Although the first trailer for Alex Proyas’ upcoming action fantasy film Gods of Egypt was a bit of a mess, Lionsgate now seems to have completely given up on trying to market it as a movie that could be taken seriously in any way. A new international trailer has arrived online this week courtesy of Empire Magazine and it doubles down on the ridiculous CG set pieces and 300-esque action. At the very least, it should convince people that their outrage over the whitewashed cast is really not worth the effort. It’s too bad this is a February release as it would clearly benefit from a viewing at your local drive-in. Gods of Egypt stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman and Elodie Yung and it hits theatres on Feb. 26th. Check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Last year there were some pesky rumours going around about Morgan Creek trying to sell off the remake rights to various films from their back catalogue including William Friedkin’s The Exorcist. At the time, Friedkin himself denounced the idea of a remake and questioned whether they actually owned the rights to the original film, but soon after Morgan Creek confirmed via Twitter that they had no plans to remake the horror classic. However, that hasn’t stopped them from revisiting The Exorcist in a slightly different form. Fox is reportedly teaming with Morgan Creek for a TV series based on William Blatty’s original book and now this week they’ve hired a director for the pilot episode. Hit the jump for more details.
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After warming up by directing a couple of episodes of House of Lies, Don Cheadle dove headfirst into his first feature film with a biopic about legendary jazz musician Miles Davis. Adding to the degree of difficulty, Cheadle isn’t just behind the camera but also in front of it too. The movie was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics prior to its premiere at the New York Film Festival last year where it received mostly positive, if not entirely glowing, reviews. At the time it seemed like an obvious awards contender, but based on the first trailer and new spring release date that may not be in the cards after all. Miles Ahead co-stars Ewan McGregor, Emayatzy Corinealdi and Michael Stuhlbarg and it hits select theatres on April 1st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Back in 2014, Lionsgate announced that they were setting up a feature film based on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the first incarnation of the long-running kids’ TV series (which is itself based on Toei and Bandai’s Super Sentai series from Japan). Since then they’ve recruited X-Men: First Class screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz along with director Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) and selected a cast of five young, mostly unknown stars. None of this seemed particularly exciting, but now this week they’ve thrown a little bit of inspired A-list casting our way. This week they’ve revealed that Elizabeth Banks is officially on board to play the film’s villain. Hit the jump for more details.
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Although Stephen Chow’s 2008 film CJ7 was almost universally panned, he seemed to bounce back quite well a few years later with Journey to the West, which set several box office records in China. So what does this visionary filmmaker do for an encore? Well, for better or worse, it kinda looks like he’s giving us his own version of Lady in the Water (ie. a tonally weird fantasy romance involving a mermaid). There appears to be plenty of questionable CGI here but maybe not as much obvious comedy as you would expect for a Stephen Chow film. Then again, the initial teaser trailer was pretty goofy. The Mermaid hits theaters on in China on Feb. 8th; check out the new fan-subbed trailer (and previous teaser) after the jump and see what you think.
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0:00 – Intro
6:10 – Review: Synchronicity
30:25 – Headlines: New Celebrity Apprentice Cast Announced, Star Wars Episode VIII and Avatar 2 Delayed
43:00 – Feature: Most Anticipated Movies of 2016
1:11:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Kung Fu Panda 3, Baskets, Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, The X-Files, Fargo Season 2, Homeland, Kid Goes Crazy at Chuck E Cheese, The Exorcist, The Lady Vanishes, Chi-Raq, 13 Hours, Joy, Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot, Hoop Dreams, Sicario
1:38:42 – Junk Mail: Favourite Comedies/Funniest Comedies, Movies to Watch After You’ve Been Dumped, Jerry Bruckheimer and the Influence of a Producer, Merging DVD and Blu-rays in a Collection
2:04:55 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray / Outro
2:13:01 – Spoiler Discussion: Synchronicity
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If David Robert Mitchell’s inventive horror film It Follows was last year’s breakout indie horror hit, it feels like Robert Eggers’ The Witch is poised to become the 2016 equivalent. Both movies built up strong buzz ahead of time on the festival circuit (strangely, they both played Sundance in 2015) and, in this case, A24’s marketing has also been pretty good, selling it on mystery and atmosphere while staying away from anything too plot-specific. This week we’ve got a new trailer for the film that lets the period setting and slightly unsettling imagery quietly tell you everything you need to know. The Witch hits theatres on Feb. 19th; check out the latest trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming film The Neon Demon is set to be released by Amazon sometime this summer, but in the meantime he’s starting to get the ball rolling on his next project behind the camera. While The Neon Demon is said to be his first foray into the horror genre, he has hinted that his next project may actually be a spy movie. We still don’t know for sure if this is the project he is actively working on (he is also attached to direct a few other things), but it would seem to make sense as he is now supposedly bringing a pair of long-time James Bond screenwriters on board to write the script. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.
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As expected, the DreamWorks animated film Kung Fu Panda 3 easily topped the box office over the weekend, earning an estimated $41 million. That’s less than both of the previous installments in the series but it was still enough to make it the second largest January opening ever (the first being Ride Along). The other new releases were less fortunate with The Finest Hours debuting in fourth place with $10 million and Fifty Shades of Black in ninth with $6 million. Sadly, the Natalie Portman western Jane Got a Gun completely tanked, earning just $803,000 from 1200 screens. Meanwhile The Revenant and Star Wars: The Force Awakens both continue to do quite well with the latter expected to cross $2 billion worldwide sometime this week.
1. Kung Fu Panda 3 — $41M
2. The Revenant — $12.4M
3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens — $10.78M
4. The Finest Hours — $10.33M
5. Ride Along 2 — $8.35M
6. The Boy — $7.89M
7. Dirty Grandpa — $7.58M
8. The 5th Wave — $7M
9. Fifty Shades of Black — $6.19M
10. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi — $6M
14 years after Eli Roth broke into the industry with a little horror film called Cabin Fever, he is now in the unique position of having produced a remake of his own first film. Not unlike Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (which Roth’s film borrows heavily from), Cabin Fever is also being updated for a new audience, although in this case they even used the exact same shooting script. Directed by Travis Zariwny (Scavengers), this looks pretty solid… but will it be anything more than a useless exercise in redundancy? Cabin Fever stars Gage Golightly (Teen Wolf), Dustin Ingram (Paranormal Activity 3), Samuel Davis (From Dusk Till Dawn), Matthew Daddario (Delivery Man) and Nadine Crocker (Deadgirl) and it hits select theatres and VOD on Feb. 12th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Following up on the initial teaser that was released last month, LAIKA has unveiled a gorgeous full trailer for their upcoming stop motion animated movie Kubo and the Two Strings that I am assuming will be attached to Kung Fu Panda 3 this weekend. It looks like another solid entry in their unique filmography that also includes Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls. The story revolves around a young man trying to uncover the mystery of his fallen samurai father with the help of his magical shamisen, a monkey and a giant beetle. The subtle rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is a nice touch. Kubo and the Two Strings features the voices of Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei and Matthew McConaughey and it hits theatres on Aug. 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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