Cobra Kai Teaser: YouTube Resurrects The Karate Kid


Although a follow-up to the 2010 Karate Kid reboot starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan is now seeming pretty unlikely, you may be surprised to hear that the original 1984 film is about to get another sequel of its own. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are back reprising their roles as Daniel and Johnny for a YouTube Red series called Cobra Kai that picks up over three decades later. Written by Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar), there was speculation that this might be more of a comedy but the first teaser seems to be taking itself pretty seriously. Who would have guessed that after all this time, Daniel and Johnny are still holding a grudge? Cobra Kai arrives on YouTube Red later this year; check out the first teaser trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Black Panther, Early Man, Samson


After several weeks of mostly subpar releases, Marvel’s Black Panther is ready to tear up the box office over the President’s Day weekend. The movie is likely to top Deadpool‘s February opening weekend record and could very well end up being one of Marvel’s biggest openings to date. The weekend’s other two major releases are sure to get left in the dust with Aardman’s latest film Early Man hoping to bounce back from the disappointing performance of Shaun the Sheep and the Biblical epic Samson trying to pull in more devout viewers. In select theatres, we also have the Oscar-nominated Russian film Loveless, the Alex Ross Perry-scripted drama Nostalgia, Korean blockbuster Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead and Chinese buddy cop sequel Detective Chinatown 2. What will you be watching this weekend?

Ready Player One Final Trailer


With the movie just over a month away, here is the the third and final trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi movie Ready Player One, based on the best-selling book by Ernest Cline. It’s one last chance to win us over and although I was really hoping to be wowed by this, sadly the visuals still look half-baked and the performances seem awkward. The story is also not being communicated very well, downplaying the treasure hunt / adventure elements in favour of a dull uprising against an evil corporation. But I suppose the only thing that really matters is the number of easter eggs and pop culture references they can pack in… right? Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg and Lena Waithe and it hits theatres on March 29th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Incredibles 2 Sneak Peek Trailer


Up until now, The Incredibles 2 was one of the few 2018 summer blockbusters that had yet to receive a proper trailer. Rather than releasing something during the Super Bowl, however, Disney and Pixar apparently decided to wait for the Winter Olympics to kickstart their marketing campaign. Last night they debuted the first full trailer during NBC’s Olympic coverage and it confirms (among other things) that the sequel picks up right where the last movie left off 14 years ago. From there, the plot seems to flip the script from the original with Elastigirl being the one recruited to do some “off the books” superhero work and Mr. Incredible getting himself into a Mr. Mom situation with the kids. It all seems a bit obvious and yet entirely appropriate. The Incredibles 2 is directed by Brad Bird and it hits theatres on June 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Uncle Drew Trailer Starring Kyrie Irving and Shaquille O’Neal


Fresh off the recent news that Apple is developing a basketball TV series with Kevin Durant and LeBron is producing a House Party reboot, here is the first trailer for Uncle Drew, a movie based on a series of Pepsi ads featuring a ton of NBA stars. Kyrie Irving plays the titular character, a legendary NBA old-timer who is persuaded to recruit all of his former teammates in order to enter the Rucker Classic streetball tournament. Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, Chris Webber and Lisa Leslie all make up the team of so-called septuagenarians while Lil Rel Howery and Nick Kroll also co-star. Hilarity ensues. Uncle Drew is directed by Charles Stone III (Mr. 3000, Drumline) and written by Jay Longino (Skiptrace) and it hits theatres on June 29th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Call of Duty Movie Gets Sicario 2 Director


Hollywood still hasn’t quite figured out how to successfully adapt a video game for the big screen, but that sure isn’t stopping them from trying again and again. We’ve got Tomb Raider and Rampage movies coming within the next couple of months, plus we’ve had several other fairly recent announcements including an animated Super Mario Brothers movie, Duke Nukem adaptation and Five Nights at Freddy’s. Now here is another one to add to the list: Activision Blizzard is finally moving forward with a live-action movie based on one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. That’s right, a Call of Duty movie seems inevitable but now they’ve actually got a director on board as well. Hit the jump for more info.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #647: The Square


0:00 – Intro
8:25 – Review: The Square
41:00 – Headlines: RIP Johann Johannsson, Venom Trailer, Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Play The Joker, Peter Rabbit Controversy
1:06:40 – Other Stuff We Watched: Wormwood, The Ritual, Mom and Dad, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman
1:40:00 – Junk Mail: Embers of Mirrim on Switch + Current State of Podcasting, Sean Flow Chart + Best Looking Comedies + Worst Wigs, Movies That Show Cum, Movies That End with a Bang
2:11:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:13:00 – Outro

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Rampage Trailer #2


With Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle closing in on $900 million worldwide, it’s starting to feel like Dwayne Johnson can turn just about anything into a box office hit (Baywatch notwithstanding). Still, he’s got his work cut out for him if he wants to spin gold from this upcoming adaptation of the ’80s arcade game Rampage. The movie is directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas) and it finds Dwayne Johnson playing a primatologist who befriends an intelligent silverback gorilla. But when his buddy George gets mutated into a giant monster along with a crocodile and flying (?) wolf, he is forced to become the action star we always knew he could be. Rampage co-stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Naomie Harris and Jake Lacy and it hits theatres on April 20th. Check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Chris Columbus to Direct Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie


A few years ago, it was announced that the wildly successful mobile horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s would be heading to the big screen, although at the time it seemed like one of those properties that might get optioned without ever actually getting made. As it turns out, Warner Brothers and New Line failed to move forward with the movie and last March they let the rights lapse. That’s when Blumhouse swooped in to pick up the project instead. Now this week they have revealed that they have a pretty high-profile director lined up in the form of Chris Columbus. Blumhouse made the announcement via Twitter yesterday:

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I Feel Pretty Trailer Starring Amy Schumer


After making a strong big screen debut with Trainwreck and following it up with the less successful action-comedy Snatched, Amy Schumer is back this summer with another comedy that has a bit of a feminist edge. But is it really as empowering as it thinks it is? The movie is called I Feel Pretty and it finds Schumer playing an insecure woman who suffers a nasty bump on the head that causes her to think that she is drop dead gorgeous. In theory, this seems like it has potential to be a biting social satire, but something about the trailer does not feel right… perhaps the fact that it is hard to buy Amy Schumer as the insecure type in the first place. The writer/director team of Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (He’s Just Not That Into You, How to Be Single) also do not necessarily inspire confidence. I Feel Pretty co-stars Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, Busy Philipps, Tom Hopper and Naomi Campbell, and it hits theatres on June 29th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Jóhann Jóhannsson 1969-2018


Here’s some sad news to report from over the weekend as we now have confirmation that Icelandic musician and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has passed away. He was reportedly found dead in Berlin on Friday although the cause of death was not immediately known. The loss comes at a time when his career as a composer was just starting to take off, having received Oscar nominations for his work on both Sicario and The Theory of Everything (he won a Golden Globe for the latter). He was just 48 years old.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Fifty Shades Finishes on Top


Pre-Valentine’s Day crowds took the final installment of the Fifty Shades series to the top of the box office over the weekend, although the numbers would seem to indicate that female moviegoers are no longer bringing dates to these movies. Fifty Shades Freed had a $38.8 million start, pushing the franchise to over $1 billion globally but continuing the decline from both previous films which debuted with $85 million and $46 million respectively. The weekend’s other new releases opened in second place and third place with Peter Rabbit pulling in a decent $25 million followed by Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris with a somewhat disappointing $12.6 million (no American Sniper effect here). Meanwhile Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Greatest Showman both continued to draw in their eighth week of release, once again remaining in the top 5. Overall it was a fairly slow weekend but that will change next weekend with the arrival of Marvel’s Black Panther.

1. Fifty Shades Freed — $38.8M
2. Peter Rabbit — $25M
3. The 15:17 to Paris — $12.6M
4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — $9.8M
5. The Greatest Showman — $6.4M
6. Maze Runner: The Death Cure — $6M
7. Winchester — $5.1M
8. The Post — $3.5M
9. The Shape of Water — $3.0M
10. Den of Thieves — $2.9M