Google Glass Officially Banned in Movie Theatres

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After all of the frustration caused by cell phones being used in movies theatres as of late, it appears that theatre owners are trying to get a headstart in cracking down on various wearable devices as well. This week the MPAA and National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) announced that they are taking a zero tolerance stance against Google Glass and other similar mobile devices. Of course, their main concern is not so much about preserving the moviegoing experience as it is about preventing piracy. Here is the official statement on the matter that was issued by both groups earlier this week:

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Is a Wonder Woman Trilogy Already in the Works?

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Over the past year or two, there has been an increasing number of voices asking why we still have not seen a recent comic book movie headlined by a woman. Excuses have ranged from the lack of viable characters to the box office flops of Catwoman and Elektra, but now, in the span of a few weeks, it looks as though the tide is finally turning. Both DC and Marvel have announced their first female superhero flicks, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel respectively, and Sony is also considering an all-female team-up in the Spider-Man universe. If these movies are successful, you can bet we’ll see more, and as it turns out, Warner Brothers may be banking on it. Word on the street is that they are already planning an entire trilogy of Wonder Woman films as part of their future plans.

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Ricky Gervais to Write, Direct and Star in Special Correspondents Remake with Eric Bana

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After spending the last couple of years focusing on his TV series Derek, it looks like British comedian Ricky Gervais is getting ready to give the big screen another shot. Earlier this year he announced that he was working on a feature film spin-off from The Office entitled Life on the Road. The movie will revolve around David Brent going on tour with his band, Foregone Conclusion, and it will utilize the familiar mockumentary format. Now this week we have another big screen project to add to his plate: a remake of the 2009 French comedy Special Correspondents. Sadly, his former partner in crime Stephen Merchant does not appear to be involved in either one.

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Sony Contemplating Spider-Man All-Star Female Team-Up Movie

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Over the past few months, it has become pretty clear that Sony really has no idea what they’re going to do with The Amazing Spider-Man movie franchise in the immediate future. Back in July, they announced that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 would be pushed back in favour of The Sinister Six movie, which we later found out would potentially be a “soft reboot” of the franchise with a brand new Spider-Man who teams up with several villains for the greater good. At the same time, it was also being rumoured that they might be working with Marvel to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which would be a pretty big deal indeed. Somewhere in there, we also heard that they were trying to set up a female-led Spider-Man spin-off, although it was unclear which character that movie would focus on. Now we are hearing something even more ambitious could be happening with that project: instead of just one female character, it might bring all of them together in one movie. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Nightcrawler, Before I Go To Sleep, Saw: 10th Anniversary

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It’s kind of a slow weekend for new movies, mostly because it’s Halloween and that generally keeps paying customers away from multiplexes. However, the good news is that Dan Gilroy’s fantastically twisted directorial debut Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal is sneaking into theatres and will face little in the way of competition. The only other major releases are the original Saw, which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a special one week engagement, and the Rowan Joffe thriller Before I Go to Sleep starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. In select theatres, we also have Alexandre Aja’s Horns and horror anthology sequel The ABCs of Death 2. What will you be watching this weekend?

Seth Rogen to Play Woz in Steve Jobs Biopic, Jessica Chastain Also Rumoured

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After receiving confirmation last week that Christian Bale has been officially been cast as Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming biopic, it is looking like the project is now back on track and gearing up to start production in the near future. Danny Boyle is attached to direct from a script by Aaron Sorkin, based on the biography by Walter Isaacson. Unlike the previous Steve Jobs biopic, the poorly-received Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, it looks like they are aiming for an A-list cast to work opposite Bale and this week we have our first indication as to who some of those actors might be. Hit the jump for more details.

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New on Netflix: Django Unchained, Snowpiercer, Under the Skin

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As we wrap up October and head into November, there are still a handful of decent last-minute titles being added to Netflix Instant this week. In the U.S., the biggest releases are Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, but there are also some noteworthy TV titles including the Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond mini-series and new seasons of Sons of Anarchy and The Carrie Diaries. In Canada, it has been difficult to decipher what is new since they seem to be re-adding a bunch of old content, but the standout additions include Under the Skin starring Scarlett Johansson, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem and the new Adult Swim animated series Mike Tyson Mysteries (although only one episode is available so far… what gives?). Do you see anything worth watching? Check out the full list of new additions after the jump.

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Michael Bay in Talks to Direct Real Life Benghazi Drama

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Although it’s still unclear if Michael Bay will hold true to his word that Transformers: Age of Extinction will be the last Transformers movie he directs, this week we are getting our first solid info on what his next project behind the camera might be. Earlier this year, Paramount and Platinum Dunes set up an undersea adventure thriller that Bay was considering as a directing vehicle for himself. However, it now appears that he is more interested in taking on something a little more… political. Word on the street is that he is currently circling a political drama based on the 2012 terrorist attack on an American compound in Benghazi, Libya. Could Michael Bay be changing gears in his career and possibly even trying to pursue an Oscar?

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Alex Garland’s Ex Machina Trailer

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After making a name for himself as both a novelist and a screenwriter, Alex Garland is now making the jump to director with a film called Ex Machina. The movie stars Domhnall Gleeson (The Harry Potter Series) as a young programmer who wins a competition to spend a week with the CEO of the company that he works for (Oscar Isaac) at his private estate. While there, he is asked to test Ava (Alicia Vikander), a state of the art female A.I. that is more clever and deceptive than they could have ever predicted. Similar to Garland’s previous collaborations with Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Sunshine), this looks to combine thought-provoking sci-fi with some unsettling horror and suspense elements. Ex Machina hits theatres on April 10, 2015; check out a pair of trailers after the jump and let us know what you think.

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First Promo Images from Terminator Genisys, Plot Synopsis Revealed

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Update: More photos have been added courtesy of EW.

Up until now, the only images we’ve seen from the upcoming Terminator reboot/sequel/rehash Terminator Genisys have been the official logo and a set photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger sitting on a chair. This week, however, they have debuted the first images of the cast in character on the cover of the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. The pictures show Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Jason Clarke and Matt Smith squinting half-heartedly into the camera above the headline, “How to Save a Billion Dollar Franchise.” Personally, I prefer the photo of the back of Arnold’s head.

Strangely, Arnold is nowhere to be seen here, which seems like a bit of a mistake. They did, however, reveal how he fits into the story, which was apparently James Cameron’s idea. Something tells me fans are not going to be particularly pleased. Terminator Genisys hits theatres on July 1st, 2015; check out the full size images and the plot synopsis after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Premium Podcast Episode #33: The Halloween Franchise

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What better way to celebrate Halloween than to revisit one of the most prolific and iconic horror movie franchises ever created? Special guest Matt Gourley joins us to work through some of his childhood fears and to help us confront something even more terrifying than the boogeyman himself… Halloween Resurrection. Key topics of discussion include the evolution of Michael Myers’ mask, the de-evolution of Donald Pleasence, the new Producer’s Cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and the incestuous undertones found throughout the series. So how does the Halloween franchise stack up against all of the imitators? Was Halloween III a mistake or is it just misunderstood? Can anyone actually take Paul Rudd seriously anymore? Grab this month’s premium podcast and let the dangertainment begin.

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Elf Stop Motion TV Special Coming in December

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Earlier this month we heard some intriguing rumours about a Bill Murray Christmas special, and although that doesn’t seem likely to be arriving in time for this holiday season, there is another Christmas special coming this year that may be of interest. Jon Favreau’s 2003 film Elf starring Will Ferrell has developed a pretty strong following over the years, becoming an annual tradition for many. The movie has even spawned a Broadway musical which toured the U.S. in 2012 and looks to be doing the same again this year. In addition, there is also a new Elf animated spin-off that will be coming to NBC in December. Sadly, Will Ferrell is not involved, but instead The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons will take his place.

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