Serena Trailer Starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence

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After appearing in both Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle together (and picking up Oscar nominations in both cases), Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are reteaming on-screen once again. The difference this time around is that it’s not for a David O. Russell film, but rather a period drama called Serena directed by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (In a Better World, Brothers). The story revolves around a husband and wife trying to build an empire in the timber business in Depression-era North Carolina. On paper that might sound a little dry, but there are definitely some hints of There Will Be Blood in this tale. It’s also interesting to note that Darren Aronofsky was once attached to direct the film as well. Serena hits theatres in the U.K. on Oct. 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: No Good Deed Does the Deed

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It was another slow weekend at the box office but the Idris Elba thriller No Good Deed managed to pull through, debuting to an impressive $24.5 million and dethroning Guardians of the Galaxy after three weeks in a row at the top. That’s pretty comparable to the previous Idris Elba flick Obsessed, which also starred Beyonce Knowles and was a surprise hit back in 2009. Dolphin Tale 2 was a distant second with $16.6 million, earning 14% less than its predecessor. Meanwhile Guardians of the Galaxy fell to third place with $8 million, while Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Let’s Be Cops rounded out the top 5. The weekend’s other new release, The Drop, opened in sixth with $4.2 million, which isn’t bad considering it was playing in just 800 theatres. Looking ahead to next weekend, a young adult sci-fi film and a new Liam Neeson flick should bring some life back to the box office.

1. No Good Deed — $24.5M
2. Dolphin Tale 2 — $16.6M
3. Guardians of the Galaxy — $8M
4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — $4.8M
5. Let’s Be Cops — $4.3M
6. The Drop — $4.2M
7. If I Stay — $4M
8. The November Man — $2.8M
9. The Giver — $2.6M
10. The Hundred-Foot Journey — $2.5M

The Drop Review

The Drop
Directed by: Michael R.Roksam
Written by: Dennis Lehane
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini and Matthias Schoenaerts

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The Drop is a twisty film in which some things are not as they initially appear. It delves into the shady world of Chechen mobsters who regularly make money “drops” at Marv’s Bar, a dimly lit dive responsible for holding the dirty money until it can be collected later. Bartender Bob (Tom Hardy) lives a fairly mundane existence, slinging drinks and minding his own business until the bar is held up after a drop. When the Chechens find out about the robbery, they demand that Bob and bar manager Cousin Marv (James Gandolfini, in his final role) retrieve the stolen money. Bob is reluctant, and Cousin Marv has his own axe to grind with the Chechens; he used to own the bar until the mobsters took it over.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Dolphin Tale 2, No Good Deed, The Drop

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A couple of new releases are looking to gently nudge the box office out of its slumber this weekend as Dolphin Tale 2 or No Good Deed may finally overtake Guardians of the Galaxy at the top. The former seems to have a slight edge based on the success of the first Dolphin Tale and the reliable star power of Morgan Freeman but the Idris Elba / Taraji P. Henson thriller is also said to be tracking well. Fox Searchlight is also releasing The Drop on over 800 screens this weekend; the Tom Hardy crime drama is written by Dennis Lehane story and also features James Gandolfini’s final performance. Other new releases in select theatres include The Skeleton Twins starring Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, Cannes hit The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and, yes, Atlas Shrugged Part III. What will you be watching this weekend?

Print the Legend Trailer: A Netflix Documentary About 3D Printing

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Netflix is continuing to bring some pretty decent original documentaries to their streaming service this year and the next one on their slate will be the 3D printing doc Print the Legend. They acquired the film after it premiered at SXSW earlier this year, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Award and won a Special Jury Award for editing and storytelling. Directed by Luis Lopez (Chevolution) and J. Clay Tweel (Make Believe), the film explores the insane potential of this rapidly developing technology and also some of the controversy over 3D printed guns and weapons. Print the Legend debuts on Netflix on Sept. 26th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Richard Kiel 1939–2014

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Some sad news for James Bond fans this week. Richard Kiel, the 7’2″ actor best known for portraying the menacing Bond henchman Jaws, has passed away at the age of 74. The steel-toothed villain was a fan favourite who appeared in both The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, and they considered bringing him back for a third appearance in For Your Eyes Only as well. Kiel’s other film roles include Guy Hamilton’s Force 10 from Navarone, Italian Star Wars knock-off The Humanoid, Happy Gilmore and Disney’s Tangled. His family released the following statement on Facebook earlier today:

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New on Netflix: All is Lost, The Blacklist, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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We’ve got a few interesting new releases hitting Netflix Instant this week in the U.S. with Season 1 of the James Spader TV series The Blacklist probably being the biggest (Netflix reportedly paid $2 million per episode for it). The Robert Redford minimalist survival drama All is Lost is also now available along with ’80s time travel comedy Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Rage starring Nicolas Cage, the original True Grit starring John Wayne, and Irvine Welsh adaptation Filth starring James McAvoy. In Canada, we’ve got Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and both regions get the new season of Trailer Park Boys. What will you be watching this week? Check out the full list of new titles after the jump.

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David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars Trailer #2

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David Cronenberg’s latest film Maps to the Stars already premiered at Cannes and throughout France earlier this year, and now that it has also played at TIFF it looks as though a domestic Canadian release is imminent. eOne Films have released a new trailer for the film this week and it continues to look like a dark, off-kilter Hollywood satire and not at all what you’d expect from the king of body horror. Then again, I’m sure he wouldn’t have it any other way. Reviews have been somewhat mixed thus far, but I’m looking forward to diving off the deep end with this one. Maps to the Stars hits theatres in Canada on Oct. 31st and a U.S. release date is still TBA. Check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Sylvester Stallone to Direct and Star in Rambo: Last Blood?

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We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a fifth (and probably final) Rambo movie for what seems like ages now, but at this point we’re still no closer to knowing if such a project is actually in development or, more importantly, if Stallone is even interested in doing it. Last year we heard that a Rambo TV series was in the works, but that Stallone would not be starring in it. Then earlier this year there was a press release from a German distributor claiming that Rambo V was finally happening and that Avi Lerner would be producing it. It still seemed a bit sketchy and Stallone remained mum on the subject. Now this week we are hearing that the next Rambo film has a title and that Stallone will be back in the director’s chair. But is there any truth to this rumour?

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Batman v Superman Batmobile Officially Revealed in New Photo

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After a handful of blurry photos leaked online earlier this week purportedly revealing the new Batmobile from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder and the marketing team at Warner Brothers decided to just go ahead and give us the goods. Yesterday Snyder tweeted out a full colour photo of the new Batmobile in all of its glory, and if you thought Christopher Nolan’s Tumbler looked badass, just wait until you see this thing. Apparently the sleek look of Tim Burton’s Batmobile or even the ’60s Batmobile are a thing of the past… these days it’s all about firepower. Some have also pointed out a similarity to the Batmobile from the upcoming video game, Batman: Arkham Knight. What do you think of Batman’s new ride? Check out the photos after the jump.

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The Town That Dreaded Sundown Trailer

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Is there anyone making horror movies in Hollywood right now other than Jason Blum? The producer who brought us Paranormal Activity, Sinister and Insidious is becoming pretty prolific as of late and his latest project is a reboot / sequel to the 1976 cult horror flick The Town That Dreaded Sundown. The original film was loosely based on a true story about a masked serial killer who stalked the small town of Texarkana, Texas, and it was apparently an influence on ’80s slasher flicks, in particular Friday the 13th.

Now the Phantom Killer has returned in a new movie directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (American Horror Story) and written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Carrie). The cast includes Addison Timlin, Gary Cole, Spencer Treat Clark, Joshua Leonard and Veronica Cartwright, but perhaps the most interesting thing about the project is that it marks the return of Orion Pictures! The Town That Dreaded Sundown hits theatres on Oct. 16th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Kevin Smith is Cool with Film Critics Again

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The arc of Kevin Smith’s career over the past few years has been a pretty fascinating one to watch, from the critical and commercial failure of Cop Out and his talk of retiring from filmmaking altogether to his renewed interest in low budget indie films and self-distribution with Red State and his newfound love of the horror genre with Tusk. Throughout it all, Smith has seemingly struggled with his situation emotionally, expressing disappointment, anger and frustration at the excess of the movie industry and lashing out at film critics in particular. After Cop Out, he vowed never to screen his movies for critics again and he even started his own “anti-movie review” show on Hulu called Spoilers. With the release of Tusk, however, he may have finally come to terms with it all. Is he finally ready to accept criticism again?

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