Film Junk Podcast Episode #612: Alien: Covenant

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0:00 – Intro: Reed’s Primal Scream / Jay’s Unboxing
35:00 – Review: Alien: Covenant
1:22:33 – Headlines: Star Trek: Discovery Trailer
1:35:25 – Other Stuff We Watched: Alias, LA 92, Moontrap, The Strain, Our Man in Havana, Master of None: Season 2, Psycho (1960), Psycho (1998)
2:12:24 – Junk Mail: Man Sues Date for Texting During Movie, Sean’s Current Stance on Prometheus, Favourite Dream Sequences, Directors Who Go from Auteur to Jobber, Bootleg DVDs and Blu-rays, Removing Security Strips from Blu-rays
2:52:10 – Reed’s New Segment
2:57:56 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:59:45 – Outro
3:05:00 – Spoiler Discussion: Alien: Covenant

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Alien: Covenant Barely Beats Guardians Vol. 2

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Well it wasn’t exactly the hit that Fox was hoping for, but Alien: Covenant did top the box office over the weekend, just narrowly knocking Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 out of first place with $36 million. That’s $15 million less than what Prometheus made back in 2012 without directly using the Alien name, although Alien: Covenant also cost $30 million less to make. While clearly a disappointment, it’s still too early to tell if this will have any impact on Ridley Scott’s plans for several more Alien sequels. In second place, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 earned another $35.1 million and crossed $300 million domestic while Everything, Everything debuted in third with $12 million. Snatched fell to fourth and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul opened in fifth with $7.2 million. Next weekend things are going to get a lot more crowded with Pirates of the Caribbean and Baywatch entering the picture.

1. Alien: Covenant — $36M
2. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — $35.1M
3. Everything, Everything — $12M
4. Snatched — $7.6M
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul — $7.2M
6. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword — $6.9M
7. The Fate of the Furious — $3.2M
8. The Boss Baby — $2.8M
9. Beauty and the Beast — $2.4M
10. How to Be a Latin Lover — $2.2M

Tom Hardy to Lead Venom Movie, Ruben Fleischer Will Direct

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We’ve been hearing for a while now that Sony has been planning to follow up Spider-Man: Homecoming with a standalone Venom movie, expanding the Spider-Man universe beyond simply Spidey himself. A couple of months ago, they set an official release date of October 5th, 2018 for the project, but they still did not yet have a director or a star. Around that time there were some rumours floating around that Dredd producer Adi Shankar was under consideration to direct, partially because he helped put together an unofficial short film involving Venom a few years back. But of course, without any real directing experience under his belt that was unlikely to happen and now this week Sony has announced that Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) will direct with Tom Hardy on board to star. They made the announcement earlier today via Twitter:

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The Mummy Trailer #3

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In a summer full of questionable sequels and unknown newcomers, one of the biggest question marks of all is Universal’s upcoming reboot of The Mummy. Tom Cruise has struggled with his image in recent years but remains one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, while The Mummy is a well-known and iconic horror villain that is in dire need of reinvention. Can writer-producer Alex Kurtzman pull that off while also kickstarting a brand new cinematic universe? It’s still anyone’s guess. The latest trailer showcases some giant action sequences and plenty shots of Tom Cruise running, but it seems like that may come at the cost of the franchise’s horror roots. The Mummy co-stars Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe and Jake Johnson and it hits theatres on June 9th. Check out the latest trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Alien: Covenant, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Everything, Everything

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Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant arrives in theatres this weekend, looking to improve on the box office performance of 2012’s Prometheus and take down Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in the process. With a title that ties it to the Alien franchise and a promised return to more straightforward scares, that should be within reach… especially considering the lack of direct competition. The only other new releases hitting theatres this weekend are Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and the YA romantic drama Everything, Everything. In select theatres, we also have Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune, Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston, and the Steve James documentary Abacus: Small Enough to Jail. What will you be watching this weekend?

Netflix Announces The Dark Crystal Prequel Series

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By now it’s becoming clear that not only is Netflix banking heavily on nostalgia, but they are positioning themselves as the saviour for just about every long lost project that failed to become a reality somewhere else. For many years, there has been talk about a sequel to Jim Henson’s cult classic 1982 live-action animatronic fantasy film The Dark Crystal. Back in the mid-2000s, Genndy Tartakovsky was attached to direct a movie called Power of the Dark Crystal and later The Spierig Brothers (Daybreakers) came on board as well. Ultimately, the project never panned out. Now this week Netflix has announced a brand new TV series that will serve as a prequel to The Dark Crystal. Hit the jump for more info.

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Bong Joon-ho’s Okja Trailer

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Although Netflix’s original movies have arguably struggled to live up to the quality of their TV shows, this summer they are launching some of their biggest movies to date and offering up some decent counter programming to the blockbuster season. Among them is Okja, the latest film from Korean director Bong Joon-Ho, an adventure film about a group of activists trying to free a genetically engineered creature from the corporation that created it. With a cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins and Giancarlo Esposito, this has enough star power to attract some attention although it also looks a little too strange and offbeat to be a huge hit. Then again, I wouldn’t expect anything less from the man who brought us The Host and Snowpiercer. Okja arrives on Netflix on June 28th; check out the full trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Star Trek: Discovery Trailer

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After a rocky start that led to several delays and the departure of showrunner Bryan Fuller, things now appear to be back on track for the premiere of CBS’ new Star Trek TV series, Star Trek: Discovery. CBS debuted the first full trailer during their upfront presentation this week, showcasing a cast that includes Michelle Yeoh, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones and Rainn Wilson. The show is a prequel that takes place one decade prior to the original series and the first season revolves around “an event in Star Trek history that’s been talked about but never been explored.” Star Trek: Discovery will premiere sometime this fall on CBS before going exclusively to their subscription-based streaming video service CBS All Access (it will air on Space in Canada and Netflix in several other territories). Check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Patti Cake$ Trailer: The Sundance Hip Hop Sensation

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Aside from The Big Sick, one of the other major acquisitions at Sundance this year was Patti Cake$, the story of a female rapper who chases her dream of escaping her hard knock life in New Jersey. Fox Searchlight picked up the movie for $10.5 million after a massive bidding war and now they are bringing it to theatres just in time to close out the summer. The movie marks the directorial debut of music video director Geremy Jasper, who was also nominated for a Golden Camera (Best First Feature Film) at Cannes. Could this be the next Hustle & Flow? Patti Cake$ hits select theatres on Aug. 18th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Michael Moore Announces New Donald Trump Documentary Fahrenheit 11/9

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Prior to last year’s U.S. election, Michael Moore unveiled an “October surprise” aimed at taking down Donald Trump in the form of a new movie called Michael Moore in Trumpland. Unlike his previous documentaries, this was simply a recording of a one-man show that he had performed on stage in Wilmington, Ohio and it failed to make much of an impact, although he also fell ill and was unable to support it with a promotional tour. Now that Trump is the President of the United States, however, Moore has refused to give up the fight. This week he has revealed another secret Trump documentary in the works called Fahrenheit 11/9 and he will be reteaming with Bob and Harvey Weinstein to bring it to theatres. Here’s what they had to say about it:

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Robert Zemeckis is the Current Frontrunner to Direct The Flash

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Update: EW is reporting that Sam Raimi passed on the job and that Marc Webb was under consideration but also passed.

Although DC’s The Flash was originally scheduled to hit theatres next year, the loss of not one but two directors in the course of a year put the project in a bad spot and forced Warner Brothers to put it on hold. Earlier this year it was reported that Joby Harold (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword) had been hired to do a page one rewrite of the script before they really started to look for a new director. Now this week it appears that the studio is almost ready to move forward again and they have narrowed their list of potential directors down to three. What’s surprising, however, is that they are looking to trade up as all three candidates including the current frontrunner are pretty established A-list filmmakers. Hit the jump for more details.

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Arrested Development Season 5 Officially Announced

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When Netflix revived Arrested Development for a fourth season back in 2013, it was pretty huge news and one of the things that really put them on the map as an original content provider. The fourth season ended up getting mixed reviews, but many fans remained hopeful that it would not be the end for the Bluth family. Late last week Jason Bateman announced via Twitter that he had signed on for more Arrested Development, indicating that a new season was imminent. Now this week we have an official announcement from Netflix and it looks like the entire primary cast is back. Series creator Mitch Hurwitz had this to say:

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