New to Theatres This Weekend: Annihilation, Game Night, Every Day

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Black Panther will continue its reign atop the box office this weekend while a handful of new releases will try their best to avoid getting lost in the shuffle. The R-rated Jason Bateman / Rachel McAdams comedy Game Night is the biggest of the bunch; on the other hand, Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller Annihilation seems to be generating strong reviews and positive buzz even though it is expected to challenge and confound mainstream viewers. Also in wide release we have the romantic drama Every Day which seems unlikely to make much of an impact despite being based on a best-selling book. In select theatres, look for the indie zombie flick The Cured starring Ellen Page, Hannah starring Charlotte Rampling and crime thriller Beast of Burden starring Daniel Radcliffe. What will you be watching this weekend?

Joss Whedon Drops Out of Batgirl Movie

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Last year Warner Brothers seemed to have made a major coup when they convinced The Avengers / The Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon to jump ship from Marvel and write and direct a Batgirl movie for them. They took things a step further a few months later when he was also hired to oversee reshoots for Zack Snyder’s troubled Justice League, but ultimately that didn’t seem to help as the movie debuted to dismal reviews and lacklustre box office numbers. Now this week it has been revealed that Joss Whedon has opted not to move forward with his Batgirl movie after all. Here’s what he had to say about the project:

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Thy Kingdom Come Trailer: Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder Gets a Unique Spin-Off

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Terrence Malick is known for (among other things) his ruthlessness in the editing room, which sometimes leads him to cut A-list actors out of his films entirely. Although Javier Bardem did manage to make the final cut of To the Wonder (he played a priest questioning his faith), there was a lot of extra footage that did not end up in the movie. Now this extra footage is being reassembled into an entirely new spin-off called Thy Kingdom Come by photojournalist Eugene Richards, who went with Bardem to the town of Bartlesville, Oklahoma to interview real people about their lives while in character. It looks to be an interesting mix of fiction and non-fiction and should be a unique companion piece to Malick’s film. Thy Kingdom Come premieres at SXSW next month; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Danny Boyle Rumoured for Bond 25

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It’s been a while since we’ve had any real update on the search for a director for the next James Bond movie. Last summer we heard that French director Yann Demange (’71) was the top choice to helm Bond 25 with an announcement seeming imminent, although Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) were also supposedly under consideration. Now, several months later, it appears that MGM and Eon are still unsure and they may instead be dipping back into the pool of more established names. The latest rumour has Danny Boyle pegged as the new frontrunner, but would he actually consider taking on such a massive blockbuster? Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Lost in Space Teaser: Netflix Revives the Classic Sci-Fi Series

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Netflix is continuing their major push into sci-fi this year with a new version of the classic ’60s series Lost in Space, which is is set to arrive almost exactly 50 years after the original show went off the air. The upcoming reboot offers a modern take on the campy original, which followed the adventures of a spacefaring family who crash land on an unknown planet. The show hails from showrunner Zack Estrin (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) and writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Gods of Egypt, Power Rangers) with Neil Marshall (The Descent) directing several episodes. Will it at least be an improvement on the disastrous 1998 feature film? We will know soon enough. Lost in Space debuts on Netflix on April 13th; check out the teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #648: Black Panther

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0:00 – Intro
18:30 – Review: Black Panther
57:30 – Headlines: The Incredibles 2 Trailer, Uncle Drew Trailer
1:12:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, Roman J. Israel, Esq., The Disaster Artist, Looper, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton, Bright, Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Dredd, Crazy Heart, The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, The Silence of the Lambs
1:38:30 – Junk Mail: Favourite African-American Actors, Sequels By Name Only, Frank’s Selective Spoiler Sensitivity, Watching Movies on Planes
2:09:10 – Outro
2:14:15 – Spoiler Discussion: Black Panther

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Tuesday Morning Box Office Report: Black Panther Claims Fifth-Highest Debut Ever

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Black Panther completely obliterated expectations over the weekend with one of the biggest opening weekends of all time, continuing Marvel’s dominance and proving a strong audience appetite for diverse blockbusters. The movie earned an incredible $201.7 million over three days with a total of $235 million domestically for the four-day long weekend. That’s the biggest opening ever in February, completely shredding Deadpool‘s previous record of $132 / $152 million over President’s Day weekend in 2016, and it is also the fifth highest debut of all time, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Avengers and Jurassic World. Not bad for a character that was once a lesser known player in the Marvel universe. Elsewhere Peter Rabbit remained in second place, while Fifty Shades Freed fell to third. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The 15:17 to Paris rounded out the top 5. The weekend’s other new releases, Early Man and Samson, were major disappointments, earning just $3.1 million and $1.9 million respectively.

1. Black Panther — $201M
2. Peter Rabbit — $17.6M
3. Fifty Shades Freed — $17.3M
4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — $7.9M
5. The 15:17 to Paris — $7.6M
6. The Greatest Showman — $5M
7. Early Man — $3.1M
8. Maze Runner: The Death Cure — $2.6M
9. Winchester — $2.1M
10. The Post — $2M

Cobra Kai Teaser: YouTube Resurrects The Karate Kid

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Although a follow-up to the 2010 Karate Kid reboot starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan is now seeming pretty unlikely, you may be surprised to hear that the original 1984 film is about to get another sequel of its own. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are back reprising their roles as Daniel and Johnny for a YouTube Red series called Cobra Kai that picks up over three decades later. Written by Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar), there was speculation that this might be more of a comedy but the first teaser seems to be taking itself pretty seriously. Who would have guessed that after all this time, Daniel and Johnny are still holding a grudge? Cobra Kai arrives on YouTube Red later this year; check out the first teaser trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Black Panther, Early Man, Samson

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After several weeks of mostly subpar releases, Marvel’s Black Panther is ready to tear up the box office over the President’s Day weekend. The movie is likely to top Deadpool‘s February opening weekend record and could very well end up being one of Marvel’s biggest openings to date. The weekend’s other two major releases are sure to get left in the dust with Aardman’s latest film Early Man hoping to bounce back from the disappointing performance of Shaun the Sheep and the Biblical epic Samson trying to pull in more devout viewers. In select theatres, we also have the Oscar-nominated Russian film Loveless, the Alex Ross Perry-scripted drama Nostalgia, Korean blockbuster Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead and Chinese buddy cop sequel Detective Chinatown 2. What will you be watching this weekend?

Ready Player One Final Trailer

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With the movie just over a month away, here is the the third and final trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi movie Ready Player One, based on the best-selling book by Ernest Cline. It’s one last chance to win us over and although I was really hoping to be wowed by this, sadly the visuals still look half-baked and the performances seem awkward. The story is also not being communicated very well, downplaying the treasure hunt / adventure elements in favour of a dull uprising against an evil corporation. But I suppose the only thing that really matters is the number of easter eggs and pop culture references they can pack in… right? Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg and Lena Waithe and it hits theatres on March 29th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Incredibles 2 Sneak Peek Trailer

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Up until now, The Incredibles 2 was one of the few 2018 summer blockbusters that had yet to receive a proper trailer. Rather than releasing something during the Super Bowl, however, Disney and Pixar apparently decided to wait for the Winter Olympics to kickstart their marketing campaign. Last night they debuted the first full trailer during NBC’s Olympic coverage and it confirms (among other things) that the sequel picks up right where the last movie left off 14 years ago. From there, the plot seems to flip the script from the original with Elastigirl being the one recruited to do some “off the books” superhero work and Mr. Incredible getting himself into a Mr. Mom situation with the kids. It all seems a bit obvious and yet entirely appropriate. The Incredibles 2 is directed by Brad Bird and it hits theatres on June 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Uncle Drew Trailer Starring Kyrie Irving and Shaquille O’Neal

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Fresh off the recent news that Apple is developing a basketball TV series with Kevin Durant and LeBron is producing a House Party reboot, here is the first trailer for Uncle Drew, a movie based on a series of Pepsi ads featuring a ton of NBA stars. Kyrie Irving plays the titular character, a legendary NBA old-timer who is persuaded to recruit all of his former teammates in order to enter the Rucker Classic streetball tournament. Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, Chris Webber and Lisa Leslie all make up the team of so-called septuagenarians while Lil Rel Howery and Nick Kroll also co-star. Hilarity ensues. Uncle Drew is directed by Charles Stone III (Mr. 3000, Drumline) and written by Jay Longino (Skiptrace) and it hits theatres on June 29th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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