Major Studios Team Up for Movies Anywhere: One Digital Movie Service to Rule Them All

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It’s no secret that the experience of building a digital movie collection has been pretty terrible up until now. There have been so many competing companies involved that the average consumer has ended up with multiple movies spread across many different incompatible services. It has been confusing and inconvenient, to say the least. This week Hollywood seems to be finally taking a step toward fixing this with Movies Anywhere, a joint venture spearheaded by Disney and supported by four other major studios in addition to four digital retailers (Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu). Karin Gilford, General Manager, had this to say about the launch of Movies Anywhere:

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Eli Roth’s Death Wish Delayed, Marvel’s The Punisher May Follow

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With the upcoming Death Wish remake just over a month away and things seeming oddly quiet in terms of marketing, it isn’t that surprising to hear that the movie won’t be making its Thanksgiving release date after all. MGM and Annapurna Pictures announced last week that they will be delaying the movie to 2018 instead. No reason was given for the delay, although it seems likely that the recent Las Vegas shooting may have at least had something to do with it. We are also hearing that Marvel might be pushing back The Punisher series as well, although they have yet to set an official date either way. Hit the jump for more info.

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Neil Gaiman’s How to Talk to Girls at Parties Trailer

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After the ambitious first season of American Gods premiered on Starz earlier this year, we’ve got another Neil Gaiman adaptation to look forward to in theatres as well. How to Talk to Girls at Parties is based on the 2006 short story and it revolves around an alien girl (Elle Fanning) who falls in love with a punk teenage boy (Alex Sharp) in 1970s London. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), it looks like a more psychedelic version of Sing Street and co-stars Nicole Kidman as a Bowie-esque punk queen / cult leader. How to Talk to Girls at Parties is expected to hit theatres later this year; check out the full trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Netflix Announces Another Price Increase

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Update: According to Variety, Hulu is dropping the price of their basic account to $5.99 / month for a limited time.

Well I think we all knew this was coming. Last week Netflix announced that in order to help offset the cost of developing original content, they will be increasing their monthly subscription costs yet again. They are planning to spend $7 billion on original programming next year, although they still claim that the majority of their budget goes to licensed content. The company’s last price increase was announced back in 2014 but it didn’t actually roll out for long-time subscribers until last year. This time around, prices will be going up almost immediately, taking effect by mid-November. They won’t be touching the price of the lowest tier plan in the U.S., however. The new prices are as follows:

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Castle Rock Trailer: Stephen King’s Multiverse Comes to Hulu

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If for some reason you just can’t get enough Stephen King right now, Hulu’s got you covered with the first trailer for their upcoming TV series Castle Rock. Based on the fictional Maine town featured in many of King’s books, this is not an anthology series but rather a “psychological-horror series” and “first-of-its-kind reimagining” that “explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.” It’s still not entirely clear what that means, but the show is executive produced by J.J. Abrams and has a solid cast that includes Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Scott Glenn, Andre Holland and Bill Skarsgard. Castle Rock premieres sometime in 2018; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #631: Blade Runner 2049

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0:00 – Intro
17:25 – Review: Blade Runner 2049
54:55 – Spoiler Discussion: Blade Runner 2049
1:59:45 – Headlines: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer, Pacific Rim: Uprising Trailer
2:29:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: Star Trek: Discovery, The Orville, Astro Zombies, Drive-In Massacre, Beyond the Darkness, Long Shot, SpaceCamp, The Milky Way, Chinatown
3:06:35 – Junk Mail: Best World-Building Movies, Reed’s Jake Gyllenhaal Prediction, Favourite Korean Movies, Turning Off Motion Smoothing on Other People’s TVs
3:30:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
3:32:10 – Outro

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Sylvester Stallone Will Direct Creed 2

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Although a sequel to the Rocky spin-off Creed has been slower to materialize than originally expected, it would appear that everyone is finally almost ready to get back in the ring. A few months ago, Dolph Lundgren confirmed rumours that he would return as Ivan Drago in Creed 2, something that Sylvester Stallone had been hinting at for a while now. Stallone had supposedly finished writing the script earlier this year and now this week he has offered another big update via his Instagram account. Apparently the movie will shoot next year and he will be directing it himself, taking Ryan Coogler’s place behind the camera. Here’s what he had to say:

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer #2

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Following its premiere during Monday Night Football tonight, the new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally hit the web and is now ready to be watched over and over again until your eyes bleed. The trailer features a lot more footage of Luke training Rey on Ahch-To and we also see Kylo Ren’s resolve being tested as he is driven further to the dark side. We also get our first look at the lovable Porgs and a few other interesting creatures, plus a bit of Supreme Leader Snoke in person and an intriguing twist at the end of the trailer. That being said, the majority of the plot still remains a mystery. Can Rian Johnson deliver a fantastic follow-up to The Force Awakens? Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theatres on Dec. 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The X-Files: Season 11 Trailer

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After last year’s successful six-episode revival, Mulder and Scully will return early next year and now we’ve got the first trailer for the eleventh season of The X-Files fresh off its premiere at NYCC. The new season will run ten episodes instead of six and the trailer seems to focus pretty heavily on mythology stuff (specifically, the continuing storyline involving Mulder and Scully’s son William and the potential end of civilization). The good news is that eight of the ten episodes are supposedly standalone stories, which is much more exciting in my opinion. The X-Files: Season 11 will premiere sometime in early 2018; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Blade Runner 2049 Headed Back to Retirement

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Rave reviews couldn’t save Blade Runner 2049 from a fate similar to the original as it fell way below expectations at the box office, earning just $31.5 million over the weekend. The long run time and cult status of the original film were no doubt a factor, although it did earn $50 million overseas which could be its saving grace. Considering that it was budgeted at $150 million, the possibility of another sequel seems unlikely. In second place, The Mountain Between Us earned $10.1 million, followed by It with another $9.7 million. The Stephen King adaptation has now made an incredible $600 million worldwide. My Little Pony: The Movie also had a somewhat lacklustre opening with $8.8 million while Kingsman: The Golden Circle and American Made were once again neck in neck, both falling to fifth place. Meanwhile Victoria and Abdul jumped up into the top 10 after expanding to over 700 screens.

1. Blade Runner 2049 — $31.5M
2. The Mountain Between Us — $10.1M
3. It — $9.7M
4. My Little Pony: The Movie — $8.8M
5. Kingsman: The Golden Circle — $8.1M
6. American Made — $8.1M
7. The LEGO Ninjago Movie — $6.8M
8. Victoria and Abdul — $4.1M
9. Flatliners — $3.8M
10. Battle of the Sexes — $2.4M

Justice League NYCC Trailer

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Yesterday during their New York Comic-Con panel, Warner Brothers released what will likely be the final trailer for Justice League. The new trailer does finally offer fans some direct acknowledgment of Superman, although it is still not entirely clear what kind of role he will play in the film. Unfortunately, the trailer is also set to a pretty insipid cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”, which just makes the whole thing feel like shameless pandering. Justice League hits theatres on Nov. 17th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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NYCC TV Trailers: Jack Ryan, Runaways, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

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In addition to the handful of movie trailers premiering at New York Comic-Con this weekend, there have also been plenty of TV trailers to discuss. Amazon in particular has been plugging the heck out of their original programming, revealing the first trailers for both the Jack Ryan TV series starring John Krasinski and their upcoming sci-fi anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. The latter is already drawing comparisons to Black Mirror and is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), but is obviously based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick. Speaking of which, they also released a sneak peek of the next season of The Man in the High Castle and a teaser for the second half of The Tick. Not to be left out, Hulu also debuted a trailer for Runaways, based on the teen-oriented Marvel comic. Are you looking forward to any of these shows? Check out the trailers after the jump and let us know what you think.

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