Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs Trailer

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It’s been nine years since Fantastic Mr. Fox and Wes Anderson is finally returning to stop motion animation for his next feature film, Isle of Dogs. This one is based entirely on his own original screenplay and it is set 20 years in the future where a dog flu outbreak in Japan forces the mayor of Megasaki City to banish all canine pets to live on Trash Island. This prompts 12-year-old Atari Kobayashi to steal a plane and set off to rescue his dog Spots. The voice cast includes many familiar Wes Anderson collaborators and some new ones including Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston, Liev Schreiber, Tilda Swinton, Edward Norton, Greta Gerwig, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jeff Goldblum and Harvey Keitel. Clearly the dry humour and quirky characters are here, but it also has a hint of science-fiction that we’ve never really seen from Wes Anderson before. Isle of Dogs hits theatres on March 23rd, 2018; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Linda Hamilton to Return for Terminator Reboot

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Back in January, we learned that yet another Terminator movie was in the works despite the domestic failure of Terminator: Genisys and a growing feeling of apathy towards the franchise. However, the one thing that seemed to give people a faint glimmer of hope was the fact that James Cameron would be involved for the first time since Terminator 2. He won’t be directing of course (those duties have fallen to Deadpool director Tim Miller) but he is helping to create the story at least. Now this week they have announced another possible draw to bring fans back to the series: Linda Hamilton will reportedly be returning as Sarah Connor. Cameron had this to say about the announcement:

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Marvel’s The Punisher Trailer

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Although we still don’t have an official release date, this week Netflix has unleashed a full trailer for their upcoming Daredevil spin-off series, The Punisher. Set to Metallica’s “One” (and cribbing some gunshot to soundtrack synchronization from Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver), the trailer features Jon Bernthal as a former marine who loses his wife and children to criminals and decides to take matters into his own hands. Ebon Moss-Bachrach plays his trusty sidekick Microchip (for real) while Paul Schulze and Ben Barnes play the villains Rawlins and Jigsaw respectively. It looks like the most violent series Netflix and Marvel have done so far, which sounds about right. What are the odds this series will drop the same weekend as the Death Wish remake? The Punisher will arrive on Netflix sometime in 2017; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Taika Waititi in Talks for Live-Action Akira Movie

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With Thor: Ragnarok just a month and a half away and the buzz building to a deafening roar, it certainly looks like Taika Waititi has proven himself capable of making the jump to Hollywood blockbusters. He’s a long way from the quirky indie comedies that he was making back in New Zealand, but it seems like he is intent on staying in studio tentpole territory… at least some of the time anyway. He is attached to direct a smaller WWII dramedy called Jojo Rabbit for Fox Searchlight but now this week we are hearing that Waititi is in the process of locking down his next big budget FX-heavy project: a live-action version of the seminal anime and manga series Akira. Hit the jump for more details.

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Tomb Raider Trailer Starring Alicia Vikander

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Following a brief tease earlier this week, Warner Brothers have finally released the first full trailer for their upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. The movie stars Alicia Vikander (The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ex Machina) as Lara Croft, the role previously played by Angelina Jolie in the early 2000s. It certainly feels more gritty and grounded than the previous films, which is in keeping with the recent reboot of the video game series as well. Directed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave), it also co-stars Walton Goggins, Dominic West, Hannah John-Kamen and Daniel Wu. Tomb Raider hits theatres on March 16th, 2018; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #628: mother! and TIFF 2017

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0:00 – Intro: Jay’s Phobia
13:00 – Review: mother!
44:10 – TIFF 2017: The Shape of Water, Thelma, Downsizing, The Disaster Artist, Brawl in Cell Block 99, The Death of Stalin, Love Means Zero, There Is a House Here, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond
2:25:30 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:28:15 – Outro
2:32:40 – Spoiler Discussion: mother!

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True Lies TV Series in the Works

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We’ve been hearing about the possibility of a True Lies sequel ever since the original hit theatres back in 1994 and became one of the highest grossing movies of the year. James Cameron claimed in the early 2000s that 9/11 had forced to him to abandon the project and yet Tom Arnold continued to bring it up in interviews from time to time. As recently as 2011, Arnold Schwarzenegger had still acknowledged it as a possibility, although with Cameron permanently stuck in Pandora working on Avatar sequels, it didn’t seem likely to happen anytime soon. Now this week we have learned that the project is taking a new form: a TV series. Hit the jump for more info.

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Jamie Lee Curtis to Return for David Gordon Green’s Halloween Reboot

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With David Gordon Green’s Stronger hitting theatres this weekend, we are starting to get some new details about his next project, which will be something quite different from the Boston marathon drama. Back in February it was announced that he would be directing a new Halloween movie with Danny McBride co-writing the script. Details have been extremely limited thus far, but they did say that it would likely pick up where Halloween II left off and “continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way.” Now this week we have learned that they will also have one key piece of connective tissue from the first two films: Jamie Lee Curtis. She took to Twitter on Friday to post the following update:

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2017 Emmy Award Winners

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The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out last night on CBS, and as per usual, HBO dominated with 29 wins (although not necessarily for the shows that you might expect). Game of Thrones was absent this year thanks to its late start date and HBO’s other drama Westworld was completely shut out in the major categories. However, Veep continued its success with several wins in the comedy categories while Big Little Lies and The Night Of had strong showings in the mini-series categories. Hulu came away the big winner on the drama side with The Handmaid’s Tale while Netflix struggled a bit (Stranger Things failed to take home any awards). Charlie Brooker and Donald Glover received recognition for Atlanta and Black Mirror, however, while Saturday Night Live also had one of its strongest showings in years for obvious reasons. What did you think of this year’s Emmys? Check out the full list of nominees and winners after the jump.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: It Floats Above the Competition

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Pennywise continued to terrorize audiences over the weekend as It once again remained at the top of the box office with an estimated $60 million. That brings the movie’s domestic total to $218 million after 10 days and should put it past The Exorcist‘s all-time box office record for R-rated horror movies sometime next week. American Assassin opened in second with a decent $14.8 million, perhaps helped along by the casting of a young star in a movie aimed at an older audience. In third place, Darren Aronofsky’s mother! came in way below expectations, especially for a Jennifer Lawrence movie, although the dreaded “F” CinemaScore tells the story there. Home Again fell to fourth while The Hitman’s Bodyguard rounded out the top 5. Next weekend It should get its first real competition from Kingsman: The Golden Circle and The Lego Ninjago Movie among others.

1. It — $60M
2. American Assassin — $14.8M
3. mother! — $7.5M
4. Home Again — $5.3M
5. The Hitman’s Bodyguard — $3.6M
6. Annabelle: Creation — $2.6M
7. Wind River — $2.6M
8. Leap! — $2.1M
9. Spider-Man: Homecoming — $1.9M
10. Dunkirk — $1.3M

Harry Dean Stanton 1926-2017

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We’ve got some unfortunate news to report this weekend as Hollywood has lost one of its all time great character actors. Harry Dean Stanton, best known for his roles in Alien, Big Love, Repo Man and Paris, Texas reportedly died of natural causes in Los Angeles yesterday. This comes just weeks after the third season of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks wrapped up, which found him reprising his role as trailer park owner Carl Rodds. His impressive career spanned six decades and included over 100 film credits. He was 91 years old.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: American Assassin, mother!, Brad’s Status

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With It continuing to dominate multiplexes, most of this weekend’s new releases will likely struggle to get noticed. The biggest new release is the action-thriller American Assassin starring Dylan O’Brien, based on the best-selling series of books by Vince Flynn. Darren Aronofsky’s thriller mother! starring Jennifer Lawrence is also in wide release where it is expected to confound mainstream audiences. In select theatres, we also have Brad’s Status starring Ben Stiller and Nicolas Cage’s latest VOD thriller Vengeance: A Love Story. What will you be watching this weekend?