Film Junk’s Jurassic Park Premium Now Free for a Limited Time

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With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hitting theatres this weekend, we thought it would be a good time to release our Jurassic Park premium podcast completely free of charge for those who haven’t had a chance to hear it yet. This was one of our very first premium podcasts and it was originally released back in 2011 (which is why it does not include Jurassic World, only the original JP trilogy). You can currently grab it for free on Bandcamp (just set a price of $0.00) or you can wait for it to arrive in your podcast feed automatically. Of course, if you’d still like to throw a little donation our way, that option is available as well. The Jurassic Park premium will be available free of charge for the next week so be sure to grab it while you can and don’t forget to tell your friends too. Enjoy!

Welcome to Marwen Trailer Starring Steve Carell

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Just as he did with his 2015 film The Walk, Robert Zemeckis is once again turning to an acclaimed documentary for inspiration for one of his visual effects-driven feature films. Jeff Malmberg’s 2010 documentary Marwencol tells the story of Mark Hogancamp, a man who suffered a brutal attack and now builds a 1/6-scale model town in his yard in order to help deal with the trauma and lost memory. Zemeckis has, of course, taken it a step further by now bringing those models to life with CG, pulling us further into Mark’s fantasy world with Steve Carell playing the lead role. Zemeckis never was one for subtlety and always seems more interested in the technical challenges rather than the emotional ones. That being said, I will admit to being a little curious about this adaptation. Welcome to Marwen hits theatres on Nov. 21st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Star Wars Standalone Movies Reportedly on Hold at Disney

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After one month in theatres, Solo: A Star Wars Story is now sitting at $343 million worldwide, a mere drop in the bucket compared to the total gross of the last three Star Wars movies, each of which made over $1 billion (Star Wars: The Force Awakens made over $2 billion). It was clear after the lacklustre opening weekend that Solo was in trouble, but if anything the situation has only become more dire. Disney and Lucasfilm now must face the fact that something just didn’t work and adjust their future plans appropriately. From what we are hearing, that adjustment may include taking a break from standalone Star Wars stories over the next little while. Hit the jump for more details.

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AMC Announces Subscription Service to Compete with MoviePass

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It’s no secret that AMC has essentially been at war with MoviePass from day one, threatening legal action and calling into question the sustainability of their movie ticket subscription service. Now AMC is finally striking back with a subscription service of their own, and although on the surface they may not be offering quite as much raw value, their program may end up being much more practical for the average moviegoer. The service is called AMC Stubs A-List, and it is an extension of their AMC Stubs Premiere loyalty program that includes many of the same benefits. The key features are as follows:

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Creed II Trailer Starring Michael B. Jordan

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At long last the first trailer for Creed II is here, the follow up to Ryan Coogler’s rock solid 2015 revitalization of the Rocky franchise. Coogler himself is not back in the director’s chair, but Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone reprise their roles as Adonis Johnson and Rocky Balboa respectively while Tessa Thompson is also back as Bianca. This time Adonis is retracing his father’s footsteps and faces the toughest fight of his life against Viktor Drago, the son of Ivan Drago, who killed Apollo Creed at the beginning of Rocky IV. We don’t get to see much of his opponent other than the Drago name in this trailer, but it certainly feels suitably dramatic. Directed by Steven Caple Jr. (The Land), Creed II hits theatres on Nov. 21st; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Several New Star Trek TV Shows in Development, Patrick Stewart May Return as Capt. Picard

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Last week it was announced that Star Trek Discovery showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts would not be returning for the show’s second season and that they would be replaced by series co-creator, executive producer and long-time J.J. Abrams collaborator Alex Kurtzman. Although Kurtzman’s work as a writer and director has been questionable at best (he most recently directed Universal’s 2017 reboot of The Mummy), in this case the shake-up wasn’t due to creative differences but rather due to allegations of abusive behaviour from the previous duo. Either way, it appears that Kurtzman is once again settling in for the long haul as he has signed a new deal with CBS and is developing even more Star Trek properties for the small screen including a possible Jean-Luc Picard series. Hit the jump for more info.

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Like Father Trailer Starring Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer

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Following up on their Hilarity for Charity special, Netflix is reteaming with Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren for an original comedy feature called Like Father. This is Lauren Miller Rogen’s directorial debut and it revolves around a woman (Kristen Bell) who gets stood up at the altar and ends up taking her Caribbean honeymoon cruise with her estranged father (Kelsey Grammer). Seth Rogen plays a supporting role but does not appear to have been involved creatively. Like Father arrives on Netflix on Aug. 3rd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind Trailer

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After Judd Apatow’s 4.5 hour deep dive into the psyche of the late Garry Shandling earlier this year, HBO is releasing another documentary about a legendary comedian this summer who had his own struggles with mental health. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind looks like a long overdue tribute to the beloved actor and comedian who took his own life back in 2014. It is directed by Marina Zenovich, who is best known for the Roman Polanski docs Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired and Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out but also previously explored the life and times of an iconic stand up comic with 2013’s Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic. The movie features narration from Williams himself and interviews with many of his close friends including Billy Crystal, Eric Idle, Whoopi Goldberg, David Letterman, and Steve Martin. Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind premieres on HBO on July 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #665: Incredibles 2

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0:00 – Intro
21:10 – Review: Incredibles 2
1:18:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: 47 Ronin, Pacific Rim, Unfriended, Condor, The Incident, Problem Child 2, Evil Genius, The Staircase, The Seven-Ups, Mikey and Nicky
2:01:55 – Outro

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Incredibles 2 Delivers Biggest Animated Opening Ever

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It was yet another gigantic win for Disney at the box office over the weekend as Brad Bird’s Incredibles 2 catapulted to a $180 million opening weekend, the eighth largest of all time and the best ever for an animated film. That’s obviously the biggest debut for a Pixar movie as well, smashing the $135 million record previously held by Finding Dory. In second place, Ocean’s 8 dropped 53% to take in another $19.5 million while the R-rated comedy Tag opened in third with a somewhat unremarkable $14.6 million. Solo and Deadpool 2 rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Superfly quietly opened in sixth with $6.3 million ($8.4 million over five days). For those keeping track, Disney now holds 9 of the top 10 biggest domestic opening weekends, but will that change again when Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives next weekend?

1. Incredibles 2 — $180M
2. Ocean’s 8 — $19.6M
3. Tag — $14.6M
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story — $9.1M
5. Deadpool 2 — $8.8M
6. Hereditary — $7M
7. Superfly — $6.3M
8. The Avengers: Infinity War — $5.3M
9. Adrift — $2.1M
10. Book Club — $1.9M

Ball Junk Podcast Episode #31: World Cup 2018

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As ‘Captain’ Lou Albano once said: “He’s the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th Wonder of the World!” It’s Andre the Giant and he’s the subject of a new HBO documentary. On Episode 30 of the Ball Junk Podcast, the Gasman and Frankie Knuckles sit down and give our review. What’s good? What’s bad? Who’s the real star, brother? We also dive deep into the NBA Playoffs and give our predictions on Round 1 and beyond. We briefly chat the NHL Playoffs, WrestleMania, answer your Sack Time questions and good ol’ Frankie gets the Gas Pedal. Download and subscribe to the Ball Junk Podcast on iTunes or listen right here! ‘Heeey Bossss!’. Balls!

0:00:00 – Intro
0:03:52 – NBA and NHL Finals Discussion
0:20:38 – World Cup Predictions
0:44:54 – Likely or Unlikely (LoU)
0:58:50 – Balls Around the World
1:10:00 – Gas Pedal / Outro

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Unfriended: Dark Web Trailer

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Unfriended was a surprise hit back in 2015, making an impressive $64 million on a tiny $1 million budget. So of course there is a sequel on the way and it is another found footage horror movie that takes place primarily over video chat, although it seems to have dropped any supernatural elements in place of something slightly more realistic. The plot revolves around a teenager who discovers a laptop that contains video evidence of human trafficking and other crimes. He decides to share the files with his friends online, but soon finds that the owner has been watching them all along. Directed by Stephen Susco, who wrote The Grudge remake and its sequel, it is also produced by both Jason Blum and Timur Bekmambetov. Unfriended: Dark Web hits theatres on July 20th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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