P.T. Anderson’s Phantom Thread Trailer Starring Daniel Day-Lewis


Despite an expected December 2017 release date, things have been strangely silent surrounding P.T. Anderson’s upcoming film Phantom Thread up until now with the film failing to make an appearance at any of the usual fall film festivals. Fortunately, this week Focus Features have finally unveiled the first trailer for the movie, which will feature the final Daniel Day-Lewis performance before he supposedly retires from acting. The movie is set in the fashion world of 1950s London and finds DDL playing “an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society.” Lesley Manville, Richard Graham and Vicky Krieps also co-star. Phantom Thread hits select theatres on Dec. 25th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Boo 2! Weathers Geostorm


It was a fairly dull weekend at the box office as Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween easily scared off all other newcomers, taking in an estimated $21.65 million. That’s $7 million less than the first Madea Halloween movie made but it is still well within range of most of Perry’s movies, which have been impressively consistent over the past decade. In second place, Geostorm earned $13.3 million which is pretty pathetic considering its $120 million price tag but at least it has made another $49.6 million overseas. Happy Death Day fell to third followed by Blade Runner 2049. Rounding out the top 5, Only the Brave opened with just $6 million despite a star-studded cast and plenty of critical praise. Way down in eighth place, The Snowman did even worse with a pitiful $3.4 million. Whether or not the awful reviews had anything to do with that remains to be seen.

1. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween — $21.7M
2. Geostorm — $13.3M
3. Happy Death Day — $9.4M
4. Blade Runner 2049 — $7.2M
5. Only the Brave — $6M
6. The Foreigner — $5.5M
7. It — $3.5M
8. The Snowman — $3.4M
9. American Made — $3.2M
10. Kingsman: The Golden Circle — $3M

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond Trailer


Although Jim Carrey has been making headlines for some unfortunate reasons as of late, here is an upcoming documentary that takes us back to a time when he was one of the biggest actors in Hollywood. The movie is called Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond and it focuses on the making of Man on the Moon, the 1999 Andy Kaufman biopic directed by Milos Forman. During production Carrey remained in character as either Andy Kaufman or Tony Clifton at all times, which frustrated the cast and crew and (if Carrey is to be believed) messed with his own head a fair bit too. It is a fascinating and hilarious watch, combining wacky behind the scenes footage with more sober recent interviews featuring a much more mellow and melancholy Carrey. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond is directed by Chris Smith (American Movie) and hits Netflix on Nov. 17th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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I, Tonya Teaser Trailer Starring Margot Robbie


We’ve been hearing a lot of good things about the Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya following its premiere at TIFF last month where it was the runner-up for the People’s Choice Award. Neon acquired the film in one of the biggest acquisitions of the festival and they look to be giving it a major awards season push. Directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night, The Finest Hours), the movie stars Margot Robbie as disgraced U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding, who conspired with her husband Jeff Gilooly to injure her arch-rival Nancy Kerrigan at the National Figure Skating Championship in 1994. The movie is said to have a dark, comedic edge to it and the first teaser trailer would seem to support that fact. I, Tonya co-stars Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Bobby Cannavale and Caitlin Carver and it hits select theatres on Dec. 8th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Geostorm, Only the Brave, The Snowman


We’ve got plenty of new movies in wide release this weekend, although it is debatable whether or not any of them are worth getting excited about. Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween should top the box office without too much trouble, while Josh Brolin / Miles Teller / Jeff Bridges firefighter drama Only the Brave seems to be the weekend’s critical favourite. On the other hand, The Snowman starring Michael Fassbender is getting trounced by critics while the disaster movie Geostorm is not faring much better. In select theatres, we have Todd Haynes’ Wonderstruck as well as the latest film from the director of Dogtooth and The Lobster, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. What will you be watching this weekend?

Ball Junk Podcast Episode #28: NBA Season Preview 2017


Our crossover breaks ankles like Gordon Hayward…breaks ankles. Get real! It’s Episode 28 of the Ball Junk Podcast and we’re back with our 2018 NBA Preview! Best and worst in the East and West, who’s making the playoffs and who’s in tank mode, plus our predictions on the Conference and NBA Finals! We take a look at the craziness of the current NFL season so far and how it makes ‘Knucks juices flow. Frankie plays Before and After, we talk competitive tag and the RedTubers of Washington Square. All that, plus Sack Time and the Gas Pedal. Put on your Fifty Mission Cap and give this pod a listen. Download, subscribe and rate us (5 stars, naturally) on iTunes! Balls!

0:00:00 – Intro: Greg’s Trip To Florida
0:22:16 – NBA Season Preview
1:01:10 – NFL Discussion
1:19:42 – Game: Before & After
1:01:10 – Balls Around The World
1:31:05 – Sack Time
1:40:33 – Gas Pedal / Outro

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Marvel’s The Punisher Gets a New Trailer and a Release Date


After a cancelled panel at the New York Comic-Con rumours of a potential delay due to the recent Las Vegas shooting, Marvel and Netflix have announced that The Punisher series is still scheduled to debut in 2017. The show has been officially set for release on Nov. 17th, which also happens to be the release date of DC’s Justice League movie in theatres. Coincidence? Probably not. There were rumours that the second season of Daredevil would go head-to-head with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice last year but it ended up premiering a week earlier. Marvel and Netflix have also released a new trailer for the show which is once again set to Metallica’s “One”. The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal, Deborah Ann Woll, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Paul Schulze and Amber Rose Revah; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Louis C.K.’s I Love You, Daddy Trailer


After earning a lot of praise for this independently produced TV series Horace and Pete last year, Louis C.K.’s next project behind the camera is a black-and-white feature film called I Love You, Daddy. The movie premiered at TIFF last month where it received mostly positive reviews, although not necessarily glowing ones. It appears to be an old fashioned screwball comedy of sorts that explores some uncomfortable subject matter and it finds Louis playing a successful TV writer whose 17-year-old daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) becomes the object of desire for an aging filmmaker (John Malkovich) that he idolizes. The movie was shot on 35mm, takes place in New York and features a full orchestral score not to mention plenty of wipe transitions… clearly it is inspired by Woody Allen in more ways than one. I Love You, Daddy co-stars Edie Falco, Charlie Day, Rose Byrne, Pamela Adlon and Helen Hunt and it hits select theatres on Nov. 17th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Joe Lynch’s Mayhem Trailer: The Purge Meets Office Space


Joe Lynch may be a complete stranger to mainstream moviegoers, but he’s well-known within genre circles for movies like Wrong Turn 2, Knights of Badassdom and Everly. His latest film Mayhem finds him continuing right along that path, offering up another blood-soaked low budget genre flick that resembles a more hardcore version of Greg McLean and James Gunn’s The Belko Experiment. Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) plays an attorney who was just wrongfully fired from his job when a virus suddenly infects their corporate law offices and causes his co-workers to act out their most violent impulses. Together with a disgruntled former client (Samara Weaving, The Babysitter), they slowly fight their way to the top floor and seek revenge for their grievances. Mayhem hits select theatres and VOD on Nov. 10th before arriving on Shudder in early 2018. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Star Wars Han Solo Movie Wraps Production, Gets an Official Title


After a few months of feverish reshoots, the Han Solo movie has officially wrapped production with Ron Howard at the helm. He replaced Phil Lord and Chris Miller on the project back in June although it is still unclear who will get credited for the film. To celebrate the occasion, he took to Twitter to announce the film’s official title in a special video message. And that title is… Solo: A Star Wars Story. So I guess they’re sticking with that whole “A Star Wars Story” thing after all. And is it just me or does that logo look like a Family Guy spoof instead of the real thing? What do you think of the title? Check out the video after the jump and see more of Ron Howard’s various posts from the set over at StarWars.com.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #632: The Foreigner and The Meyerowitz Stories


0:00 – Intro
7:00 – Review: The Foreigner
31:20 – Review: The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
45:15 – Headlines: Harvey Weinstein Accused of Sexual Assault, Sylvester Stallone to Direct Creed 2, The New Mutants Trailer
1:08:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Spielberg, Popcorn, Gerald’s Game, Long Shot, Mindhunter, The Gravy Train, Top of the Lake: China Girl
1:30:20 – Junk Mail: Replicants Are Not Androids, Blade Runner and Sean’s Top 100 List, The Thing Day, The Empty Theatre Experience, Favourite Troma Movies, Directors That Made One Great Film, Pre-Trailer Teases
2:09:35 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:12:25 – Outro

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Godless Trailer: Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank’s Western Series


After making a big push into TV over the past couple of years with The Knick, Red Oaks and The Girlfriend Experience, Steven Soderbergh is now teaming up with writer-director Scott Frank (The Lookout, A Walk Among the Tombstones) for his first Netflix original series. Godless is a seven-episode limited series that takes place in the American West in the 1880s and it revolves around outlaw Frank Griffin (Jeff Daniels), who tracks his former partner turned enemy Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell) to a mysterious town inhabited only by women. Frank previously collaborated with Soderbergh on Out of Sight, but most recently he co-wrote the script for the Western-influenced Logan. Godless arrives on Netflix on Nov. 22nd; check out the first teaser trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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