Little House on the Prairie Movie Gets a New Director

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Ever since Lionsgate started releasing the remastered seasons of Little House on the Prairie on Blu-ray earlier this year, there has been a fair amount of discussion about this classic ’70s TV show on the Film Junk Podcast. Jay’s obsession with the show eventually led to a startling revelation that a Little House on the Prairie movie was in development with David Gordon Green attached to the direct. Of course, the project had been announced back in 2012 and there had been no additional updates since then. Now this week we have something new to report on the subject. The good news is that it’s still happening… the bad news is that David Gordon Green will no longer be in the director’s chair.

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Bond 24 Lands Lea Seydoux as First Bond Girl

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At long last, it looks as though we may have our first real bit of casting news for the next James Bond film, currently still being referred to as simply Bond 24. We’ve known for a while now that Daniel Craig will be returning, along with Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris. No surprises there. But there has been plenty of speculation surrounding the casting of the next Bond girl(s) and the film’s primary villain. Last year, we were hearing rumours that Penelope Cruz was in talks to star in the film, potentially making her (gasp!) the oldest Bond girl ever. More recently, there was a report that Rihanna had been approached for a role, although it was said to be more of a cameo than anything. Now this week it looks as though Blue is the Warmest Color star Lea Seydoux has landed a role in the film.

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Focus Trailer Starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie

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Although he took a big hit last year with After Earth, Will Smith is still generally considered one of the most bankable movie stars working today. So when a trailer for a new Will Smith film happens to be released, you take notice… even if the movie looks a little bit generic and bland. In this case, he plays a con man who teams up with Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) to pull off the “big con” that will allow them both to retire. Unfortunately, things become complicated when their feelings for each other start to get in the way. Focus is written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love, I Love You Phillip Morris) and hits theatres on Feb. 27th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Dracula Untold, The Judge, Alexander and the Terrible Something Something

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On the surface, it may looks like another horror movie leading this weekend’s batch of new releases, but Universal’s Dracula Untold seems to be much more a superhero flick than anything truly frightening. Ironically, it will be going up against The Judge, an old-fashioned courtroom drama starring Robert Downey Jr. that will attempt to hook mainstream audiences without the help of explosions and special effects. Other major releases include Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, based on the popular children’s book by Judith Viorst, and Addicted, based on the best-selling novel by Zane. In select theatres, we have a few more promising selections including Sundance hit Whiplash starring Miles Teller, Kill the Messenger starring Jeremy Renner and St. Vincent starring Bill Murray, plus the acclaimed documentary The Overnighters. What will you be watching this weekend?

Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland Teaser Trailer Starring George Clooney

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There has been an air of mystery and secrecy surrounding Brad Bird’s upcoming film Tomorrowland ever since it was first announced, which isn’t a huge surprise considering that it is also co-written and produced by Damon Lindelof (no, J.J. Abrams is not involved). We knew that it would be based loosely on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name, but we didn’t know much beyond that. Fortunately, we’re finally getting our first taste of the movie this week as the teaser trailer premiered at the New York Comic Con and now it has dropped online as well.

The story revolves around a former boy-genius (played by George Clooney) and a bright, optimistic teen (Britt Robertson) who “embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as Tomorrowland.” That’s pretty vague, but in the trailer we see there is also a pin that can instantly teleport you to this alternate world, which may or may not be a retro version of the future. What do you think it all means? Tomorrowland hits theatres on May 22nd, 2015; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Stephen King’s The Stand Gets The Fault in Our Stars Director, Might Be Multiple Movies

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It’s been a few years now since Warner Brothers and CBS Films first announced that they were developing a big screen version of Stephen King’s The Stand. Although it had been previously adapted as a TV mini-series back in 1994, up until now it had not been made into a movie… most likely because it’s just too damn long. After landing and then losing a wide assortment of potential directors including Ben Affleck, David Yates, and most recently, Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), they somehow found themselves back at square one. That’s when they hired a somewhat unlikely filmmaker to helm the epic post-apocalyptic film: The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone. And although he was supposedly aiming to make it a single three-hour film, Stephen King now says that may no longer be the plan.

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David Hayter’s Wolves Trailer Starring Jason Momoa

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Although he’s probably still best known for providing the voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid games, David Hayter is also a screenwriter who has worked on several high-profile comic book movies including X-Men, X2: X-Men United and Watchmen. Now this month he will make his directorial debut with Wolves, a low budget genre flick about two opposing clans of werewolves and the high school football star who finds himself in the middle of their war. With a cast that includes Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class), Merritt Patterson (Ravenswood), Jason Momoa and Stephen McHattie, this looks like Twilight with a bit more edge. Wolves hits VOD on Oct. 16th and select theatres on Nov. 14th; check out the red band trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New on Netflix: In a World…, Cuban Fury, Carrie (2013)

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Kind of a lacklustre week for new additions on Netflix Instant, especially in Canada. In the U.S., some of the noteworthy new titles include Lake Bell’s indie dramedy In a World…, last year’s Carrie remake starring Chloe Grace Moretz, the 1976 proto-slasher The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Cuban Fury starring Nick Frost and Rashida Jones, and The Wayans’ comedy classic Little Man. Also look for new seasons of Arrow, The Following and Supernatural, the entire first run of ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series, and a ton of shows from The Travel Network, The Food Network and HGTV. In Canada, we’re getting Skins, MI-5 and the ’90s X-Men animated series. That’s about it. Will you be watching anything here? Check out the full list of new additions after the jump.

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Live Action X-Men TV Series Possibly in the Works

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Fox is just one of the many major studios that has been playing catch up with Marvel over the past few years, attempting to get all of their comic book properties aligned and combined into a single shared universe. Now that they seem to be bringing their X-Men and Fantastic Four movie franchises together, the next step is to establish a presence on the small screen as well. Although Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be slipping a bit in its second season, it was a big hit last year based solely on its association with the Marvel universe. This year, Warner Brothers has launched a hit of their own with Gotham. So what does Fox have up their sleeve? A live-action X-Men TV series, obviously!

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Ghostbusters 3 Gets The Heat Writer, No Longer Connected to Original Films

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Back in August, we finally received a much-needed update on the long-gestating sequel formerly known as Ghostbusters 3. After Bill Murray refused to take part, Harold Ramis passed away, and Ivan Reitman stepped down as director, the project was left in dire straits. But rather than scrap the project completely, Sony was contemplating a bold new direction for the franchise: rebooting the series with a brand new, all-female team of Ghostbusters. Although nothing was made official, we were hearing that Paul Feig was being courted for the director’s chair. Now this week a new writer has come on board that essentially confirms everything we heard previously.

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Film Junk Poll: What is the Best Vampire Movie?

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As Dracula Untold heads to theatres this weekend, ushering in a new action-oriented take on a horror icon, I thought it might be a good time to investigate an essential poll topic that we (shockingly) haven’t tackled previously: vampire movies. There is certainly no shortage of them out there and several of them have even been remade multiple times over the years. I tried to be somewhat strict with the definition, but even so it was difficult to come up with a reasonable number of choices. Hopefully all of the important ones are here, but feel free let us know if something worthwhile is missing from the list. So what do you think is the best vampire movie of all time? Cast your vote in this week’s poll and then sound off in the comments below.

What is the Best Vampire Movie?

 
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Spider-Man Might Be Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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It’s not very often that a movie makes $700 million worldwide and is still considered a failure, but that’s where we are at with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The movie was supposed to be a springboard for Sony to launch their “shared universe” with more sequels and spin-offs, but it ended up continuing a trend of declining interest in the franchise. This has forced Sony to rethink their plans, leading to a significant delay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3. However, the rumour mill is continuing to churn as Sony is reportedly considering some even bigger moves. Hit the jump for more details.

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