Listen Up Philip Trailer Starring Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss

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Jason Schwartzman is one of those actors that people really seem to love or hate, but as someone who falls into the former camp, I am always excited to see him take on a leading role in a new movie. Listen Up Philip is an indie film that seems almost tailor-made for him, in some ways picking up where his character left off on the HBO series Bored to Death. Schwartzman plays Philip, a self-absorbed writer who is struggling to maintain a relationship with his girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss) while stressing over the release of his second novel. Directed by Alex Ross Perry (The Color Wheel), the movie generated positive reviews at Sundance earlier this year and looks to embrace a cool retro aethetic with a Woody Allen vibe. Listen Up Philip hits select theatres on Oct. 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Netflix Picks Up Judd Apatow’s New Comedy Series with Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs

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As we all know, television is becoming a haven for high profile writers and directors in Hollywood right now, particularly those who are in search of creative freedom. In the case of someone like Judd Apatow, it may seem like he has carte blanche to do what he wants on the big screen, but after the disappointment of both Funny People and This is 40, his options may be shrinking. So at this point it’s no surprise to see him returning to TV, especially considering that acclaimed shows like Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared were what originally put him on the map. This week Netflix has announced that they are teaming up with Apatow for a new series called Love with Paul Rust and Gillian Jacobs attached to star. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos had this to say:

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Tom Hiddleston to Star in King Kong Prequel Skull Island

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Earlier this year at the San Diego Comic-Con, one of the more unexpected announcements was the unveiling of a new King Kong prequel from Legendary Pictures called Skull Island. At the time, many of the folks in attendance at Legendary’s Comic-Con panel failed to respond with a whole lot of enthusiasm, partially because people were expecting a trailer for Jurassic World instead. However, now that they’ve secured a lead actor and a director for the project, perhaps we will start to see a bit more excitement start to build… especially considering that the lead actor also happens to play everyone’s favourite Marvel baddie, Loki. Hit the jump for more details.

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I Know What You Did Last Summer Reboot in the Works

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I think most genre fans would agree that the ’90s were not necessarily a great decade for horror. So now that Hollywood execs are starting to target ’90s horror flicks for potential reboots, I think it’s safe to say that they’ve completely exhausted every single one of the ’70s and ’80s franchises out there. I Know What You Did Last Summer was a decent-sized hit back in 1997, a thriller written by Kevin Williamson (Scream) about a group of high school seniors who accidentally hit and kill a pedestrian while driving home from a party. A year later, a mysterious stranger shows up and starts hunting them down, one by one. The movie spawned two sequels (one of which was direct-to-DVD) and now Sony Pictures is looking to reboot the franchise with the help of an up and coming horror director.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Godzilla, The Fault in Our Stars, Ghostbusters II: 25th Anniversary Edition

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Only a few new movies hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week, but to make up for it we’ve got a ton of TV and some solid back catalogue stuff as well. The three major releases hitting stores today are Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, teen drama The Fault in Our Stars, and comedy sequel Think Like a Man Too, while some of the noteworthy TV releases include Hannibal: Season 2, The Big Bang Theory: Season 7 and From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 1, not to mention Spartacus: The Complete Series. The most exciting stuff is on Blu-ray, however, with Ghostbusters 2 finally getting a high-def release along with David Lynch’s Eraserhead, Frank Marshall’s Congo, Paul Verhoeven’s Flesh + Blood, and Blake Edwards’ 1968 comedy classic The Party. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass to Return for Bourne 5… For Real This Time

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We’ve been hearing for years now that Matt Damon was willing to return for another Jason Bourne film, but only if director Paul Greengrass was also on board. Eventually Universal gave up trying to convince them and decided to start a new chapter in the Bourne franchise with The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner. Still, the rumours of Damon and Greengrass reuniting continued to persist with a report that they were back in negotiations as recently as last year. Soon after that, however, the tantalizing possibility once again evaporated as the rumour was shot down and Justin Lin signed on to direct a sequel to The Bourne Legacy instead. Now this week we have a shocking turn of events: Damon and Greengrass are back in talks for a brand new Bourne movie.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #482: TIFF 2014

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0:00 – Intro
9:30 – Review: Wild
44:10 – Review: Nightcrawler
59:25 – Review: Men, Women and Children
1:15:30 – Review: What We Do in the Shadows
1:28:50 – Review: Manglehorn
1:45:45 – Review: The Cobbler
1:55:35 – Review: Big Game
1:58:15 – Review: Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
2:04:50 – Review: The Look of Silence
2:09:45 – Review: Haemoo
2:12:55 – Review: The Guest
2:24:30 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:26:40 – Outro

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Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett to Remake I Saw the Devil

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Before the final screening of their new film The Guest at the Toronto International Film Festival last night, director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett confessed to the crowd that they were now Hollywood big shots with expensive cocaine habits. While they were obviously joking, we all knew there was a grain of truth underneath it all and I wondered what upcoming projects they might have up their sleeves. Considering their obvious skill for constructing action and mayhem on screen, I was fully prepared to hear about them taking on the next big comic book movie or sci-fi reboot. Now just one day later we have learned that they are indeed lining up a remake, but as it turns out, it’s about as non-mainstream as you can get. The duo will be carving out an American version of Kim Jee-Woon’s I Saw the Devil.

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Trailer #2

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A new full-length trailer for the second-to-last installment in The Hunger Games series has arrived online this week and, quite frankly, I don’t have a whole lot to say about it. It plays up the fact that Katniss and Peeta are on opposite sides of the fight, but it still only offers a few hints of action, which makes me think that this movie will be all build up and Part 2 will be the payoff. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is once again directed by Francis Lawrence (no relation to Jennifer) and it hits theatres on Nov. 21st; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Orlando Bloom to Return for Pirates of the Caribbean 5?

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Although Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides made over $1 billion worldwide, a fifth installment in the series has been somewhat slow to materialize. The last film showed diminishing interest domestically, so Disney has been taking their time, giving audiences a bit of a breather from Captain Jack Sparrow. Last year it was announced that Kon-Tiki directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg would be climbing aboard for part 5, reportedly titled Dead Men Tell No Tales, but they soon gave up their July 10th, 2015 release date and decided to push the film back by over a year. We now know that the movie won’t actually hit theatres until July 7th, 2017. With several story elements reportedly getting reworked, the rumour mill is once again churning… could we possibly see Orlando Bloom return?

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John Wick Trailer Starring Keanu Reeves

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“People keep asking me if I’m back. I’m thinking I’m back.” These days, it seems that any aging actor in need of a career resurgence turns to a low budget gritty revenge thriller to get them back on track. Although Keanu Reeves may not be considered washed up, he certainly isn’t getting offered a whole lot of big roles anymore ether. So now he’s teaming up with long-time stunt co-ordinator Chad Stahelski for his directorial debut John Wick. It does not look like a masterpiece by any stretch, but perhaps it will go a long way to proving that at age 50, Keanu can still kick ass. John Wick hits theatres on Oct. 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Richard Linklater Starts Casting Spiritual Successor to Dazed and Confused

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After completing his Before trilogy last year with Before Midnight and, most recently, his epic 12-year coming-of-age film Boyhood, Richard Linklater is continuing to look back to his past for inspiration on upcoming projects. He has been talking for years about doing a spiritual sequel to Dazed and Confused, one that would not revisit any of the same characters, but would focus on a new group of friends starting college as opposed to finishing high school. A few more details have recently been revealed, including the fact that it will be set in a new decade and also revolve around baseball. What’s more, he may already have found his three main leads for the film. Hit the jump for more details.

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