XX Trailer: A Horror Anthology Directed by Four Women

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We’ve seen quite a few horror anthology movies released over the past few years to varying levels of success, from the V/H/S and The ABCs of Death films to smaller releases like Tales of Halloween and Holidays. Now this year XYZ Films is assembling a new anthology flick called XX that offers up a female perspective on the genre. The movie was originally announced back in 2013 and at the time it was set to feature segments by The Soska Sisters, Karyn Kusama, Jennifer Lynch, Mary Harron and Jovanka Vuckovic. Only Kusama (The Invitation) and Vuckovic (The Captured Bird) ended up contributing to the final film with Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound) and Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) also directing chapters as well. The cast includes Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk and the film will be premiering at Sundance later this month. XX hits select theatres and VOD on Feb. 17th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Coen Brothers Make the Jump to TV with The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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It looks like Joel and Ethan Coen are the latest filmmakers getting ready to embrace episodic entertainment on the small screen, although in an interesting twist, we are hearing that their next project may not completely bypass theatres either. Annapurna Television is reportedly partnering with them on a new mini-series called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, which will mark their first time writing and directing for TV. The Coens are listed as executive producers on FX’s Fargo series, but their creative involvement has been fairly limited. They had previously stated that they didn’t have much interest in TV because they only think in terms of two hour stories, but apparently this time they’ve got something bigger up their sleeves. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here Trailer: A New Drama Set in the World of ’70s Stand-up Comedy

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In addition to the Twin Peaks revival (which was just recently announced for a May premiere), Showtime has a handful of new shows debuting this year including I’m Dying Up Here, a drama set in the 1970s Los Angeles stand-up comedy scene. We’ve been hearing about this one for a while now, but the first trailer has finally arrived online. Based on the non-fiction book by William Knoedelseder and executive produced by Jim Carrey, the show features fictional characters loosely based on real comedians that were coming up at that time. Melissa Leo anchors the series as a club owner named Goldie while Ronald Cyler II, Ari Graynor, Clark Duke, Michael Angarano and Jake Lacy also co-star. I’m Dying Up Here premieres on Showtime on June 4th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Cars 3 Trailer #2

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After a surprisingly dark initial teaser trailer for Cars 3, Disney and Pixar have released a new extended trailer this week that continues to build on that relatively serious tone by revealing a bit more of the story. It would appear that the main thrust of the film revolves around Lightning McQueen’s potential retirement and his desire to choose how and when he races his final lap. The movie also introduces a new rookie sensation named Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer), who appears to be Lightning’s nemesis this time around. Mater and all of the other residents of Radiator Springs remain conspicuously absent, at least for the time being. Is this Pixar’s attempt to redeem the Cars franchise after Cars 2, and if so, is such a thing even possible? Cars 3 hits theatres on June 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #595: Silence and Best of 2016

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9:40 – Review: Silence
44:00 – Feature: Top 10 Movies of 2016
2:00:00 – Feature: 3rd Annual Junkies
2:50:00 – Outro

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Zoolander 2 Leads 2017 Razzie Shortlist

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Update: This is just the shortlist apparently, which is why there are more than 5 nominees in each category.

In addition to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, there was another major awards body preparing to “honour” some movies over the weekend. That’s right, the 2017 Razzie nominations were announced yesterday and this time around, they’ve decided to spread out the razzing by allowing a seemingly arbitrary number of nominees in each category. Because hey, why not? Zoolander 2 leads the way with 9 nominations although everyone is reporting that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has the most nods (I guess that makes for a better headline). BvS: DoJ has 8 while Dirty Grandpa has 7. Sadly, they’ve done away with the Razzie Redeemer Award this year… I guess there was simply no redemption to be found. What do you think of this year’s nominees? Check out the full list of 2017 Razzie nominations after the jump.

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2017 Golden Globe Award Winners

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The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards were broadcast from Beverly Hills last night where things played out mostly as expected, save for a stirring anti-Trump speech from Meryl Streep that got everyone talking. La La Land took home a record seven awards, the most ever for a single movie at the Globes, while Moonlight still managed to snag the Best Picture award in the Drama category and Casey Affleck took home Best Actor for Manchester By The Sea. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was Isabelle Huppert winning Best Actress for Elle (which also won Best Foreign Film). Netflix’s The Crown also upset HBO favourites Game of Thrones and Westworld for Best Television Series – Drama. What did you think of this year’s Golden Globes? Check out the full list of nominees and winners after the jump.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Hidden Figures Gives Rogue One Some Competition

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It’s still too early to say definitively which movie topped the box office over the weekend, but current estimates have Rogue One: A Star Wars Story just barely eking out a win over Hidden Figures by a difference of just a couple hundred thousand dollars. Rogue One earned $22 million in its fourth weekend while Hidden Figures pulled in $21.8 million after expanding to over 2400 theatres. In third place, Sing added another $19.6 million to its coffers while Underworld: Blood Wars opened in fourth with $13.1 million, the lowest of any Underworld film to date. Golden Globe winner La La Land rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, the weekend’s other major expansion A Monster Calls failed to crack the top 10, earning just $2 million from 1523 screens which is a disappointment for Focus Features and director J.A. Bayona.

1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — $22M
2. Hidden Figures — $21.8M
3. Sing — $19.6M
4. Underworld: Blood Wars — $13.1M
5. La La Land — $10M
6. Passengers — $8.8M
7. Why Him? — $6.5M
8. Moana — $6.4M
9. Fences — $4.7M
10. Assassin’s Creed — $3.8M

New to Theatres This Weekend: Underworld: Blood Wars, A Monster Calls, I, Daniel Blake

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The first major release of 2017 is upon us and it is… Underworld: Blood Wars. Billed as Kate Beckinsale’s final Underworld film, this one is expected to come in a little lower than previous installments and as such seems unlikely to dethrone Rogue One. Other than that, we also have a handful of awards season expansions including J.A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls and Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures, both of which are now in wide release, along with a significant bump in theatre count for Lion starring Dev Patel. In select theatres, we also have Ken Loach’s latest film I, Daniel Blake, plus a new period action-comedy starring Jackie Chan called Railroad Tigers. What will you be watching this weekend?

Rings Trailer #2

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Believe it or not, the endlessly delayed reboot of The Ring series, Rings, currently still appears to be on track for its planned February release. Paramount has released a new trailer this week to remind us that this movie still exists, although at this point they’re not giving us much of a reason to care. The new trailer settles for a fairly straightforward explanation of the basic premise, which is probably in order considering that the original film came out 15 years ago. With a time gap like that we all know that the key difference with this one will be the addition of the internet, which should expedite things significantly. Beyond that, however, it is unclear what new tricks (if any) Samara will have up her sleeve. Rings is directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall) and hits theatres on Feb. 3rd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Slender Man Movie Gets a Director

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By now, you’ve no doubt heard of Slenderman in some form, whether it’s through online memes, Halloween costumes, video games or even news headlines. But don’t worry if you haven’t, because Hollywood is about to catapult the character to new levels of mainstream awareness as he is about to get his very own studio horror flick. Sony’s Screen Gems is in the process of setting up Slender Man, an adaptation of the urban legend created by Something Awful frequenter Eric Knudsen in the late 2000s, which has since been embraced by the internet and taken on a life of its own. They acquired the multi-platform rights to the property last year (although the copyright details still seem a little murky) and now they have hired a director to make this thing a reality. Hit the jump for more details.

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Terrence Malick’s Song to Song Gets a Release Date

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Update: It has just been announced that Song to Song will also be the opening night film at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

Last year saw the release of two new Terrence Malick films (technically 3, if you count both cuts of The Voyage of Time), which makes it the most prolific year ever for a formerly elusive director that once spent decades developing each new project. Now it looks like we’re about to get another new Malick movie in the first quarter of 2017 as well. His next movie previously went under the working title “Weightless” but it has since been given a brand new title and an official release date. The movie is called Song to Song and Broad Green Pictures have announced that they will release it in theatres on March 17th, 2017. The movie stars Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender, and the plot synopsis is as follows:

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