Legend Trailer Starring Tom Hardy and Tom Hardy

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After doing some impressive work as the sole actor in the single-location drama Locke, Tom Hardy is taking on another interesting acting challenge as he stars opposite himself in the upcoming gangster film Legend. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland (Payback, 42), the movie is based on the true story of the twin brothers Ronald and Reginald Kray, who were kingpins of organized crime in the East End of London during the 1950s and 1960s. They owned nightclubs and rubbed shoulders with celebrities while carrying on a second life as the leaders of a gang called The Firm. Ronnie was also openly bisexual. Legend hits theatres on Oct. 2nd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Heroes Reborn Trailer

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After a handful of mostly lame teasers, NBC has finally unveiled the first proper trailer for their upcoming reboot of the TV series Heroes entitled Heroes Reborn. Although this preview is still not all that substantial, at least we get to see glimpses of several characters in action including some familiar faces. The show takes place a decade after the original series and introduces several brand new heroes but it also has a handful of cast members returning such as Jack Coleman as HRG, Sendhil Ramamurthy as Mohinder, Greg Grunberg as Parkman and Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura. Heroes Reborn premieres on NBC on Sept. 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger to Team with Darren Aronofsky for Revenge Thriller 478

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With the release of Terminator Genisys now less than a week away, Arnold Schwarzenegger is busy lining up his next project, which sounds like it will be a more intimate character-driven drama as opposed to a big budget blockbuster. The film is called 478 and it is a revenge thriller from Spanish writer Javier Gullon, who previously penned the screenplay for the Denis Villenueve film Enemy (based on Jose Saramago’s novel The Double). Darren Aronofsky is producing through his production company Protozoa Pictures although no director is currently attached. The plot synopsis is as follows:

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Ted 2, Max, Batkid Begins

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Universal Pictures is looking to build on what has already been a very successful summer with the release of Seth MacFarlane’s Ted 2 this weekend. Although it doesn’t have much competition in terms of new releases, it does have two record-breaking films from previous weeks to contend with. The R-rated comedy should be able to keep both Jurassic World and Inside Out at bay, but it’s not a foregone conclusion. The only other new movie in wide release is Max, a heart-warming family drama about a military dog returning to civilian life (seriously). In select theatres, we also have the documentary Batkid Begins, crime drama Escobar: Paradise Lost starring Benicio Del Toro, and the Finnish action movie Big Game starring Samuel L. Jackson. What will you be watching this weekend?

This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: Survivor, Timbuktu, The Fisher King: Criterion Collection

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There’s no way around it… it’s a pretty slow week for DVD and Blu-ray releases, which means you’ll have to work a little harder this week to find a way to spend your money. The only new movies hitting stores are the Pierce Brosnan / Milla Jovovich action-thriller Survivor and the heist film The Forger starring John Travolta along with the Oscar-nominated Mauritanian film Timbuktu. Fortunately there are at least a few interesting back catalogue releases hitting Blu-ray this week including Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King, Bernhard Wicki’s WWII film The Bridge, Hayao Miyazaki’s The Castle of Cagliostro, and the original 1977 version of The Island of Dr. Moreau plus the ’90s action flick Stone Cold starring former NFL star Brian Bosworth and a new Collector’s Edition of Neil Marshall’s Dog Soldiers. Will you be picking up anything this week? Check out the full list of new releases after the jump.

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Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Trailer

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After pushing it back a year, the next official installment in the Paranormal Activity series is finally gearing up to be released this October. Entitled Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, the movie revolves around a new family who discover a box of video tapes in their basement featuring home movies of a young Kristi and Katie. But if you thought they had already used up every possible trick in this series, this time around they are introducing 3D via a strange video camera that is able to reveal paranormal activity around them. Will it be enough to keep things fresh and exciting? Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is directed by long-time series editor Gregory Plotkin and hits theatres on Oct. 23rd. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Dwayne Johnson to Star in Rampage Video Game Adaptation

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The world just can’t get enough Dwayne Johnson. One day after the premiere of his new HBO series Ballers, Johnson has added yet another big project to his plate that once again finds him reteaming with producer Beau Flynn (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Hercules, San Andreas). Their next collaboration will be an adaptation of the classic ’80s arcade game Rampage, which depicts a giant gorilla, lizard and werewolf wreaking havoc on major cities while military forces try to stop them. Although it is currently unclear what Johnson’s role will be, it seems likely that he will be the one leading those troops. It’s not the first video game movie that Johnson has been involved in; he starred in Doom back in 2005 and he was also supposed to star in a Spy Hunter movie once upon a time. Perhaps this one will be a winner?

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Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp Trailer

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After a brief teaser trailer was released at the beginning of the year, this week the first full trailer for the upcoming Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp has arrived online. The trailer takes the form of a fake promotional video for Camp Firewood, which is kinda fun but also prevents us from getting a good look at the show. While David Wain’s original movie had tons of comedic actors playing characters much younger than themselves, this time around they’ve pushed the ridiculousness even further by making a prequel with essentially the same cast, 14 years later. Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp stars Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, Molly Shannon, and Michael Showalter and it debuts on Netflix on July 31st. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Tom Holland is the New Spider-Man

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After months of speculation, it appears that Marvel and Sony have finally come to an agreement on who will play the new Spider-Man. They have announced today that Tom Holland (The Impossible) will be taking on the role of Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, which will be a co-production between the two studios. They’ve also announced that the Spidey solo film now has a director: Jon Watts, who recently directed the Sundance hit Cop Car starring Kevin Bacon. Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, had this to say about the news:

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #520: Inside Out

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0:00 – Intro
6:35 – Review: Inside Out
54:10 – Headlines: Eli Roth to Direct Meg
1:01:05 – Other Stuff We Watched: Frances Ha, While We’re Young, Harry in Your Pocket, My Dinner with Andre, The Mask of Zorro, The Hitch-Hiker, Time Lapse, Game of Thrones: Season 5
1:42:02 – Junk Mail: Memory Loss + Experiencing Movies Again for the First Time, In Support of Frank, Synth Scores, Voting for Trump, Uwe Boll’s Failed Kickstarter
2:23:10 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:25:10 – Outro
2:28:40 – Spoiler Discussion: Game of Thrones: Season 5

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James Horner 1953-2015

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We had just finished recording another episode of the Film Junk Podcast last night where composer James Horner came up in conversation at least once (as he usually does), when the devastating news started to trickle in. The man who has given us so many memorable scores over the years including Avatar, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Field of Dreams, Titanic, Willow and Braveheart died in a plane crash yesterday. Horner was flying the small plane himself when it went down 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. The cause of the crash is still being investigated but Horner’s assistant has confirmed his death. He was 61 years old.

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Dragon Blade Trailer Starring Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody

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Despite persistent rumours that Jackie Chan may soon retire from action movies, for now he still appears to be keeping himself busy. Earlier this month saw the release of Police Story: Lockdown in North America, and this fall we will get Dragon Blade, which has already become one of the highest grossing movies of all-time in China. This is not your typical Jackie Chan martial arts flick, however; instead it is a historical epic that revolves around the fight for the Silk Road during the Han Dynasty. John Cusack and Adrien Brody also co-star, which in itself seems like a bad sign, but based on this trailer Brody at least looks like he’s having fun playing a villain. Dragon Blade is directed by Daniel Lee (14 Blade, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon) and hits select theatres and VOD on Sept. 4th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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