Bumblebee Trailer #2

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Well it only took eleven years, five movies and the departure of Michael Bay for Paramount to finally give fans what they’ve been asking for all along… Transformers that actually look like the original G1 characters they grew up with. The upcoming prequel Bumblebee takes place in 1987 and stars Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie Watson, a 17-year-old girl who finds herself in the line of fire when she discovers her yellow VW bug is more than just a car. This week Paramount has released a new trailer for the movie and it actually shows some familiar-looking character designs, although it also seems more kid-friendly than the previous installments for better or worse. Could this be a fresh start for the franchise or will it just be more of the same? Directed by Travis Knight (Kubo and the Two Strings), Bumblebee hits theatres on Dec. 25th. Check out the new trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Into the Dark Teaser Trailer: A Monthly Anthology Series from Blumhouse and Hulu

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Earlier this year we heard that Blumhouse was teaming up with Hulu for a unique genre anthology series that would release one episode per month, each one centering on a specific holiday. Now that the first episode is almost upon us, Hulu has released the first trailer for the series. Into the Dark will kick off next month with “The Body”, directed by Paul Davis, about a hitman set in “the selfie culture of Los Angeles on Halloween night.” Following that, they will release a Thanksgiving-themed episode directed by Patrick Lussier (Drive Angry, My Bloody Valentine). The remaining ten episodes still have yet to be announced. Into the Dark premieres on Hulu on Oct. 5th; check out the teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Chloe Zhao to Direct Marvel’s The Eternals

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Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is expected to kick off next year with the release of Spider-Man: Far from Home, the follow-up to as-of-yet untitled The Avengers: Infinity War conclusion. However, other than that we don’t really know what is in store for the next batch of Marvel movies. We do know that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be a part of it and we also know that a Black Widow movie may finally happen. Now it appears that we can also add another movie to that list of upcoming projects: The Eternals. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: The House with a Clock In Its Walls Leads Slow Weekend

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Eli Roth’s first PG film, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, got off to a solid start in what was otherwise a pretty slow September weekend at the box office. The Universal / Amblin release earned $26.85 million, which is slightly above expectations and more than Goosebumps made back in 2015. It is also (not surprisingly) Eli Roth’s biggest opening weekend to date, although it may have been helped out by the addition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller to IMAX screenings of the film. In second place, Paul Feig’s A Simple Favor had a decent hold followed by The Nun in third. Meanwhile The Predator dropped from first all the way to fourth, while Crazy Rich Asians rounded out the top 5. All of the other newcomers struggled to say the least; Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 opened at #8 with $3.1 million while Life Itself and Assassination Nation straight up bombed, opening outside the top 10 with $2.1 million and $1 million respectively.

1. The House with a Clock in Its Walls — $26.9M
2. A Simple Favor — $10.4M
3. The Nun — $10.3M
4. The Predator — $8.7M
5. Crazy Rich Asians — $6.5M
6. White Boy Rick — $5M
7. Peppermint — $3.7M
8. Fahrenheit 11/9 — $3.1M
9. The Meg — $2.4M
10. Searching — $2.2M

First Look at Joaquin Phoenix in Full Make-Up as The Joker

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Earlier this week, director Todd Phillips released the first official photo of Joaquin Phoenix from the upcoming Joker origin movie. Of course, he was toying with fans a little bit because it did not feature the Joker we all know and love, but rather a slightly odd-looking guy named Arthur. Today, however, he has gone a step further, releasing an on-camera test featuring Joaquin Phoenix in full make-up set to the song “Laughing” by The Guess Who. This is the best indicator we have had so far as to what the tone of the movie might be and it is intriguing to say the least. Joker hits theatres on October 4th, 2019 and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron and Shea Whigham. Check out the new video after the jump and see what you think.

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Michael B. Jordan to Star in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Movie Series

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Although reviews for Amazon’s Jack Ryan TV series have been decent to mixed, the show seems to have been a big success in terms of bringing the Tom Clancy character back into the spotlight. Now this week Paramount has announced plans to adapt another series of books focusing on one of Tom Clancy’s other major protagonists: John Clark. Although the name sounds just as boring as Jack Ryan, he is apparently more exciting in that he is not a paper-pushing analyst for the CIA but rather an ex-Navy Seal turned operations officer. He has appeared in several Jack Ryan books but also has his own series and we are hearing he will be played by Black Panther / Creed star Michael B. Jordan. Hit the jump for more info.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: The House with a Clock In Its Walls, Life Itself, Fahrenheit 11/9

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We’ve got an interesting assortment of new releases hitting theatres this week, although none of them are really expected to draw huge crowds. Eli Roth’s The House with a Clock In Its Walls is likely to be the biggest of the bunch, a PG-rated horror fantasy film that is hoping to capture some of the Goosebumps audience. Also hitting theatres we have Michael Moore’s latest documentary Fahrenheit 11/9, which is definitely not attracting the same level of attention that Fahrenheit 9/11 received back in 2004, and Dan Fogelman’s Life Itself, which is currently getting trounced by critics. Sundance hit Assassination Nation is also debuting on over 1400 screens and in select theatres we have Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly. What will you be watching this weekend?

Film Junk Podcast Episode #676: The Predator

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0:00 – Intro: McQ Twitter Fallout
29:00 – Review: The Predator
51:35 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Old Man and the Gun, Mid 90s, Her Smell, American Dharma, Destroyer, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, Freaks, Norm MacDonald Has a Show
1:31:15 – Junk Mail: Apple Removing Digital Content From iTunes Libraries
1:40:00 – Outro
1:44:20 – Spoiler Discussion: The Predator

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Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct Bond 25

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Last month we heard the disappointing news that Danny Boyle had dropped out as director of the next James Bond film due to creative differences. Although there were some interesting names in the mix to replace him (including Edgar Wright), the more pessimistic among us felt that the obvious response to losing a big name director like Boyle would be to choose a lesser known entity that could be more easily controlled. Fortunately, it looks like that will not be the case because today we are hearing that Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective) has landed the gig. The official announcement is as follows:

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Film Junk Premium Podcast #67: The Predator Franchise

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Time to let ol’ Painless out of the bag. With the release of Shane Black’s The Predator in theatres this past weekend, it was finally time for us to revisit the often requested Predator franchise… and yes, for better or worse (definitely worse), that includes the Alien vs. Predator movies too. On this episode we discuss a variety of topics including the capabilities and limitations of Predator technology, the specifics of their moral code, the relative importance of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s presence and some of the expanded lore surrounding the movies. So is Predator 2 a terrible sequel or does it make some solid additions to the mythology? How the hell do you pronounce Yautja? Where did the Alien vs Predator concept first originate? Which Film Junk member is an unabashed AvP addict and who is the true Pred Head? Get to the chopper and download this month’s premium podcast below.

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The Haunting of Hill House Trailer: Mike Flanagan and Netflix Retell a Classic Ghost Story

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Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House has been adapted for the big screen twice before, both times under the title The Haunting. This year director Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Ouija: Origin of Evil) is adapting the story yet again, but the difference is that he is teaming up with Netflix to expand it into a 10-episode series instead. The show takes the title of the original novel and updates it to a contemporary setting, following a group of five siblings who grew up in the house and are forced as adults to confront their past and once again face its horrors. The cast includes Carla Gugino (who also starred in Flanagan’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game), Michiel Huisman, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Mckenna Grace and it is coming to Netflix just in time for Halloween. The Haunting of Hill House arrives on Oct. 12th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Stan & Ollie Trailer Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly

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When it comes to biopics, sometimes all it takes is a bit of inspired casting to carry a film past the usual cliches and predictable plotlines. Stan & Ollie looks like it could be one of those situations with Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly playing Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy respectively (John C. Reilly in particular makes quite the transformation). The movie is directed by Jon S. Baird (Filth) and it focuses on the duo’s postwar tour of Britain and Ireland as they struggle to maintain their careers and their relationship while Hardy’s health also slowly deteriorates. It is currently scheduled to premiere at the London Film Festival next month and was recently acquired by Sony Pictures Classics who are planning a potential North American release before the end of the year. Stan & Ollie hits theaters on Jan. 11th in the U.K.; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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