Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham to Headline Their Own Fast & Furious Spin-Off

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With audience interest in the Fast & Furious franchise still seemingly at an all-time high, many people have been dumbfounded by the fact that Universal is planning to bring the series to a close after just two more movies. Producer Neal Moritz recently told Collider that they already know how the series will end but that they are still in the process of figuring out “the in-betweens.” In the meantime, while they prep for the final two films, they have just announced a project that will work as a holdover of sorts: Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham will reportedly be starring in their very own Fast & Furious spin-off. Hit the jump for more details.

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The Beguiled Trailer #2

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Here’s the full trailer for Sofia Coppola’s next film, a remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood thriller The Beguiled. The movie stars Colin Farrell as a wounded Union soldier during the Civil War who seeks refuge in an all girls boarding school and starts to take advantage of the young women, while the headmistress (Nicole Kidman) casts a suspicious eye on him. With a cast that also includes Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, this looks to explore many of the same themes as Coppola’s previous films, but it also places them within a new setting and a genre framework. Either way, it certainly looks more suspenseful than anything she has done to date. The Beguiled hits select theatres on June 23rd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The X-Files to Return for Season 11 on Fox

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When The X-Files returned to television last year after a 15 year break, it was a ratings juggernaut for Fox, pulling in over 16 million viewers (at least initially). With that kind of response, I suppose it was inevitable that they would order another season and now we have confirmation that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be returning one more time as Mulder and Scully (and no, we’re not talking about that new audiobook). This time around, it will be a 10-episode limited series as opposed to just six. David Madden, President, Fox Broadcasting Company had this to say:

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Unforgettable, Phoenix Forgotten, Free Fire

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On the surface it seems like a busy weekend for movies with five new wide releases hitting theatres, but they are all pretty unlikely to slow down The Fate of the Furious or really put much of a dent in the box office. The biggest releases of the week are the Katherine Heigl / Rosario Dawson thriller Unforgettable and period drama The Promise starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac, but they will also have to contend with Disneynature’s latest documentary Born in China, found footage sci-fi horror flick Phoenix Forgotten and Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire. The Lost City of Z is also expanding to over 600 theatres and in limited release we have a pair of documentaries and a sports biopic about a Finnish boxer. What will you be watching this weekend?

The Keepers Trailer: Another Netflix True Crime Documentary Series

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After the success of Making a Murderer, Netflix is continuing to provide a steady drip of true crime docs with Casting JonBenet set to drop next week and now a new documentary series coming in May called The Keepers. The series revolves around the investigation into the unsolved murder of a Baltimore Catholic school teacher who disappeared back in 1969, possibly to stop her from exposing a dark secret about the school’s chaplain. Directed by Ryan White (Good Ol’ Freda, The Case Against 8), it features extensive interviews with former friends, co-workers, relatives and journalists, all of whom are determined to finally get to the truth. The seven-part series premieres on May 19th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Will Smith in Talks to Play Genie in Live-Action Aladdin Remake

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Although he didn’t end up signing on for Disney and Tim Burton’s live-action Dumbo movie earlier this year, it looks like Will Smith is now about to finalize a deal for a different Disney project. We are hearing that Smith is circling one of the lead roles in their upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin, which is being directed by Guy Ritchie (no, seriously). Although Smith has had some trouble delivering big box office hits on his own as of late, working with Disney is about a safe a bet as they come these days. Hit the jump for more details.

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Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger Trailer

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Earlier this month we learned that Marvel would be bringing a New Warriors TV series to the Disney-owned channel Freeform alongside their previously announced Cloak & Dagger show. Now this week the first official trailer for Cloak & Dagger has arrived online to give us a sense of what to expect from these young adult-targeted projects. Produced by Joe Pokaski (Heroes), the show revolves around two troubled teens named Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen who develop superpowers; one has the ability to manipulate darkness while the other can shoot daggers of light. As you can probably guess, the trailer isn’t particularly action-heavy and features minimal special effects, indicating that it will probably focus on the teen drama just as much if not more than the superhero stuff. Cloak & Dagger stars Olivia Holt (I Didn’t Do It) and Aubrey Joseph (The Night Of) and it will premiere sometime in 2018. Check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Captain Marvel Movie Gets a Pair of Directors

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Out of all of the MCU projects currently in development, Marvel seems to have had the hardest time finding the right director for their Captain Marvel movie. The project was originally announced back in 2014 and last summer it was revealed that Brie Larson had been tapped for the lead role. But it has taken until now for them to finally settle on a filmmaker (or two) to helm this important project. They made it known that they wanted a woman to oversee their first female-led superhero flick and they have held true to that goal. However, she also happens to come as part of a package deal with her long-time writing and directing partner. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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The Little Hours Trailer Starring Alison Brie and Aubrey Plaza

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If you’re starting to feel like all of the R-rated comedies coming out these days are the exact same movie, here’s one that seems to be switching things up a little bit, at least in terms of setting. The Little Hours is the latest film from writer-director Jeff Baena (Joshy, Life After Beth) and it revolves around a group of nuns at a medieval convent who face temptation head on when a hunky young servant is hired to help out. It is possible that this movie is relying entirely on the shock of seeing horny nuns swearing up a storm, but with a cast that includes Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Kate Micucci, Dave Franco, John C. Reilly, Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon and Fred Armisen, it’s hard to imagine this being anything other than hilarious. You know, assuming it doesn’t like… offend you or something. The Little Hours hits select theatres on June 30th; check out the red band trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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King Kong TV Series in the Works

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Now that Kong: Skull Island has proven to be a success and even outgrossed Godzilla worldwide, it is looking like Legendary’s decision to build a shared monster movie universe was a smart one. However, the next movie in the series doesn’t hit theatres until 2019, so how can they maintain this momentum in the meantime? A TV series seems like one possibility and, as it turns out, there is currently one in the works. However, it is being set up by a different studio and is completely unrelated although it also happens to be called King Kong Skull Island… that’s not confusing at all! Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #608: The Fate of the Furious

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0:00 – Intro
14:05 – Review: The Fate of the Furious
44:00 – Headlines: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Teaser Trailer
52:35 – Other Stuff We Watched: Sandy Wexler, The Italian Job (1969), The Italian Job (2003), Louis C.K.: 2017, Girls, xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return
1:16:05 – Junk Mail: Lazy Sunday Movie Recommendations, Zootopia + Deepwater Horizon + American Pastoral, Why Jay Loves Fairy Tales, Lacklustre Letterboxd Usage, IMDb Star Rating System, Letterboxd Lists, Keeping Track of Movies You Never Finished
1:59:45 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:01:10 – Outro
2:06:00 – Spoiler Discussion: The Fate of the Furious

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Jude Law to Play Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts Sequel

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Just prior to the release of the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Warner Brothers announced that Johnny Depp had joined the cast of the sequel as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald. Although it was initially assumed that the new five-film series would mostly revolve around Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander, it is now becoming clear that another centerpiece of the series will be the relationship between Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore, who were close friends (and perhaps more than just friends) before a falling out drove them apart. Now we know who will be playing the key role of Dumbledore opposite Johnny Depp in the new series. Hit the jump for more details.

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