As more details for the upcoming Wolverine film, Logan, continue to be drip fed to us via director James Mangold’s social media accounts, this week we have received an indirect confirmation of an earlier casting rumour. The Wrap reported earlier this month that Stephen Merchant would be playing the mutant Caliban in the upcoming film, which at the time seemed a bit strange considering that the character had just appeared in X-Men: Apocalypse where he was played by Tómas Lemarquis. However, it does appear to be the case after James Mangold tweeted a photo of Merchant in make-up that looks an awful lot like Caliban. I suppose at this point the continuity is so messed up, we might as well just go with it. Do you think Stephen Merchant will make a good Caliban? Check out the new photo of Merchant along with a photo of Tómas Lemarquis from X-Men: Apocalypse for comparison after the jump.
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Although a movie set almost entirely in a morgue basement during the course of an autopsy may not be your idea of a good time, the early reviews for The Autopsy of Jane Doe would seem to indicate that it is something special. The movie marks the English language debut of Norwegian filmmaker André Øvredal (Troll Hunter) and it stars Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch as a father-son coroner team investigating an unidentified corpse discovered at a grisly crime scene. There appears to be a compelling mystery here, but also some increasingly spooky happenings that may or may not be a figment of their imaginations. Either way, I am curious to see how Øvredal can keep things interesting for 90 minutes. The Autopsy of Jane Doe hits select theatres and VOD on Dec. 21st; check out the original green band trailer and a new red band trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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It was a good weekend for Ben Affleck and Warner Brothers as Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant capitalized on the lack of competition, topping the box office with an estimated $24.7 million. That’s a bit higher than expected and it’s on par with The Girl on the Train‘s opening last weekend, which is pretty impressive considering that The Accountant was not based on any pre-existing material. Kevin Hart’s stand up comedy film Kevin Hart: What Now? opened in second place with $11.98 million, the largest debut ever for a stand-up comedy film. It was essentially in a dead heat with The Girl on the Train, however, which fell to third after pulling in an estimated $11.97 million. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Deepwater Horizon rounded out the top 5. As for Max Steel, the toy-based movie opened outside of the top 10 with a measly $2.1 million, one of the worst starts ever for a movie playing on more than 2000 theaters. But I think we all saw that one coming.
1. The Accountant — $24.7M
2. Kevin Hart: What Now? — $12M
3. The Girl on the Train — $12M
4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children — $8.9M
5. Deepwater Horizon — $6.4M
6. Storks — $5.6M
7. The Magnificent Seven — $5.2M
8. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life — $4.3M
9. Sully — $3M
10. The Birth of a Nation — $2.7M
When will the madness stop? After nearly 20 years of failed attempts to get his passion project, a modern retelling of Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote, off the ground, it looked like Terry Gilliam was finally about to be vindicated. A couple of months ago, he was prepping for a production start that was scheduled to happen on October 4th with Adam Driver and Michael Palin attached to star. Then, just days before cameras were set to roll, it was revealed that one of his producers had not secured some of the money in time and the production was once again delayed. Gilliam remains optimistic, but now adding insult to injury, we have learned that Disney is developing a competing project of their own. Hit the jump for more details.
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Between Paul Schrader’s Dog Eat Dog and this movie, it looks like Nicolas Cage has a couple of must-see movies arriving on VOD next month. Granted, they could both still be terrible, but at least they feature Cage in roles that require him to go way off the deep end. Army of One is directed by Larry Charles (Borat) and it is based on the true story of Gary Faulkner, an unemployed handyman who receives a message from God and travels to Pakistan to track down and capture Osama bin Laden. Cage plays Faulkner and Russell Brand plays God… need I say more? Army of One co-stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, Rainn Wilson and Paul Scheer and it hits Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 4th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Ben Affleck gets a chance to prove he can still pack ‘em in when he’s not wearing a cape as the Gavin O’Connor thriller The Accountant hits theatres this weekend. The movie has been getting lacklustre reviews but still seems to be the one to beat at the box office (which isn’t saying much). Other major releases include Kevin Hart’s latest stand-up comedy concert film, Kevin Hart: What Now?, and the Max Steel movie, which is opening on over 2000 screens but will probably be lucky to pull in $5 million. In select theatres, we also have Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, Jonas Cuaron’s Mexican border thriller Desierto, and the Christine Chubbuck biopic Christine starring Rebecca Hall. What will you be watching this weekend?
Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot leads this week’s list of DVD and Blu-ray releases, hoping to improve on a somewhat lacklustre box office performance with an Extended Cut that includes an additional 15 minutes of footage. Other major releases include The Legend of Tarzan starring Alexander Skarsgard, Ice Age: Collision Course, and The Infiltrator starring Bryan Cranston. Digging a little deeper, we find the gritty action thriller Blood Father starring Mel Gibson and a couple of worthwhile documentaries: Life Animated and Breaking a Monster. On the small screen, we’ve got the complete series for two iconic ’80s shows, Miami Vice and Knight Rider, and on Blu-ray we’ve got new editions of some horror classics including The Thing, Carrie and The Hills Have Eyes. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of noteworthy releases after the jump.
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After all of the rumours about problematic test screenings and the resulting reshoots, Disney and Lucasfilm are launching another marketing offensive this week aimed at restoring our confidence in their upcoming Star Wars standalone film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This time around we finally get some insight into Jyn Erso’s back story and why she ends up fighting for the rebellion. We also get a better look at Mads Mikkelsen, Riz Ahmed and Ben Mendelsohn’s characters, along with some thrilling glimpses of action sequences in a variety of locales. It all looks pretty great… well, except maybe that final line from Forest Whitaker. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theatres on Dec. 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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In case you missed it last week, the title of the next Wolverine movie has been officially revealed. The movie is called Logan, giving a strong indication that it will draw at least partially from Mark Millar’s “Old Man Logan” comic book storyline. A teaser poster has also been unveiled, showing a small child’s hand holding onto Wolverine’s. The identity of that child is still unknown, but it is believed to be a young mutant in a future world where the mutant population is in decline. Since then, director James Mangold has posted several photos on Instagram offering more details, including a much older Professor X and a potential villain, Boyd Holbrook as “Pierce” (likely evil cyborg Donald Pierce). This will be Hugh Jackman’s final movie as Wolverine and it is aiming for an R-rating. Will Hugh Jackman go out on a high note? Logan hits theatres on March 3rd; check out the new poster and some of the photos after the jump.
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If you’re looking for a new monster movie to watch this Halloween and you happen to have DirecTV, then this next one might be for you. The Monster is the latest film from director Bryan Bertino, best known for the 2008 home invasion flick The Strangers. The story revolves around a divorced mother (Zoe Kasan) and her daughter (Ella Ballentine) who find themselves in a car accident on a deserted country road in the middle of a storm. Although they are not seriously injured, they soon realize that there is an even greater danger lurking in the surrounding woods. The trailer makes it pretty clear that Predator was an influence on this film, although whether it is an homage or straight up rip-off remains to be seen. The Monster is currently available on DirecTV and hits select theatres and VOD on Nov. 11th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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0:00 – Intro
11:00 – Review: The Girl on the Train
30:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Wailing, Westworld (2016), The Magnificent Seven (2016), Massage Parlor Murders!, The Ghost & Mr. Chicken, Adventures in Babysitting, The Earth Dies Screaming
1:06:55 – Junk Mail: Horror Recommendations for Halloween, Hunt for the Wilderpeople Missed References, Most Frustrating Food-Related Moments in Movies, What’s Holding Frank Back from 4K?, Roseanne Updates, Who We Would Vote For in the U.S. Election
1:40:45 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray / Outro
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