2017 Film Junk Junkers’ Choice Awards: Voting is Now Open!

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As we close in on the end of the 2017, it’s time to look back and reflect on the twelve months of moviegoing that we were just forced to sit through. We’ll be unveiling our own year end lists in a couple of weeks along with the annual “Junkies”, but we always like to give all the junkers out there a chance to have their say as well. This is where the annual Junkers’ Choice Awards (formerly known as the Film Junk Readers’ Choice Awards) come into play. For your convenience, we have broken up many of the best movies of the year into a variety of completely arbitrary and highly debatable categories, and now it’s your chance to pick the winners. You have until Jan. 1st to submit your picks. Click through to view the nominees and then cast your votes in the 2017 Junkers’ Choice Awards starting right now!

New to Theatres This Weekend: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ferdinand, Beyond Skyline

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At long last, the next chapter in the Skywalker Saga is upon us as Star Wars: The Last Jedi roars into theatres. The highly anticipated sequel is looking to become the fourth movie ever to open with $200+ million, but can it top Star Wars: The Force Awakens? That might be a tall order. There is one other movie in wide release this week as Fox offers up some family-friendly counterprogramming with the animated film Ferdinand. In select theatres and on VOD, we also have another, slightly less anticipated sci-fi sequel in Beyond Skyline as well as the Patricia Arquette / Rainn Wilson comedy Permanent. I think I know what everyone is watching this weekend. So what did you think of Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

Safdie Brothers to Direct 48 Hrs. Remake

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By now it’s become an all-too-familiar story: talented, up-and-coming filmmaker takes on a Hollywood remake of beloved classic. You may not really be thrilled about the unnecessary remake, but you’re sort of excited to see what that filmmaker can do. In this case, it’s not just one but two filmmakers, and they happen to have directed one of this year’s most propulsive thrillers. That’s right, Benny and Josh Safdie, the filmmaking duo behind the Robert Pattinson film Good Time, have been hired to direct a new version of Walter Hill’s prototypical buddy cop film 48 Hrs. Are you in or are you out?

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It’s Official: Disney Acquires 21st Century Fox

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After a few months of on and off negotiations, The Walt Disney Company has officially announced the acquisition of 21st Century Fox this morning. The deal was rumoured last month and all but confirmed a few days ago but now we have a press release to prove it. The acquisition will cost Disney $52.4 billion in stock (Fox’s assets are valued at $66.1 billion minus $13.7 billion in debt) and it includes 21st Century Fox’s film and television studios, cable entertainment networks and international TV businesses. Fox Broadcasting Co., Fox Sports, Fox News, Fox Television Stations and a handful of other assets will be spun off into a new company. Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger has also extended his contract for another two years until the end of 2021 to help see it through. Iger had this to say about the announcement:

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Annihilation Trailer #2

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Here’s the latest trailer for Alex Garland’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Annihilation, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer. The movie stars Natalie Portman as a biologist who leads an expedition to Area X, an isolated region of wilderness that her husband (Oscar Isaac) had been investigating before falling ill. While this trailer maintains most of the mystery of the original teaser, it does come across as much more explicitly horrific and very much in the vein of the Alien and Predator movies. That being said, the eerie hints of the score by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury and the unique visuals seem like they will help provide a very different experience. Annihilation co-stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Benedict Wong and it hits theatres on Feb. 23rd. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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David Gordon Green to Direct Newsflash Starring Seth Rogen as Walter Cronkite

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Although David Gordon Green’s Stronger was snubbed at the Golden Globes and seems to be getting overlooked for awards in general, he is already in the process of putting together another potential awards season contender for next year. Following in the footsteps of movies like Spotlight and The Post, we are hearing that he is attached to direct another movie that aims to remind us of the importance of true journalism. The movie is called Newsflash and it revolves around Walter Cronkite’s rise to prominence in the 1960s on the CBS Evening News. The project also finds Green reteaming with an unlikely collaborator: Seth Rogen. Can the duo who brought us Pineapple Express successfully deliver a serious drama?

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Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris Trailer

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Clint Eastwood continues his series of films about American heroes next year with The 15:17 to Paris, a movie based on the true story of three U.S. soldiers travelling abroad who step up to face a terrorist attack on a train to Paris. What makes this real-life thriller somewhat unique, however, is the fact that the three men all play themselves in the film. This has been attempted before with films like United 93 (starring several FAA officials playing themselves) and Act of Valor (starring real Navy SEALs in a fictional story) but not quite to this degree. The movie also co-stars Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer and Ray Corasani along with a cast of young actors portraying the three friends earlier in life. The 15:17 to Paris hits theatres on Feb. 9th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #639: The Disaster Artist and Stronger

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0:00 – Intro
17:20 – Review: The Disaster Artist
48:35 – Review: Stronger
1:09:40 – Headlines: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer, Alita: Battle Angel Trailer, Quentin Tarantino Might Direct a Star Trek Movie, Sylvester Stallone Won’t Direct Creed 2
1:27:40 – Other Stuff We Watched: I, Tonya, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Trip to Spain
1:43:50 – Junk Mail: All the Money in the World Riding the CoPo Wave, Watching Movies with Horrible People in Them, Horror Sequels Being a Slave to Canon, Joss Whedon Easter Egg in Justice League, Star Wars: The Last Jedi International Poster Spoiler
2:12:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:14:30 – Outro

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Creed 2 Won’t Be Directed by Stallone After All

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A couple of months ago, Sylvester Stallone took to Instagram to announce that he would be stepping back behind the camera to direct the upcoming Creed sequel. At the time, there was no official announcement from the studio, but it seemed to make sense. If Ryan Coogler was unavailable to return in that capacity, surely Stallone would be an ideal replacement being that he is the most familiar with the Rocky franchise. This week, however, we are hearing that Stallone won’t be directing after all and that a mutual decision was made by Stallone, Michael B. Jordan and the studio execs to bring in a fresh voice instead. Hit the jump for more details.

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Ready Player One Trailer #2

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Back in July we got our first taste of Steven Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi movie Ready Player One, but now that the movie is just a few months away, Warner Brothers have released a brand new trailer that helps contextualize things a bit. Based on the book by Ernest Cline, the story revolves around a digital treasure hunt that takes place inside a virtual world called the OASIS (where participants also happen to enjoy recreating their favourite pop culture properties). This trailer feels like a slight improvement on the previous one because it shows us a bit more of the real world and offers something other than just wall-to-wall action. That being said, the CG characters inside the OASIS are looking pretty rough… let’s hope that stuff is still unfinished as opposed to being a deliberate artistic choice. Ready Player One hits theatres on March 30th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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2018 Golden Globe Nominations Announced

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Awards season continues this week with the nominations for the 75th Annual Golden Globes being unveiled by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this morning. Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water led the way with a total of 7 nominations, while Steven Spielberg’s The Post and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri were close behind with 6 each. Call Me by Your Name and Dunkirk were the other two Best Motion Picture picks on the Drama side. In the comedy/musical categories, Get Out managed to pick up a couple of nominations despite some debate over whether it should be considered a comedy (Jordan Peele himself was overlooked, however). The Greatest Showman also managed to get a few nods, but perhaps as a result The Big Sick was completely shut out. HBO’s Big Little Lies dominated the TV categories with 6 nominations. What do you think of this year’s Globe nominees? Check out the full list after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Coco Coasts to Third Win, The Disaster Artist Surprises

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It was another uneventful weekend at the multiplex, allowing Pixar’s Coco to quietly top the box office for the third week in a row. The animated film added another $18.3 million to Disney’s coffers and has now made $389 million worldwide. It seems to be following the same trajectory as Moana and with the lack of family films in theatres this month it should continue to make money well into the new year. Once again, Justice League and Wonder remained in second and third place respectively while James Franco’s The Disaster Artist had a very successful expansion, jumping into fourth place with $6.4 million. Thor: Ragnarok rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Just Getting Started bombed, opening in a distant tenth place with just $3.2 million. Next weekend the masses will once again descend on theatres as Star Wars: The Last Jedi brings in yet another massive haul for Disney.

1. Coco — $18.3M
2. Justice League — $9.6M
3. Wonder — $8.5M
4. The Disaster Artist — $6.4M
5. Thor: Ragnarok — $6.3M
6. Daddy’s Home 2 — $6M
7. Murder on the Orient Express — $5.1M
8. The Star — $3.7M
9. Lady Bird — $3.5M
10. Just Getting Started — $3.2M