Hulu is Building an Adult-Oriented Marvel Animated Universe, May Also Revive Live-Action Netflix Shows

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With Disney’s streaming service set to launch later this year, you would think that Disney would be ending all of their streaming partnerships in order to bring all of their content under one roof. However, that is not entirely the case, even if their relationship with Netflix is clearly on the rocks (last year Netflix cancelled three of Marvel’s live-action shows and are expected to end Jessica Jones and The Punisher soon). For the time being, Disney is looking to keep their service squeaky clean and family-friendly, which is apparently why they are teaming up with Hulu to offload some of their more adult-oriented material. Case in point: a recently announced line-up of four somewhat edgy Marvel animated shows being shepherded by folks like Kevin Smith and Patton Oswalt. The shows are as follows:

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Long Shot Trailer Starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron

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After taking a couple of years away from any major starring roles, Seth Rogen is back with a new comedy this summer that finds him reteaming with 50/50 and The Night Before director Jonathan Levine. This one harkens back to the movie that made him a huge star, Knocked Up, in that it finds Rogen playing an unattractive schlub named Fred Flarsky who enters into an unlikely relationship with an otherwise unattainable woman. Charlize Theron plays the love interest, who in this case also happens to be the U.S. Secretary of State and his former babysitter, but she hires Flarsky as a campaign writer when she decides to run for president. Yeah, it feels like even more of a stretch than usual and also a thinly-veiled excuse to work in some political humour, but if anyone can still make this work it’s probably Charlize Theron. Long Shot co-stars June Diane Raphael, Alexander Skarsgard, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Andy and Randall Park and it hits theatres on May 3rd. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.

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Love Death + Robots Trailer: David Fincher and Tim Miller’s Animated Anthology Series

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First announced last month, David Fincher and Tim Miller’s animated anthology series Love, Death + Robots now has an official release date and a trailer as well. The movie brings together 18 animated shorts in a variety of mediums and genres into a single frenetic and eclectic collection. We still don’t have a complete list of the directors and production companies who are involved, but we know they come from all over the world and the stories themselves cover “a variety of adult topics including racism, government, war, free will, and human nature.” Love, Death + Robots arrives on Netflix on March 15th; check out the NSFW trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Alita: Battle Angel, Happy Death Day 2U, Isn’t It Romantic

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The first live-action blockbuster of 2019 hits theatres this weekend with Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron’s sci-fi manga adaptation Alita: Battle Angel, although in this case it is also poised to become the year’s first major flop. The movie cost over $170 million to make and is expected to earn just $30 million over President’s Day weekend, but international markets should ultimately help Fox’s bottom line. Also hitting theatres we have the Blumhouse sequel Happy Death Day 2U, the WWE wrestling biopic Fighting with My Family, and the rom-com parody Isn’t It Romantic starring Rebel Wilson. In select theatres, we also have the bleak crime drama Donnybrook starring Jamie Bell and Frank Grillo and the Colombian drug war epic Birds of Passage from the director and producer of Embrace of the Serpent. What will you be watching this weekend?

Blumhouse’s Ma Trailer Starring Octavia Spencer

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In addition to Glass, Happy Death Day 2U and Us, the next genre flick on Blumhouse’s release calendar this year comes from an unlikely source. Director Tate Taylor is best known for directing the Oscar-nominated film The Help, but now he is reteaming with Octavia Spencer for a psychological thriller that has a rather strange concept. Spencer plays a lonely, unassuming woman who befriends some teenagers, agrees to buy booze for them and allows them to use her house for parties. Before they know it, however, she is getting a lot more involved in their lives and seems to be hiding a dark secret. I am certainly curious to see where this one goes and at the very least you’ve gotta give Blumhouse credit for taking a chance on stuff like this. Ma hits theatres on May 31st; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #695: High Flying Bird

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0:00 – Intro: Jay’s New Project
13:35 – Review: High Flying Bird
37:15 – Headlines: Oscars to Announce Winners in Four Categories During Commercial Break
46:40 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Predator, Splatter University, In Order of Disappearance, Velvet Buzzsaw, Face Transplant Videos, Russian Doll, Free Solo
1:31:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:34:42 – Outro

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Frozen 2 Teaser Trailer

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Between Avengers: Endgame, Star Wars: Episode IX and Toy Story 4, there is already a good chance that Disney will be releasing three of the biggest movies of all time this year. But there is another absolutely gigantic sequel coming later this year that we haven’t really seen anything about until now. The first teaser for Frozen 2 has just debuted and while it doesn’t reveal much about the plot, it does seem to be a little darker than the previous film and feels more like a fantasy adventure than a fairy tale. Fans of the original will probably just be happy to see Anna and Elsa are teaming up together this time (along with Olaf and Kristoff) as they journey outside Arendelle. Frozen 2 hits theatres on Nov. 22; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Tolkien Trailer Starring Nicholas Hoult

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Although we probably have a couple of years to wait before the new Lord of the Rings TV series arrives on Amazon, Fox Searchlight has a little something to hold over fans in the meantime. The movie, simply titled Tolkien, is a biopic that explores the life of legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien from his early creative partnerships and pursuits at boarding school and college to his harrowing experiences in World War I. Directed by Finnish filmmaker Dome Karukoski (Tom of Finland), it doesn’t seem to be steering clear of biopic cliches but Tolkien’s life should at least be interesting enough to justify its existence. The movie stars Nicholas Hoult in the lead role with a supporting cast that includes Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Craig Roberts, Mimi Keene, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly and Derek Jacobi. Tolkien hits select theatres on May 10th; check out the first trailer below and see what you think.

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Yesterday Trailer: Danny Boyle’s Beatles-Themed Musical Comedy

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We’ve been hearing about Danny Boyle’s upcoming musical Yesterday for a while now, but this week Universal has finally released the first official trailer. The movie has a pretty unique high concept that imagines a world where no one has heard of The Beatles except of the main character, who becomes a famous musician by recreating their songs. The script was written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually) and it looks like another crowdpleaser in the tradition of many of his previous rom-coms. Himesh Patel (EastEnders) stars in the lead role with a supporting cast that includes Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran, Ana de Armas and James Corden. Yesterday hits theatres on June 28th; check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Hustle Trailer: A Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Remake Starring Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway

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Ocean’s 8 was a decent hit for Warner Brothers last summer and now this year MGM is hoping to recapture some of that same audience with their female-led crime comedy The Hustle, a loose remake of the 1988 film Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. While the original starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine as two con men holding a contest to swindle a young heiress out of her fortune, this new version stars Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway as two con artists who team up to get revenge on the “dirty rotten men who have wronged them.” Directed by Chris Addison (Veep) from a screenplay by Jac Schaeffer (TiMER), the movie originally received an R-rating on its initial submission to the MPAA but was knocked down to PG-13 after an appeal. The Hustle hits theatres on May 10th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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2019 Oscars to Announce Winners in Four Categories During Commercial Breaks

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Last year The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences caused a bit of a stir when they announced tentative plans for a “popular film” award at the 2019 Oscars. The goal was to try and spark new interest from mainstream moviegoers but the backlash was so severe that they decided to shelve the new award category for the time being. However, they were still a few other changes that they were planning in order to streamline the telecast, one of which was the idea of presenting some of the awards during commercial breaks. Now this week they have confirmed that they are moving forward with this and they have revealed which specific awards will be getting the shaft. Once again, people are not very happy. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Aladdin Trailer #2: Will Smith’s Genie is Blue After All

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When Disney released the first official photos from their upcoming live-action Aladdin film back in December, a lot of fans were confused as to why Will Smith simply seemed to be playing himself with a ponytail as opposed to a blue CG character. Last night, however, Disney debuted a new trailer during the Grammys that introduces Smith’s new look as the Genie and proves that he will actually be blue after all. It is unclear if this was the plan from the beginning or if they decided to pivot based on online criticism (I suspect the former, but you never know). That being said, the jury is still out on whether this is actually an improvement. Aladdin is directed by Guy Ritchie and hits theatres on May 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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