Ball Junk Podcast Episode #21: NBA Playoffs 2016

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It’s Mamba Time for the Ball Junk Podcast! Episode 22 is here and we’re talkin’ Kobe Bryant’s final game, the Golden State Warriors 73 win season, the NBA Playoffs and the NHL Playoffs! We pick our round by round winners and make Ultra Bold Predictions on who’s walking away with the Championships. We talk chaps and vomit in Balls Around the World, answer your questions in Sack Time and Frankie takes the Gas Pedal like a champ! Download, subscribe and give us a 5 star rating on iTunes! Mamba Out!

0:00:00 – Intro: Concerts
0:10:20 – NBA Wrap-up / Playoffs Preview
1:09:30 – NHL Playoffs
1:25:35 – MLB Season
1:33:45 – Balls Around the World
1:42:20 – Sack Time
2:02:15 – Gas Pedal / Outro

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Game Junk Podcast Episode #28: Quantum Break and The Witness

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0:00 – Intro / Favourite Games of 2015
26:10 – Headlines: Sony Planning a 4K-compatible version of the PS4, Nintendo Rumoured to Be Ending Wii-U Production This Year, Microsoft Now Supporting Crossplatform Play, Microsoft Turns Every Xbox One Into a Dev Kit, Fable Legends Gets Cancelled
51:20 – Hot Button: The VR Revolution
1:11:45 – Top 5: Most Anticipated Games of 2016
1:22:05 – Other Games We Played: The Witness, Lara Croft Go, Hitman Go, Quantum Break, Xeodrifter, Axiom Verge, Firewatch, The Division, Undertale, Lego Dimensions, Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, Kentucky Route Zero, Read Only Memories, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Far Cry Primal, Final Fantasy XV Demo, Unravel, The Room 1, 2 and 3, BoxBoy, The Beginner’s Guide, Miitomo
2:43:20 – Junk Mail: Street Fighter V and Unfinished Games, Cinematic to Gameplay Transitions, PS4K Rumours, No Man’s Sky + Console Exclusives, Dark Souls Series, Coleco Chameleon, E-Sports, Destiny Reconsidered, Watching Twitch.tv, Console Recommendations and Best Immersive / Open World Games
3:15:45 – Upcoming Releases / Outro

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How to Build a Time Machine Gets a New Trailer and Poster

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With Jay’s new documentary How to Build a Time Machine premiering at Hot Docs in just a few weeks, a brand new trailer for the film has finally arrived online along with the official poster. As some of you may know, the movie has changed quite a bit over the past few years since it was originally going to explore the story of John Titor. Instead, it ended up focusing on two men engaged in the process of building real time machines from two different perspectives: theoretical physicist Ron Mallett and animator Rob Niosi, who is building a replica of the prop from the 1960 film The Time Machine. We’re excited for you guys to see the finished film and if you’d like to buy tickets to the Hot Docs screenings you can do so here. In the meantime, check out the poster and new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Jungle Book, Barbershop: The Next Cut, Green Room

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There’s no question that Disney’s live-action version of The Jungle Book is the biggest release of the week and with rave reviews across the board it seems to be on track for one of the biggest April openings ever. Also hitting theatres this weekend we have Barbershop: The Next Cut, which is expected to be the biggest in the series, and Criminal starring Kevin Costner, which is arriving with considerably less fanfare. In select theatres, we also have Jeremy Saulnier’s punk rock thriller Green Room, John Carney’s latest musical drama Sing Street, and the Bollywood thriller Fan (not to be confused with Tony Scott’s The Fan). What will you be watching this weekend?

James Cameron is Now Making Four Avatar Sequels

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You’ve gotta hand it to James Cameron. The guy loves to talk a big game, but at the end of the day he always ends up delivering on his promises and silencing all of his critics. It’s been 6 years since Avatar became the biggest movie of all time and since then we’ve been hearing about his ambitious plans for the sequels. Back in 2013, he announced that he was actually planning three separate sequels but the release dates just kept getting pushed back. Earlier this year, we learned that Avatar 2 would be experiencing yet another delay and now James Cameron has apparently decided to throw a fourth Avatar sequel onto the pile. Sure, why not? Here’s what he had to say:

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AMC May Allow Texting in Designated Movie Theatres (UPDATED)

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Update: Unsurprisingly, AMC has already backed down from this idea as a result of the online backlash, stating that they will no longer be pursuing texting in theatres as an option.

The debate over cell phone use in movie theatres has been raging for years now, but somehow it never really seems to go away. In particular, the topic always seem to re-emerge at CinemaCon whenever theatre owners are talking about ways to make movies more attractive to their coveted teen demographic. This time around it is AMC Entertainment CEO Adam Aron who has thrown fuel on the fire by stating that America’s biggest theatre chain is actively looking at ways to encourage millennials to see more movies. One of the ways they might do this is by allowing texting in their theatres. Here’s what he had to say about this controversial subject:

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon Trailer

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Following up on the recent announcement that it will be premiering at Cannes next month, the first trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon has arrived online. Described by Refn as “a horror film about vicious beauty”, the movie stars Elle Fanning as an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles only to find that her youth and looks make her irresistible prey for a group of beauty-obsessed women. The trailer is filled with intriguing imagery and sets a mood with the help of Cliff Martinez’s score, but it fails to lay out any real plot specifics (not that I’m complaining). Either way, it will be interesting to see how this is received following the highly divisive Only God Forgives. The Neon Demon hits theatres later this year; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Godzilla Resurgence Trailer

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Although the next Godzilla movie from Legendary Pictures won’t hit theatres until 2018, this summer Japan will be getting Toho’s first Godzilla movie in 12 years. Godzilla Resurgence is directed by Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan) and it looks to be taking things in a darker and more realistic direction. Unlike the teaser trailer, which simply presented handheld footage of panicked crowds running in the street, they aren’t playing coy here… the trailer offers a pretty good look at their new version of the monster and the expected military response. Did I mention that it looks amazing? The epic music really sells it. Godzilla Resurgence hits theatres in Japan on July 29th and (hopefully) in North America later this year. Check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Fahrenheit 451 Remake Coming to HBO

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A few years back, there was a rash of classic sci-fi novels being optioned for the big screen, some of which had never been adapted into movies before. It was partially a response to the success of Avatar, but as Pandora fever slowly wore off, many of these projects have since fallen into development hell. Ridley Scott was once attached to direct Brave New World and Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War, while adaptations of Neuromancer, 1984, The Martian Chronicles and Foundation were also in the works. Out of all of these projects, Foundation is the only one that seems to still be active, although it has since morphed into a TV series for HBO. Now HBO is busy setting up another adaptation of a classic SF novel as well: Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Hit the jump for more details.

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New Spider-Man Solo Movie Gets an Official Title and Logo

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So there’s a little thing called CinemaCon happening in Las Vegas this week, which is a chance for studios to show off their upcoming film slates to theatre owners. There have been a handful of announcements made and trailers revealed, although much of it is stuff that the general public will not get to see anytime soon. One thing that we do know, however, is that the new Spider-Man movie now has an official title. During the Sony Pictures presentation yesterday, Tom Holland appeared on stage to introduce the film as Spider-Man: Homecoming, confirming previous rumours about the title. He also unveiled the movie’s official logo:

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Marvel’s Doctor Strange Trailer Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

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It’s been a long time coming but this week Marvel has finally released the first trailer for Doctor Strange, the latest movie that has the potential to take the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some interesting new directions. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Dr. Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who experiences an awakening after a car accident that starts him down the path to becoming a powerful sorcerer tasked with protecting the Earth against magical and mystical threats. In this trailer, however, we mostly get introduced to that origin story with only a brief glimpse of him donning the blue robes and red cloak of the Sorcerer Supreme. Either way, the trailer also showcases some trippy visuals and a solid supporting cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams. Doctor Strange hits theatres on Nov. 4th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: The Forest, The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, Suspicion

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You know it’s a slow week for DVD and Blu-ray releases when the biggest title hitting stores is a low budget horror movie starring a Game of Thrones cast member. In addition to The Forest starring Natalie Dormer, we also have the French thriller The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun and Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson plus the Justice League vs. Teen Titans animated feature. On the small screen, we’ve got the poorly received Heroes Reborn event series, and hitting Blu-ray for the first time we’ve got Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion, John Carpenter’s Village of the Damned, and Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings. What will you be picking up this week? Check out the list of noteworthy new releases after the jump.

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