Ridley Scott in Talks for Spy Adaptation Queen & Country


Although Ridley Scott had been gearing up to direct at least a few more Alien movies, the lacklustre performance of Alien: Covenant at the box office may have put those plans on ice… at least for the immediate future. In the meantime, Scott has plenty of other projects in development and now this week he is adding another one to the list. We are hearing that he is coming on board the spy thriller Queen & Country, which had previously been stuck in development hell. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Ava DuVernay to Direct New Gods Movie for DC


We already learned earlier this week that Spike Lee might be directing a superhero movie for Sony, but now it looks like another prominent African-American director is about to enter the DC Extended Universe. Ava DuVernay just directed A Wrinkle in Time for Disney, and although you might expect that to lead to a gig within the Marvel Cinematic Universe instead, Warner Brothers are once again honing in on their talent. This won’t be a typical superhero movie, however; she is reportedly attached to direct a New Gods movie featuring the powerful cosmic beings from the planets New Genesis and Apokolips. Hit the jump for more details.

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The Avengers: Infinity War Trailer #2


The second (and apparently final) trailer for The Avengers: Infinity War is here and at the very least it should give fans a lot more to discuss than the last one did. It is a culmination of several storylines and a collision of multiple universes as the Guardians of the Galaxy finally team up with Earth’s mightiest heroes to battle Thanos. Once again, it seems like an impossible task to balance so many different characters and voices, but Marvel has managed to pull it off before so I suppose there is no reason to assume they won’t do it again. That being said, the burning question here is which of our favourite Marvel characters will actually bite the bullet this time around? The Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and it hits theatres on April 27th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Tomb Raider, 7 Days in Entebbe, Love, Simon


It’s looking like another lacklustre weekend for new movies with the biggest release of the week being Tomb Raider, the latest video game adaptation to apparently continue the long streak of big screen disappointments. Also in wide release we have the gay teen love story Love, Simon, as well as José Padilha’s real-life hijacking thriller 7 Days in Entebbe and the faith-based drama I Can Only Imagine. Even in limited release it is pretty slim pickings, the most noteworthy titles being Max Winkler’s Flower starring Zoey Deutch, Furlough starring Tessa Thompson and Anna Paquin, and the British war drama Journey’s End starring Paul Bettany and Sam Claflin. What will you be watching this weekend?

Spike Lee Circling Sony’s Nightwatch Movie


Although the jury is still out on the upcoming Venom movie starring Tom Hardy (the first trailer was a bit of a wet noodle), Sony is continuing to set up several other spin-off movies set in the Spider-Man universe. In addition to Venom, they’ve already announced a Silver Sable and Black Cat team-up called Silver & Black as well as a Morbius the Living Vampire movie. Now this week they are developing another movie based on a lesser known Spider-Man ally and they’ve got a pretty well-known director interested in taking the helm. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade Trailer


So here’s another potential breakout hit from Sundance 2018: a coming-of-age dramedy written and directed by Bo Burnham called Eighth Grade. The movie stars newcomer Elsie Fisher as a quiet eighth-grader who struggles with feeling invisible as she tries to navigate her last school year before entering high school. As you would expect from a modern portrait of adolescence, YouTube and social media play a major role in the movie as well. Although I wouldn’t necessarily expect a comedian like Burnham to present a story like this without going for cheap laughs, by all accounts the movie is honest, emotional and real. A24 will release it in select theatres on July 13th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #651: The Dark Crystal


0:00 – Intro
15:15 – Retro Review: The Dark Crystal
57:50 – Headlines: Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer
1:06:30 – Other Stuff We Watched: Derren Brown: The Push (SPOILERS start at 1:19:50 and end at 1:36:10), O.J. Simpson: The Lost Confession, Voyeur, Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, Paradise Lost 2: Revelations, Atlanta Monster, Love: Season 3, United 93, Serpico, Stop Making Sense
1:59:00 – Junk Mail: Eli Roth vs. James Wan, Hans Zimmer’s Wal-Mart Commercial, Predicting Ready Player One Box Office + Tarantino Collaborations, Most Influential Films of the Past 20 Years, Surround Sound System Tips, Toronto Drive-In Locations, Music Listening Habits
2:30:10 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:31:45 – Outro

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer


After Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them successfully launched a new franchise set in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the sequel aims to deepen the connection to the original movies by bringing Albus Dumbledore into the mix. Jude Law plays a young version of the character in this film, which finds him teaming up with his former student Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) in order to face off against fugitive Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Although the previous Harry Potter movies went through a rotating crew of directors and writers, this series is maintaining a consistency of vision with David Yates continuing to direct from another screenplay by J.K. Rowling herself. I suppose that’s the safe thing to do, but still, it is a little… BORING. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald hits theatres on Nov. 16th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter Clip: Jody Hill’s Latest Comes to Netflix


It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a decade since Jody Hill’s last film Observe & Report, but the good news is that he has finally taken time away from the HBO show Vice Principals to direct a new movie. The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer Hunter stars Josh Brolin as Buck Ferguson, a renowned deer hunter with his own hunting show who sets off on a weekend trip with his estranged son, Jaden. Hill’s frequent collaborator Danny McBride co-wrote the script and also co-stars in what appears to be another darkly comedic examination of the male ego. The movie just premiered at SXSW to somewhat mixed reviews, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from this crew. The Legacy Of A Whitetail Deer arrives on Netflix on July 6th; check out the first clip from the movie after the jump.

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The Outlaw Johnny Black Trailer: Black Dynamite Gets a Spiritual Successor


Michael Jai White has been talking about the possibility of revisiting his blaxploitation comedy Black Dynamite for years now, and although the movie did spawn an animated series on Adult Swim, fans haven’t stopped asking for a new movie as well. The good news is that a follow-up film is finally about to become a reality… the slightly unexpected news is that it won’t be a direct sequel. Instead, it will be a western called The Outlaw Johnny Black that functions as more of a “spiritual successor” to Black Dynamite. White is crowdfunding it through Indiegogo with a goal of $1 million and they’ve thrown together a rough trailer that mixes some of their ideas with footage from pre-existing cult classic westerns. If all goes well, this seems like it will once again walk the line between knowing parody and loving tribute. Except… does anyone support crowdfunded projects anymore? Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Sorry To Bother You Trailer Starring Lakeith Stanfield


One of the most talked about movies at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Sorry to Bother You, the directorial debut of rapper / activist Boots Riley. The movie stars Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out, Death Note) as a telemarketer who “discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.” I am not entirely sure what that means but the movie looks to be quite funny and also strange and surreal at times, sort of like a more angry, socially conscious Spike Jonze movie that has some big issues on its mind. Annapurna Pictures acquired the film and will release it this summer, giving us a nice little alternative to all the usual action tentpoles. Sorry to Bother You co-stars Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Danny Glover, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun and Omari Hardwick and it hits select theatres on July 6th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Black Panther Bests A Wrinkle in Time


Black Panther continued its unprecedented theatrical run this past weekend as the movie earned another $41.1 million to stay at the top of the box office for the fourth weekend in a row. No other Marvel movie has accomplished that to date and the only other movies in the past decade to have pulled it off are Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Avatar and The Dark Knight. The movie also opened in China with $66.5 million, pushing it past the $1 billion mark worldwide. In second place, Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time earned a slightly disappointing $33 million, falling directly in line with comparisons to Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland (although the latter cost almost twice as much to make). The Strangers: Prey at Night debuted in third with $10.2 million, while Red Sparrow and Game Night rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, The Hurricane Heist flopped in eighth place with just $3.2 million while Gringo opened outside the top 10 with just $2.6 million. Both movies had pretty terrible per theatre averages, which is probably not all that surprising.

1. Black Panther — $41.1M
2. A Wrinkle in Time — $33.3M
3. The Strangers: Prey at Night — $10.5M
4. Red Sparrow — $8.2M
5. Game Night — $7.9M
6. Peter Rabbit — $6.8M
7. Death Wish — $6.6M
8. The Hurricane Heist — $3.2M
9. Annihilation — $3.2M
10. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — $2.8M