The Happytime Murders Red Band Trailer: Brian Henson’s R-rated Muppet Movie

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We’ve been hearing about The Happytime Murders for almost a decade now with The Henson Company announcing back in 2008 that they were developing an R-rated neo-noir Muppet movie. At the time, it seemed like one of those unique ideas that probably would never get made and yet here we are… the first trailer has arrived online and it is most definitely rated R. This is a murder mystery that takes place in a world where humans and puppets co-exist and a puppet private eye teams up with his human ex-partner to track down a serial killer. Obviously this feels a bit similar to Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in concept but the raunchy humour makes more like this year’s Sausage Party (for better or worse). Long-time Muppets performer Bill Barretta plays the private eye while Melissa McCarthy plays his partner. Maya Rudolph, Joel McHale and Elizabeth Banks also co-star. The Happytime Murders hits theatres on Aug. 17th; check out the red band trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Deadpool 2, Show Dogs, First Reformed

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The summer movie season kicked off a few weeks ago with The Avengers: Infinity War delivering the biggest opening weekend of all time, but now this week Deadpool 2 will attempt to top its predecessor’s record for biggest R-rated debut. It’s hard to say just how high Deadpool 2‘s numbers might go but some of the more optimistic projections have it opening near $150 million. There are two other movies in wide release this weekend offering up very precise counterprogramming to the comic book movies with the talking canine comedy Show Dogs giving families an alternative and Book Club starring Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Diane Keaton and Candice Bergen clearly gunning for an older female audience. In select theatres, we also have Paul Schrader’s latest film First Reformed starring Ethan Hawke, British romantic drama On Chesil Beach starring Saoirse Ronan, and the Wim Wenders documentary Pope Francis – A Man of His Word. What will you be watching this weekend?

Mission: Impossible – Fallout Trailer #2

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A new trailer for Mission: Impossible – Fallout has arrived online this week, providing further proof that Tom Cruise is a hardcore adrenaline junkie and we are all merely his enablers. This movie looks like it is going to blow every other summer blockbuster out of the water in terms of sheer spectacle, stunts and action set pieces. Between all the fist fights, car and motorcycle chases, helicopter maneuvers, skydiving and various death defying leaps, it makes you wonder what he can possibly do for an encore. Then again, I probably said the same thing about the last M:I movie too. Christopher McQuarrie is back in the director’s chair, while the ever expanding supporting cast includes Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett, Sean Harris and Wes Bentley. Mission: Impossible – Fallout hits theatres on July 27th; check out the latest trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Bleeding Steel Trailer Starring Jackie Chan

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Throughout his career Jackie Chan has rarely delved into the science-fiction or fantasy genres, probably because his physical skills are best-suited for and most impressive in the real world. However, it seems that as he is getting older, there is more of a need for some special effects help… which brings us to his upcoming movie Bleeding Steel. Described as “an action-packed drama reminiscent of ’80s techno-sci-fi thrillers”, the movie finds him playing a police inspector who goes up against a “deranged, mecha-enhanced villain.” It definitely does feel like a cheesy throwback of sorts, almost like Star Trek: First Contact meets Mission: Impossible, although I also can’t help but wonder if it was inspired by the recent martial arts / sci-fi mash-up Beyond Skyline. Bleeding Steel is directed by Leo Zhang (Chrysanthemum to the Beast) and it hits select theatres and VOD on July 6th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #660: Revenge

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0:00 – Intro: Frank’s New TV
23:35 – Review: Revenge
53:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: Song to Song, Dina, Ms. 45, Steve Jobs, Kingpin, Spider-Man, Anon
1:45:05 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:55:00 – Outro

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Escape Plan 2 Trailer Starring Sylvester Stallone and Dave Bautista

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If Mikael Hafstrom’s 2013 prison escape thriller Escape Plan didn’t quite live up to the hype of having Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone together on screen, one of its biggest flaws was that there simply wasn’t enough straight up action. Although Arnold won’t be returning for the sequel, the good news is that they are addressing that problem by setting the new movie inside a prison where the warden forces inmates to fight to the death. Escape Plan 2 is a U.S. / China co-production and Chinese star Xiaoming Huang plays the man they need to rescue from “Hades” while Dave Bautista teams up with Stallone to make it happen. 50 Cent and Lydia Hull also reprise their roles from the first film while Jesse Metcalfe, Jamie King and Alphonso A’Qen-Aten Jackson co-star. Directed by Steven C. Miller (Extraction, Marauders), Escape Plan 2 hits DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on June 29th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Mile 22 Trailer Starring Mark Wahlberg

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After making three movies together based on true events, Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg are reteaming for something that falls a little more in the realm of summer popcorn flick. Mile 22 finds Wahlberg playing James Silva, a member of a fictional top secret unit within the CIA known as Overwatch. When a low level police officer with sensitive information approaches the U.S. Embassy in Southeast Asia, their team is hired to protect him and transport him stateside. With a supporting cast that includes Iko Uwais (The Raid: Redemption) and Ronda Rousey (Furious 7, The Expendables 3), there is definitely an emphasis on action here even if the story is attempting to play in some semblance of reality. John Malkovich and Lauren Cohan also co-star. Mile 22 hits theatres on Aug. 3rd; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer Starring Rami Malek

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After a handful of production problems that culminated in the firing of director Bryan Singer, the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is finally nearing completion and this week we have the first teaser trailer to prove it. Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) plays Queen frontman Freddie Mercury while Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee and Joseph Mazello play band members Roger Taylor, Brian May and Jon Deacon respectively. For the most part this looks like a fairly straightforward and formulaic biopic, but hopefully the music, the performances and the strength of Mercury’s story can help overcome that. Dexter Fletcher (Eddie the Eagle) took over the director’s chair from Bryan Singer and the screenplay was written by The Theory of Everything writer Anthony McCarten. Bohemian Rhapsody hits theatres on a very Oscar-friendly release date of Nov. 2nd; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman Trailer

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Here’s the first trailer for Spike Lee’s next film BlacKkKlansman, which seems like it has the potential to be his most accessible film in years. The movie is based on the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department who attempted to infiltrate and expose the KKK in the early ’70s. Jordan Peele is a producer on the film (who ever thought Spike Lee would need someone else’s name to help sell his movies?) and John David Washington (Ballers) stars with Adam Driver playing Stallworth’s white partner Flip Zimmerman. Topher Grace also co-stars as former Klan leader David Duke, which gives you an indication that there is a slight comedic tone to the whole thing as well. BlacKkKlansman hits select theatres on Aug. 10th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Margot Kidder 1948-2018

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We’ve got some sad news to start the week as reports are coming in that Margot Kidder, best known for playing Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the Superman movies throughout the ’70s and ’80s, has passed away. TMZ is reporting that the Canadian-born actress passed away at her home in Montana yesterday, which has also been verified by the Franzen-Davis Funeral Home. The cause of death is currently unknown but foul play is “not considered a factor.” She was 69 years old.

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Searching Trailer Starring John Cho

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We’ve already seen a few movies that have taken place almost entirely on a computer screen including Nacho Vigalondo’s Open Windows and the horror movie Unfriended, but Aneesh Chaganty’s Searching is the one that just might take this found footage subgenre to the mainstream. The movie stars John Cho as a recently widowed father who starts to delve into his teenage daughter’s computer and social networking apps in search of clues after she disappears. Debra Messing (Will & Grace) also plays a detective assigned to help with the investigation. The movie is produced by Timur Bekmambetov, who also produced Unfriended and its upcoming sequel, and it premiered at Sundance earlier this year where it received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Searching hits theatres on Aug. 3rd; check out the official trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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G.I. Joe Snake Eyes Solo Movie in the Works

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If you’ve been wondering what the heck is going on with Paramount’s live-action G.I. Joe franchise, you’re not alone. Their second film, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, was released back in 2013 and seemed to go over well with fans, improving on G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra in terms of worldwide box office if not critical reception. Since then, we’ve heard rumours about a third film that would possibly launch an entire cinematic universe consisting of other Hasbro properties including M.A.S.K., Micronauts and Visionaries. However, that idea has since fallen by the wayside and it appears we may be getting a Snake Eyes solo movie instead. Hit the jump for more details.

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