Rob Zombie Turns to Crowdfunding for New Horror Film 31

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A couple of months ago, Rob Zombie released a mysterious teaser trailer for an upcoming project called simply 31. At the time, no one seemed to know what it was, but it appeared unrelated to any of his other previously announced projects like the Manson Family TV mini-series and the Broad Street Bullies movie. The number 31 seemed to indicate an association with October 31st and Halloween… could it be a continuation of the rebooted Halloween franchise? As it turns out, 31 does involve the spooky holiday, but not the John Carpenter franchise. It is an original horror film that will be crowdfunded through another Kickstarter wanna-be called FanBacked. Here’s how
Zombie describes the film:

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Alex Kurtzman to Direct The Mummy Reboot

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Be very afraid, people, the nightmare is slowly coming true… Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are taking over Hollywood. The screenwriting duo behind such films as Transformers, Star Trek, Cowboys & Aliens and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have been building up clout over the past few years, taking on bigger roles behind the scenes as producers on a lot of major blockbuster franchises. Now they are going their separate ways and individually stepping up to become directors as well. We already knew that Roberto Orci had lobbied hard and eventually landed the directing job for Star Trek 3 and Alex Kurtzman was lined up to eventually direct a Venom movie for Sony. Now it looks like Kurtzman will also be taking over the reins on Universal’s reboot of The Mummy as well.

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Disney’s Into the Woods Teaser Trailer Starring Anna Kendrick and Meryl Streep

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Just what we needed… yet another Disney live-action fairy tale. In this case, just one fairy tale wouldn’t cut it so they decided to throw a whole bunch of them together into one movie including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel. Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago), Into the Woods is based on the Tony Award-winning musical and features a star-studded cast that includes Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Chris Pine Emily Blunt and Johnny Depp. Unfortunately, the first teaser trailer feels like it wasn’t ready to show quite yet because it’s just a bunch of random disconnected clips. Then again, maybe that’s what the final movie will feel like too. Into the Woods hits theatres on Dec. 25th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Trailer

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already been ten years since The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie hit theatres and even harder to believe that Nickelodeon is still producing new episodes of the show. Clearly, it’s high time that the movie had a sequel and that’s exactly what they’re doing with The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. I think we can all agree that the highlight of the first movie was the live action scenes with David Hasselhoff, so this time around they are taking that a step further by bringing the inhabitants of Bikini Bottom into the real world.

Directed by Paul Tibbit (a writer and producer on the show) and written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda 2), the movie will feature both 2D and 3D animated versions of the characters. Mike Mitchell (Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked) also supposedly directed some of the live action scenes. With a human cast that includes Antonio Banderas, Clancy Brown and Slash (?), this isn’t necessarily something anyone was asking for, but it still looks like it could be fun. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water hits theatres on Feb. 6th, 2015; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Jamie Foxx to Star in Mike Tyson Biopic

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Mike Tyson seems to be everywhere lately. Thanks in part to his appearances in The Hangover movies, he has bounced back from his checkered past and returned to the public eye, hosting a reality show for Animal Planet and releasing a memoir entitled Undisputed Truth, which he then spun into a one-man show that started in Vegas and eventually toured the U.S. Yesterday we also posted the trailer for the upcoming Adult Swim animated series Mike Tyson Mysteries, featuring Mike Tyson as the voice of himself. Now today we bring news that a Mike Tyson biopic is in development and it seems to have a pretty big star attached to it. Could this be the ultimate redemption for Iron Mike?

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Interstellar Trailer #3

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Following up on Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey’s first-ever appearance at Comic-Con last weekend where they took part in a panel to promote Interstellar, Warner Brothers has just released a new trailer for the upcoming film online. The new footage continues to flesh out bits and pieces of the plot and emphasize the emotional core of the story, while also unveiling more of Anne Hathaway’s role along with some awe-inspiring visual effects. Comparisons to Gravity and 2001: A Space Odyssey seem inevitable, but there is still a lot we don’t know as the trailer also manages to preserve quite a bit of mystery as well. Interstellar hits theatres on Nov. 6th; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Warner Brothers Planning Dragonriders Of Pern Movies

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Thanks to the continued success of Game of Thrones and The Hobbit, the fantasy genre is hot in Hollywood once again as several classic fantasy books are being optioned for adaptations on both the big screen and small screen. Earlier this month, MTV announced that they had greenlit a TV series based on Terry Brooks’ Shannara series and now it appears that Warner Brothers is in search of something to follow up The Hobbit trilogy. To that end, they have just acquired the rights to Anne McCaffrey’s popular Dragonriders of Pern series, a property that has long been on deck to be adapted but never came to fruition. If things go according to plan, this could be their next big fantasy franchise.

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Adult Swim’s Mike Tyson Mysteries Trailer

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The delightful promo image for Adult Swim’s new series Mike Tyson Mysteries is all it took to sell me on the concept, but now that the first trailer has arrived online, I can confirm that this looks fantastic. As you can probably tell, the show is a take off on such classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons as Scooby-Doo, Jonny Quest and The Funky Phantom, not to mention the ’80s animated series Mister T. It finds the former heavyweight boxing champion teaming up with his adopted Korean daughter Yung Hee (Rachel Ramras), the ghost of the Marquess of Queensbury (Jim Rash) and an alcoholic talking pigeon (Norm MacDonald) to solve mysteries. The best part is that Mike Tyson actually provides his own voice. Mike Tyson Mysteries premieres this fall on Adult Swim; check out the Comic-Con trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Paul Greengrass to Adapt Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda

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Over the past few years, we’ve seen Paul Greengrass flirt with the idea of directing a major studio blockbuster and we’ve heard rumours about him potentially returning to the Bourne franchise. Ultimately, it seems like none of those possibilities were meant to be, and after directing another real-life thriller with Captain Phillips last year, the apparent result is that Greengrass has once again found his niche and plans to continue down that path for the foreseeable future. This week we have learned that Paul Greengrass is reteaming with Captain Phillips producer Scott Rudin for a movie about an Al Qaeda double agent who ended up working for the CIA. It seems like a good fit, but whether or not this will actually be his next movie still remains to be seen.

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Trailer Starring Ben Stiller

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As far as effects-driven family-friendly adventure comedies go, the Night at the Museum series has been pretty successful for 20th Century Fox thus far. The original film made $574 million worldwide back in 2006 and although the sequel made quite a bit less, it was also released in May where it went up against Terminator Salvation and several other summer blockbusters. For the third installment they have wisely decided to go back to a December release… unfortunately, they are also opening on the same day as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Either way, the first trailer for Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb has arrived online this week and it brings back most of the all-star cast including Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, Owen Wilson, Rachael Harris, Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke but this time around they’ve also added Ben Kingsley and Rebel Wilson to the mix. The story finds the motley crew of historical figures forced to travel to the British Museum in London in order to repair the life-giving Golden Tablet. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb hits theatres on Dec. 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Atari: Game Over Trailer: The Legendary E.T. Landfill Documentary

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If you’re a fan of video games at all, you’ve probably already heard about the documentary in development about the New Mexico landfill where millions of copies of the Atari game E.T. were rumoured to have been buried. The ending may have already been spoiled for us, but fortunately the story seems to involve a bit more than just a treasure hunt to find a bunch of buried cartridges. It’s also about the rise and fall of a hugely successful American company and the redemption of the designer who created what is now considered one of the worst games ever made.

Atari: Game Over is the first in a series of feature-length documentaries produced by Microsoft to provide original video content for their Xbox consoles. Directed by Zak Penn (The Grand, Incident at Loch Ness) and produced by Simon and Jonathan Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire, 30 Days), it looks to be a well-shot and entertaining, if somewhat gimmicky, documentary. Atari: Game Over will premiere exclusively on Xbox sometime this fall; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Noah, Herzog: The Collection, Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery

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Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah washes up in stores this week along with a couple of big box sets and not a whole lot else. Other major releases hitting stores include the Cameron Diaz comedy The Other Woman, Tony Jaa’s comeback film The Protector 2, and the British comedy Cuban Fury starring Nick Frost, Rashida Jones and Chris O’Dowd. Criterion is also bringing Lawrence Kasdan’s acclaimed ’80s drama The Big Chill to Blu-ray, but the two must-have releases (if you are willing to shell out the cash) are Shout Factory’s Herzog: The Collection and the long-awaited Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery. Will you be picking up anything this week? Check out the full list of new DVD and Blu-ray releases after the jump.

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