Danny Boyle Rumoured for Bond 25

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It’s been a while since we’ve had any real update on the search for a director for the next James Bond movie. Last summer we heard that French director Yann Demange (’71) was the top choice to helm Bond 25 with an announcement seeming imminent, although Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) and David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) were also supposedly under consideration. Now, several months later, it appears that MGM and Eon are still unsure and they may instead be dipping back into the pool of more established names. The latest rumour has Danny Boyle pegged as the new frontrunner, but would he actually consider taking on such a massive blockbuster? Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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Lost in Space Teaser: Netflix Revives the Classic Sci-Fi Series

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Netflix is continuing their major push into sci-fi this year with a new version of the classic ’60s series Lost in Space, which is is set to arrive almost exactly 50 years after the original show went off the air. The upcoming reboot offers a modern take on the campy original, which followed the adventures of a spacefaring family who crash land on an unknown planet. The show hails from showrunner Zack Estrin (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland) and writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (Gods of Egypt, Power Rangers) with Neil Marshall (The Descent) directing several episodes. Will it at least be an improvement on the disastrous 1998 feature film? We will know soon enough. Lost in Space debuts on Netflix on April 13th; check out the teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #648: Black Panther

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0:00 – Intro
18:30 – Review: Black Panther
57:30 – Headlines: The Incredibles 2 Trailer, Uncle Drew Trailer
1:12:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Post, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, Dunkirk, Darkest Hour, Roman J. Israel, Esq., The Disaster Artist, Looper, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton, Bright, Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Dredd, Crazy Heart, The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, The Silence of the Lambs
1:38:30 – Junk Mail: Favourite African-American Actors, Sequels By Name Only, Frank’s Selective Spoiler Sensitivity, Watching Movies on Planes
2:09:10 – Outro
2:14:15 – Spoiler Discussion: Black Panther

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Tuesday Morning Box Office Report: Black Panther Claims Fifth-Highest Debut Ever

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Black Panther completely obliterated expectations over the weekend with one of the biggest opening weekends of all time, continuing Marvel’s dominance and proving a strong audience appetite for diverse blockbusters. The movie earned an incredible $201.7 million over three days with a total of $235 million domestically for the four-day long weekend. That’s the biggest opening ever in February, completely shredding Deadpool‘s previous record of $132 / $152 million over President’s Day weekend in 2016, and it is also the fifth highest debut of all time, behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Avengers and Jurassic World. Not bad for a character that was once a lesser known player in the Marvel universe. Elsewhere Peter Rabbit remained in second place, while Fifty Shades Freed fell to third. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The 15:17 to Paris rounded out the top 5. The weekend’s other new releases, Early Man and Samson, were major disappointments, earning just $3.1 million and $1.9 million respectively.

1. Black Panther — $201M
2. Peter Rabbit — $17.6M
3. Fifty Shades Freed — $17.3M
4. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle — $7.9M
5. The 15:17 to Paris — $7.6M
6. The Greatest Showman — $5M
7. Early Man — $3.1M
8. Maze Runner: The Death Cure — $2.6M
9. Winchester — $2.1M
10. The Post — $2M

Cobra Kai Teaser: YouTube Resurrects The Karate Kid

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Although a follow-up to the 2010 Karate Kid reboot starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan is now seeming pretty unlikely, you may be surprised to hear that the original 1984 film is about to get another sequel of its own. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are back reprising their roles as Daniel and Johnny for a YouTube Red series called Cobra Kai that picks up over three decades later. Written by Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar), there was speculation that this might be more of a comedy but the first teaser seems to be taking itself pretty seriously. Who would have guessed that after all this time, Daniel and Johnny are still holding a grudge? Cobra Kai arrives on YouTube Red later this year; check out the first teaser trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Black Panther, Early Man, Samson

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After several weeks of mostly subpar releases, Marvel’s Black Panther is ready to tear up the box office over the President’s Day weekend. The movie is likely to top Deadpool‘s February opening weekend record and could very well end up being one of Marvel’s biggest openings to date. The weekend’s other two major releases are sure to get left in the dust with Aardman’s latest film Early Man hoping to bounce back from the disappointing performance of Shaun the Sheep and the Biblical epic Samson trying to pull in more devout viewers. In select theatres, we also have the Oscar-nominated Russian film Loveless, the Alex Ross Perry-scripted drama Nostalgia, Korean blockbuster Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead and Chinese buddy cop sequel Detective Chinatown 2. What will you be watching this weekend?

Ready Player One Final Trailer

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With the movie just over a month away, here is the the third and final trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi movie Ready Player One, based on the best-selling book by Ernest Cline. It’s one last chance to win us over and although I was really hoping to be wowed by this, sadly the visuals still look half-baked and the performances seem awkward. The story is also not being communicated very well, downplaying the treasure hunt / adventure elements in favour of a dull uprising against an evil corporation. But I suppose the only thing that really matters is the number of easter eggs and pop culture references they can pack in… right? Ready Player One stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg and Lena Waithe and it hits theatres on March 29th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Incredibles 2 Sneak Peek Trailer

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Up until now, The Incredibles 2 was one of the few 2018 summer blockbusters that had yet to receive a proper trailer. Rather than releasing something during the Super Bowl, however, Disney and Pixar apparently decided to wait for the Winter Olympics to kickstart their marketing campaign. Last night they debuted the first full trailer during NBC’s Olympic coverage and it confirms (among other things) that the sequel picks up right where the last movie left off 14 years ago. From there, the plot seems to flip the script from the original with Elastigirl being the one recruited to do some “off the books” superhero work and Mr. Incredible getting himself into a Mr. Mom situation with the kids. It all seems a bit obvious and yet entirely appropriate. The Incredibles 2 is directed by Brad Bird and it hits theatres on June 15th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Uncle Drew Trailer Starring Kyrie Irving and Shaquille O’Neal

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Fresh off the recent news that Apple is developing a basketball TV series with Kevin Durant and LeBron is producing a House Party reboot, here is the first trailer for Uncle Drew, a movie based on a series of Pepsi ads featuring a ton of NBA stars. Kyrie Irving plays the titular character, a legendary NBA old-timer who is persuaded to recruit all of his former teammates in order to enter the Rucker Classic streetball tournament. Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, Chris Webber and Lisa Leslie all make up the team of so-called septuagenarians while Lil Rel Howery and Nick Kroll also co-star. Hilarity ensues. Uncle Drew is directed by Charles Stone III (Mr. 3000, Drumline) and written by Jay Longino (Skiptrace) and it hits theatres on June 29th. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Call of Duty Movie Gets Sicario 2 Director

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Hollywood still hasn’t quite figured out how to successfully adapt a video game for the big screen, but that sure isn’t stopping them from trying again and again. We’ve got Tomb Raider and Rampage movies coming within the next couple of months, plus we’ve had several other fairly recent announcements including an animated Super Mario Brothers movie, Duke Nukem adaptation and Five Nights at Freddy’s. Now here is another one to add to the list: Activision Blizzard is finally moving forward with a live-action movie based on one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. That’s right, a Call of Duty movie seems inevitable but now they’ve actually got a director on board as well. Hit the jump for more info.

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #647: The Square

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0:00 – Intro
8:25 – Review: The Square
41:00 – Headlines: RIP Johann Johannsson, Venom Trailer, Joaquin Phoenix in Talks to Play The Joker, Peter Rabbit Controversy
1:06:40 – Other Stuff We Watched: Wormwood, The Ritual, Mom and Dad, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman
1:40:00 – Junk Mail: Embers of Mirrim on Switch + Current State of Podcasting, Sean Flow Chart + Best Looking Comedies + Worst Wigs, Movies That Show Cum, Movies That End with a Bang
2:11:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:13:00 – Outro

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Rampage Trailer #2

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With Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle closing in on $900 million worldwide, it’s starting to feel like Dwayne Johnson can turn just about anything into a box office hit (Baywatch notwithstanding). Still, he’s got his work cut out for him if he wants to spin gold from this upcoming adaptation of the ’80s arcade game Rampage. The movie is directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas) and it finds Dwayne Johnson playing a primatologist who befriends an intelligent silverback gorilla. But when his buddy George gets mutated into a giant monster along with a crocodile and flying (?) wolf, he is forced to become the action star we always knew he could be. Rampage co-stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Naomie Harris and Jake Lacy and it hits theatres on April 20th. Check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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