The Karate Kid Returns with YouTube Red Series Cobra Kai


It’s been almost two years since YouTube launched their paid subscription service YouTube Red and up until now they have not really attempted to compete directly with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. The majority of their original content has focused on popular YouTube personalities, but this week they have finally landed a pretty big series that is sure to attract more attention. The show in question is a Karate Kid sequel / spin-off that will bring back two major cast members from the original ’80s movies. Banzai, Daniel-san! Hit the jump for more details.

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Disney to Use Facial Recognition to Gauge Audience Reactions to Movies


For decades, people have accused studio blockbusters of being soulless examples of art by committee and/or the work of bean-counting robots. While that is obviously an exaggeration of sorts, it may be getting closer to reality than we realize. Studio execs have always tried to hedge their bets with test screenings and market research, but now in the digital age it is becoming easier than ever to track people’s media consumption… just ask Netflix. Now it appears that Disney is looking to extract real-time feedback from moviegoers without them even knowing. Are we looking at a future where every major movie is built directly from big data? Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Miami Vice Reboot in the Works, Vin Diesel to Produce


A couple of years ago, we heard rumours that another big screen version of the ’80s TV show Miami Vice might be in the works, potentially rebooting Michael Mann’s 2006 adaptation of his own material. Nothing seemed to come of it, however, and now this week we are hearing that Miami Vice will be making a comeback on the small screen instead. NBC is currently developing a revival of the Don Johnson / Philip Michael Thomas cop drama and the driving force behind it, believe it or not, is apparently Vin Diesel. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.

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American Vandal Trailer: Netflix Pokes Fun at True Crime Documentaries


Netflix helped give rise to the current explosion of true crime documentaries with the wildly popular Making a Murderer and several other recent docs but now they are taking a step back to have a little fun with the genre as well. In the tradition of Fred Armisen and Bill Hader’s Documentary Now!, American Vandal is an 8-part mockumentary series that revolves around a young man accused of spray painting penises on teachers’ cars in his high school parking lot. Created by Dan Lagana (Deadbeat), Tony Yacenda (CollegeHumor Originals) and Dan Perrault (Honest Trailers), this looks to have nailed all the hallmarks of recent true crime shows. The only question is, does this concept actually support anything more than a trailer? American Vandal arrives on Netflix on Sept. 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Dark Tower, Detroit, Kidnap


August is finally here and the summer movie season is winding down with the last major blockbuster arguably arriving this weekend. Reviews for The Dark Tower have been decidedly mixed but it is still expected to top the box office barring a complete disaster. Also in wide release we have Kathryn Bigelow’s latest politically-charged drama Detroit and the Halle Berry thriller Kidnap. Other new movies opening in select theatres include Taylor Sheridan’s directorial debut Wind River, the Baltimore dance documentary Step and the Sundance hit Columbus starring John Cho. What will you be watching this weekend?

Eli Roth’s Death Wish Trailer Starring Bruce Willis


This Thanksgiving MGM will be releasing a heartwarming little family film called Death Wish… that’s right, a remake of the controversial 1974 thriller about a man who goes on a killing rampage to take revenge for the murder of his wife. Bruce Willis steps into the shoes previously filled by the iconic Charles Bronson while Eli Roth directs a major studio film that is well-suited to his so-called torture porn roots. In this version, they’ve changed the setting to Chicago with Willis playing a surgeon who is well-acquainted with the brutal consequences of gang violence. Yeah, something tells me that in the Trump era this is going to be equally as polarizing as the original. Death Wish co-stars Elisabeth Shue, Vincent D’Onofrio and Dean Norris and it hits theatres on Nov. 22nd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #622: Atomic Blonde and Hans Zimmer Live


0:00 – Intro
9:05 – Review: Atomic Blonde
35:00 – Headlines: Thor Comic-Con Trailer, Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer
49:40 – Hans Zimmer Live: Pre-Show
1:09:50 – Hans Zimmer Live: Score Bits
1:39:10 – Hans Zimmer Live: Review
2:12:30 – Outro
2:13:25 – Spoiler Discussion: Atomic Blonde

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Comrade Detective Trailer Starring Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt


Here’s one of the strangest pitches for a TV show I’ve heard in quite a while: Comrade Detective is a cop show satire claiming to be a real Romanian TV show that was produced by the communist government in the 1980s. Amazon is now “importing” this long lost gem and dubbing it into English for the first time with a voice cast that includes Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jenny Slate and Nick Offerman. It’s a pretty high concept to say the least and seemingly inspired by Romania’s own history with illegally importing Hollywood action movies during the same era (see the documentary Chuck Norris vs. Communism). This could be amazing or it could be a complete misfire. Comrade Detective arrives on Amazon Prime this Friday August 4th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Mindhunter Trailer: Netflix and David Fincher’s Serial Killer Drama


After helping Netflix launch their first major original series with House of Cards, David Fincher is reteaming with Netflix for a brand new show called Mindhunter, which will also bring him back to a genre that he explored with movies like Seven and Zodiac. Based on the book Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas, the show revolves around two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany) who interview imprisoned serial killers in order to try to solve other active cases. Fincher will direct a handful of episodes along with Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking), Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy) and Andrew Douglas (The Amityville Horror). Charlize Theron is also on board as a producer. Mindhunter premieres on Netflix on Oct. 13th; check out the full trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Jaume Collet-Serra Drops Suicide Squad 2 for Disney’s Jungle Cruise


Director Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows, Non-Stop) seems to be in high demand these days as he prepares make the jump from mid-range action movies to his first big budget studio blockbuster. Last month we heard that he was the current frontrunner to direct Suicide Squad 2 for Warner Brothers and it sounded like an official announcement was to be expected any day. Apparently he never actually signed on, however, because this week we are hearing that he has instead boarded Disney’s Jungle Cruise which puts him out of the running for Suicide Squad 2. Hit the jump for more info.

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Sam Shepard 1943-2017


Some sad news to start the week as we are just learning that respected actor and Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard reportedly passed away last Thursday at his home in Kentucky. His death was a result of complications from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) aka Lou Gehrig’s disease. Shepard is best known to most people for his roles in movies like The Right Stuff, Days of Heaven and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, but he was also an acclaimed playwright and screenwriter who won the Pulitzer Prize for his play Buried Child in 1979. He was 73 years old.

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Darren Aronofsky’s mother! Teaser Trailer


In addition to the Surburbicon trailer, Paramount have also released the first teaser trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming film mother!. We still don’t know much about the film except that it stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris, Domhnall Gleeson and Kristen Wiig and it revolves around “a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home.” The teaser features Lawrence walking through an empty house with some mysterious voices seemingly echoing in her head, hinting at another psychological thriller in the vein of Black Swan. Hopefully we’ll find out a little more when the full trailer drops on Aug. 8th. mother! hits theatres on Sept. 15th; check out the teaser after the jump and let us know what you think.

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