Star Trek: Discovery Premiere Pushed Back to May 2017

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If you were looking forward to seeing Star Trek back on the small screen early next year, you’re going to have to wait just a little bit longer. CBS announced this week that the debut of their upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery has been pushed back four months from January to May 2017. The proposed January premiere date did seem a little bit ambitious, especially considering that they are still in the process of casting (they recently announced it will feature a female lead) and production doesn’t officially start until November. Network television has always been a bit of a grind, but the bar for quality has significantly increased since the last Star Trek show went off the air back in 2005. Here’s what producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller had to say about the delay:

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Bastards Trailer Starring Owen Wilson and Ed Helms

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It’s been a while since Owen Wilson has had a hit comedy on his hands despite his recent attempts to reteam with frequent collaborators like Vince Vaughn (The Internship) and Ben Stiller (Zoolander 2). Perhaps a new partnership will yield fresh fruit as he stars alongside Ed Helms in the upcoming comedy Bastards. Wilson and Helms play fraternal twins who set out to find their father after discovering that their mother has been lying about his death. The movie co-stars J.K. Simmons, Glenn Close, Ving Rhames, Katie Aselton, Harry Shearer and Terry Bradshaw but it is directed by first-time director Lawrence Sher, a veteran cinematographer who worked on all of The Hangover movies. Justin Malen (Office Christmas Party) wrote the script. Bastards hits theatres on Jan. 26th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Snowden, Blair Witch, Bridget Jones’s Baby

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Following a solid opening weekend, Sully faces some stiff competition this weekend from a pair of sequels arriving well over a decade after their predecessors. Renee Zellweger completes her Bridget Jones trilogy with Bridget Jones’s Baby, coming 12 years after Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, while Blair Witch hopes to once again capitalize on the found footage craze seventeen years after the original film kicked it off. Also in wide release we have Oliver Stone’s Snowden starring Joseph Gordon Levitt and the Christian concert film Hillsong: Let Hope Rise. In select theatres, look for the Jessica Lange / Shirley MacLaine comedy Wild Oats, Matt Johnson’s NASA conspiracy thriller Operation Avalanche and Ron Howard’s documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (which will be streaming on Hulu as of tomorrow). What will you be watching this weekend?

Film Junk Poll: What is the Best Brian De Palma Movie?

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With Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s documentary De Palma finally arriving on DVD and Blu-ray this week, it serves as both a reminder and an invitation to look back on the work of an iconic filmmaker. Although he has directed a few big hits and a handful of classics throughout his career, De Palma has had his share of box office disappointments and critical failures as well. However, many of those failures still have their share of ardent fans and supporters, while other De Palma films are in the process of being reappraised and rediscovered. He is best known for Hitchcockian thrillers and crime dramas, but in truth he has dabbled in many different genres over the years. With such a varied filmography under his belt, the question at hand is not necessarily an easy one. What is the greatest Brian De Palma film of all time? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.

What is the Best Brian De Palma Film?

 
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Woody Allen’s Crisis in Six Scenes Trailer: An Amazon Original Series

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When Woody Allen first broke into show business, he started as a comedy writer for TV, but once he began directing his own movies he never really looked back. Now, 50+ years later, Woody Allen will be making his return to TV with an Amazon original series called Crisis in Six Scenes. To be fair, this essentially looks like a three-hour Woody Allen movie divided up into six half-hour installments, but it’s still impressive that Amazon managed to get him on board (he did say that he immediately regretted it after agreeing to do it). The show takes place in the ’60s and revolves around a middle class suburban family who finds their household thrown into disarray by an unexpected guest (played by Miley Cyrus). In addition to Miley Cyrus and Woody Allen himself, the show also stars Elaine May, John Magaro, Rachel Brosnahan, Becky Ann Baker, Michael Rapaport, Margaret Ladd, Joy Behar, Rebecca Schull, David Harbour and Christine Ebersole. Crisis in Six Scenes arrives on Amazon Prime on Sept. 30th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Morgan Spurlock’s Rats Trailer

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As found footage horror movies have continued to borrow from documentary filmmaking over the past decade or so, we’ve been slowly seeing documentaries starting to cross over into the horror genre as well. Movies like Cropsey and The Nightmare have enhanced their non-fiction subject matter with a certain amount of chills and thrills and now we’ve got Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock throwing his hat into this particular ring as well. His new film Rats just premiered in the Midnight Madness program at TIFF and it explores the unsettling reality of living alongside the common rat. He visits various cities across the world to look at how they attempt to control and kill rats, all without shying away from disturbing and/or grotesque material. If you have a phobia of rats, this movie just might give you a heart attack. Rats hits select theatres on September 23rd and 24th before airing on The Discovery Channel on Oct. 22nd. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Mad Max: Fury Road: Black & Chrome Edition Coming in December

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It was first hinted at by George Miller and later realized via fan edit, but now it looks as though the black-and-white version of Mad Max: Fury Road is finally about to get an official release. Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has announced two Mad Max re-issues for the holidays, both of which will include the so-called “Black & Chrome” Edition of the film. The first is the Mad Max High Octane Collection, which will include all four Mad Max films along with five hours of bonus content. It will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray with the Blu-ray version including a a 4K-Ultra HD version of Fury Road and a UV Digital Copy. If you don’t want to own all four films, you can also pick up a Two Film Collection on Blu-ray featuring both Mad Max: Fury Road and the new Black & Chrome Edition. Special features for the High Octane Collection are as follows:

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Stan Lee’s Life Story to Become an Action Movie

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At age 93, Stan Lee continues to be an iconic figurehead for Marvel Comics at a time when their brand is bigger than it has ever been. He is credited with co-creating some of their most well-known characters including Spider-Man, X-Men and the Fantastic Four (although the exact details are up for debate) and last year he released a memoir called Amazing Fantastic Incredible. Now his life story is being brought to the big screen, although it will be a playful fictionalized version that, appropriately enough, re-envisions Stan the Man as an action hero. Hit the jump for more details on this unique project.

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Miss Sloane Trailer Starring Jessica Chastain

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Jessica Chastain has already been nominated for her performances in both Zero Dark Thirty and The Help, but she might be back in the awards race this year with her upcoming political thriller Miss Sloane. The movie stars Chastain as a hard-nosed lobbyist who puts her career on the line in order to fight for tighter gun control laws in the United States. It does seem like it’s trying a little too hard to be timely and relevant, but the script by Jonathan Perera was ranked near the top of the 2015 Black List for best unproduced screenplays. Directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love), the movie has a supporting cast that includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison Pill, Mark Strong, John Lithgow, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jake Lacy, Sam Waterston and Dylan Baker. Miss Sloane hits theatres on Dec. 9th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Fifty Shades Darker Trailer

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There’s no question that Fifty Shades of Grey was a huge hit last year, pulling in $571 million worldwide and finishing just outside the global box office top 10. But now that our curiosity has been satisfied, will anyone actually turn up to see the sequel? Wait… don’t answer that. Fifty Shades Darker continues the “unconventional” romance between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey and apparently the new plot development this time around is that Anastasia has to deal with Christian’s jealous ex-girlfriend as well as an Eyes Wide Shut-style masquerade ball. Scintillating stuff. Directed by James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross, Perfect Stranger), Fifty Shades Darker hits theatres on Feb. 10th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Captain America: Civil War, The Conjuring 2, De Palma

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There’s really only one movie that most people will looking for on DVD and Blu-ray this week, but if you’re not interested in Captain America: Civil War, there are quite a few decent catalogue releases hitting stores as well. Other major titles include James Wan’s The Conjuring 2 and the Lonely Island comedy Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping plus we also have Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow’s career retrospective documentary De Palma. Perhaps not coincidentally, Brian De Palma’s Raising Cain is hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week along with the 1986 animated feature Transformers: The Movie and Godzilla 1984 aka The Return of Godzilla. If that’s not enough, we’ve also got a 30th Anniversary Edition of James Cameron’s Aliens, an 8-film collection Hammer Horror films from the ’60s and the massive Zatoichi box set courtesy of Criterion. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of noteworthy releases after the jump.

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Toxic Avenger Remake Gets Sausage Party Director

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It’s been a few years since we’ve heard anything about the supposed Toxic Avenger remake, which many fans expressed doubts about back when it was first announced in 2010. At the time, it was being described as a “family friendly PG-13 action comedy akin to The Mask” featuring “a green superhero for these environmentally conscious times.” Soon afterward, Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink boarded the project and eventually some pretty weird casting choices were being talked about (including Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Travolta). While none of those deals happened, a few years later it appears that they now have a new director in mind and it could indicate a change in direction for the reboot. Hit the jump for the latest update.

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