Kevin Hart Steps Down as Oscar Host

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Well that didn’t take long. Less than two days after Kevin Hart officially confirmed that he would be hosting the 2019 Academy Awards, he has already stepped down. It all has to do with controversial tweets from his past (an increasingly common occurrence) that appear to be anti-gay and make use of homophobic language. Hart was supposedly offered the opportunity to apologize for these comments, but instead he chose to drop out as Oscar host. He made the announcement last night on Instagram:

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The Avengers 4 Trailer

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After months of waiting, Marvel has finally broken the silence surrounding the next Avengers movie and debuted the very first trailer. Yes, the movie does have an official title but since this is a “secret” people seem to be protecting I won’t explicitly mention it here. (Feel free to discuss it in the comments.) If we’re being honest, there isn’t a whole lot to talk about other than that, but we do get a look at a couple of major characters who were notably absent from The Avengers: Infinity War. Either way I suppose it looks suitably grim. The Avengers 4 hits theatres on April 26th May 3rd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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New to Theatres This Weekend: Schindler’s List, Vox Lux, Mary Queen of Scots

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It’s another week without any major releases hitting theatres and, in fact, the re-release of Steven Spielberg’s 1993 Oscar winner Schindler’s List is the only thing debuting on more than a handful of screens. That being said, Paramount wisely decided to take advantage of the lack of competition and is offering early screenings of Bumblebee in select theatres on Sat. Dec. 8th. In limited release, we also have the well-received Natalie Portman film Vox Lux hitting theatres along with period drama Mary Queen of Scots starring Saiorse Ronan and Margot Robbie and Ben Is Back starring Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges. If you plan on staying home, there’s always Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle which also arrives on Netflix today. What will you be watching this weekend?

Resident Evil Reboot Gets a Director

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It’s been less than two years since Resident Evil: The Final Chapter hit theatres but, believe it or not, a full blown reboot of the franchise has been in the works for over a year. On the one hand it feels a little too soon to completely reset the series and yet on the other it is easy to see why a fresh new creative direction would be welcome. Last we heard, James Wan had signed on to produce the new movie but it did not sound likely that he would direct. Now this week they have officially announced a director who, much like Wan, comes from a horror background. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

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2019 Golden Globe Nominees Announced

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Following up on yesterday’s announcement that Kevin Hart would be hosting the Oscars, the Golden Globes also revealed their 2019 host… or in this case, hosts. Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh are teaming up to host the show after showcasing some chemistry together presenting an award at the Emmys earlier this year. The Golden Globe nominations were also unveiled this morning with Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic Vice surprisingly leading the pack. That movie received a total of six nominations while A Star Is Born, The Favourite and Green Book picked up three apiece. Black Panther was also in the mix for Best Motion Picture – Drama while First Man and Widows were mostly ignored (the latter completely). It’s hard to say how much the Globes help predict the Oscars, but at the very least it seems safe to say that Vice is now a major contender. Check out the full list of nominees below and let us know what you think.

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The Standoff at Sparrow Creek Trailer

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After earning solid reviews at TIFF and Fantastic Fest, Henry Dunham’s directorial debut The Standoff at Sparrow Creek is getting a release courtesy of RLJE Films next month. The movie is a tense thriller that takes place almost entirely inside an empty warehouse (yes, Reservoir Dogs is definitely a reference point) and revolves around a local militia group trying to determine who among them might have been responsible for a shooting at a police funeral. I saw the movie at TIFF and wasn’t completely taken by it although I certainly appreciated the attempt. The Standoff at Sparrow Creek stars James Badge Dale and it hits select theatres and VOD on Jan. 18th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Kevin Hart to Host the 2019 Academy Awards

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Update: Just two days later, Kevin Hart has stepped down as the 2019 Oscar host.

After hosting the Academy Awards for the past two years and presiding over one of the biggest mishaps in Oscar history, Jimmy Kimmel made it known that he would not likely be returning to host the show for a third time. Although people can obviously change their minds on such matters, this week we can authoritatively say that Kimmel will not be back. In his place, Kevin Hart is stepping up to emcee the event for the first time in his career. He confirmed the rumours last night via Instagram:

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #687: Widows

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0:00 – Intro: Old Man Medical Updates
15:45 – Review: Widows
56:28 – Headlines: Captain Marvel Trailer, Netflix Cancels Daredevil
1:20:55 – Other Stuff We Watched: Searching, Hereditary, Leave No Trace, Cam, Maniac, The Little Drummer Girl, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Overlord, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
2:17:00 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
2:18:50 – Outro
2:28:00 – Spoiler Discussion: Widows

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Marvel is Developing a Shang-Chi Movie

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Following up on the recent news that DC and Warner Brothers are developing a Blue Beetle movie with a Latino lead, this week we are hearing that Marvel is in the process of setting up their first Asian-led superhero flick. They are reportedly developing a solo movie for Shang-Chi, a character created by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin that originated from the Kung Fu craze of the ’70s. Clearly both studios are chasing the success of Black Panther and the undeniable response to minority representation in major blockbuster films. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.

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Captain Marvel Trailer #2

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Although fans are dying to see a trailer for The Avengers: Infinity War 2 (rumoured to be coming later this week), Marvel has decided to release a brand new trailer for Captain Marvel first. The movie stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, a fighter pilot turned powerful cosmic superhero who is returning to Earth after years away. The new trailer delves deeper into the Kree-Skull war and showcases a bit more of Captain Marvel’s powers not to mention her killer mohawk battle helmet. The movie is a prequel but also has relevance to the end of Infinity War (whether or not it will directly tie in to the sequel remains to be seen). Captain Marvel co-stars Jude Law, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Gemma Chan and Djimon Hounsou and it hits theatres on March 8th, 2019. Check out the new trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Kong: Skull Island Director Takes on Console Wars

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It’s been a few years since we heard that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were attached to write and direct a movie based on Blake Harris’ non-fiction book, Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle that Defined a Generation. Since then, Rogen and Goldberg have kept themselves extremely busy with movies like The Interview, The Night Before and Sausage Party and TV shows like Preacher, Future Man and the upcoming Amazon series The Boys, but the good news is that Console Wars has not been forgotten. We are hearing that the historical video game tale will soon be coming to the small screen instead with a new director at the helm to see it through. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

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The Innocent Man Trailer: John Grisham’s True Crime Bestseller Comes to Netflix

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When Netflix released the new season of Making a Murderer a few months ago, it seemed a bit surprising that they wouldn’t wait for the holidays to try and replicate the word of mouth success of season 1. This week, however, they have unveiled the trailer for another true crime documentary series that will be arriving just in time for some wholesome Christmas family viewing. The Innocent Man is a six-episode series directed by Clay Tweel (Make Believe, Finders Keepers) and based on a non-fiction book written by John Grisham. It revolves around two murders that took place in Ada, Oklahoma in the 1980s and the four men who were convicted of the crimes through somewhat questionable circumstances. The Innocent Man arrives on Netflix on Dec. 14th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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