The last season of Homeland ended with some pretty major changes being laid out, and while I think most of them can only improve the show, it will be interesting to see how many viewers stay on board for the next chapter of the story. Showtime has released the first trailer for the new season this week and it reveals that the primary location will shift to Pakistan where Carrie is still looking pretty unstable and Quinn continues to be intense and brooding. Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Corey Stoll (House of Cards, The Strain) are also joining the cast this time around. The fourth season of Homeland premieres on Sun. Oct. 5th at 9 pm; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Apes stayed in control of the box office this past weekend as Dawn of the Planet of the Apes added another $36 million to its total. That is a significantly smaller drop in its second week than most of the other major blockbusters have experienced this summer. The Purge: Anarchy put in a decent effort in second place with $28.4 million, although it couldn’t beat the original film’s $34 million debut, probably due to steeper competition. In third place, Planes: Fire & Rescue also trailed its predecessor with $18 million, while Sex Tape starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz was a huge disappointment, earning just $15 million. That’s less than half of what Bad Teacher made back in 2011, and it seems likely that despite the R-rating, the trailers just weren’t funny enough. Transformers: Age of Extinction rounded out the top 5 and is now about to become the highest grossing movie of the summer in the U.S. (It’s already the biggest movie of the year worldwide.)
1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — $36M
2. The Purge: Anarchy — $28.4M
3. Planes: Fire & Rescue — $18M
4. Sex Tape — $15M
5. Transformers: Age of Extinction — $10M
6. Tammy — $7.6M
7. 22 Jump Street — $4.7M
8. How to Train Your Dragon 2 — $3.8M
9. Maleficent — $3.3M
10. Earth to Echo — $3.3M
With all of this recent talk of a prequel to The Shining, it got me thinking about a poll topic that we have yet to cover here on Film Junk: the films of Stanley Kubrick. Individually, several of his films have won some of our previous polls, but it occurs to me that pitting his own movies against each other is really the only way to get a fair fight. Clearly there are a handful of titles that will end up at the bottom of the heap here, but the battle for the top should be a pretty interesting one indeed. So what do you think is Stanley Kubrick’s ultimate masterpiece? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.
A couple of months ago, rumours were swirling about what Alfonso Cuaron’s follow-up to Gravity might be. One of the possibilities was said to be Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining currently in development at Warner Brothers, but alas the rumour was soon shot down when Cuaron said he wasn’t even aware of the project. While that may have been disappointing to hear, this week it looks like Warner Brothers have another “visionary” director in mind for the project. Word on the street is that Mark Romanek is close to signing on for the movie, which would make it his first movie behind the camera since Never Let Me Go back in 2010.
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After over a decade spent fronting the Scottish indie pop group Belle and Sebastian, Stuart Murdoch was inspired to take on a musical project of a different sort. He came up with a concept album called God Help the Girl, telling the story of a girl named Eve who drops out of school in order to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Now the album has been adapted into a musical feature film, directed by Murdoch himself and starring Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), Olly Alexander (Enter the Void) and Hannah Murray (Game of Thrones). It looks cheerful, cute and colourful and it seems safe to say that if you’re a fan of B&S, you’ll probably like this. God Help the Girl hits select theatres and iTunes on Sept. 5th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Following up on the recent announcement that the new Thor will be a woman, Marvel also visited The Colbert Report on Wednesday night to drop another bombshell. Marvel Entertainment’s Joe Quesada revealed on the show that Captain America will be undergoing a major change himself in that Steve Rogers will be essentially retiring from active duty. In his place, Sam Wilson (aka Falcon) will be picking up the shield to take over for his friend Steve Rogers. Rogers will still be involved as a “remote strategic advisor”, however. Marvel editor Tom Brevoort had this to say about the announcement:
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Lots of new movies hitting theatres this weekend and not a single one of them is currently considered “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes… not even the art house releases! That’s probably not a good sign. The Purge: Anarchy seems like the main challenger to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and if it can improve on the surprise $35 million that the original film made last year, it might come out on top. Meanwhile, Sex Tape starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz could be another R-rated comedy hit, although the marketing has been somewhat questionable, and then there is Planes: Fire and Rescue, a pretty flimsy substitute for a new Pixar movie this summer but it should not be counted out either. In select theatres, we have Zach Braff’s latest indie dramedy Wish I Was Here, Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo and the latest collaboration between Mike Cahill and Brit Marling, I Origins. What will you be watching this weekend?
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is now just a few weeks away and although we’ve been bombarded by plenty of marketing for the film at this point, I am confident that director James Gunn still has more than a few surprises in store for us. If you’re okay with spoiling a couple of those surprises ahead of time, keep on reading, my friend. Normally I would avoid posting about something that is both completely unconfirmed and slightly spoiler-ish, but if it turns out to be true, I think it is just too much fun not to discuss. The information involves a handful of possible cameos in the movie, one of which is a goofy and self-aware Marvel character with a somewhat checkered past. If you think about it hard enough you can probably figure out who it is, but I’ve already said too much. Hit the jump if you want the full scoop.
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Here’s an intriguing little rumour that’s been floating around since last week, and although it has yet to be fully substantiated, it also appears to have some truth to it. Both Gremlins and The Goonies are ’80s properties that have been lined up to be resurrected for quite some time now, but for whatever reason they currently remain untouched. Last year we learned that Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) had been hired to restart development on a Gremlins reboot, but we haven’t had any updates since then. Now it looks as though the original writer of Gremlins, Chris Columbus, has potentially come on board to produce the project as well. He’ll also be producing a sequel to The Goonies with Steven Spielberg retaining some involvement on both projects. But is this good or bad news?
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Just over a week ago, Warner Brothers announced that The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle would be heading to theatres in October and now the first trailer has already arrived online. The movie revolves around the haunted doll featured in The Conjuring (the one that Ed and Lorraine Warren kept in a glass display cabinet), spinning an origin story of sorts for it. James Wan already directed a killer doll movie once before with Dead Silence but he’s not actually directing this one; instead it is his long-time cinematographer John R. Leonetti (The Butterfly Effect 2) taking the reins. Annabelle hits theatres on Oct. 3rd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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Earlier this week the first teaser trailer for Alexandre Aja’s Horns surfaced online, and although it seems to be getting pulled down by Lionsgate, I figured it was worth posting until something more official arrives. Based on the novel by Stephen King’s son Joe Hill, the movie stars Daniel Radcliffe as a young man who awakens to find himself accused of killing his girlfriend along with a set of horns sprouting from his head. The trailer itself feels pretty shotty, mashing together some quick clips of dialogue, music and images in a rather haphazard way. It also gives us a taste of Radcliffe’s somewhat questionable American accent. Still, the premise is intriguing and I’m always curious to see a new Alexandre Aja flick. Horns hits theatres on Oct. 31st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Thanks to the insane success of Marvel’s The Avengers, Hollywood is all about interconnected universes now. For better or worse, all of the major studios are looking to build movie franchises around multiple characters that exist in the same fictional universe, facilitating endless crossover opportunities. In the case of Universal Pictures, they’ve had one of these in their back pocket for quite some time now. The Universal Monsters series is one of the earliest examples of a “cinematic universe” with classic monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy and The Wolf Man all teaming up at one time or another to create a loose continuity between them. Now Universal is looking to reboot the whole series with the help of Alex Kurtzman (Transformers) and Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious).
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