After years of rumours about a potential Lethal Weapon sequel or reboot on the big screen, last year Warner Brothers decided the time was right to bring it to TV instead. Fox already agreed to a put pilot commitment for the show, which is being produced by Matt Miller (Chuck, Forever), but now this week they have announced the first official cast member which also formalizes the pilot pick up. In a weird bit of Shane Black-related synchronicity, Damon Wayans Sr. will be taking on the role of Roger Murtaugh, the frequently exasperated LAPD detective previously played by Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon movies. (Wayans previously starred in the Shane Black-scripted action film The Last Boy Scout.) Hit the jump for more details.
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Now that Transformers has proven itself to be a billion dollar movie franchise, Paramount has been eager to expand on it by using the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a template. Last year they hired a team of writers to come up with a plan for more sequels and spin-offs and now we are seeing them take the first steps toward executing that plan. This week they have announced release dates for three new Transformers movies with the first arriving next year. The big news, however, is that one of those movies will not be a part of the regular continuity; instead, it will apparently be a spin-off focusing on fan favourite Autobot Bumblebee. Hit the jump for more details.
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Between Arrested Development and Bojack Horseman, Will Arnett already has a significant presence among Netflix’s original programming, but next month they will debut a new series called Flaked that he is co-producing, co-writing and starring in. The show re-unites him with Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz and The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret writer Mark Chappell and it seems to be more of a dramedy with a slightly melancholy tone. Arnett plays a furniture maker named Chip who lives in Venice, California and is struggling to overcome a checkered past. There isn’t much more of a hook here, but in some ways that’s kind of refreshing. Ruth Kearney, David Sullivan, Heather Graham, George Basil, Kirstie Alley and Christopher Mintz-Plasse also co-star. Flaked premieres on Netflix on March 11th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and love is in the air with plenty of couples expected to grab some Chimichangas and head out to see Deadpool this weekend. So many, in fact, that Deadpool could potentially break Fifty Shades of Grey‘s February opening weekend record, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Also hitting theatres this weekend is Ben Stiller’s Zoolander 2 (which is sadly, getting trounced by critics) and the anti-relationship rom-com How to Be Single. In select theatres, we also have Michael Moore’s latest documentary Where to Invade Next, along with the Oscar-nominated Danish film A War from the director of A Hijacking. What will you be watching this weekend?
I think we can all agree that A24 has been releasing some of the most interesting indie films as of late and here’s another one to look forward to this year. Directed by Drake Doremus (Like Crazy) and produced by Ridley Scott, Equals is a sci-fi film set in a utopian society where crime has been eliminated through the genetic suppression of human emotion. However, there are rumours of a disease that is causing emotions to resurface and both Nia (Kristen Stewart) and Silas (Nicholas Hoult) suspect that they might have it, forcing them to go on the run. Yes it sounds a lot like Brave New World, Gattaca and even Michael Bay’s The Island, but the teaser trailer is light on specifics, preferring instead to set a mood with the help of The Chromatics. Equals hits theatres sometime in 2016; check out the teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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He’s no Liam Neeson, but at the age of 61, Kevin Costner hasn’t totally shied away from action movies in recent years either. A couple of years ago he starred in McG’s 3 Days to Kill and now this year he will headline another action-thriller called Criminal with a slight sci-fi twist. Costner plays a dangerous convict on death row who is implanted with the memories of a dead CIA agent in the hopes of getting him to complete his mission for him. Of course, things get complicated from there and the trailer ends up feeling a bit similar to Self/less (Ryan Reyolds also happens to co-star in this movie). Directed by Ariel Vromen (The Iceman), the movie does have a pretty packed supporting cast that also includes Tommy Lee Jones, Gal Gadot, Alice Eve, Gary Oldman, Michael Pitt and Scott Adkins. Criminal hits theatres on April 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Last week we asked Film Junk readers to vote for the best George Clooney movie and the answer came back loud and clear: The Coen Brothers’ O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Obviously there were several other movies before this that made him a star, but this was one of the first where he truly came into his own and showed off his comedic abilities. In second place, the Robert Rodriguez / Quentin Tarantino vampire flick From Dusk Till Dawn just barely edged out Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. After this, there was a three-way tie for fourth place between Michael Clayton, Three Kings and Up in the Air. Way down at the bottom of the list, we had another Coen Brothers film (Intolerable Cruelty) along with a couple of movies that Clooney directed himself and Disney’s sci-fi flop Tomorrowland. Do you agree with these results?
1. O Brother, Where Art Thou? — 19%
2. From Dusk Till Dawn — 10%
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox — 10%
4. Michael Clayton — 7%
4. Up in the Air — 7%
4. Three Kings — 7%
7. Ocean’s Eleven — 6%
8. Out of Sight — 6%
9. Gravity — 4%
9. The Descendants — 4%
11. Burn After Reading — 4%
12. Batman and Robin — 4%
13. The American — 3%
13. Return of the Killer Tomatoes — 3%
15. Good Night and Good Luck — 2%
15. Syriana — 2%
17. Solaris — 1%
18. The Perfect Storm — 1%
18. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind — 1%
18. The Men Who Stare at Goats — 1%
21. Intolerable Cruelty — 0%
21. Leatherheads — 0%
21. Tomorrowland — 0%
21. The Ides of March — 0%
With the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice now just over a month away, Zack Snyder and Warner Brothers are making one last attempt to win us over and convince us that this won’t be a disaster. As it turns out, the final trailer for the film may actually be the best one we’ve seen to date, although I do wonder if it is too little too late. It opens with some solo Batman action before building to the conflict between him and Superman. There’s nothing earth-shattering here, but at least it feels a bit more cohesive and all of the supporting characters seem to have a place without it feeling overcrowded. What do you think, will BvS: DoJ deliver the goods after all? Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theatres on March 25th; check out the trailer after the jump and give us your thoughts in the comments below.
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You’ve probably been hearing about Ilya Naishuller’s Hardcore for a while now, and if you were at TIFF in September (where it won the Midnight Madness award), you may have already had a chance to see it. This is a high-octane action movie shot entirely from a first-person perspective with Sharlto Copley playing a very fun supporting role. It looks as though the movie is finally about to find its way to the general public, although for some reason they have opted for a lame last-minute name change. The movie is now called Hardcore Henry and they’ve got a brand new trailer that follows Suicide Squad‘s lead by setting the mayhem to another killer Queen song. Make no mistake, this is not a movie for everyone, but the fact that it will be playing at your local multiplex soon is kind of a trip in and of itself. Hardcore Henry hits theatres on April 8th; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.
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The casting process for Ridley Scott’s upcoming Prometheus sequel Alien: Covenant appears to be taking some strange and unexpected twists. Back in December it was announced that Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) had landed the lead role in the film and then last month Scott confirmed to The Daily Mail that Noomi Rapace would not be returning as Elizabeth Shaw. Now this week we have some even more surprising casting news as Kenny Powers himself, Danny McBride, is reportedly about the join the film. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
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Between Chronicle, American Ultra and Victor Frankenstein, screenwriter Max Landis has a pretty inconsistent track record thus far, but he continues to have a knack for high concept movies. His next film, Mr. Right, also falls into that category as it revolves around a heartbroken girl (Anna Kendrick) who falls for the perfect guy, only to find out that he is actually a hitman. That’s not all, however; the hitman also has a twisted moral code, taking it upon himself to kill the very people who hired him to make the hit. It all adds up to something that feels a bit like a mid-’90s Tarantino clone, although it also co-stars Tim Roth so perhaps they’re aware of that fact. Mr. Right is directed by Paco Cabezas (Rage) and hits select theatres and VOD on April 8th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.
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Last week Universal Pictures officially announced that Fast & Furious 9 and 10 will be released on April 19th, 2019 and April 2nd, 2021 respectively. Together with the upcoming Fast 8, they will form one final trilogy revolving around Vin Diesel and most of the other regular cast members. Up until now there hasn’t been much information about the plot of these upcoming films aside from the fact that they might bring the series back to its street racing roots, but we have been hearing rumours about a potential role for a strong female character, possibly a villain. Now this week it looks as though the producers have zeroed in on Mad Max: Fury Road star Charlize Theron as their top choice and early discussions are said to be underway. Read on for the full scoop.
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