New to Theatres This Weekend: The Martian, The Walk, Sicario


The first week of October kicks off with Ridley Scott’s latest big budget sci-fi film The Martian starring Matt Damon, which is expected to challenge Gravity for the October box office record. Denis Villeneuve’s action-thriller Sicario is also expanding nationwide while Robert Zemeckis’ 3D high-wire film The Walk opens in IMAX theatres. The good news is that all three films have been receiving solid reviews. If that’s not enough, we’ve also got some interesting dramas in select theatres including Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page, Partisan starring Vincent Cassel, and the long-delayed Shanghai starring John Cusack, Gong Li and Chow Yun-Fat. What will you be watching this weekend?

Nintendo Quest Trailer: The Thrill of Retro Video Game Hunting


Video game nostalgia is big business these days with retro collectors now paying tens of thousands of dollars for some of the more rare games in existence. Director Robert McCallum decided to explore this insanity with his life-long friend Jay Bartlett by setting out on a road trip across America to try and acquire all 678 official retail-licensed games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. He put Bartlett to the test by giving him just 30 days to accomplish this with no online purchases allowed. The result is a documentary called Nintendo Quest that is now available via Vimeo On Demand. It will also arrive on other digital platforms and DVD on Dec. 1st; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Forest Trailer Starring Natalie Dormer


Although October is the obvious month in which to release a horror movie, January tends to get its fair share as well (admittedly, not always the best ones). Next year will be no different as there are at least four horror flicks scheduled for release in January and here we have the first trailer for one of them. The Forest stars Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2) as a young American woman who visits Japan’s Aokigahara Forest in search of her missing twin sister. Unfortunately for her, the forest is a place where people come to commit suicide and it contains many angry and tormented souls. The Forest is directed by first-time filmmaker Jason Zada and hits theatres on Jan. 8th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Ring Reboot Pushed Back to 2016


If you were wondering why we still had yet to see a trailer or really anything at all from Paramount’s upcoming reboot / sequel to The Ring, this week we have been given an answer. The horror movie, entitled Rings, will not be hitting its Nov. 13th release date and instead has been pushed back to an unspecified release date in 2016. The previous release slot put it up against By the Sea starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, the Chilean miner drama The 33 and holiday comedy Love the Coopers. None of these would seem to fall in the same demographic as Rings, so what could be the reason for the delay?

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Vin Diesel Wants Rob Cohen for Furious 8 (UPDATED)


Update: Deadline is reporting that the studio’s top choices are Ericson Core (Invincible, Point Break) and Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, Clash of the Titans).

Last week we learned that Furious 8 was without a director after both James Wan and Justin Lin passed on the project, leaving Universal in desperate need of a replacement. It was also being reported that Vin Diesel had some say in the matter although he did not have veto power over the studio. Now this week Diesel has taken to Facebook to reveal his own top choice for the project (aside from himself) and it appears to be Rob Cohen, who directed the original The Fast and the Furious back in 2001. At the moment, it is unclear if Cohen is even a possibility, but this is what Diesel had to say about it:

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Making a TV Show Based on the Serial Podcast


Phil Lord and Chris Miller continue to be one of the most highly sought after writer/director/producer teams in Hollywood these days, but in between working on 23 Jump Street, The Lego Movie Sequel, The Last Man on Earth, an animated Spider-Man film, a Star Wars Han Solo movie, The Flash movie and their Son of Zahn live-action / animated comedy series, somehow they have found time for just one more project. This week they have announced that they are developing a TV series based on the wildly successful podcast Serial. Here’s the weird part: apparently this will not be about the Adnan Syed case or even a specific true crime story but rather about “the experience of making the hugely successful podcast.” Huh? Here’s what Fox 21 Television Studios president Bert Salke had to say about the project:

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Dangerous Men Trailer: Drafthouse Films Preserves Another Cult Classic for Future Generations


In addition to all of the great genre films that the fine folks at Drafthouse Films have been bringing out over the past few years, they are always on the lookout for the interesting oddities that sometimes surface at repertory theatres. Older movies like Miami Connection and Roar already had a reputation and a cult following before Drafthouse came along to save them from obscurity. Now this week they have announced that they will release a film called Dangerous Men, a quirky action thriller from Iranian director John Rad that has screened around L.A. over the past decade to increasingly enthusiastic crowds.

Described as “a pulse-pounding, heart-stopping, brain-devouring onslaught of ’80s thunder, ’90s lightning, and pure filmmaking daredevilry from another time and/or dimension”, the movie revolves around a woman who witnesses the murder of her husband and sets out to blaze a bloody trail of revenge across Los Angeles. It played at a secret screening at Fantastic Fest earlier this week and soon it will finally be released to the general public as well. Dangerous Men hits select theatres on Nov. 13th before hitting VOD in December; check out the teaser trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Christopher Lloyd Returns as Doc Brown in New Back to the Future Short Film


By now you are no doubt aware that October 21st, 2015 has been dubbed “Back to the Future Day” because it is the date on which Doc and Marty arrive in the future in Back to the Future: Part II. To celebrate the occasion, Universal is releasing a new 30th Anniversary Edition of the trilogy and the box set will include some new stuff like a 64-page collectible book, a new bonus disc with 2 hours of additional content, and all 26 episodes of the animated series. Also possibly of interest is a brand new short film called Doc Brown Saves the World! with Christopher Lloyd reprising his role. Apparently he will offer an explanation as to why our version of 2015 looks so different from theirs. Pander alert! Check out a teaser for the short film after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Gaspar Noe’s Love Trailer


With movies like Irreversible and Enter the Void under his belt, it is pretty clear that Gaspar Noe likes to push boundaries. His latest film, Love, presents unsimulated sex in stereoscopic 3D in order to explore the two-year relationship of Murphy and his ex-girlfriend Electra. After earning mixed reviews on the festival circuit, Love is finally hitting U.S. theatres and this week Vice has premiered a domestic trailer. It looks pretty gorgeous but will the 3D actually add anything to the experience? Love opens in New York City on Oct. 30th before hitting additional cities and VOD on Nov. 6th; check out the trailer (which is SFW, believe it or not) after the jump and see what you think.

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Matthew Vaughn to Direct Spy Movie I Am Pilgrim


We’ve known for a while know that a sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service is in the works and Matthew Vaughn is apparently attached to direct once again. He will also be involved as a producer and co-writer as he and Jane Goldman are reportedly working on the story now and trying to figure out if Colin Firth will have a role. In the meantime, however, Vaughn is also attached to direct a Flash Gordon reboot for Fox and now he has just signed on to direct another spy movie for MGM. This one is based on the bestselling novel I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes. The plot synopsis is as follows:

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The X-Files Event Series Full Trailer


After a couple of short teaser trailers and TV spots, Fox has finally released a full trailer for their upcoming 2016 revival of The X-Files. Mulder and Scully are re-united as Mulder seems to have stumbled across a new government plot to stage an attack on America using alien technology. Or something like that. Mitch Pileggi returns as Walter Skinner while William B. Davis is also back as Cigarette Smoking Man alongside a cast of newcomers that includes Joel McHale, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Annabeth Gish, Annet Mahendru, Rhys Darby and Kumail Nanjiani. The X-Files event series premieres on Sunday, Jan. 24th at 10 pm EST (7 pm PST); check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Spy, Entourage


It’s a pretty packed week for DVD and Blu-ray releases, although the emphasis is definitely on newer titles as opposed to back catalogue stuff. The Avengers: Age of Ultron is the big one but you’ll have to wait until Friday to pop on that. Other major releases include Spy starring Melissa McCarthy, the Poltergeist remake starring Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt, and the Entourage movie. Some noteworthy indie films include the Kevin Bacon thriller Cop Car, French crime drama The Connection starring Jean Dujardin, and Peter Strickland’s erotic drama The Duke of Burgundy plus Mark Hartley’s Cannon Films doc Electric Boogaloo (which is only available on DVD). On the small screen, we’ve got the German spy mini-series Deutschland 73, and on Blu-ray, John Carpenter’s Christine finally arrives in a non-limited edition. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of releases after the jump.

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