It’s official… Donald Trump has made his final appearance on The Apprentice. This week he was on the receiving end of a job termination after several media partners severed ties with him in response to insensitive comments he made while announcing his candidacy for the President of the United States. He referred to Mexican immigrants as drug users, rapists and criminals, which led to Univision ending their partnership with Trump’s Miss Universe and Miss USA competitions. Now NBC has followed suit, dropping the same pageants while also removing Trump from Celebrity Apprentice for good. Here is the full statement from NBC:
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It may not be a new Richard Linklater movie, but the first trailer for Ten Thousand Saints does look like something that is bound to draw comparisons to his work. This is a coming-of-age story about a teenager (played by Asa Butterfield) who gets pulled into the straight-edge punk scene in New York City after moving to the East Village to live with his dad (Ethan Hawke just happens to play said “cool” dad). Based on the novel by Eleanor Henderson, it is written and directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, who previously brought us the big screen adaptation of Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor. With a cast that also includes Hailee Steinfeld, Emily Mortimer and Emile Hirsch, this seems like another Sundance gem worth keeping your eye on. Ten Thousand Saints hits select theatres on Aug. 14th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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After years of rumours and speculation, last year it was finally confirmed that Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon had agreed to return for a new Bourne movie. Nine months later, things are starting to feel a little more concrete now that the casting process is actually underway. A couple of weeks ago we heard that Julia Stiles had signed on to reprise her role as Nicky Parsons, an ally of Jason Bourne who appeared in all three previous films. We also heard that Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) was being pursued for a major role and that Viggo Mortensen was circling the project. Well, we can now verify that Vikander is officially on board. Hit the jump for more details.
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Jurassic World continued its domination of the summer box office this past weekend as it managed to hold onto the top spot for the third weekend in a row. It was a close race but ultimately the dino disaster flick edged out Pixar’s Inside Out by just a couple million dollars. Meanwhile, Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2 was a big disappointment, earning almost half of what the original made in its first weekend back in 2012. It’s unclear if last year’s dud A Million Ways to Die in the West may have soured people on MacFarlane’s humour or if the Ted concept had simply run out of steam. The other new release Max debuted in fourth place with $12 million while Spy rounded out the top 5.
1. Jurassic World — $54.20M
2. Inside Out — $52.13M
3. Ted 2 — $33.00M
4. Max — $12.21M
5. Spy — $7.80M
6. San Andreas — $5.28M
7. Dope — $2.86M
8. Insidious: Chapter 3 — $2.03M
9. Mad Max: Fury Road — $1.74M
10. The Avengers: Age of Ultron — $1.64M
0:00 – Intro
6:20 – E3 Discussion: Microsoft
48:55 – E3 Discussion: Sony
1:26:05 – E3 Discussion: Nintendo
1:43:55 – E3 Discussion: Bethesda, Ubisoft, EA, Square Enix
2:12:30 – Top 5: E3 Announcements / Highlights
2:23:35 – Games We Played: Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, The Unfinished Swan, LOST ORBIT, P.T., L.A. Noire, The Room, Gunpoint, UFC, The Golf Club, The Witcher 3, The Witcher 2, LEGO Jurassic World, Battlefield: Hardline, Batman: Arkham Knight, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Thomas Was Alone, Never Alone, Limbo, Lara Croft: Temple of Osiris, Splatoon, The Silent Age, Stretchmo
2:44:50 – Junk Mail: Biggest Gaming Purchase Regret + Games We Got Stuck On, Audio Only Games + Scary Game Experiences, Letterboxd for Games, Favourite Open World Game, Free Roam vs. Linear Games, Poor Controls That Ruined a Game, Railroading Frank / Game Addiction Affecting Your Life
3:14:25 – Outro
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June is almost over and the first half of 2015 is now behind us, which can only mean one thing… it’s time to talk about the best movies from the first half of 2015! Although it is sometimes difficult to find any worthwhile films at this point in the year, I think there are some pretty clear standouts this time around. Obviously a handful of these have received only a limited release thus far, but there are quite a few others that were accessible to all. Either way, whether you’re looking at the big summer blockbusters or the smaller genre films and indie releases there are some pretty solid flicks to choose from. So what is the best movie of 2015 so far? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.
This year’s San Diego Comic-Con is just a couple of weeks away, so it’s no surprise that the blogosphere is starting to buzz about what major announcements might be coming our way. Marvel, Sony and Paramount already made waves by choosing to skip Comic-Con completely, which leaves Disney, Fox and Warner Brothers as the major players still planning to have big presentations this year. Warner Brothers is expected to have some new stuff to show from their upcoming slate of DC Universe films, and in particular we’re hearing that some Green Lantern-related news may be imminent. He is the only Justice League character that does not have an actor attached as of yet, and as it turns out, there may be more than one actor preparing to join the Green Lantern Corps. Hit the jump for more details.
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After doing some impressive work as the sole actor in the single-location drama Locke, Tom Hardy is taking on another interesting acting challenge as he stars opposite himself in the upcoming gangster film Legend. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland (Payback, 42), the movie is based on the true story of the twin brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray, who were kingpins of organized crime in the East End of London during the 1950s and 1960s. They owned nightclubs and rubbed shoulders with celebrities while carrying on a second life as the leaders of a gang called The Firm. Ronnie was also openly bisexual. Legend hits theatres on Oct. 2nd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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After a handful of mostly lame teasers, NBC has finally unveiled the first proper trailer for their upcoming reboot of the TV series Heroes entitled Heroes Reborn. Although this preview is still not all that substantial, at least we get to see glimpses of several characters in action including some familiar faces. The show takes place a decade after the original series and introduces several brand new heroes but it also has a handful of cast members returning such as Jack Coleman as HRG, Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder, Greg Grunberg as Parkman and Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura. Heroes Reborn premieres on NBC on Sept. 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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With the release of Terminator Genisys now less than a week away, Arnold Schwarzenegger is busy lining up his next project, which sounds like it will be a more intimate character-driven drama as opposed to a big budget blockbuster. The film is called 478 and it is a revenge thriller from Spanish writer Javier Gullon, who previously penned the screenplay for the Denis Villenueve film Enemy (based on Jose Saramago’s novel The Double). Darren Aronofsky is producing through his production company Protozoa Pictures although no director is currently attached. The plot synopsis is as follows:
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Universal Pictures is looking to build on what has already been a very successful summer with the release of Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2 this weekend. Although it doesn’t have much competition in terms of new releases, it does have two record-breaking films from previous weeks to contend with. The R-rated comedy should be able to keep both Jurassic World and Inside Out at bay, but it’s not a foregone conclusion. The only other new movie in wide release is Max, a heart-warming family drama about a military dog returning to civilian life (seriously). In select theatres, we also have the documentary Batkid Begins, crime drama Escobar: Paradise Lost starring Benicio Del Toro, and the Finnish action movie Big Game starring Samuel L. Jackson. What will you be watching this weekend?
There’s no way around it… it’s a pretty slow week for DVD and Blu-ray releases, which means you’ll have to work a little harder this week to find a way to spend your money. The only new movies hitting stores are the Pierce Brosnan / Milla Jovovich action-thriller Survivor and the heist film The Forger starring John Travolta along with the Oscar-nominated Mauritanian film Timbuktu. Fortunately there are at least a few interesting back catalogue releases hitting Blu-ray this week including Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King, Bernhard Wicki’s WWII film The Bridge, Hayao Miyazaki’s The Castle of Cagliostro, and the original 1977 version of The Island of Dr. Moreau plus the ’90s action flick Stone Cold starring former NFL star Brian Bosworth and a new Collector’s Edition of Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers. Will you be picking up anything this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.
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