Watch the Alien: Covenant Prologue Online Right Now

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So this is kind of a cool idea. Instead of releasing another new trailer for Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox have decided to give us a five-minute short film that acts as a lead-in to the movie. I guess it’s kind of like releasing the first five minutes of the movie ahead of time, but in this case it won’t actually be in the movie. Directed by Ridley Scott’s son Luke, the short is titled “Prologue: Last Supper” and it introduces us to the crew of the ship and their mission while also hinting that something sinister is in store. Alien: Covenant hits theatres on May 19th; check out the prologue after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk’s 2017 Oscar Pool and Annual Live Chat Details

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With all the preparations going on for episode 600, we almost forgot that the Academy Awards are happening this weekend. Although the Oscars are usually long, boring and mostly off base, it’s still a fun time to come together with movie fans and celebrate our love of cinema together. So to help enhance the experience, we’ll be holding our annual Oscar pool and live chat once again this year. Falsk has graciously offered to help set everything up and she has provided more details after the jump.

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J.J. Abrams and Stephen King Announce a Castle Rock TV Series

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With big screen versions of The Dark Tower, It and Gerald’s Game coming in 2017, it was already shaping up to be a great year for Stephen King fans. Now this month there is another, potentially even bigger announcement to get excited about: a TV series that brings together much of Stephen King’s work into one connected universe. Throughout his career a large number of his stories have been set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, and now that will serve as the basis for a Hulu original series to be produced by J.J. Abrams. Here’s an overview of how the project is being described:

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #600: John Wick: Chapter 2

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0:00 – Intro
14:15 – Review: John Wick: Chapter 2
55:25 – The Ultimate Film Junk Fan Trivia Showdown
2:18:15 – Film Junk Re-Review: 600 Movies in 60 Minutes
3:25:00 – Bonus Discussion: Twist Endings
3:56:30 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
3:59:00 – Outro

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Sam Raimi to Direct Bermuda Triangle Thriller

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It’s been almost four years now since Oz the Great and Powerful hit theatres and we still aren’t any closer to finding out what Sam Raimi’s next major project behind the camera will be. Over the past few years he directed two episodes of the short-lived TV series Rake and the pilot for Ash vs. Evil Dead, plus a short film called The Black Ghiandola for the Make a Film Foundation. He has attached himself to numerous upcoming movies including a remake of A Prophet, a futuristic action movie called World War 3 and a heist movie set during a tornado. Now this week he has boarded another intriguing genre movie, but will it end up being his next film? Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Shazam Movie Gets a Director, Matt Reeves Exits Talks for The Batman

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There has been a flurry of news recently surrounding the various DC Universe movies scheduled for release in 2018 including Aquaman, The Flash, The Batman and Gotham City Sirens, but there is one other DC project that has remained fairly quiet despite rumours that it might also be coming next year. We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a Shazam movie for quite a while now with Dwayne Johnson attached to star as the villain / anti-hero Black Adam. Just last month it was being reported that Shazam would actually be split into two movies and now this week that first movie is inching closer to reality with a director finally circling the project. Unfortunately, it comes at the same time that The Batman has reportedly lost its new director through the process of negotiation. Hit the jump for more details.

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Tuesday Morning Box Office Report: Lego Batman Repeats, A Cure for Wellness Withers Away

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It was a fairly slow weekend at the box office, allowing The Lego Batman Movie to swoop in and easily dominate the competition in its second week. The animated movie earned another $34 million, bringing its worldwide total to $179 million. Fifty Shades Darker also remained in second place although it dropped a not insignificant 55% from its opening weekend, pulling in $20.9 million. The Great Wall had the strongest showing of the new releases, debuting in third place with $18.1 million and outperforming expectations despite poor reviews. John Wick: Chapter 2 dropped to fourth while Fist Fight rounded out the top 5 with a $12 million start. Sadly, audiences just didn’t know what to make of Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness, leaving it to bomb in tenth place with just $4.2 million.

1. The Lego Batman Movie — $34M
2. Fifty Shades Darker — $20.9M
3. The Great Wall — $18.1M
4. John Wick: Chapter Two — $16.5M
5. Fist Fight — $12M
6. Hidden Figures — $7.25M
7. Split — $7M
8. A Dog’s Purpose — $5.7M
9. La La Land — $4.5M
10. A Cure for Wellness — $4.2M

Terrence Malick’s Song to Song Trailer

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With less than a month to go before the world premiere of Terrence Malick’s latest film Song to Song at SXSW, Broad Green Pictures has released the first official trailer. The movie stars Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman and is described as a “modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene.” For the most part, it looks like this will continue further down the plotless, expressionistic path of recent Malick films like To the Wonder and Knight of Cups, although it incorporates some live musical performances and cameos from real musicians as well. Either way, if you’re not already a fan of Malick you may want to steer clear, but if you think his films are pure cinema, you have reason to be excited. Song to Song hits select theatres on March 17th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Void Trailer: An ’80s Horror Throwback from Astron-6

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There have been plenty of horror directors paying tribute to John Carpenter over the past few years and attempting to recreate the overall vibe of ’80s horror in general, but now the demented minds from the Canadian filmmaking collective known as Astron-6 are getting into the act with their latest film The Void. These are the same folks who brought us such gleeful low budget genre exercises as Manborg, Father’s Day and The Editor, although this one seems to be a little more serious in tone than their previous work. Based on the first trailer, you can also see that there are some pretty impressive and disturbing practical effects in the vein of The Thing on display here as well. The movie premiered at Fantastic Fest last year where it received strong reviews and soon the rest of us will get to see it as well. The Void hits select theatres on April 7th before hitting VOD on April 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Great Wall, Fist Fight, A Cure for Wellness

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Three major releases hit theatres this holiday weekend where they will struggle to catch returning champs The Lego Batman Movie and Fifty Shades Darker. Zhang Yimou’s fantasy action flick The Great Wall starring Matt Damon finally arrives in North America after doing decent business in China, along with Gore Verbinski’s psychological horror flick A Cure for Wellness and the R-rated comedy Fist Fight starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day. In select theatres we also have the horror anthology film XX (which is also on VOD), the indie romantic comedy Everybody Loves Somebody, and So Yong Kim’s Lovesong starring Jena Malon and Riley Keough. What will you be watching this weekend?

The House Trailer Starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler

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Aside from Baywatch, this year’s upcoming summer line-up has been severely lacking in major comedies so far, but the good news is that we’re finally starting to see a few more come out of the woodwork. Amazon and Lionsgate just announced that they will release the Kumail Nanjiani / Zoe Kasan film The Big Sick this summer and now today Warner Brothers has released the first trailer for The House starring Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler. Written and directed by Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien (who previously wrote Neighbors and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates), the story revolves around two parents who decide to open an underground casino in their house in order to pay for their daughter’s college tuition. As you can probably guess, things get CRAZY. The House co-stars Jason Mantzoukas, Allison Tolman, Rob Huebel and Andrea Savage and it hits theatres on June 30th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Joe Carnahan to Direct The Raid Remake

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Before The Raid: Redemption even hit theatres in North America, Sony had already begun developing a U.S. remake of the heavily hyped Indonesian action film. At the time, it seemed unlikely that a Hollywood version could come close to the level of insanity on display in the original, but Screen Gems eventually hired Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) to direct and Taylor Kitsch and Frank Grillo to star. A year later, both Hughes and Kitsch dropped out, leaving the project in limbo. Now this week we are hearing that the remake isn’t dead, however, after XYZ Films made a surprise announcement via Twitter: Joe Carnahan (The Grey, The A-Team) has come on board to direct. Carnahan himself also had this to say about the project:

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