What We Do in the Shadows Director in Talks for Thor: Ragnarok


Over the past few years, Marvel has developed a reputation for hiring less experienced (read: less expensive) directors for their movies instead of well known A-listers, but in doing so they’ve actually taken some chances on a handful of interesting filmmakers. Jon Favreau and Joss Whedon were not really proven names when they were brought on board for Iron Man and The Avengers; meanwhile James Gunn proved himself to be an inspired choice for Guardians of the Galaxy and Shane Black’s career has been revived thanks to Iron Man 3. Now this week we have news of a particularly unexpected choice to direct the next Thor movie. We are hearing that Kiwi director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Eagle vs. Shark) is the man who will take the reins. But is he ready to take on a massive blockbuster of this magnitude?

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New on Netflix: October 2015


Another month has come and gone, which means there are some shiny new things on Netflix (and quite a few old ones too). Noteworthy additions in the U.S. include The Duke of Burgundy, Batman Begins, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Boogie Nights and the first two Bourne movies plus a handful of stone cold classics like The Graduate, Laura, The Wild Bunch, The Odd Couple, A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

In Canada, there are quite a few more recent theatrical releases like The Imitation Game, Hot Tub Time Machine 2, After Earth, Taken 3, This is the End, Elysium, Project Almanac and the Evil Dead remake plus The Dark Knight and the first season of MTV’s Scream TV series. Both regions get the fifth season of The Walking Dead and Rodney Ascher’s creepy documentary The Nightmare. Will you be adding anything to your queue? Check out the full list of new additions after the jump.

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Bone Tomahawk Trailer Starring Kurt Russell


You know it’s a good year when you have not one but two blood-soaked Kurt Russell westerns to look forward to. Bone Tomahawk premiered at Fantastic Fest earlier this week and although reviews were decidedly mixed it certainly had a lot of people talking. The film stars Kurt Russell as the sheriff of a small town where a young woman is kidnapped by a tribe of cannibalistic cave dwellers. From what we hear, the movie is pretty gruesome at times, but at the very least it should leave genre fans satisfied. Bone Tomahawk co-stars Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons, David Arquette and Sean Young and it hits select theatres and VOD on Oct. 23rd. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Spectre Trailer #3


The next James Bond movie is now only a month away and EON, Sony and MGM have released one final trailer to remind us of that fact. While you might expect the last trailer to give away all kinds of big moments, this one is surprisingly restrained, continuing to tease the mystery behind Christoph Waltz’s character while only really offering a good look at one or two major action setpieces (plus a montage of quick clips). It’s entirely possible that people will come away from this trailer feeling underwhelmed, but hopefully the less is more approach to marketing will pay off in the long run. Spectre hits theatres on Nov. 6th; check out the final trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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HBO Contemplating a Watchmen TV Series


Before Zack Snyder was given the keys to the entire DC Cinematic Universe, he directed a very different kind of superhero movie for Warner Brothers that was also based on a DC property. Watchmen received mostly positive reviews back in 2009 but it earned just $185 million worldwide. That isn’t a huge surprise considering the R-rating and subject matter, but it still feels like a disappointment for such a highly anticipated movie based on a beloved graphic novel. This has led some folks to wonder if Alan Moore’s masterpiece simply wasn’t well-suited for the big screen and if it might work better as a TV series. Word on the street is that HBO has been asking that very question and discussions about a potential Watchmen TV series are currently underway.

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Ghostbusters Animated Feature Film Reportedly in Development


If you’re not yet sick of the on again / off again rumours about multiple Ghostbusters movies being in development, here’s the latest… they are apparently back on again. Earlier this year, it was announced that Ivan Reitman had started up a production company called Ghostcorps to help expand the Ghostbusters universe. At the time, it was being reported that there were additional Ghostbusters movies in the works, but a couple of months ago Reitman denied this, sensing that it was taking away attention from the upcoming Paul Feig reboot. Now this week we have a new report about another Ghostbusters movie with one major difference: this one is animated. Hit the jump for more details.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Martian, The Walk, Sicario


The first week of October kicks off with Ridley Scott’s latest big budget sci-fi film The Martian starring Matt Damon, which is expected to challenge Gravity for the October box office record. Denis Villeneuve’s action-thriller Sicario is also expanding nationwide while Robert Zemeckis’ 3D high-wire film The Walk opens in IMAX theatres. The good news is that all three films have been receiving solid reviews. If that’s not enough, we’ve also got some interesting dramas in select theatres including Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, Partisan starring Vincent Cassel, and the long-delayed Shanghai starring John Cusack, Gong Li and Chow Yun-Fat. What will you be watching this weekend?

Nintendo Quest Trailer: The Thrill of Retro Video Game Hunting


Video game nostalgia is big business these days with retro collectors now paying tens of thousands of dollars for some of the more rare games in existence. Director Robert McCallum decided to explore this insanity with his life-long friend Jay Bartlett by setting out on a road trip across America to try and acquire all 678 official retail-licensed games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. He put Bartlett to the test by giving him just 30 days to accomplish this with no online purchases allowed. The result is a documentary called Nintendo Quest that is now available via Vimeo On Demand. It will also arrive on other digital platforms and DVD on Dec. 1st; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Forest Trailer Starring Natalie Dormer


Although October is the obvious month in which to release a horror movie, January tends to get its fair share as well (admittedly, not always the best ones). Next year will be no different as there are at least four horror flicks scheduled for release in January and here we have the first trailer for one of them. The Forest stars Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2) as a young American woman who visits Japan’s Aokigahara Forest in search of her missing twin sister. Unfortunately for her, the forest is a place where people come to commit suicide and it contains many angry and tormented souls. The Forest is directed by first-time filmmaker Jason Zada and hits theatres on Jan. 8th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Ring Reboot Pushed Back to 2016


If you were wondering why we still had yet to see a trailer or really anything at all from Paramount’s upcoming reboot / sequel to The Ring, this week we have been given an answer. The horror movie, entitled Rings, will not be hitting its Nov. 13th release date and instead has been pushed back to an unspecified release date in 2016. The previous release slot put it up against By the Sea starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the Chilean miner drama The 33 and holiday comedy Love the Coopers. None of these would seem to fall in the same demographic as Rings, so what could be the reason for the delay?

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Vin Diesel Wants Rob Cohen for Furious 8 (UPDATED)


Update: Deadline is reporting that the studio’s top choices are Ericson Core (Invincible, Point Break) and Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, Clash of the Titans).

Last week we learned that Furious 8 was without a director after both James Wan and Justin Lin passed on the project, leaving Universal in desperate need of a replacement. It was also being reported that Vin Diesel had some say in the matter although he did not have veto power over the studio. Now this week Diesel has taken to Facebook to reveal his own top choice for the project (aside from himself) and it appears to be Rob Cohen, who directed the original The Fast and the Furious back in 2001. At the moment, it is unclear if Cohen is even a possibility, but this is what Diesel had to say about it:

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Making a TV Show Based on the Serial Podcast


Phil Lord and Chris Miller continue to be one of the most highly sought after writer/director/producer teams in Hollywood these days, but in between working on 23 Jump Street, The Lego Movie Sequel, The Last Man on Earth, an animated Spider-Man film, a Star Wars Han Solo movie, The Flash movie and their Son of Zahn live-action / animated comedy series, somehow they have found time for just one more project. This week they have announced that they are developing a TV series based on the wildly successful podcast Serial. Here’s the weird part: apparently this will not be about the Adnan Syed case or even a specific true crime story but rather about “the experience of making the hugely successful podcast.” Huh? Here’s what Fox 21 Television Studios president Bert Salke had to say about the project:

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