The Snowman Trailer Starring Michael Fassbender

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In the wake of the success of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we’ve seen a surge of interest in Scandinavian crime fiction over the past few years. There is something about the cold, dark and sometimes desolate settings of these stories that makes them particularly compelling, and now the latest entry to get a big screen adaptation is The Snowman by Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø (Headhunters). Michael Fassbender plays a detective on the trail of a serial killer who leaves behind a snowman at each murder scene. Directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), the movie also stars Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Chloë Sevigny, J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer and Toby Jones. The Snowman hits theatres on Oct. 20th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water Trailer

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After debuting it exclusively in theatres over the weekend, Fox Searchlight has finally released the first trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s next film online. Unsurprisingly, it looks very Guillermo del Toro-y! The Shape of Water is described as “an other-worldly fairy tale set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963″ and it revolves around a deaf government employee (Sally Hawkins) who falls in love with a fish-man creature that is the result of a top secret experiment (Doug Jones, essentially reprising his role as Hellboy‘s Abe Sapien). It’s hard not to be reminded a little bit of M. Night Shyamalan’s Lady in the Water here, and although the trailer seems to hint at some darker elements, G Del T has made it clear that this is not a horror movie. The movie also has a very Oscar-friendly release date so clearly Fox Searchlight has high hopes for it. The Shape of Water co-stars Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Michael Stuhlbarg and it hits theatres on Dec. 8th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #620: War for the Planet of the Apes

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0:00 – Intro
9:05 – Review: War for the Planet of the Apes
32:45 – Headlines: Quentin Tarantino Planning Movie About Manson Family Murders
39:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Big Sick, L’Argent, The Disaster Artist Trailer, The Beguiled (2017), The Driver
55:50 – Junk Mail: Baby Driver CoPo Backlash Backfire, Best Buy vs. Target, Custom Magnetic Spines for Steelbooks, Game of Thrones + Behind the Scenes Podcasting Workflow Tips
1:33:52 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:37:20 – Outro
1:39:15 – Spoiler Discussion: War for the Planet of the Apes

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Leatherface Trailer: A Texas Chainsaw Prequel from the Directors of Inside

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It’s hard to think of a movie franchise that has become as convoluted as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series over the years (The Terminator probably comes close), spanning seven movies and almost as many creative teams and continuities. Still, the power of Tobe Hooper’s 1974 original continues to fuel interest in the series and now there is an eighth installment on the way that purports to be a direct prequel to the original. This one is seemingly going the Rob Zombie route by shunning the Leatherface mystique in favour of a backstory that envisions him as one of four deranged teenagers who escape a mental hospital and go on a killing spree. Directed by French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (Inside), the movie also stars Stephen Dorff as a Texas Ranger who is pursuing them in order to exact revenge for the death of his daughter. Leatherface arrives on DirecTV on Sept. 21st before hitting select theatres and VOD on Oct. 20th; check out the red band trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Robotech Movie Gets It Director

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It’s been a decade now since we first started hearing about the possibility of a live-action Robotech movie based on the popular ’80s animated series. At the time, Michael Bay’s Transformers had just been released and was a big hit, so obviously Warner Brothers and producer Tobey Maguire figured there would be plenty of room for another movie franchise that revolves around giant transforming robots. Since then the property has changed studios and gone through multiple directors and writers with Tobey Maguire’s long-time pal Leonardo DiCaprio even expressing interest in starring at one point. Alas it sounds like neither actor is involved anymore, but the good news is that they have settled on a director and they seem to be finally ready to move forward… just in time for public interest in the Transformers franchise to start fading away. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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James Franco’s The Disaster Artist Teaser Trailer: The Making of The Room

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If you’re familiar with Tommy Wiseau’s cult oddity The Room, you probably know there is a story behind the making of the movie that’s almost as crazy as the movie itself. Now that story is coming to the big screen courtesy of James Franco, who is directing an adaptation of Greg Sestero’s memoir The Disaster Artist. Franco also plays Tommy while his brother Dave plays Tommy’s best friend, producer and co-star Greg. The first teaser trailer has arrived online this week and it revolves around one of the more famous lines in the movie. Clearly this is going to be a comedy, but what remains to be seen is whether they will capture the unlikely elements of inspiration and pathos that can also be found in Tommy’s journey. The Disaster Artist co-stars Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Lizzy Caplan, Bryan Cranston, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Paul Scheer and Ari Graynor and it hits theatres on Dec. 1st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Blade Runner 2049 Trailer #2

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This week Warner Brothers have unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049, giving us a bit more to chew on without getting into many plot specifics. There is a bit more action here, although it is unclear if this will be representative of the final film. I’m still not quite sold on Jared Leto’s character, but the same dreary, dreamy atmosphere is present and the visuals continue to be very much in the vein of Roger Deakins’ gorgeous work on Skyfall. Blade Runner 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve and hits theatres on Oct. 6th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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R.I.P. George A. Romero and Martin Landau

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The film world suffered two major losses over the weekend as both George A. Romero and Martin Landau reportedly passed away within 24 hours of each other. Romero is obviously best known as the godfather of the zombie genre which he single-handledly spawned with Night of the Living Dead in 1968, while Martin Landau will be fondly remembered as one of the stars of the original Mission: Impossible TV series as well as for his performance as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. Romero had been battling lung cancer but died peacefully in his sleep. He was 77 years old. Landau was 89.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Apes Quietly Seize Control

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War for the Planet of the Apes didn’t have much trouble dispatching Spider-Man: Homecoming over the weekend, although that being said it still failed to improve on its own predecessor. The movie opened with $56.5 million, which is a step back from the $72 million that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes made, but essentially right back where Rise of the Planet of the Apes started on its first weekend back in 2011. That falls in line with Fox’s fairly conservative estimates but it still feels like a bit of a disappointment given the strong critical acclaim. In second place, Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming fell 61% to take $45.2 million, followed by Despicable Me 3 in third with $18.9 million. Baby Driver continued to perform well in its third weekend despite falling to fourth place, while The Big Sick jumped up to fifth after opening wide with $7.6 million. Meanwhile, way down in seventh place, the horror flick Wish Upon flopped with just $5.6 million.

1. War for the Planet of the Apes — $56.5M
2. Spider-Man: Homecoming — $45.2M
3. Despicable Me 3 — $18.9M
4. Baby Driver — $8.8M
5. The Big Sick — $7.6M
6. Wonder Woman — $6.9M
7. Wish Upon — $5.6M
8. Cars 3 — $3.2M
9. Transformers: The Last Knight — $2.8M
10. The House — $1.8M

Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time Trailer

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Disney’s annual D23 Expo is happening this weekend in Anaheim where they unveiled some impressive first footage from a handful of highly anticipated movies including the live-action remake of The Lion King and The Avengers: Infinity War. Unfortunately, none of that footage was released online for the rest of us to see, but they did just drop the first trailer for Ava DuVernay’s upcoming adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s YA classic A Wrinkle in Time. The story revolves around a 13-year-old girl who sets out to rescue her absent scientist father, who has discovered the ability to fold space and time but is now being held prisoner on another planet. The visuals certainly look striking, although they are maybe a little more bright and Tim Burton-y than I would have expected. A Wrinkle in Time stars Chris Pine, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Zach Galifianakis and it hits theatres on March 9th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Birth of the Dragon Trailer: Bruce Lee vs. Wong Jack Man

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Although it was recently announced that an authorized Bruce Lee biopic is currently in the works, in the meantime we’ve got yet another unauthorized movie about the man that is sure to divide fans. Birth of the Dragon is loosely based on Bruce Lee’s experiences training and teaching martial arts in 1960s San Francisco and his legendary fight with kung fu master Wong Jack Man. The movie has drawn some criticism for taking liberties with the true story but it also aims to pay tribute to the style of Lee’s own ’70s action movies. Directed by George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), it premiered last year at TIFF although this is reportedly a new cut of the film. Birth of the Dragon stars Phillip Ng, Xia Yu and Billy Magnussen and it hits theatres on Aug. 25th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: War for the Planet of the Apes, Wish Upon, Lady Macbeth

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Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes storms theatres this weekend with an army of stellar reviews behind it, gunning for potentially the biggest box office opening for the Apes franchise to date. It still has Spider-Man: Homecoming to contend with, however, which is expected to deliver a strong second weekend. Also in wide release look for the PG-13 horror film Wish Upon and the acclaimed romantic comedy The Big Sick, which is expanding nationwide after generating a significant buzz in limited release. In select theatres, we also have the dark period drama Lady Macbeth, the environmental documentary Chasing Coral and indie drama Blind starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore. What will you be watching this weekend?