Macon Blair to Write and Direct The Toxic Avenger Reboot

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It’s been almost a decade since we first started hearing about a potential remake of that Troma exploitation classic The Toxic Avenger. Although it initially sounded like it was going in a pretty strange creative direction (“a family friendly PG-13 action comedy akin to The Mask” was the original logline), back in 2016 we heard that Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon had taken the reins which sounded slightly more appropriate. Now this week the project has taken its most promising turn yet as writer-director-actor Macon Blair has reportedly replaced Vernon the director’s chair. Hit the jump for more info.

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Deadwood: The Movie Teaser Trailer

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It may seem hard to believe but some 13 years after HBO opted not to pick up a fourth season of Deadwood, the inhabitants of Deadwood, South Dakota will finally get some closure. There have been rumours about a Deadwood movie for years and now it is actually happening with the first teaser trailer arriving this week. Almost the entire cast is returning with the exception of a few actors that have since passed away (Powers Boothe and Ralph Richeson) and one who was tied up with another TV series (Titus Welliver). Written by David Milch and directed by Daniel Minahan, the movie will supposedly pick up 10 years later with the residents reuniting to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Deadwood: The Movie arrives on HBO on May 31st; check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Us, Dragged Across Concrete, Triple Threat

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After two weeks at the top of the box office, Captain Marvel is finally taking heavy fire this weekend with Jordan Peele’s highly anticipated follow-up to Get Out hitting theatres. Us is currently on track for a $50 million debut but it would not be surprising at all if it went even higher. There are no other new movies in wide release but for some reason the 1999 thriller Cruel Intentions is getting a 20th anniversary re-release in over 700 theatres. Arriving simultaneously in select theatres and on VOD, we also have S. Craig Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn and the martial arts action flick Triple Threat starring Iko Uwais, Tony Jaa and Tiger Chen. What will you be watching this weekend?

Lucy in the Sky Trailer: Natalie Portman Loses It in Space

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After making a name for himself as the creator of TV shows like Fargo and Legion, Noah Hawley will make his feature directorial debut this year with a movie called Lucy in the Sky. The movie stars Natalie Portman as an astronaut who begins an affair with a fellow astronaut after returning to Earth and finding it difficult to readjust to her normal life. Based loosely on the true story of disgraced NASA specialist Lisa Nowak, it seems like a somewhat delicate subject but it does feature a supporting cast that includes Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, Nick Offerman, Tig Notaro and Ellen Burstyn. The release date for Lucy in the Sky is still TBA; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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John David Washington and Robert Pattinson to Lead Christopher Nolan’s Next Film

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It’s been about a year and a half since Christopher Nolan’s last film, the Oscar-nominated Dunkirk, hit theatres and since then he has remained mostly quiet, taking some time to present a new 70mm print of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Back in January, however, Warner Brothers set a July 17, 2020 release date for his next movie and now things are finally starting to gear up. In particular, we’ve got three big casting announcements this week but the big question on everyone’s mind is… what will the movie be about? Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Tune in to Film Junk’s Episode 700 Live Twitch Telethon This Sunday!

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It’s almost here! Film Junk Episode 700 is just a few days away and we’ve been working hard to make it a special event worthy of this milestone. In an attempt to raise money for some new gear, this will also be our long-awaited “700 Club” Telethon with plenty of special guests, giveaways, trivia, live video game streaming and more. We will be broadcasting the entire thing live on our Twitch channel on Sun. March 24th starting at 3 pm EST.

We are also putting the call out for junk mail questions and listener-submitted “Dialogue Bits” (short snippets of audio from movies for us to guess). You can send these ahead of time to filmjunk@gmail.com, although we will also take questions from the chat room live. And most importantly, if you’d like to help support the show, you can send in donations before, during or after the show by heading to filmjunk.com/donate. Thanks for listening and hope to see you guys on Sunday!

Stranger Things: Season 3 Trailer

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After the success of the first two seasons, it is pretty clear that Stranger Things has become one of Netflix’s most valuable original properties and they have responded this year by giving season 3 a summer blockbuster release date. The first trailer indicates that the new season will take place in the summer as well (the summer of 1985, to be exact). The kids are now teenagers doing teenager-y things and it serves a reminder that this will be a Harry Potter-type situation where we get to watch them all grow up on screen. As for what else is happening in Hawkins this season, well, it looks like there might be some even bigger beasties running around town (shocking, I know). Stranger Things: Season 3 arrives on Netflix on July 4th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Trailer

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After releasing a couple of questionable teaser posters earlier this week, Sony has finally released the first trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. And it looks great. Set in Los Angeles in 1969, the movie revolves around fictional TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), but several actors play real-life Hollywood personalities including Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Damian Lewis as Steve McQueen and Mike Moh as Bruce Lee. The Manson Family murders also figure in somehow although we don’t yet know to what extent (Damon Herriman plays Charles Manson). Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits theatres on July 26th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Toy Story 4 Full Trailer

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We’ve seen a couple of teaser trailers for Toy Story 4 introducing some new characters, but up until now we haven’t really had any idea what the upcoming Pixar sequel would be about. This week the first full trailer has finally arrived online and, well… it looks like a Toy Story movie. The plot revolves around a spork-turned-toy named Forky (voiced by Tony Hale) who has an existential crisis (shocking!) and leaves Bonnie and the other toys behind. Woody quickly sets off on a road trip adventure to save him. So far there doesn’t appear to be anything new and inspired here, although we do finally get to see Bo Peep make her triumphant return. Toy Story 4 hits theatres on June 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Marvel’s Shang-Chi Movie Gets a Director

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Although we won’t really know what Phase Four of the MCU looks like until after Avengers: Endgame, there are a handful of upcoming movies on the docket even if they don’t yet have official release dates. In addition to Spider-Man: Far From Home, we know there will be sequels for several other established characters including Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange. But there will be some new characters introduced as well including The Eternals and martial arts master Shang-Chi. It was announced back in September that Chloe Zhao would direct the former, and now the latter has a director as well. Hit the jump for more info.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Captain Marvel Continues to Soar

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Captain Marvel continued to dominate the box office in its second weekend, absorbing another $69.3 million domestically and $119.7 million overseas. The movie has already earned $760 million worldwide and should pass Guardians of the Galaxy this week to become the tenth highest grossing MCU film worldwide. Nothing else came close this weekend with the animated film Wonder Park debuting in second place with $16 million and YA romance Five Feet Apart exceeding expectations to open in third with $13.1 million. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World fell to fourth and A Madea Family Funeral rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, the Spanish comedy No Manches Frida 2 opened at #6 and scored a solid $3.89 million from just 472 theatres, while Rupert Wyatt’s Captive State tanked, earning just $3.1 million on over 2500.

1. Captain Marvel — $69.3M
2. Wonder Park — $16M
3. Five Feet Apart — $13.2M
4. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World — $9.3M
5. Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral — $8.1M
6. No Manches Frida 2 — $3.9M
7. Captive State — $3.2M
8. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part — $2.1M
9. Alita: Battle Angel — $1.9M
10. Green Book — $1.3M

Ball Junk Podcast Episode #35: Fighting with My Family

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BALL BREAKING NEWS: The Ball Junk Podcast has a special guest for the very first time! It’s Dax Gordine and he jumps on the show to talk about WWE Films’ latest venture, Fighting With My Family. We also talk about the longest and most violent game of soccer ever! Plus, NFL news, Frankie hates the NBA, an incredible edition of Sack Time and of course, Knuckles gets the Gas Pedal. Download, subscribe and listen on iTunes or check us out right here! It’s Episode 35 of the Ball Junk Podcast! Balls!

0:00:00 – Intro
0:07:00 – Movie Review: Fighting With My Family
0:36:25 – NBA/NFL Discussion
1:33:00 – Balls Around the World
1:17:45 – Sack Time
1:39:20 – Gas Pedal / Outro

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