New on Netflix: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jodorowsky’s Dune, We Are the Best!

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If you’re looking to prepare for the upcoming release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 in theatres next month, you’re in luck because The Hunger Games: Catching Fire debuts on Netflix Instant in both U.S. and Canada this week. Other new additions stateside include Lukas Moodysson’s coming of age punk drama We Are the Best!, Liberal Arts starring Josh Radnor and Elizabeth Olsen, and Machine Gun Preacher starring Gerard Butler. In Canada, we get Frank Pavich’s fantastic documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 and 2, and Beasts of the Southern Wild, while both regions also get Battle Royale and its sequel plus the the real-life Quidditch documentary Mudbloods. Will you be adding any of these to your queue? Check out the list of new additions after the jump.

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Judge Dredd: Superfiend Trailer

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Although the 2012 comic book adaptation Dredd was a box office bomb, earning just $35 million worldwide on a $50 million budget, earlier this year we heard that a sequel (or more likely prequel) might still be a possibility due to strong DVD, Blu-ray and VOD sales. Fans have been busy trying to raise support and awareness with online campaigns and now this month executive producer Adi Shankar is saying thank you to those fans by launching an unofficial animated web series entitled Judge Dredd: Superfiend. Inspired by the Dark Judges story arc in the comics, it does indeed look quite dark and twisted, although it also looks pretty cheap. The seven-part web series will debut online for free with the first part arriving on Oct. 27; check out the initial teaser and full trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Greta Gerwig to Star in Welcome to the Dollhouse Pseudo-Sequel

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It’s been almost 20 years since Todd Solondz burst onto the indie filmmaking scene with his dark comedy Welcome to the Dollhouse. The movie won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance back in 1996 and it also earned Heather Matarazzo an Independent Spirit Award for her performance as the tortured and awkward 7th grader Dawn Wiener. Now he is getting ready to revisit that character as part of a new indie film that weaves together multiple stories tied together thematically by a dachshund. The movie, believe it or not, will be called Wiener-Dog and it will likely star Greta Gerwig as an adult version of Dawn Wiener. Hit the jump for more details.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Ouija, John Wick, Force Majeure

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Fury faces a major battle at the box office this weekend as the board game horror movie Ouija looks poised to capitalize on the serious lack of horror movies in theatres this month. The weekend’s other major release, John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, has been earning fantastic reviews but will have a much more difficult time pulling in mainstream audiences. St. Vincent starring Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy is also expanding this weekend, and in select theatres we have the Cannes hit Force Majeure, Lynn Shelton’s Laggies starring Keira Knightley, and Andrew Lau’s crime drama Revenge of the Green Dragons, which is already available on DirecTV. What will you be watching this weekend?

John Wick Review

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Directed by: David Leitch and Chad Stahelski
Written by: Derek Kolstad
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Willem Dafoe, Adrianne Palicki, John Leguizamo, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick

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Admit it, you wrote Keanu Reeves off a long time ago as a has-been action star. You’ll quickly realize the error of your ways when you step into the bloody, fantastic world of John Wick. Prepare to be transfixed. Wick is a non-stop orgy of action and mayhem and it’s hands down the most exciting film of the year.

Reeves plays the title character, an ex-hitman who retired from the trade when he settled down and got married. His domestic bliss is short-lived when his wife passes away. Her final gift to him, a puppy, arrives at his house after her funeral. Unfortunately, some miscreants break into his house, steal his beloved ’69 mustang and kill his dog. Bad mistake.

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Christian Bale Will Play Steve Jobs After All

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Earlier this year, the blogosphere was buzzing with news that David Fincher was in talks to reteam with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for a Steve Jobs biopic. Fincher had a few major stipulations before signing on, however, one of which was that he would only direct the movie if Christian Bale played the lead role. In the end, he dropped out of the project (possibly due to salary demands) and Danny Boyle signed on instead. Strangely, Boyle’s choice for the lead role was Leonardo DiCaprio, an actor well-known for starring in biopics, but one that didn’t really seem to fit the part. Fortunately, DiCaprio ditched the project a few months later and now it appears that Fincher’s original choice will be starring in the movie anyway. Hit the jump to get the low down.

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Insidious: Chapter 3 Trailer

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Following up on the recent news that James Wan will return to direct The Conjuring 2, here is a trailer for one of the other sequels that he produced but did not direct. Insidious: Chapter 3 marks the directorial debut of Leigh Whannell, Wan’s frequent writing partner and co-creator of the Insidious franchise. I suppose that might give it a little more credibility than Annabelle, although it just looks like more of the same to me. This installment does not star Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, instead it is a prequel that revolves around psychic Elise Rainier (played by Lin Shaye). Insidious: Chapter 3 hits theatres on May 29th, 2015; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Charlie Kaufman to Rewrite IQ 83 Starring Steve Carell

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Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut Synecdoche, New York is now six years old, and since then the Oscar-winning writer has struggled to get a follow-up project off the ground. A couple of years ago, he was trying to set up a movie called Frank or Francis, but last we heard, it had fallen apart. He was also developing TV shows for both HBO and FX, but neither of those projects got picked up either. The one Charlie Kaufman project that does seem to be moving forward right now is a crowdfundeded animated movie called Anomalisa. But for the most part, he has just been doing a lot of script rewrites, and now he has been hired to do exactly that for an intriguing sci-fi movie called IQ 83. The plot synopsis is as follows:

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Bloodline Teaser Trailer: A Netflix Original Series Starring Kyle Chandler

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Netflix has just announced a new original series that will be arriving early next year called Bloodline, and although there isn’t a whole lot to see in the first teaser trailer, the cast alone seems pretty promising. The title might make you think this has something to do with vampires, but the plot revolves around a “family of four adult siblings whose secrets and scars are revealed when their black sheep brother returns home.” The show is created by Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler (Damages) and it will star Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights), Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises), Linda Cardellini (Mad Men), Sam Shepard (The Right Stuff) and Sissy Spacek (Carrie). Bloodline debuts in all territories sometime in March 2015; check out the teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

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After proving that they can turn even the most unlikely comic book characters into a blockbuster franchise with Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel will return next summer with the direct follow-up to one of the biggest movies of all time. It won’t take much to get people excited for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, but that being said, the first teaser trailer comes across as an odd mix of tones and images. They don’t waste any time introducing Ultron as the main villain (I’m assuming that is James Spader’s voice doing most of the narrating), but if they are building him up to be just a giant robot evolved from the Iron Man suit, that seems more than a little disappointing. Either way, we do get some new glimpses of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, which should get fans fired up. The Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theatres on May 1st, 2015; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Gambler Red Band Trailer Starring Mark Wahlberg

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Although Mark Wahlberg had a big whiff at the Oscars last year with Lone Survivor, he’s looking to sneak back into contention this year with a remake of the 1974 James Toback classic The Gambler. The original film starred James Caan as a Harvard University-educated English professor with a gambling addiction who goes to Las Vegas in order erase his debts and ends up falling further in the hole. Although the remake was originally intended for Martin Scorsese to direct, Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) eventually took the reins. The cast also includes John Goodman, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, Michael K. Williams and the script was written by William Monahan (The Departed). The Gambler hits select theatres on Dec. 19th; check out the red band trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Back to the Future to Get Re-release with Live Orchestra, Real Hoverboard Finally Invented

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Next year Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future will turn 30, and as we’ve come to expect when beloved films hit a major anniversary, a theatrical re-release is being planned. However, there is an interesting twist to this one: it will feature a live orchestra performing the film’s score. In addition, composer Alan Silvestri will be contributing brand new music for the event. Ironically, all of this has been announced the very same week that a real-life working hoverboard has been revealed to the public. It’s a good time to be living in the future, friends. Hit the jump for more details.

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