The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

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After proving that they can turn even the most unlikely comic book characters into a blockbuster franchise with Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel will return next summer with the direct follow-up to one of the biggest movies of all time. It won’t take much to get people excited for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that being said, the first teaser trailer comes across as an odd mix of tones and images. They don’t waste any time introducing Ultron as the main villain (I’m assuming that is James Spader’s voice doing most of the narrating), but if they are building him up to be just a giant robot evolved from the Iron Man suit, that seems more than a little disappointing. Either way, we do get some new glimpses of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, which should get fans fired up. The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theatres on May 1st, 2015; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Gambler Red Band Trailer Starring Mark Wahlberg

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Although Mark Wahlberg had a big whiff at the Oscars last year with Lone Survivor, he’s looking to sneak back into contention this year with a remake of the 1974 James Toback classic The Gambler. The original film starred James Caan as a Harvard University-educated English professor with a gambling addiction who goes to Las Vegas in order erase his debts and ends up falling further in the hole. Although the remake was originally intended for Martin Scorsese to direct, Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) eventually took the reins. The cast also includes John Goodman, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams and the script was written by William Monahan (The Departed). The Gambler hits select theatres on Dec. 19th; check out the red band trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Back to the Future to Get Re-release with Live Orchestra, Real Hoverboard Finally Invented

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Next year Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future will turn 30, and as we’ve come to expect when beloved films hit a major anniversary, a theatrical re-release is being planned. However, there is an interesting twist to this one: it will feature a live orchestra performing the film’s score. In addition, composer Alan Silvestri will be contributing brand new music for the event. Ironically, all of this has been announced the very same week that a real-life working hoverboard has been revealed to the public. It’s a good time to be living in the future, friends. Hit the jump for more details.

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The Look of Silence Trailer: Joshua Oppenheimer’s Companion Piece to The Act of Killing

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Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful and disturbing film The Act of Killing was one of the most talked about documentaries of last year, taking former participants in the Indonesian genocide from 1965 to 1966 and asking them to re-enact horrific events as if they are starring in their own Hollywood gangster movie. The movie earned an Academy Award nomination even though it was ultimately robbed by 20 Feet from Stardom, but now this year Oppenheimer is back with a follow-up film that seems a lot more straightforward.

Once again he is confronting the perpetrators, but this time it is quite literally through the lens of an optometrist whose brother was murdered five decades ago. The first trailer for the film mostly sells itself using quotes from critics, but you can get a sense of the quiet beauty and underlying tension involved. The Look of Silence hits theatres sometime in 2015 but will likely have a qualifying run for the Oscars later this year; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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James Wan to Direct The Conjuring 2, Possibly a DC Movie as Well

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Last week we heard a juicy rumour that James Wan might be contemplating a return to the Saw franchise now that a decade has passed since he directed the original film. Of course, last year he also said that he was “finished with the horror genre” because he did not want to be pigeonholed as a director and was more interested in making other kinds of films. Now that he is putting the finishing touches on Fast & Furious 7, however, it seems that he has been “creatively rejuvenated”. Wan has reportedly signed on to direct The Conjuring 2, in addition to inking a first look deal with New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers that could lead to even bigger things. New Line president / COO Toby Emmerich had this to say about the announcement:

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive Gets a New Score

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When Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive hit theatres a few years ago, the film’s retro synth score made a big impression on people, helping to establish the icy cool exterior of its protagonist against a backdrop of crime and violence. It also seems to have influenced the soundtracks to several recent movies like Cold in July and The Guest. Now Refn’s film is about to get a brand new score as part of an intriguing experiment that is sure to pique the interest of fans of electronic music. The project is being put together by BBC Radio 1′s Zane Lowe, although Nicolas Winding Refn has given it his full support. Hit the jump for more details.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Snowpiercer, Sex Tape, The Purge: Anarchy

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This week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases are chock full of genre-y goodness, starting with Bong Joon-ho’s dystopian sci-fi action flick Snowpiercer, James DeMonaco’s The Purge: Anarchy and the Amblin-esque sci-fi adventure Earth to Echo. Other major titles include the underperforming Sex Tape starring Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz, zombie comedy Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza and, yes, the long-awaited WWE horror sequel, See No Evil 2. Noteworthy TV releases include Mad Men: The Final Season, Part 1 and the newly remastered Pee-Wee’s Playhouse: The Complete Series from Shout Factory. New to Blu, we also have Criterion releases of La Dolce Vita and F for Fake, Gorky Park starring William Hurt and Lee Marvin, and The Girl Hunters starring Mickey Spillane in the lead role of an adaptation of his own novel. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #487: Fury

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0:00 – Intro
8:55 – Review: Fury
40:30 – Headlines: Jena Malone Rumoured for Female Robin, Dying of the Light Trailer
1:07:30 – Prescribing Frank: Black Sunday
1:27:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Patton, Leprechaun, A Decade Under the Influence, Print the Legend, Annabelle, Serial Podcast, The People Under the Stairs, Snake Eyes
1:52:10 – Junk Mail: Movies That Lie to the Audience, Salty Language, Best Way to Watch Star Trek, Creepy Characters in Non-Horror Movies, Movies That Get Funnier with Age, Best Way to Watch Interstellar, Sean’s Zac Efron Boycott
2:16:25 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:17:40 – Outro

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Eli Roth to Produce Cabin Fever Remake

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It was over a decade ago that a first-time filmmaker named Eli Roth brought a little horror movie called Cabin Fever to the Toronto International Film Festival, which sparked a bidding war and kickstarted his career. Although he soon followed it up with Hostel, Cabin Fever eventually went on to spawn a pair of direct-to-video sequels, neither of which he had any involvement in. Now Roth is set to return to the Cabin Fever franchise by overseeing a remake of the original film. He won’t be directing it, but he is officially on board as executive producer, thus giving it his seal of approval. But is Cabin Fever really a movie that is begging to be remade?

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Shawn Levy in Talks to Direct Minecraft Movie

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Just one week after Warner Brothers announced plans to expand The Lego Movie franchise with a Lego Batman spin-off, they are continuing to move forward with another property that revolves around building blocks as well. Back in February, hot on the heels of the success of The Lego Movie, they announced that they had acquired the big screen rights to the popular video game Minecraft. At the time, the most surprising thing was that they were planning a live action adaptation as opposed to an animated one. That still appears to be the case, as the project is now close to nailing down a big name director. Hit the jump for more details.

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The Lookalike Trailer Starring Gillian Jacobs and Justin Long

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Although Gillian Jacobs is mostly known for her comedy work, particularly as Britta Perry on Community, she looks to be branching out a bit with her latest film, The Lookalike. The movie is a thriller of sorts that revolves around a drug lord who has an obsession with a girl named Sadie Hill. But when Sadie is accidentally killed, two of his underlings must try to find a lookalike in order to avoid upsetting him. Australian director Richard Gray (Mine Games) is mostly unknown stateside, but the rest of the cast is pretty eclectic and also includes Justin Long, John Corbett, Jerry O’Connell, Gina Gershon and Luis Guzman. The Lookalike hits select theatres and VOD on Nov. 7th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Jena Malone Rumoured for Robin in Batman v Superman

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Just when you thought that Warner Brothers had laid all of their cards on the table by announcing the full line-up of upcoming DC Universe movies, we’ve got one more juicy rumour that just broke over the weekend. This one concerns a semi-secret casting addition to Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We already know that Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman will have significant roles in the film, and it seems a safe assumption that Cyborg, The Flash and Aquaman may also make appearances. But what about Robin? It has long been speculated that a version of Dick Grayson as Nightwing might appear in the film with Adam Driver previously rumoured for the role. Now it appears that Robin may actually be in the film, but as a female version of the character. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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