2019 Oscar Nominations Announced


The nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were unveiled this morning in what is shaping up to be a relatively unpredictable year. Both Peter Farrelly’s Green Book (which just won top prize at the Producers Guild Awards) and A Star is Born (the other heavy Oscar favourite) were overshadowed by both Roma and The Favourite which earned 10 nominations each. Black Panther is also making waves after receiving seven nominations including Best Picture, the first comic book movie to do so (even with Michael B. Jordan missing out on Best Supporting Actor). Adam McKay’s Vice also had a strong showing with eight nominations of its own. Perhaps the biggest surprise was Pawel Pawlikowski earning a directing nomination for Cold War, a movie that isn’t even up for Best Picture. What do you think of this year’s Oscar nominees? Check out the full list after the jump.

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Tuesday Morning Box Office Report: Glass is a Hit on Par with Split


M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass easily topped the box office over the weekend with a $40.5 million debut, making it the fourth highest January opening of all time. That is just slightly more than Split made over the same weekend back in 2017, but it’s a little below expectations considering that it was supposed to build on that film and bring in Unbreakable fans as well. Glass also cost $10 million more to make than Split, but overall I don’t think Universal is complaining. Elsewhere The Upside and Aquaman fell to #2 and #3 respectively, but there was another big surprise in fourth place as Dragon Ball Super: Broly took in $9.8 million from special event screenings at over 1200 locations. Clearly there is a rabid fanbase here that was previously untapped. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse rounded out the top 5 and has now made $325 million worldwide.

1. Glass — $40.5M
2. The Upside — $15.0M
3. Aquaman — $10.2M
4. Dragon Ball Super: Broly — $9.8M
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse — $7.6M
6. A Dog’s Way Home — $7.2M
7. Escape Room — $5.6M
8. Mary Poppins Returns — $5.3M
9. Bumblebee — $4.8M
10. On the Basis of Sex — $3.9M

Sofia Coppola to Reteam with Bill Murray for On the Rocks


While everyone continues to wonder and speculate about whether Bill Murray could be convinced to return for another Ghostbusters movie, we can confirm in the meantime that he will be reteaming another well-known collaborator in the near future. Murray has reportedly signed on to star in Sofia Coppola’s next film On the Rocks alongside Rashida Jones. This is the first project in the recently announced partnership between Apple and A24 Films and Murray’s third project with Coppola. Hit the jump for more info.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Glass, Dragon Ball Super: Broly, An Acceptable Loss


The first highly anticipated release of the year hits theatres this weekend as M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass arrives, concluding an unlikely trilogy that began with Unbreakable and Split. The movie is on track to be one of the biggest January debuts ever, although mixed reviews could potentially hold it back (especially if audiences end up agreeing with critics on this one). The only other sort of major release is the animated film Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which opened on over 1000 screens on Wednesday night but is continuing to play in a smaller number of theatres throughout the weekend. In limited release, we also have Paraguayan drama The Heiresses, Joe Chappelle’s thriller An Acceptable Loss and Adult Life Skills starring Jodie Whittaker. What will you be watching this weekend?

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Trailer


After the success of the first two John Wick films, it should come as no surprise that Keanu Reeves is back for a third installment this year — especially if you’ve seen the cliffhanger ending of the last film. Chapter 3 picks up where the last chapter left off with John on the run in New York City having been ex-communicated from the secret society of assassins who operate out of The Continental. This time around he seeks help from Halle Berry and apparently rides horseback, in addition to getting in the usual gun fights and breaking a lot of glass. Directed once again by Chad Stahelski, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum hits theatres on May 17th; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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High Flying Bird Trailer: Steven Soderbergh’s Basketball Drama for Netflix


We already knew that Steven Soderbergh was working on a movie about the Panama Papers for Netflix that will likely be released later in the year, but this week they have dropped a trailer for a second Soderbergh project that will arrive next month. High Flying Bird stars André Holland as a sports agent who, upon finding his livelihood threatened by an NBA lockout, decides to take on a risky business proposition in order to put the sport back in the hands of the players. Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), this is a sports drama that looks to take place mostly off the court, delving more into the business side of things and the power structures of professional sports. High Flying Bird co-stars Zazie Beetz, Zachary Quinto, Kyle MacLachlan and Bill Duke and it arrives on Netflix on Feb. 8th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Ghostbusters 3 Teaser Trailer


Following up on yesterday’s announcement that Jason Reitman is directing a brand new Ghostbusters sequel, there is now also short teaser trailer to go with it. Obviously there are no actual Ghostbusters to see since the cast is still unannounced, but it gives us just a hint of where the story might pick up again. It does, however, rely pretty heavily on Elmer Bernstein’s score for the original film to evoke some nostalgic goosebumps. The untitled Ghostbusters sequel is expected to hit theatres in summer 2020; check out the teaser after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #692: Vice


0:00 – Intro: The Veto System
23:55 – Review: Vice
50:10 – Headlines: Jason Reitman to Direct New Ghostbusters Sequel
59:55 – Top 5: Most Anticipated Movies of 2019
1:17:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: Coming to America, A Star is Born, Pop Fun to Play, American Animals, Blindspotting, Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable, They Shall Not Grow Old, Overnight, Private Life, The Tale, Paddington 2, Dial Code Santa Claus
1:54:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:56:50 – Outro

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Jason Reitman to Direct a New Ghostbusters Sequel


After the box office disappointment of Paul Feig’s 2016 Ghostbusters reboot, it was unclear what the future might hold for Ghostbusters fans. At the time, Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd had been very ambitious and formed a production company called Ghost Corps to oversee a whole universe of Ghostbusters movies, but their other projects (which included an all-male reboot and an animated series called Ghostbusters: Ecto Force) were put on hold. Last we heard, a Ghostbusters animated feature was still in development, but now this week they have gone and dropped a pretty major bombshell: Jason Reitman will take on the mantle from his father and direct a brand new sequel set in the original Ghostbusters universe. Reitman had this to say about the announcement:

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Film Junk’s Best of 2018 Lists


Just to put the finishing touches on our 2018 year in review, we’ve gone ahead and collected all of our top 10 lists and honourable mentions in one handy place. If you want to hear the full discussion of these lists, however, you’ll have to listen to our year end podcast. As a bonus, we have also added some year end lists from both Nuno and Scott, so be sure to give it a look. What were your favourite movies of 2018?

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Dan Trachtenberg to Direct Uncharted Movie


There are few movie projects currently in development that have been through as many directors and writers as Sony’s Uncharted adaptation. Based on the popular video game series developed by Naughty Dog, we’ve been hearing about this project for over a decade now with names like David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Joe Carnahan and Shawn Levy all attached at one point or another. Most recently, we had heard that the movie would be a prequel to the games with Tom Holland signing on to star as a young Nathan Drake. Now this week director Dan Trachtenberg has climbed aboard the project as well. Hit the jump for more info.

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Christopher McQuarrie Signs On for Two More Mission: Impossible Sequels


Before Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol came out in back in 2011, there was a lot of talk that it could be Tom Cruise’s final mission and that Jeremy Renner was potentially being groomed to take over the series. Eight years later, however, there have been two more sequels starring Tom Cruise with the most recent, M:I – Fallout, being the most successful of the bunch ($791 million worldwide). Clearly Cruise and his stunt shows are a huge box office draw and now Paramount is putting plans in motion for at least two more installments. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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