Film Junk Premium Podcast Episode #33: The Halloween Franchise

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What better way to celebrate Halloween than to revisit one of the most prolific and iconic horror movie franchises ever created? Special guest Matt Gourley joins us to work through some of his childhood fears and to help us confront something even more terrifying than the boogeyman himself… Halloween Resurrection. Key topics of discussion include the evolution of Michael Myers’ mask, the de-evolution of Donald Pleasence, the new Producer’s Cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and the incestuous undertones found throughout the series. So how does the Halloween franchise stack up against all of the imitators? Was Halloween III a mistake or is it just misunderstood? Can anyone actually take Paul Rudd seriously anymore? Grab this month’s premium podcast and let the dangertainment begin.

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Elf Stop Motion TV Special Coming in December

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Earlier this month we heard some intriguing rumours about a Bill Murray Christmas special, and although that doesn’t seem likely to be arriving in time for this holiday season, there is another Christmas special coming this year that may be of interest. Jon Favreau’s 2003 film Elf starring Will Ferrell has developed a pretty strong following over the years, becoming an annual tradition for many. The movie has even spawned a Broadway musical which toured the U.S. in 2012 and looks to be doing the same again this year. In addition, there is also a new Elf animated spin-off that will be coming to NBC in December. Sadly, Will Ferrell is not involved, but instead The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons will take his place.

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Marco Polo Trailer: Netflix’s First Historical Epic

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Netflix is continuing to bring the fight to HBO with their latest original series, this time attempting to take on shows like Game of Thrones and Rome with their own historical epic called Marco Polo. Created by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom, Young Guns), the new series is based on the famed explorer’s journey from Venice to China in the late 1200s, where he found himself in the court of Kublai Khan. Featuring plenty of sex, violence and political intrigue, the show stars newcomer Lorenzo Richelmy in the lead role, along with Zhu Zhu (Cloud Atlas, The Man With the Iron Fists), Benedict Wong (Prometheus, Sunshine) and Joan Chen (Twin Peaks). The ten-episode first season of Marco Polo debuts on Netflix on Dec. 12th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron Extended First Look

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Following up on yesterday’s big unveil of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a new extended trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night. Since Marvel was forced (by Hydra) to release the first trailer earlier than anticipated, they decided to throw in some new footage. I actually think this plays much better, especially since it opens with some comedic hijinx as the various team members attempt to wield Thor’s hammer. The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theatres on May 1, 2015; check out the new extended trailer after the jump and see if it tickles your fancy.

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Marvel Announces Full Line-Up of Phase Three Films Including Black Panther and Captain Marvel

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Today at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles, Marvel took a page out of Apple’s playbook by calling a major media event where they made some big announcements. Although many suspected that it would be related to the casting of Doctor Strange, they are clearly smarter than that. Instead they proceeded to bring the house down by making fanboys quiver with excitement over their full line-up of Phase Three films (clearly a response to DC’s own announcement earlier this month). Among the biggest surprises were Black Panther and Captain Marvel movies, plus a two part Avengers event. The list of newly announced Marvel films is as follows:

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Deliver Us from Evil, Wish I Was Here, The Complete Jacques Tati

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It’s kind of a slow week for DVD and Blu-ray releases as far as big blockbusters go, but if you’re looking for some last minute Halloween viewing options, there might be something here for you. The biggest releases of the week are Scott Derrickson’s horror thriller Deliver Us From Evil starring Eric Bana, Zach Braff’s latest indie dramedy Wish I Was Here, and James Franco’s Cormac McCarthy adaptation Child of God, along with Kim Ki-Duk’s latest controversial endeavour Moebius. Elsewhere, Criterion is re-issuing George Sluizer’s The Vanishing on Blu-ray along with The Complete Jacques Tati. Other notable catalogue Blu-ray titles include Clive Barker’s Nightbreed and Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Paddington Trailer Starring Ben Whishaw

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I have to admit, I haven’t really been following all the drama surrounding the upcoming CG animated Paddington movie, but apparently Colin Firth was originally supposed to voice the titular bear until he dropped out earlier this year and was replaced by Ben Whishaw. Now this week Studio Canal has released the first full trailer featuring the new voice of Paddington, along with the rest of the live action cast that includes Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi and Nicole Kidman. The pseudo-realistic look of Paddington is still arguably a little bit creepy, but it is directed by Paul King (The Mighty Boosh) so clearly that must be on purpose… right? Paddington hits theatres in the U.K. on Nov. 28th and in North American on Jan. 16th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #488: The Town That Dreaded Sundown and Pumpkinhead

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0:00 – Intro
5:40 – Review: The Town That Dreaded Sundown
26:39 – Retro Review: Pumpkinhead
47:42 – Headlines: Real Hoverboard Finally Invented, Female Directors Rumoured for Wonder Woman, The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer
1:06:34 – Other Stuff We Watched: Trick or Treat, It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Garfield’s Halloween Adventure, Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, The Dirties, Drag Me To Hell, The Fury
1:23:06 – Junk Mail: Obscure Movie Character Halloween Costumes
1:32:04 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray

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Film Junk Poll: What is the Best Slasher Franchise?

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Having just gone through all of the Halloween films for our upcoming premium podcast, I was thinking about how the series as a whole stacks up against other similar franchises. Although we did a poll to determine the best horror franchise a few years back, it kind of avoided the ultimate showdown by including other franchises outside the slasher genre. Now it’s time to set the record straight. Let’s put all of these psychopathic killers in the ring and see which one walks away victorious. While a few of these options might be stretching a definition of the genre a little bit (ie. Final Destination), for the most part, I tried to keep it fairly strict. So what do you think is the best slasher franchise? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Now in Talks to Play Doctor Strange

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Alright, let’s try this again. It looks like Marvel has finally found their Doctor Strange… for real this time. Over the past few months, we kept hearing that Joaquin Phoenix was still their top choice for the lead role in the upcoming film and that negotiations were ongoing. Alas, he appeared to drop out for good a few weeks ago after reaching an impasse over the number of films he would appear in. Marvel turned back to several of the other candidates that they had in mind and now they are reportedly close to locking down Benedict Cumberbatch instead. If all goes according to plan, he will be Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme.

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Watch the First 6 Minutes of What We Do in the Shadows

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If you weren’t entirely sold on the idea of a vampire mockumentary from Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark), don’t write it off just yet. Jay and I caught the New Zealand flick What We Do in the Shadows at the Toronto International Film Festival last month and enjoyed it quite a bit (you can hear our full review here). Although they released a trailer earlier this year, with the U.K. release just a couple of weeks away, they’ve now put the first six minutes online and it should help acclimatize you to the dry humour and the general feel of the film. What We Do in the Shadows hits theatres in the U.K. on Nov. 21st but the U.S. release is still TBD; check out the new clip after the jump and let us know what you think.

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James Franco’s Zeroville Gets Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell and Megan Fox

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Last month James Franco turned some heads when he arrived at the Venice Film Festival sporting a completely shaved head adorned by a tattoo of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor. It turns out he was shooting a scene for his upcoming adaptation of Steve Erickson’s novel Zeroville, which he had optioned back in 2011. The book is sort of a dark meta-comedy about the movie industry that follows a 24-year-old student named Vikar (played by Franco) who arrives in Hollywood in 1969 and attempts to immerse himself in it. Although the project initially sounded like one Franco’s smaller art house projects, this week we have learned that he is bringing several of his A-list friends along for the ride including Seth Rogen and Will Ferrell. Hit the jump for more details.

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