Patty Jenkins Takes the Reins on Wonder Woman, Angelina Jolie Rumoured for Captain Marvel

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Well that sure didn’t take long. Just two days after it was reported that Michelle MacLaren had exited the Wonder Woman movie, Warner Brothers has already locked down a replacement. Ironically, it is a filmmaker that was once attached to direct Thor: The Dark World for Marvel. Patty Jenkins (Monster) left that project due to creative differences, although some sources claimed she was fired by Marvel because she wasn’t acting “decisively” enough. Now she has reportedly signed on to direct Wonder Woman instead. There were rumours swirling that Angelina Jolie might be up for the job, but we are hearing that she might also direct Captain Marvel.

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Watch the Teaser for the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer

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As much as I hate posting teasers for trailers, this one is so highly anticipated that it is a bit of an exception. Zack Snyder confirmed that the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be arriving this Monday, April 20th and Warner Brothers will be hosting special screening events in IMAX theatres. You can RSVP for these screenings via the official site, although it doesn’t seem to work in Firefox for some reason. It is not yet clear if the trailer will also be released online on Monday as well. For now, you can check out a short teaser for the trailer after the jump and it is rumoured that Zack Snyder will drop a couple seconds of footage later today.

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Matthew Vaughn to Direct New Flash Gordon Movie

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Matthew Vaughn’s last three films established him as a director who enjoys playing with genre in interesting ways while also bringing a hip retro aesthetic to the table. Now it looks like his next project will find him updating another old school genre favourite that needs to be re-introduced to modern audiences: sci-fi hero Flash Gordon. The property has been moving toward a reboot for years now, hoping to erase memories of the campy 1980 film. But if anyone can embrace some of that nostalgia while also spawning a new blockbuster franchise, it is probably Matthew Vaughn. Hit the jump for the full story.

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Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser Teaser Trailer

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When it comes to sequels that no one really asked for, Joe Dirt 2 has got to be up there. Still, it’s easy to see why this is something that David Spade was pursuing as the original Joe Dirt is one of the few movies where didn’t play second fiddle to someone else (ie. Chris Farley). This is one of two original films that Crackle will be releasing this year, along with Dead Rising: Watchtower (which already debuted to very little fanfare). It’s hard to say from the trailer whether this will deliver many laughs, but at the very least we know Christopher Walken is back! Joe Dirt 2 premieres on Crackle on July 16th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Big Eyes, Maps to the Stars, The Babadook

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A great Australian horror flick and the latest films from Tim Burton, David Cronenberg and Jean-Luc Godard are among the highlights of this week’s DVD and Blu-ray releases. Tim Burton’s Big Eyes may have gone under the radar during awards season but it did earn positive reviews along with a Golden Globe for Amy Adams. David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, however, generated much more mixed reviews while Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D film Goodbye to Language was mostly seen as a worthy experiment. The must-have title of the week is The Babadook, a definite contender for best horror film of 2014, while slightly less essential are the genre sequels The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death and The Man with the Iron Fists 2. Meanwhile, new arrivals on Blu-ray include Carol Reed’s Odd Man Out, Eddie and the Cruisers and its sequel, the Troma sequels The Toxic Avenger: Part II and Class of Nuke ‘em High II, plus the fifth season of Little House on the Prairie. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Scream TV Series Trailer

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The first trailer for the upcoming Scream TV series premiered during the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night, and as you might expect, it features some attractive teenagers both partying and being stalked by an unknown killer, only now with more social media involved. There is also some meta commentary about doing a slasher film as a TV series, which is sort of an interesting point considering that it hasn’t been done many times before. Ghostface himself doesn’t make an appearance and it is still unclear if the iconic mask will be used this time around. Scream is being overseen by showrunner Jill Blotevogel (Eureka, Ravenswood) and premieres on MTV on June 30th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Michelle MacLaren No Longer Directing Wonder Woman

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Just days after it was being reported that Warner Brothers had chosen a director for their upcoming Aquaman movie, it appears that they have lost a director for one of their other DC Universe projects. Michelle MacLaren, a TV director known for helming episodes of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, signed on to direct Wonder Woman back in November. At the time, fans seemed pretty pleased with the choice despite the fact that she did not have any experience directing feature films, much less a blockbuster of this magnitude. Ultimately, however, it did not work out and this week Warner Brothers has announced that she has left the project. Their official statement on the matter is as follows:

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #510: Lost River and Buzzard

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0:00 – Intro / Horror vs. Comedy Redux
20:40 – Review: Lost River
50:35 – Review: Buzzard
1:11:35 – Headlines: Ant-Man Trailer #2, Game of Thrones Leak, David Lynch Leaves Twin Peaks Revival
1:28:45 – Retro Review: Detroit Rock City
1:51:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: Running Scared, Our Day Will Come, More Than Me, Top of the Lake, The Executioner, Django Unchained, Girls: Season 4, The Director’s Chair, Transgender Kids
2:24:40 – Junk Mail: Into the Storm Rating Explained, IMDb Top 250, Celebrity Crushes + Frank’s Love Connection, Disney Movie Rewards
3:00:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
3:04:10 – Outro

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show Remake Coming to Fox

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A remake of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been in the works for a while now, despite the fact that absolutely no one was asking for it (least of all, the many hardcore fans of the original). A few years back it looked like Ryan Murphy was going to direct it, thanks mainly to a Rocky Horror-themed Glee episode that aired back in 2010. Of course, at the time the plan was still for it to be on the big screen, but this week it appears that those plans have changed. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the original film, and since they have been unable to get a new movie off the ground, instead they have decided to go the TV route. Hit the jump for more details.

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HBO’s Ballers Trailer Starring Dwayne Johnson

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Last week we posted the first trailer for the upcoming HBO series The Brink and now we have a trailer for the other new show that they will be premiering with True Detective in June. Ballers stars Dwayne Johnson as a retired NFL player who is now acting as a financial advisor to several current athletes. The show is created by Steve Levinson and produced by Mark Wahlberg, both of whom were producers on Entourage and no doubt the network is hoping this will take the place of that very male-centric show. Perhaps we can expect a few cameos from real NFL players as well? Ballers co-stars Rob Corrdry, Omar Benson Miller, Carmelo Oquendo and Anabelle Acosta and it premieres on June 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Ant-Man Trailer #2

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After the first teaser trailer for Ant-Man failed to generate much excitement online, it seemed pretty clear that the loss of Edgar Wright as a director had dealt a huge blow to what could have been another comedic Marvel film with its own unique look and feel. However, this week they have unveiled a second trailer that is definitely an improvement with a few moments of inspired humour and some interesting action set pieces as well. That being said, I can’t help but compare it to the tone of the trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy, which were much more fun and offbeat. Something about this still feels flat to me. Either way, the new trailer also offers a better look at some of the supporting cast including Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne and Corey Stoll as Yellowjacket. Ant-Man hits theatres on July 17th; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Furious 7 Still Owns the Road

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Furious 7 stayed in full control of the box office for the second weekend in a row as the movie dropped an estimated 59% but still earned over $60 million. That makes it the highest-grossing movie in the series, and after setting a new opening day record in China yesterday, it seems clear that the rest of the world is also having an incredibly strong turnout for the film. The animated film Home held on to the #2 spot with $19 million while the only major new release, The Longest Ride, opened in third place with $13.5 million. That’s not bad considering there were no major stars involved. Get Hard fell to #4 while Cinderella rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, both Danny Collins and While We’re Young managed to sneak into the top 10, with the latter earning the best single weekend ever for Noah Baumbach.

1. Furious 7 — $60.59M
2. Home — $19M
3. The Longest Ride — $13.5M
4. Get Hard — $8.64M
5. Cinderella — $7.23M
6. Insurgent — $6.85M
7. Woman in Gold — $5.85M
8. It Follows — $2.03M
9. Danny Collins — $1.6M
10. While We’re Young — $1.38M