Damian Lewis to Play Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in Run This Town

In one of the strangest movie-related news stories to come out this week, former Toronto mayor Rob Ford is apparently getting the Hollywood biopic treatment and the man who will play him is none other than Homeland star Damian Lewis. Lewis is being fitted with extensive prosthetics in order to pull it off. Ford is best known for his outspoken public persona and for becoming embroiled in a major scandal in 2014 when a video surfaced of him smoking crack cocaine. He was diagnosed with cancer soon afterward and passed away in 2016. Hit the jump for more details.

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The Meg Trailer Starring Jason Statham

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Believe it or not, after floating through a couple decades of development hell, giant shark movie The Meg is finally about to surface in theatres this summer. Based on the novel by Steve Alton, the project has been through a handful of directors over the years including Guillermo Del Toro and Eli Roth, only to end up with National Treasure director Jon Turtletaub. Go figure. With the success of recent shark movies like The Shallows and 47 Meters Down, this has the potential to be a big hit, but based on the trailer it also feels like the big bloated studio version of something that should be small and sleek. Then again, it’s hard to resist the basic draw of Jason Statham taking on a giant shark. The Meg co-stars Bingbing Li, Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson, Jessica McNamee and Cliff Curtis and it hits theatres on Aug. 10th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Future World Trailer Starring James Franco and Milla Jovovich

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Leave it to James Franco to come up with the weirdest, most unexpected follow up to his Oscar-nominated film The Disaster Artist. His next movie behind the camera (and in front of it) is a low rent Mad Max rip-off called Future World. The movie stars Suki Waterhouse as a “robot sex companion-assassin” in search of her soul who crosses paths with a prince (Jeffrey Wahlberg) who is in search of medicine to save his ailing mother (Lucy Liu). Milla Jovovich, Snoop Dogg and Method Man also co-star. There has been no shortage of post-apocalyptic clones over the years, but this still looks like must-see VOD trash. Future World is co-directed by cinematographer Bruce Thierry Cheung and it hits select theaters and VOD on May 25th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer #2

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With all the reshoots and last-minute tinkering going on, Disney and Lucasfilm have been somewhat slow to mobilize their marketing campaign for Solo: A Star Wars Story. This week, however, a new trailer has finally arrived online and it offers the best look yet at this hotly debated Han Solo prequel. The story is still somewhat unknown, but it certainly seems to be a heist movie of sorts (then again, that’s what they said about Rogue One as well). We do get to see more of the supporting cast including Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Han’s childhood friend Qi’ra, and Woody Harrelson as Beckett, a criminal mentor to Han. But by far the most scrutiny is on Alden Ehrenreich in the lead role, and it’s still not really clear if he has found that Harrison Ford swagger or not. Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theatres on May 25th; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: A Quiet Place Brings Down the House

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John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place proved to be anything but at the box office over the weekend as the movie pulled in an estimated $50 million, easily knocking Ready Player One from the top spot. That is one of the best debuts ever for a horror movie, nowhere near last year’s It ($123 million), but almost on par with Paranormal Activity 3 as an example. Ready Player One had a decent second weekend, adding another $25 million, while R-rated comedy Blockers opened in third with $21.4 million. Black Panther fell to fourth as it passed Titanic to become the third highest grossing domestic release of all-time. (At this point, it looks like it will still be in theatres when The Avengers: Infinity War is released.) I Can Only Imagine rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Chappaquiddick opened in seventh with a respectable $6.2 million, while Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs jumped into the top 10 after expanding to over 500 screens.

1. A Quiet Place — $50M
2. Ready Player One — $25.1M
3. Blockers — $21.4M
4. Black Panther — $8.4M
5. I Can Only Imagine — $8.4M
6. Acrimony — $8.1M
7. Chappaquiddick — $6.2M
8. Sherlock Gnomes — $5.6M
9. Pacific Rim: Uprising — $4.9M
10. Isle of Dogs — $4.6M

Jay and Silent Bob VR Series in the Works

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With Kevin Smith still recovering from the heart attack he suffered back in February, many fans have been curious how this might affect plans for his next movie, the upcoming Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. As far as we know, the film is still in development but now in addition to that he seems to be adding a second Jay and Silent Bob project to his plate as well. Apparently the two hetero lifemates are about to go… under the visor? We are hearing that Smith is developing an original VR series that is just one of several projects in development for STX Entertainment’s VR division STXsurreal. The show is called simply Jay and Silent Bob VR and it is described as follows:

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The First Purge Trailer

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After successfully launching a new franchise with The Purge and directing two sequels, James DeMonaco is handing over the reins for the fourth Purge movie, somewhat ironically titled The First Purge. This is a prequel that tells the story of how The Purge came to be, starting as a social experiment attempted by the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) and initally met with protests before exploding into class warfare and deadly violence. Directed by Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands), the movie is still written by DeMonaco (who is also heading up a Purge TV series) and it stars Marisa Tomei, Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade and Luna Lauren Velez. The First Purge hits theatres on July 4th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Blockers, A Quiet Place, Chappaquiddick

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With four new movies in wide release this weekend, Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One has a tough challenge ahead if it hopes to maintain a foothold after its solid debut. The John Krasinski horror thriller A Quiet Place seems like the movie to beat this weekend as it is showing signs of becoming a breakout hit on par with M. Night Shyamalan’s Split. The R-rated comedy Blockers starring Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz is also looking strong. Other movies in wide release include the historical thriller Chappaquiddick and sports drama The Miracle Season. In select theatres, keep an eye out for Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here starring Joaquin Phoenix, nature documentary Pandas, and the sci-fi horror flick The Endless from the directors of Spring. What will you be watching this weekend?

The Titan Review

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Directed by: Lennart Ruff
Written by Max Hurwitz (screenplay), Arash Amel (story)
Starring: Sam Worthington, Taylor Schilling, Tom Wilkinson, Agyness Deyn, Nathalie Emmanuel

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Nine years after Avatar introduced him to the world, Sam Worthington dons an armor of blue-tinted prosthetics and, once again, turns into an enhanced lifeform. No, the first of those James Cameron’s sequels hasn’t arrived early (it’s still two years away) but The Titan should quench that particular thirst if you are currently experiencing it.

Set thirty years in the future with the Earth on the brink of certain and complete annihilation, the story details how NATO-sanctioned scientists in conjunction with NASA come up with the wildly risky proposition of administering the DNA of certain specific animals to an elite selection of military personnel. The goal is to mutate them and make them superhuman, capable of tolerating the extremely uninhabitable weather and oxygen-lacking conditions of the only moon with a thick atmosphere in our solar system. You see, they want to morph these volunteers into Titans (as in the deities of Greek mythology) and send them off to colonize Titan (Saturn’s largest moon). Things go south, obviously.

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Revenge Trailer: A Blood-Soaked Feminist Revenge Thriller

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There seem to be a lot of revenge flicks coming out of the woodwork this year and here is yet another one that debuted in the Midnight Madness section of TIFF last September. The story revolves around a woman who travels with her boyfriend to a remote desert villa only to have their romantic getaway shattered when his hunting buddies show up and assault her, leaving her for dead. Despite the generic title, the movie has earned rave reviews and looks to be a pretty extreme yet timely ode to female empowerment. Revenge is directed by French filmmaker Coralie Fargeat and stars Matilda Lutz (Rings) and it will be released by Neon in select theatres and on VOD on May 11th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Trailer

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Yesterday it was being reported that Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote had been pulled from the Cannes line-up due to a legal dispute with producer Paulo Branco, once again casting doubt on whether this ill-fated project will ever see the light of day. However, this morning the first international trailer for the movie has surfaced online, providing proof that the movie is indeed ready to be shown to audiences. The project famously started production back in 1998 with Jean Rochefort and Johnny Depp starring but was eventually shut down due to a number of major setbacks. Now 20 years later, the movie has been completed with Jonathan Pryce, Adam Driver and Olga Kurylenko in the lead roles. Amazon picked up the rights for the US, Canada and the UK and as far as we know it is still expected to be released later this year. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Adam Sandler to Star in Safdie Bros. Film Uncut Gems

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One of last year’s surprise critical favorites was the Safdie brothers’ pulpy crime film Good Time starring Robert Pattinson.  The duo are now preparing their new film Uncut Gems and have found an unlikely star in Adam Sandler.  While there isn’t much known about the plot yet the film is said to take place in the corrupt diamond district in New York City.  That brief description alone promises another gritty crime outing for the Safdies and a departure from Sandler’s typical roles.  Add to the fact that Uncut Gems will be produced by Martin Scorsese and you have an intriguing mix of talent involved.

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