The Foreigner Trailer Starring Jackie Chan

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Jackie Chan may be best known for his zany action-comedies (particularly in North America) but as he gets older he is slowly turning towards more dramatic projects that contain brief flashes of action instead (not unlike a certain other aging action star who used to be the governor of California). His next English language film finds him going the Liam Neeson route as he plays a father who loses his daughter in an IRA bombing and takes it upon himself to seek revenge. Based on a novel called The Chinaman by Stephen Leather, the movie will be released under the much more PC title The Foreigner and it is also directed by Martin Campbell, reuniting him with his Goldeneye star Pierce Brosnan. The Foreigner hits theatres on Oct. 13th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Pitch Perfect 3 Trailer

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After the success of the first two Pitch Perfect movies, I don’t think anyone will be surprised to learn that there is a third installment on the way, bringing the Bellas back together for one last hurrah. Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld and the rest of their crew reunite for an overseas USO tour, but now there is a new rivalry to contend with. Ruby Rose fronts an all-female rock group that, in a surprise twist, plays actual instruments. Elizabeth Banks also reprises her role as Gail but was unable to return to the director’s chair due to scheduling issues. Instead, Pitch Perfect 3 is directed by Trish Sie (Step Up All In) and it hits theatres on Dec. 22nd. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Transformers: The Last Knight Runs Out of Gas Domestically

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It would appear that North American moviegoers are finally starting to cool on Michael Bay’s Transformers series as Transformers: The Last Knight limped to the lowest domestic opening for the series to date, earning just $69.1 million over five days ($45.3 million over three). The only other installment that opened on a Wednesday was Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which earned $162 million back in 2011 on its way to $1.1 billion worldwide. Of course, this movie could still eventually reach $1 billion as well by making the majority of its money overseas; it opened with $196 million from other territories this weekend including $123 million from China. Realistically, the Transformers series isn’t going away anytime soon but it may be headed for another soft reboot. Elsewhere, Cars 3 and Wonder Woman were essentially tied for second place with the latter about to pass Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice domestically. 47 Meters Down had another surprisingly solid weekend, earning $7.4 million, while All Eyez on Me rounded out the top 5.

1. Transformers: The Last Knight — $45.3M
2. Cars 3 — $25.2M
3. Wonder Woman — $25.2M
4. 47 Meters Down — $7.4M
5. All Eyez on Me — $5.9M
6. The Mummy — $5.8M
7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales — $5.2M
8. Rough Night — $4.7M
9. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie — $4.3M
10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — $3.0M

Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Retirement from Acting

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After four decades, twenty some-odd films, three Oscar wins and an endless stream of accolades, Daniel Day-Lewis is… calling it a day. The actor chose to announce this week that he will be retiring from acting after he finishes work on P.T. Anderson’s next film, tentatively titled Phantom Thread. The movie is set in the set in 1950s London with Day-Lewis playing Charles James, a fashion designer who worked for members of high society and the royal family. DDL’s spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, released the following statement:

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Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Trailer

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A couple of years ago when Netflix bankrolled a TV follow-up to David Wain and Michael Showalter’s cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, Wain and Showalter decided to make it a prequel with all of the actors playing younger versions of themselves despite being 14 years older. Now they’re back for another limited series and they’ve decided to go in the opposite direction, setting it ten years after the movie and drawing inspiration from ’90s movies like St. Elmo’s Fire, Singles and The Big Chill. It finds them heading back to Camp Firewood for a 10 year reunion with most of the all-star cast returning including Paul Rudd, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, Ken Marino, Elizabeth Banks, H. Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Molly Shannon, Chris Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Lo Truglio and Marguerite Moreau. Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later arrives on Netflix on Aug. 4th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Transformers: The Last Knight, The Big Sick, The Beguiled

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The summer slump is expected to continue this weekend with the release of Transformers: The Last Knight, Michael Bay’s fifth (and potentially final) live-action Transformers movie. It is the only major release hitting theatres this weekend so it should easily come out on top, but early estimates already have it putting up the weakest numbers of the series to date. Fortunately, if you’re in New York or L.A., you have a few more promising options this weekend including Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled and acclaimed real-life rom-com The Big Sick starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan. For genre fans, Ana Lily Amirpour’s post-apocalyptic cannibal flick The Bad Batch is also in select theatres and on VOD. What will you be watching this weekend?

David Gordon Green’s Stronger Trailer Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

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Earlier this year we learned that David Gordon Green would be directing the next Halloween movie, but before that happens we will also be getting a very different kind of movie from him. Stronger stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Jeff Bauman, one of the survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing who lost both of his legs in the blast. The movie focuses on his relationship with his ex-girlfriend and his physical rehabilitation as he is thrust into the spotlight and embraced as a symbol of Boston Strong. It looks like a potential tearjerker and also the closest David Gordon Green has come to Oscar bait but hopefully he will bring a sense of authenticity that these movies are usually lacking. Stronger stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown and it hits theatres on Sept. 22nd. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Vin Diesel and Co. to Return for xXx 4

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After the remarkable revitalization of the Fast & Furious series over the past decade, Vin Diesel has been working to revive a couple of his other early 2000s movie franchises with slightly less favourable results. That’s not to say they have been failures, however; they have seemingly just been a lot slower to catch on. 2013’s Riddick made $98 million worldwide on a $35 million budget, but after strong home video sales we will supposedly be getting another sequel and a TV series. Now this week we are also hearing that the xXx series will be back despite the weak domestic box office numbers for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. Hit the jump for more details.

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Ron Howard Confirmed as New Director on Star Wars Han Solo Movie

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Well that didn’t take long. Just two days after announcing that Phil Lord and Chris Miller had stepped down (or… ahem… been forced out) as directors of the upcoming Star Wars Han Solo spin-off, Disney and Lucasfilm have found their replacement. Ron Howard was very quickly rumoured to be the frontrunner to take over the movie with Lawrence Kasdan and Joe Johnston also listed as possible candidates. Now it appears that Howard has finalized the deal and made it official. Kathleen Kennedy released the following statement today:

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Eli Roth to Direct The House With a Clock in Its Walls

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Over the past decade and a half, Eli Roth has continually pushed the envelope of genre filmmaking with movies like Cabin Fever, Hostel and The Green Inferno, achieving a certain level of success without pulling any punches. This year, however, he may be veering from that path a little bit and opening himself up to a wider audience in the process. He is currently putting the finishing touches on a Death Wish remake starring Bruce Willis, which may or may not end up being his first PG-13 film. After that, it looks like he will be taking a stab at his first kid-friendly horror flick: an adaptation of John Bellairs’ The House With a Clock in Its Walls. Could this be the start of a newer, softer Eli Roth? Hit the jump for more details.

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Damon Lindelof to Adapt Watchmen Series for HBO

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Although Zack Snyder’s Watchmen was generally well-received back in 2009 and is still held by many to be his finest work to date, fans of the original comic series by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons have always had some reservations about it. Many feel that Snyder failed to embrace the underlying subtext of the film and that even the 3 hour 35 minute Ultimate Cut was missing key elements from the graphic novel. So when it was revealed a couple of years ago that HBO was looking to adapt it as a TV series instead, it seemed like an opportunity to finally get it right. Now they’ve got an intriguing potential showrunner lined up that is sure to get people talking. Hit the jump for more info.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #616: It Comes at Night

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0:00 – Intro
9:45 – Review: It Comes at Night
35:10 – Headlines: RIP John G. Avildsen, Phil Lord and Chris Miller Exit Han Solo Movie
50:00 – Other Stuff We Watched: Rough Night, Cars 3, Raw, The Lego Batman Movie, Animal House, Role Models, 23 Paces to Baker Street, The Belko Experiment, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Krisha, Oh Hello on Broadway, Very Bad Things
1:59:26 – Junk Mail: Seal Busker Response + SJW Movie Podcasts, To Unwrap or Not to Unwrap, Best End Credit Songs, NYT’s Top 25 Movies of the 21st Century, Birthday Wishes, Putting Film Junk on the Map
2:34:15 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:40:10 – Outro
2:46:20 – Spoiler Discussion: It Comes at Night

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