Adam Wingard’s The Woods is a Top Secret Blair Witch Sequel


Earlier this year we saw a teaser trailer for a new horror movie from director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett (You’re Next, The Guest) called The Woods. At the time, not much was known about it other than the fact that it revolved around some college kids on a camping trip, but last night the movie screened at Comic-Con where the truth was revealed: this is actually a top secret sequel to The Blair Witch Project! The movie is called simply Blair Witch and the plot revolves around the brother of Heather Donahue setting out in search of his sister, who disappeared back in 1999. There has been talk about a Blair Witch sequel or reboot for years now, but I think they’ve chosen the perfect duo to revisit the granddaddy of all found footage horror movies. Blair Witch hits theatres on Sept. 16th; check out a new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Godzilla: Resurgence Gets a New Trailer, Coming to U.S. in Late 2016


Toho has released one more trailer for their upcoming Godzilla movie Shin Godzilla (aka Godzilla: Resurgence) before it hits theatres in Japan next weekend. It’s another dialogue-free trailer with a decidedly sombre tone, seemingly an attempt to bring this franchise back to its darker roots while also delivering a contemporary level of action and spectacle. If you’re dying for the movie to be released outside of Japan, you’re in luck, because at Comic-Con it was just announced that Funimation will be distributing the film in North and South America as well as the Caribbean. Their plans include TV and on-demand streaming, but first they will give the movie a U.S. theatrical release in late 2016. It is unclear just how wide the release will be and also whether it will be subtitled or dubbed, but suffice to say this is big news for kaiju fans. Check out the latest trailer for Godzilla: Resurgence after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Marvel’s Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Defenders Teaser Trailers


Comic-Con kicked off yesterday in San Diego with a handful of panels including a special panel dedicated to Marvel’s upcoming Luke Cage series. The big Marvel Studios panel doesn’t take place until Saturday, but in the meantime they sated fans with a taste of their Netflix shows. At the panel they unveiled the first real trailer for Luke Cage as well as some shorter teasers for Iron Fist and The Defenders (which will bring together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist). The Luke Cage trailer offers up a hallway fight to rival Daredevil’s, while the Iron Fist and The Defenders ones are mostly titles and music (the latter features some questionable use of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are”). Are you looking forward to more small scale Marvel action? Luke Cage arrives on Netflix on Sept. 30th; check out the trailers after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Star Trek Beyond, Lights Out, Ice Age: Collision Course


Although the initial trailers for Star Trek Beyond weren’t very well-received, the movie seems to be getting strong reviews as it makes the jump to warp speed this weekend. The positive buzz could help push it to a big opening since decent blockbusters have been pretty far and few between so far this summer. Also in wide release we have Ice Age: Collision Course, the fifth installment in an animated franchise that is starting to lose steam, and Lights Out, another horror movie produced by James Wan that could be a surprise hit. Meanwhile, in select theatres, we have Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice plus the Korean zombie thriller Train to Busan. What will you be watching this weekend?

This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Demolition, O.J.: Made in America


We’ve got quite a few new releases hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week led by the new R-rated Ultimate Edition of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Looking beyond that, we’ve got Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, and the mostly true comedy Elvis & Nixon starring Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey. Martial arts fans will also want to check out Kill Zone 2 starring Tony Jaa while everyone should set aside eight hours to watch the epic five-part documentary O.J.: Made in America. On Blu-ray, we’ve also got quite a few interesting catalogue releases including a new Collector’s Edition of Dan O’Bannon’s The Return Of The Living Dead, Alain Resnais’ haunting Holocaust documentary Night and Fog, Richard Lester’s Cuba and Howard Hawks’ adaptation of To Have and Have Not starring Bogart and Bacall. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of noteworthy new releases after the jump.

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Operation Avalanche Trailer: A NASA Conspiracy Thriller from the Director of The Dirties


After turning a lot of heads with his directorial debut, The Dirties, Matt Johnson is back with another interesting experiment in found footage filmmaking. Operation Avalanche is a Cold War thriller about two CIA agents tracking a Russian mole within NASA who stumble across an even bigger conspiracy. If that sounds a little bit like Peter Hyams’ Capricorn One, this movie sets itself apart by taking the form of a faux documentary with a look and feel that is authentic to the ’60s. Some of it was also shot on location at NASA, guerilla-style. Having already premiered at Sundance, SXSW and Hot Docs, the movie will finally get a release courtesy of Lionsgate Premiere this fall. Operation Avalanche hits select theatres on Sept. 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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First Official Photos from Amazon’s The Tick


Amazon has unveiled details about their next comedy pilot season this week, which will include such new shows as The Tick, Jill Soloway’s I Love Dick, and Jean-Claude Van Johnson starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. To coincide with the press release, they have issued a handful of images from their new version of The Tick including our first look at Peter Serafinowicz as the big blue bug of justice. The Tick pilot is written and executive produced by Ben Edlund and directed by Wally Pfister with a supporting cast that includes Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). All of the new pilots will arrive on Amazon on Aug. 19th; check out the photos after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Hell or High Water Trailer Starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster and Chris Pine


In addition to the upcoming Sicario sequel Soldado, Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan has another New Mexico-set crime thriller heading to theatres later this summer. Originally titled Comancheria, it topped the Black List back in 2012 and attracted Peter Berg as a producer and potential director but he eventually hired David Mackenzie (Starred Up) to take the reins in his stead. The movie stars Ben Foster and Chris Pine as two brothers who plan a bank robbery to save their family farm while Jeff Bridges is the West Texas Ranger on their tail. The latest trailer is full of glowing quotes from mostly unknown critics which seems like a bit of a bad sign, but the cast and creative team still have me somewhat interested. Hell or High Water hits select theatres on Aug. 12th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Netflix Announces New Episodes of Making a Murderer


It’s been over half a year now since the Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer took the world by storm, sparking outrage over the current state of the U.S. criminal justice system and debates about objectivity in documentary filmmaking. Since then we’ve heard that Steven Avery has filed a new appeal, opening the door for a potential follow-up of some sort. Now this week Netflix has officially announced that directors Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos have started production on brand new episodes of the show. While some have reported this as confirmation of a second season, Netflix has not specified if they are actually expecting a full season from this (probably because they don’t yet know how much material it will generate). Here’s an excerpt from the official press release:

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Film Junk Premium Podcast Episode #51: Ghostbusters


Listen… do you smell something? The latest Film Junk premium podcast is here and it’s kind of like all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light. In honour of the release of the new Ghostbusters reboot, we went back to the original films to explore why they continue to resonate over thirty years later. In addition to Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, we also round out the discussion with two more Dan Aykroyd movies: The Blues Brothers, and his first and only directorial credit, Nothing But Trouble (a notorious flop that also happens to be one of Frank’s favourite movies of all time). Talking points include the comedic abilities and career trajectories of the various cast members, the special effects, the soundtracks, and the influence of both SNL and New York City on the movie. So is Nothing But Trouble a comedic misfire or a horror comedy that was way ahead of its time? Is the Ecto-1 an ambulance or a hearse? Is Ghostbusters II a worthy sequel or a shameless cash grab? Heat ‘em up, make ‘em hard and download this month’s premium podcast below.

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Ti West’s In a Valley of Violence Trailer Starring Ethan Hawke


After making a name for himself as a horror director with a penchant for slow burn suspense, Ti West decided to change gears and apply some of that same sensibility to the old west. In a Valley of Violence joins a growing list of recent westerns from genre directors that includes The Hateful Eight and Bone Tomahawk, although based on the first trailer it doesn’t seem quite as bloody as one might expect. Ethan Hawke plays a drifter who is making a run for the Mexican border accompanied only by his dog Abbie. While passing through a town named Denton, he finds himself on the wrong side of the locals with a revelation from his past pushing him toward an inevitable confrontation. John Travolta, Karen Gillan, Taissa Farmiga and James Ransone also co-star. In a Valley of Violence hits select theatres and VOD on Oct. 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Garry Marshall 1934-2016


Another industry legend has left us this week as actor / writer / director / producer Garry Marshall has reportedly passed away. The Hollywood icon suffered a stroke at a hospital in Burbank yesterday which led to complications of pneumonia. He had still been working right up until his death with his most recent film, Mother’s Day, having been released this past April. Marshall is best known for directing such box office hits as Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride in addition to creating some of the biggest sitcoms of the ’70s and ’80s including The Odd Couple, Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. He was 81 years old.

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