Star Wars Obi-Wan Spin-Off Confirmed and It May Have a Director Too


Although we’ve only seen one Star Wars anthology film released so far with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, there has been no shortage of possibilities for more spin-offs and standalone films set in the Star Wars universe. Ron Howard is currently putting the finishing touches on the Han Solo prequel and there are several other characters that have been rumoured to be getting similar treatment including Boba Fett, Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now this week we have confirmation that an Obi-Wan movie is close to moving forward and a well-known filmmaker may be close to signing on to direct. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Marvel’s The Punisher Teaser Trailer


With the release of The Defenders on Netflix today, Marvel and Netflix have also dropped the first teaser for their upcoming Daredevil spin-off series The Punisher. Jon Bernthal played the ruthless vigilante Frank Castle in the second season of Daredevil but now we will get to spend even more time getting to know him. Deborah Ann Woll will reprise her role as Karen Page while Ben Barnes (Westworld) will play Billy Russo aka Jigsaw. Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal, Narcos) is the showrunner. I have to admit I haven’t been keeping up with these shows but this one just might bring me back into the fold. The Punisher is expected to debut sometime in 2017; check out the first teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Logan Lucky, Patti Cake$


Two major releases hit theatres this weekend but in keeping with late summer tradition neither one is expected to put much of a dent in the box office. R-rated action comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard could challenge Annabelle: Creation for the top spot although even the star power of Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson might not be enough to give it a win. Steven Soderbergh’s heist comedy Logan Lucky also seems to be on track for a somewhat inauspicious debut despite a star-studded cast. In select theatres, we also have the Sundance hit Patti Cake$, indie dramedy Lemon, and Justin Chon’s L.A. Riots drama Gook. What will you be watching this weekend?

Tom Cruise Injured on Mission: Impossible 6 Set, Movie Not Expected To Be Delayed


It was being reported over the weekend that Tom Cruise had been injured while performing a stunt for the upcoming Mission: Impossible 6, but up until now there had been no official confirmation or update on the severity of the injury. TMZ posted a video of the mishap online where it appeared that Cruise had failed to make a jump between two buildings and then limped away with some assistance from the crew. Yesterday, Paramount finally issued a statement on the matter, explaining that he had broken his ankle and that production would go on hiatus while he heals. It is unclear how long the shutdown will last, but Variety speculated that it would be somewhere between “six weeks to three months.” The movie is still aiming to hit its intended release date of July 27th, 2018. Director Christopher McQuarrie further explained what the stunt was and how it went wrong:

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Beyond Skyline Trailer Starring Frank Grillo and Iko Uwais


We’ve been hearing about a possible sequel to the 2010 alien invasion movie Skyline for a few years now, but I think most of us had simply assumed this project died a long time ago. Believe it or not, it was actually shot back in 2015 and now this year it may finally see the light of day. Beyond Skyline is directed by Liam O’Donnell (who co-wrote the original) and it stars Frank Grillo as a police detective whose son is abducted by an alien warship. The Raid‘s Iko Uwais also co-stars and based on this new trailer, it looks like it might even be an improvement on the original. Beyond Skyline will premiere at Sitges this year in Spain but there is no word on a U.S. release as of yet. Check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer Trailer


After making his English-language debut with The Lobster, which earned rave reviews and eventually an Oscar nomination as well, Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos is reteaming with Colin Farrell for his next film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. This looks to be another uncomfortable and enigmatic film and it revolves around a surgeon whose friendship with a “bizarre” teenager threatens the safety of his family. The trailer certainly feels more explicitly ominous than some of Lanthimos’ previous films, but something tells me this is anything but a straightforward genre exercise. The Killing of a Sacred Deer co-stars Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan and Alicia Silverstone and hits theatres on Oct. 27th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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License to Drive Remake in the Works


If you grew up in the 1980s, you knew who Corey Haim and Corey Feldman were. As child stars they were larger than life and only became even bigger celebrities after starring in several films together (most notably The Lost Boys), forging a friendship off screen as well. In later years they had a falling out and ran into substance abuse problems, but fortunately they were able to patch things up prior to Haim’s death in 2010. There hasn’t really been a Hollywood friendship quite like it since, but now Fox is looking to recreate the magic with a new duo as they prepare to remake one of Haim and Feldman’s biggest hits. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Trailer


Noah Baumbach’s latest dysfunctional family dramedy is heading to Netflix in just a couple of months after premiering at Cannes earlier this year (where Netflix was apparently booed… ouch). The movie stars Ben Stiller, Adam Sandler and Elizabeth Marvel as three adult siblings who have struggled to deal with their hard-nosed father (played by Dustin Hoffman) all their lives. Baumbach has worked with Stiller multiple times before but it is interesting to see Sandler back in an art house film and the first trailer features him showing off his musical “chops”. Emma Thompson, Adam Driver, Candice Bergen, Judd Hirsch, Grace Van Patten and Rebecca Miller also co-star. The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) arrives on Netflix and in select theatres on Oct. 13th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Molly’s Game Trailer Starring Jessica Chastain: Aaron Sorkin Makes his Directorial Debut


He may have his detractors, but Aaron Sorkin is one of the most well-known and respected screenwriters currently working in Hollywood, having penned such films as The Social Network, Moneyball and A Few Good Men as well as shows like The West Wing and The Newsroom. Now he is stepping behind the camera for the first time with his directorial debut, Molly’s Game, a prestige project that seems to be positioned for maximum awards season visibility. The movie is based on the true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran Hollywood’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game before eventually running afoul of the FBI. Jessica Chastain will deliver the trademark rapid fire Sorkin dialogue along with Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Chris O’Dowd and Michael Cera. Molly’s Game hits theatres on Nov. 22nd; check out the first trailer after the jump.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #624: The Dark Tower


0:00 – Intro
18:15 – Review: The Dark Tower
44:50 – Headlines: First Photos of Josh Brolin as Cable, Disney to Launch Streaming Service in 2019, Disney Building Immersive Star Wars-Themed Hotel
1:23:20 – Other Stuff We Watched: Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, Dunkirk, Firestarter, Mystery Men, The Flintstones, Game of Thrones
1:59:10 – Junk Mail: Favourite Stephen King Adaptations, Star Wars No Longer Entertains Kids, Paying to Avoid Trailers and Commercials, Directors That Stay Relevant Across Multiple Eras, Sequels to Childhood Movies We Want to See
2:31:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:34:18 – Outro

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The Florida Project Trailer: The Latest Film from the Director of Tangerine


Although Sean Baker’s 2015 film Tangerine attracted plenty of attention for being shot on an iPhone, his next film finds him returning to 35mm and telling a slightly more sobering story about families living out of budget motels along Route 92 in Orlando. The Florida Project stars Willem Dafoe but it largely revolves around a six-year-old girl and her friends who must make their own fun despite being so close to Disneyworld. On the surface it resembles Andrea Arnold’s American Honey and the films of Harmony Korine but by focusing on kids it also seems more innocent (and potentially more heartbreaking). A24 acquired the film at Cannes earlier this summer and they will release it in select theatres on Oct. 6th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in Leonardo Da Vinci Biopic


Following up on his Oscar win for The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio has been taking some time away from acting while he carefully chooses his next project. A few possibilities surfaced earlier this year as potential follow-ups including the crime dramas Killers Of The Flower Moon and The Black Hand, but now this week there is a bigger prestige project developing that he seems to have more of a personal investment in. Paramount has reportedly won a major bidding war for a Leonardo Da Vinci biopic and DiCaprio is now attached to star. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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