Transformers: The Last Knight Trailer

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It looks like all of the 2017 blockbusters are rushing to get trailers out in time for Rogue One, and so here we have the first trailer for Michael Bay’s fifth (and final?) Transformers movie, Transformers: The Last Knight. I never saw the last one, but I’m guessing that’s not the only reason why this trailer seems so jarring and chaotic. We’ve got nazis, we’ve got mechanical dragons, and we’ve got Optimus Prime battling Bumblebee. We know that the movie has something to do with King Arthur and time travel, and Mark Wahlberg is returning along with several actors from previous films including Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson. I think I speak for a lot of people when I say that I am more interested to see where they go with this franchise next (a Bumblebee spin-off is already scheduled for release in 2018). Transformers: The Last Knight hits theatres on June 23rd, 2017; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Jimmy Kimmel to Host the 2017 Oscars

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When the #OscarsSoWhite controversy hit earlier this year, the fact that was Chris Rock was hosting the Academy Awards ended up being both a blessing and a curse. He certainly met the controversy head on, but not without generating a little backlash of his own. That backlash may or may not have been a factor when it came to choosing a new host for next year (and to be fair, we don’t know if Chris Rock would have returned even if he had been asked). However, we can now confirm that he won’t be back for 2017, and instead the job will go to late night host Jimmy Kimmel. Hit the jump for more details.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer #2

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A new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 premiered at the Comic Con Experience 2016 in Brazil over the weekend and it is now online for your viewing enjoyment. This trailer, much like the last one, shies away from any real plot details, preferring instead to focus on the humour. We do get plenty of Baby Groot this time around, to the point where I worry that we could be in for an overdose of cuteness. We also get our first look at a multi-dimensional monster called an Abilisk and also Pom Klementieff as a telepath named Mantis. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will kick off next year’s summer movie season on May 5th; check out the newest trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Mummy Trailer Starring Tom Cruise

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After dropping a 15 second tease last week, the first full trailer for Universal’s upcoming reboot of The Mummy premiered online last night. This is the first installment in their newly resurrected Universal Monsters franchise and it stars Tom Cruise as a former special forces officer who faces an ancient evil princess (Sofia Boutella) who has been awakened from her crypt beneath the desert. Russell Crowe also shows up as Dr. Jekyll, setting the stage for one of the follow up films. As expected, this feels much more like a big action movie than a horror movie (not unlike Brendan Fraser’s The Mummy trilogy). Still, I guess it is kind of interesting to see the normally unflappable Tom Cruise scream in terror? The Mummy is directed by Alex Kurtzman (People Like Us) and it hits theatres on June 9th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Moana Feasts on Thanksgiving Leftovers

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As expected, it was a pretty quiet weekend at the box office with Disney’s Moana easily hanging on at the top for a repeat victory. The movie earned another $28.4 million domestically and $32 million internationally, bringing its worldwide total to $177 million. In second place, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them added another $18.5 million, followed by Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, which is turning out to have some pretty strong legs and is proving to be a solid hit for Paramount (it has now made $105 million on a $47 million budget). Allied and Doctor Strange rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere Blumhouse’s Incarnate debuted at #9 with just $2.7 million, which is not great even for a modestly budgeted horror film. Oscar hopeful Manchester by the Sea finished just outside the top 10 after expanding to 150 screens.

1. Moana — $28.4M
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — $18.5M
3. Arrival — $7.3M
4. Allied — $7.1M
5. Doctor Strange — $6.5M
6. Trolls — $4.6M
7. Hacksaw Ridge — $3.4M
8. Bad Santa 2 — $3.3M
9. Incarnate — $2.7M
10. Almost Christmas — $2.5M

Amy Schumer to Headline Live-Action Barbie Movie

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We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a live-action Barbie movie for years now, probably ever since Michael Bay’s Transformers opened the floodgates on movies based on toys in the late 2000s. Of course, the concept has always seemed tricky if not downright problematic thanks to the image of Barbie and the on-going debate over her suitability as a role model for young girls. Sony took an interesting approach to the problem when they hired Diablo Cody to rewrite the script last year, aiming for something more unconventional and contemporary. Now they’ve taken that a step further by hiring Amy Schumer to star in the film. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.

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Netflix Adds Download and Go Option for Offline Viewing

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Although Amazon had this functionality over a year ago, it looks like Netflix has finally caught up with the times and introduced a long-rumoured feature to their mobile app as well: offline viewing. As of earlier this week, the Netflix iOS and Android apps have been updated to allow you to download select movies and TV shows and store them on your device to watch later, even without an internet connection. This is particularly handy for those of us who live in countries where unlimited data plans are a rarity, although it is also useful for long flights or subway commutes. Oh, and most importantly, this is available at no extra cost. Hit the jump for more info on how this new feature works.

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HBO’s Big Little Lies Trailer Starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman

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If you needed further proof that everyone in Hollywood is flocking from movies to TV for all the artistic freedom that it can offer, just check out HBO’s next high-profile limited series. Big Little Lies is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild, Dallas Buyers Club) and it features some pretty major A-list stars including Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgård and Shailene Woodley. Based on Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name, this dark dramedy revolves around “three mothers of kindergartners whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.” Big Little Lies is created and written by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal) and it premieres on Feb. 19th, running for seven episodes in total. Check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Incarnate, Jackie, The Eyes of My Mother

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I’m not sure why, but for some reason the first weekend in December is almost always as barren as the last weekend in August. The only major release in theatres this weekend is Brad Peyton’s possession flick Incarnate starring Aaron Eckhart and Carice van Houten. Potential Oscar contender Jackie starring Natalie Portman is also opening but only on a handful of screens. Other releases in select theatres include the black-and-white horror flick The Eyes of My Mother, Things to Come starring Isabelle Huppert, and the faith-based film Believe. I think it’s safe to say that Disney’s Moana is going to continue to pack in moviegoers on its way to a very long and profitable theatrical run. What will you be watching this weekend?

This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Don’t Breathe, Pete’s Dragon, The BFG

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It’s pretty slim pickings when it comes to DVD and Blu-ray releases this week, which seems odd considering that Christmas is now less than a month away. That being said, there are still a handful of high profile releases including Fede Alvarez’s well-received horror/thriller Don’t Breathe and a pair of family-friendly adventure films: Steven Spielberg’s The BFG and Disney’s Pete’s Dragon remake. There are also a few other smaller titles that may be of interest including Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and the year’s weirdest gross out horror-comedy The Greasy Strangler. On Blu-ray, we’ve also got the Richard Lester comedy Finders Keepers and the ’70s action thriller b-movie Death Machines. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of noteworthy releases after the jump.

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10 Cloverfield Lane Director Takes on Houdini Movie

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After following up the success of 10 Cloverfield Lane with an episode of Black Mirror, it looks like director Dan Trachtenberg is potentially moving away from science-fiction for his next big screen project. He is reportedly close to signing on to direct a movie about master illusionist and legendary escape artist Harry Houdini. There have been quite a few Houdini movies made over the years, but with magic now having a sudden resurgence on screen thanks to Now You See Me and Doctor Strange, it would seem that this new project will attempt to turn the man into an action hero of sorts. Hit the jump to find out what we know about this rather unconventional Houdini biopic.

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Greg McLean and James Gunn’s The Belko Experiment Trailer

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We’re about six months out from the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but before that arrives we’ve got another movie from the mind of James Gunn to look forward to. The Belko Experiment is a twisted little horror / action flick that finds him returning to his genre roots and teaming up with Wolf Creek director Greg McLean. The story seems inspired by films like High-Rise, Battle Royale and Severance, although Gunn claims that it came to him in a dream. It revolves around a group of American office workers who are locked inside their corporate headquarters and essentially ordered to kill one another or else be killed themselves. The Belko Experiment stars John Gallagher Jr., Michael Rooker, Tony Goldwyn, Mikaela Hoover, Adria Arjona and John C. McGinley and it hits theatres on March 17th; check out the red band trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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