wife who move to L.A. only to find themselves being pushed out of their comfort zone by their free-spirited neighbours, played by Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godrèche. The movie is written and directed by Patrick Brice (Creep) and executive produced by Mark Duplass. The Overnight hits select theatres on June 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Star Trek 3 Official Title Possibly Revealed

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As everyone is finally starting to come down from the whirlwind of announcements at Star Wars Celebration, this week we’ve got some new information regarding that other big movie franchise with “Star” in the title. That’s right Trek fans, we have it on pretty good authority that the title of the next Star Trek movie has been revealed and it hints at a possible return to some of the themes explored by the original TV show and movies. But will it be enough to win back all the old school fans who feel that J.J. Abrams betrayed the prime directive by turning Star Trek into a mindless action franchise?

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Ball Junk Podcast Episode #15: NBA Playoffs 2015

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BREAKING NEWS: It’s Episode 15 of the Ball Junk Podcast and it’s the playoffs! The Gasman and Frankie Knuckles break down the NHL and NBA playoff situation and Frankie gets mad at the Golden State Warriors. We talk fishing for women’s underwear, soccer porno, Vince Neil’s national anthem and which team mascots we’d MFK. Frankie gets the Gas Pedal and the Gasman horribly insults the fine folks at Ole Miss! Find out who was called a whore at the last Hamilton Bulldogs game and why Marshall Henderson is a great human being. It’s all packed into one awesome show. Ballin’!

0:00:00 – Intro / NHL Playoffs
0:18:50 – Greg’s Bulldogs Altercation
0:30:55 – NBA Playoffs
0:56:09 – Balls Around The World
1:11:02 – Sack Time
1:20:35 – Greg’s WWE Network Picks
1:24:44 – Gas Pedal / Outro

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Valiant Comics Planning Their Own Cinematic Universe with Sony Pictures

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For many decades, Marvel and DC were the only major comic book publishers in town, but the ’90s saw a total shake-up of the industry thanks to an explosion of independent comic studios led by Image. Among the other indie houses that fluourished around this time was Valiant Comics, founded by former Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter and writer/editor Bob Layton. Some of their original titles included Harbinger, X-O Manowar and Bloodshot, and although many of them faded away by the end of the decade, they are now currently experiencing a major revival. And, in a move that will surprise no one, Valiant is also getting ready to launch a handful of feature films as part of their own shared cinematic universe. Can they compete with Marvel and DC again? Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Taken 3, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Escape from New York: Collector’s Edition

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It’s mostly slim pickings in stores this week with the only major new release being the perfunctory Taken 3. However, there are a few indie flicks that might be worth a look including Cake starring Jennifer Aniston, the Iranian horror flick A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and the action thriller Everly starring Salma Hayek. Meanwhile, we’ve also got an interesting assortment of ’80s genre films arriving on Blu-ray this week including a new Collector’s Edition of John Carpenter’s Escape from New York, double features of Ghoulies 1 and 2 and Breakin’ 1 and 2, plus Firewalker starring Chuck Norris and Lou Gossett Jr. and The Wicked Lady starring Faye Dunaway. Will you be picking up anything this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Full House Spin-Off Coming to Netflix in 2016

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With all the unexpected network TV revivals we’ve been seeing as of late, it’s not a huge surprise that Netflix has decided to jump on the nostalgia bandwagon as well. Earlier this month it was rumoured that they were close to ordering a follow-up to the popular ’80s sitcom Full House. Now this week they have confirmed that it is a done deal and 13 episodes of the new show will be coming to all regions in 2016. Entitled Fuller House, it will revolve around D.J. Tanner, her sister Stephanie and lifelong best friend Kimmy Gibler living together with their kids in San Francisco. Executive producers Robert L. Boyett, Thomas L. Miller and Jeff Franklin had this to say about the announcement:

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #511: It Follows

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0:00 – Intro
6:20 – Review: It Follows
30:56 – Headlines: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer
44:15 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Babadook, Kumiko the Treasure Hunter, Iris, Better Call Saul, The Salvation, Shivers, Inglourious Basterds, Paddington, Marvel’s Daredevil
1:21:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:23:10 – Outro
1:26:15 – Spoiler Discussion: It Follows

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Jurassic World Trailer #3

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While we’re at it, here’s one more summer blockbuster trailer to throw into the mix. I think this is the third trailer that has been released for Jurassic World but I’ve kind of lost count… at any rate, it definitely features the most dinosaur action we’ve seen to date including our first look at the highly intelligent genetically modified dinosaur that turns the park into a hunting ground. Clever girl. It does look a lot more like an action movie than the original film did with the park staff throwing as much firepower as they can muster at the giant lizard. Whether fans will miss Spielberg’s somewhat softer touch remains to be seen. Jurassic World hits theatres on June 12th; check out the latest trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Fantastic Four Trailer #2

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Not to be left out of the recent wave of big trailer releases, Fox has just unveiled the full theatrical trailer for their upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Although it’s still largely focused on the origin story (yawn), we finally get to see some quick clips of Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, Human Torch and the Thing in action showing off their powers. We also get a couple of glimpses of Toby Kebbell as Victor Domashev aka Doctor Doom and perhaps the most interesting surprise, Reg E. Cathey (House of Cards) as Sue and Johnny Storm’s father, scientist Franklin Storm. Fantastic Four is directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) and hits theatres on July 8th; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Furious 7 Becomes the Fastest Movie to Reach $1 Billion

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For the third weekend in a row, Furious 7 ruled the box office with another $29 million, bringing its domestic total to $294 million. The real story, however, is the fact that the movie has already crossed the $1 billion mark worldwide in just 17 days. That’s two days less than The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 took to reach the same milestone. Pretty impressive stuff. Meanwhile, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 failed to live up to the original, opening to an unspectacular (but still decent) $24 million, thanks in part to poor reviews and stiff competition. In third place, the horror film Unfriended had a strong debut with $16 million, while Home and The Longest Ride rounded out the top 5. Meanwhile, the documentary Monkey Kingdom opened in seventh with the lowest debut yet for a Disneynature film… what does the world have against monkeys?

1. Furious 7 — $29.06M
2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 — $24M
3. Unfriended — $16.02M
4. Home — $10.3M
5. The Longest Ride — $6.85M
6. Get Hard — $4.83M
7. Monkey Kingdom — $4.72M
8. Woman in Gold — $4.59M
9. Insurgent — $4.15M
10. Cinderella — $3.87M