Film Junk Podcast Episode #677: Mandy + Fahrenheit 11/9


0:00 – Intro
9:00 – Review: Mandy
50:00 – Review: Fahrenheit 11/9
1:11:50 – Other Stuff We Watched: Beyond the Black Rainbow, 976-Evil, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro
1:29:30 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:33:48 – Outro

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Death Kiss Trailer Starring Charles Bronson Lookalike Robert Kovacs


Charles Bronson may have passed away back in 2003, but if you were holding out hope for one last Death Wish sequel, well… you’re in luck. Sort of. Someone out there had the brilliant idea of recruiting Charles Bronson lookalike Robert Kovacs to star in a Death Wish knockoff called Death Kiss. Directed by Rene Perez (Playing With Dolls: Havoc), the movie revolves around “a vigilante with a mysterious past who goes to a crime-infested city and takes the law into his own hands.” I have to admit, the lookalike gimmick definitely embraces the spirit of the exploitation genre and it kind of makes you wonder what other celebrity lookalikes could have b-movie careers of their own. Death Kiss hits digital and VOD on Oct. 2nd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Mel Gibson to Direct The Wild Bunch Remake


Now that Mel Gibson’s personal issues seem to have mostly faded from the public view, he is apparently making up for lost time as a filmmaker. Hacksaw Ridge put him back on the map after a decade away and since then he has been developing a WWII naval film called Destroyer and a sequel to The Passion of the Christ. Now this week he is adding another project to the list and, perhaps not surprisingly, it is likely to be another gritty, ultraviolent action movie. The new wrinkle this time around is that it is also a remake of a beloved classic. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Bumblebee Trailer #2


Well it only took eleven years, five movies and the departure of Michael Bay for Paramount to finally give fans what they’ve been asking for all along… Transformers that actually look like the original G1 characters they grew up with. The upcoming prequel Bumblebee takes place in 1987 and stars Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie Watson, a 17-year-old girl who finds herself in the line of fire when she discovers her yellow VW bug is more than just a car. This week Paramount has released a new trailer for the movie and it actually shows some familiar-looking character designs, although it also seems more kid-friendly than the previous installments for better or worse. Could this be a fresh start for the franchise or will it just be more of the same? Directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), Bumblebee hits theatres on Dec. 25th. Check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Into the Dark Teaser Trailer: A Monthly Anthology Series from Blumhouse and Hulu


Earlier this year we heard that Blumhouse was teaming up with Hulu for a unique genre anthology series that would release one episode per month, each one centering on a specific holiday. Now that the first episode is almost upon us, Hulu has released the first trailer for the series. Into the Dark will kick off next month with “The Body”, directed by Paul Davis, about a hitman set in “the selfie culture of Los Angeles on Halloween night.” Following that, they will release a Thanksgiving-themed episode directed by Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry, My Bloody Valentine). The remaining ten episodes still have yet to be announced. Into the Dark premieres on Hulu on Oct. 5th; check out the teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Chloe Zhao to Direct Marvel’s The Eternals


Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is expected to kick off next year with the release of Spider-Man: Far from Home, the follow-up to as-of-yet untitled The Avengers: Infinity War conclusion. However, other than that we don’t really know what is in store for the next batch of Marvel movies. We do know that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be a part of it and we also know that a Black Widow movie may finally happen. Now it appears that we can also add another movie to that list of upcoming projects: The Eternals. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: The House with a Clock In Its Walls Leads Slow Weekend


Eli Roth’s first PG film, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, got off to a solid start in what was otherwise a pretty slow September weekend at the box office. The Universal / Amblin release earned $26.85 million, which is slightly above expectations and more than Goosebumps made back in 2015. It is also (not surprisingly) Eli Roth’s biggest opening weekend to date, although it may have been helped out by the addition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller to IMAX screenings of the film. In second place, Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor had a decent hold followed by The Nun in third. Meanwhile The Predator dropped from first all the way to fourth, while Crazy Rich Asians rounded out the top 5. All of the other newcomers struggled to say the least; Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 opened at #8 with $3.1 million while Life Itself and Assassination Nation straight up bombed, opening outside the top 10 with $2.1 million and $1 million respectively.

1. The House with a Clock in Its Walls — $26.9M
2. A Simple Favor — $10.4M
3. The Nun — $10.3M
4. The Predator — $8.7M
5. Crazy Rich Asians — $6.5M
6. White Boy Rick — $5M
7. Peppermint — $3.7M
8. Fahrenheit 11/9 — $3.1M
9. The Meg — $2.4M
10. Searching — $2.2M

First Look at Joaquin Phoenix in Full Make-Up as The Joker


Earlier this week, director Todd Phillips released the first official photo of Joaquin Phoenix from the upcoming Joker origin movie. Of course, he was toying with fans a little bit because it did not feature the Joker we all know and love, but rather a slightly odd-looking guy named Arthur. Today, however, he has gone a step further, releasing an on-camera test featuring Joaquin Phoenix in full make-up set to the song “Laughing” by The Guess Who. This is the best indicator we have had so far as to what the tone of the movie might be and it is intriguing to say the least. Joker hits theatres on October 4th, 2019 and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron and Shea Whigham. Check out the new video after the jump and see what you think.

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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Movie Series


Although reviews for Amazon’s Jack Ryan TV series have been decent to mixed, the show seems to have been a big success in terms of bringing the Tom Clancy character back into the spotlight. Now this week Paramount has announced plans to adapt another series of books focusing on one of Tom Clancy’s other major protagonists: John Clark. Although the name sounds just as boring as Jack Ryan, he is apparently more exciting in that he is not a paper-pushing analyst for the CIA but rather an ex-Navy Seal turned operations officer. He has appeared in several Jack Ryan books but also has his own series and we are hearing he will be played by Black Panther / Creed star Michael B. Jordan. Hit the jump for more info.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The House with a Clock In Its Walls, Life Itself, Fahrenheit 11/9


We’ve got an interesting assortment of new releases hitting theatres this week, although none of them are really expected to draw huge crowds. Eli Roth’s The House with a Clock In Its Walls is likely to be the biggest of the bunch, a PG-rated horror fantasy film that is hoping to capture some of the Goosebumps audience. Also hitting theatres we have Michael Moore’s latest documentary Fahrenheit 11/9, which is definitely not attracting the same level of attention that Fahrenheit 9/11 received back in 2004, and Dan Fogelman’s Life Itself, which is currently getting trounced by critics. Sundance hit Assassination Nation is also debuting on over 1400 screens and in select theatres we have Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly. What will you be watching this weekend?

Film Junk Podcast Episode #676: The Predator


0:00 – Intro: McQ Twitter Fallout
29:00 – Review: The Predator
51:35 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Old Man and the Gun, Mid 90s, Her Smell, American Dharma, Destroyer, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Freaks, Norm MacDonald Has a Show
1:31:15 – Junk Mail: Apple Removing Digital Content From iTunes Libraries
1:40:00 – Outro
1:44:20 – Spoiler Discussion: The Predator

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Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct Bond 25


Last month we heard the disappointing news that Danny Boyle had dropped out as director of the next James Bond film due to creative differences. Although there were some interesting names in the mix to replace him (including Edgar Wright), the more pessimistic among us felt that the obvious response to losing a big name director like Boyle would be to choose a lesser known entity that could be more easily controlled. Fortunately, it looks like that will not be the case because today we are hearing that Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective) has landed the gig. The official announcement is as follows:

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