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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets may prove to be a tough sell for audiences unfamiliar with the source material: the French comic book series Valérian and Laureline by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. However, those eye-popping trailers should grab the attention of regular moviegoers and the involvement of Leon, The Fifth Element, and Lucy director Luc Besson should ensure the attention of cinephiles.

But now, the film has begun to screen for critics and the social media embargo has come down. What are the first reactions? Is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets going to be a breath of fresh air for a summer where even the best movies feel a little familiar? Or is it just going to be more of the same?

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Spider-Man Airline

What are a bunch of Spider-Man cosplayers doing on a plane? Will Marisa Tomei appear as Aunt May in Avengers: Infinity War? Want to see what it might be like if Spawn and Ghost Rider faced each other on the big screen? Want to see Iron Man‘s new armor in Avengers: Infinity War? Why did Stan Lee hat the 1970s Spider-Man TV series? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Troy Duffy

18 years after making his directorial debut, Troy Duffy only has two movies under his belt, and they’re both Boondock Saints movies. In the eight years since the last sequel, Boondock Saints: All Saints Day, he’s worked on a few projects, including another Saints sequel and a TV series based on his cult ’90s movie. His next project, though, has nothing to do with his series. The director’s next feature, The Blood Spoon Council, is about a vigilante group hunting down serial killers.

Below, learn more about the new Troy Duffy project.

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Stephen King Castle Rock Series

Looks like Stephen King and J.J. Abrams’ new Hulu show, Castle Rock, has a batch of new actors on board. Melanie Lynskey (I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore, Togetherness), Sissy Spacek (Bloodline), and more have joined the ambitious new horror series that’s set squarely in the Stephen King multiverse. Read on to learn about the latest cast members and the most recent information about the Castle Rock TV show.
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Ingrid Goes West trailer

Here’s the second trailer for Ingrid Goes West, a satire of Instagram culture and obsession that marks the directorial debut of filmmaker Matt Spicer. Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) plays Ingrid, a pathetic stalker who develops an obsession of an Insta-celeb named Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen). When Ingrid heads across the country to ingratiate herself into Taylor’s life, things seem to go well before they quickly go off the rails.
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Del Toro harry potter

Guillermo del Toro was offered the chance to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. When Christopher Columbus decided not to direct the third feature after the marathon of making the first two, del Toro, Kenneth Branagh, M. Night Shyamalan, and Marc Forster were potential candidates to direct the third film. A part of the reason del Toro turned down the job was that he could finally get Hellboy going, but to this day, he still “regrets” turning down what became the best film in the franchise.

Below, del Toro discusses Harry Potter.

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I Do...Until I Don't Trailer

Writer/director Lake Bell‘s second feature, I Do…Until I Don’t is her follow-up to the delightful 2013 film, In a World… While her first film was about the world of voiceover actors and a daughter and her father, her second is about marriage and a documentary filmmaker creating a little chaos. Bell (and the doc filmmaker) follows a trio of couples, played by Bell and Ed HelmsPaul Reiser and Mary Steenburgen, and Amber Heard and Wyatt Cenac.

Below, watch the I Do…Until I Don’t trailer.

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Jumper TV Series

Doug Liman is returning to a world of teleporters for YouTube. The director is working on another adaptation of Steven Gould‘s science-fiction series, which he adapted into the 2008 film, Jumper. Liman’s new series is based on the third book in the series, Impulse. The filmmaker behind Edge of Tomorrow and Swingers will produce and direct the pilot.

Below, learn more about the Jumper TV series.

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Guillermo del Toro Baby Driver

If you ever hear Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim, Hellboy) speak, you instantly know that the guy knows a lot about movies. He’s one of the most outspoken cinephile filmmakers working in Hollywood today, and his Twitter feed is a mixture of articles about film, behind-the-scenes photos, and stories from his own sets. Yesterday afternoon, the director took to Twitter to share his thoughts about Edgar Wright’s new car chase film Baby Driver, and if you somehow still needed to be convinced to see the new movie, this should do the trick. Read the 13-part Guillermo del Toro Baby Driver comments below.
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Transformers box office

Full disclosure: I have not seen Transformers: The Last Knight. (I’m currently listening to the /Filmcast’s highly entertaining review of it.) But just because I haven’t seen the movie yet, that doesn’t preclude me from exploring its box office performance and attempting to draw some conclusions about where the Transformers franchise might go from here.
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