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“Breakfast Club” Criterion Release Causes Debate

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:19pm

There’s no question that John Hughes’ 1985 high school comedy-drama “The Breakfast Club” is a classic of its generation and an important piece of cinema, but it’s also a film that has been fairly easy to find with several past disc releases.

Earlier this week came the announcement that the Criterion Collection is set to release a new edition of the title on January 2nd – this one boasting a new 4K digital restoration and a bunch of special features including new and archival interviews, commentary, and essays.

The most notable one though is a whopping fifty minutes of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes, the first time many fans will get to see elements from Hughes rumored two-and-a-half hour original director’s cut of the film.

It’s a great disc from the sounds of it, nevertheless it has caused some debate on social media and in forums about the Criterion Collection going with such a mainstream studio release as opposed to something more exotic (ie. much more arthouse) or something rarer which hasn’t been released to disc before which is more their style.

Then again, the collection is also famous for publishing some major mainstream films in order to help fund some of the more obscure titles in their catalogue. However you feel about it, fans of the label can enjoy a Flash Sale currently on at the tie with everything in stock 50% off (discount code COOP). That will run through until 9am US-PST tomorrow.

Source: The Playlist, Criterion Forum

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Jackman, Reynolds Up For “Detective Pikachu”?

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:18pm

Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson are all reportedly high on the contenders list for the lead role in the “Detective Pikachu” animated feature at Legendary.

That Hashtag Show broke the story of the names, but stress that none of them have actually taken any meetings about the role in the film which is an adaptation of the “Pokemon” franchise spin-off game “The Great Detective Pikachu”.

“Goosebumps” director Rob Letterman helms the project penned by Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch. The story follows the high-functioning but bossy yellow creature and his human friend as they become a very unlikely mystery-solving team.

Production is rumored to begin in January.

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“Big Hero 6” Series Sets November Launch

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:16pm

Disney XD has revealed that “Big Hero 6: The Series” is set to kick off November 20th with the one-hour telemovie “Baymax Returns” on Disney XD and Disney Channel.

The rest of the series will then hit in early 2018, but two full-length preview episodes will be available on the DisneyNOW app and Disney XD VOD immediately following the debut of “Baymax Returns”.

The series picks up after the events of Disney Animatio’s “Big Hero 6” and continues the adventures and friendship of Hiro, the fourteen-year-old orphaned tech genius and Baymax, his very special plus-sized inflatable healthcare companion. Hiro faces daunting academic challenges at the prestigious ‘nerd school’ and the social trials of being the ‘little man on campus’.

The series sees the return of Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass; Jamie Chung as no-nonsense, speed genius Go Go; Scott Adsit as huggable robot Baymax; Alan Tudyk as tech guru Alistair Krei; Ryan Potter as tech genius Hiro; Genesis Rodriguez as quirky scientist Honey Lemon; David Shaughnessy as the butler Heathcliff; and Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee as Fred’s dad.

Khary Payton and Brooks Wheelan take over the roles of Wasabi and Fred respectively.

Source: Disney XD

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Hilary Swank Tries Sci-Fi In “I Am Mother”

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:16pm

Hilary Swank has signed on to star in debut filmmaker Grant Sputore’s Australian sci-fi thriller “I Am Mother” at Southern Lights Films and Penguin Empire.

Michael Lloyd Green penned the script about a teenage girl (Clara Rugaard) raised underground by a robot mother designed to repopulate the earth following an extinction event. Their bond is threatened when a blood-drenched stranger (Swank) is taken in by the teen, only to find herself at odds with her robot parent.

Overnight, the stranger casts doubt on Mother’s claims about the outside world and begins to unravel the fabric of their insular family. Unsure whom to trust, the girl begins to probe into Mother’s dubious nature and uncovers the truth of her greater mission.

Luke Hawker and Tahlia Sturzaker also star in the project which Kelvin Munro and Timothy White are producing.

Source: THR

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Dreamworks Sets A “Trolls” Animated Special

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:15pm

DreamWorks has announced “Dreamworks Trolls Holiday,” a half-hour animated musical special set to launch November 24th on NBC.

The special boasts the same A-list talent involved in the film franchise including Anna Kendrick as the voice of Poppy, Justin Timberlake as Branch and Zooey Deschanel as Bridget.

The story sees the eternally optimistic Poppy, queen of the Trolls, learning that the Bergens no longer have any holidays on their calendar. She enlists the help of Branch and the Snack Pack on a mission to fix something that the Bergens don’t think is broken.

The special will air on Friday November 24th at 8:30pm ET/PT. Following its premiere it will be available to own on DVD and digital on November 28th from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, and then on Netflix from December 6th.

Then the all-new animated series “DreamWorks Trolls: The Beat Goes On” will premiere on January 19th 2018 exclusively on Netflix.

Source: Dreamworks Animation

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Bautista To Voice Animated “Groove Tails”

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:14pm

Dave Bautista (“Blade Runner 2049,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) will lend his voice in multiple roles on the animated action-comedy “Groove Tails”.

The story will deal with a group of mice engaging in a competitive street dance competition. Cameron Hood is attached to direct from a script by Johnny Mack, Joel Cohen and Alec Sokolow.

Jamie Foxx will also star and produce alongside Michael Becker, while Jingle Punks (“Lego Ninjago,” “Step Up”) will develop the music. Bautista is currently filming the fourth “Avengers” film.

Source: Deadline

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Grillo, Bell, Dale, Qualley Enter “Donnybrook”

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:14pm

Frank Grillo, Jamie Bell, Margaret Qualley and James Badge Dale are set to star in Tim Sutton’s gritty indie thriller “Donnybrook” for Rumble Films and BackUp Dilms.

The story follows two men who try to get to a legendary backcountry bare-knuckle brawl where the winner gets $100,000. Bell is Jarhead Earl, a man who wants to help his family by competing in the tournament.

Grillo will play hot-tempered and murderous drug dealer Chainsaw Angus with Qualley as his sister. Badge Dale will play a drug-addicted crooked cop.

David Lancaster will produce and filming begins Monday in Cincinnati.

Source: THR

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Netflix Unveils Top ‘Binge Raced’ Shows

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:58am

As part of a press release issued today by Netflix, it seems the streaming giant is trying to introduce a new term to the lexicon – ‘Binge Racing’.

‘Binge Racing’ is effectively high-speed ‘Binge Watching’ and refers to those who consume the entire season of a series within a 24 hour window. As ‘binge watching’ has moved from the niche to almost the new norm, it comes as little surprise that something like ‘Binge Racing’ is also catching on.

According to the streaming service, 8.4 million of its 109 million subscribers are into that habit and today have listed the top twenty series that get whole seasons consumed in the span of a single day on their service.

Netflix is quick to emphasize this doesn’t mean they’re necessarily the most popular series on their service, merely the ones that are most quickly consumed by a segment of their audience. They are:

1. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
2. Fuller House
3. The Ranch
4. Marvel’s The Defenders
5. The Seven Deadly Sins
6. Trailer Park Boys
7. Santa Clarita Diet
8. F is for Family
9. Orange is the New Black
10. Stranger Things
11. Friends from College
12. Grace and Frankie
13. Wet Hot American Summer
14. Atypical
15. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
16. House of Cards
17. Master of None
18. Luther
19. GLOW
20. Arrested Development

The company also listed the top binge racing countries with Canada coming first ahead of the United States, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Sweden and Brazil. Netflix is expected to spend around $8 billion on original programming next year.

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New Photo Of Malek In “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:44am

Filmmaker Bryan Singer is still very much in the midst of production on the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” and today has posted a new photo from the set showcasing star Rami Malek in action as frontman Freddie Mercury.

The cast also includes Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, and Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon along with the likes of Allen Leech, Tom Hollander, Lucy Boynton, Aaron McCusker and Mike Myers.

The story reportedly covers the year leading up to their legendary appearance at Live Aid in 1985. “Bohemian Rhapsody” opens in cinemas on Christmas Day 2018.

Couldn't help myself and had to post this iPhone pic

A post shared by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Oct 16, 2017 at 6:30pm PDT

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“Se7en” Scribe Adapts “Lone Wolf and Cub”

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 9:34am

“Se7en” and “Sleepy Hollow” scribe Andrew Kevin Walker and “Fast Five” director Justin Lin are teaming for “Lone Wolf and Cub,” the upcoming new adaptation of Kazuo Koike’s seminal 1970 manga title at Paramount Pictures, Perfect Storm and Kamala Films.

Walker has just come onboard to pen the script for the project which Lin has been attached to produce since 2012 and is now looking to direct as well. Marissa McMahon will also produce.

The story follows a shogun’s executioner named Itto Ogami, who starts on a path of revenge after his wife and the rest of his house is murdered by a nasty clan, leaving only his infant son alive.

Itto is joined on this quest by his son, Daigoro, who, as he grows up, is trained to be a fearsome warrior and joins him as a father-son team of assassins for hire.

The revenge story ultimately spanned close to 9,000 pages and was hugely influential in Japanese pop culture. Attempts have been made to turn it into a Hollywood film since 2003 with Darren Aronofsky attached at one point.

Source: Heat Vision

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The “Han Solo” Movie Wraps, Announces Title

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:19am

Ron Howard has officially unveiled the title for the upcoming young Han Solo spin-off film and it’s not a surprise really:

“Solo: A Star Wars Story”.

Howard unveiled the title via a Twitter posting which finally announced the end of production on the “Star Wars” spin-off film. Howard will soon head into post-production on the feature ahead of its release in May next year.

The film, which deals with Han Solo and Chewbacca’s adventures years before the events of “Star Wars: A New Hope” including their early encounters with Lando Calrissian, stars the likes of Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Paul Bettany.

Hey #Twitterville we just wrapped production so here's a special message #StarWars pic.twitter.com/8QJqN5BGxr

— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) October 17, 2017

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“Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” Launch Trailer

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:18am

Before its release next week, Bethesda Softworks has premiered the launch trailer for the game sequel “Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus” which hits Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 27th.

In the new game you play as BJ Blazkowicz who is back to wage war against the evil Nazi regime. The front lines have moved from Europe to his homeland as the Nazis have taken over America, and BJ wants his country back.

His goal: to rally the resistance and restore peace and freedom to his beloved nation. And he’s not just fighting for himself; BJ’s partner Anya is pregnant with twins, so the future of his family is at stake as well.

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“Orient Express” Clip Talks 65mm & Practical

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 8:17am

20th Century Fox has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming murder mystery feature “Murder on the Orient Express” based on the iconic Agatha Christie novel.

The featurette goes into the level of detail of the production which included the use of the last four 65mm film cameras in the world. It also applied as much practical trickery as possible, which includes the old school use of projection to simulate the outside environment whizzing past the train as opposed to the more common green screen replacement tricks used today.

The story is a very contained one, but Branagh has gone out of his way to make this as lavish, old fashioned and stunning as he can. At the same time he plays famed detective Hercule Poirot in the film as he tries to solve the murder of one of the passengers aboard the train travelling from Istanbul to Paris.

Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Tom Bateman, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, Lucy Boynton, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Sergei Polunin co-star in the film which opens November 10th.

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Netflix Ramps Up Its Movie Output In 2018

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 7:31am

Netflix is about to really ramp up its movie release slate with content chief Ted Sarandos revealing ambitious plans set to kick off in early 2018.

Speaking at yesterday’s release of third-quarter earnings, Sarandos says the plan is to up their number of original movie releases to a whopping 80 movies in 2018 – a new film every four-and-a-half days. The films will range from typical Sundance hits to major movie releases like “Bright” in December and “The Irishman” in 2019.

To put it in perspective – Netflix released just 8 original films in its third quarter as opposed to the 20 or so they’re targeting per quarter in 2018.

The announcement comes as the company has reportedly tripled its global subscribers over the past four years, topping out at 109 million worldwide through September and beating expectations in its third quarter with a further 5.3 million memberships globally (up by 49% from last year’s Q3 results).

Source: News.com.au

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Fincher ‘Almost’ Directed The “Deadwood” Pilot

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:48am

One of the most acclaimed TV series made in the past fifteen years was HBO’s western drama “Deadwood,” while one of the most celebrated auteurs working in Hollywood in the past two decades has been “Se7en” and “Fight Club” helmer David Fincher.

It was a pairing that almost happened according to Fincher in a new interview with Esquire. Fincher didn’t really get into dramatic series television until “House Of Cards,” but years before that he reveals that he almost directed the pilot for “Deadwood”. Asked which TV show writer’s room of the past few years he’d enjoy being a fly on the wall in, Fincher replied:

“I’d probably go to ‘The Sopranos’ season five or six. I would like to watch David Chase work. It seems like a very complete world in somebody’s head. And then maybe ‘Deadwood’ season one. At one point, I was two millimeters from saying yes to directing the pilot, and part of it was I was just so fascinated with David Milch. Milch and Chase are masterful. They both have a great ear as to how things can be presented or how you can get things out of characters. I think that’s an odd gift, and it intrigues me.”

Fincher didn’t reveal why he didn’t take the job, one that eventually went to “48 Hours” and “The Warriors” director Walter Hill. If he had it would’ve come between his 2002 thriller “Panic Room” and his celebrated 2007 period tale “Zodiac”.

Fincher’s relationship with HBO is uncertain at this point as the network scrapped two developing shows he had brewing, which has led him to setup a new home at Netflix where his “Mindhunter” series launched on Friday.

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“Dark Matter” Was To Crossover With “Stargate”

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:46am

Syfy’s sudden cancellation of “Dark Matter” after three seasons came as a bit of a surprise, especially as the show ended on a big cliffhanger.

At the time of its axing, creator and executive producer Joseph Mallozzi began working on a way to somehow give fans closure before contract options on the cast and crew were up. That included trying to get a mini-series made that would allow him and his creative team to wrap up the storyline.

It has now been revealed by Mallozzi in an interview with The Verge that MGM came to him with the possibility of picking up another season of the series for its new streaming service, “Stargate Command,” and at some point have the show cross over with that service’s first original series – the prequel drama “Stargate: Origins”.

It’s hardly an unprecedented move as Mallozzi has been involved with the “Stargate” franchise on TV since its inception, and served as executive producer on all three shows (SG-1, Atlantis, Universe). He knows the lore, and both shows have incorporated elements of time travel and dimension jumping so it’s not creatively out of place.

Mallozzi reportedly already had an idea on how to combine the two shows and had it gone ahead it would’ve led to either a full continuation of “Dark Matter,” or short episodes that would have wrapped up the show. Sadly though, the site reports that time to work out a deal ran out before everyone’s contract with the show expired.

As a result, “Dark Matter” is now officially over and won’t be coming back with the most likely scenario for closure being a graphic novel sometime in the near future. “Stargate: Origins” will be coming to Stargate Command in the near future.

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Korine Wants Pot-Fumed “Beach Bum” Screenings

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:42am

“Spring Breakers” director Harmony Korine hasn’t yet begun shooting his next film, “The Beach Bum,” despite reports earlier this year of a filming start date in July.

Matthew McConaughey is slated to star in the stoner comedy which will follow the misadventures of the rebellious and lovable rogue Moondog which has been dubbed a cross between “Scarecrow” and a “Cheech and Chong” entry.

Speaking with Telerama about it, Korine also revealed some new details about his proposed plans for the film’s release which includes smell-o-vision style select screenings:

“It’s a comedy with Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg, about somewhat depressive marijuana smokers, in the spirit of Cheech and Chong. The action takes place in Key West, in the extreme south of Florida. I would very much like to see the film, when it’s released, be shown in rooms that spread curls of marijuana [smoke]. It is possible in some states, such as California, that have legalized this drug for [medical use]. We already have about thirty rooms that have accepted.”

With no production date as yet, there’s no clear idea as to when to expect the films or the screenings of them.

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“Machinist” Helmer To Direct “Titans” Pilot

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:40am

“The Machinist” and “Transsiberian” director Brad Anderson has been hired to helm the pilot episode of the live-action “Titans” series based on the DC Comics “Teen Titans” franchise.

The news comes from the official Directors Guild of Canada Ontario website (via TitansPodcast). Anderson has helmed several pilots in the past including “Frequency,” “The Brave” and “Forever,” and has directed plenty of drama series over the years including “The Wire,” “The Shield,” “Fringe,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “The Killing,” “Person of Interest,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Surface,” “Rubicon” and “Treme”.

In related news there’s a brief video today from Anna Diop, the actress who plays Starfire in the series. The video shows off her getting body and face scanned for visual effects tests for the series – suggesting production isn’t too far away.

The thirteen episode series will star Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson, Teagan Croft as Raven, Alan Ritchson and Minka Kelly as Hawk and Dove, and Lindsey Gort as Detective Amy Rohrbach. It is slated to premiere next year on a new streaming service from DC.

Magic VFX Scans for #Titans! #Starfire #DCComics pic.twitter.com/dvYfrAF9Rn

— Anna Diop (@TheAnnaDiop) October 12, 2017

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“COD: WW2,” “AC: Origins” Live-Action Trailers

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:37am

Two of the biggest franchise video game titles of the Fall have released new live-action trailers to help promote their imminent releases.

First up, “Call of Duty” which is dumping the future-set landscapes of recent entries in favor of a return to its early days – a World War II setting. The trailer sees a former group of ‘Duty’ players re-assembling for the new title which hits November 3rd.

Then there’s “Assassin’s Creed Origins” which winds the franchise back to its earliest time period to date – ancient Egypt, specifically during Cleopatra VII’s reign. Check out the beginnings of the war between the Templars and the Assassins in the title which scores a release on October 27th.

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NBC Develops A “Nancy Drew” Reboot

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 6:36am

NBC has begun development of a TV series reboot of the “Nancy Drew” franchise which Dan Jinks and CBS TV Studios will produce.

“Doubt” creators Tony Phelan and Joan Rater are also behind the project, the pair developing a previous version of the reboot at CBS in 2016. The new take is said to be very different to last year’s attempt, sharing little beyond the title and source material.

In the series, the author of the most famous female teen detective book series is thrust into a real-life murder mystery and turns to her two best friends from her childhood for help.

The pair though, who served as the inspiration for those books, have a real ax to grind with their supposed best friend about the way she chose to portray them (as sidekicks to her heroine) all those years ago.

The women, all in their 40s and 50s now, overcome the inevitable bad blood and pull together to solve mysteries.

Source: Deadline

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