Film Junk Podcast Episode #639: The Disaster Artist and Stronger

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0:00 – Intro
17:20 – Review: The Disaster Artist
48:35 – Review: Stronger
1:09:40 – Headlines: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer, Alita: Battle Angel Trailer, Quentin Tarantino Might Direct a Star Trek Movie, Sylvester Stallone Won’t Direct Creed 2
1:27:40 – Other Stuff We Watched: I, Tonya, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Trip to Spain
1:43:50 – Junk Mail: All the Money in the World Riding the CoPo Wave, Watching Movies with Horrible People in Them, Horror Sequels Being a Slave to Canon, Joss Whedon Easter Egg in Justice League, Star Wars: The Last Jedi International Poster Spoiler
2:12:50 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:14:30 – Outro

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Creed 2 Won’t Be Directed by Stallone After All

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A couple of months ago, Sylvester Stallone took to Instagram to announce that he would be stepping back behind the camera to direct the upcoming Creed sequel. At the time, there was no official announcement from the studio, but it seemed to make sense. If Ryan Coogler was unavailable to return in that capacity, surely Stallone would be an ideal replacement being that he is the most familiar with the Rocky franchise. This week, however, we are hearing that Stallone won’t be directing after all and that a mutual decision was made by Stallone, Michael B. Jordan and the studio execs to bring in a fresh voice instead. Hit the jump for more details.

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Ready Player One Trailer #2

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Back in July we got our first taste of Steven Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi movie Ready Player One, but now that the movie is just a few months away, Warner Brothers have released a brand new trailer that helps contextualize things a bit. Based on the book by Ernest Cline, the story revolves around a digital treasure hunt that takes place inside a virtual world called the OASIS (where participants also happen to enjoy recreating their favourite pop culture properties). This trailer feels like a slight improvement on the previous one because it shows us a bit more of the real world and offers something other than just wall-to-wall action. That being said, the CG characters inside the OASIS are looking pretty rough… let’s hope that stuff is still unfinished as opposed to being a deliberate artistic choice. Ready Player One hits theatres on March 30th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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2018 Golden Globe Nominations Announced

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Awards season continues this week with the nominations for the 75th Annual Golden Globes being unveiled by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this morning. Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water led the way with a total of 7 nominations, while Steven Spielberg’s The Post and Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri were close behind with 6 each. Call Me by Your Name and Dunkirk were the other two Best Motion Picture picks on the Drama side. In the comedy/musical categories, Get Out managed to pick up a couple of nominations despite some debate over whether it should be considered a comedy (Jordan Peele himself was overlooked, however). The Greatest Showman also managed to get a few nods, but perhaps as a result The Big Sick was completely shut out. HBO’s Big Little Lies dominated the TV categories with 6 nominations. What do you think of this year’s Globe nominees? Check out the full list after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: Coco Coasts to Third Win, The Disaster Artist Surprises

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It was another uneventful weekend at the multiplex, allowing Pixar’s Coco to quietly top the box office for the third week in a row. The animated film added another $18.3 million to Disney’s coffers and has now made $389 million worldwide. It seems to be following the same trajectory as Moana and with the lack of family films in theatres this month it should continue to make money well into the new year. Once again, Justice League and Wonder remained in second and third place respectively while James Franco’s The Disaster Artist had a very successful expansion, jumping into fourth place with $6.4 million. Thor: Ragnarok rounded out the top 5. Elsewhere, Just Getting Started bombed, opening in a distant tenth place with just $3.2 million. Next weekend the masses will once again descend on theatres as Star Wars: The Last Jedi brings in yet another massive haul for Disney.

1. Coco — $18.3M
2. Justice League — $9.6M
3. Wonder — $8.5M
4. The Disaster Artist — $6.4M
5. Thor: Ragnarok — $6.3M
6. Daddy’s Home 2 — $6M
7. Murder on the Orient Express — $5.1M
8. The Star — $3.7M
9. Lady Bird — $3.5M
10. Just Getting Started — $3.2M

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Trailer

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller may have been fired from the Star Wars Han Solo movie earlier this year, but something tells me it won’t affect their career in the slightest. Here’s the first trailer for yet another guaranteed blockbuster that just happens to have their names on it: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The upcoming animated movie exists outside of any existing Spider-Man movie continuities and it focuses on Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker (it also seems to hint that there will be others as well). The movie looks to have a pretty unique visual style and it features the voices of Shameik Moore, Liev Schreiber and Mahershala Ali. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is directed by Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians) and it hits theatres on Dec. 14th, 2018. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Warner Brothers to Restructure DC Universe, Also Likely to Recast Batman

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Justice League may have brought together several of the most iconic superheroes of all time on the big screen, but three weeks after its release the movie has made just $573 million worldwide. It was supposed to be DC’s answer to The Avengers, but now it is looking unlikely to match the box office numbers of even Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or Suicide Squad, much less surpass them. Warner Brothers is expected to lose $50-$100 million on the project, which needs $750 million just to break even. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the studio is planning some major changes to the DC Universe, although at this point it is unclear whether it can be salvaged at all. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Alita: Battle Angel Trailer: Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron’s Live-Action Manga Adaptation

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Before James Cameron decided to spend another decade of his life making more Avatar sequels, he also had plans to adapt Yukito Kishiro’s manga series Battle Angel: Alita for the big screen. Rather than put the project on hold, he decided to bring Robert Rodriguez on board to direct while remaining involved as a co-writer and producer. The movie stars Rosa Salazar (CHiPs) in the lead role as Alita, an amnesiac cyborg who slowly learns that she was built to be a warrior. They have made the odd choice to give her giant CG eyes that more closely resemble the art style of the manga, although no one else in the movie seems to have the same look. Alita: Battle Angel also stars Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein and Jackie Earle Haley and it hits theatres on July 20th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer

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Here it is, the first trailer for the follow-up to the fourth highest grossing movie of all time… which, to be honest, now seems somewhat ludicrous in retrospect. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom apparently tries to flip the script a bit by having Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard team up to rescue the dinosaurs instead of trying to rescue themselves. It turns out that a volcanic eruption is threatening to destroy Isla Nublar. Jeff Goldblum will also return as Dr. Ian Malcolm, although from what we are hearing, his role is fairly minor. Sadly, the trailer feels like it is really struggling to make us care and it is a reminder of why the franchise ran out of steam with Jurassic Park III in the first place. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls) and it hits theatres on June 22nd. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Just Getting Started, November Criminals, I, Tonya

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With the holiday rush in full swing, we still have to get through the early December dumping grounds before the big holiday blockbusters start to hit theatres. Which means, as per usual, it’s pretty slim pickings out there in theatres right now. The only major release is the Ron Shelton-directed action-comedy Just Getting Started starring Morgan Freeman, Rene Russo and Tommy Lee Jones. James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is also expanding to over 800 screens while Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is getting a minor expansion as well. In select theatres, we have the acclaimed Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie and the teen murder mystery thriller November Criminals starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Ansel Elgort. What will you be watching this weekend?

Jose Padilha’s 7 Days in Entebbe Trailer

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Brazilian director Jose Padilha is best known for gritty crime dramas like the Elite Squad films and the Narcos TV series (not to mention the mostly unnecessary 2014 remake of a little movie called RoboCop). Now he is back with a real-life thriller that falls right in his wheelhouse called 7 Days in Entebbe. The movie revolves around the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight by Palestinian terrorists, who grounded the plane at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, and the subsequent rescue attempt by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). If it turns out to be a hit, Paul Greengrass may have some competition in the “tense thriller based on true events” department. 7 Days in Entebbe stars Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl and Eddie Marsan and it hits select theatres on March 16th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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You Were Never Really Here Trailer Starring Joaquin Phoenix

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Six years after directing the challenging and chilling We Need to Talk About Kevin, director Lynne Ramsay is back with another equally uncomfortable cinematic excursion. You Were Never Really Here is based on a novel by Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death) and it stars Joaquin Phoenix as a traumatized veteran who becomes a vigilante for hire, tracking down missing girls and doling out punishment as he sees fit. The movie looks to mix extreme violence with an art house approach and it drew comparisons to Taxi Driver at Cannes earlier this year where it won Best Screenplay and Best Actor. Amazon will release You Were Never Really Here in select theatres on April 6th; check out the first U.S. trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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