New to Theatres This Weekend: X-Men: Apocalypse, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Chevalier


It’s looking like another big Memorial Day weekend for the X-Men franchise as X-Men: Apocalypse is on track to surpass X-Men: Days of Future Past at the box office (on its opening weekend at least). Unfortunately the reviews are not quite so hot, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping anyone from paying to see it. Also hitting theatres is yet another Disney blockbuster, Alice Through the Looking Glass, which should do just fine even though it is not expected to come anywhere close to the $116 million debut of the insanely successful Tim Burton-directed predecessor. Meanwhile in select theatres we’ve got a handful of documentaries including the Jared Leto-produced cult film Holy Hell and animal rights doc Unlocking the Cage, plus the indie film Chevalier, which originates from the same Greek “Weird Wave” scene that brought us Dogtooth. What will you be watching this weekend?

Film Junk Podcast Episode #566: The Nice Guys and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising


0:00 – Intro
12:52 – Review: The Nice Guys
59:20 – Review: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising
1:19:00 – Headlines: Ghostbusters Trailer Reactions
1:32:20 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Angry Birds Movie, Neighbours, The Stuff, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Americans In Bed
2:20:05 – Junk Mail: Movie Trivia Apps, What Mediocre Movie Would You Want a Sequel For? + Video Game Movies We’d Want Adapted, Do We Take Notes For Reviews? + Movies to Watch in Hell
2:38:45 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray / Outro

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John Carpenter and Blumhouse to Produce a New Halloween Movie (UPDATED)


Update: Bloody Disgusting is reporting that Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) is in talks to direct but Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) also seems to be hinting on Twitter that he could be contention as well.

After rebooting the Halloween franchise with Rob Zombie almost a decade ago, Dimension Films has struggled to figure out where to go next. At the very beginning of the year, plans for a direct sequel to the original Halloween II fell apart after Miramax announced that they would be making a clean break from Dimension and shopping the rights to other studios. At the time, there was speculation that Warner Brothers might be interested in picking up the property in order to set up a crossover with the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, but as it turns out, things have ended up going in a very different direction. This week Miramax has announced that they are partnering with the king of microbudget horror, Jason Blum, as well as the horror master himself, John Carpenter, for a brand new installment. Blum had this to say about the exciting news:

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #49: The X-Men Franchise


There’s a war coming… are you sure you’re on the right side? With the impending release of X-Men: Apocalypse, we finally decided to revisit all five of the main X-Men films from their big screen debut in 2000 through to Bryan Singer’s triumphant return to the franchise 14 years later with X-Men: Days of Future Past. We discuss the state of comic book movies in the late ’90s, the social and political undertones of the series, timeline inconsistencies, the changing fashion trends and even the Hollywood scandal that Bryan Singer was allegedly involved in. So is X-Men: First Class a soft reboot or a prequel? Is the young X-Men cast an improvement on the originals? Is X-Men: The Last Stand really as bad as everyone says it is and, if so, is Brett Ratner to blame? Strap on Cerebro and read our minds with this month’s premium podcast below.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Audiences Flock to Angry Birds


After two weeks at the top of the box office, Captain America: Civil War finally met its match as The Angry Birds Movie swooped in and claimed its perch. The animated movie earned $39 million, which is a decent start but clearly not in the same league as the Pixars and Dreamworks of the world. Captain America: Civil War earned another $33 million and fell to second place, having officially passed the $1 billion mark in just 24 days. In third place, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising was a disappointment, earning less than half of its predecessor’s debut, while Shane Black’s The Nice Guys opened in a distant fourth with $11.3 million. The Jungle Book rounded out the top 5. Next weekend X-Men Apocalypse will shake up the domestic box office, having already earned $103.3 million internationally.

1. The Angry Birds Movie — $39M
2. Captain America: Civil War — $33.1M
3. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising — $21.8M
4. The Nice Guys — $11.3M
5. The Jungle Book — $11M
6. Money Monster — $7.1M
7. The Darkness — $2.4M
8. Zootopia — $1.7M
9. The Huntsman: Winter’s War — $1.2M
10. Mother’s Day — $1.1M

Star Trek Beyond Trailer #2


A new trailer for Star Trek: Beyond was unveiled at a special 50th Anniversary fan event over the weekend with Paramount looking to correct some of the mistakes that they made the first time around. Specifically, there is a bit more to chew on here other than just non-stop action sequences although long-time Trek fans who were holding out hope for some brainy sci-fi stuff will still likely be disappointed. However, we do get our first good look at some of the new alien species that will be introduced in the movie including the film’s villain, Krall, played by Idris Elba. Of course, this being a Justin Lin movie, there also happens to be an action sequence with a motorcycle… go figure. Star Trek: Beyond hits theatres on July 22nd; check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Daniel Craig Reportedly Turns Down a Lot of Money for Two More Bond Movies


Before Spectre hit theatres last year, there was a lot of speculation that it might be Daniel Craig’s final mission as 007. Craig himself had fueled a lot of that speculation after commenting that he would rather slash his wrists than do another Bond movie. However, he was also exhausted after a grueling shoot and clearly not in the mood to promote the film. Now, six months later, Craig’s future with the James Bond franchise is once again being called into question after a report that he has turned turn a sizable offer to star in two more films. While this report may or may not be totally accurate, it seems safe to say that the star of the next Bond movie is still very much up in the air. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Cary Fukunaga and Steven Spielberg to Complete Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon for HBO


When Stanley Kubrick died in 1999, he left behind quite a few projects that he had developed but never got the chance to see through to completion. One of those projects was A.I., which ended up being directed by Steven Spielberg and was released a couple of years later. But one of the other major projects that Kubrick left unfinished was an epic biopic about the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, which has since been labelled “the greatest movie never made.” A few years back, Steven Spielberg hinted that he intended to develop this project for TV, but then we didn’t hear anything about it until just a few days ago, when a report surfaced through Kubrick’s long-time producer Jan Harlan that it was going to happen at HBO. Now it appears that the project is indeed moving forward and it will be directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation). Hit the jump for more details.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The Nice Guys, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, The Angry Birds Movie


Captain America: Civil War faces its first real challenge of the summer this weekend as The Angry Birds Movie arrives to somewhat disappointing reviews. It could be a tight race but it will be interesting to see if the general public still responds to the Angry Birds name or if they have already moved on. Also hitting theatres this weekend we have Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the follow-up to the 2014 hit comedy starring Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne, and Shane Black’s The Nice Guys, which is the biggest question mark of the new releases. The movie has strong reviews and two big stars but it’s a throwback to a kind of movie that doesn’t have the same commercial potential that it once did. In select theatres, we also have Maggie’s Plan starring Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig plus the appropriately-titled Anthony Weiner documentary Weiner. What will you be watching this weekend?

Sausage Party Trailer #2


With Neighbors 2 hitting theatres this weekend, Sony and Annapurna Pictures have taken the opportunity to release a new trailer for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s R-rated CG-animated comedy Sausage Party. Truth be told, this is pretty similar to the first trailer we saw back in March although it has been sanitized for a wider audience. Despite the fact that it is a green band trailer, it still manages to get away with a lot. Most of the new footage has been thrown in towards the end so make sure to stick with this one even if you think you’ve seen it before. Either way, I think we can all agree that this is shaping up to be the perfect late summer drive-in flick. Sausage Party hits theatres on Aug. 12th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Star Trek Reboot TV Series Teaser Trailer


Although the new Star Trek TV series won’t premiere until early 2017, CBS did manage to throw together a little teaser for their upfronts presentation this week. It showcases some CG space stuff followed by a new logo and the tagline “New Crews / New Villains / New Heroes / New Worlds.” Oh, and that classic theme, which is obviously the best part. We still don’t know much about the show except that it will be available exclusively through their new streaming service CBS All Access and that Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) is the showrunner. However, Birth Movies Death claims that it will be an anthology series with each season taking place in a different time period with different characters. The first season will supposedly fall between the events of Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: The Next Generation. Are you pumped for the return of Star Trek on the small screen? Check out the very first teaser after the jump.

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Michel Gondry’s Microbe & Gasoline Trailer


After directing the big budget bomb that was Seth Rogen’s The Green Hornet, Michel Gondry has gone back to his roots to focus on the smaller, more intimate (but still playful) films that he is best known for. In some ways, it feels like he has almost fallen off the map as movies like The We and the I and Mood Indigo barely got a release in North America at all. Now his latest film is about to hit theatres stateside and it is quietly earning some of his best reviews since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Microbe & Gasoline revolves around two misfit teenagers who build their own car to take a summer road trip across France. Of course, this being a Michel Gondry film, their car is essentially a house on wheels built out of an old bed. Sold! Microbe & Gasoline hits select theatres on July 1st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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