Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Retirement from Acting

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After four decades, twenty some-odd films, three Oscar wins and an endless stream of accolades, Daniel Day-Lewis is… calling it a day. The actor chose to announce this week that he will be retiring from acting after he finishes work on P.T. Anderson’s next film, tentatively titled Phantom Thread. The movie is set in the set in 1950s London with Day-Lewis playing Charles James, a fashion designer who worked for members of high society and the royal family. DDL’s spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, released the following statement:

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Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Trailer

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A couple of years ago when Netflix bankrolled a TV follow-up to David Wain and Michael Showalter’s cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, Wain and Showalter decided to make it a prequel with all of the actors playing younger versions of themselves despite being 14 years older. Now they’re back for another limited series and they’ve decided to go in the opposite direction, setting it ten years after the movie and drawing inspiration from ’90s movies like St. Elmo’s Fire, Singles and The Big Chill. It finds them heading back to Camp Firewood for a 10 year reunion with most of the all-star cast returning including Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Ken Marino, Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Molly Shannon, Chris Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Lo Truglio and Marguerite Moreau. Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later arrives on Netflix on Aug. 4th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Transformers: The Last Knight, The Big Sick, The Beguiled

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The summer slump is expected to continue this weekend with the release of Transformers: The Last Knight, Michael Bay’s fifth (and potentially final) live-action Transformers movie. It is the only major release hitting theatres this weekend so it should easily come out on top, but early estimates already have it putting up the weakest numbers of the series to date. Fortunately, if you’re in New York or L.A., you have a few more promising options this weekend including Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled and acclaimed real-life rom-com The Big Sick starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan. For genre fans, Ana Lily Amirpour’s post-apocalyptic cannibal flick The Bad Batch is also in select theatres and on VOD. What will you be watching this weekend?

David Gordon Green’s Stronger Trailer Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

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Earlier this year we learned that David Gordon Green would be directing the next Halloween movie, but before that happens we will also be getting a very different kind of movie from him. Stronger stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, one of the survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who lost both of his legs in the blast. The movie focuses on his relationship with his ex-girlfriend and his physical rehabilitation as he is thrust into the spotlight and embraced as a symbol of Boston Strong. It looks like a potential tearjerker and also the closest David Gordon Green has come to Oscar bait but hopefully he will bring a sense of authenticity that these movies are usually lacking. Stronger stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown and it hits theatres on Sept. 22nd. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Vin Diesel and Co. to Return for xXx 4

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After the remarkable revitalization of the Fast & Furious series over the past decade, Vin Diesel has been working to revive a couple of his other early 2000s movie franchises with slightly less favourable results. That’s not to say they have been failures, however; they have seemingly just been a lot slower to catch on. 2013’s Riddick made $98 million worldwide on a $35 million budget, but after strong home video sales we will supposedly be getting another sequel and a TV series. Now this week we are also hearing that the xXx series will be back despite the weak domestic box office numbers for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. Hit the jump for more details.

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Ron Howard Confirmed as New Director on Star Wars Han Solo Movie

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Well that didn’t take long. Just two days after announcing that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had stepped down (or… ahem… been forced out) as directors of the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo spin-off, Disney and Lucasfilm have found their replacement. Ron Howard was very quickly rumoured to be the frontrunner to take over the movie with Lawrence Kasdan and Joe Johnston also listed as possible candidates. Now it appears that Howard has finalized the deal and made it official. Kathleen Kennedy released the following statement today:

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Eli Roth to Direct The House With a Clock in Its Walls

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Over the past decade and a half, Eli Roth has continually pushed the envelope of genre filmmaking with movies like Cabin Fever, Hostel and The Green Inferno, achieving a certain level of success without pulling any punches. This year, however, he may be veering from that path a little bit and opening himself up to a wider audience in the process. He is currently putting the finishing touches on a Death Wish remake starring Bruce Willis, which may or may not end up being his first PG-13 film. After that, it looks like he will be taking a stab at his first kid-friendly horror flick: an adaptation of John Bellairs’ The House With a Clock in Its Walls. Could this be the start of a newer, softer Eli Roth? Hit the jump for more details.

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Damon Lindelof to Adapt Watchmen Series for HBO

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Although Zack Snyder’s Watchmen was generally well-received back in 2009 and is still held by many to be his finest work to date, fans of the original comic series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons have always had some reservations about it. Many feel that Snyder failed to embrace the underlying subtext of the film and that even the 3 hour 35 minute Ultimate Cut was missing key elements from the graphic novel. So when it was revealed a couple of years ago that HBO was looking to adapt it as a TV series instead, it seemed like an opportunity to finally get it right. Now they’ve got an intriguing potential showrunner lined up that is sure to get people talking. Hit the jump for more info.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #616: It Comes at Night

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0:00 – Intro
9:45 – Review: It Comes at Night
35:10 – Headlines: RIP John G. Avildsen, Phil Lord and Chris Miller Exit Han Solo Movie
50:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Rough Night, Cars 3, Raw, The Lego Batman Movie, Animal House, Role Models, 23 Paces to Baker Street, The Belko Experiment, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Krisha, Oh Hello on Broadway, Very Bad Things
1:59:26 – Junk Mail: Seal Busker Response + SJW Movie Podcasts, To Unwrap or Not to Unwrap, Best End Credit Songs, NYT’s Top 25 Movies of the 21st Century, Birthday Wishes, Putting Film Junk on the Map
2:34:15 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:40:10 – Outro
2:46:20 – Spoiler Discussion: It Comes at Night

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller Drop Out of the Star Wars Han Solo Spin-Off

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Update: THR is reporting that in addition to Ron Howard and Lawrence Kasdan, Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Captain America: The First Avenger) is also in the running to direct.

Just as we were sitting down to record this week’s podcast, the internet exploded with some apparently earth shattering news: Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo best known for 21 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, have dropped out as the directors of the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo film. The movie stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and it was already three months into production, which makes their departure both surprising and costly. They are citing the usual “creative differences” as the reason, but as more details emerge it appears that they were actually fired after months of clashing with producer Kathleen Kennedy. Lord and Miller made the following statement about their exit from the film:

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Thank You For Your Service Trailer Starring Miles Teller

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In the decade and a half following 9/11, we’ve seen quite a few American movies made about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of them were critically acclaimed and some went on to win Oscars, but almost all of them were avoided by the general public… all except Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, which was not only a success but also went on to become the highest grossing movie of 2014. Now the writer of that movie, Jason Hall, is making his directorial debut with another war movie called Thank You For Your Service. The story seems to focus on soldiers returning home from war and the effects of PTSD, which American Sniper also touched on but ultimately set aside in favour of more straightforward hero worship. Something tells me this will not be a massive box office hit, but it could still be an awards season contender. Thank You For Your Service stars Miles Teller, Haley Bennett and Amy Schumer and it hits theatres on Oct. 27th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Transformers Bumblebee Spin-off Will Be Set in the ’80s and Sort of Like The Iron Giant

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With Transformers: The Last Knight hitting theatres this week, the press junkets have predictably resulted in a flood of new information about the upcoming Bumblebee spin-off, which will be the next Transformers movie to be released. In case you haven’t heard, it won’t be directed by Michael Bay but rather Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight and Hailee Steinfeld is in talks to be the film’s lead human. Now this week producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has come out and confirmed that the movie will deliver a heavy dose of ’80s pandering and (apparently) some actual emotions. Here’s what he had to say about the project:

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