New on Netflix: Bloodline, The Rover, Life Itself


Surprise, surprise… it’s yet another new Netflix Original Series as the first season of the family crime drama Bloodline debuts in all regions this week. Other big additions to Netflix Instant in the U.S. include the seventh season of Mad Men and the first season of Turn, plus the Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, the Renny Harlin cult classic Deep Blue Sea and the third installment in the found footage horror anthology series V/H/S: Viral. In Canada, you can now watch David Michôd’s post-apocalyptic thriller The Rover, Steven Soderbergh’s pharmaceutical drama Side Effects and James Gray’s The Immigrant starring Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix. Will you be adding anything to your queue? Check out the full list of noteworthy additions after the jump.

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Superfast! Trailer: Friedberg and Seltzer Spoof Fast & Furious


Oh boy, they’re at it again! Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the visionary writer-director team behind such films as Epic Movie, Disaster Movie and Meet the Spartans, are back with their latest spoof Superfast! and as you can probably guess, it targets the Fast & Furious franchise. Obviously these movies provide ample opportunity for parody, but the Friedberg / Seltzer school of comedy seems to involve basically remaking the movies and adding a funny dance sequence as well. Still, you gotta give them credit for continuing to churn these things out despite the endless derision they bring. Superfast! hits select theatres and iTunes on April 3rd (the same day as Furious 7). Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know if you can stomach it.

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Jason Segel to Write and Co-Direct Another Lego Movie Spin-Off


I think we all knew that the insane success of The Lego Movie would lead to a sequel, but the folks at Warner Brothers weren’t content to stop there. After years of churning out direct-to-DVD Lego animated movies, they have been quick to apply that formula to the big screen with several other Lego-related spin-offs. In addition to the Lego Ninjago movie coming later this year and the previously announced Lego Batman movie, now there is another original Lego animated movie in the works from none other than Jason Segel. The movie is called The Billion Brick Race but plot details are being kept under wraps for the time being. Hit the jump to find out what we know about the latest Lego flick.

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Steven Spielberg to Direct Ready Player One


Well I’ll be damned. Last we heard, the folks at Warner Brothers were aiming pretty high with potential directors for the big screen adaptation of Ernest Cline’s sci-fi novel Ready Player One. The wishlist included big names like Christopher Nolan, Peter Jackson and Robert Zemeckis, but at the time there was absolutely no indication that any of them actually had any interest in the project. Now this week it looks like they have somehow managed to land a filmmaker who arguably trumps them all: Steven Spielberg. Ernie Cline must be masturbating furiously in his DeLorean right now.

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Maggie Trailer: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Daughter is a Zombie


We’ve been hearing about the Arnold Schwarzenegger zombie flick Maggie for a while now, and in fact, the film was supposed to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year but Lionsgate pulled it from the line-up after acquiring the distribution rights. At the time, it was unclear if that was a good sign or bad sign, but now the movie is finally about to see the light of day. The first trailer has arrived online ahead of its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month.

It looks like a slightly different take on the zombie genre and falls much more in the realm of quiet family drama than gory action film. Schwarzenegger plays a father who is determined to protect his daughter (played by Abigail Breslin) even after she is bitten and slowly transforms into a zombie. Whether or not Arnie has the acting chops to pull off this kind of role remains to be seen, but you have to give him credit for trying. Maggie is directed by title sequence designer Henry Hobson and hits select theatres on May 8th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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First Official Photo of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor


When it first announced that Jesse Eisenberg would be playing Superman villain Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, many fans were unsure that a neurotic dweeb could portray such a formidable foe. However, it also implied that this might be a slightly different take on Luthor, something that Zack Snyder has claimed himself. Well, this week we have our first official photo of Eisenberg in character and it looks pretty much as you’d expect. Granted, it’s just a black and white headshot so there’s not a whole lot to analyze here, but spoiler warning… he’s bald! What do you think, does Jesse Eisenberg fit the bill here? Check out the photo after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Entourage Trailer #2


If the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Entourage movie served as a bit of a reminder that many of us have already moved on from this show, the second full trailer is trying its best to remain relevant with a laundry list of cameos that includes Liam Neeson, Jessica Alba, Pharrell, Armie Hammer, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady and George Takei. It also re-iterates some of the plot points we already knew about including Vinnie Chase directing his first film and Turtle setting up an MMA fight with Ronda Rousey, plus it throws in mentions of a possible sex tape scandal, Lloyd getting married and E becoming a father. Either way, I think we can rest assured that much like in the TV show, everything will magically work out in the end. Entourage hits theatres on June 5th; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The X-Files Officially Returning to TV


The truth is still out there, and in the thirteen years since The X-Files ended, it would appear that Mulder and Scully have never stopped wanting to believe. Following up on the rumours that surfaced back in January, the contracts have now been signed and the deals are in place for David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson to return for another season of The X-Files. This week they have officially announced that the show will be returning to Fox for a six-episode event series sometime this summer. Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, had this to say about the announcement:

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Into the Woods, The Thin Blue Line


The final installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit arrives in stores this week, completing the trilogy for those who are not keeping up with the extended editions. Aside from that, we’ve got a couple more high-profile December releases arriving on DVD and Blu-ray (Into the Woods and Unbroken) and a handful of great Errol Morris documentaries are finally getting the HD treatment. The Thin Blue Line in particular seems to be coming out at the perfect time to pique the interest of fans of Serial or The Jinx. Horror hounds also might want to give Adam Green’s Digging Up the Marrow a look and if you need to prep for Furious 7, there is a new Fast & Furious Limited Edition Collection that has your name on it. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new DVD and Blu-ray releases after the jump.

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Neill Blomkamp and Simon Kinberg to Produce Movie Based on Sci-Fi Short The Leviathan


Neill Blomkamp first attracted the attention of Hollywood by directing a handful of impressive short films with dazzling special effects, two of which he has now expanded to full blown feature films. Now he is looking to return the favour by helping another filmmaker turn one of his shorts into a feature film as well. About a week ago, Irish director Ruari Robinson (The Last Days on Mars) posted a short proof of concept video online for a project called The Leviathan (yep, just what we need, another movie called Leviathan). The video is a collaboration between Robinson and screenwriter Jim Uhls (Fight Club, Jumper) and after racking up 1.5 million views and tons of online buzz, it is now on the verge of being greenlit as a feature film. Hit the jump for more details and to check out the short film if you haven’t already seen it.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #508: Black Sea


0:00 – Intro
6:30 – Review: Black Sea
27:00 – Headlines: Pixels Trailer, Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Trailer
42:30 – Film Junk Re-Review: Real Steel
1:05:13 – Other Stuff We Watched: Housebound, Superstar, The Rover, Hercules, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Bloodline, House of Cards: Season 3, The Drop, The Chair, Secretary, Transformers: The Movie + The Cybertronic Spree
1:40:20 – Score Bits
2:27:00 – Junk Mail: Watching Movies in Multiple Installments, Logging The Jinx on Letterboxd, Using Real Animals in Movies as Other Animals, Best Survival Thrillers
2:43:45 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:45:10 – Outro

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Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation Trailer


Although Tom Cruise has struggled to find another blockbuster franchise to add to his portfolio in recent years, the Mission: Impossible series has continued to be a pretty reliable property. The last installment made $694 million worldwide, and although director Brad Bird has been replaced by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) this time around, Cruise and his cohorts are clearly continuing to bring some cutting edge action sequences and stuntwork to the table. The plane sequence in particular seems to be the coup de grace this time around.

The story revolves around a rogue organization known as The Syndicate who are dedicated to destroying the IMF. This is an organization from the original TV series, apparently making its debut on the big screen. Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Ving Rhames are all returning while new additions to the cast include Alec Baldwin, Simon McBurney, Sean Harris and Rebecca Ferguson. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation hits theatres on July 31st; check out the first full trailer and the initial teaser after the jump and let us know what you think.

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