New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Instagram Teaser

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Following up on the recent news that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be taking over every IMAX screen in existence for an entire month, Disney and Lucasfilm have released a brand new teaser trailer for the film. It’s a pretty short one, debuting on Instagram as a part of the rollout of their new widescreen video feature. Still, new Star Wars footage is new Star Wars footage… and this video includes a quick glimpse of Finn firing up his lightsaber, apparently preparing to go toe-to-toe with Kylo Ren. Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theatres on Dec. 18th; check out the 15-second teaser after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Galaxy Quest TV Series Coming to Amazon

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There is no shortage of TV shows based on movies out there right now including Fargo, Scream, From Dusk Till Dawn, 12 Monkeys and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, just to name a few. And still more are scheduled to debut in the near future: Minority Report, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Westworld, Rush Hour, Limitless and Uncle Buck, for example, and the list just keeps on growing. This week Amazon has announced that they are also setting up another TV show based on a movie after missing the mark with their Zombieland pilot a few years ago. The movie that they have chosen to adapt is the 1999 sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest, which wasn’t a huge hit in theatres but certainly developed a huge cult following afterward. Hit the jump for more details.

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First Photo of Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed Movie

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Although the movie has already been delayed a few times, it looks as though production is finally about to start on the Assassin’s Creed movie and we have the first official image to prove it. Michael Fassbender will play a brand new character named Callum Lynch unconnected to any of the protagonists in previous games, who will “relive the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain” before taking on the Knights Templar in the present day. The movie co-stars Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises), Michael K. Williams (The Wire), and Ariane Labed (Before Midnight, Alps) and is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown). Assassin’s Creed hits theatres on Dec. 16th, 2016; check out a bigger version of the photo after the jump and see what you think.

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Sons of Anarchy Spin-Off in the Works

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Although premium TV networks like HBO, AMC and FX have generally been smart about letting their most popular shows end when the time is right, that doesn’t mean they are willing to simply throw away the audiences that they have managed to build. Spin-offs can a great way to bring those viewers back, as AMC already proved earlier this year with their Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. They also just launched a Walking Dead spin-off to run parallel to the original series and now this week FX is looking to get in on the game as well. The network is reportedly developing a spin-off for their most popular series to date, Sons of Anarchy, which just concluded after seven seasons back in December. But is it a story that is worth continuing?

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Listening Trailer: A Sci-Fi Thriller About Mind Control

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Here’s an interesting sci-fi concept that may or may not make for a great sci-fi movie: what if someone invented a device that allowed you to visualize what someone else is thinking? Although mental telepathy has been featured in plenty of sci-fi and fantasy movies over the years, it has usually been portrayed as a supernatural or spiritual ability as opposed to something we could achieve through technology. The upcoming film Listening seems to take the Primer approach, imagining a scenario where real-world science not only makes telepathy possible, but also “better than sex.”

Directed by first-time filmmaker Khalil Sullins, the movie focuses on a group of grad students who come up with the mind-reading technology, hoping to cash in on it. Of course, the government quickly comes knocking, claiming that it is a matter of national security, and soon they are considering the possibility of mind control as well. It certainly looks like there are some interesting ideas here, let’s just hope the execution is there as well. Listening hits select theatres and VOD on Sept. 11th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Joaquin Phoenix to Reunite with M. Night Shyamalan for Next Movie

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The release of M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film The Visit is only a couple of weeks away and at the moment no one really seems to be talking about it. While that might be a favourable situation that allows the movie to take everyone by surprise, it could also mean that it is simply destined to flop. Certainly, Shyamalan’s reputation is still in pretty bad shape after a handful of major disappointments and there is a lot at stake for him here (especially considering that he financed it himself). At any rate, he seems to have enough confidence in The Visit that he is already preparing for a follow-up, which will reportedly find him reteaming with a familiar face. Hit the jump to find out what we know about M. Night Shyamalan’s next movie.

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New Photo and Details on Star Wars: The Force Awakens Villain Kylo Ren

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Ever since he first pulled out his so-called “broadsaber” in the first teaser trailer, fans have been dying to know more about the primary villain in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It was already revealed that his name is Kylo Ren and he is played by Adam Driver but now this month J.J. Abrams is finally starting to drip feed some additional information about the character. In particular, this week he has finally explained why the character does not bear the title “Darth”, and it’s really quite simple… he’s not a Sith. Here’s what Abrams had to say about it in this month’s issue of Empire Magazine:

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Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth Trailer Starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel

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After winning last year’s Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with The Great Beauty, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino is back this year with a star-studded ensemble drama that is likely to be his highest profile film yet. Youth stars Michael Caine as Fred, a retired composer and conductor who is on vacation with his best friend, a film director named Mick (Harvey Keitel). Mick is still working to complete his final film, while Fred’s daughter (Rachel Weisz) wants Fred to come out of retirement.

Based on the first trailer, the movie doesn’t seem to be overly reliant on plot, but rather seems more focused on exploring what it means to get older while still harboring artistic aspirations and a desire to leave a lasting legacy. There are also some hints of comedy although this certainly doesn’t tread into Grumpy Old Men territory. Paul Dano and Jane Fonda also co-star. Youth hits select theatres on Dec. 4th; check out the official trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Blade Reboot Will Probably Focus on Blade’s Daughter

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Over the past few years, we’ve seen Marvel regain the rights to some of the comic book properties that other studios weren’t able to turn into profitable movie franchises. Those properties include Daredevil, The Punisher, Ghost Rider and Blade, and although Marvel has already relaunched Daredevil as a Netflix TV series with The Punisher scheduled to appear in season 2, they still have not announced any plans for the other two. This week, however, there is an interesting rumour circulating about a potential fresh start for Blade. What’s more, it is possible that Wesley Snipes will still be involved. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Aloha, Big Game, Citizenfour

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Cameron Crowe’s latest romantic comedy Aloha came and went pretty quickly this summer, but it is looking to find an audience on DVD and Blu-ray this week along with the Finnish action-comedy Big Game starring Samuel L. Jackson. Other smaller releases include Two Days, One Night starring Marion Cotillard, Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour and one of Albert Maysles’ final films, Iris. On the small screen, we have the fifth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, while noteworthy Blu-ray releases include Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood, Sidney Lumet’s Daniel and The World According to Garp starring Robin Williams plus a handful of ’80s cult classics (Student Bodies, The Last Dragon, The Last American Virgin). 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 #528: American Ultra, Straight Outta Compton and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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0:00 – Intro + A New Strain of Criterionitis
22:30 – Review: American Ultra
42:35 – Review: Straight Outta Compton
1:03:40 – Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
1:18:55 – Headlines: The Hateful Eight Trailer
1:28:40 – Other Stuff We Watched: True Detective: Season 2, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, Shaun the Sheep Movie, Bank Shot, Blue Velvet, One Spy Too Many, Lakeview Terrace, Nomads, Fort Tilden, Jaws, Seven, Two Days, One Night
2:24:50 – Junk Mail: Blu-rays We’d Like to Get Rid Of, The KoC’s Thoughts on Horror-Comedy, ’80s Movies That Should Have Had a Saturday Morning Cartoon
2:35:30 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:38:20 – Outro

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Terminator Genisys Scores Fourth Highest Debut Ever in China

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After a disappointing run at the box office in the U.S., Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim was saved by brisk business in other parts of the world, eventually prompting Legendary Pictures to announce a sequel. At the time, fans rejoiced and all was right with the world. However, there is also an unfortunate flip side to the insane amount of money that Hollywood blockbusters are making overseas these days: sometimes movies that deserve to flop end up getting saved as well. This week we are hearing that Terminator Genisys has just opened big in China… so big, in fact, that it might convince Paramount to greenlight another sequel. Is it too much to ask for them to only release the sequel in China as well?

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