Next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Will Be Another Reboot

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After Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows made just $245 million worldwide ($82 million domestically) back in 2016, Paramount decided to put the franchise on hold for a while until they could figure out what to do next. Clearly fans were not particularly pleased with Michael Bay’s vision of the Turtles and they were staying far away from it. Now, after a change in leadership at Paramount, there is a new TMNT movie on the horizon once again. Michael Bay is still involved but they are apparently looking to start fresh with this one. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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ABC Greenlights Roseanne Spin-Off Series The Conners

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Less than a month after ABC decided to cancel Roseanne as a result of a racist tweet by Roseanne Barr, ABC has found a way to bring back the show without her involvement. This week the network has announced a series order for a new spin-off tentatively titled The Conners. All of the primary cast members minus Roseanne will be returning, including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman, along with the same creative team behind the scenes. The cast had this to say about the announcement:

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Damsel, The Catcher Was a Spy

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It is shaping up to be one of the biggest box office weekends of the year with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom roaring into theatres while Incredibles 2 continues to pull in big numbers in its second weekend. It could end up being the first time ever that two movies earn over $100 million at the box office. The original Jurassic World had one the biggest opening weekends of all time with $208 million although it is unclear if the sequel can come close to that. There are no other new movies in wide release, but in select theatres we also have The Catcher Was a Spy starring Paul Rudd, Damsel starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska, and an Elvis Presley documentary called The King. What will you be watching this weekend?

Film Junk’s Jurassic Park Premium Now Free for a Limited Time

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With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hitting theatres this weekend, we thought it would be a good time to release our Jurassic Park premium podcast completely free of charge for those who haven’t had a chance to hear it yet. This was one of our very first premium podcasts and it was originally released back in 2011 (which is why it does not include Jurassic World, only the original JP trilogy). You can currently grab it for free on Bandcamp (just set a price of $0.00) or you can wait for it to arrive in your podcast feed automatically. Of course, if you’d still like to throw a little donation our way, that option is available as well. The Jurassic Park premium will be available free of charge for the next week so be sure to grab it while you can and don’t forget to tell your friends too. Enjoy!

Welcome to Marwen Trailer Starring Steve Carell

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Just as he did with his 2015 film The Walk, Robert Zemeckis is once again turning to an acclaimed documentary for inspiration for one of his visual effects-driven feature films. Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary Marwencol tells the story of Mark Hogancamp, a man who suffered a brutal attack and now builds a 1/6-scale model town in his yard in order to help deal with the trauma and lost memory. Zemeckis has, of course, taken it a step further by now bringing those models to life with CG, pulling us further into Mark’s fantasy world with Steve Carell playing the lead role. Zemeckis never was one for subtlety and always seems more interested in the technical challenges rather than the emotional ones. That being said, I will admit to being a little curious about this adaptation. Welcome to Marwen hits theatres on Nov. 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Star Wars Standalone Movies Reportedly on Hold at Disney

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After one month in theatres, Solo: A Star Wars Story is now sitting at $343 million worldwide, a mere drop in the bucket compared to the total gross of the last three Star Wars movies, each of which made over $1 billion (Star Wars: The Force Awakens made over $2 billion). It was clear after the lacklustre opening weekend that Solo was in trouble, but if anything the situation has only become more dire. Disney and Lucasfilm now must face the fact that something just didn’t work and adjust their future plans appropriately. From what we are hearing, that adjustment may include taking a break from standalone Star Wars stories over the next little while. Hit the jump for more details.

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AMC Announces Subscription Service to Compete with MoviePass

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It’s no secret that AMC has essentially been at war with MoviePass from day one, threatening legal action and calling into question the sustainability of their movie ticket subscription service. Now AMC is finally striking back with a subscription service of their own, and although on the surface they may not be offering quite as much raw value, their program may end up being much more practical for the average moviegoer. The service is called AMC Stubs A-List, and it is an extension of their AMC Stubs Premiere loyalty program that includes many of the same benefits. The key features are as follows:

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Creed II Trailer Starring Michael B. Jordan

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At long last the first trailer for Creed II is here, the follow up to Ryan Coogler’s rock solid 2015 revitalization of the Rocky franchise. Coogler himself is not back in the director’s chair, but Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone reprise their roles as Adonis Johnson and Rocky Balboa respectively while Tessa Thompson is also back as Bianca. This time Adonis is retracing his father’s footsteps and faces the toughest fight of his life against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago, who killed Apollo Creed at the beginning of Rocky IV. We don’t get to see much of his opponent other than the Drago name in this trailer, but it certainly feels suitably dramatic. Directed by Steven Caple Jr. (The Land), Creed II hits theatres on Nov. 21st; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Several New Star Trek TV Shows in Development, Patrick Stewart May Return as Capt. Picard

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Last week it was announced that Star Trek Discovery showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts would not be returning for the show’s second season and that they would be replaced by series co-creator, executive producer and long-time J.J. Abrams collaborator Alex Kurtzman. Although Kurtzman’s work as a writer and director has been questionable at best (he most recently directed Universal’s 2017 reboot of The Mummy), in this case the shake-up wasn’t due to creative differences but rather due to allegations of abusive behaviour from the previous duo. Either way, it appears that Kurtzman is once again settling in for the long haul as he has signed a new deal with CBS and is developing even more Star Trek properties for the small screen including a possible Jean-Luc Picard series. Hit the jump for more info.

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Like Father Trailer Starring Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer

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Following up on their Hilarity for Charity special, Netflix is reteaming with Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren for an original comedy feature called Like Father. This is Lauren Miller Rogen’s directorial debut and it revolves around a woman (Kristen Bell) who gets stood up at the altar and ends up taking her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with her estranged father (Kelsey Grammer). Seth Rogen plays a supporting role but does not appear to have been involved creatively. Like Father arrives on Netflix on Aug. 3rd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind Trailer

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After Judd Apatow’s 4.5 hour deep dive into the psyche of the late Garry Shandling earlier this year, HBO is releasing another documentary about a legendary comedian this summer who had his own struggles with mental health. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind looks like a long overdue tribute to the beloved actor and comedian who took his own life back in 2014. It is directed by Marina Zenovich, who is best known for the Roman Polanski docs Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired and Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out but also previously explored the life and times of an iconic stand up comic with 2013’s Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic. The movie features narration from Williams himself and interviews with many of his close friends including Billy Crystal, Eric Idle, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, and Steve Martin. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind premieres on HBO on July 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #665: Incredibles 2

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0:00 – Intro
21:10 – Review: Incredibles 2
1:18:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: 47 Ronin, Pacific Rim, Unfriended, Condor, The Incident, Problem Child 2, Evil Genius, The Staircase, The Seven-Ups, Mikey and Nicky
2:01:55 – Outro

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