Stan Lee 1922-2018

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It is a day of mourning for comic book fans as we are just learning that legendary comic writer and former Marvel editor-in-chief Stan Lee has passed away. Lee is credited with co-creating an insane number of iconic superheroes throughout his career including Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Thor, Iron Man and Black Panther. He had been suffering from health issues as of late and was known to have been battling pneumonia earlier this year, forcing him to cancel some public appearances. He was reportedly rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center today where he later died. He was 95 years old.

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Pokemon Detective Pikachu Trailer

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After decades of being gunshy when it comes to movie adaptations of their properties, Nintendo is finally getting reacquainted with Hollywood. We know that a CG-animated Super Mario Brothers movie is in the works at Illumination Entertainment, but first Legendary is making… a Detective Pikachu movie? Featuring Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu? Yeah this is a pretty weird one, and it’s even more odd when you consider that they have yet to simply attempt a straight up live-action Pokemon movie. Instead we are getting a Who Framed Roger Rabbit?-style mystery with borderline photorealistic CG Pokemon where Pikachu teams up with the son of a famous private eye to find his father after he disappears. Directed by Rob Letterman (Goosebumps), the movie stars Justice Smith, Bill Nighy, Suki Waterhouse and Ken Watanabe and it hits theatres on May 11th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Toy Story 4 Teaser Trailer

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After delaying Toy Story 4 by a couple of years and throwing out 75% of the script, Disney and Pixar are finally ready to offer up a first look at the newly revamped sequel. But what was originally rumoured to be a quest to find Bo Peep now seems to have morphed into another existential crisis for a brand new character named… Forky?! Yes, apparently Bonnie has introduced a homemade toy to the group who is grappling with a sudden change in his life’s purpose. Once again it feels like Pixar is bordering on self-parody here but hopefully they can still pull it off and deliver something magical. Toy Story 4 is directed by Josh Cooley (co-writer of Inside Out) and it hits theatres on June 21st, 2019. Check out the first teaser after the jump and see what you think.

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Monday Morning Box Office Report: The Grinch Steals Top Spot

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The folks at Illumination Entertainment should be in a festive mood this week as The Grinch easily snagged the #1 spot at the box office over the weekend with $66 million. That’s $11 million more than the live-action Jim Carrey version made back in 2000, although with inflation I’m sure the Ron Howard version still has it beat. In second place, Bohemian Rhapsody had a strong encore performance in its second weekend, taking in another $30 million while Overlord opened in third with an unremarkable $10.1 million. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms fell to fourth while The Girl in the Spider’s Web rounded out the top 5 with a disappointing $8 million. Considering that David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo made just $12 million on its opening weekend back in 2011, I guess this shouldn’t be a surprise. Meanwhile, Venom opened in China with $111 million, the second highest Chinese debut ever for a superhero movie.

1. The Grinch — $66M
2. Bohemian Rhapsody — $30.9M
3. Overlord — $10.1M
4. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms — $9.6M
5. The Girl in the Spider’s Web — $8M
6. A Star Is Born — $8M
7. Nobody’s Fool — $6.5M
8. Venom — $4.9M
9. Halloween — $3.8M
10. The Hate U Give — $2.1M

Jonny Quest Movie Gets The Lego Batman Movie Director

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A live-action Jonny Quest movie has been bouncing around Hollywood for over two decades now with directors like Richard Donner, Peter Segal and Robert Rodriguez all having been attached to direct at one point. Rodriguez was the most recent filmmaker to be involved, but after co-writing the script with Terry Rossio (The Pirates Of The Caribbean series) he decided to step back and let someone else take the helm. Despite rumours that people like Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond), Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange), and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) were under consideration, it appears that the studio has settled on Chris McKay instead. Hit the jump for more info.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Overlord, The Girl in the Spider’s Web

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November is continuing to pile on the major releases as we have our first true blockbuster of the month hitting theatres plus a couple of high profile genre entries as well. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch is the movie to beat and is expected to open in the $50-$60 million range but that feels a bit low given Illumination Entertainment’s past track record, the book’s popularity and the star power of Benedict Cumberbatch (then again it is also the third time this story has been adapted). The J.J. Abrams-produced nazi zombie movie Overlord should also bring in more than just hardcore horror fans while The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel The Girl in the Spider’s Web could go either way. In select theatres we also have Jason Reitman’s awards season drama The Front Runner starring Hugh Jackman. What will you be watching this weekend?

Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Trailer

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Following up on the big announcement from a few months ago that Netflix had acquired Andy Serkis’ Mowgli from Warner Brothers, the streaming giant has finally set a release date for the live-action / CG hybrid movie. Although initial reports indicated it wouldn’t arrive until 2019, they are instead opting for a high-profile December 2018 release along with a limited theatrical run. They have also given it a new title (Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle) and released a brand new trailer. Despite all the talk of this being a darker and more mature take on the source material, it does still look a lot like Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book… go figure. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle hits select theatres on Nov. 29th and arrives on Netflix globally on Dec. 7th; check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Missing Link Trailer: LAIKA’s Latest Stop-Motion Marvel

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Animated movies about yetis seem to be having a moment right now with Smallfoot currently in theatres, DreamWorks planning to release Abominable next year, and now we have the first trailer for LAIKA’s next film, Missing Link. Directed by Chris Butler (ParaNorman), the movie stars Hugh Jackman as the voice of Sir Lionel Frost, an explorer who discovers the legendary creature (voiced by Zach Galifianakis) then sets about proving his existence to the rest of the world. The trailer is set to Paul Simon’s “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard”, which seems like a not-so-subtle way to associate it with Wes Anderson’s stop-motion films. This is LAIKA’s first release distributed by Annapurna Pictures so perhaps they are taking a new approach and trying to market it to an art house crowd as opposed to mainstream family audiences. Missing Link also features the voices of Zoe Saldana, Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry, Timothy Olyphant and Matt Lucas and it hits theatres on April 12th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Breaking Bad Movie Officially in the Works

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Update: /Film is reporting that the movie will be set after the series finale and will star Aaron Paul returning as Jesse Pinkman.

Following up on the recent news that AMC is developing three Walking Dead feature films, it has also come to light this week that Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is in development on some kind of Breaking Bad-related movie. Details are still somewhat scarce, but sources have confirmed that preproduction is underway in New Mexico and that the project is expected to start shooting in just a few weeks. What we don’t know is whether any of the show’s cast will return and where the story might fit in to the overall timeline. Hit the jump for more info.

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Explorers TV Series in the Works with Cary Fukunaga and David Lowery

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Although he is currently embarking on his biggest movie project to date with Bond 25, it appears that director Cary Fukunaga also intends on keeping one foot in the world of TV after his success with shows like True Detective, The Alienist and Maniac. Fukunaga is reportedly teaming up with David Lowery (A Ghost Story, Pete’s Dragon) to develop a TV series based on Joe Dante’s 1985 sci-fi film Explorers. While that is not a sentence I ever expected to type, I am guessing this Amblin-esque property is being dug up now as a result of the current popularity of Stranger Things. Hit the jump for more details.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #683: Niagara Movie Tour + Junk Mail with Matt Gourley

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0:00 – Intro
17:30 – Jay’s Niagara Movie Tour
1:08:05 – Junk Mail: Favourite Squib Scenes, Avatar Font Change, Why Matt Went for Tacos with Tyra Banks, Moving + Vinegar Syndrome Recommendations + Spectre Re-evaluation, Canadian Weed Update, Forgotten Classics + Improv Session, Working Overtime in Creative Industries, Bond Continuity and the Future of the Franchise, Jay’s Personal Hell Town, Black and White Cuts + Schindler’s List Artwork, Canadian Road Trip Movies + Poutine Advice, Period Friday the 13th vs Period Bond + Ranking Star Wars Movies, Superego Movie + Favourite Bond Novel, Long Time Listeners and the Future of Film Junk
2:37:55 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:40:25 – Outro

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Trailer #2

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Netflix has had a pretty solid couple of months when it comes to original movies and they’ve still got a few big ones on the way including this one: a brand new Coen Brothers movie! The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is described a “six-part Western anthology film” featuring “a series of tales about the American frontier”, and although that description sounds a little dry, the trailer looks pretty damn colourful and cartoony. Anthology films are notoriously hit and miss, but when all of the segments come from such a unique and admired creative team, hopefully that will improve the batting average considerably. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs stars Tim Blake Nelson, James Franco, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan, Tom Waits and Brendan Gleeson and it hits select theatres on Nov. 8th followed by a Netflix rollout on Nov. 16th. Check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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