Jonas Cuaron to Write and Direct Zorro Reboot

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After making an impression last year with his second feature film Desierto (and before that, a short film connected to his father’s film Gravity), Jonas Cuaron is now preparing to make his big budget directing debut. The project, as it turns out, will be a brand new action-adventure based on the Spanish pulp hero Zorro. Lantica Media and Sobini Films have been trying to introduce a new version of the character for years with the previous attempts rumoured to be a “gritty, post-apocalyptic” take. It is unclear how much of that vision has survived but apparently the new movie will be called simply Z. Lantica Media CEO Antonio Gennari had this to say about the announcement:

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Creative Control Trailer: A Tech Industry Satire Starring Reggie Watts

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After getting the ball rolling with Spike Lee’s Chi-raq and the upcoming film Elvis & Nixon, Amazon is continuing to add to their line-up of original films with the intriguing indie sci-fi satire Creative Control. Written and directed by Benjamin Dickinson (who also stars in the film), the movie revolves around the invention of a Google Glass-like device called Augmenta. When an ad executive tasked with creating a marketing campaign tests out the technology for himself, he finds the line between fantasy and reality becoming increasingly blurred. The concept seems to fall within the same realm as Spike Jonze’s Her or Dave Eggers’ The Circle and the movie co-stars Nora Zehetner (Brick), Dan Gill (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension) and Reggie Watts. Creative Control hits select theatres on March 11th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Steven Soderbergh to Direct Logan Lucky Starring Channing Tatum

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Just three years after supposedly retiring from feature films, it looks like Steven Soderbergh is ready to get back in the game with a new project starring his buddy Channing Tatum. Up until now, Soderbergh’s final movie had been the 2013 pharmaceutical thriller Side Effects, but he had continued to work in TV with his HBO movie Behind the Candelabra and several TV series including The Knick, Red Oaks and The Girlfriend Experience. Now we are hearing that he has decided to come on board a project called Logan Lucky that will star Magic Mike lead Channing Tatum and also possibly Michael Shannon. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.

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Skiptrace Trailer Starring Jackie Chan and Johnny Knoxville

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If you thought that Johnny Knoxville made a decent action movie sidekick opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand, perhaps you’ll also be interested to see him team up with Jackie Chan in an upcoming U.S.-China co-production called Skiptrace. Directed by Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, The Legend of Hercules), the movie finds Knoxville playing an American gambler in Macau who witnesses a murder. That puts him in the crosshairs of a Chinese crime boss and it’s up to a Hong Kong detective (Chan) to keep him alive. Although it does seem reminiscent of various classic Jackie Chan buddy action-comedies (which we don’t get to see very often anymore), something tells me I shouldn’t get my hopes up for this one. Skiptrace hits theatres in China later this month but a U.S. release is still TBA; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Bridge of Spies, Our Brand is Crisis, Show Me a Hero

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It may not be a big week for DVDs and Blu-rays in terms of giant blockbuster titles, but there is certainly no shortage of new releases. Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies is the biggest release along with a handful of underperforming October movies: The Last Witch Hunter, Our Brand is Crisis and Rock the Kasbah. We’ve also got some smaller indie dramas like Suffragette starring Carrey Mulligan, Truth starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, and Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, along with some genre films like Bruce McDonald’s Hellions, the U.S. remake of Martyrs and female-led western The Keeping Room. David Simon’s HBO mini-series Show Me a Hero is also hitting stores along with Blu-ray releases for Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Zoolander and Keenen Ivory Wayans’ blaxploitation parody I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Gods of Egypt U.K. Trailer

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Although the first trailer for Alex Proyas’ upcoming action fantasy film Gods of Egypt was a bit of a mess, Lionsgate now seems to have completely given up on trying to market it as a movie that could be taken seriously in any way. A new international trailer has arrived online this week courtesy of Empire Magazine and it doubles down on the ridiculous CG set pieces and 300-esque action. At the very least, it should convince people that their outrage over the whitewashed cast is really not worth the effort. It’s too bad this is a February release as it would clearly benefit from a viewing at your local drive-in. Gods of Egypt stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman and Elodie Yung and it hits theatres on Feb. 26th. Check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Exorcist TV Show Gets Pilot Order, Rupert Wyatt to Direct

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Last year there were some pesky rumours going around about Morgan Creek trying to sell off the remake rights to various films from their back catalogue including William Friedkin’s The Exorcist. At the time, Friedkin himself denounced the idea of a remake and questioned whether they actually owned the rights to the original film, but soon after Morgan Creek confirmed via Twitter that they had no plans to remake the horror classic. However, that hasn’t stopped them from revisiting The Exorcist in a slightly different form. Fox is reportedly teaming with Morgan Creek for a TV series based on William Blatty’s original book and now this week they’ve hired a director for the pilot episode. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #46: Michael Bay

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Shit just got real. This month’s premium podcast is a sun-drenched epic affair as we look back on the pre-Transformers filmography of Michael Bay including both Bad Boys movies, The Rock, Armageddon and The Island. Special guest Dax joins us as we pinpoint all of the essential ingredients for a Michael Bay action flick and try to determine whether or not any of them are actually worth defending. So who is the unsung hero of the Bad Boys series? Is The Rock to blame for starting Nicolas Cage down the path of VOD trash? Do Hans Zimmer’s ’90s film scores all sound the same? Is Michael Bay a brilliant blockbuster auteur or just a hot shot hack? We’re cocked, locked and ready to rock… download this month’s premium podcast below.

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Miles Ahead Trailer: Don Cheadle is Miles Davis

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After warming up by directing a couple of episodes of House of Lies, Don Cheadle dove headfirst into his first feature film with a biopic about legendary jazz musician Miles Davis. Adding to the degree of difficulty, Cheadle isn’t just behind the camera but also in front of it too. The movie was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics prior to its premiere at the New York Film Festival last year where it received mostly positive, if not entirely glowing, reviews. At the time it seemed like an obvious awards contender, but based on the first trailer and new spring release date that may not be in the cards after all. Miles Ahead co-stars Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Michael Stuhlbarg and it hits select theatres on April 1st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Elizabeth Banks to Play Rita Repulsa in Power Rangers Movie

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Back in 2014, Lionsgate announced that they were setting up a feature film based on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the first incarnation of the long-running kids’ TV series (which is itself based on Toei and Bandai’s Super Sentai series from Japan). Since then they’ve recruited X-Men: First Class screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz along with director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) and selected a cast of five young, mostly unknown stars. None of this seemed particularly exciting, but now this week they’ve thrown a little bit of inspired A-list casting our way. This week they’ve revealed that Elizabeth Banks is officially on board to play the film’s villain. Hit the jump for more details.

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Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid Trailer

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Although Stephen Chow’s 2008 film CJ7 was almost universally panned, he seemed to bounce back quite well a few years later with Journey to the West, which set several box office records in China. So what does this visionary filmmaker do for an encore? Well, for better or worse, it kinda looks like he’s giving us his own version of Lady in the Water (ie. a tonally weird fantasy romance involving a mermaid). There appears to be plenty of questionable CGI here but maybe not as much obvious comedy as you would expect for a Stephen Chow film. Then again, the initial teaser trailer was pretty goofy. The Mermaid hits theaters on in China on Feb. 8th; check out the new fan-subbed trailer (and previous teaser) after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #550: Synchronicity

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0:00 – Intro
6:10 – Review: Synchronicity
30:25 – Headlines: New Celebrity Apprentice Cast Announced, Star Wars Episode VIII and Avatar 2 Delayed
43:00 – Feature: Most Anticipated Movies of 2016
1:11:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Kung Fu Panda 3, Baskets, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, The X-Files, Fargo Season 2, Homeland, Kid Goes Crazy at Chuck E Cheese, The Exorcist, The Lady Vanishes, Chi-Raq, 13 Hours, Joy, Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot, Hoop Dreams, Sicario
1:38:42 – Junk Mail: Favourite Comedies/Funniest Comedies, Movies to Watch After You’ve Been Dumped, Jerry Bruckheimer and the Influence of a Producer, Merging DVD and Blu-rays in a Collection
2:04:55 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray / Outro
2:13:01 – Spoiler Discussion: Synchronicity

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