This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Home, White God, Miracle Mile


The latest DreamWorks animated film Home is the only major release hitting DVD and Blu-ray this week, but at least there are a few other interesting indie titles and catalogue Blu-rays worth picking up. Cannes award winner White God debuts on home video this week along with Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Sam Esmail’s Comet starring Justin Long and Emmy Rossum. Also hitting stores we have the second season of Ron Moore’s Syfy series Helix plus Blu-ray releases of Steve De Jarnatt’s 1988 nuclear war love story Miracle Mile, his previous film Cherry 2000, and the 1972 crime drama Prime Cut starring Lee Marvin, Gene Hackman and Sissy Spacek. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Michael Bay’s 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Trailer


Although it is still unclear if Michael Bay will return to direct another Transformers movie in the near future, for now he has decided to ditch the giant robots in favour of a slightly less bombastic action-thriller based on a true story. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi tells the story of six American security operators who responded to a terrorist attack on U.S. diplomatic compounds in Benghazi, Libya on September 11th, 2012. As you can probably guess, this looks very much like a Michael Bay movie, but it will be interesting to see if the true story element earns him some cred with critics. Also interesting to note: the movie stars two alumni of The Office, John Krasinski and David Denman. 13 Hours hits theatres on Jan. 15th; check out the red band and green band trailers after the jump and see what you think.

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Channing Tatum May Drop Out of Gambit Movie


Some surprising news this week coming out of 20th Century Fox, where it appears that one of their planned X-Men spin-offs could be in trouble. Speculation about Channing Tatum possibly starring in a Gambit movie first started last year and eventually became a reality after a deal was announced last November. At the time, Josh Zetumer (Robocop) was hired to write the screenplay and just last month Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) signed on to direct. However, we are now hearing that Channing Tatum may be backing out of the project and that the whole thing is currently up in the air. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #525: Pixels


0:00 – Intro / Frank on Trial for Magic Mike XXL
15:40 – Review: Pixels
1:01:55 – Headlines: Jurassic World Passes The Avengers in All-Time Box Office, Jurassic World Sequel Announced, Movie Ticket Prices Hit New High, Spectre Trailer, 13 Hours Trailer
1:24:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: Trainwreck, The Arrival, Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau, Mars Attacks, Creep, Ten Seconds to Hell, Gladiator, Mr. Robot, Humans, Tales of the Grim Sleeper, Raising Arizona
2:11:55 – Junk Mail: Collecting Movies on VHS, J-Horror, How to Rate Movies That Were Watched While Distracted / Pre-Occupied, Predicting the Next Actors to Become A-Listers, Celebrity Deaths That Most Affected Us
2:36:33 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:38:48 – Outro

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The Night Before Red Band Trailer Starring Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie


We’ve known for a while now Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were planning to reteam with 50/50 director Jonathan Levine for a holiday-themed comedy. What we didn’t know, however, is what it would be called. After cycling through a few different titles, it appears that they have finally settled on The Night Before. It’s been a few years since we’ve had a truly great Christmas comedy so I’m hoping for the best here, although I’m a little less interested now that I’ve seen it is just yet another R-rated party comedy. Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan and Mindy Kaling also co-star while Kanye West provides the token celebrity cameo. The Night Before hits theatres on Nov. 25th; check out the red band trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Queen of Earth Trailer Starring Elisabeth Moss


Mad Men may be over, but Elisabeth Moss has already proven that she can be much more than just Peggy Olson with performances in movies like Get Him to the Greek, Listen Up Philip and The One I Love, not to mention the acclaimed mini-series Top of the Lake (which is about to get a second season). However, it is the upcoming film Queen of Earth that really seems to be turning heads with Moss providing a central performance that is both fearless and surprising. Described as a psychological thriller, the story revolves around a woman who has just suffered multiple heartbreaks in her life and retreats to a secluded lakehouse with her best friend (Katherine Waterston), only to have their relationship crumble. Queen of Earth finds her reteaming with Listen Up Philip director Alex Ross Perry and it hits select theatres and VOD on Aug. 26th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New Photos from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice


Although the recently released Comic-Con trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was our first relatively in-depth look at the upcoming DC Universe film, the trailer still featured a lot of quick cuts and fluid action shots that made it hard to truly get a clear look at the costumes and other production design elements. Fortunately, Empire Magazine just revealed a handful of new photos that give us a better look at the two titular superheroes as well as Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. These, combined with some previously released pics from EW, make it clear that Zack Snyder definitely wanted a Batman who looks like he can go toe-to-toe with the Man of Steel. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theatres on March 25th, 2016; check out the new photos after the jump and see what you think.

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Ferrell Takes the Field Full Trailer


The teaser trailer for HBO’s upcoming documentary Ferrell Takes the Field dropped earlier this month and now the full trailer has arrived. The comedic documentary focuses on Will Ferrell cycling through every position for ten different major league baseball teams during spring training this year. Taped March 12, Ferrell was traded around between the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Cincinnati Reds, Arizona Diamondbacks, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in order to honor the former ballplayer Bert “Campy” Campaneris, who played all nine positions in baseball in a match in 1965, as well as to raise money to help in the fight against cancer. Ferrell Takes the Field premieres on HBO on Sept. 12th at 10 pm; hit the jump to check out Ferrell’s buffoonery in the name of charity.

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Jurassic Park 5 Set for Summer 2018, Chris Pratt to Return


Although Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow isn’t up for another brush with the prehistoric, the same can’t be said for leading man Chris Pratt, who has now been confirmed to be returning for the next chapter in the recently reinvigorated franchise. Along with Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard has also signed on for Jurassic Park 5, which has yet to receive an actual title. While we have in the past been forced to wait at least four years between entries, Universal Pictures is aiming for that not to be the case this time around, as Jurassic Park 5 is planned to hit theaters in 2018. Hit the jump for more info.

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Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine Trailer


Before Danny Boyle’s biopic Steve Jobs hits theatres this October, Magnolia Films will release a new documentary from Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Taxi to the Dark Side) called Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine. While there have been a handful of documentaries about the Apple co-founder before (including a feature-length “lost” interview that was also released theatrically by Magnolia), the difference is that this one supposedly paints a pretty unflattering view of the man, calling into question the widespread perception of him as a hero. Apple employees are rumoured to have walked out of a SXSW screening of the film, but it remains to be seen if Gibney is bringing up some solid points or if he is simply slinging mud. (I fully expect the movie to be “debunked” and dismissed within a week of its release, whether it is legit or not.) Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine hits select theatres and VOD on Sept. 4th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Seth Gordon to Direct Baywatch Movie


With Furious 7, San Andreas and now his HBO series Ballers, Dwayne Johnson is currently having a pretty huge year and he seems intent on capitalizing on it in a big way. The wrestler turned actor has been busy setting up a number of upcoming projects including Fast & Furious 8, the recently announced Big Trouble in Little China remake, and the Rampage video game adaptation among others. The Rampage movie just secured a director as of last week and now a different Dwayne Johnson movie has also found a new captain: his upcoming movie based on the ’90s TV series Baywatch. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Freeheld Trailer Starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page


After earning several nominations throughout her career, Julianne Moore won her first Oscar earlier this year for her performance in Still Alice. Now it looks like she could be in the running for a few awards again this year thanks to the upcoming movie Freeheld. The movie is based on the true story of New Jersey police detective Laurel Hester (Moore) who fought to have her pension transferred to her domestic partner Stacie Andree (Ellen Page) after she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Directed by Peter Sollett (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) and co-starring Michael Shannon and Steve Carell, this looks hard-hitting and emotional but will it be dismissed as mere Oscar bait? Freeheld hits select theatres on Oct. 2nd before going wide on Oct. 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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