This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: American Ultra, Shaun the Sheep Movie, Don’t Look Back: Criterion Collection


Lots of summer leftovers and a handful of decent catalogue titles occupy the majority week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases. The biggest releases are the stoner action-comedy American Ultra starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, stop motion animated gem Shaun the Sheep Movie and the mid-range thriller No Escape starring Owen Wilson and Lake Bell plus the musical drama Ricki and the Flash starring Meryl Streep. Meanwhile, comedy fans might want to pick up Inside Amy Schumer: Season 3 and on Blu-ray we’ve got the Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back, Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, Billy Crystal’s Mr. Saturday Night, ’90s Bill Murray comedy Larger Than Life and the 1961 Canadian 3D horror film The Mask. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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2016 Independent Spirit Award Nominations


Although the Independent Spirit Awards are usually held the night before the Oscars, their nominations are announced a few months earlier and signal the start of awards season, more or less. This year’s list of nominees is led by Todd Haynes’ Carol which scored six nominations, followed by Spotlight and Beasts of No Nation with five apiece. Tangerine, the low budget film shot on an iPhone, is also being recognized with four nods, as is Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa. This may or may not have any bearing at all on the Oscars, but let the speculation begin! What do you think of this year’s nominees? Check out the full list after the jump.

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Tom Cruise to Star in The Mummy Reboot


Throughout the course of his career, Tom Cruise has covered a variety of genres including drama, comedy, action and sci-fi, but one genre that he has largely neglected up until now has been horror. While that is not a huge surprise considering that horror usually has no use (and no money) for A-list stars, the only real horror movie in his filmography is Interview with the Vampire, which also happens to be a romance. Now this week we are hearing that he might be looking to change that by playing a significant role in the upcoming reboot of the Universal Monsters franchise. He will reportedly star in the new version of The Mummy, but may turn up in other movies in the series as well. Hit the jump for more details.

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Captain America: Civil War Trailer


We’ve already seen a few trailers for some of next year’s summer blockbusters, but now Marvel has unveiled our first good look at what will surely be one of the biggest movies of next year: Captain America: Civil War. As most people are already aware, the story finds The Avengers divided over a governmental mandate for accountability and oversight with Tony Stark leading one side and Steve Rogers leading the other. There isn’t a whole lot of action in this first trailer, but it does seem to establish a slightly darker tone which in this case seems justified. Sadly, if you were hoping for a glimpse of Spider-Man, you’ll have to keep waiting… unless you believe this guy. Captain America: Civil War hits theatres on May 6th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #44: Steven Spielberg Sci-Fi Spectacular


This means something… this is important. Film Junk’s latest premium podcast is a nostalgia-fueled examination of the science-fiction films of Steven Spielberg from his early alien-themed films Close Encounters of the Third Kind and E.T. through to his Stanley Kubrick collaboration A.I. and more recent action-oriented entries like Minority Report and War of the Worlds. Topics of discussion include the effectiveness of the various cuts of Close Encounters and E.T., the recurring theme of broken families, Spielberg’s partnership with Janusz Kaminski and his masterful use of product placement and familiar pop culture. So is Close Encounters of the Third Kind Spielberg’s ultimate sci-fi masterpiece? Do the endings of his more recent films leave something to be desired? Does Minority Report still succeed in spite of its plot loopholes or has Frank had a major change of heart? And what the heck is a Sine Supremus anyway? In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king… get a little clarity with this month’s premium podcast below.

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New Tremors TV Series in the Works, Kevin Bacon to Star


After years of begging for a new installment, Tremors fans got their fix earlier this year with Tremors 5: Bloodlines, a VOD sequel starring series mainstay Michael Gross and newcomer Jamie Kennedy. However, it looks like things are about to get even more exciting for Graboid junkies because there is also a new Tremors TV series in the works as well. It gets better: Kevin Bacon is back on board as both a star and a producer! He will indeed be reprising his role as Valentine McKee and the setting will return to the fictional desert town of Perfection, Nevada. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Trailer


Although the DC Cinematic Universe has been a little slow to ramp up on the big screen, we’ve had no shortage of TV shows based on DC Comics as of late. From The Flash and Arrow to Gotham and Supergirl, this is one area where Warner Brothers has actually been a little more productive than Marvel. Now this January there is one more DC show to add to the mix: a spin-off from Arrow and The Flash called Legends of Tomorrow. The show revolves around a superhero team sent back in time to stop a villain from taking over the world and its members include The Atom, Firestorm, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Captain Cold and Heatwave. Let’s be honest, it looks pretty ridiculous, but something tells me they’re well aware of that fact. Legends of Tomorrow premieres on The CW on Jan. 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Fantastic Four Sequel Pulled from Release Schedule


It’s no secret that Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot was one of the biggest box office bombs of the year, earning just $167 million worldwide on a $120 million budget. Last month there were unconfirmed reports that the Fantastic Four rights might be headed back to Marvel in an attempt to once again reboot the franchise, but both sides have since stated that this is completely untrue. Producer Simon Kinberg told MTV News that they were trying to figure out what the next movie would be, especially since a sequel had already been greenlit and given a release date of June 9th, 2017. However, this week it looks like that sequel may not be happening so soon, if at all. Hit the jump for more details.

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Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups Trailer #2


It’s been almost a year since we saw the first trailer for Terrence Malick’s upcoming film Knight of Cups, and at the time we thought we would get to see this movie sometime in 2015. The movie did premiere at the Berlin Film Festival back in February but it is now finally set to be released early next year and we have a new official trailer to ogle. The movie stars Christian Bale as a Hollywood screenwriter who is drawn into a life of excess while also struggling with the emptiness he feels inside. Comparisons have already been made to La Dolce Vita (among other films), but it is the non-stop stream of immersive imagery that looks to set this one apart. Knight of Cups co-stars Cate Blanchett and Natalie Portman and it hits theatres on March 4th, 2016. Check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #541: The Night Before


0:00 – Intro / Star Wars Battlefront
12:55 – Review: The Night Before
49:09 – Headlines: Zoolander 2 Trailer, Midnight Special Trailer, Memento Remake in the Works
1:11:04 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Fan, Wild at Heart, Flight of the Navigator, Star Wars, Merchants of Doubt, Nathan for You: Season 3
1:38:42 – Junk Mail: Mistress America is NOT a Screwball Comedy, Manifesto Questions, Logging #ALLMYMOVIES on Letterboxd, Beautiful Posters for Movies We Hate, Reboot Question, Being Haunted by Letterboxd Ghosts, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Quiz
2:10:40 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray / Outro

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Extraction Trailer Starring Bruce Willis and Gina Carano


As disappointing as it is to see Bruce Willis descending down the same VOD black hole as actors like Nicolas Cage, John Travolta and Robert DeNiro, in some ways, it’s hard to feel sorry for the guy. A couple of years ago he was quoted as saying that he is bored with action movies and only does them for the money and at this point it’s really starting to show. In this latest film, Extraction, it looks as though he’s barely even involved in the action sequences at all, spending the entire movie tied up while Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Gina Carano (Haywire) do all the work. I guess it’s a good gig if you can get it. Extraction is directed by Steven C. Miller (Automaton Transfusion, Silent Night) and hits select theatres and VOD on Dec. 18th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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First Wonder Woman Photo and Full Cast List Revealed


Production is now officially underway on the solo Wonder Woman movie and we have our first official photo to prove it. Gal Gadot recently tweeted out a photo of herself wearing the tiara, although it doesn’t reveal the entire costume. It seems to coincide with the previously released photo of the character as envisioned by Zack Snyder.

It comes on the heels of another set photo from the film featuring Chris Pine and Said Taghmaoui in period garb, as well as a photo of the Wonder Woman that could have been in George Miller’s ill-fated Justice League Mortal (as played by Megan Gale). Warner Brothers also revealed the full cast list for the film, which oddly enough does not mention Nicole Kidman, who was recently rumoured to be in talks for a role. Wonder Woman hits theatres on June 23rd, 2017; check out the photos and the official cast list after the jump.

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