Rosemary’s Baby Trailer Starring Zoe Saldana


When it was first announced that NBC was remaking Rosemary’s Baby as a TV mini-series, I wasn’t totally opposed to the idea. After all, everyone is so fond of saying how the production quality of television is now on par with feature films, and this was a chance to show how a different medium could put a new spin on a well-known story. Unfortunately, the first full trailer for NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby looks like an absolute trainwreck. We’re talking soap opera-level visuals and performances… there is simply nothing subtle or nuanced about it. It’s too bad because I think Zoe Saldana is better than this. (On a side note, why is NBC blocking this trailer outside of the U.S.?) Rosemary’s Baby premieres on NBC on May 11th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Philomena, Wrong Cops


It’s not a particularly exciting week for DVD and Blu-ray releases with the biggest titles being middle-of-the-road films like Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the Oscar-nominated drama Philomena and the buddy cop comedy Ride Along starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. We’ve also got a few noteworthy indie films hitting stores today including Quentin Dupieux’s latest absurdist comedy Wrong Cops, Ralph Fiennes’ Charles Dickens biopic The Invisible Woman and James Franco’s experimental doc Interior. Leather. Bar. The biggest highlights, however, come from this week’s Blu-ray selections: Lars Von Trier’s Breaking the Waves, a 20th Anniversary edition of Reality Bites, and long-awaited HD releases of film noir classics Touch of Evil and Double Indemnity. Will you be buying or renting anything this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Samuel L. Jackson to Return for Die Hard 6?


Although neither fans nor critics were particularly crazy about John McClane’s last outing on the big screen, A Good Day to Die Hard still managed to make over $300 million worldwide last year. The vast majority of that haul came from overseas, but it was enough to convince Fox that they should go forth and churn out at least one more installment. Bruce Willis has been saying for a while now that he wants to do a sixth Die Hard before retiring John McClane for good, but what could they possibly do to get fans excited about the last hurrah? Well… as it turns out, there is one thing that they might have up their sleeves. According to reports, Fox is considering bringing back Samuel Jackson as Zeus Carver from Die Hard with a Vengeance! Yippee ki-yay?

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David Fincher’s Gone Girl Trailer Starring Ben Affleck


After being teased on Friday, the first official trailer for David Fincher’s next film, Gone Girl, has finally arrived online and it does not disappoint. Based on the book by Gillian Flynn, this is another murder mystery of sorts and although it feels like familiar territory for Fincher, the difference this time around is that it focuses on the husband of a missing woman who becomes the prime suspect in the investigation. Ben Affleck headlines the film along with Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Dickens, Scoot McNairy and, yes, Tyler Perry.

Like many of the trailers for Fincher’s previous films, this one plays almost like a music video and they have chosen an intriguing song to encapsulate the film: a cover of Elvis Costello’s “She” performed by Richard Butler from The Psychedelic Furs. Personally, I can’t wait to uncover the film’s mysteries and October can’t come soon enough. Gone Girl hits theatres on Oct. 3rd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #462: Joe and Snowpiercer


0:00 – Intro
4:40 – Review: Joe
33:40 – Review: Snowpiercer
56:25 – Headlines: Gone Girl Trailer, Chef Trailer, Jaunt Developing Tech for Virtual Reality Movies
1:42:40 – Other Stuff We Watched: Grudge Match, Draft Day, Out of the Furnace, After Earth, Little House on the Prairie, The Conspiracy, Monsters University, The Unknown Known, A Brief History of Time, Silicon Valley
2:34:15 – Junk Mail: Is Marvel the New Pixar?, Do Documentary Filmmakers Have an Obligation to Tell the Truth?, Secret Codes Among Theatre Employees
3:01:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
3:04:10 – Outro

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David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars Trailer Starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska


It seems a safe bet that David Cronenberg’s next film Maps to the Stars will be premiering at Cannes next month, but it also happens to be opening in theatres in France on May 21st, which is why we’re starting to see the first marketing materials for the film now. This week we’ve got the first official still from the movie and also an early sales reel that offers a pretty good idea of what to expect. Much like his previous film Cosmopolis, this one finds him once again exploring the lifestyles of the rich and famous and continues to put him further away from the horror genre… at least in the traditional sense.

The story revolves around Stafford Weiss (John Cusack), a rich psychotherapist and life coach who works with celebrities in Hollywood. When his estranged daughter (Mia Wasikowska) is released from a psychiatric hospital, she moves to Hollywood and befriends a limo driver (Robert Pattinson), slowly hatching a plan to burn the whole place to the ground. The North American release date for Maps to the Stars is still TBA; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Breck Eisner to Direct The Karate Kid 2


It looks like Will and Jaden Smith are ready to put the failure of After Earth behind them and get back to the established franchises and genres that have been successful for them in the past. While Daddy Smith has reportedly turned down a role in the upcoming Independence Day sequel(s), he is still contemplating Bad Boys 3 and also circling another superhero movie of sorts called Brilliance. Before either of those happen, however, his son probably will be starring in the sequel to their 2010 remake of The Karate Kid. The first film made $343 million worldwide and received mostly positive reviews despite incurring the wrath of fans of the 1984 original. Now the sequel is about to move forward with a slightly unexpected person at the helm: horror director Breck Eisner (The Crazies).

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HBO’s The Leftovers Teaser Trailer: From Tom Perrotta and Damon Lindelof


With the fourth season of Game of Thrones premiering last week, HBO has taken the opportunity to start promoting their upcoming series The Leftovers, which will debut immediately after this season’s Game of Thrones finale. Based on the book by Tom Perrotta (Election, Little Children), it imagines a world where 2% of the Earth’s population disappears as a result of the Rapture and examines how the remaining folks deal with it. Justin Theroux headlines the show as the chief of police in a small town of Mapleton, while the supporting cast also includes and Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler and Ann Dowd. The show is co-created and co-written by Damon Lindelof (Lost) and the pilot episode was directed by Peter Berg. The Leftovers premieres on June 15th; check out the first two teaser trailers after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Cap Fends Off Rio 2


As expected, it was a close race at the box office this weekend, but Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier managed to hold on to the #1 spot for the second week in a row with $41.4 million. If Rio 2 had managed to improve on its predecessor by even just a little bit, it probably would have ended up in first, but the animated sequel had a nearly identical $39 million debut which was good enough for second place. Indie horror flick Oculus opened in third with a decent $12 million, while Draft Day starring Kevin Costner disappointed with $9.8 million. Divergent rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, The Raid 2 had a poor showing after expanding nationwide, earning $1.01 million on 954 screens and finishing just out of the top 10.

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier — $41.4M
2. Rio 2 — $39M
3. Oculus — $12M
4. Draft Day — $9.8M
5. Divergent — $7.5M
6. Noah — $7.4M
7. God’s Not Dead — $5.5M
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel — $4M
9. Muppets Most Wanted — $2.2M
10. Mr. Peabody & Sherman — $1.8M

Open Forum Friday: Is VR the Next Big Technological Leap for Cinema?


With Facebook’s recent acquisition of Oculus VR for $2 billion, it seems safe to say that virtual reality has finally arrived and could be making an impact on our daily lives within the next couple of years. Up until now, the development of this technology has mostly been focused on interactive entertainment and, specifically, video games. But if it becomes as big as some people seem to think it will, there’s no reason why it couldn’t find applications in other industries as well… including the movie industry. Believe it or not, there are already several companies investigating the ways in which VR could be used to help us become further immersed in the world of cinema. Will this be the next big thing?

A company called Jaunt has developed a camera that can capture 3D stereoscopic video in all directions and they are now shopping it around to filmmakers. The idea is that wearing a VR headset allows you to see and hear pre-recorded video all around you in a full 360 degrees. People who have tried their demos have come away suitably impressed, and while it might sound a bit silly at the moment, it is essentially an extension of current technologies like IMAX, 3D, Dolby Atmos and D-Box. What do you think? Would the ability to look anywhere in a scene be a major evolution or would it take away from the art of filmmaking? Are you excited about the possibility of adding another level of immersion to movies? Do you believe in the VR revolution or will this be just another fad? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.

Baz Luhrmann in Talks to Direct Kung Fu


Okay, this is a pretty weird one. Over the past few years we’ve been hearing that Legendary Pictures is in the process of setting up a big screen adaptation of the cult classic ’70s TV series Kung Fu. The original show starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who travels to America in search of his half-brother. Along the way he must rely on his spiritual training and martial arts skills to help him. Last we heard, Bill Paxton was potentially on board to direct, which in itself was a bit surprising. Now a few years later, it appears that he is no longer involved. Instead, they have turned to another unexpected choice to take over the reins. Would you believe… Baz Luhrmann, director of such films as Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby?

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Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man Trailer Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman


Being a big fan of Anton Corbijn’s last film The American, I was excited to learn that his next project would be another spy movie based on a book by John Le Carré with Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead role. After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s unexpected death back in February, however, the movie took on a new importance as it suddenly became one of his final on-screen performances. The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year to mostly positive reviews, but now the rest of us will finally get a chance to see it in theatres this summer.

Based on the new domestic trailer, it looks like another slow burn thriller in the vein of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, albeit one that is set in the modern day. The story revolves around a German intelligence operative named Gunter Bachmann (Hoffman) who is setting up an elaborate trap for a suspected Muslim terrorist in Hamburg. The supporting cast includes Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe, but mostly it’s all about Hoffman and his German accent. A Most Wanted Man hits select theatres on July 25th; check out the new trailer and an additional clip after the jump and see what you think.

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